December 22, 2014

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Medina man charged in fatal Elyria shooting

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ELYRIA — A Medina man has been indicted on aggravated murder and other charges stemming from the Sept. 17 shooting death of Matthew Stinson in an Elyria apartment hallway. Jeremy Diestler, 30, also is charged with murder, felonious assault, improper discharge of a firearm at a habitation and tampering with evidence. Stinson, 25, was shot Read More…

Medina man charged in Elyria shooting

A Medina man has been indicted on aggravated murder and other charges stemming from the Sept. 17 shooting death of Matthew Stinson in an Elyria apartment hallway. Jeremy Diestler, 30, also is charged with murder, felonious assault, improper discharge of a firearm at a habitation and tampering with evidence. Stinson, 25, was shot in the Read More…

Appeal declined for Elyria man barred from procreating

Taylor Asim

The Ohio Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from an Elyria man who has been barred from having more children until he pays child support for the children he already has. The decision, handed down last week without explanation, leaves in place the order governing Asim Taylor’s reproductive future that Lorain County Probate Read More…

Public records audit finds violations, officials call them errors

Ohio public records

The Medina County commissioners’ office improperly required a name to be given to access public records during a statewide audit of public accessibility conducted in April. Under Ohio’s public records law, there is no requirement for a person requesting public records to provide a name. When the auditor, a reporter from The Gazette’s sister paper, Read More…

Brunswick head shop owners indicted on federal charges

Owners of a Brunswick head shop have been indicted on federal conspiracy, drug and money laundering charges for allegedly running a chain of similar shops that sold synthetic marijuana across the state. Sean and Sherry Lightner, both 38, of Grafton Township, allegedly purchased and sold hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of the illegal substances Read More…

Lorain judge reinstates trustee to water board

ELYRIA — Pittsfield Township Trustee Mark McConnell is back on the Rural Lorain County Water Authority board, which serves a portion of Medina County. Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge issued a temporary restraining order Wednesday ordering McConnell to be reinstated to the board from which he was removed twice in May. Burge said Read More…

Parole board rejects pardon

By a 9-2 vote, the Ohio Parole Board has recommended against a pardon for former bus driver Nancy Smith in the controversial Head Start child molestation case. The final decision, however, belongs to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who received the recommendation Thursday. The report was made public Friday morning. The Parole Board’s recommendation comes a Read More…

Coroner: No autopsy for convicted killer

No autopsy is planned for convicted killer Ronald Ray Post, who died Thursday while serving a life prison sentence after Ohio Gov. John Kasich commuted his death sentence last year. Franklin County Coroner Jan Gorniak said Friday that although her office has taken possession of the 53-year-old Post’s body, the only reason it did so Read More…

Life-sentence killer dies in hospital

Convicted killer Ronald Ray Post, who was spared a January date with the executioner’s needle when his death sentence was commuted to life in prison by Gov. John Kasich last year, died in a prison hospital Thursday. Post, 53, died at the Franklin Medical Center in Columbus, said Ricky Seyfang, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Read More…

Head Start child molestation defendant can breathe sigh of relief

Nancy Smith

One of the defendants in the controversial Head Start child molestation case will not return to prison under a sentencing agreement with prosecutors approved Tuesday. Nancy Smith wiped tears from her eyes as the hearing concluded in a Lorain County courtroom packed with her supporters. Visiting Judge Virgil Sinclair agreed to sentence Smith to 12 Read More…