May 5, 2016

Elyria
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Food bank sues over generator

ELYRIA — Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio is suing a Columbus-based electrical contractor for fraud for not fulfilling a promise to obtain a grant to pay for a generator at the food bank’s new Lorain distribution center that never came through. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court, said Read More…

Grafton, Lorain police ahead of the game on certification

GRAFTON — Two Lorain County police agencies have applied for state certification on new standards that won’t become mandatory for another year. Grafton police and Lorain police are working on meeting new standards on use of force, use of deadly force and recruitment and hiring practices that have been established by the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Read More…

Local insurance agency donates Breathalyzer to sheriff’s office

ELYRIA — The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office has a new set of tools to combat drunken driving. Sgt. Bryan Barnes said the agency has obtained three new portable Breathalyzer machines that will be able to check suspected drunken drivers on the side of the road. One of the units was donated by Robert Taylor Insurance, Read More…

With government approval of consent decree, reforms could come swiftly to Ferguson

ST. LOUIS — Reforms are expected to begin quickly in Ferguson now that a federal judge has approved a settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and the city where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer. Federal Judge Catherine Perry issued her ruling Tuesday approving the agreement after a lengthy public Read More…

Two plead no contest in Avon Lake deer poaching

AVON LAKE — Two Avon Lake men accused of hunting deer with a crossbow in city limits have pleaded no contest to a variety of charges in a plea deal that will see them pay thousands of dollars in restitution. Avon Lake Municipal Court records show that Adam Petrella, 26, entered pleas to game and Read More…

Elyria chief: Drug combo appears to be unique

ELYRIA — A highly potent new drug combination recently found locally hasn’t been reported elsewhere, said Elyria Police Chief Duane Whitely. Last week, law enforcement sounded the alarm about two dangerous drugs newly identified through testing at the Lorain County Crime Lab. The first, identified as U4700, has a potency reported to be 7.5 times Read More…

UPDATED: Domestic violence case against Manziel headed before Dallas grand jury; agent Rosenhaus officially drops QB as client

DALLAS — A Dallas grand jury is scheduled to consider this week whether to charge troubled NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel with attacking his ex-girlfriend in a January incident. Prosecutors will present the Manziel case to a grand jury Thursday, Brittany Dunn, a spokeswoman for the Dallas County district attorney, said Tuesday. The grand jury could Read More…

What’s changed in Baltimore in year since Freddie Gray’s death?

BALTIMORE — When Freddie Gray died April 19, 2015, and riots erupted, Baltimore and its residents were forced to confront issues that had plagued them for decades, community leader Ericka Alston said. “I think for Baltimore as a community, that day really changed our lives forever,” said Alston, who founded Kids Safe Zone in a Read More…

Last hearing is scheduled in Department of Justice settlement with Ferguson

ST. LOUIS — After months of negotiations and some late push and pull over the cost, the last public hearing is set for Tuesday on the U.S. Department of Justice’s settlement with Ferguson that calls for sweeping changes in the St. Louis suburb where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by police. Giving people one Read More…

Alleged dog killer pleads not guilty; due back in court next month

ELYRIA — An Elyria man accused of gunning down a dog in a dispute over a card game pleaded not guilty Monday to a string of criminal charges arising from the incident. Ricardo Johnson, 30, is charged with obstructing official business, cruelty to a companion animal, aggravating menacing, failure to comply, DUI, injuring animals and Read More…