June 30, 2016

Elyria
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Pair arrested after car, foot pursuit

ELYRIA — Two men were taken into custody after a car chase and brief foot pursuit involving police Tuesday morning. Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said shortly before 8 a.m. an officer saw a Ford Fusion drive through a red light at Lorain Boulevard and Lake Avenue and pursued it. The car continued at a Read More…

Forum discusses drug dangers, increase in overdoses

ELYRIA — Drug overdoses aren’t diminishing, and the heroin epidemic is something the community cannot arrest its way out of. Presenters at a sparsely attended community forum Wednesday at the Elyria High School Performing Arts Center reiterated that substance abuse is a medical issue and not a criminal act. The county is on track to Read More…

Mother shares pain of son’s drug death

ELYRIA — Kerri Johnson clung tightly to a framed photo of her son, Ryan, and watched the crowd with trepidation. Will they listen to what she had to say or make comments to their friends as the gravity of her speech fell on deaf ears? She has delivered similar speeches to adults at drug awareness Read More…

Survivors talk heroin at Wellington town hall meeting

WELLINGTON — Tears welled in the eyes of Wellington Schools Superintendent Dennis Mock while describing losing his nephew to a drug overdose to a crowd gathered to learn about the dangers of heroin Thursday. Mock said in his early years as a principal he got a call from his sister in Las Vegas at 2 Read More…

Lorain County coroner: We lost the War on Drugs

AVON LAKE — Nancy Krasienko knows the agony that comes with watching a loved one spiral out of control as  heroin addiction consumes them. The Lorain resident watched her daughter Megan Wheeler go from a happy kid with good grades to someone who stole, lied and did anything she could to feed her heroin habit. Read More…

Medina County man charged in overdose death

ELYRIA — A Liverpool Township man is facing involuntary manslaughter and other charges stemming from a fatal overdose at a North Ridgeville hotel earlier this year. Kevin Dentz, 34, also is charged with corrupting another with drugs and two counts of trafficking in drugs. Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said after the victim overdosed on Read More…

Dangerous new drugs on streets

Two dangerous new strains of narcotics have been discovered in Lorain County within the past two weeks. Lorain County Chiefs Law Enforcement Association President Duane Whitely, Elyria’s police chief, said the dangerous narcotics have been found in cases from Amherst, Elyria and the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office. “The community has been made aware of the Read More…

Suspected dealer faces manslaughter charge in OD death

LORAIN — A suspected drug dealer is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge for allegedly selling the heroin that led to a fatal overdose earlier this month. Christopher Lindner, 52, is also charged with corrupting another with drugs in connection with the death of 53-year-old Charles Everett, according to a news release from Lorain police. Police Read More…

Inmates across America are learning how to use heroin overdose antidote

DENVER — When he was a teenager, Lee Gonzales could not save his uncle from a heroin overdose. Now he worries that the same drug could kill him after he gets out of jail. As Gonzales remembers, he had rousted his uncle from previous heroin stupors by propping him up and splashing water on his Read More…

Opioid antidote available for free from county health department

The life-saving drug naloxone, brand name Narcan, will be available for free to Lorain County residents to administer in the event of an opioid overdose. With use of heroin and other opioid drugs on the rise in Lorain County, officials are looking to prevent deaths by making the medication available to more parents, loved ones Read More…