February 13, 2016

Elyria
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Guard indicted for smuggling tobacco

ELYRIA — A North Coast Correction Treatment Facility guard has been indicted on bribery and dereliction of duty charges for his alleged role in a plot to smuggle tobacco into the private prison. Douglas Roberts, who remains free on bond, is accused of accepting $200 in exchange for bringing one pound of tobacco into the Read More…

Police log for Aug. 11, 2011

Elyria police Tuesday, Aug. 9 8:08 a.m. — 1100 block Melvyn Lane, 21-year-old woman reported cut marks and punctures to her swimming pool. Also, one of the hubcaps had had been pried off her car. 9:37 a.m. — 1800 block Lorain Blvd., a 46-year-old man reported unauthorized charges to his credit card for a hotel Read More…

Empty Elyria restaurant floods after copper theft

Men stand Wednesday outside the entrance to the former Warehouse restaurant on Depot Street in Elyria after thieves reportedly broke in and stole copper piping that caused flooding. (CT photo by Chuck Humel.)

ELYRIA — Water poured out the door of a closed restaurant at 380 Depot St. in Elyria on Wednesday morning. Jim Hutchson, deputy safety service director for Elyria, said it appeared as someone had broken into the building and tried to steal copper piping inside, breaking a pipe and causing the flooding. He said the Read More…

Complaint: Documents being withheld by city officials

Joseph Montelon’s lawyer has complained to a federal judge that he’s not getting the cooperation he believes he is entitled to from the city of Lorain as he gathers information for the lawsuit Montelon filed over what he believes to be an illegal raid on his Wickliffe home nearly three years ago. In court documents Read More…

Family, Lorain police rescue child; man arrested for kidnapping

Stewart

LORAIN — Lorain police apprehended a man family says abducted a 9-year-old girl from a park Wednesday evening. Benjamin Stewart, 31, of Lorain is being held in the Lorain City Jail on a kidnapping charge. A police report also mentions a second suspect but does not name him. Police were called to 2028 W. 19th Read More…

Corrections officer jailed for killing wife overnight

William Dembie Jr.

GRAFTON TWP. — A Lorain County Jail corrections officer has been jailed for murder after allegedly killing his wife overnight. According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to 14900 Cowley Road in Grafton Township about 1:30 a.m. after William Dembie, 42, called to report he had beheaded his wife, Holly Dembie, 33. Deputies found Read More…

Prosecutors contest sex offender retrial

ELYRIA — Convicted sex offender Joel Covender shouldn’t get a new trial, prosecutors argued in court documents filed Wednesday. Covender, who has long maintained his innocence in the face of charges that he molested his then-stepson and then-stepdaughter in the mid-1990s, has asked Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Miraldi to grant him a new Read More…

Deputy to take over as service director in Lorain

Arendt

LORAIN — The city’s new service director is a familiar face. Joe Arendt on Monday was promoted by Mayor Tony Krasienko from deputy service director to service director, replacing Robert Gilchrist. Arendt, who will earn $75,000 annually, began as deputy service director in 2006. Gilchrist resigned Friday to become executive director of the Lorain County Read More…

SWAT team busts alleged bike thief

LORAIN — To the suspect, the Huffy one-speed bicycle was better bait than a getaway vehicle. The bike was placed by the police SWAT team in front of Shak’s Korner at 2009 W. 21st St., at 9:18 p.m. Tuesday, according to Officer Timothy Thompson’s incident report. Thompson wrote that the area has had several bike Read More…

Elyria pastor trying to help out stranger taken for $1,400

ELYRIA — An Elyria pastor who was trying to help out a stranger wound up being taken for about $1,400, according to a police report. Police were contacted yesterday by Karen Cannan, the manager of the Ramada Inn, who said Pastor Bill Williams of the Church of the Open Door had contacted her about fraudulent Read More…