March 31, 2015


Corrections officer jailed in wife’s death resigns

ELYRIA — William Dembie Jr. has resigned from his post as a corrections officer at the Lorain County Jail.

William Dembie Jr.

William Dembie Jr.

Dembie is currently being held in the Erie County Jail on murder and domestic violence charges for allegedly stabbing his wife, Holly Dembie, to death last week.

Lorain County Sheriff Phil Stammitti said that Dembie resigned Monday during a meeting in Erie County with Lt. Jack Hammond, the administrator of the Lorain County Jail. Stammitti said his office had been preparing for disciplinary hearings for Dembie, who had been on unpaid leave since his arrest.

Dembie called the sheriff’s office around 1:30 a.m. Thursday to report that he had killed his wife at the couple’s Cowley Road home in Garfton Township.

Read Wednesday’s Chronicle for more on this story.