September 20, 2014

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Deputy: Lorain officer was driving on wrong side of road

AMHERST — Lorain police Officer Bill Lachner was driving east in the westbound lanes of state Route 2 near state Route 58 early Saturday when a Lorain County sheriff’s deputy spotted him and shined a spotlight on his vehicle, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol. Lt. Craig Cvetan said it appeared that once Lachner figured Read More…

UPDATED: Former Lorain official pleads guilty to corruption charge

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CLEVELAND — Former Lorain Community Development Director Sandy Prudoff avoided a return to prison as part of a plea agreement reached Tuesday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. Prudoff, 71, entered a guilty plea to a single conspiracy count in exchange for prosecutors dropping additional charges against him as part of a long-running corruption investigation. Read More…

UPDATED: Drug dealer pleads guilty to federal charges in overdose death

Siaerres Noble

ELYRIA — An Elyria man accused of selling fentanyl to an Elyria woman who died from a drug overdose pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to multiple drug trafficking charges. Siarres “Sizzle” Noble, 29, likely will be sentenced to 20 years in prison under the terms of the plea deal, which was announced by U.S. Read More…

UPDATED: Man who set himself on fire connected to homicide

State troopers take measurements at the scene of the incident on Rt. 20 on Monday after a man lit himself on fire. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

CLEVELAND – Authorities suspect – although they won’t say with certainty – that the three children found in a car with homicide suspect Hugo Ramos on Monday belonged to him and a woman found murdered in a Cleveland home, police said. Ramos, 28, was driving the children on Route 20 Monday morning when he pulled Read More…

Fight over car turns violent

Javier Blas

LORAIN — Javier Blas, 57, of Lorain, was charged with felonious assault about 9:45 p.m. Friday after he got into a fight with 32-year-old Obed Sanchez. Officers arrived at Blas’ home in the 1700 block of East 33rd Street to find Sanchez with several scratches on the side of his stomach. Sanchez told police he Read More…

Woman claims she was held captive by boyfriend

Wayne Collin

LORAIN — A handwritten plea to a neighbor on Friday led police to a woman who said she had been held captive by her boyfriend for months. Wayne Collins Jr., 42, was charged with violating a temporary protection order, domestic violence and kidnapping late Friday at his girlfriend’s apartment in the 4500 block of Oakhill Read More…

Lorain police officer charged with DUI

LORAIN — Lorain police Officer Bill Lachner was charged with DUI early Saturday after he was caught driving the wrong way on state Route 2, his attorney said Monday. Defense attorney Mike Kinlin said he doesn’t believe his client was intoxicated at the time. Instead, he said, Lachner was experiencing a diabetic episode caused by Read More…

Nine North Ridgeville businesses cited with selling alcohol to minors

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Police have filed charges against nine bars, restaurants and other businesses which were found to have sold alcohol to minors during a sting operation over the weekend. The charges were brought following a joint effort by police, the STOP Underage Drinking Task Force and the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Read More…

UPDATED: Highway Patrol: Driver jumps in front of semi, sets self on fire

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PITTSFIELD TWP. — A man who jumped in front of a tractor-trailer truck before lighting himself on fire Monday morning was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Hugo Ramos, 28, of Cleveland, was driving westbound on state Route 20 with three children in the car about 10:45 a.m. Monday when he pulled off the Read More…

Elyria man killed in single-vehicle crash

An Elyria man was killed in a single-vehicle crash early Monday morning. Harold Brown, 31, was driving a 1999 Volvo southbound on West River Road, north of Russia Road, at 1:32 a.m. when he failed to negotiate a small curve, according to a news release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The vehicle traveled off Read More…