March 4, 2015

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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

Passersby look at the aftermath of a hit-skip crash on Wednesday afternoon on Third Street in Elyria. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

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…

LaGrange man sentenced for killing dog

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ELYRIA — Jail time and mental health treatment are in the future for a LaGrange man who slit his dog’s throat and made threats about his relatives in November. Joel Ruth, 50, was sentenced Wednesday to 180 days in jail and ordered to pay a $200 fine after being convicted of animal cruelty and aggravated Read More…

Judge grants early release to 91-year-old mercy killer

Robert Shaw appears via video link at a hearing where a judge granted the 91-year-old man an early release from prison.

ELYRIA — A county judge has ordered the early release of a 91-year-old man who was serving a four-year prison term for the “mercy killing” of his wife in 2008. Robert Shaw, 91, was sentenced to prison by Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski in August and became eligible for early release after serving Read More…

Vermilion woman facing drug charges

VERMILION — A woman who was accused of peddling prescription medication in her neighborhood was indicted on trafficking charges Monday, according to police. Vickie Stever, 35, was indicted on charges of trafficking drugs after police launched an investigation into her activity around her neighborhood during the fall. Police first received a few calls about Stever Read More…

15 charged in alleged prescription drug ring

Fifteen people have been charged in what prosecutors describe as a conspiracy to obtain thousands of prescription drugs illegally from pharmacies in Lorain and Medina counties and four other Northeast Ohio counties. Nine of the people were charged with racketeering. An 87-page, 206-count indictment against the group includes charges of engaging in a pattern of Read More…

Suspects sought in Lorain shooting

LORAIN – Police are looking for one or more suspects who were involved in the shooting of a 36-year-old man outside his house Sunday. Around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Montell Johnson, 36, was shot outside his home on the 2100 block of Beech Ave., according to police. Johnson was brought to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he Read More…