December 19, 2014


Hearing delayed for suspect in pizza delivery driver slaying

A court officer guides aggravated murder suspect Benjamin Davis into Lorain Municipal Court on Tuesday for his preliminary hearing. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — A preliminary hearing for Benjamin Davis on aggravated murder and other charges stemming from the Dec. 1 shooting death of a pizza delivery driver has been postponed until next month so his lawyers can have Davis evaluated to see if he is mentally capable of assisting in his own defense. J. Anthony Rich Read More…

Animal advocates protest outside Elyria court


ELYRIA — About 20 protesters, shouting “Justice for Ruby,” stood outside Elyria Municipal Court on Tuesday before the pretrial hearing of Joel R. Ruth, a LaGrange resident accused of slitting his dog’s throat. Ruth, 50, is facing misdemeanor charges of aggravated menacing and two counts of cruelty to companion animals in the death of Ruby, Read More…

Man charged in Lorain stabbing case

Terry Mills

LORAIN — A blood trail led to the arrest of a Lorain man accused of stabbing another city man about 4:40 p.m. Thursday. Police Officer Anthony Cambarare wrote in a report that he responded to the stabbing of Roy Lewis Sr., who was stabbed in the neck. Cambarare said a blood trail led to the home Read More…

Traffic stop nets cocaine, arrest

Reuben Martinez-Castro

LORAIN — At least $14,500 worth of cocaine was seized and a man was arrested in a traffic stop at West 23rd Street and Washington Avenue about 12:55 a.m. Tuesday. Officer Jeremy Gray wrote in a report that he stopped driver Reuben Martinez-Castro for speeding and a stop sign violation. Gray said a plastic bag Read More…

Pedestrian says teen robbed him at gunpoint

LORAIN — A Lorain man said he was robbed at gunpoint while walking on Oberlin Avenue between Ashland Avenue and Shaffer Drive about 8:40 p.m. Monday, according to a police report. Christopher Majjasie, 30, said a young man walked up to him, pointed a pistol at his face, then put his hand in Majjasie’s left Read More…

Reward offered in Oberlin apartment arson

Fire officials have determine that an October fire on East College Street in Oberlin was intentionally set. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

A fire that damaged an Oberlin apartment in October was intentionally set, and the person responsible is being sought, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Investigators have evidence that points to arson as the cause of a fire at 203 E. College St. in Oberlin on Oct. 24. The fire started just before 7:30 Read More…

Man charged with photographing teen in LCCC restroom stall

Ian Morrow

ELYRIA — A former AmeriCorps member who had been working at Lorain County Community College is facing a felony voyeurism charge for allegedly using his phone to take a picture of a 13-year-old boy in a college restroom stall in June. Although the alleged incident happened June 11, the AmeriCorps worker, Ian Morrow, wasn’t charged Read More…

Man indicted after allegedly punching man, 82, who died


ELYRIA — An Elyria man has been indicted for reckless homicide for the death of an 82-year-old man he allegedly punched during a road rage incident last year. Roger Layne, 58, had initially faced a misdemeanor assault charge in the case, but that was dismissed shortly after the April 3, 2013, incident because police still Read More…

Avon man pleads guilty to bank robbery charge

Brett Benson

An Avon man who had been accused of robbing two Lorain County banks has pleaded guilty to a bank robbery charge in federal court. Brett Benson’s plea in U.S. District Court last week technically only covered the March 19 robbery of Talmer Bank and Trust on Antioch Drive in Elyria in which he made off Read More…

Medical problems may be cause of crash into Lorain house

A truck crashed into a house in Lorain on Sunday afternoon. COURTESY OF JOYCE EARLY

LORAIN – A man with apparent medical problems who drove his truck into a house Sunday was taken to the hospital the same afternoon with serious injuries. Around 3:15 p.m. Sunday, Sean Thompson, 21, of Elyria, was driving westbound on West 21st Street when he lost control of his car and went off the left side Read More…