August 5, 2015

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Man charged with raping neighbor

Mitcheal Orr

ELYRIA — A Carlisle Township man has been indicted on charges of forcing his way into a neighbor’s apartment and sexually assaulting the 67-year-old woman at knifepoint earlier this year. Mitcheal Orr II, 34, is charged with five counts of kidnapping, three counts of rape, two counts of aggravated burglary and single counts of aggravated Read More…

Exonerated Elyria man free to perform

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ELYRIA — Wherever there is music, Raymond Towler is at home and at peace. These days, he finds that peace in the basement studio of his Elyria home, where he jams out on his guitar while penning songs of delayed justice. It was music that Towler said kept him sane while incarcerated for 29 years 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

Demetrius Richardson

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…

Old rape kits, four brave women bring serial rapist to justice

CLEVELAND — When Stacey Fifer arrived at the prison one day last September, she was carrying four old photos of women, strangers to one another but bound by terrifying memories of the same man. The criminal investigator had strong suspicions Dwayne Wilson was that man. A letter from the state crime lab had linked Wilson’s Read More…

Critics slam ‘Game of Thrones’ for rape scene

LOS ANGELES — A U.S. senator is among those condemning a rape scene on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” In a comment tweeted Tuesday, Sen. Claire McCaskill described the sexual assault as “gratuitous” and “disgusting.” The Democratic lawmaker from Missouri said she was done with the show. Others critics included the website The Mary Sue, which Read More…

Heather Koon waives preliminary hearing for rape charges

Heather Koon

ELYRIA — Heather Koon, the day care worker accused of raping two children at ABC Kidz Child Care, waived a preliminary hearing Tuesday and agreed to have the two rape charges she faces bound over to a county grand jury. By waiving the preliminary hearing, in which prosecutors would have been required to present some Read More…

Woman accused of having sex with mentally disabled teen at request of boyfriend

SWINGLER

ELYRIA – An Elyria woman is facing rape and sexual battery charges for allegedly having sexual relations with a mentally disabled 16-year-old boy. Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said Sherrie Swingler, 35, engaged in sex with the boy, who has a mental age between 5 and 8, at the request of 47-year-old Gerald Bodiford. Will Read More…

Prosecutors: Heather Koon raped children at request of registered sex offender boyfriend

koon and osborne

ELYRIA – Heather Koon raped children at the Elyria day care center where she worked at the request of her registered sex offender boyfriend, James Osborne, prosecutors said during a court hearing Thursday. “We’re not alleging that (Osborne) actually entered the day care center,” Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Tony Cillo said. “We have a substantial Read More…

Heather Koon’s background investigated for other possible molestation accusations

ELYRIA — Lorain County sheriff’s deputies are investigating whether Heather Koon, the child care worker accused of raping two young children at an Elyria day care center, may have molested other children there or at other centers where she has worked. Chief Deputy Dennis Cavanaugh said Tuesday he couldn’t go into the details of the Read More…