July 30, 2014

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Veterans advocate cited for marijuana possession

Don Attie

SHEFFIELD — Don Attie, a member of Lorain County Veterans Service Commission, is due in Avon Lake Municipal Court today after being cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in May. Lorain County Metro Parks Ranger Capt. Michael Goodrich wrote in his report that he came into contact with Attie after seeing what appeared Read More…

Suspended Lorain teacher indicted

LORAIN — A suspended Lorain elementary school teacher has been indicted on federal child pornography charges. Edward Dembiec, 53, was charged by way of information, according to a news release Monday from U.S. Attorney for Northern Ohio Steven Dettelbach’s office. An information typically is filed when a defendant plans to enter a plea in a Read More…

Avon Lake woman indicted in 2011 husband’s death

Jeane Harrington

ELYRIA — Jeane Harrington has been indicted on murder and felonious assault charges for the 2011 death of her husband, Michael Gabel. Harrington, 56, was served with the secret indictment Friday evening, according to Lorain County Jail officials. The new charges will head off a preliminary hearing scheduled for Monday in Avon Lake Municipal Court Read More…

3 family members charged in drug ring

Thomas Mack

ELYRIA — Three family members have been indicted in connection with a heroin and cocaine trafficking operation that Elyria police broke up in May. Jason Mack, 40, faces charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, possession of criminal tools, trafficking in heroin and cocaine, possession of heroin and cocaine, conspiracy and possession of Read More…

Lorain County Metro Parks to ask for 10-year renewal levy

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AMHERST — The Lorain County Metro Parks board will seek additional money from voters in November. Metro Parks Director Jim Ziemnik said the board voted unanimously Thursday to ask voters to renew an existing 10-year, 1.3-mill levy with a 0.3-mill increase. The levy now brings in about $7.9 million annually and provides the majority of Read More…

Prosecutors appeal judge’s DUI decision

ELYRIA — Prosecutors on Thursday appealed a decision by Lorain County Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi to throw out a specification that would have led to additional mandatory prison time for a repeat DUI offender facing a felony drunken driving charge. Miraldi concluded the specification, which requires a mandatory prison term of one to five Read More…

Avon Lake woman accused of killing her husband in ’11 appears in court

Jeane Harrington, accused of killing her husband in 2011, appears in video arraignment from Lorain County Jail at the Avon Lake Municipal Court on Wednesday.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Before Michael Gabel was killed in 2011, Jeane Harrington told a parishioner at a church she worked at that she had a “surefire way” to kill her husband, Avon Lake Prosecutor John Reulbach Jr. said Wednesday. “She told the person, who is available for trial, that she would wrap Saran Wrap around Read More…

Visiting judge still presiding over some Burge cases

ELYRIA — Although Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge is back to hearing cases involving county Prosecutor Dennis Will’s office, the visiting judge who temporarily took over his docket remains involved in Burge’s cases. Visiting Judge Dale Crawford is scheduled to preside over three sentencing hearings Friday, two involving pleas he took and one Read More…

Children services to put levy on November ballot

ELYRIA — Lorain County Children Services will ask voters for more money in November. The county commissioners approved a request from the agency Wednesday to place a 1.5-mill renewal levy with a .3-mill increase on the ballot. The levy now produces about $8.7 million of Children Services’ annual budget of $17 million, Executive Director Scott Read More…

UPDATED: Wellington credit union robbery suspect arrested

James Wingard

WELLINGTON — James Wingard was sitting in a Cleveland bar talking to the FBI on the phone when Cleveland police arrested him Wednesday for allegedly robbing the LorMet Community Credit Union in Wellington on Saturday. Wellington Police Chief Mike Barrett said another patron in the bar had overheard the 48-year-old Wingard’s conversation and contacted police. Read More…