July 28, 2015

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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.

Vermilion police captain on leave after DUS charge

VERMILION — Vermilion police Capt. Michael Reinheimer has been placed on leave after he was caught allegedly driving with a suspended license earlier this month. Reinheimer was stopped on state Route 61 in Berlin Township by Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew Heery about 5:30 p.m. July 20 after the deputy ran the plates of the Read More…

Former county worker resigns as president of Nord Center board

LORAIN — Jeffrey Neal has resigned as president of the Nord Center’s board of directors in the wake of his departure from the Lorain County Board of Developmental Disabilities for allegedly accessing sexual content on his personal computer while on the job and showing it to his co-workers. Malcolm Peel, who serves as treasurer for Read More…

Lorain lax in gathering info about tenants

LORAIN — The city hasn’t been enforcing an 2003 ordinance that requires landlords to notify the city treasurer who is renting property from them. Mayor Chase Ritenauer said the city is now taking steps to address the issue, which came to light as part of the lawsuit filed by Lorain City Councilman Dennis Flores, D-2nd Read More…

Wellington man faces federal child porn charges

Ryan P. Reynolds

A Wellington man is facing federal child pornography charges after a lengthy investigation by local and federal officials that traced online access to child pornography to the man’s phone and computer as far back as 2013. Ryan P. Reynolds, 29, was living in Medina County at the time the investigation by a detective working for Read More…

Judge: Election lawsuit can go forward

ELYRIA — Lorain City Councilman Dennis Flores’ lawsuit challenging the results of the May Democratic primary will go forward, a county judge ruled Wednesday. Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski rejected a request from attorneys representing Ryan Horn, who narrowly defeated Flores, to throw out the case because the county Board of Elections wasn’t Read More…

Parole board denies killer mom’s release request

The Ohio Parole Board has denied a request to release an Elyria woman who killed her 2-year-old son 25 years ago. The decision is the second time the board has rejected a parole attempt from Renee Patterson, 53, who is serving 20 years to life in prison for the killing after she was convicted of Read More…

Auditor issues finding for recovery against indicted former North Ridgeville employee

ELYRIA — Ohio Auditor Dave Yost has issued a finding for recovery against a former North Ridgeville city worker who is facing criminal charges for allegedly running personal errands while on the job. The finding, released Tuesday as part of the city’s annual audit report, requires Doug Edwards to repay North Ridgeville $1,632. Edwards was Read More…

Online vampire game obsession leads to county employee’s resignation

Jeffrey Neal

ELYRIA — A department manager at the Lorain County Board of Developmental Disabilities resigned last week while under investigation for allegedly accessing a graphic sexual role-playing game and other inappropriate content on his personal computer while on county time. Jeffrey Neal, who served as director of the agency’s service and support administration, was asked to Read More…

911 call: Carlisle Township homicide victim’s house was torn apart

CARLISLE TWP. — The woman who called 911 to report the death of 61-year-old Farris Jones on Friday said his Midvale Drive house was ransacked, and he was lying dead in the living room. “Something’s wrong,” the woman said in a recording of the call released Tuesday. The woman said she had accompanied her mother Read More…

Former Lorain service director pleads guilty to felony drug charge

ELYRIA — Former Lorain Service Director Robert Gilchrist entered a guilty plea Tuesday to a felony possession of marijuana charge in exchange for prosecutors dropping a drug trafficking charge. Gilchrist, 45, declined to comment after entering the plea before Lorain County Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi, who said there is a presumption that Gilchrist will Read More…