November 23, 2014

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Elyria man pleads guilty to sex charge

ELYRIA — An Elyria man accused of pandering obscenity and sexually oriented matter involving a minor pleaded guilty Wednesday to a multi-count indictment before Common Pleas Judge Christopher Rothgery. Doug Kushen, 44, was arrested and charged by Elyria police in August after a months-long joint investigation by Elyria police and the Internet Crimes Against Children, Read More…

Pair of men indicted on sex charges

Two men were indicted by a grand jury Thursday for separate and unrelated crimes involving sex with minors. Lorain resident Dalance Lake, 23, was indicted on three felony counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor after allegedly engaging in sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl. Elyria resident Darrell Grantham, 43, was indicted on felony Read More…

UPDATED: Avon Lake firefighter killed in breakwall collapse

Firefighters from Avon Lake and several other departments stand outside the Lake Road home where Larry Heczko was killed Thursday.

AVON LAKE — The life of an off-duty firefighter, who died on Thursday afternoon, has often been marked by moments of pure heroism. Avon Lake Firefighter Larry “Gomer” Heczko died instantly Thursday when a concrete wall he was working on collapsed on top of him, according to a news release from the Avon Lake Fire Read More…

Lorain blotter: Tenant alleges landlord turned off electricity

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Lorain police Monday, Nov. 10 8:29 a.m. — 700 block E. 35th St., a resident said his landlord turned off his electricity and heat despite him not owing rent. Police said the landlord, who appeared drunk, denied shutting off the electricity, but police said the tenant’s apartment was cold and the lights didn’t work. Tuesday, Read More…

Elyria police: Woman charged with theft from department store

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Elyria police Tuesday, Nov. 11 5:30 p.m. — 4500 Midway Mall, JC Penney, a man told police he saw a woman take a watch out of the jewelry area of the store and put it in her pants before attempting to leave the store without paying. The woman, Payton Haskiell, 20, was stopped and charged Read More…

Jarelle Guice found guilty in 2012 police standoff

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ELYRIA — Jarelle Guice was found guilty on multiple counts of attempted aggravated murder, attempted murder, felonious assault and other charges Wednesday stemming from a 2012 incident in which he was shot six times by police after firing on them during a tense standoff. Guice, 25, yelled an obscenity as county Common Pleas Judge Raymond Read More…

UPDATED: 2 students in custody after bomb threat at Durling Middle School

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Update 2:20 p.m.: Two students were taken into custody following a bomb threat at Durling Middle School Thursday. The Sheffield Township school was evacuated Thursday morning after a threat was found written on a women’s restroom stall door that read “Bombs there is more coming,” according to a press release from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office. Read More…

Alleged threat to rob bank leads to charges

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Like other businesses, banks get their share of complaints and gripes from customers. But an employee of the Huntington National Bank branch inside the Giant Eagle supermarket on Center Ridge Road will likely remember one call in particular for it unusualness. That’s because a man phoned the bank branch at 5:45 p.m. Read More…

Coroner: Woman died of drug overdose

LORAIN — A woman whose body was found in the woods in Lorain last month died of a drug and alcohol overdose, according to Lorain County Coroner Stephen Evans. Police found the body of Rebecca Jean Newsome, 44, of Lorain, a few feet into the woods off Fillmore Avenue between Colorado Avenue and Randall Street Read More…

Elyria man killed in Medina County crash

CHATHAM TWP. — A 33-year-old Elyria man died this morning in a single-car crash on state Route 83. According to the Medina post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Blessed Lovejoy was driving a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am northbound at 6:05 a.m. when he attempted to pass another vehicle. He lost control while passing, drove Read More…