September 20, 2014

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Elyria businessowner charged in ODOT corruption case

CLEVELAND — The owner of Elyria-based North Shore Door Co. has been charged and arraigned for his role in the wide-ranging Ohio Department of Transportation corruption case.

Mark O’Donnell, 60, of Elyria, was charged with one count of bribery this morning in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

Also arraigned this morning were two other ODOT vendors, Christian Hilty, 51, of Chagrin Falls, who was charged with one count of theft and Richard Goldizen, Jr., 54, of Perry, who was charged with one count of attempted tampering with records.

A fourth person scheduled to be charged today was rescheduled for Friday.

Two Ohio Department of Transportation employees and an ODOT vendor were arraigned Friday. Charges against 25 additional individuals involved in the corruption are forthcoming, according to the Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office.

Read Wednesday’s Chronicle for more on this story.