December 21, 2014

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5 years later, wife charged in husband’s fatal shooting

ELYRIA — Five years after Jeremy Simko died from a single gunshot wound to the head in his Vermilion home, his wife, Julene Simko, has been charged with killing him. She surrendered at the Lorain County Jail on Friday to face charges of aggravated murder, murder, felonious assault and tampering with evidence. She was released Read More…

Wife charged with 2009 murder of Vermilion man

Julene Simko

ELYRIA – Five years after Jeremy Simko died from a gunshot wound to the head in his Vermilion home, his wife, Julene Simko, has been charged with killing him. She surrendered at the Lorain County Jail today to face charges of aggravated murder, murder, felonious assault and tampering with evidence. Julene Simko called 911 just Read More…

Medina man charged in fatal Elyria shooting

Jeremy Diestler appears at a preliminary hearing on murder charges at Elyria Municipal Court with attorney Jack Bradley. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — A Medina man has been indicted on aggravated murder and other charges stemming from the Sept. 17 shooting death of Matthew Stinson in an Elyria apartment hallway. Jeremy Diestler, 30, also is charged with murder, felonious assault, improper discharge of a firearm at a habitation and tampering with evidence. Stinson, 25, was shot Read More…

Judge recuses self from cases involving accused Sheffield attorney

swenski-fine

LYRIA — Lorain County Domestic Relations Judge Lisa Swenski has removed herself from cases on her docket involving the Sheffield attorney accused of hypnotizing his clients for sexual purposes. In a lengthy document filed Thursday, Swenski detailed her interactions with suspended lawyer Michael W. Fine, who she wrote displayed a familiarity with hypnosis and tried Read More…

Fentanyl dealer gets 20 years in prison

Siaerres Noble

Siarres “Sizzle” Noble will spend 20 years in federal prison for selling a fatal dose of fentanyl to an Elyria woman last year. Noble, 30, was sentenced during an appearance Wednesday in U.S. District Court that came a few months after he entered guilty pleas to multiple drug trafficking charges, including distribution of heroin and Read More…

Man assaults fellow inmate before sentencing

Jarelle Guice

ELYRIA — Shortly before he was due to be sentenced Wednesday for shooting at Lorain police officers in 2012, Jarelle Guice allegedly assaulted a fellow inmate in a holding cell in the basement of the Lorain County Justice Center. Guice is accused of striking Jason O’Neal, who is jailed on rape and kidnapping charges, with Read More…

Former sheriff’s sergeant sentenced in assault

Donald McCurry

ELYRIA — Former Lorain County Sheriff’s Sgt. Donald McCurry was sentenced Wednesday to two years of probation and ordered to spend 30 days under house arrest. McCurry, who declined to speak before county Common Pleas Judge Christopher Rothgery handed down the sentence, pleaded guilty in October to misdemeanor charges of assault and dereliction of duty Read More…

Lorain County Commissioners pass temporary $58.3M budget

ELYRIA — The Lorain County commissioners passed a temporary 2015 general fund budget of nearly $58.3 million on Wednesday. Commissioner Ted Kalo said the budget, which outgoing Commissioner Tom Williams voted against, includes increases for some departments to cover the costs of raises and some other budget requests. “We have no cuts expected,” Kalo said, Read More…

Elyria officials react to Mayor Brinda’s proposed cuts

ELYRIA — The city will need to reduce its 2015 budget by another $400,000 on top of the nearly $1.9 million in cuts proposed by Mayor Holly Brinda on Monday. Brinda on Tuesday declined to discuss how the city will arrive at those additional reductions, other than through concessions by the city’s firefighters’ union in Read More…

Insanity plea withdrawn in day care sex case

James Osborne

ELYRIA — Convicted sex offender James Osborne’s attorney has withdrawn a not guilty by reason of insanity plea to charges Osborne directed his fiancee to sexually abuse children at the day care centers where she worked. Osborne’s previous attorney, Mike Duff, said after he filed the not guilty by reason of insanity plea earlier this Read More…