November 28, 2014


Prints in snow help police track suspect

LORAIN — A suspect’s footprints in the snow gave him away Wednesday after a couple returned home to find a broken window, a television missing and marks leading through the snow away from the house. Dennis Pettry, 31, was charged with aggravated burglary about 8 p.m. Wednesday in the 5100 block of Spalding Court. Cornelia Read More…

Attorney suspended after accusations he hypnotized clients

Michael W. Fine

ELYRIA — The Sheffield attorney accused of hypnotizing his clients and giving them graphic sexual suggestions has agreed to have his law license suspended temporarily. Michael W. Fine agreed to the emergency suspension that had been sought by the Lorain County Bar Association in a response to the allegations filed Friday with the Ohio Supreme Read More…

Lakewood man takes plea deal in Grafton Twp. horse neglect case

A recovering Big Red takes an apple from Greg Willey, director of the Friendship APL of Lorain County, on Thursday. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — A Lakewood man pleaded out Thursday to two counts of abandoning animals for failing to care for two malnourished horses that were rescued from a Grafton Township farm in May. Mahmoud Abukhalil, 41, could receive up to 90 days in jail on each of the two second-degree misdemeanor charges when he is sentenced Read More…

LaGrange man accused of slicing dog’s throat

Joel Ruth

LAGRANGE — A frantic 911 call from a woman who said her husband flipped out led police to a house in LaGrange where they found pools of blood and a dog buried in a shallow grave Thursday evening. Joel R. Ruth, 50, of Railroad Street in LaGrange, was charged with animal cruelty and aggravated menacing Read More…

U.S. Marshals track down fugitive in Middleburg Heights motel room

Kelly Boros

A Grafton man who held sheriff’s deputies at bay for 17 hours in August 2013 and had been sought by local authorities after failing to appear for sentencing on charges from that incident was arrested Thursday at a Middleburg Heights motel by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force. Kelly Boros, 43, was taken into custody Read More…

Elyria firefighter charged with theft in office

Jeffrey Castle

ELYRIA — Six days ago, Fire Chief Rich Benton received a photo that let him know something dirty may have been taking place at the Cedar Street fire station. The image was of department cleaning supplies allegedly being stored in the home of a longtime Elyria firefighter. The photo led to an investigation that culminated Read More…

Lorain man found guilty of fatal shooting during botched robbery


ELYRIA – An aggravated murder trial that began Monday ended Thursday with a jury finding a Lorain man guilty in the shooting death of another man during a botched drug robbery in 2011. Donzelle Crosby, 24, was found guilty on two counts of murder, one count of aggravated murder, two counts of aggravated robbery, one Read More…

Lorain police officer breaks hand while chasing down suspect

Aaron Parker

LORAIN — A Lorain man is accused of fighting with police who said he was armed with a pistol. Police Officer Anthony Cambarare wrote in a report that he and Officer Eric Manicsic stopped a driver driving 40 mph in a 25-mph zone by the Fulton Apartments on East 34th Street about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Read More…

Lorain man accused of beating former girlfriend

Miles Diaz

LORAIN – A Lorain man is accused of beating and kidnapping his ex-girlfriend around 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Chanell Gomez said she has a temporary protection order against Miles Diaz, but he followed her to a convenience store on Broadway, according to a police report. Gomez said she got a friend to give her a ride Read More…

Elyria man accused of producing counterfeit money

Ricky Londo

ELYRIA – Police say they found a printer used to make counterfeit bills and a wad of fake money in an Elyria man’s apartment Tuesday. Ricky Londo, 22, was charged with forgery and possession of criminal tools Tuesday after police searched his apartment on the 200 block of 5th Street. Officers went to Londo’s apartment after Read More…