May 28, 2016

Elyria
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Attorney accused of hypnosis faces more charges

ELYRIA — The former Sheffield attorney accused of hypnotizing his female clients faces 17 new kidnapping charges in an indictment handed down by a Lorain County grand jury this week. Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will confirmed the new round of charges matches the victims and time frames covered in kidnapping charges from Michael W. Fine’s Read More…

Amherst Township man indicted for brush fire standoff

ELYRIA — An Amherst Township man accused of holding South Amherst firefighters hostage when they responded to an October brush fire has been indicted. Roy Griffith Jr., 53, is charged with kidnapping, abduction, aggravated menacing and using weapons while intoxicated during the Oct. 21 incident. Firefighters were called to the area around Griffith’s Hornyak Street Read More…

Former Avon man sentenced to life for molestion charges

A former Avon man was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without parole for molesting three young girls over a seven-year period, according to a news release from Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty’s office. William Waters III, 39, was living in Westlake between 2007 and 2014 when he was sexually abusing the girls, including one Read More…

Martin convicted in Davion Strupe killing

ELYRIA — Markus Martin shook his head slowly as verdicts finding him guilty of murder, kidnapping, aggravated burglary, felonious assault, burglary and aggravated riot were read in court Friday evening. Martin, 27, faces a minimum sentence of 15 years to life from the verdicts, which a jury returned following roughly five hours of deliberation. The Read More…

Lorain man accused of kidnapping ex-girlfriend

LORAIN — A Lorain man is accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint earlier this month. Tonya Tomecko said she and her new boyfriend, Jonathan Joseph, were sleeping in the bedroom of her home at 2224 Lorain Drive about 4 a.m. Oct. 4, according to police Officer Jesse Perkins’ police report. Tomecko’s 8-year-old son was Read More…

Gunmen kidnap three from Manila resort

MANILA, Philippines — Gunmen abducted two Canadians, including a former mining company executive, a Filipino woman and the Norwegian marina manager at an upscale resort complex on a southern Philippine island, sparking an air and sea search by authorities, officials said Tuesday. At least 11 men armed with pistols and two rifles arrived on two motorboats and Read More…

UPDATED: Fine pleads not guilty to all charges at arraignment

ELYRIA — Former attorney Michael W. Fine sat silently with arms crossed in court Thursday during arraignment proceedings, waiting for his turn to step before Judge John Miraldi. Fine, 58, accused of hypnotizing female clients for sexual gratification, pleaded not guilty in the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas to all charges against him. He Read More…

Former attorney indicted in hypnosis case

ELYRIA — The former Sheffield attorney accused of hypnotizing his female clients for his sexual gratification has been criminally charged in a 29-count secret indictment that was unsealed Friday after he turned himself in at the Lorain County Jail. Michael W. Fine, 58, is charged with rape, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, attempted Read More…

Man charged with raping neighbor

ELYRIA — A Carlisle Township man has been indicted on charges of forcing his way into a neighbor’s apartment and sexually assaulting the 67-year-old woman at knifepoint earlier this year. Mitcheal Orr II, 34, is charged with five counts of kidnapping, three counts of rape, two counts of aggravated burglary and single counts of aggravated Read More…

Girl, 12, faces kidnapping charge

ELYRIA — The 12-year-old girl who touched off a missing persons search when she disappeared earlier this month with a 2-year-old she was baby-sitting has been charged with kidnapping, inducing panic and endangering children. The girls were found June 7 in Elyria, a day after they disappeared from their Avon home after the older girl Read More…