October 23, 2014

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Lorain County engineer arrested on domestic violence charge

 

Ken Carney

Ken Carney

AMHERST TWP. — Lorain County Engineer Ken Carney was arrested on a domestic violence charge Friday after allegedly assaulting his live-in girlfriend during a drunken argument.

Lorain County sheriff’s deputies were called to Carney’s Quail Hollow Court home about 9:30 p.m. by a neighbor, who reported hearing screaming coming from the house.

Deputy Zara Hudson wrote that when he and other deputies arrived, the house was quiet, but he saw an intoxicated Carney running from the kitchen to the front door with car keys in his hand.

Carney, 65, told deputies that he had been arguing with his girlfriend, 62-year-old Colleen Donnelly, earlier in the evening and that she was in the master bedroom.

Hudson wrote that Donnelly told him the couple began arguing about 8:30 p.m. over something “petty” and that the confrontation turned physical.

“Ms. Donnelly stated that Mr. Carney began to poke her in the chest. She further advised that Mr. Carney then pushed her against the wall and screamed at her,” Hudson wrote. “She also advised that during the above altercation, she picked up the house phone to call 911 and Mr. Carney grabbed the phone from her and made a motion that he was going to hit her with it.”

Donnelly said similar instances of physical violence have occurred in the past, including altercations that have left her with bruises and abrasions, according to the report. Donnelly, who acknowledged having two glasses of wine Friday, said it “happens almost everytime (sic) that Mr. Carney consumes alcohol.”

Hudson wrote that when he asked Donnelly why she had never contacted deputies in the past, she replied “that she is afraid that nothing will happen to Mr. Carney or no one will believe her because of his title.”

Although deputies didn’t see any sign of injuries on Donnelly on Friday, she told them she wanted to file charges against Carney.

After Carney was arrested, he denied wrongdoing.

“Mr. Carney only advised that the above altercation never occurred and that Ms. Donnelly was making it up,” Hudson wrote.

This isn’t Carney’s first brush with the law or allegations of domestic violence.

He was charged with domestic violence in 2000 for striking his then-girlfriend with a bag of cheeseburgers and his fist, but the charge was reduced to attempted assault as part of a plea deal.

Carney was arrested again in 2001 for a drunken driving incident and was convicted of DUI and disorderly conduct, according to Oberlin Municipal Court records. He also was arrested in 2003 for disorderly conduct and pleaded no contest in that case.

In 2006, Carney was arrested on another DUI charge in Cleveland following a brief police chase and car crash. He pleaded out in that case as well and was sentenced to 14 days in jail with work release privileges.

Since then, Carney, who has been county engineer since 1989, has said he had gotten sober and was attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, but Hudson wrote that it was obvious Carney had been drinking Friday.

“It was apparent that he had been consuming an unknown alcoholic beverage,” the report said. “His eyes were bloodshot and glassy. He had a hard time speaking and formulating sentences. There was also a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath.”

Carney remained in the Lorain County Jail on Saturday, according to jail records. He is due in court Tuesday.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @BradDickenCT.


  • rustynut012

    He’s to proud to be seen at a AAA meeting.How many times does it take before he hurts someone? Just what the county needs,more bad news!

  • Don Grantzki

    Better yet, why doesn’t one of them just leave the dwelling? Unless, of course, they both are on the deed. Proving you didn’t harm your spouse or “significant other” is harder to do for a man than it is for a woman.

  • Larry Crnobrnja

    And the best part is, Lorain County Democrats keep voting for this guy.

  • SniperFire

    Move away, LCCC grads!
    This is the kind of politician the locals elect to represent you.

  • Sis Delish

    Wouldn’t surprise me if Carney wasn’t a big Alec Baldwin supporter…

    • Greed Kills

      Were you surprised when no W.M.D’s (weapons of mass destruction ) were found in Iraq. Greed Kills

      • Sis Delish

        Lemme understand your brain.

        With your post, you wish to blame George Bush for Carney’s Arrest?

        Get some original thinking going, it’s quite liberating.

        • Some thing is wrong here

          “Lemme understand your brain.”

          With your post, you wish to blame Alec Baldwin for Carney’s Arrest?

          Get some original thinking going, it’s quite liberating.

          • Sis Delish

            Some thing is wrong here <—- something is wrong here.

          • Some thing is wrong here

            Yes there is with you. I used your logic
            and you didn’t like it.

      • Simon Jester

        The WMDs Hussein didn’t use when he didn’t gas 50,000 civilians?

        • gun lover

          sing the old party line

    • Rtgh123

      I know you’re a Republican high school dropout who is attempting to be clever. Think about the double negatives in your sentence. If you’re trying to say that Carney probably supports Alec Baldwin, then get rid of one of the negatives in your sentence. Derp.

      • Sis Delish

        Oh contrare, the double negatives are for Mr. Carney hisself. After he sobers up, let him figure out if he is still seeing Double Anything.

        As for the R dig, most R’s don’t need Gov’t Jobs, they’re quite content being paid what they are worth in the Private marketplace, regardless of their dropout status.

  • susan hill brown

    Burge won’t do a thing except let him free. Don’t forget if you promise Burge something, you are free. Carney will promise to never drink again and attend AAA 5-7 times/week.

    • Razorback Twou

      Burge only handles felony cases, which this is not. Wake up, Susan. Learn about the law before you bad mouth people.

      • CrookedElyriaCops

        if im not mistaken,,your second DV charge is a felony,,says he was charged in 2000 with a DV,,

        • kyleherndon

          He was. It was with his longtime girlfriend, Carla Restivo. They fought often, as he spent more time at Put n Bay with her, than on his taxpaying job. He boasted that he had enough people to run the department without him around, so would work only 2-3 days a week. How do I know? We were with them much of the time.

      • susan hill brown

        1) I use my real name unlike you. 2) CrookedElyriaCops thinks his second DV charge is a felony.

        • CrookedElyriaCops

          A first conviction of domestic violence for an act of physical violence or attempted physical violence is a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

          A second conviction of domestic violence for an act of physical violence or attempted physical violence is a felony of the fifth degree, punishable by a $2,500 fine and a definite period of incarceration of six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, or twelve months.
          a third DV is a felony of the 3rd degree

          • susan hill brown

            Thank you!!! If Razorback Twou can’t understand your clear and concise definition, they need to not comment like they did to me 5 hours ago.

          • Razorback Twou

            He took a plea deal on his first DV. If convicted on this charge it will be his first.DV conviction. Read the story, susan. It is a misdemeanor so Burge will not be involved.

  • Rosa Garcia-Gee

    I am so burnt out on his poor judgement .

  • Bill

    AAA has meetings?

    • Frank Siegfried

      Yep, right before they change your tire and get you some maps!!LOL

    • Rtgh123

      This is what you get when high school dropouts do the majority of commenting on the Chronicle’s website.

  • woodyhaze

    Thank God he didn’t smoke any of that evil marijuana, alcohol is so much safer. :-)

  • GreatRedeemer

    Another Lorain county politico story with alcohol being mentioned. . In the private sector people struggle obtaining employment with records of disorder conduct, dui amongst others.
    While I’ve never been disappointed in the quality of his work, personal behavior often speaks to character; personally and representatively oft the county that you serve. It is not the other way around.

  • speed trap

    If you only knew of all the shenanigans that go on at his County Garage

    • Cranbury

      People know they just don’t do anything about it.

      • vote for ken carney

        DID YOU WORK THERE?

        • kyleherndon

          I didn’t, but I spent more days than I wish to remember for a few summers while he played at the Bay with Carla. We were together often. He’s a nice guy when he doesn’t drink……or so it appears. Doesn’t work very hard at all!!!!

    • vote for ken carney

      The county garage has gone down hill for the past 4 years or so as carney hired some joker that was a mechanic at odot. He does a very poor job as superintendent and abuse’s lots of unnecessary overtime

      • blood money

        While the Engineer is not required to show up at his office ,his County Garage Superintendent earns an extra $40,000 yearly in overtime pay while his buddy who was recently hired as his assistant is learning the ropes on the overtime gravy train.

  • Cranbury

    I am a very active member of AA and I never ever seen this man at a meeting or his name being brought up in any conversations.

    • Razorback Twou

      That is why it is called ” Alcoholics Anonymous”, idiot. Care to leave your real name with this post?

      • susan hill brown

        You are calling out Cranbury for not using their real name. You have a lot to talk about since YOU DO NOT USE YOUR REAL NAME!!!!!!!!!!!

        • WTFnext

          No, read the comment!! Cranbury is being called out because they are disclosing the membership of AA meetings. Read the comment before running your mouth.

          • Razorback Twou

            Thank you.

          • susan hill brown

            No, again. I said Razorback Twou was calling out Cranbury for not using his real name – NOT for disclosing the membership of AA meetings.

          • Razorback Twou

            wrong

      • Cranbury

        I am just making the statement for if he was in the rooms of AA on a regular basis and worked the program he would still me sober. That is the only point I am making. My point is if he did attend meetings he didn’t stick around long enough for anyone to get to know him. No need to call me a idiot either. That just show your immaturity and inability to communicated with people on a rational level.

        • Razorback Twou

          F**k you idiot.

    • WTFnext

      I can’t believe you really just said that. Aren’t AA Meetings confidential?How dare you disclose the membership or non-membership of anyone. Your mouth is running away with you. Are you sure you didn’t hit the bottle before getting on here? Your brain is cloudy from something!!

      • Cranbury

        No they are not confidential unless the person attending them wants them to be. If he was on paper ordered my the courts than it would be public record and anyone would know. Older members like myself are not embarrassed by attending meetings. They are what keeps me a live today. Alcoholism is a disease that needs to be treated like any other disease needs to be treated. You may want to look at your comment in s different light. I never disclosed anyone membership, but mine.

        • Razorback Twou

          wrong again

  • Maria

    Great man with a problem. Amazing County Engineer as well.

    • Simon Jester

      Jesus tap dancing Christ…

      He’s a drunk, useless political hack that would be unemployable in the private sector.

      • Maria

        He’s been engineer since 87 sweetheart and you don’t hear to many complains.. Now go away.

        • Simon Jester

          Don’t patronize me, “sweetheart”

          People like you are how we end up with career politicians. “He’s been in office for SO long ,he must be good!” is the root of everything that’s wrong with our country.

          Wait until that lush kills someone while driving around sloshed.

          Anyone else does what he does, and they’re in jail for domestic violence with a drivers licence that’s been revoked for years.

          Pull that stunt as a beloved county engineer and you’re a “Great and Amazing Man”

          You sicken me.

          • Maria

            I can only hope and pray no one in your family have a disease. May God be with you.

          • Simon Jester

            May God be with whoever that drunk shares the road with.

          • vote for ken carney

            THE ONLY REASON WHY KEN IS SUCH A GOOD ENGINEER IS CAUSE THE PEOPLE THAT WORK FOR HIM DO ALL THE WORK NOT HIM. THE COUNTY WORKERS SHOULD GET THE CREDIT FOR THE GOOD JOB NOT HIM OR THE OTHERS THAT DO NOTHING BUT DRIVE AROUND AND LOOK FOR DEER

          • Simon Jester

            Please stay off of my side on this….

          • kyleherndon

            Absolutely correct….and he brags about it.

          • Razorback Twou

            “domestic violence with a drivers license that’s been revoked”. DV is not a driving offense, hence no license revoked.

          • Simon Jester

            I’m referring to the times that he’s been pulled over, obviously drunk, and turned loose because he’s the County Engineer and a Great Man (!!)

    • vote for ken carney

      now everything makes sense why our county roads are so messed up . the guy in charge is messed up!

      • Guest

        Make sure your not talking about city roads. He has no control over those.

        • Simon Jester

          You vote, and still can’t manage to use “your and you’re” or “to and too” right in a sentence???

          Why am I not surprised you think the drunk Engineer is a hero?

          • vote for ken carney

            I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT CITY ROADS. COUNTY ROADS ARE CLEARLY MARKED BEGIN AND END COUNTY ROAD. AND YES I ADMIT MY GRAMMAR IS NOT THE BEST. I AM NOT A POLITICIAN I DO MAKE MISTAKES

        • Simon Jester

          Way to go hide behind that guest tab, Maria.

    • kyleherndon

      How can he be an “amazing” engineer. He hardly works.

  • Simon Jester

    That useless drunk needs to go. Too bad he’s an established democrat.

    • vote for ken carney

      NO ONE RUNS AGAINST HIM. MY 8 YEAR OLD NEPHEW COULD DO A BETTER JOB THEN HIM.

      • Guest

        People have gone up against him darling(;

        • vote for ken carney

          HEY DARLING, NO ONE HAS RAN AGAINST HIM FOR A THINK 3 TERMS . OR IS IT BEEN 2? AND YOU SHOULD BE STICKING UP FOR Colleen Donnelly NOT KEN

          • Maria

            I would rather not

          • Maria

            She was drinking as well? Who’s to say she’s not a drunk.

        • Simon Jester

          Maria, again, for those just joining us.

          • stillsleepyeyes

            sounds like maria is the mistress………………….

  • Sis Delish

    I seem to recall he mechanics at the County Garage (Engineer’s Oversight) also work on the fleet of cars and othe vehicles used by the Sheriff. No doubt, ADeal Shall Be Made.

    • vote for ken carney

      THE SHERIFFS HAVE THERE OWN MECHANIC.

  • Jeff

    Yet another tale of scratch my back I’ll scratch yours!!!!! He won’t get in no trouble.When he should of been kicked out of office years ago.Fine example of crime does pay and with his job,very good evidently.

  • vote for ken carney

    I AGREE. WHEN YOU MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS HIM YOU CAN BUY ANYTHING. LETS JUST HOPE HE DOESN’T KILL SOMEONE NEXT TIME HE DRIVES DRUNK AGAIN. MONEY CANT BUY A LIFE

  • Jeff

    Such a good member of society.Remember kids crime does pay!!!

  • vote for ken carney

    KEEPING KEN IN JAIL IS JUST WASTING MORE OF OUR TAX DOLLARS.LOL BUT INSTEAD ITS KEEPING US SAFE AND HIM OFF THE ROAD.

    • WTFnext

      You have to stay in jail until you go in front of the judge on a domestic violence charge. Since it happened late Friday night, he had to wait until Monday morning. Rest assured the safety of the public was not a factor in determining his incarceration.

  • Conservator440

    How many more times must this man mess up before he gets booted? Voters in this county continue to elect this man, and he betrays the public trust. Wake up democrats and toss this guy. He gives democrats a big black eye. or do you consider DWI and domestic violence a value?

  • Arietta Sullivan

    so many comments for a story that is always happening between some men&women,around the world. this one is special cause it tied into politics. her best bet,when the old man is at work,pack up your stuff&get out. there is always a way to get out. if not, why doesn’t these men/women that are cowards&hit on their significant other &when they get charged with domestic violence,why doesn’t a kidnapping charge get strung on it?? with the women they always say ‘ i couldn’t leave’.

    • michelle

      It’s hard to break the cycle. Shame is a big part of it. Now that it has hit the papers, that should help motivate her to get out of there.

  • kyleherndon

    He did the same years ago with my friend, Carla Restivo, RIP. Sad the public keeps re-electing this sick man.

  • GreatRedeemer

    Now that the CT has added that photo, it can’t help be noted
    that it looks mighty different than the campaign literature that is distributed.

  • THEBARON3

    GLAD THE C-T HAS THE GUTS TO PRINT THE STORY – THE M J WILL JUST POST THE HEADLINE – THIS GUY IS SICK – THE GIRL HE HIT WITH THE BAG OF CHEESEBURGERS WAS A NICE PERSON I ALWAYS THOUGHT – MAY SHE RIP – PUT THIS ANIMAL AWAY OR TAKE HIS JOB – ITS BEEN DONE TO OTHERS FOR LESS

  • Bubba1

    Hes a good guy. She probably deserved it.

    • Larry Crnobrnja

      Troll.

    • Otter

      Oh yeah, he’s a great guy. Gets drunk, beats up women, gets in his car and drives….Your moronic comment that she “probably deserved it” is the usual defense of a wife beater. Hopefully they will lock him up, BEFORE he kills someone.

  • bigmacky

    AND he still gets elected – dumocrats

    • greed is good

      and you will be voting for Jeb Bush

      • bigmacky

        no im going to dig up Ronald and make him run again

      • Simon Jester

        Troll

  • Airborne2

    LOL…….and people keep electing this drunk !!!! How does he get away with it? This has been his MO for years!!!!

  • mike

    Im glad i left Lorain county, this is the 1000th time some lorain county elected official was caught drunk and arrested and they are going to get re elected and get no punishment from law enforcement. I don’t care if their Democrat or Republican but the politicans in Lorain are career politicians who only care about themselves, their is no jobs for college grads in Lorain besides “Burger King cashier” and the entire county is turning into a ghetto…look at Midway Mall as an example. That is why im glad that at least in the last election the people in Lorain voted for independent candidates rather then the democrat career politicians.

    So yea he will be re elected