May 1, 2016

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About Brad Dicken

Brad Dicken is the senior writer for the Chronicle-Telegram. He covers courts and county government, and has been with the Chronicle since 2001. He can be reached at 329-7147 or BDicken@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter.

Witness: Gabel talked suicide

ELYRIA — Michael Gabel once said that if he were to kill himself it would be by wrapping plastic wrap around his face, a former co-worker told jurors Friday in the murder trial of Gabel’s wife, Jeane Harrington. Dan Walker testified that although Gabel, whom he described as “the most miserable man on the planet,” Read More…

Twilight Boutique owners get federal sentences

A Grafton Township couple has been sentenced to federal prison for selling illegal synthetic marijuana at a chain of “head shops” they operated throughout Ohio and a shop in New York. Sean Lightner, 41, was given a three-year prison sentence in the case, while Sherry Lightner, 40, was given two years behind bars during their Read More…

Two indicted in federal court on child porn charges

Two Elyria men, including a school security officer, have been indicted on federal child pornography charges. Brian Sanner, 25, who had worked security at a Cleveland elementary school, and David Six, 57, who has been described by authorities as Sanner’s romantic partner, originally were arrested on state child pornography charges after a raid on their Read More…

Lawsuit by former coroner over firing goes to federal court

The trial over former Lorain County Coroner Dr. Paul Matus’ lawsuit stemming from his 2013 firing as medical director of the county’s General Health District began Thursday in a federal courtroom in Cleveland. Matus’ lawsuit centers on the Board of Health’s decision to terminate his contract over concerns about his behavior while he was being Read More…

Witnesses say Gabel was not suicidal

ELYRIA — Despite his financial woes and troubled relationship with his wife, Jeane Harrington, Michael Gabel never talked about suicide, his friends and co-workers said Thursday during testimony in Harrington’s murder trial. Harrington, 58, is accused of shocking Gabel, 55, with a stun gun 20 times before suffocating him with plastic wrap and staging the Read More…

Former guest testifies in Harrington murder trial

ELYRIA — Accused killer Jeane Harrington often talked of ways to kill her husband, a former houseguest told jurors Wednesday as Harrington’s murder trial continued. In addition to asking the former pharmacy technician what dosage of rat poison and various drugs she would need to use to kill Michael Gabel, Harrington also allegedly described how Read More…

Republic pulls plug on request to close part of Butternut Ridge

ELYRIA — Republic Services has scrapped a request to close a portion of Butternut Ridge Road to allow dirt-filled trucks to move between its landfill on the south side of the road and company-owned property to the north. The move comes after neighboring property owners and others who travel the 0.85-mile stretch of road in Read More…

Trial begins for Avon Lake woman accused of 2011 murder of husband

ELYRIA — Michael Gabel died in his Avon Lake home from the plastic wrap covering his head, of that both prosecutors and defense attorneys for his wife agree, but they clashed during opening arguments in Jeane Harrington’s murder trial Tuesday over whether Gabel’s death was murder or suicide. Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Tony Cillo told Read More…

Suicide or murder? Jurors begin hearing evidence in 2011 Avon Lake death

ELYRIA — Nearly five years after Michael Gabel was found dead in his Avon Lake home, jurors will begin hearing evidence today about whether he was killed by his wife. Jeane Harrington, 58, has denied being responsible for the death of Gabel, who was found sitting on a couch in their home with heavy plastic Read More…

Appeals court upholds domestic violence jail sentence for Lorain County Engineer

ELYRIA — An appeals court has upheld a 30-day jail sentence for Lorain County Engineer Ken Carney for a 2014 criminal mischief conviction stemming from an argument with his then-live-in girlfriend. Carney already had served four days in jail following his May 16, 2014, arrest on the original domestic violence charge that later was reduced Read More…