April 19, 2015

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Blackwater defense to appeal conviction for Iraq shootings

WASHINGTON — Defense lawyers are vowing to appeal the convictions of four former Blackwater security guards after a federal judge handed down lengthy prison terms for their roles in a 2007 shooting of unarmed civilians in Iraq. Attorneys identified several issues Monday as likely forming the basis of an appeal, including vindictive prosecution and whether Read More…

Elyria shooting victim identified, two suspects in custody

Adam McNeal, 23, of Elyria, died in this mobile home in Colonial Oaks after being shot Tuesday night. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Police have arrested two men in connection with a shooting that left an Elyria father of two dead on his kitchen floor Tuesday evening. Deshun Jackson, 20, was charged with murder when found at his home in the 300 block of 13th Streeton Wednesday morning. William Shepherd, 19, also was charged with murder Read More…

South Carolina policeman charged with murder after traffic stop shooting

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Dramatic video that shows a white South Carolina police officer shooting a fleeing black man after a traffic stop has led authorities to file a murder charge against the officer amid public outrage over a series of deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of law enforcement agents. The video, provided Read More…

Lorain woman uninjured by shots fired into home

LORAIN — A woman told police she was asleep in a ground-floor bedroom of her home when she was awakened about 2 a.m. Friday by a loud banging noise. The woman fell back asleep but when she awoke several hours later she discovered apparent bullet holes in a bedroom window and the ceiling, as well Read More…

At least 15 dead after gunmen attack Kenyan college

NAIROBI, Kenya — Al-Shabab gunmen attacked a college in northeast Kenya early Thursday, targeting Christians and killing at least 15 people and wounding 60 others, witnesses said. Even as security forces cornered the gunmen in a dormitory at Garissa University College where they could be holding hostages, survivors described to The Associated Press a harrowing Read More…

Attorney: Alleged Avon shooter in jail on ‘terrorists’ bond

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AVON LAKE — Accused shooter Ryan Raider returned to Lorain County Jail on Thursday after an Avon Lake Municipal Court judge refused to lower his bond. Raider’s attorney, Ross Haffey, asked Judge Darrel Bilancini to lower Raider’s bond because he said the shooting was accidental. He said the $500,000 bond is an amount that usually Read More…

Suspect charged in shooting that wounded 18-year-old

Elyria firefighters and police officers investigate the scene of shooting Wednesday on 15th Street right off Middle Avenue. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA – Elyria police have identified and charged a suspect in a shooting on 16th Street last night. Tony Carter Jr., 24, was charged with felonious assault and child endangerment after being arrested at his apartment on 1879 Turner Blvd. on Wednesday evening. Police say he fired three shots, hitting 18-year-old Andre Jackson in the Read More…

UPDATE: Man shot in leg in Elyria

Elyria firefighters and police officers investigate the scene of shooting Wednesday on 15th Street right off Middle Avenue. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The identify of an 18-year-old man shot in the right leg around 7:50 p.m. Wednesday is expected to be released today. The man suffered a non-life-threatening wound after being shot outside a home at 308 16th St., between Middle and West avenues, according to police spokesman Capt. Chris Costantino. The man was hospitalized Read More…

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…

Wilkes Villa shooting sends man to hospital

ELYRIA — A shooting Thursday in Wilkes Villa is under investigation, according to Elyria police. At 2:15 a.m. Thursday, police went to the 100 block of Bohannon Court for a victim that was bleeding from his left shoulder and arm. The man, Edward Hopkins, 30, of Elyria, said he was visiting the mother of his Read More…