Ku­dos to new mem­ber of com­mand staff

BOU­QUETS >> To Lorain po­lice Sgt. Tabitha An­gello, who be­came the first fe­male mem­ber of the com­mand staff of the Lorain Po­lice Depart­ment

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - OPINION -

An­gello, 41, took her oath of of­fice Nov. 5 in front of fam­ily, friends, fel­low of­fi­cers, Lorain po­lice Chief Cel Rivera and Mayor Chase Rite­nauer in Lorain City Coun­cil cham­bers

Af­ter­ward, An­gello was of­fered a steady flow of hand­shakes and hugs of con­grat­u­la­tions.

An­gello, a Lorain na­tive, said, “I thank ev­ery­one for com­ing. I ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­one that’s guided me this far, and I look for­ward to the new chal­lenges of be­ing pro­moted to sergeant.”

Rite­nauer ad­min­is­tered the oath of of­fice, but An­gello tapped her daugh­ter, Bri­anna Cir­ilo, to pin on her new badge.

An­gello was as­signed to the de­tec­tive bureau, spe­cial­iz­ing in sex crimes, chil­dren’s ser­vices in­ves­ti­ga­tions and prop­erty crimes.

Rite­nauer called An­gello a trail­blazer in the Po­lice Depart­ment and said he could not think of a more fit­ting can­di­date.

We ap­plaud and com­mend An­gello’s his­toric ap­point­ment.

BOU­QUETS >>

To El Cen­tro de Ser­vi­cios So­ciales, a His­panic-Latino non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion lo­cated at 2800 Pearl Ave. in Lorain, whose mis­sion is to pro­vide es­sen­tial so­cial, ed­u­ca­tional, cul­tural and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment ser­vices, for cel­e­brat­ing 44 years of serv­ing Lorain County res­i­dents.

El Cen­tro hosted its an­nual gala Nov. 3 at New Rus­sia Town­ship Hall with tra­di­tional Latin food and live mu­sic.

Emanuel Pe­draza, out­go­ing op­er­a­tions man­ager at El Cen­tro who served as mas­ter of cer­e­monies, said the evening was about cel­e­brat­ing Lorain County.

And El Cen­tro Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Vic­tor Le­andry was up­beat be­cause the or­ga­ni­za­tion re­cently was hon­ored with two Ohio and one na­tional award for its work in 2018.

Le­andry said, “This year, we have con­cen­trated our work on the fam­i­lies that have come from Puerto Rico, over 300 fam­i­lies that we serve and that’s an amount of al­most 2,000 new res­i­dents in Lorain County that we were the first con­tact. So, it’s a great night to cel­e­brate.”

We con­grat­u­late El Cen­tro for the hard work it has done in 44 years of help­ing the com­mu­nity.

BRICK­BATS >>

To C. David Sny­der, the 61-year-old Rocky River busi­ness­man who will serve two years in prison for em­bez­zle­ment and tax crimes to­tal­ing more than $780,000.

Ear­lier this year, a fed­eral jury con­victed Sny­der, who was chair­man, pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of At­tevo Inc., a tech­nol­ogy con­sult­ing com­pany head­quar­tered in Cleve­land, on six charges re­lated to em­bez­zling $126,000 from an em­ployee re­tire­ment fund and col­lect­ing nearly $860,000 from his em­ploy­ees, but not pay­ing the money to the IRS.

Sny­der also served as chair­man and pri­mary share­holder at Ru­ralogic Inc., head­quar­tered in Bryan, Ohio.

Sny­der earned in­come from At­tevo to­tal­ing $1.6 mil­lion be­tween 2009 and 2012.

U.S. At­tor­ney Justin Herd­man said, “This de­fen­dant em­bez­zled money from his em­ploy­ees and pock­eted taxes he took out of their pay­checks, which he used to pay for his va­ca­tion home, swim­ming pool ren­o­va­tion and to oth­er­wise fund his life­style.”

Just look at where Sny­der ended up be­cause of his greed.

In ad­di­tion to prison, he’ll have to pay $781,000 in resti­tu­tion.

Good for him.

BRICK­BATS >>

To Erique McBerry, 21, and Ethan Schus­ter, 20, both of Elyria, who earned the right to spend five years in prison for shoot­ing at a woman in De­cem­ber who was driv­ing on North Abbe Road in Elyria.

McBerry and Schus­ter pleaded guilty to four counts of felo­nious as­sault and sin­gle counts of im­proper dis­charge of firearm into a habi­ta­tion or school safety zone, theft, tam­per­ing with ev­i­dence, dis­charge of a firearm near a pro­hib­ited premises, re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty and im­proper han­dling of a firearm in a mo­tor ve­hi­cle.

Elyria po­lice Capt. Christo­pher Costantino said of­fi­cers re­sponded to a re­port of mul­ti­ple shots fired at 9:06 p.m., Dec. 4, and met with the vic­tim who said she was driv­ing with two males in her sedan on the North Abbe Road curb lane when a black ve­hi­cle pulled up next to her and two men started fir­ing shots to­ward her.

Po­lice ob­served that three shots struck her car; one near the wheel, one by the ve­hi­cle’s grill and one hit the driver’s side mir­ror.

A short time later, of­fi­cers ar­rested McBerry and Schus­ter, who are lucky no one died or they could have faced life in prison.

But, five years of re­stricted free­dom is a long time for them to think about their stu­pid­ity.

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