February 12, 2016

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About Brad Dicken

Brad Dicken is the senior writer for the Chronicle-Telegram. He covers courts and county government, and has been with the Chronicle since 2001. He can be reached at 329-7147 or BDicken@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter.

Visitors Bureau wonders if county has a plan

AMHERST TWP. — Several members of the Lorain County Visitors Bureau board questioned Thursday whether the county commissioners have a plan to keep the organization operating as the county takes control of the Visitors Bureau. Board member Mitch Zunich said the Visitors Bureau only has around $69,000 in funds left in its bank account, but Read More…

Case against baby sitter goes to grand jury

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Attorney Michael Hennenberg (left) talks with his client Summer Shalodi after waiving her preliminary hearing and moving the case to the Lorain County Grand Jury.

LORAIN — A lawyer for a Lorain baby sitter charged in connection with the death of 18-month-old Nadia Nicole Gibbons called it an accident Thursday. Michael Hennenberg, who represents Summer Shalodi, also said that he’s still waiting for additional information from police before discussing the case in more detail. “We are investigating to determine how Read More…

Republic Services files request to close road

Butternut-Ridge-SLIDE

ELYRIA — Republic Services filed paperwork with Lorain County commissioners asking them to shut down a portion of Butternut Ridge Road. The company wants the 0.85-mile stretch of road between Oberlin and West Ridge roads closed to make it easier for its heavy equipment to haul fill dirt from land it owns on the north Read More…

Board takes no action to ban Confederate flag sales at fair

Giardini-SLIDE

WELLINGTON — The Lorain County Fair Board took no action Tuesday night to halt the sale of the Confederate flag at the fairgrounds, but the leader of a group of citizens pushing for a ban said after the meeting that doesn’t mean they’ll stop trying. Jeanine Donaldson, who is heading up the Fair Minded Coalition Read More…

Police: Man torched house to get back at divorcing wife

Fire-SLIDE

BRIGHTON TWP. — The owner of a Brighton Township home that went up in flames Friday has been charged with aggravated arson for allegedly setting the blaze. Lorain County sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Randal Koubeck said the investigation into the fire at 23400 Gore Orphanage Road determined that the blaze had been deliberately set by David Read More…

Lorain to take over run-down property

ELYRIA — The city of Lorain soon will be the new owner of the Western Stoveworks. The city will take ownership of the property at the corner of West 13th Street and Long Avenue after it is cleaned up in accordance with the terms of a settlement agreement reached this week with the current owner, Read More…

UPDATED: Raider receives mandatory 18-to-life prison sentence in fatal shooting of roommate

A picture of Brandon Smith and his son Ryder Smith is shown during the sentencing of Ryan Raider, background. Raider was sentenced to 18 years to life for killing Smith.

ELYRIA — Ryan Raider sat with his eyes downcast as the family of Brandon Smith, the man he fatally shot in the head in 2013, called him a coward and a traitor just before he was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison. Raider, 27, declined to make a statement before Lorain County Common Read More…

Elyria Police: Double shooting likely wasn’t random

Fox-Hill-SLIDE

ELYRIA — Police suspect the Elyria couple killed in a double shooting Sunday was targeted. “I don’t think this was just a random act,” Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said. Police were called to 128 Fox Hill Lane about 10 p.m. Sunday for a report of gunshots in the area and found Michael L. Lewis, Read More…

Lorain County Commissioners severing relationship with visitors bureau

ELYRIA — Lorain County commissioners are severing their relationship with the Lorain County Visitors Bureau. The commissioners agreed unanimously Wednesday to give the Visitors Bureau board 30 days’ notice before they completely end the relationship. The commissioners resigned their three seats on the Visitors Bureau board just before they made the decision because of criticism Read More…

Burge lacks peer backing for judgeship run in Bar Association poll

ELYRIA — Four years ago when he ran for re-election, former Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge came highly recommended by the members of the Lorain County Bar Association, but this year he wasn’t recommended at all. “That’s quite a blow,” Burge said Tuesday after the Bar Association released the results of its judicial Read More…