May 24, 2016

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Case refined against alleged hypnotic attorney

ELYRIA — Prosecutors Tuesday streamlined their case against former attorney Michael W. Fine, who is accused of hypnotically controlling six women for his own sexual gratification. Twenty-five charges that were dropped consisted mostly of duplicates of 21 charges, including kidnapping and various sexual allegations, that Fine continues to face. He was indicted twice, once in Read More…

Police: Man arrested for business break ins

ELYRIA – An Elyria man who served prison time for breaking into an American Legion post three times in 2012 has been arrested in connection with a string of break-ins at area businesses, including medical offices. Benjamin Krugman, 30, was taken into custody by Elyria police on Friday after he was caught by police in Read More…

Couple indicted for allegedly defrauding Amherst Schools

AMHERST — An Amherst couple has been indicted on charges stemming from an investigation into what authorities said was a scheme to defraud the city’s school district out of tens of thousands of dollars over a period of years for tutoring services. Jaleh S. Saghafi, 47, and Phillip S. Presutto, 44, each were indicted Tuesday Read More…

7 arrested in Lorain drug raids

LORAIN — Seven people were arrested Thursday on drug charges after three homes were raided by the Lorain Police Narcotics Bureau. Detective Matt Bonkoski had gathered information about the first residence at 1500 W. 44th Street, which police said was a suspected drug house. When police entered the home, Jermaine and Aaron Ross were found Read More…

Tennessee arrests highlight treatment of children in justice system

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee police officer tried to prevent the arrests that would embroil his department in a national furor over policing in schools, but his colleagues and supervisors refused to change course. They insisted on arresting children as young as 9 years old at their elementary school and took them away— two in Read More…

Caregivers plead not guilty of theft from elder family member

ELYRIA — Four people, including two who have worked in law enforcement, pleaded not guilty Thursday to theft charges accusing them of stealing from an elderly family member for whom they were caring. Brett Murner, an attorney representing former Lorain County Drug Task Force agent and retired Cleveland police Officer Roy Warner, said earlier this Read More…

Test finds Justice Center’s panic alarms were unmonitored

ELYRIA — When deputies tested the panic alarms scattered around the Lorain County Justice Center last month, they ran into an unexpected problem: No one was monitoring the alarms. “It appears it would not have worked,” county Probate Judge James Walther, who heads up the security committee at the Justice Center, said of what would Read More…

Thieves hit two Cleveland Street businesses in Elyria

ELYRIA – Two Cleveland Street businesses were broken into early Wednesday. Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino said someone broke into Sambino’s Pizza and Kennedy’s Barber Shop, both located in the 300 block of Cleveland Street, and an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen. Police responded to the area of Sambino’s Pizza after an alarm went Read More…

Man accused of public urination at Elyria store

ELYRIA – Police say a drunken man couldn’t wait to use the restroom, so he urinated in the aisle of Family Dollar on Wednesday night. Randel Hyle, 27, of Bath Street, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct intoxication, theft and public indecency after he walked into the Lake Avenue business and relieved himself shortly Read More…

Harrington sentenced to 16 years to life

ELYRIA — Jeane Harrington was sentenced Wednesday to 16 years to life in prison for killing her husband with plastic wrap in 2011. Harrington, 58, dressed in a Lorain County Jail uniform, sat with her eyes downcast for most of the hearing and spoke briefly only to her lawyer, Troy Reeves, to decline to make Read More…