July 2, 2015

Elyria
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Bribery added to list of charges against parole officer

ELYRIA — A veteran state parole officer accused of trafficking in drugs is facing new charges for allegedly bribing and threatening a victim in the case. Michael Hoover, 50, was arrested Wednesday at his Grafton Township home on charges of intimidation, tampering with evidence and two counts of bribery, Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino wrote Read More…

Elyria man charged after Harwood Street standoff

ELYRIA – A man got into a fight with his wife and son before locking himself and his four children in the house and refusing to leave Monday evening. Leo Walker, 45, was charged with domestic violence, inducing panic and tampering with evidence around 8:45 p.m. Friday after an approximately 75-minute standoff with police at Read More…

Elyria forum between police, community was needed but poorly attended

ELYRIA — It was a discussion worth having and hearing for the handful who turned out for Saturday morning’s community forum on fostering safer neighborhoods by improved relationships and greater trust between residents, police and the court system. “There should be more people in this room,” the Rev. Carl Small said as he looked out Read More…

Attorney: Client in child sex case is not a predator

ELYRIA — Demetrius Richardson Jr., jailed on charges alleging he raped a 12-year-old girl he met online, is not a sexual predator, his lawyer said Thursday. “This is not some sort of child predator,” defense attorney Erin Downs said. “He was not out there preying on kids.” Richardson, 25, was arrested Sunday after admitting to Read More…

Suspect faces rape charge

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ELYRIA — Demetrius Richardson Jr. has been charged with rape for allegedly engaging in sexual conduct with a 12-year-old Avon girl who went missing over the weekend. The 25-year-old isn’t the first to face criminal charges for having an allegedly inappropriate relationship with the girl that began online and spilled over into the real world. Read More…

Elyria man arrested, accused of rape of 12-year-old girl who went missing

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Listen to the audio from Kaylyn Rogers’ 911 call ELYRIA – A 25-year-old Elyria man is facing a rape charge for allegedly having sexual relations with a 12-year-old Avon girl who went missing over the weekend. Demetrius Richardson told police that on Saturday he picked up Autumn Shreve and a 2-year-old girl she was babysitting, Read More…

UPDATE: Missing Avon girls found safe in Elyria

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ELYRIA — Kaylyn Rogers wiped away tears at the Elyria Police Department about 10 p.m. Sunday as she waited to be reunited with her missing 2-year-old daughter. “Hey, baby,” Rogers said minutes later as she held a crying Sophia Rogers. Sophia and Autumn Shreve, 12, who was babysitting her, disappeared from their home at 1472 Read More…

Missing Avon girls found safe in Elyria

ELYRIA — Elyria Police have found 2-year-old Sophia Rogers and the 12-year-old that was babysitting her, who were reported missing Saturday night. The two were found safe Sunday evening, police said. The report triggered a search in Avon and Elyria, including the Carriage House apartments at 300 Washington Ave. The FBI, Avon police and Elyria Read More…

Police seek missing Avon girls

AVON — A missing 12-year-old girl, Autumn Shreve, and a 2-year-old girl, Sophia Rogers, are being sought by police. Police said in a news release that Shreve, who was babysitting Sophia, has a history of trying to connect with men on the Internet while pretending to be older than she is and may pretend that Read More…

Parents charged after police found 3-year-old wandering downtown Elyria

ELYRIA — Two parents were taken into custody Tuesday after their 3-year-old son was found wandering around Ely Square by himself. Kasey Paschall, 22, and Nicholas Paschall, 28, were charged with child endangering Tuesday after police went to their home for a second time regarding their child walking alone downtown. Police were notified around 6:15 Read More…