August 2, 2014

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Police officer remains in jail

OBERLIN — A Lorain police officer, who was charged over the weekend for violating a civil protection order filed by his estranged wife, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Oberlin Municipal Court.

Corey Earl, 45, appeared via video arraignment from the county jail, where he has been held since he was arrested Saturday. Earl is being held in a segregated area on a clinical watch, which means he is being closely monitored.

Amherst police picked him up in Lorain on a warrant after an investigation allegedly revealed that he violated the protection order, which his wife of 24 years filed Aug. 22. The couple filed for divorce in March, records show.

Oberlin Municipal Court Judge Thomas Januzzi ruled that in order to be released from jail, Earl must post $1,000 bond, cannot enter Amherst during the pending case, must wear a GPS monitoring ankle bracelet during the case and pass a psychiatric evaluation to determine whether he had suicidal or homicidal tendencies.

Earl had not been released from jail late Tuesday.

Earl’s wife filed the protection order two days after Earl allegedly entered the Amherst home they once shared about 2 a.m. and threatened to shoot himself in front of her.

As part of the protection order, Earl must remain 500 feet from his wife and cannot carry a deadly weapon.

A hearing will be held in county Common Pleas Court today to decide how long that protection order should remain active, which could be up to one year.

Amherst police Lt. Joseph Kucirek would not say whether Earl had broken the 500 feet rule, but did confirm that a weapon was not involved in the most recent incident.

Lorain police Chief Cel Rivera placed Earl on paid administrative leave for medical reasons several hours after Earl told his estranged wife he wanted to die. Rivera said Thursday he won’t decide Earl’s fate until it is known how long it will be until Earl can carry a gun, but said he would not allow Earl back on the force without a doctor’s written approval.

 

Contact Adam Wright at 653-6257 or awright@chroniclet.com.

 
STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE
Lorain Police Officer Corey Earl during his arraignment.