August 2, 2015

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‘I will light you up': Dashcam video released of Bland traffic stop

HEMPSTEAD, Texas — Police dashcam video shows a Texas state trooper tried to pull Sandra Bland out of her car, then drew his stun gun and threatened her after the woman who authorities say later killed herself in a jail cell refused to follow his orders. The roadside encounter swiftly escalated into a shouting confrontation, Read More…

Jurors mull mental illness while considering death penalty for Colorado shooter

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Jurors quickly rejected Colorado theater shooter James Holmes’ claim that he was legally insane when he killed 12 people and injured 70 others, but the next phase of his trial could be more difficult as they weigh the extent of his mental illness against the enduring pain and heartache he caused. The Read More…

Slain North Ridgeville woman had gotten protection order

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Police searched unsuccessfully for Timothy Hoff before Hoff allegedly shot and killed Donna Roode early Saturday morning before he turned the gun on himself at Roode’s Laurel Circle residence. Police hunted for Hoff in a number of communities after Roode reported he sent her an email in which he threatened to burn Read More…

North Ridgeville police reviewing circumstances after standoff

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Police are reviewing circumstances surrounding a seven-hour standoff Monday at a home on Island Road that ended with a man surrendering to police after he wounded himself with a rifle. “We’re looking at possible charges, but we have not done so yet,” police Detective Lt. Greg Petek said Tuesday when asked whether Read More…

911 call: Carlisle Township homicide victim’s house was torn apart

CARLISLE TWP. — The woman who called 911 to report the death of 61-year-old Farris Jones on Friday said his Midvale Drive house was ransacked, and he was lying dead in the living room. “Something’s wrong,” the woman said in a recording of the call released Tuesday. The woman said she had accompanied her mother Read More…

Former Lorain service director pleads guilty to felony drug charge

ELYRIA — Former Lorain Service Director Robert Gilchrist entered a guilty plea Tuesday to a felony possession of marijuana charge in exchange for prosecutors dropping a drug trafficking charge. Gilchrist, 45, declined to comment after entering the plea before Lorain County Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi, who said there is a presumption that Gilchrist will Read More…

Texas DA says it’s too early to determine how woman died in jail cell

HEMPSTEAD, Texas — The prosecutor in a Texas county where authorities say a black woman hanged herself in a jail cell said it is too soon to determine exactly how she died and that the case is being examined as thoroughly “as it would be in a murder investigation.” The family and friends of Sandra Read More…

Wells withdraws plea; murder trial scheduled

ELYRIA — An Elyria man has withdrawn his guilty plea to reduced charges for his alleged role in the July 2014 slaying of Davion Strupe. Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Laura Dezort didn’t object Monday to Todd Wells’ request because she said the 22-year-old wasn’t living up to his end of the bargain to cooperate with Read More…

North Ridgeville standoff ends with self-inflicted gunshot wound

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A nearly seven-hour standoff between police and a man in a home at 9480 Island Road ended peacefully, police said. A news release said the 48-year-old man was hospitalized Monday night at St. John Medical Center in Westlake with a nonlife-threatening wound from a small-caliber gun. Police said they were called at Read More…

Death of Carlisle Township man ruled homicide

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CARLISLE TWP. — A 61-year-old man’s death is being investigated as a homicide after his body was found about 2:10 p.m. Friday in his ransacked home at 11159 Midvale Drive. Farris Jones was found alone in the home by a female friend, said Lorain County sheriff’s Capt. Jim Drozdowski. He said deputies responded to a Read More…