August 2, 2015

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

Items left Sunday at the scene of what police are calling a murder-suicide on Laurel Circle in North Ridgeville. EVAN GOODENOW/CHRONICLE

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

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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…

Police: Suicidal man creates uproar on Spruce Street

  ELYRIA – A suicidal man turned violent and threatened to fight 10 police officers late Monday evening. Tony Hale, 40, was charged with assault on a police officer, having weapons while intoxicated and two counts of intimidation. His father, Bobby Hale, 68, was charged with obstructing official business, resisting arrest and two counts of Read More…