Businessman pleads guilty to tax theft
ELYRIA — A local businessman accused of failing to turn over $71,640 worth of sales tax money he collected between 2005 and 2010 pleaded guilty Thursday to theft and six counts each of failure to remit sales tax and incomplete, false and fraudulent returns prohibited.
Richard Egy, 70, who owns Egy Mower & Chain Saw Service, didn’t file business tax returns during the years he wasn’t handing over the sales tax to the state.
The Ohio Department of Taxation Enforcement Division’s investigation determined that Egy collected the sales taxes from customers but didn’t forward those funds to the state, some of which are returned to the county.
At the same time he wasn’t paying sales taxes, Egy was also working as a vendor for the county. Between August 2005 and February 2012, his company was paid $7,398, according to county records.
A sentencing date for Egy has not been set.
Man gets jail for shooting girlfriend
ELYRIA — A Grafton man who shot his girlfriend in September 2011 was sentenced Friday to 180 days in jail and three years of probation.
William Cheatham, 24, has long maintained that he didn’t know the 9 mm semiautomatic pistol that he used to shoot Amanda Jamiol in the abdomen was loaded. The couple was out drinking at a bar before the shooting, and the gun went off after Jamiol said something after they had returned home, according to police.
Cheatham administered first aid to Jamiol after the shooting until police arrived.
He pleaded guilty to attempted felonious assault and using weapons under disability in May.
Driver gets 60 days for fatal DUI crash
ELYRIA — A Sheffield Lake man who killed another driver in a car crash in which both men were drunk was sentenced late last month to 60 days in jail and three years of probation.
William Conley, 37, also received a three-year driver’s license suspension for the Feb. 18, 2007, crash that claimed the life of Rodney Baker. Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski also ordered Conley to pay restitution for funeral expenses and perform 100 hours of community service.
According to investigators, Conley had a blood-alcohol level of 0.256, more than three times the legal driving limit of 0.08, while Baker had a blood-alcohol level of 0.270. Conley’s northbound GMC truck struck Baker’s southbound Nissan Maxima on Oberlin Avenue in Lorain while it was snowing.
Betleski had originally thrown out Conley’s blood test because of how a nurse handled the samples, but an appeals court later overturned that decision.
Conley pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and DUI charges in May.
LCCC offering Take Five breakfasts
ELYRIA — Lorain County Community College’s Take Five breakfast series will offer free workshops this month and in December.
Designed for companies with 50 or fewer employees, each session includes registration and networking 7:30 to 8 a.m. followed by a seminar 8 to 9:30 a.m. in Room 132 of the Entrepreneurship Innovation Center building on the campus.
The Nov. 15 session, “Retaliation Lawsuits: What Every Employer Needs to Know,” will feature Josephine S. Noble of Ogletree Deakins. Noble will also offer best practices for preventing, or at least reducing, the risk of retaliation claims.
The Dec. 20 session, “Rules of Engagement: When Employees Take a Leave of Absence,” will feature Natalie Stevens of Ogletree Deakins, who will discuss worker compensation laws as they relate to various return-to-work issues including requests for additional leave, workplace accommodations, light duty work, documentation supporting the return to work, the ability to fill positions formerly held by employees on leave and termination of the employment relationship.
The Take Five Breakfast Series is sponsored by Ogletree Deakins and First Place Bank.
Seating is limited. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit www.lorainccc.edu/takefive or call (440) 366-4273.