February 11, 2016

Elyria
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Manager, customer team up to catch theft suspect

Joseph Lane

LORAIN — Police said a man’s attempt at gaining a five-finger discount was thwarted Sunday when a store manager and customer instead captured and detained him until officers arrived. Joseph Lane, 24, of Lorain, was taken to jail on a theft charge for attempting to steal a $2 package of cigarette rolling tubes from Raceway Read More…

Victims in Elyria shooting identified

Fox-Hill-SLIDE

ELYRIA — Police were searching for leads Monday in the double slaying of a husband and wife found shot Sunday in a rented SUV. Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino declined to publicly reveal many details of the investigation into the deaths of Michael L. Lewis, 32, and Fannie Lewis, 22. He also said he couldn’t say Read More…

UPDATED: Fine pleads guilty to aggravated murder, avoids death penalty

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Albert Fine appears in Lorain County Common Pleas Court on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, to plead guilty to aggravated murder and other charges.

ELYRIA — Albert Fine will spend the rest of his life behind bars for killing Catherine “Kat” Hoholski, a fitting sentence for him, Hoholski’s family said after Fine’s court appearance Monday. Fine, 33, entered a plea during the hearing to charges of aggravated murder, murder, kidnapping and other charges for the June 28, 2012, attack Read More…

Police re-evaluating use of force policies amid national scrutiny

WASHINGTON — Police across the United States are rethinking how they use force amid national outrage over questionable shootings and violent arrests. The changes include efforts in Dallas to train officers to de-escalate situations by moving backward during target practice and arming some with sponge projectiles rather than guns. In Camden County, New Jersey, officers Read More…

New York city federal jury hears details of art forgery scandal

NEW YORK — In the latest chapter of a scandal that’s jolted New York’s art world, a federal jury is hearing about a Chinese immigrant who forged fakes of modern masters such as Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko in his garage, a once-reputable Manhattan gallery that sold them and the wealthy buyers who paid millions Read More…

UPDATED: Couple found dead near Midway Mall identified; police investigating

Fox-Hill-SLIDE

A West River Road couple were found dead in a rented SUV late Sunday on Fox Hill Lane off West River Road North near Midway Mall in Elyria. According to a news release from the Elyria police, police were called to Fox Hill Lane shortly after 10 p.m. for reports of shots fired. Officers received further information that Read More…

Lorain FOP endorses Tomlinson over incumbent Will in prosecutor’s race

JD Tomlinson

LORAIN — The Lorain Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed Elyria defense attorney JD Tomlinson over Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will in the coming Democratic primary, exposing a rift between the rank-and-file of the county’s largest police department and a former cop who is seeking a fourth term as county prosecutor. Union President Kyle Gelenius Read More…

Man critical after two-vehicle Camden Township crash

Crash-SLIDE

CAMDEN TOWNSHIP — A Kipton man is in critical condition after a two-vehicle crash on Vermilion Road near State Route 511. Michael Hill, 54, was taken by LifeFlight to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. The driver of the other vehicle, Dawn Byers, 47, of LaGrange, was uninjured. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Byers, Read More…

Panel of judges chosen to decide murder case

ELYRIA — Accused killer Albert Fine waived his right to a jury trial Wednesday and instead will let a panel of three judges decide his fate when he goes on trial next month on aggravated murder and other charges that could send him to death row if he’s convicted. Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Raymond Read More…

Man struck by sheriff’s deputy to receive $40,000

ELYRIA — A man who was struck in the head with a flashlight by a Lorain County sheriff’s deputy will receive $40,000 from the county to settle a lawsuit. The settlement between the county and Joe Reiger was signed last month but wasn’t made public until this week after a public records request by The Read More…