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Published: Saturday, 10/29/2005

Murder suspect charged in attack on Blade worker

One of three people accused in the slaying of a Waterville man was charged yesterday with robbing a part-time circulation worker for The Blade when he was putting newspapers into a curbside box on Broadway.

Lonnie Scurles, 34, of 1820 Forest Ave., was charged with one count of robbery in the Sept. 16 incident. The crime occurred two days after his bond was reset to supervised recognizance on robbery and theft charges in an indictment in Lucas County Common Pleas Court.

Scurles and a 24-year-old married couple - Christina Morris and Jesse Morris of 739 1/2 Orchard St. - are charged with aggravated murder and aggravated robbery in the beating death last week of 62-year-old James Steinhurst of Waterville.

Yesterday, Blade employee Rodger Fausey recognized Scurles from a picture of him in the newspaper and contacted police. He later picked Scurles out of a police photo array.

Detective Bob Schroeder said an earnings statement belonging to Scurles was among items, including Mr. Fausey's wallet and personal papers, which were recovered after the attack on the newspaper employee.

Mr. Fausey was approached by a man who asked for any spare change. The man left after Mr. Fausey gave him four quarters, but returned and punched Mr. Fausey and took his wallet.

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