October 31, 2014

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Judges urged to free inmates to relieve crowding

ELYRIA — Lorain County Jail officials have asked judges across the county to consider releasing several inmates to free up space at the overcrowded facility. Jail Administrator Andy Laubenthal said he sent a letter Wednesday to every municipal and county judge explaining the crowding, and suggesting to about half of the judges that there are Read More…

Alleged sex offender’s retrial continues

Joel Covender

ELYRIA — After Joel Covender’s former stepdaughter wrote an affidavit saying she had no memory of being molested by Covender, her aunt wore a police wire in the hope that her niece would admit she was lying. The aunt, who took the stand Tuesday during the second day of Covender’s retrial on charges of gross Read More…

Sheriff’s sergeant pleads to lesser charges

Lorain County Sheriff's Sgt. Donald McCurry is shown during his plea hearing Tuesday. BRAD DICKEN/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Lorain County sheriff’s Sgt. Donald McCurry pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor charges of assault and dereliction of duty for striking a friend of his daughter’s in the head with a flashlight last year. McCurry, 48, originally was charged with felonious assault in the Aug. 12, 2013, incident that sent Joe Reiger to a Read More…

New trial begins for convicted sex offender

27oct14 bishop--- Joel Covender at his retrial on a sex xharge from the 1990s.

ELYRIA — The recorded voice of a 6-year-old girl telling her grandmothers in separate conversations that her stepfather had sexually abused her was at odds with what that same girl, now 27 and a mother herself, said on a witness stand Monday. The woman said that she has no recollection of being molested by her Read More…

Split county endorsements put union leader in odd spot

Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams, left, and state Rep. Matt Lundy

ELYRIA — Harry Williamson Jr. is in an awkward spot. His union, Communication Workers of America Local 4370, has endorsed Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams for re-election. Williamson is also personally backing Williams. But as president of the county’s AFL-CIO Federation of Labor, he’s obligated to support that organization’s endorsed candidate, Williams’ challenger, state Rep. Read More…

Race for Lorain County Commissioner shapes up to be closest yet

Judge Julie Schafer, left, Judge Eve Belfance, candidates for 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Matt Lundy and Tom Willliams, candidates for Lorain County commissioner, appear at the Oberlin Community Candidates Night in Oberlin on Oct. 14.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — State Rep. Matt Lundy’s bid to unseat Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams is widely considered the tightest contest in the county. Neither Lundy, D-Elyria, nor Williams, an Amherst Republican, expects an overwhelming victory. “Is it going to be a close race? I think so,” Williams said. “I feel more confident about it now Read More…

Rep. Matt Lundy leads in campaign spending for commissioner race

Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams, left, and state Rep. Matt Lundy

ELYRIA — State Rep. Matt Lundy, D-Elyria, is outspending Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams in his effort to unseat the Amherst Republican, according to campaign finance reports filed Thursday. Lundy, who has spent $23,100 so far on the general election, also has more money in the bank than Williams, who has spent $18,690 on his Read More…

Protection order filed against Amherst Twp. stabbing victim

ELYRIA — A civil stalking protection order was issued against an Amherst Township man who has said he was stabbed by his girlfriend during a Sept. 2 attack. Lorain County Common Pleas Court Magistrate Joseph Falbo issued the order barring Steven Bullard from having any contact with Tia Hilton, who lives in the same mobile Read More…

Deceptive text message case against Wellington man settled

ELYRIA – A Wellington man has reached a settlement with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to end a lawsuit accusing him of sending deceptive text messages to people. Darren Sizemore will pay $9,800 in penalties and damages under the terms of the agreement announced Thursday by DeWine’s office. An additional $17,600 in civil penalties was Read More…

Lorain County Commissioners approve funding for security upgrades

ELYRIA — The Lorain County commissioners on Wednesday approved $139,500 in spending, most of which will help pay for security enhancements to the two offices of the county’s Adult Probation Department. The vote on the expenditure originally was slated for last week, but was pulled just before the start of the meeting after Commissioner Lori Read More…