October 25, 2014

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Elyria man indicted on tampering charges in shooting

ELYRIA – A 19-year-old Elyria man has been indicted on a tampering with evidence charge stemming from his involvement in the shooting death of 17-year-old Charles “Chuckie” Howard Jr.

Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will declined to say what evidence Alverno Howse Jr. tampered with at the scene of Howard’s shooting. The tampering charge carried a firearms specification.

Charles was shot once in the chest on Aug. 19 inside a home at the corner of Taft and Hayes avenues and likely died instantly.

Will said no one has been charged as the shooter in the killing and the investigation remains ongoing.

Elyria police Lt. Andy Eichenlaub did not return a call seeking comment Friday.

Eichenlaub has said in the past that Howse was not armed and refused to cooperate with police when he was arrested by police a day after the shooting.

Howse was shot in the arm on July 25 while driving on Middle Avenue near 13th Street, according to police.

He is currently awaiting trial on another tampering with evidence charge – also with a firearms specification – stemming from a Feb. 9 incident as well as unrelated weapons, obstruction and aggravated menacing charges, according to court records.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call police at (440) 323-3302.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.