October 1, 2014


Customer charged with stealing from barbershop

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE – After barber shop owners noticed money missing each weekend, police set up surveillance cameras and caught a regular at the shop taking the cash, police said. William Kondratuk, 55, was charged with breaking and entering and theft on Saturday morning after police caught him stealing money from Ron’s Northview Barbershop on 34958 Read More…

Judge Burge pleads not guilty to corruption charges

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ELYRIA — Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge pleaded not guilty to public corruption charges during a court appearance today. Burge faces charges of having an unlawful interest in a public contract, soliciting improper compensation, tampering with records and falsification. Half of the dozen charges are felonies. Burge, who is barred from hearing cases Read More…

Stolen items found by the truckload at Lorain house

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LORAIN — Police on Tuesday found more than $10,000 worth of stolen goods when they searched a Lorain house. A months-long investigation into a rash of burglaries on the west side of Lorain led police to the house in the 1200 block of Oberlin Avenue about 2 p.m. Tuesday, said Lorain Police Capt. Roger Watkins. Read More…

Teen facing trial as adult in shooting death

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ELYRIA — The murder case against a 17-year-old accused of being the triggerman in the July 1 shooting death of Davion Strupe in Elyria was forwarded to a county grand jury after a judge determined he should face trial as an adult. Lorain County Juvenile Court Judge Frank Janik ruled Tuesday that given the charges Read More…

Lorain blotter: Store manager charged with threatening customer

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Lorain police 3:26 p.m. Sept. 27 — Convenient Mart, 2221 E. 42nd St., Faiz Salti, 31, Independence, arrested and charged with aggravated menacing. A customer said Salti, the store manager, knocked his hat off and threatened to kill him after the customer said Salti overcharged him. Police said store surveillance confirmed the customer’s story. Friday, Read More…

Couple arrested after noise complaint turns violent


LORAIN — A simple noise complaint turned into a full-fledged fight Saturday evening when a woman slammed a door on a police officer’s arm and then punched him in the face, a police report said. Ann Neely, 44, of the 600 block of West 17th Street, was charged with assault on a police officer, disturbing Read More…

UPDATED: Suspect caught in Circle K, gift shop robberies

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ELYRIA — One suspect was charged in the robbery of two Elyria businesses Monday. A second suspect was charged in one of the robberies. Phillip Boschetti Jr., 20, was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery for allegedly robbing both a Circle K and a gift shop Monday. Branden Taucher, 23, was charged with aggravated Read More…

Man charged with breaking and entering at Lorain auto shop

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LORAIN – A man who tried to break into an auto shop and ran from a security guard early Sunday said he was just looking for a place to sleep. Willie Williams, 28, of Lorain, was charged with breaking and entering after he tried to break into Certified Auto Sales, 1430 E. 28th St. Police arrived Read More…

Elyria police investigating armed robbery at Circle K

ELYRIA – A man with a gun and a mask who robbed a Circle K early Monday fled the scene when someone banged on the window of the store, according to police. At about 4:45 a.m. Monday, a clerk at Circle K on 402 E. Broad St. told police he was looking at a newspaper Read More…

Lorain blotter: Three arrested on drug charges after traffic stop

Lorain Police

Lorain police 12:35 a.m. Sept. 26 — Police arrested three people on drug charges after pulling them over in a car that was seen leaving a suspected drug house on G Street. Police arrested Heather Skinner, 25, 300 Washington Ave., and charged her with possession of drug abuse instruments, driving under suspension and possession of Read More…