July 28, 2014

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Man gets 34 years for crash that devastated Tomasheski family

ELYRIA — Gerald Wetherbee Jr. was sentenced Friday to 34 years in prison for killing Tammy Tomasheski and her 11-year-old son, Tommy Tomasheski, in a June 2011 car crash that also critically injured her husband, Tom Tomasheski, and the couple’s daughter, Danielle. The prison term was two years shy of the 36-year maximum sentence that Read More…

Ex-Judge Lilly pays fine, says it was late because she didn’t know about it

Former Lorain County Domestic Relations Judge Paulette Lilly on Friday paid fines and costs totaling $4,633.15 for violating campaign rules during her March bid to win a fresh judicial term. Lilly’s payments had been due June 15, but she missed the deadline, prompting the Ohio Supreme Court to order her to explain why she shouldn’t Read More…

Elyria aims to raise money to boost police auxiliary

ELYRIA — A new city initiative is taking shape to increase Elyria’s auxiliary police force by 24 volunteers and garner community sponsorship to offset the $43,920 needed to outfit the new recruits. Auxiliary police officers are the badge-wearing civilians who direct traffic at accident scenes, walk through festival crowds in hopes of keeping the peace Read More…

Metro Parks rolls out floating beach chair for those with disabilities

Samantha Taylor was squealing in delight, and that is what her parents had hoped to hear. “Her smile says it all,” her mother, Renee Taylor, said with a smile as she looked at Samantha, who was still wet from her jaunt into the waters of Lake Erie in a specially built wheelchair that lets those Read More…

Man shoots self in hand; bullet ends up killing his cat

ELYRIA – An accidental shooting Thursday led to an injury and the death of a cat, according to Elyria police. Police were dispatched to the 100 block of College Park Drive at 8:47 a.m. for a man who had accidentally shot himself in the hand. The victim, Charles Cantley, 51, was reportedly unloading a magazine Read More…

Wilkes Villa shooting under investigation

ELYRIA – A shooting Thursday in Wilkes Villa is currently under investigation, according to Elyria police. At 2:15 a.m. Thursday, police were dispatched to the 100 block of Bohannon Court for a victim that was bleeding from his left shoulder and arm. The man, Edward Hopkins, 30, of Elyria, said he was visiting the mother Read More…

Lorain police to step up patrols around holiday

The Lorain Police Department will have do extra patrols during the 4th of July holiday. The increased enforcement is paid with funds from the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Officers will be patrolling West Erie Avenue, East Erie Avenue, Leavitt Rd., Broadway Avenue, East 28th Street and Grove Avenue. These roadways were selected because they Read More…

Man sentenced for crash that killed mother and son

ELYRIA — -In an emotionally-charged hearing Gerald Wetherbee Jr. was sentenced today to 34 years in prison for killing two members of the Tomasheski family and critically injuring two others in a car crash last June. Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge gave Wetherbee just two years shy of the maximum sentence in the Read More…

HEALTH CARE RULING: Law survives – with Justice Roberts’ help

WASHINGTON — Obamacare lives. America’s historic health care overhaul, derided by Republicans as intrusive, costly “Obamacare,” narrowly survived an election-year battle at the Supreme Court Thursday with the improbable help of conservative Chief Justice John Roberts. The 5-4 ruling now makes it certain that major health care changes will move ahead, touching virtually every American’s Read More…

HEALTH CARE RULING: Northeast Ohio woman again in spotlight over ObamaCare

MEDINA TWP. — Natoma Canfield learned the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act when she saw the news scroll across the bottom of a muted television at the grocery store Thursday. A few hours later, she made sure to make it to a television with sound to hear the President Barack Obama give Read More…