October 23, 2014

Medina
Mostly cloudy
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UPDATE: Trash pickup expected to resume today

CARLISLE TWP. — Republic Waste expects to resume trash pickup today after a solidarity strike Monday, a company official said. Eric Van Houten, general manager of Republic’s Lorain County operations, said afternoon shift mechanics showed up for work and that the picket outside the company’s Butternut Ridge Road facility was gone. Martin Jay, business representative Read More…

Coach charged with giving beer, drugs to ex-student

Former Columbia High School boys basketball coach Matt Sheets has been charged with giving marijuana and beer to a 19-year-old former student at the school in exchange for sexual favors. The 31-year-old Sheets, who also served as a social studies teacher during his three years with Columbia Schools, was arrested Friday at his Medina home Read More…

Man gets prison for bringing weapons to Batman movie

Scott Smith

The North Ridgeville man caught carrying a loaded handgun and four knives into a Westlake movie theater last year was sentenced Thursday in Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court to six months in prison. Scott A. Smith, 38, pleaded guilty last month to two counts of carrying concealed weapons. He refused to plead out to having weapons Read More…

Suspected serial killer has local connections

Samuel Little aka Samuel McDowell

A 72-year-old drifter with Lorain County roots and a Medina County criminal record is being held in a California prison as a suspected serial killer, and authorities in Ohio and across the country are reviewing old cases to see whether he can be linked to any unsolved homicides. Samuel Little, who also is known as Read More…

Husband of former Medina Schools’ teacher indicted on marijuana charges

Shannon Briggs

ELYRIA — The husband of a former Medina Schools teacher has been indicted on charges accusing him of growing marijuana in the couple’s North Ridgeville home. Matthew Briggs, 35, faces charges of illegal cultivation of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. His wife, Shannon Briggs, was fined $500 and given a suspended jail sentence in Read More…

Homicide database targets cold cases

Rachel Johnson was 24 when she was sexually assaulted, stabbed and set on fire on an Akron street in 1991. Her murder remains unsolved, but that doesn’t mean Akron police have stopped looking for her killer, and detectives are making use of a new online database of cold homicide cases sponsored by Ohio Attorney General Read More…

The drone debate: Ohio a major player in development of drones

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Matt Mishak doesn’t fear the rise of the drones. Mishak, the chief prosecutor for the city of Elyria, thinks unmanned aircraft systems, as those who deal with the machines prefer to call them, are a boon to society. “It’s an exciting, very capable new technology with the potential for such severe cultural change that everybody Read More…

Man appeals order to not have more kids

ELYRIA — Asim Taylor has appealed Lorain County Probate Judge James Walther’s order that he not father any more children while he is on probation for failing to pay nearly $100,000 in back child support to the four children he already has. Doug Merrill, Taylor’s attorney, said he doesn’t believe Walther’s order will stand up Read More…

Man arrested for taking weapons to Batman movie pleads guilty

Scott A. Smith

The North Ridgeville man who took a loaded handgun and four knives to a showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” last year, just weeks after the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colo., has pleaded guilty to two counts of carrying concealed weapons. But Scott A. Smith, 38, refused to plead guilty to a third charge Read More…

Judge tells Elyria man: No more kids

Asim Taylor

ELYRIA — Lorain County Probate Judge James Walther on Wednesday ordered an Elyria man who owes nearly $100,000 in back child support to not have any more children for the next five years while he is on probation. “I put this condition on for one reason and one reason alone,” Walther told Asim Taylor during Read More…