March 31, 2015

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Man arrested for cash snatch from store customer

ELYRIA – A man grabbed $30 from a customer at Speedway and ran Friday morning, only to be found less than an hour later, according to police. Lavell Andrews, 22, of Elyria was charged with theft and possession of marijuana after police said he stole from a gas station customer. Police were called to the Read More…

Man arrested for firing weapon

LORAIN – Police patrolling downtown Lorain early Wednesday heard three shots in the area and investigated to find a man carrying a beer and concealing a handgun in his pants. Miguel Perez, 25, was charged with using weapons while intoxicated, carrying a concealed weapon and having weapons under disability around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday at his Read More…

Teacher with Lorain ties pleads not guilty

Elliott Gornall

A former Loudonville kindergarten teacher with Lorain ties has pleaded not guilty to a lengthy indictment accusing him of secretly recording his students as they used the school restroom. Elliot Gornall, 32, had moved back to Lorain while he was out on the drug possession charges that led to his resignation from the Loudonville-Perrysville Schools Read More…

Lorain man dies in house fire

fire-scene-slide

LORAIN — Charred and blackened in the snow, the bench still bore the name “Enrique Otero.” It was one of the few remnants pulled from a house that burned to the ground Friday morning — one of the final reminders of a beloved father, family man and devoted churchgoer who perished in the flames. Enrique Read More…

Avon, Olmsted Falls bars cited after fatal crashes

AVON — An Avon bar was cited after its employees served alcohol to a man who then died in a car crash in January, according to a representative from the Ohio Investigative Unit. On Wednesday, agents with the Ohio Investigative Unit charged Dusty’s Tavern in Avon with selling liquor to an already intoxicated Joel Schwartz, Read More…

Lorain city truck is stolen, recovered by police

LORAIN — Someone who stole a truck from a city garage later abandoned the vehicle, which was painted over but still bore a city license plate behind a downtown Subway, according to police. Officers are still looking for the person or people they believe stole the truck from the garage in Oakwood Park between Tuesday Read More…

Man pleads not guilty in shooting death of pizza delivery driver

Benjamin Davis leaves court after pleading not guilty on Thursday morning. BRAD DICKEN/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The family of shooting victim Robert Caudill wore shirts with a photo of Caudill and the words “A Life for a Life! Nothing Less!” emblazoned on them to the arraignment of his accused killer, Benjamin Davis, on Thursday. Davis, 29, remained silent throughout the hearing as the lengthy capital murder indictment against him Read More…

Release request denied for Bobbie New

Bobbie New, accused of a 1976 slaying, listens to opening statements Tuesday during his trial in county Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi’s court. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Attorneys for Bobbie New, the man found guilty last week of killing his live-in girlfriend in 1976, have asked a county judge to allow their client to be freed from prison while they appeal his conviction. Lorain County Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi denied a request following the jury verdict to allow New, Read More…

Credit union robber receives probation

James Wingard

LYRIA — The Wellington man who robbed the LorMet Community Credit Union in July was sentenced last week to three years of probation, according to court records. James Wingard, 39, pleaded guilty in December to robbery and tampering with evidence charges in the case. Wingard went to the credit union in Wellington twice on July Read More…

Lorain man sentenced to 6 years in rape case

ELYRIA — A Lorain man was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison on rape and other charges for having sexual relations with a teenager in 2012. Robert Dripcheck, 30, had been expected to receive five years in the case under the terms of his plea deal with prosecutors but missed his original sentencing hearing Read More…