April 24, 2014

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Suspected gunman arrested in Westlake shooting


WESTLAKE – The suspect who fired shots at an accounting firm on Center Ridge Road has been found. Robert Godwin, 74, of Cleveland was arrested on Wednesday on firearms-related charges at his home in Cleveland. Police believe Godwin is the gunman who fired two shots at Home Savings & Loan on 30700 Center Ridge Road, Read More…

More evidence revealed against suspects in fatal shooting

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ELYRIA — One of the two men facing murder and felonious assault charges for the Jan. 5 shooting death of Antonio Spraggins broke the window of Spraggins’ Chevrolet Equinox before opening fire, according to search warrants unsealed Wednesday. When police interviewed Jordan Williams after he was arrested a few days after the shooting, officers observed Read More…

Elyria man admits to robbing 3 banks

Jonathan Schubert

ELYRIA — An Elyria man has been indicted on armed robbery charges after he admitted to robbing three banks since November. Jonathon Schubert, 29, is charged with use of a firearm during a violent crime and two counts of bank robbery by force after he admitted to police that he robbed banks in Sheffield, Cleveland Read More…

Avon man indicted on federal charges in bank robberies, bomb threat

Police take into custody the man suspected of robbing Dollar Bank on Monday morning. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

An Avon man has been indicted in federal court on charges he robbed two Lorain County banks, including one incident when he allegedly called in a fake bomb threat to Elyria High School before the robbery. Brett Benson, 40, faces two counts of bank robbery and a single count of making a bomb threat. The Read More…

Convicted heroin dealer faces federal charges

Siaerres Noble

Federal prosecutors have charged an Elyria man with selling fentanyl to an Elyria woman who later died from a drug overdose after using the powerful painkiller. Siarres “Sizzle” Noble, 29, already had pleaded guilty in state court to drug trafficking, drug possession and other charges in the same November timeframe that is covered in the Read More…

Lorain man faces pot charges in Medina

Four men are facing felony drug charges from two separate marijuana busts on Interstate 71 late last month. On March 27, Medina County sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Kohler stopped two vehicles during two different shifts, and confiscated more than 4 pounds of marijuana, according to sheriff’s reports. In the first incident, at 1:18 a.m. Kohler stopped Read More…

Lorain police arrest suspect in Fifth Third Bank robbery

Johnathon Rhodes

LORAIN — A man who allegedly handed a threatening note to a bank teller and made off with a pocketful of money on Saturday has been arrested. Jonathan Rhodes, 32, of Lorain was charged with robbery at about 10 a.m. at a relative’s house near the intersection of Elyria Avenue and 28th Street on Wednesday. Read More…

UPDATED: Three-judge panel sentences Vincent Jackson Jr. to life in prison

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ELYRIA — Vincent Jackson Jr. will spend the rest of his life in prison for gunning down Qiana Walton during a 2008 robbery, a three-judge panel ruled Wednesday. Jackson, 33, who could have received a death sentence in the case, appeared relieved by the decision. He will not be eligible for parole. Walton’s family was Read More…

Lorain police searching for suspect in Fifth Third Bank robbery

Police are looking for this man accused of robbing Fifth Third Bank. COURTESY OF ELYRIA POLICE

LORAIN — Police were searching for a man who handed a threatening note to a teller just before stealing money from the bank Saturday. About 12:30 p.m., a suspicious man entered Fifth Third Bank at 559 Broadway and walked around for a minute before leaving, Lorain police Det. Buddy Sivert said. The man returned moments Read More…

Judges deliberate fate of Gas USA clerk’s killer (Video)

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ELYRIA — Vincent Jackson Jr.’s head hung down as the video of him killing Qiana Walton played in court Tuesday. He jerked upright when the fatal gunshot rang out.
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