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Elyria Blotter: Feb. 21, 2015

Elyria Police

Elyria Police Thursday, Feb. 19 2:12 p.m. — 600 block Midway Blvd., criminal damaging to a hotel room after the owner of Red Roof Inn observed a large bay window; two TV controls; and a mirror were damaged, along with burnt cigarettes scattered throughout the room. The owner attempted to contact the person who rented Read More…

Serious crime declined in Lorain in 2014

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LORAIN — Crime rates in Lorain decreased almost across the board last year, and Lorain police Detective Buddy Sivert said average citizens are largely to thank. “There’s more cooperation with citizens. They have a way to contact us,” Sivert said, referencing the anonymous tip texting line that allows Lorain residents to message information to police. Read More…

2 men killed in head-on Penfield Township crash

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PENFIELD TWP. — Two men died following a head-on crash that also sent a woman to the hospital Friday afternoon. Richard Forgues, 64, of Barberton, and William Bihn, 49, of York Township in Medina County, died at the scene, according to the Lorain County coroner’s office. Rhonda Forgues, 59, also of Barberton, had to be Read More…

Westlake police believe ATM theft, attempted theft connected

AVON – Police in Westlake believe a man Avon police arrested for attempting to steal an ATM at Drug Mart may have been involved in the theft of an ATM in Westlake earlier this month. Westlake police are looking for two men who broke through the door at Skyzone, 31500 Viking Parkway, on Feb. 4 Read More…

Shooter pleads guilty to murder in home invasion

Luis Dejesus

ELYRIA — A former Lorain man pleaded guilty Thursday to murder and other charges for the 2011 shooting death of Stephen Mihalak. Luis Dejesus, 40, also pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, felonious assault and weapons charges in connection with the killing, which Lorain County sheriff’s deputies have said took place during a robbery in New Read More…

Collection bag stolen from Avon church

AVON — An unidentified man stole a church collection bag Sunday from Holy Trinity Catholic Church. The crime occurred after Sunday Mass shortly before 1 p.m., according to a dispatch log entry at the Avon Police Department. The department wouldn’t release a police narrative of the incident, saying it is still an active investigation, but Read More…

Man charged with attempting to steal ATM from Avon store

Desmond Thompson

AVON – A Cleveland man was arrested last week after attempting to steal an ATM from a store that a stolen vehicle crashed  into. Desmond Thompson, 29, received felony charges for breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and possession of criminal tools on Feb. 13. A report from the incident was unavailable until Wednesday. Police Read More…

Suspect arrested in December robbery

John Pakosz

ELYRIA – A man who jumped out at a woman from behind a dumpster and stole her purse almost two months ago was arrested Wednesday, according to police. John Pakosz Jr., 35, was charged with robbery around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday after a two-month investigation into an incident that happened in December. On Dec. 22, two Read More…

Elyria man charged after pair of crashes

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ELYRIA — A city man with a history of driving violations faces more charges after being accused of drunken driving and leaving the scene of two accidents about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday. Jonathan Struhar was arrested near his home in the 100 block of Wurst Court between Broad and Second streets, police said. The arrest occurred Read More…

Police: Teens stabbed Elyria man over breakup

ELYRIA — Five teenage boys are suspected of stabbing a man nearly to death Saturday after his daughter broke up with one of the boys. Police charged a 17-year-old, two 15-year-olds and two 14-year-olds with attempted murder, felonious assault and aggravated riot over the weekend. Police believe the group stabbed and punched a man in Read More…