March 29, 2015

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No-contest plea made in dog hanging

John Daughney

LORAIN — A Lorain man has pleaded no contest to charges he hanged his dog. John Wayne Daughney, 36, entered the plea to cruelty to companion animals and killing or injuring companion animals during an appearance Monday in Lorain Municipal Court. Defense attorney JD Tomlinson said his client, who remains jailed for allegedly violating the Read More…

Driver who crashed stolen SUV receives 6-year sentence

Danielle Grogg appears in court Monday for with her attorney, Michael Towne, for sentencing on involuntary manslaughter and other charges for crashing a stolen SUV. BRAD DICKEN/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Tears welled in Danielle Grogg’s eyes as she apologized in court Monday for killing her cousin last year when she crashed a stolen sport-utility vehicle. Grogg, 33, was sentenced to six years in prison during her appearance before Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski, who also suspended her driving privileges for life. Read More…

Bobbie New guilty of murder in 1976 killing


ELYRIA — Perry Strader said he has long lived in the shadow cast by his family helping Bobbie New cover up killing Dorothy Spencer in 1976, and he promised his mother on her death bed nearly five years ago he would bring closure to Spencer’s family. “I told her before she died,” he said. “I Read More…

Key witness in murder trial: My parents protected a guilty man


ELYRIA — Perry Strader testified Thursday during the third day of Bobbie New’s murder trial that his uncle told him and his parents that he had beaten and shot Dorothy Spencer because she was “running her lip.” The investigation into the March 13, 1976, shooting of Spencer inside the Camden Township mobile home she and Read More…

Man faces death penalty in shooting of pizza delivery driver

Benjamin Davis

ELYRIA — A Lorain man is facing a potential death sentence after being indicted on capital aggravated murder and other charges for allegedly gunning down a pizza delivery driver during a robbery last year. Benjamin Davis, 29, also is charged with murder, felonious assault, tampering with evidence, theft and weapons charges, according to an indictment Read More…

Another woman files suit against ‘hypnotic’ attorney

Michael W. Fine

ELYRIA — A North Ridgeville woman has sued Sheffield attorney Michael W. Fine, accusing him of hypnotizing her and giving her sexual commands. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court, also names Fine’s former law firm, Smith, Illner & Gemelas as defendants and accuses them of failing to properly supervise Fine, who Read More…

Emergency call in murder case came from home of suspect’s relatives


ELYRIA — The phone call requesting an ambulance for the wounded Dorothy Spencer came from the home phone of her accused killer’s sister, witnesses said Wednesday in the second day of Bobbie New’s murder trial. Bruce Meadows, a retired employee of the telephone company once known as Lorain Telephone, testified the long distance call to Read More…

Murder trial begins in 1976 slaying


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


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


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…