August 31, 2014

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Lorain man faces sex assault charge

Delance Lake

LORAIN — A 23-year-old man who was accused of sexual assault against a teenaged family friend in March was arrested Sunday. Dalance Lake was charged with sexual misconduct with a minor Sunday stemming from an incident March 3, according to police. Lake was 22 when he was accused of sexual misconduct against a 14-year-old girl. Read More…

Former Elyria worker who stole siren systems sentenced

Nicholas Cerreto

ELYRIA — A former Elyria city worker who stole siren control systems and other city property was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison. Nicholas Cerreto, 34, pleaded no contest in June to charges of theft and theft in office. Cerreto left his job as a communications technician with the city in May 2013, to Read More…

Lorain police: Woman threatened with sawed-off shotgun

Lorain Police

Lorain police Thursday, Aug. 21 9:51 a.m. — 2100 block Homewood Drive, an employee saw a man and woman enter a dressing room with almost $1,300 worth of merchandise and try to leave the store wearing it. Friday, Aug. 22 4 a.m. — 300 block E. 31st St., a man woke up to find his Read More…

Elyria police: Man cited after refusing to pay dinner bill

Elyria Police

Elyria police 6:20 p.m. Aug. 23 — Wasabi Steakhouse, 3598 Midway Mall, Paul Buell, 26, 100 block Homer St., Elyria, cited for theft. Police said Buell told them he refused to pay a $90 restaurant bill because he didn’t like the hibachi grill being cleaned before he and his wife and two children had finished Read More…

Second suspect arrested in cell phone rape case

Sherman Smith

LORAIN — A Lorain man suspected of filming on his cell phone a man being beaten and ordered to have sex with another man has been arrested. Sherman R. Smith was arrested and charged with attempted rape Monday. Smith, 19, of the 3500 block of Denver Avenue, is accused in a June incident, police Detective Read More…

Man charged after 3-year-old son found wandering in Lorain

LORAIN — A man who left his 3-year-old child with the child’s ailing, sleeping grandmother was frantic when he returned from his neighbor’s house and found the child missing Saturday. After a search through the house and neighborhood, police found the child and charged the father, 21-year-old Hector Sanchez, with child endangerment Saturday. Police arrived Read More…

Homeowner faces drug charge after break-in

ELYRIA — A home break-in and a quick capture of the suspects led police to another investigation Thursday when they found a marijuana-growing operation inside the home that was broken into. Corey Phillips, 35, was charged with drug paraphernalia possession Monday after police said they found marijuana inside his home on the 400 block of Read More…

Lorain police advise resident against overnight frozen chicken sales

LORAIN – The attempted early morning frozen chicken sale may have just been a front. A woman called police around 7:30 a.m. Friday after she woke up to find a green lunch bag with her social security card and credit cards missing from her unlocked car. The woman told police the bag went missing after Read More…

Lorain man charged after shooting at bonfire

Michael Esper

LORAIN – A man bleeding on the ground from a gunshot wound, a missing suspect and differing accounts of what happened were all that remained from an early morning gathering between friends on Saturday. A few hours after the incident, Michael Esper, 28, of Lorain, turned himself into police and was charged with felonious assault. Read More…

Man finds ‘satanic markings’ on Lorain church

LORAIN – A man who checks a church on Homewood Drive every evening had a surprise on Friday afternoon when he arrived at the building and found “satanic markings” scratched into the walls, according to a police report. Around 1:30 p.m. Friday a man called police when he found “satanic” symbols both scratched into and Read More…