June 27, 2016

Elyria
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Suicide or murder? Jurors begin hearing evidence in 2011 Avon Lake death

ELYRIA — Nearly five years after Michael Gabel was found dead in his Avon Lake home, jurors will begin hearing evidence today about whether he was killed by his wife. Jeane Harrington, 58, has denied being responsible for the death of Gabel, who was found sitting on a couch in their home with heavy plastic Read More…

Brighton Township man facing arson charges dead from apparent suicide

ELYRIA — A Brighton Township man facing aggravated arson and charges for allegedly setting his estranged wife’s possessions and a house ablaze was found dead in Ashland County earlier this week. David A. Smith, 52, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in a wooded area near Nova, his attorney, Doug Merrill, Read More…

Coroner: Woman who shot herself died instantly

ELYRIA — The woman who took her own life Friday outside the residence of a former girlfriend died instantly, officials said. Lorain County Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans said Saturday that the woman, whom he identified as Ricki Jenkins, 21, died immediately from a single gunshot wound to the head with a 20-gauge shotgun. Jenkins took Read More…

For third straight year, no change in U.S. life expectancy

NEW YORK — Life expectancy in the United States has stalled for three straight years, the government announced Wednesday. A child born last year can expect to make it to 78 years and 9½ months — the same prediction made for the previous two years. In most of the years since World War II, life Read More…

Victim IDed in Vermilion train death; police say suicide

VERMILION – A man who died when he was hit by a train early Monday, has been identified as 30-year-old Jeremy Stahley, of Vermilion. Police said the man — identified Tuesday morning as Stahley — was at Rudy’s Bar and Grille and distraught about personal issues, according to a press release from the police department. Read More…

Vermilion police investigate railroad track death, suspect suicide

VERMILION — Police are investigating a man fatally struck by a train at the Grand Street crossing early Monday morning. Police say a man was at Rudy’s Bar and Grill and distraught over personal issues. He then went to the crossing, sat cross-legged on the tracks and put his hands over his head. He was struck by Read More…

Suspect in North Ridgeville murder-suicide had recent run-ins with law

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Timothy Hoff — suspected of fatally shooting his girlfriend, Donna Roode, before killing himself — had recent trouble with the law before the Saturday deaths. Last Monday, Hoff, 65, was charged by North Ridgeville police with gross sexual imposition in connection with a June 1 incident, according to court records. On Friday, Read More…

2 people found dead in North Ridgeville home identified

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Two people were found dead in a Laurel Circle home in what police said is an apparent murder-suicide. A Police Department news release said they received a 911 call at 1:24 a.m. today from a woman in the home and found a 62-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man dead there. The caller, Read More…

South Amherst man dead in apparent suicide after standoff with police

SOUTH AMHERST — A man was found dead in his bedroom Friday after barricading himself inside his house during a standoff with police. Members of the Lorain County SWAT team entered the home of Paul Busick, 36, about 5:30 p.m. Friday after a six-hour standoff to find Busick dead with a weapon nearby. The cause Read More…

UPDATE: Report suggests auto-erotic asphyxiation possible in Ariel Castro’s death

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro’s death by hanging in his prison cell may not have been suicide after all, but an attempt to choke himself for a sexual thrill, authorities said Thursday. They also said two guards falsified logs documenting the number of times they checked on Castro before he died. The report Read More…