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Woman arrested in connection with Lorain death

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    A Lorain police officer approaches Michelle Noble Tuesday, moments after she pulled up to a duplex on South Central Drive in Lorain.

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    A Lorain police officer approaches Michelle Noble Tuesday, moments after she pulled up to the duplex on South Central Drive in Lorain.

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LORAIN — Police have accused a Lorain woman of murdering a disabled man who required an oxygen machine to live.

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A Lorain police officer approaches Michelle Noble Tuesday, moments after she pulled up to the duplex on South Central Drive in Lorain.

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Michele Noble, 46, of South Central Drive, was arrested Tuesday and charged with murder, tampering with evidence and obstructing official business. She was taken to Lorain County Jail.

The official cause of John T. Whitfield’s death is being withheld until the Lorain County coroner’s office concludes its investigation, police said.

In a news release, the Lorain police expressed “gratitude to the victim’s family, the neighbors, and citizens who have come forward to assist us in this investigation.”

Police would not elaborate on a possible motive and whether the two had any type of connection.

Richard Smith, Whitfield’s cousin, said he was “surprised” by the arrest.

He said he knew Noble under the nickname “Peaches” and that he was shocked when police released her name as a suspect.

“They (Whitfield and Noble) knew each other because everyone in Lorain basically knows each other,” Smith said, “I would have never, ever thought it was her because I didn’t think she was that type of person.”

Whitfield, 53, was found dead in his home on West 23rd Street about 10 a.m. Tuesday.

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Michele Noble

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Following the discovery of his body, investigators were stationed outside a duplex on South Central Drive where detectives removed multiple items from a parked vehicle.

Whitfield was described by his brother, Richard, as a “good man” who would do anything to help others. He had four children and 10 grandchildren.

Richard Whitfield said John had health problems his whole life from a condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that kept him hooked to an oxygen machine. More recently, he struggled to walk.

Noble has no prior felony charges in Lorain County.

Contact Jodi Weinberger at 329-7245 or jweinberger@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @Jodi_Weinberger.



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