March 2, 2015

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

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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

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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

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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

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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…

Man sentenced for fatal shooting during 2011 home invasion

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ELYRIA — Luis Dejesus was sentenced Monday to 22 years to life in prison on murder and other charges for the 2011 slaying of Stephen Mihalak during a home invasion in New Russia Township. The sentence, handed down by Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski, also covered an unrelated felonious assault charge from a Read More…

Visitor’s quick thinking keeps apartment fire from worsening

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LORAIN — Robert Fox said he was watching television in his girlfriend Amy Saunders’ third-floor apartment at 4004 W. Erie Ave., about 7:45 p.m. Sunday when they heard pounding on the door. A distraught Latisha Hughes was at the door with a fire extinguisher saying her apartment, two apartments away, was on fire. Fox said Read More…

Lorain man found dead in road, struck by two cars

The death of a 19-year-old Lorain man is being investigated after the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office said he was hit by two cars early Saturday on state Route 113. Kenneth Faria was found just after 2 a.m. near Gifford Road. How he got on the road still is being investigated. According to a news release, Read More…