April 24, 2014

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Lorain officer in hospital for psychiatric treatment

OBERLIN — Lorain police officer Corey Earl has been committed to a Willoughby hospital for psychiatric treatment.

Earl, 45, has been in the county jail since his arrest last weekend after being charged with violating a civil protection that his wife sought and a judge granted last month.

Lorain police Chief Cel Rivera placed the veteran officer on paid medical leave Aug. 20, hours after he allegedly went to his estranged wife’s Amherst home armed with a handgun and threatened to kill himself. Two days later Laura Earl was granted the protection order.

During a hearing Wednesday, Laura Earl told county Domestic Relations Magistrate Rene Zafarana that she feared her husband was going to kill her and then himself. She said her husband has expressed suicidal thoughts during their 23-year marriage, but she’s always talked him out of it, as she said she did on Aug. 20.

Oberlin Municipal Court Judge Thomas Januzzi’s order sending Corey Earl to the hospital also mandated that he comply with treatment. He was given three psychological examinations before the order was issued.

If he’s released from the hospital, Corey Earl must wear an ankle bracelet, have no contact with his wife and stay out of Amherst until the charges against him are resolved.