September 23, 2014

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Grand jury to review accused murderer’s case

Jeremy Diestler at a preliminary hearing on murder charges at Elyria Municipal Court on Sep. 22.   Steve Manheim

ELYRIA — Jeremy Diestler agreed Monday to have aggravated murder and other charges against him forwarded to a grand jury for review during a brief appearance in Elyria Municipal Court. Diestler, 30, also is charged with murder, aggravated robbery, felonious assault, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and improper discharge of a Read More…

Ohio GOP launches attack against state rep hopeful Brendan Mackin

A portion of a mailer produced 
by the Ohio Republican Party attacking Brendan Mackin, a Democrat  running for state representative. PHOTO PROVIDED

ELYRIA — The Ohio Republican Party launched a blistering attack on Democratic state representative hopeful Brendan Mackin this week in a mailer that accuses him of being “a ‘disaster’ in the courtroom.” The mailer, which has already appeared in Lorain County mailboxes, draws from Mackin’s final performance evaluation after his December 2010 resignation from county Read More…

Prosecutors ask for reduction of domestic violence charge against county engineer

Ken Carney

OBERLIN — Prosecutors want to reduce the domestic violence charge against Lorain County Engineer Ken Carney in a May incident with his live-in girlfriend because the victim’s testimony doesn’t line up with the charge Carney faces, although his attorney opposes the move. “The complaining witness will not testify that she believed the Defendant knowingly caused Read More…

Deputy: Lorain officer was driving on wrong side of road

AMHERST — Lorain police Officer Bill Lachner was driving east in the westbound lanes of state Route 2 near state Route 58 early Saturday when a Lorain County sheriff’s deputy spotted him and shined a spotlight on his vehicle, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol. Lt. Craig Cvetan said it appeared that once Lachner figured Read More…

UPDATED: Former Lorain official pleads guilty to corruption charge

BRAD DICKEN/CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — Former Lorain Community Development Director Sandy Prudoff avoided a return to prison as part of a plea agreement reached Tuesday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. Prudoff, 71, entered a guilty plea to a single conspiracy count in exchange for prosecutors dropping additional charges against him as part of a long-running corruption investigation. Read More…

UPDATED: Drug dealer pleads guilty to federal charges in overdose death

Siaerres Noble

ELYRIA — An Elyria man accused of selling fentanyl to an Elyria woman who died from a drug overdose pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to multiple drug trafficking charges. Siarres “Sizzle” Noble, 29, likely will be sentenced to 20 years in prison under the terms of the plea deal, which was announced by U.S. Read More…

Lorain police officer charged with DUI

LORAIN — Lorain police Officer Bill Lachner was charged with DUI early Saturday after he was caught driving the wrong way on state Route 2, his attorney said Monday. Defense attorney Mike Kinlin said he doesn’t believe his client was intoxicated at the time. Instead, he said, Lachner was experiencing a diabetic episode caused by Read More…

Sex offender denied early release

William Montgomery

ELYRIA — A county judge has rejected convicted sex offender William Tyrone Montgomery’s request to be released from prison early. Montgomery, 52, was sentenced to 1½ years in prison in April after pleading guilty earlier this year to gross sexual imposition charges stemming from allegations he had molested a woman, now in her 30s, beginning Read More…

Lorain County officials seek reversal of judges’ request for security funding

ELYRIA — The Lorain County commissioners on Friday asked the Ohio Supreme Court to strike down a court order issued by county Common Pleas Judge James Burge last month requiring them to fund security upgrades for the county’s Adult Probation Department. Burge’s order gave the commissioners until today to furnish $124,953 to county Sheriff Phil Read More…

Prosecutors seek reversal of verdict in fatal car crash

ELYRIA — Prosecutors are asking Lorain County Juvenile Court Judge Frank Janik to overturn the verdict rendered by one of his magistrates that cleared a now-19-year-old woman of criminal charges in a fatal car crash. Magistrate Steve List ruled last month that prosecutors had failed to prove that Laniqua Lusane was responsible for the Feb. Read More…