February 26, 2015


Cleveland fugitive arrested in Lorain


LORAIN — A man wanted in Cleveland for allegedly raping a coworker in October was arrested Wednesday in Lorain, according to the U.S. Marshals of Northern Ohio. Lloyd Casada was charged with rape and kidnapping Wednesday on the 700 block of Broadway. He was listed as the fugitive of the week by the Northern Ohio Read More…

Man accused of robbing 73-year-old Westlake woman

These two Bibles were displayed in back window of a vehicle impounded in connection with a Westlake robbery. PHOTO PROVIDED

WESTLAKE – Police have arrested a man suspected of following a senior citizen from an area store and robbing her at her home. A 73-year-old Westlake woman was robbed of her purse after she parked her car in the garage of her Hilliard Boulevard home at 9:10 p.m. Tuesday, according to Capt. Guy Turner. The Read More…

Police: South Lorain robberies down after 4 arrested


LORAIN — Police say South Lorain burglaries have decreased sharply since the arrest of four people in late January and early this month. Acting police spokesman and Detective Sgt. Buddy Sivert said no burglaries have been reported the last two weeks. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen it go that long,” said Sivert, an officer Read More…

Avon Lake firefighter suspended without pay after no-contest plea in assault case

Mark McGuire

AVON LAKE — A firefighter was suspended for 30 days stemming from an incident in which he was convicted of assaulting his girlfriend. Mark McGuire, 45, pleaded no contest last month in Avon Lake Municipal Court to misdemeanor charges of assault and obstructing official business. He is serving his 30-day jail sentence on the weekends. 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…

3 teens injured after being hit by car

ELYRIA — Three teenagers were injured when police said they were hit at the intersection of Broad Street and West Avenue about 7 p.m. Tuesday. Amber Metcalf was southbound in a 2001 Kia Rio on West Avenue when she came to a green light at the intersection with Broad Street, according to a police report. 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…

Snowmobiler injured after running into barbed wire on private property

William Mohler inspects the barbed wire that a snowmobiler ran into on Saturday. The snowmobiler, who sustained neck lacerations, will face criminal charges. JON WYSOCHANSKI/CHRONICLE

PITTSFIELD TWP. — A snowmobiler who sustained neck and throat lacerations over the weekend after running into a barbed-wire fence on private property is facing criminal charges. Mitchell Parker, 28, of Spencer, was charged with criminal trespassing and could also be charged with DUI because deputies believe alcohol was a factor in the accident, according Read More…

Amber Alert issued in Ohio for missing Delaware girl

Elinor Trotta

An Amber Alert has been issued for a missing Delaware girl. Elinor Trotta, 3, of New Castle County, Delaware, was reported missing on Tuesday. Elinor was reportedly taken by her father, Michael Trotta, 43, during a domestic incident, according to the New Castle County Police. He has family residing in the Midwest, and may be 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…