November 25, 2014

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Cops end Lorain Youth Baseball probe

LORAIN — Lorain police wrapped up an investigation into former Lorain Youth Baseball League President Chuck Camera and forwarded the results to Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will for review.

Camera, who has not been charged, fell under scrutiny last year after he turned the reins of the league over to the current president, Dave Szabo, who noticed financial discrepancies.

Lorain police Sgt. Mark Carpentiere said the investigation was turned over to Will’s office after police completed their review. Will said his office is reviewing the findings and may seek additional information.

Neither Carpentiere nor Will would discuss what they have learned so far.

“It’s an ongoing investigation,” Will said.

Camera, who is also the Lorain Street Department commissioner, headed the league for more than a decade until he stepped down last October.

The nonprofit league serves children ages 5 through 14 and has more than 70 teams that are supported by players’ fees, sponsorships, advertising and concessions.

Szabo said this week that he doesn’t know exactly how much money the league is missing, but for the past year, it has been operating using estimates because he had virtually no financial documents. “The only thing I was given was the expenses for a few years,” he said.

Camera, who remains on the job for the city, declined to comment on the investigation Wednesday.

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