August 22, 2014

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Judges end court-run diversion program

ELYRIA — Lorain County’s General Division judges shut down their controversial diversion program in a court order filed last week. Administrative Judge James Burge said a June decision by the 9th District Court of Appeals declaring the court-run program unconstitutional left he and his fellow judges without the legal authority to continue the program. Burge Read More…

Lorain County law enforcement agencies get military gear from federal program

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ELYRIA — Law enforcement in Lorain County has obtained dozens of guns, seven vehicles and other assorted gear through a federal program that provides military hardware to police agencies across the country. Among the most recent acquisitions are two Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles, commonly known as MRAPs, which were awarded to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office Read More…

Judge releases revised financial records

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge

ELYRIA — Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge has corrected his annual financial disclosure statements, which he acknowledged last week contained numerous errors. In documents mailed Monday to the Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, Burge acknowledged 43 separate mistakes he said he made in filling out the forms for Read More…

Accused killer opts for trial before panel

ELYRIA — For the third time this year, an accused killer facing a possible death sentence has waived his right to a jury trial and will instead have his case heard by a three-judge panel. Austin Diaz, 20, is accused of being one of two men who beat and robbed Lamar “Mark” Taylor as the Read More…

Judge Burge admits financial disclosures contain errors

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge

ELYRIA — Several of the annual financial disclosure statements filed by Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge had missing or incorrect information about his family’s connections to Whiteacre North Ltd. The company owns 600 Broadway, a Lorain office building in which several attorneys who practice in front of Burge have offices. Burge conceded Thursday Read More…

Sheriff lists costs of Adult Probation Department security

Phil Stammitti

ELYRIA — It will cost $396,356 to provide security upgrades that the county’s General Division judges want to implement for the offices now being used by the Lorain County Adult Probation Department, county Sheriff Phil Stammitti wrote in a letter to the county commissioners Wednesday. Stammitti wrote that to properly staff the entrances to the Read More…

Warrant seeking blood sample in vehicular homicide case misplaced

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ELYRIA — A search warrant for the blood of an Elyria man facing vehicular homicide and other charges for allegedly causing a fatal crash last year has disappeared. Without the warrant for Christopher DeWitt’s blood, defense attorney Brian Darling argued Monday the results of the blood test shouldn’t be admitted in the case against his Read More…

No guards at Probation Department buildings yet

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ELYRIA —There were no deputies working security at the two locations housing the Lorain County Adult Probation Department on Monday, despite a directive from a county judge to do so. County Sheriff Phil Stammitti said he lacks the manpower to staff the entrances to the Probation Department offices at the old Lorain County Courthouse and Read More…

UPDATED: Sheffield Lake man charged with embezzling from Medical Mutual

A Sheffield Lake man has been charged in U.S. District Court with allegedly embezzling $2.9 million from Medical Mutual while working as a manager for the insurance company. Joseph Satava III, 69, was charged by way of information with one count of theft or embezzlement in connection with health care. An information bypasses the grand Read More…

FitzGerald admits to driving without a license

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SHEFFIELD TWP. — Ed FitzGerald acknowledged Friday that he drove without a license during the 10 years he didn’t have a driver’s license. “I’m sure there were times I did,” the Democratic candidate for governor said when asked about driving without a license during a sparsely attended campaign stop at Lorain County Democratic Party headquarters. Read More…