April 1, 2015

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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…

Murder suspect faces drug charges

Nicole Villegas

ELYRIA — Homicide suspect Nicole Villegas, accused of shooting Lamar Capers Nov. 24, has been arrested on drug charges while out on bond. A police report was unavailable Tuesday, but police Lt. Lee Frank said Villegas was arrested Monday and charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Villegas, 32, said in a Read More…

Police: Rape suspect had photos of victim while in jail

Alan Deptula

ELYRIA — An Arizona man accused of raping multiple victims over a span of two decades was keeping photos of one of his alleged victims when she was still a girl at the Lorain County Jail, according to a search warrant. Elyria police learned about the two photographs from Alan Deptula’s former cellmate while interviewing Read More…

Property crimes down in Elyria, Lorain

View the PDF of this graphic below. ED BETZEL/CHRONICLE GRAPHIC

Crime around Lorain County and in its two largest cities last year mirrored the national downward trend. In the first half of 2014, property crime nationally dropped 7.5 percent compared to the first half of 2013, according to FBI Uniform Crime Statistics released in January. Violent crime dropped 4.6 percent from the first half of Read More…

No-contest plea made in dog hanging

John Daughney

LORAIN — A Lorain man has pleaded no contest to charges he hanged his dog. John Wayne Daughney, 36, entered the plea to cruelty to companion animals and killing or injuring companion animals during an appearance Monday in Lorain Municipal Court. Defense attorney JD Tomlinson said his client, who remains jailed for allegedly violating the Read More…

Court partially overturns conviction in drunken-driving crash

ELYRIA — An appeals court has partially overturned the conviction of a former Lorain man who was behind the wheel when his girlfriend was killed in a drunken-driving crash in 2010. The 9th District Court of Appeals ruled that Wilfredo Osorio Jr. shouldn’t have been found guilty of driving without a license because he wasn’t Read More…

Avon Lake man convicted of fraud

A federal jury has convicted an Avon Lake man of fraud and other charges for siphoning off more than $10 million from a credit union that ultimately collapsed. Gezim “Jimmy” Selgjekaj, 43, was convicted of a total of 27 charges, including conspiracy, bank bribery, money laundering and financial institution fraud late last month, according to Read More…

Juvenile admits to firing realistic-looking pellet gun

A 15-year-old boy was arrested after being seen carrying this pellet gun. COURTESY LORAIN POLICE

LORAIN — A boy carrying a realistic-looking pellet gun admitted to “test-firing” the gun outside of a store Saturday. Police went to Shak’s Corner at 2209 W. 21st St. about 9 p.m. after receiving a report that a boy was inside the store with a gun. When they arrived, police found a 15-year-old boy matching Read More…

Driver who crashed stolen SUV receives 6-year sentence

Danielle Grogg appears in court Monday for with her attorney, Michael Towne, for sentencing on involuntary manslaughter and other charges for crashing a stolen SUV. BRAD DICKEN/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Tears welled in Danielle Grogg’s eyes as she apologized in court Monday for killing her cousin last year when she crashed a stolen sport-utility vehicle. Grogg, 33, was sentenced to six years in prison during her appearance before Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski, who also suspended her driving privileges for life. Read More…