July 30, 2015

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Elyria man indicted on rape charge

ELYRIA — The 25-year-old Elyria man who confessed to having sexual relations with a missing 12-year-old Avon girl earlier this month has been indicted on a single count of rape. Demetrius Richardson Jr. was arrested after police traced the girl and the 2-year-old she was babysitting to his Elyria apartment. Richardson told police he had Read More…

Elyria native confirmed as TSA administrator

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WASHINGTON — The Senate voted on Monday to confirm a new leader for the Transportation Security Administration in the wake of reports of startling security gaps at U.S. airports. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger was confirmed as the agency’s new administrator by a vote of 81-1. Neffenger was nominated by President Barack Obama in 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…

Suspect sought in swiping of donation jar from Elyria bar

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ELYRIA — Police are looking for a man who allegedly stole a charity jar from The Train Station, 424 East River St., on Friday morning. The Elyria Police Department said they are looking for Christopher Ian Parker, 46, also known as Christopher Johnson, who has pending theft charges. His last known address was on 11th Read More…

More retail to go up at Chestnut Commons

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EATON TWP. — The development company that purchased roughly 2 acres of land at the corner of state Route 57 and Chestnut Ridge Road plans to build a two-story retail building on the parcel, an attorney representing the company said Thursday. Bear Tullis, who presents CMT Elyria, said construction on the 8,800-square-foot building will start Read More…

Elyria council to hash out tree maintenance policy

ELYRIA — Trees on tree lawns and the responsibility of who trims or removes them has been the subject of debate for years, depending on who in the city is asked for an opinion. Despite a 1992 city ordinance that clearly spells out homeowners as the responsible party when it comes to tree maintenance, city Read More…

Girl, 12, faces kidnapping charge

ELYRIA — The 12-year-old girl who touched off a missing persons search when she disappeared earlier this month with a 2-year-old she was baby-sitting has been charged with kidnapping, inducing panic and endangering children. The girls were found June 7 in Elyria, a day after they disappeared from their Avon home after the older girl Read More…

Elyria mayor says Chestnut Commons showing growth potential

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EATON TWP. — Developers are looking at properties around Chestnut Commons as potential sites for new commercial growth, according to Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda and officials in Eaton and Carlisle townships. Brinda said she couldn’t provide many details about the possible projects because of ongoing talks with the developers, but that the expansion of the Read More…

Elyria couple in legal battle with charter school

COLUMBUS — An Elyria couple has been waging a legal fight against what they contend is a Turkish religious movement’s influence at an Ohio charter school. Mustafa Emanet said in a recently filed court document that followers of the moderate Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen brought him to the U.S. from Turkey without a job interview, Read More…

Downtown Elyria McDonald’s closed for cleanup

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ELYRIA — The downtown McDonald’s closed this week to take care of a bedbug infestation. The owners of the restaurant at 547 Broad St. decided voluntarily to close Monday to allow an exterminator time to come in, said David Oakes, environmental health director for the Elyria Health District. The Health District first learned about a Read More…