December 19, 2014

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Man takes plea deal in March 2011 slaying

ELYRIA — One of four men accused in the March 2011 shooting death of Jason Smith of Lorain after a botched robbery pleaded guilty Thursday to reduced charges in exchange for his promise to cooperate with prosecutors. Aaron Rodriguez, 21, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter with a firearm specification that carries Read More…

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…

Condemned man: Cops botched case

ELYRIA — Attorneys for Stanley Jalowiec, who is awaiting execution for the 1994 slaying of police informant Ronald Lally, contend that police and prosecutorial misconduct put an innocent man on death row and asked Thursday for the convicted killer to receive a new trial. The massive court filing not only renews old allegations that authorities Read More…

Former LCCAA board member Gilchrist pleads not guilty to voting charges

ELYRIA — Robert Gilchrist pleaded not guilty Thursday to four felony counts of illegal voting and later insisted that he never deliberately voted in the wrong place. “I didn’t have any criminal intent,” Gilchrist said. Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will previously has said the charges against Gilchrist have nothing to do with intent, but whether Read More…

LaGrange man indicted for making explosive

ELYRIA — A LaGrange Township man, injured when an explosive target blew up in his face March 2, has been indicted on a single count of unlawful possession of dangerous ordnance. Robert Shaw, 50, initially had faced charges of aggravated arson and the illegal manufacture of explosives in connection with the case, but Lorain County Read More…

Lorain man faces charge of attempted murder for allegedly shooting at cops

LORAIN — Jarelle Guice was charged Thursday with attempted murder for allegedly firing at Lorain police officers trying to arrest him in connection with a domestic violence incident June 3, his attorney said. Lawyer Mike Duff said Guice, who was shot by police following a brief standoff, now will be held in the Lorain County Read More…

Elyria man pleads guilty to fatal 2010 DUI crash

Mark Ralich

ELYRIA — The drunken driver who caused the car crash that claimed the life of Andrew “A.J.” Vincent in 2010 pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and other charges. Mark Ralich, 23, could get up to 18 years in prison when he is sentenced later this year, said his attorney, Mike Camera. Read More…

High court gives Lilly a chance to explain

The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday gave former Lorain County Domestic Relations Judge Paulette Lilly 20 days to explain why she shouldn’t be held in contempt for failing to pay fines and costs totaling $4,633.15 for violating campaign rules during the March primary. If Lilly is held in contempt, the state’s highest court could suspend Read More…