February 13, 2016

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Former auxiliary firefighter sentenced to jail for fake fire call

OBERLIN — A former South Amherst auxiliary firefighter was sentenced Wednesday to four months in the Lorain County Jail for calling in a fake fire at New Russia Township Hall. Dean Evans, 27, will be allowed work release to continue at Ford Motor Co. and will have two additional months of jail time suspended, Oberlin Read More…

Former South Amherst firefighter pleads no contest to false alarm charge

OBERLIN — A former South Amherst auxiliary firefighter pleaded no contest Tuesday to a charge of making false alarms for reporting a fake fire at New Russia Township Hall. An additional charge of inducing panic against Dean Evans was dropped by prosecutors as part of his plea bargain, according to Oberlin Municipal Court records. Evans, Read More…

Driver charged in fatal Oberlin hit-and-run

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OBERLIN— A driver accused in the hit-and-run accident that killed bicyclist Charles A. Startup was charged Monday with one felony count and two misdemeanors. The most-serious charge filed against Ronald Dicenzo, 76, of Oberlin, is a third-degree felony, leaving the scene of a fatal crash. He also is facing misdemeanor counts of vehicular manslaughter and Read More…

Vermilion man arraigned for vehicular homicide in New Russia Township crash

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NEW RUSSIA TWP. — A 43-year-old Vermilion man was arraigned Wednesday morning after being arrested and charged with vehicular homicide in connection with a fatal August car crash police said was caused by texting while driving. Michael D. McFarland pleaded not guilty to the charges of vehicular homicide as well as misdemeanor charges for reckless Read More…

Domestic violence charge dropped against county park ranger

OBERLIN — Prosecutors have dropped a domestic violence charge against a Lorain County Metro Parks ranger who had been accused of attacking his 16-year-old stepdaughter in April. Ranger Capt. Mike Goodrich, 33, had been stripped of his law enforcement powers and was working as a laborer for the park system while the case was pending. Read More…

Elyria police officer pleads no contest to DUI charge

OBERLIN — An Elyria police officer pleaded no contest last week in Oberlin Municipal Court to a DUI charge stemming from an Aug. 3 crash. Officer Charles McArthur, 27, also pleaded no contest to not wearing a seat belt, according to court records. An additional charge of failure to control was dropped as part of Read More…

Arbitrator reinstates fired trooper

ELYRIA — An arbitrator has overturned the firing of an Ohio Highway Patrol trooper who was accused of failing to follow proper procedures and falsifying information about a Lorain police officer who was caught driving the wrong way on state Route 2 last year. Arbitrator Sherrie Passmore wrote that Tammy Soto should be reinstated to Read More…

Amherst man pushes his pluck, becomes first cited for too many chickens

AMHERST — For Timothy Scholl, it was two chickens too many. On March 30, Scholl became the first Amherst resident to get a citation for owning too many chickens on his property after police checked his yard and found six chickens in a coop outside. According to Amherst codified ordinance, someone living on less than Read More…

Conduct at stop, altered citation led to trooper investigation

Fired Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Tammy Soto told investigators she knew there was a “50-50” chance that Lorain police Officer Bill Lachner was drunk when he was stopped driving the wrong way on the highway in September. Soto, however, didn’t initially perform sobriety tests on Lachner, instead opting to give Lachner — a co-worker of Read More…

Man charged with domestic violence has vulgar explanation for woman’s injuries

WELLINGTON — Police weren’t buying a Wellington man’s explanation of how his 20-year-old girlfriend was injured. He said it was rough sex. She said it was abuse. Police believed her and Matthew Hules, 23, was charged with domestic violence after the woman called police Friday. She told police Hules came home drunk and attacked her Read More…