July 4, 2015

Elyria
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Motorcyclist injured in Elyria crash

ELYRIA – A motorcyclist was involved in an accident with a car near the intersection of East Broad Street and South Abbe Road on Sunday evening. According to Elyria Fire Department Capt. Carl Mack, a man in his early 40s was found unresponsive at the scene around 8:32 p.m. Elyria police and the Ohio State Read More…

Elyria man arrested, accused of rape of 12-year-old girl who went missing

Demetrius Richardson

Listen to the audio from Kaylyn Rogers’ 911 call ELYRIA – A 25-year-old Elyria man is facing a rape charge for allegedly having sexual relations with a 12-year-old Avon girl who went missing over the weekend. Demetrius Richardson told police that on Saturday he picked up Autumn Shreve and a 2-year-old girl she was babysitting, Read More…

Hip-hop show turns chaotic, police forced to use tear gas to disperse crowds

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New Jersey State Police blocking gates outside of a major hip-hop concert at MetLife Stadium had bottles thrown at them by angry people in the crowd who were trying to get inside — some without tickets — and they later used tear gas to try to disperse them, according to officials. Read More…

UPDATE: Missing Avon girls found safe in Elyria

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ELYRIA — Kaylyn Rogers wiped away tears at the Elyria Police Department about 10 p.m. Sunday as she waited to be reunited with her missing 2-year-old daughter. “Hey, baby,” Rogers said minutes later as she held a crying Sophia Rogers. Sophia and Autumn Shreve, 12, who was babysitting her, disappeared from their home at 1472 Read More…

Burge seeking return of law license

James Burge smiles broadly as he thanks supporters and tells them that he's been delivered from hell following his sentencing on corruption charges Thursday, May 14, 2015. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Former Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge has asked the Ohio Supreme Court to reinstate his license to practice law. Burge’s law license was suspended in April after jurors found him guilty of three felony counts of tampering with records and three misdemeanor charges of falsification. Felony convictions automatically trigger a license suspension in Read More…

State disbands court union

ELYRIA — The State Employment Relations Board has ended union representation for workers at the Lorain County Juvenile Detention Home and other residential facilities run by the county’s Domestic Relations Court. The 42 employees who were represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters will now become at-will employees of the court, Domestic Relations Court Administrator Read More…

Police: Killer caught after assuming ID of dead brother

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LORAIN — A convicted murderer fled Puerto Rico, assumed his dead brother’s identity and hid out in Lorain until police and U.S. marshals arrested him Thursday. Jovanny del Valle Bermudez, 27, a convicted murderer and most-wanted fugitive out of Puerto Rico, was taken into custody by marshals and Lorain police Thursday afternoon when they found Read More…

Man sentenced to three years in prison for role in drive-by beating

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — One of three teens accused in the assault and robbery of a local teenager walking home from the 2014 Corn Festival has been sentenced to three years in prison. Derrick Foster, 19, of Lorain, was sentenced Tuesday by visiting Judge Thomas Pokorny after he entered guilty pleas to charges of felonious assault, Read More…

Activist working to block parole attempt by killer mother

Renee Patterson

The website BlockParole.com has launched an online petition drive to prevent an Elyria woman who slashed her toddler’s throat from being granted parole. Renee Patterson, 53, is serving a sentence of 20 years to life in prison for killing Joshua Marsh as the 2-year-old lay in his crib April 11, 1990. The website’s president, Bret Read More…

Parents charged after police found 3-year-old wandering downtown Elyria

ELYRIA — Two parents were taken into custody Tuesday after their 3-year-old son was found wandering around Ely Square by himself. Kasey Paschall, 22, and Nicholas Paschall, 28, were charged with child endangering Tuesday after police went to their home for a second time regarding their child walking alone downtown. Police were notified around 6:15 Read More…