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$350K worth of marijuana seized in turnpike traffic stop

Ohio Highway Patrol K-9 unit Johnny, keeps watch on the 69 pounds of marijuana seized during a routine traffic stop Monday on the Ohio Turnpike. Three men were arrested. The marijuana was valued at nearly $350,000.

AMHERST TWP. — Two Californian bounty hunters and an Illinois man are facing felony drug charges after State Highway Patrol troopers seized 69 pounds of hydroponic marijuana, valued at nearly $350,000 during a traffic stop Friday morning on the turnpike. Troopers stopped a 2010 GMC Yukon with Illinois registration for a marked-lanes violation at about Read More…

Coroner says Drug Task Force member’s death was suicide

LaGRANGE — This morning’s death of Sam DiFrancesco, a Lorain County Drug Task Force member, was suicide according to Lorain County Coroner Paul Matus. LaGrange police were called to Taylor Boulevard just before 7 this morning after a female in the house heard a gunshot. DiFrancesco, 51, was found dead on a recliner in the Read More…

3 people arrested after fight over damage to car

Barker

ELYRIA — Three people were arrested over the weekend after the fought about damage to a vehicle, according to a police report. Edith Baker, 23, of South Amherst was charged with assault, Johnathen Graham, 19, of Elyria was charged with criminal damage, and a 17-year-old Elyria girl was certified to juvenile court for assault. According Read More…

Retired cop indicted, accused of trying to have sex with 12-year-old

A retired Cleveland police officer has been indicted on charges of attempted rape for trying to have sex with someone he believed was a 12-year-old girl. Robert Bonness, 53, is also facing child pornography charges. Bonness, who retired with 23 years’ experience in 2009, responded to a Craigslist post that advertised a father and daughter Read More…

Woman accused of assault after DUI

Lowe

LORAIN — An Elyria woman is facing multiple charges, including drunken driving, after an accident Thursday night ended in the woman allegedly trying to assault Lorain police officers and damaging a police cruiser. Vickie Lowe, 50, was charged with OVI, driving under suspension, right of way, leaving the scene of an accident, resisting arrest, obstructing Read More…

Police: Pair tried to steal car man was sleeping in

LORAIN — A man told police two men tried to carjack him while he was sleeping in his grandmother’s car outside a relative’s house. Lorain police reported the victim told them he was sleeping in the car parked in a driveway in the 1800 block of West 20th Street around 10:17 a.m. Thursday when he Read More…

Police log for Nov. 8, 2010

Elyria police Thursday, Nov. 4 4:02 p.m. — Walmart, Chestnut Commons, Michelle Taylor, 18, Kipton, charged with theft of prepaid cell phone. 4:06 p.m. — First block Laundon St., guitar stand and music mixing board stolen from unlocked vehicle. 7:25 p.m. — 100 block Brunswick Drive, back door kicked in during possible attempted burglary. Nothing Read More…

Remaining HarborWalk homes sell at auction

LORAIN — All the vacant properties in Lorain’s HarborWalk development sold at auction today — most at half or less of their original asking prices. Eleven vacant lots sold during the first phase of the auction. The highest bidder, a representative for Spitzer Management, bought two lots for $6,500 each. The second-highest bidder, a corporation Read More…

Eaton Township Fire Chief Phil Slack resigns

EATON TWP. — Eaton Township Fire Chief Phil Slack has resigned, according to a letter forwarded to The Chronicle. According to Slack’s letter: “I have had the honor and privilege of serving you as a member of the Eaton Township Volunteer Fire Department for 41 years, nearly two-thirds of my life. For the past thirteen Read More…

20 arrested in Elyria drug trafficking sweep

ELYRIA — Twenty suspected drug dealers have been taken in in the past several weeks after sweeps in Elyria involving the Elyria Police Department and the U.S. Marshals’ Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task force. According to police, those charged are: Delance R. Kimbro, trafficking in drugs William D. Sims, oustanding warrant Jermaine O. Johnson, trafficking Read More…