December 19, 2014

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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…

Judge: Man to have no more kids until he supports those he has

Asim Taylor

ELYRIA — Lorain County Probate Judge James Walther ordered a defendant in a criminal nonsupport case not to have any more children until he can prove he can financially support the ones he already has. Walther handed down the order to Asim Taylor during a sentencing hearing today. Taylor pleaded guilty last year to charges Read More…

Medina Schools teacher pleads no contest to pot plants

Shannon Briggs

ELYRIA — A Medina Schools teacher, inside whose home North Ridgeville police discovered a marijuana growing operation, has pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct persisting and possession of drug paraphernalia charges. Shannon Briggs, 34, was fined $500, given a suspended jail sentence and ordered to undergo substance abuse treatment following her plea Tuesday in Elyria Read More…

Board recommends reprieve for condemned killer

The Ohio Parole Board on Friday recommended that Gov. John Kasich spare condemned killer Ronald Ray Post, who is scheduled to be executed next month. The recommendation, which was released one day before the 29th anniversary of Helen Vantz’s murder on Dec. 15, 1983, wasn’t unanimous. Three of the Parole Board members argued that Post Read More…

Joe Biden tells Lorain crowd: ‘Folks, we need you’

Vice President Joe Biden addresses the crowd Monday at Lorain High School. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY BRUCE BISHOP)

LORAIN — Vice President Joe Biden told the boisterous crowd packed into the Lorain High School gym on Monday that they are key to President Barack Obama’s re-election effort. “Folks, we need you,” Biden said as he wrapped up his half-hour long speech. “Together we can win Ohio and we win Ohio, we win this Read More…

Barack Obama, Mitt Romney aren’t the only ones seeking presidency

President Barack Obama and his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, both have painted this year’s election as a choice between their respective visions for America. But they’re not the only choices available to voters heading to the polls to pick the next leader of the free world. In addition to the two major party candidates, the Read More…

Josh Mandel, Sherrod Brown clash in U.S. Senate race debate

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Avon, debate Monday at the Renaissance Hotel in Cleveland. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY BRUCE BISHOP)

CLEVELAND — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and his Republican opponent, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, each attacked the other man’s integrity and positions during the first of three scheduled debates in their fiercely contested race. Standing next to Mandel at a podium before a sold-out crowd at the Renaissance Hotel in Cleveland, Brown accused his opponent Read More…

Charges: Poison poured, tens of thousands of fish die in river

A 79-year-old Grafton man is facing federal criminal charges for allegedly dumping a drum of liquid cyanide into a storm drain that flowed into a branch of the Rocky River and killed more than 30,000 fish. Renato Montorsi’s 74-year-old wife, Teresina Montorsi, also faces charges for allegedly helping her husband cover up evidence of his Read More…

Man indicted for bringing weapons to movie theater

Scott A. Smith

The North Ridgeville man accused of taking a loaded pistol and four knives to a showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Westlake on Aug. 4 has been indicted on three weapons counts. Scott A. Smith, 37, is charged with two counts of carrying concealed weapons and one count of having weapons under disability. Smith’s Read More…