October 25, 2014

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19-year-old charged with drunken driving on Route 57

Aleeya Johnson

ELYRIA — A Lorain woman narrowly escaped injury when police said she nearly crashed on state Route 57 while driving more than 80 mph about 2:30 a.m. Friday. Aleeya Johnson made a “sudden and reckless” lane change from the left to right lane, while driving northbound in a Ford Escape, according to police Officer Gregg Read More…

Prostitution suspect receives probation

Kenneth Williams

ELYRIA — A Cleveland man arrested at an Elyria hotel during a national crackdown on prostitution in June was sentenced Friday to two years of probation. Kenneth Williams, 40, had pleaded guilty to two counts of promoting prostitution during a hearing last month, court records show. Williams, who also goes by the street name “Bay-Bay,” Read More…

Lorain robbery suspect wearing mask caught Friday afternoon

Eba Andrews

LORAIN — A man wearing a Halloween mask robbed a Lorain store then ran from police and witnesses through a neighborhood Friday afternoon, police said. Eba Andrews, 37, was charged with robbery and tampering with evidence about 1 p.m. Friday after police said he robbed Check into Cash, in the 3300 block of Oberlin Avenue. Read More…

Sex-crime charges involving minors pile up against Elyria man

Douglas Kushen

ELYRIA — An Elyria man arrested on child pornography charges in August has been indicted on 10 counts each of pandering obscenity involving a minor and pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor. Doug Kushen, 44, was arrested following a months-long investigation by Elyria police and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force after law enforcement Read More…

Vehicle runs stop sign, crashes into house

BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — A driver crashed into a house Friday morning, police said. About 11 a.m., a driver was heading southbound on Gateway Boulevard and drove through a stop sign, Elyria police said. The driver swerved to avoid a truck in the road and went off the right side of the road, crashing into a house. Read More…

Two televisions stolen from Elyria Catholic

ELYRIA — A maintenance man arrived at Elyria Catholic High School on Friday morning to find a broken front door and two televisions missing from the cafeteria. According to Elyria police, the maintenance man arrived about 6:30 a.m. Friday at the school, 725 Gulf Road, and observed entry had been gained to the building by Read More…

Murder appeal again tossed

Melissa Dovala

ELYRIA — Melissa Dovala again has lost a bid to have her murder conviction thrown out. Visiting Judge Thomas Pokorny on Friday rejected the latest effort by Dovala’s appeals attorneys to show that she didn’t receive adequate representation during her 2005 trial for causing the February 2004 death of 5-month-old Riley Smath, whom she was Read More…

Elyria man gets 2 years in carjacking, theft

Jermaine McCullum

ELYRIA — An Elyria man who carjacked a motorist at an Elyria gas station was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison. The sentence, handed down by Lorain County Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi, came after Jermaine McCullum, 19, entered guilty pleas to theft and robbery. Elyria police reported that Shamelle Craighead told them he Read More…

Rash of burglaries hits Avon Lake

AVON LAKE — The Avon Lake Police Department received four reports of burglary over the past week. Police believe two of the incidents are related. Two of the burglaries occurred last week on Montego Court and Hyannis Port Drive between 7 and 9 p.m. during a Friday night football game, according to a statement issued Read More…

Drag-racing motorcyclist facing OVI charges

GRAFTON TWP. — A motorcyclist who crashed on Law Road near Chamberlain Road around 9:20 p.m. Wednesday admitted to being too drunk to ride, police said. About 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jason Royer, 28, of Litchfield, was driving a motorcycle eastbound on Law Road near Chamberlin Road. According to Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Justin Lister, Royer Read More…