March 29, 2015

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Credit union robber receives probation

James Wingard

LYRIA — The Wellington man who robbed the LorMet Community Credit Union in July was sentenced last week to three years of probation, according to court records. James Wingard, 39, pleaded guilty in December to robbery and tampering with evidence charges in the case. Wingard went to the credit union in Wellington twice on July Read More…

Lorain man sentenced to 6 years in rape case

ELYRIA — A Lorain man was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison on rape and other charges for having sexual relations with a teenager in 2012. Robert Dripcheck, 30, had been expected to receive five years in the case under the terms of his plea deal with prosecutors but missed his original sentencing hearing Read More…

Murder suspect faces drug charges

Nicole Villegas

ELYRIA — Homicide suspect Nicole Villegas, accused of shooting Lamar Capers Nov. 24, has been arrested on drug charges while out on bond. A police report was unavailable Tuesday, but police Lt. Lee Frank said Villegas was arrested Monday and charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Villegas, 32, said in a Read More…

Court partially overturns conviction in drunken-driving crash

ELYRIA — An appeals court has partially overturned the conviction of a former Lorain man who was behind the wheel when his girlfriend was killed in a drunken-driving crash in 2010. The 9th District Court of Appeals ruled that Wilfredo Osorio Jr. shouldn’t have been found guilty of driving without a license because he wasn’t Read More…

Avon Lake man convicted of fraud

A federal jury has convicted an Avon Lake man of fraud and other charges for siphoning off more than $10 million from a credit union that ultimately collapsed. Gezim “Jimmy” Selgjekaj, 43, was convicted of a total of 27 charges, including conspiracy, bank bribery, money laundering and financial institution fraud late last month, according to Read More…

Lorain sells out of presale tickets for boys basketball playoff game

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Lorain High sold all of its 500 allotted presale tickets for the Titans’ opening boys basketball playoff game this morning. Lorain High athletic director Bryan Koury said the tickets were split between the Charleston administration center and the high school, and that before they opened the doors this morning there was a line of people Read More…

March 2015 Photo Gallery

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View and buy photos shot by Chronicle-Telegram photographers during the month of March. Keep checking back, as the gallery will be updated throughout the month.

Juvenile admits to firing realistic-looking pellet gun

A 15-year-old boy was arrested after being seen carrying this pellet gun. COURTESY LORAIN POLICE

LORAIN — A boy carrying a realistic-looking pellet gun admitted to “test-firing” the gun outside of a store Saturday. Police went to Shak’s Corner at 2209 W. 21st St. about 9 p.m. after receiving a report that a boy was inside the store with a gun. When they arrived, police found a 15-year-old boy matching Read More…

Third person involved in Penfield Township crash dies

A passenger in a Feb. 20 crash on state Route 18 in Penfield Township died Thursday. Rhonda Forgues, 59, of Barberton, was the third person to die in the crash, which killed her 64-year-old husband, Richard Forgues, and William Bihn, 49, of York Township. Rhonda Forgues died at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, according to Read More…

BLOTTER: Feb. 28, 2015

Lorain police Tuesday, Feb. 24 9:09 p.m. – 3000 block Oakdale, theft of credit cards and cash totaling $490. 2:49 p.m. – West 21st Street, Kahle Marie Holler, 26, 1000 block W. Fourth St., Lorain, charged with obstructing official business, possession of a schedule II controlled substance and child endangerment. She was also issued a Read More…