April 29, 2016

Elyria
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Pike County murders remain a mystery

COLUMBUS — Marijuana growing operations were discovered at some of the crime scenes where officials said eight family members were killed in a “pre-planned execution,” raising more questions as authorities scrambled to find a suspect or suspects in the slayings in a rural southern Ohio community. The killings at four homes near the small community Read More…

Victims identified in southern Ohio shooting

Authorities have identified the eight family members who were fatally shot in the head in rural southern Ohio. Seven adults and a teenage boy were found dead Friday at four different properties. Authorities on Saturday identified them as 40-year-old Christopher Rhoden Sr.; his 16-year-old son, Christopher Rhoden Jr.; 44-year-old Kenneth Rhoden; 38-year-old Gary Rhoden; 37-year-old Read More…

Judge remains on Tucker case

ELYRIA — Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Miraldi refused a request from prosecutors Friday to remove himself from a case in which his former colleague, ex-Judge James Burge, is serving as a defense attorney. Assistant County Prosecutor Tony Cillo had asked Miraldi to take himself off the case of Kareem “Kill” Tucker, whom an Read More…

Suspect held in Circle K robberies

ELYRIA — Police have arrested a man accused of robbing two Circle K stores three times in a two-day period. Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino said Roy Cauthern III, 44, was arrested Friday afternoon, hours after police released surveillance photos of the suspect in the robberies to the media. A tip by someone who saw Read More…

4 held in rash of ODs

ELYRIA — Four people have been arrested in connection with a powerful painkiller that police have blamed for some of the six overdoses that took place in a 24-hour period earlier this week. Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said investigators traced the source of 3-methylfentanyl, which is four to 60 times more powerful than fentanyl, Read More…

UPDATED: Multiple fatalities reported in Pike County shooting

PIKETON, Ohio — Shootings with multiple fatalities were reported along a road in rural Ohio on Friday morning, but details on the number of deaths and the whereabouts of the suspect or suspects weren’t immediately clear. The attorney general’s office said a dozen Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents had been called to Pike County, an Read More…

UPDATE: Elyria police make arrest in Circle K robberies

ELYRIA – Police have arrested a suspect in three robberies of Circle K locations in the city this week based on tips generated after they released photos of the alleged robber to the media earlier today. Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said he couldn’t yet publicly identify the suspect, who was arrested in Carlisle Township, but Read More…

Ex-city employee takes theft plea

ELYRIA — Former North Ridgeville city worker Doug Edwards pleaded no contest Thursday to a theft in office charge that centered on his running personal errands while on the clock. Edwards, 56, was fired in January 2015 from his job at the French Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant after an investigation showed he was only doing Read More…

Baby sitter indicted in death

ELYRIA — A Lorain baby sitter has been indicted on murder, involuntary manslaughter and other charges in the death of an 18-month-old girl she was watching last year. Summer Shalodi, 30, also faces charges of endangering children, corrupting another with drugs and tampering with evidence in the death of Nadia Nicole Gibbons on Dec. 13. Read More…

Wave of overdoses put Elyria Police on alert

ELYRIA — A reported six drug overdoses in less than 24 hours have Elyria police on high alert. Police Capt. Chris Costantino said the overdose calls started early Tuesday afternoon and went on into Wednesday morning. He said none was fatal and narcotics detectives are aggressively investigating each case. Toxicology tests on items found at Read More…