Elyria man pleads not guilty to arson
ELYRIA — An Elyria man accused of setting a Wilkes Villa apartment on fire and dousing himself in lighter fluid during an argument with his ex-girlfriend has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
Kenneth Kimbrough, 24, is charged with aggravated arson, obstructing official business and domestic violence in connection with the Aug. 8 incident during which his 31-year-old former girlfriend called police to say he was threatening her.
When police arrived, Kimbrough allegedly barricaded himself inside the woman’s apartment and poured lighter fluid on himself as officers watched from outside.
After the fire broke out, officers rushed inside and found Kimbrough unconscious. The fire caused about $12,000 worth of damage.
Kimbrough is the brother of Kevin Kimbrough, who could sentenced to death if convicted of aggravated murder in the death of an 8-month-old boy he was babysitting earlier this year.
Grand jury to hear teen’s assault case
ELYRIA — The second of two men charged with felonious assault in the brutal beating of a black teenager will have his case heard by a county grand jury.
James Machovina, 21, waived his preliminary hearing in Elyria Municipal Court on Wednesday, something the other man charged in the case, Kenneth Tackett, 18, already had done.
Tackett and Machovina are accused of beating 17-year-old Elyria High School student Travis Noble in September. Noble chased after the two men after he said he heard one of them use a racial slur as they rode past him on bicycles.
Noble was hospitalized for four days with a broken jaw that required surgery to repair and a split upper lip that required 14 stitches to close.
Benefit fundraiser for deputy on Sunday
NEW RUSSIA TWP. — There’ll be a benefit fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday to help longtime Lorain County Sheriff’s Deputy William Curtis Jr., who has been off work since early September while battling cancer.
The dinner at New Russia Township Hall, 46268 Butternut Ridge Road, just west of state Route 58, will cost $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and younger.
There’ll be three bands on hand to perform, a performance by a group of Jack Russell terriers and the LifeFlight helicopter crew will be hand for demonstrations on what they do.
For those who cannot attend but want to help, contributions may be made through any National City Bank or mailed in care of the benefit for William Curtis Jr., National City Bank 24 E. Main St., New London, 44851.
Curtis, 46, of New London, has a wife, Tina, and four children. He was diagnosed with cancer shortly before the Lorain County Fair — he worked it anyway, as he always does — and underwent surgery shortly thereafter.
He’s hoping to get back to work after the first of the year, said his father, William Curtis Sr. of Chatham Township, a former Elyria police officer.