August 1, 2015

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Reputed gangster out on bail after Cleveland arrest

CLEVELAND — A reputed member of the Gambino crime family and former son-in-law of John Gotti was freed on a personal bond Friday after his arrest earlier this week on charges related to an alleged $3 million scam involving stolen cars and scrap metal. Carmine “The Bull” Agnello, 55, of Bentleyville, appeared in a Cleveland Read More…

Williams receives mandatory sentence in Spraggins killing — 18 years to life

ELYRIA – Jordan Williams was sentenced Friday to 18 years to life in prison for fatally shooting Antonio Spraggins in January 2014. Neither Williams, 26, nor Spraggins’ family spoke in court before Visiting Judge Thomas Pokorny handed down the mandatory sentence on the murder and reckless homicide charges that a jury convicted Williams of earlier Read More…

Answers sought after woman’s death in police custody in Texas

DALLAS — Family and friends sought more details Thursday about the death of a black woman who authorities say hanged herself in a Texas jail after her arrest for allegedly kicking an officer following a traffic stop, saying the 28-year-old gave no indication she was in such an emotional state that she would kill herself. Read More…

Man charged with raping neighbor

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ELYRIA — A Carlisle Township man has been indicted on charges of forcing his way into a neighbor’s apartment and sexually assaulting the 67-year-old woman at knifepoint earlier this year. Mitcheal Orr II, 34, is charged with five counts of kidnapping, three counts of rape, two counts of aggravated burglary and single counts of aggravated Read More…

Police issue warning after attempted ‘Minecraft’ photo luring

AVON LAKE — Some youngsters spend hours playing interactive video games online, but police warn there’s a danger they may wind up interacting with sexual predators pretending to be children. An Avon Lake mother stumbled upon this situation in April when she learned her 11-year-old son was talking to a man on his iPad while Read More…

Federal grand jury indicts Sheffield Lake man for Islamic State aid

A Sheffield Lake man was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday for providing material support to the Islamic State group as well as on drug and firearms-related charges. A 28-count indictment was handed down on Amir Said Rahman Al-Ghazi, 38, also known as Robert C. McCollum, according to federal authorities. Al-Ghazi was arrested June Read More…

Chatanooga mayor: Police pursuing shooter in ‘terrible situation’

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — An active shooter was reported at a military facility in Chattanooga, the city’s mayor and the U.S. Navy said Thursday. Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said at a news conference that it was a horrific situation. He did not release any other details. Berke said there’s “an officer down” at a military reserve Read More…

Two more men charged after Tuesday drug raids at Lorain markets

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LORAIN — Two more men have been charged with felony drug trafficking after a Tuesday raid of two convenience stores. Ziyad Hirbawi, 54, and Khalid Altemimi, 51, both were charged after synthetic marijuana was found in the 611 Market, 1550 Colorado Ave. Hirbawi is the store owner. Altemimi is one of his employees. The 611 Read More…

Lorain man charged after recording fiery crash aftermath

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LORAIN – A Lorain man who recorded the immediate aftermath of a fatal car crash that claimed the life of a 17-year-old high school boy has been charged for opening the mangled car door while continuing to videotape. Lorain police charged Paul Pelton, of 1341 F St., Lorain with vehicle trespass, a misdemeanor crime. Pelton Read More…

Federal judge releases video of California man killed by police

LOS ANGELES — The police dashboard cameras that captured officers shooting Ricardo Diaz-Zeferino only depict part of the tragedy of his death in a Los Angeles suburb two years ago. Video released by a federal judge Tuesday after news media organizations argued the public had a right to see the footage showed Diaz-Zeferino disobeying orders Read More…