December 2, 2015


Ross to be released later this month

ELYRIA — Former Lorain County Commissioner Michael Ross will be released from prison Nov. 18, a judge ordered Friday. Ross’ prison sentence was cut from nine years to six years during a hearing before Visiting Judge Thomas Pokorny last month. Under the old sentence, Ross would have been released on Nov. 14, 2018, a date Read More…

‘I shouldn’t have to apologize': Unrepentant Martin gets 20 to life in Strupe homicide

Markus Martin appears at his sentencing hearing Monday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court. Judge John Miraldi sentenced Martin to 20 years to life in prison for his role in the shooting death of Davion Strupe in July 2014.

ELYRIA — Just before he was sentenced Monday to 20 years to life in prison, Markus Martin refused to apologize for his role in the shooting death of Davion Strupe in July 2014. “I ain’t cause that murder, so I shouldn’t have to apologize,” Martin replied when Lorain County Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi asked Read More…

Police: Accused instigator in Strupe homicide kept tabs on investigation

ELYRIA — Markus Martin used his cell phone to listen to a police scanner while hiding out after Davion Strupe was fatally shot on Garden Street last year, according to data Elyria police extracted from the phone. Elyria police Detective Dan Sumpter also highlighted several text messages that Martin exchanged with people after the shooting, Read More…

Sentence overturned for former county commissioner — again

ELYRIA — For a second time, the Ohio 9th District Court of Appeals has overturned the prison sentence of former Lorain County Commissioner Michael Ross. Defense attorney Anthony Baker said that based on his calculations, Ross’ sentence will have to be cut from 9 years to 6½ years under the ruling handed down Monday. Ross, Read More…

Man accused of attacking girlfriend accuses prosecutor of misconduct


ELYRIA – The defense attorney for an Elyria man accused of attacking his girlfriend in May has accused Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Nick Hanek of misconduct. Anthony Baker wrote in court documents filed Friday that Hanek tried to coerce the victim in the case into testifying against his client, 37-year-old Ramone Christian. “In a nutshell, Read More…