September 17, 2014

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Lorain court clerk faces drug charges; police investigate possible theft

LORAIN — A Lorain Municipal Court deputy clerk of courts was arrested Tuesday during a drug raid by Lorain police and other law enforcement agencies at a Columbo Lane home.

Sierra Dozier, 25, was charged with possession of marijuana, endangering children and permitting drug abuse, Lorain police Lt. Roger Watkins said.

Also arrested during the raid, in which roughly 6 pounds of marijuana and around $1,000 in cash were seized, was Julio Osorio, 26. He was charged with trafficking in cocaine, possession of criminal tools, possession of drug paraphernalia and multiple counts of possession of marijuana.

Watkins said the raid was part of an ongoing drug investigation, but police also discovered evidence that Dozier may have been stealing from the clerk’s office during the search. He declined to discuss the specifics of the suspected theft because that investigation is ongoing.

Watkins said the theft investigation was launched based on what police found during a search of the house and was not part of the reason police went to the house.

Lorain Clerk of Courts Lori Maiorana said she knew little about what city property was found at Dozier’s house, other than there was paperwork identified by police during the raid.

“We had no reason to suspect anything was missing,” Maiorana said.

Maiorana said Dozier has been placed on unpaid leave and stripped of her access to City Hall. She said Dozier’s work computer and hard drive have been taken offline and will be turned over to Lorain police as part of the investigation.

Dozier started in the Lorain Municipal Court as a part-time summer employee working for Judge Mark Mihok in 2007, Maiorana said. Her work performance impressed Maiorana, who said she hired Dozier.

She called Dozier an excellent employee who hasn’t had any disciplinary problems.

“This is an absolute shock to me,” Maiorana said. “She’s been a good worker.”

Lorain police Sgt. Tom Nimon said that Dozier’s 3-year-old child was in the house at the time of the 7:30 a.m. raid, but the girl has been turned over to a relative.

Osorio has previously been to prison on drug and weapons charges after a 2009 raid in which police seized cocaine, marijuana and two loaded handguns.

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