March 5, 2015

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Murder trial begins in 1976 slaying

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ELYRIA — Bobbie New killed Dorothy Spencer during a domestic argument that turned violent, Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Sherry Glass told jurors on the first day of New’s murder trial Tuesday. Glass said New, now 73, confessed to the killing to his family, including his nephew, key prosecution witness Perry Strader, not long after he Read More…

Suspect in 1976 murder goes to trial

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ELYRIA — Nearly 39 years after Dorothy Spencer was found beaten and shot in her Camden Township mobile home, her accused killer will go on trial on a murder charge today. Spencer died three days she was found March 14, 1976, and law enforcement quickly identified her live-in boyfriend, Bobbie New, as the prime suspect. Read More…

Man sentenced for fatal shooting during 2011 home invasion

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ELYRIA — Luis Dejesus was sentenced Monday to 22 years to life in prison on murder and other charges for the 2011 slaying of Stephen Mihalak during a home invasion in New Russia Township. The sentence, handed down by Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski, also covered an unrelated felonious assault charge from a Read More…

Lawsuit adds to Lorain club’s money troubles

LORAIN — The Mexican Mutual Society settled two lawsuits that had accused the financially struggling social club of improperly broadcasting pay-per-view boxing matches at the bar it owns. Joel Arredondo, the society’s president, acknowledged that last year’s settlement, which was contingent on the club making two payments to J&J Sports Productions, has played a role Read More…

Shooter pleads guilty to murder in home invasion

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ELYRIA — A former Lorain man pleaded guilty Thursday to murder and other charges for the 2011 shooting death of Stephen Mihalak. Luis Dejesus, 40, also pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, felonious assault and weapons charges in connection with the killing, which Lorain County sheriff’s deputies have said took place during a robbery in New Read More…

Judge James Burge to defend himself in public corruption case

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ELYRIA — Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge will be allowed to represent himself during his upcoming trial on public corruption charges. Visiting Judge Dale Crawford announced the decision during a hearing Wednesday in which he also agreed to allow defense attorney Michael Stepanik to work with Burge during the trial, which is now Read More…

Judge grants early release to 91-year-old mercy killer

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ELYRIA — A county judge has ordered the early release of a 91-year-old man who was serving a four-year prison term for the “mercy killing” of his wife in 2008. Robert Shaw, 91, was sentenced to prison by Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski in August and became eligible for early release after serving Read More…

Proposed amendment would allow residents to grow marijuana

Ohioans would be able to grow up to four marijuana plants for personal use under a revised constitutional amendment proposed by ResponsibleOhio. The initial draft ballot language for the marijuana legalization amendment, released last week, hadn’t allowed people to grow their own plants, a restriction that drew criticism from other pro-marijuana advocates. “After extensive conversations Read More…

Lorain County company provides drone for Bruce Willis movie ‘Wake’

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CLEVELAND HTS. — A Lorain County company is making drones for the bad guys, at least those who dwell in Hollywood’s imagination. Dronewerx is providing custom-built and ominous-looking drones for “Wake,” an action movie starring Bruce Willis and Ben Kingsley that began filming in the Greater Cleveland area Monday. Matt Mishak and Mike Hanna, the Read More…

Engineer atop list of Lorain County earners

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ELYRIA – Lorain County Engineer Ken Carney was the highest-paid county employee in 2014. Carney earned $133,717.34 last year, according to figures provided by county Auditor Craig Snodgrass’ office. Carney’s salary actually came from two different sources. He earned $99,209 in his role as the elected county engineer and $34,508.34 as the county’s appointed sanitary Read More…