April 18, 2015


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…

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

Luis Dejesus

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


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

Robert Shaw appears via video link at a hearing where a judge granted the 91-year-old man an early release from prison.

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…