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UPDATED: Police seek stalker as suspect; Canfield murder victim identified

Published: Wed, February 8, 2012 @ 3:34 p.m.

CANFIELD — Canfield police responded to a 911 call just after 7 a.m. today, finding Stacey L. Sutera, a 40-year-old science teacher, shot to death in the parking lot of Carriage Hill apartment complex off Fairground Boulevard.

Sutera was a Mahoning County Career and Technical Center science teacher. Her cause of death remained pending, the Mahoning County Coroner's office said.

Police Chief Chuck Colucci said authorities believe she was getting into her vehicle when she was shot multiple times. It’s possible she tried to drive away and was shot again.

A police alert was issued to be on the lookout for Robert McLaughlin, described as ex-military and armed and dangerous. He would face an aggravated murder charge, Colucci said.

Colucci said police are working on arrest warrants and will have more information later today.

A male neighbor said, “This morning I thought they were picking up the garbage, then I heard ‘pop pop pop’ — probably five or six gunshots.”

A 13-year-old girl said she was in her bedroom getting ready for school when she heard about six gunshots. She looked out the window but didn’t see anything.

“I heard a crash-type noise and ran downstairs,” she said.

Another neighbor said she looked out the window and saw a man standing by the victim’s car, then saw him walking away. She then lost sight of him.

McLaughlin, was sentenced Nov. 29 to five years’ probation, including 500 hours of community service and fined $2,500.

Judge Maureen A. Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court also ordered McLaughlin to take anger-management classes and have no contact with the victim after he pleaded guilty to three counts of pandering obscenity and three counts of possessing criminal tools.

Police said McLaughlin had been harassing the victim since March 2010 by sending emails threatening to reveal personal information about her.

McLaughlin was also sentenced to six months in Mahoning County jail after pleading guilty in December 2010 in Mahoning County Area Court in Canfield to related misdemeanor charges of stalking and telephone harassment.

A police report said detectives found photos of the victim, pornographic material, stacks of papers listing names and addresses of Ohio and Pennsylvania schools, as well as various businesses, computer equipment; and business cards with the victim’s ex-boyfriend’s name on them.

In addition to the emails, letters containing a website with fabricated sexual information about the victim and business cards stating the victim would perform specific sexual acts were mailed to business owners, school administrators, and teachers throughout Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties and parts of Pennsylvania, the report said.

Roan Craig, superintendent of Mahoning County Career and Technical Center where Sutera was in her second year as a science teacher, described the mood at the school Wednesday as somber. Grief counselors were on hand and would remain at the school for as long as needed she said.

Sutera was well-liked by students and respected by staff, she said.

“She was a good person and we loved her,” Craig said.

Before being hired at MCCTC, Sutera worked just more than a year as a chemistry and physics teacher at Columbiana High School.

“We were sad to see her leave,” said Don Mook, superintendent of Columbiana Exempted Village Schools. “When she had the opportunity to go to the career center I know that’s something she wanted to do. She felt a call to go in that direction, but we were sad to see her go.”


1sc7422(23 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Seriously Valley Voice??? This lady was being stalked for a long time. Get your facts straight you idiot. What community doesn't have druggies? Go get a life.

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2tburk1(30 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Shame on you Valley Voice. This poor woman.

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3jshobes(1 comment)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

she was my science teacher. shell be missed

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4dayv2005(2 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago


This is the previous indecent to shed more light.

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5tburk1(30 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Your comment is almost as idiotic as valleyvoice's.

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6UNCOMMONSENSE(626 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

This judge has a dangerous record when it comes to sentencing criminals. Wake up people and make sure she is not re-elected and allowed to continue in this way. This poor lady should never have died this way!

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7Valleys_Voice(149 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

All of you who bash crime in Youngstown saying it's a slum and whatnot should be ashamed of yourself! Just because it happened in Canfield doesn't mean it's any better or worse. The latter part of my comment was to see if you naysayers would come out and attack me in droves which you did. Crime is crime is crime! Our ENTIRE area needs to be cleaned up of these animals, not just Youngstown.

As I said before, God be with the victim, family and friends. She sounds like a stand up gal who will be missed. I pray they find this evil man soon and rid our community of this waste before he can prey again.

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8dallydoo(3 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

You're right God be with the family. And God please let them find him soon before he hurts someone else in her family. I too just joined this to add my comments as it is a tragic story and I live a long way away from Ohio but am very familiar with what happened to her over the last year or so. He should have been caged up in the beginning for every- thing he did to her. If anyone plans to vote for this judge, please think again. For those of you who are making this out to be an insult from one town to another, please, this is a human life that was lost.

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9catlyn0620(1 comment)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

This woman is/was my physics teacher.its crazy thinking that things like this can happen. RIP, you will be missed dearly. and for those of you who think it was drug related, it wasnt. she was the nicest lady ive ever met.

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10UNCOMMONSENSE(626 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

jetercp...you are an idiot!

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11bumasgirl(1 comment)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I am one of Ms. Suteras students. She was a great teacher and one of the nicest people I know. Everyone here at MCCTC is taking her loss very hard. she always talked about her family and how much she loved her students. She will be greatly missed. and to any of who said this was "drug related" you need to get your facts straight. Its hard to believe that just yesterday i was sitting in her class and she was playing with Nerf guns, just last week she did the moon walk across the class room. she was a very fun teacher and did not deserve what happened to her. Shes gone through alot the last few years but she never took it out on any of her students. I will always remember her for her kind heart and her love for teaching. RIP Ms. Sutera

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12sc7422(23 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

JETERCP your a complete idiot!! I mean seriously. Go back into your hole and rot!

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13Pazuzu(1 comment)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Something tragic happened in Canfield. Time for the haters to hate. Anybody who compares Youngstown to Canfield obviously went to school in Youngstown.

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14republicanRick(1736 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Why would some 64 year old scum from Painesville harass a 40 year old woman from Canfield? Anyone have background information?

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15walter_sobchak(2721 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

You are an idiot! CPD does a good job. However, most policde and law enforcement is reactionary. The judiciary is the failure here. Apparently, anger management courses didn't quite work and he violated his restraining order. Imagine that! The man is a nut job and the best thing that can now happen is that he will blow his brains all over the seat of his truck before he hurts anyone else and spare us the trial and incarceration.

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16jetercp(67 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

ive seen post after post where walter sobchak is getting into fights with people. maybe he should get off unemployment and actually find a job... just saying...

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17Gam1225(7 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Really Brown you didn't expect it in the "Good Neighborhoods". Ahh lets see you expected it in the HOOD didn't you? Wellwe have equal opportunity killings. Crazy is crazy wherever you live and it is colorblind.

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18UNCOMMONSENSE(626 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

jetercp, at the risk of beating my head against a wall I will try to explain your stupidity. There is the city of Canfield and the township of Canfield. The City of Canfield has a police department. The township of Canfield does not and therefore is protected by the Mahoning County Sheriff's department. The city police must be doing their job because crime statistics are low and people are moving into, not out of, Canfield. Please crawl back under your rock.

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19taxpayer1001(274 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I know everyone isn't necessarily trying to be insensitive, but please try to remember that there are hundreds of her students reading these posts who just found out this morning that she was murdered and are devastated. I would think by seeing a few of them post here it would make people try to hold off on being so argumentative on this blog about things that have no bearing on this case.

My prayers go out to her family, friends and students and faculty at MCCTC

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20dallydoo(3 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

blacksquirrel says it all. As I said this morning, someone just lost their life folks. Let's just say a prayer they catch him soon and that the rest of her family is safe. Her sister is devastated and daughter will never be the same.

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21UNCOMMONSENSE(626 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

jetercp, if you were aware of it then you are truly stupid to make such a comment. I have been to and driven through Canfield many times without being harrassed by the police, but then again I obey the law, maybe you should too.

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22snydro0108(61 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Breaking News: Crimes, even murder, can happen anytime, anywhere. This talk of Canfield is great and Youngstown is garbage is so totally idiotic, I can't even read these posts anymore. If she lived on the East Side, this would just be normal news because it happens more in that area of town, but just because it's Canfield, you people act so suprised!! Wake up. It's 2012 and Murder and Crime's don't limit themselves to just the bad areas!

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23Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Rest in Peace . and be glad you do not have read what some really stupd pople can come with

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24kensgirl(1061 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Judge Sweeney what do YOU think about your role in all this??? You let our community down again. You are a bleeding heart who has no mercy on victims or their rights. We will not elect you again. You are one sorry dame.

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25teddybear6(40 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

This is such a tragedy. My thoughts and prayers go out to Ms. Sutera's family, friends and students. The fact that this man was already arrested and charged with stalking and harassment and was roaming free makes no sense.

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26NilesOhio(996 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

This Robert McLaughlin is listed by the Attorney General's sexual predator site as driving a white 2009 Volvo S60, license plate 075XZE. I believe that's a 4-door car, not a station wagon style.

He also has a 2011 Harley, but I doubt he'll be driving that around today.

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27VindyPost(436 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

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28DwightK(1537 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I wonder if this suspect will be found alive or if he took the coward's way out, as so many of them do?

Regardless, my prayers go our to this woman's family. You were obviously failed by the court system.

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29proudmommyof1(6 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I feel bad for the students and family that are reading most of this crap. God bless the family and the students that are going through the terrible times of losing someone they admired and loved.

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30walter_sobchak(2721 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Walter_Sobchak does not get into fights with people. They just haven't been converted to my way of thinking yet and merely disagree with me. But, they all want to show Walter some love because I speak to the truth. In fact, if Stan doesn't show up soon, I may have to take his crown as Minister of the Culture.

CPD does an outstanding job for our community. Very high visibility on patrol, quick response times, considerate. I have never been harassed. Then again, I have lived in Canfield for 22 years and don't speed thru the neighborhoods, shoplift, do drugs, beat my wife and kids, etc. But, to try and blame this tragedy on some lack of police work on CPD's part is illogical and idiotic, as others have said. More likely a failure of the judiciary for not locking up a wacko like this guy. But, I'm not going to continue to allow idiots to demean a great community.

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31endthismess(464 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

kensgirl.... I totally agree. Sweeney, this is got to be something you own now and has your name all over it. Think this over voters long and hard the next time you cast your vote. VOTE NO for Judge Sweeney, that's if she has the nerve to run again. This lunatic should have never been on our the streets or in possession of guns. Anger Management. Why? Because he pled guilty to his charges. How'd that work for you judge! Hmm, guess he's still mad just like the rabid animal he was when you last saw him in your court room. He was aloud just enough time to stalk this poor lady down once again and this time take her very life, for good. Where's this nut cases's probation officer? How come this gun situation was never monitored or discovered? And... if he ever had a CCW, why was it not removed? Now this loon is probably loving every single pathetic minute of press he's getting. Way to go Sweeney. You really did it this time. Step down. Better yet just leave. Grab your stinking pencil cup and go find another job. The citizens of this Valley cannot rely on you anymore.

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32whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I second the motion for Walter to pick up the Crown and be the minister for the culture!!!!!

Word on the street, Freeatlast has Stan tied up in his basement and is forcing him to read his memoirs'

I pray for the family of this teacher, my hopes she will be remembered for all the good she has done.

Another failing example of Big Brothers answer, Lock em up - change the money amongst eachother, and pick up all the change in canteen what they say 15 million spent on zoom zooms and wham whams.

Tougher sentences, swift justice, Have a public hanging downtown and sell peanuts and popcorn.

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33lumper(301 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

what could this poor victim have done differently to prevent this ? she was never safe. she could have worn kevlar all the time and it would not have mattered. her only option was to strike first. obviously, she's not the kind of person to do that. this is so sad.

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34spanky0124(3 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago


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35kensgirl(1061 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I say again and again, evil thy name is Sweeney. I hope this woman's family comes knocking at your door demanding answers. What are you going to tell them - that everyone deserves a 10th chance in case the first nine don't work out? This crime lies in your lap! Way to go Judge!! Thanks for being a friend to the community. Don't even look for reelection toots.

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36marymeehan(1 comment)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Everyone here is missing the point.... doesn't matter what side of town you live, the system let this poor teacher down. We should be thinking about her family and friends not to mention her students that are going throught he roughest time of their lives. The family dosen't need to here all this bull, they need sympathy at this time. My heart goes out to all that new and loved her. That's what we all should be saying. Grow up people.

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37bmanresident(607 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

What a tragic story, and the blame is definitely on The Hippie Judge Sweeney. We as a public need to demand her resignation, before our wifes, daughters, sons, are murdered by the animals she sets free!

Also I hope Stan didnt fall into the Culture he so readily mocked.

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38AnotherAverageCitizen(1194 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I feel for her studunts. They will remember this for the rest of their lives. I pray they may learn from this horrible situation. There is so much positive and negative that will be taken from this. Hopefully her students can take this sadness and turn it into a positive.

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392muchtax(897 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Sweeney you are a poor excuse for a judge! The order of protection, you might as well wipe with that piece of paper! It's only use is for the when the stalker shows up and you kill him you can use it at your jury trial! Sheriffs yeah what's the response time 40 minutes? If you live outside the city of Canfield you better protect yourself. This is all a terrible tragedy! With our courts this poor lady did not stand a chance against this maniac!
Sweeney you should be ashamed od yourself!

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40NilesOhio(996 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

It's normal to point fingers at someone, in this case Judge Sweeney. But the fact of the matter is that she didn't commit this crime.

There are many, many people convicted of stalking, have a sexual criminal record, and generally being a menace - yet don't kill anyone. If you locked them all up, then everyone would be complaining about how their taxes are too high and how the criminals get a "free ride" of food and shelter. You can't have it both ways.

No human being could have known Robert McLaughlin would go this far. Not you, not Judge Sweeney, not the law enforcement agencies, nobody.

Personally, I agree that we WISH he would have been locked up so this poor teacher wasn't basically terrorized for years then murdered. But my wishing doesn't change anything.

My very sincere condolences to the family, students and everyone else who personally knew Stacey.

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41NilesOhio(996 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

They just found his body in a cemetary. DwightK was right, "self-inflicted gunshot wound."

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42hellokitty(161 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

The Canfield Police did everything in their power....literally. It was the courts that dropped the ball big time. So sad and so needless.

Also, CC would not have helped, unless she lived as a survivalist, and even then, it's damned near impossible to defend against an ambush attack...I don't care how good you THINK you are.

Prayers for Ms. Sutera's family, friends, and students, and may God rest her soul.

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43legend33(169 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I miss Stan. I had a man crush on him!

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44MrRight(28 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

"what could this poor victim have done differently to prevent this ? "

-she could have moved.

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45ytowntk(5 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Sweeney and Gains must go, and the lawyer her represented this animal can join him in hell!

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46FUDGE16(2 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Why does everyone feel this is DRUG related?? One person makes an acquaintance, and it's drug related! I feel the complex is at fault. Mr. Tareshawnty is too cheap to protect his residents. Neighbors have complained to management about weird behavior at her apt., why wasn't this checked out by the complex?? The police can not be everywhere. Carrage Hill should be held resposible for the untimely death of this teacher. She gave warning she was is danger, but management, never followed through.

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