November 27, 2014

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Lorain officer ‘regrets’ tweets about Cleveland protesters

LORAIN — Lorain police Officer Brent Payne said he regrets a series of provocative tweets he sent out Tuesday criticizing those protesting the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by a Cleveland police officer. “In hindsight, I wish I wouldn’t have made those comments,” he said Wednesday. Payne said he was off duty at the Read More…

Judges seek $3.2M to fix old Lorain County Courthouse

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ELYRIA — The Lorain County Common Pleas General Division judges included a $3.2 million line item in their 2015 budget request to cover the projected costs of renovating the old Lorain County Courthouse. The plan would effectively mothball the basement and third floor of the building and completely change the layout of the first and Read More…

Lorain officer in hot water over tweets

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LORAIN — Police and city officials plan to review social media policy today following a string of provocative tweets by a Lorain police officer Tuesday concerning protests in Cleveland over the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by a Cleveland police officer. The tweets were posted to the account of Brent Payne, whose Twitter account Read More…

Supreme Court suspends Sheffield attorney’s law license after accusations

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ELYRIA — The Ohio Supreme Court formally suspended the law license of Sheffield attorney Michael W. Fine on Monday. The move comes a week after the Lorain County Bar Association requested an emergency temporary suspension of Fine’s legal privileges amid allegations he had hypnotized clients for his own sexual gratification. Fine didn’t contest the temporary Read More…

Attorney suspended after accusations he hypnotized clients

Michael W. Fine

ELYRIA — The Sheffield attorney accused of hypnotizing his clients and giving them graphic sexual suggestions has agreed to have his law license suspended temporarily. Michael W. Fine agreed to the emergency suspension that had been sought by the Lorain County Bar Association in a response to the allegations filed Friday with the Ohio Supreme Read More…

Lakewood man takes plea deal in Grafton Twp. horse neglect case

A recovering Big Red takes an apple from Greg Willey, director of the Friendship APL of Lorain County, on Thursday. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — A Lakewood man pleaded out Thursday to two counts of abandoning animals for failing to care for two malnourished horses that were rescued from a Grafton Township farm in May. Mahmoud Abukhalil, 41, could receive up to 90 days in jail on each of the two second-degree misdemeanor charges when he is sentenced Read More…

Lorain County Engineer Ken Carney to report to jail next week

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OBERLIN — Lorain County Engineer Ken Carney came within moments of being led out of Oberlin Municipal Court in handcuffs on Thursday to begin serving the remaining 26 days of his 30-day jail sentence for a domestic dispute earlier this year. But Carney’s defense attorney, Jack Bradley, convinced Judge Thomas Januzzi to let Carney, 65, Read More…

2014 General Election results certified; no results changed

SHEFFIELD TWP. — The Lorain County Board of Elections on Thursday certified the results of the general election earlier this month. Elections board Director Paul Adams said there were no recounts or altered results from Election Day after provisional and some uncounted absentee ballots were added to the vote totals. But voter turnout did climb Read More…

Attorney given deadline of Monday to respond to allegations

SHEFFIELD — Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O’Connor has given Sheffield lawyer Michael W. Fine until Monday to respond to allegations he hypnotized female clients for his own sexual gratification. The Lorain County Bar Association asked O’Connor to suspend Fine’s law license on an emergency basis in court documents filed Tuesday. Fine hasn’t been charged Read More…

Health district sues to force sewer tie-ins

ELYRIA — The Lorain County General Health District has sued the owners of roughly 60 properties in an effort to force them to tie into the sewer system operated by the Lorain County Rural Wastewater District. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in county Common Pleas Court, said that the properties in question are all close enough Read More…