June 27, 2016

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Police say man allegedly pointed gun at church youth group

WELLINGTON — After reportedly pointing a gun at a church youth group at a First Baptist Church campout, a local man is facing abduction and other charges. Justin Fronek, 32, allegedly pointed a rifle with a laser scope at 16 boys who were sitting by a fire on church-owned property off East Herrick and Grand Read More…

County engineer to return to jail to finish 30-day sentence

OBERLIN — Lorain County Engineer Ken Carney will begin serving the remainder of a 30-day jail sentence for a 2014 criminal mischief conviction this weekend. Carney, 67, will report to the Lorain County Jail on Sunday, according to Oberlin Municipal Court records, but will be freed on work release the following day. A court order Read More…

Appeals court upholds domestic violence jail sentence for Lorain County Engineer

ELYRIA — An appeals court has upheld a 30-day jail sentence for Lorain County Engineer Ken Carney for a 2014 criminal mischief conviction stemming from an argument with his then-live-in girlfriend. Carney already had served four days in jail following his May 16, 2014, arrest on the original domestic violence charge that later was reduced Read More…

Charges filed in three fatal crashes

Two Lorain County men as well as a man from West Lafayette were charged Monday in three separate fatal traffic crashes that occurred in late 2015 in Vermilion and Pittsfield and Grafton townships, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol. Ronald Podlich, 40, of Elyria, was charged with driving left of center and vehicular manslaughter in Read More…

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

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

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…