April 19, 2014

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Ohio Supreme Court rules Elyria judge used wrong standard in DUI case

Corrine Codeluppi will get her day in court to argue that field sobriety tests she was given during her August 2011 arrest weren’t administered properly. The Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Elyria Municipal Court Judge Lisa Locke Grave improperly dismissed a motion to suppress evidence filed by the Columbia Station woman’s lawyers without Read More…

Inspectors kicked out of old Lorain County Courthouse over spat

ELYRIA — Eight city officials were asked to leave the old Lorain County Courthouse on Wednesday after arriving to conduct health, fire and building code inspections that were requested by county Common Pleas Judge James Burge. County Administrator Jim Cordes said he was just going into a regularly scheduled public meeting with the county commissioners Read More…

Vermilion Road repair project upsets residents, businesses

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BROWNHELM TWP. — Business owners are concerned that a planned road closure on Vermilion Road to repair erosion that threatens to collapse the road will hurt their bottom lines. The repair work, which includes using massive pylons to stabilize the ground and shifting about 1,200 feet of roadway, is slated to begin June 9, which Read More…

Judge Darrel Bilancini says Avon Lake needs full-time court

Darrel Bilancini

AVON LAKE — Judge Darrel Bilancini wants the Avon Lake Municipal Court to become a full-time court. Although the court is open for regular business Monday through Friday, Bilancini himself typically takes the bench only on Tuesdays and Thursdays in his capacity as a part-time judge. When Bilancini isn’t on the bench, he works as Read More…

Judge draws cards to choose panel in capital murder case

Clarence Adams III appears in court on March 31. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Clarence Adams III wanted to roll the dice, but in the end he had to rely on the luck of the draw to determine the judges who will serve on a panel that will preside over his capital murder trial later this month. Adams had requested that Lorain County Probate Judge James Walther, Read More…

UPDATED: RITA extends deadline to file because of website problems

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ELYRIA — With its website bogged down and often inaccessible under an onslaught of last-minute taxpayers trying to file their returns, the Regional Income Tax Agency on Tuesday extended its filing deadline. The agency, which serves municipalities across Northeast Ohio, said in a news release that it won’t assess penalties or interest for those filing Read More…

James Osborne says Heather Koon acted on her own in day care sex abuse case

James Osborne

ELYRIA — Convicted sex offender James Osborne’s attorney wrote in a court filing Monday that his client’s fiancee acted on her own when she allegedly sexually abused children at the day care centers where she worked. “The Defendant will offer evidence that Co-Defendant Heather Koon perpetrated these crimes of her own volition without the complicity Read More…

Court clerk’s spouse pleads guilty to drug charges

Julio Osorio

ELYRIA — The husband of a former Lorain Municipal Court deputy clerk of courts who has been convicted of stealing from the court system pleaded guilty Monday to drug charges. Julio Osorio, 27, is expected to receive seven years in prison when he is sentenced later this year on charges of possession of drugs, two Read More…

Man pleads guilty to trying to smuggle pot into jail

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ELYRIA — A Lorain man who tried to pay a Lorain County Jail guard $250 to smuggle marijuana into the jail for an inmate who was in the midst of a murder trial has pleaded guilty. Maurice Palmer, 24, entered guilty pleas Monday to charges of bribery, attempted illegal conveyance of drugs onto the grounds Read More…

Accused child molester says he’s being targeted in jail

James Osborne

ELYRIA — James Osborne has repeatedly refused to enter protective custody despite multiple disputes with his fellow inmates at the Lorain County Jail. The most recent incident came Friday when another inmate, Bahlial Davis, allegedly threw “liquid feces” on the door of the cell Osborne was sharing with Luis Sanchez. Jail Administrator Andy Laubenthal said Read More…