December 22, 2014

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Lorain police officer jailed

ELYRIA — A Lorain police officer whose estranged wife filed a protection order against him earlier this month was arrested Saturday in Amherst for violating a civil protection order, according to Amherst police. Corey Earl, 45, was arrested Saturday afternoon by

Amherst police and taken to the county jail about 6 p.m., according to jail records.

 
Earl

Amherst police say they were investigating reports that Earl had violated a civil protection order that his wife of 24 years had filed on Aug. 22.

“After a preliminary investigation, it was determined that enough probable cause existed to issue a warrant,” Amherst police Lt. Joseph Kucirek said.

Police later found Earl in Lorain and took him into custody without incident.

While a violation of the protection order is a first-degree misdemeanor, police say that the investigation is ongoing, and other charges are pending.

Earl was being held without bond until a hearing Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. in Oberlin Municipal Court, according to jail records.

Lorain police administrators placed Earl on paid leave on Aug. 20 for medical issues, but that was the same day he allegedly entered his wife’s Amherst home and threatened to kill himself, according to an Amherst police report.

Lorain police Chief Cel Rivera said Thursday that Earl would need a doctor’s approval to return to duty, but Rivera could not be reached late Saturday to discuss Earl’s most recent incident.

Earl and his wife filed for divorce in March of this year, and his wife obtained the restraining order against him on Aug. 22 after an incident two days prior, the day Earl allegedly entered her Amherst home.

An Amherst police report from that day said Earl entered his former wife’s home about 2 a.m. that morning carrying a gun and threatening to kill himself. His wife was able to calm him down after about 30 minutes and take the gun away, the report said.

In addition to Saturday’s incident and the Aug. 20 incident, Amherst police had been called to the couple’s home on July 6 when they responded to an alleged argument, and again on Aug. 13 when Earl was allegedly sending his wife a number of text messages.

Earl wasn’t charged in the July 6 or Aug. 13 incidents, and the Aug. 20 incident resulted in the civil protection order.

That protection order prohibits Earl from carrying a deadly weapon, so his future with Lorain police remains uncertain, since a county Common Pleas Court judge will decide how long the protection order will remain in effect — and it could be up to a year.

Rivera said Thursday he’ll await a judge’s decision before deciding Earl’s fate, but Saturday’s incident is certain to exacerbate the problem.

Earl is a highly decorated officer in Lorain, with numerous commendations and high rankings in his annual reviews. He served on the

Lorain police SWAT team and the county’s Strike Team, and has represented the department as a member of the U.S. Marshals.

Contact Shawn Foucher at 653-6255 or sfoucher@chroniclet.com.