May 24, 2015

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Adams gets maximum sentence in Coats killing

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE
Tove Adams (center) exits Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Miraldi's court room along side of Defense attorney Kenneth Lieux (left) after his sentencing on Friday morning, May 21.

ELYRIA – Tove Adams was sentenced Friday to 34 years to life in prison, the maximum sentence, for gunning down Anthony Coats nearly two years ago in Elyria. Adams, 44, didn’t speak during the hearing because his attorney, Kenneth Lieux, said his client plans to appeal. Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Donna Freeman asked county Common Read More…

Lorain’s Flores loses seat by single vote

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Lorain City Councilman Dennis Flores, D-2nd Ward, lost his re-election bid by one vote. Flores was 20 votes ahead of his closest opponent, Ryan Horn, when unofficial results were released Election Day, but after 25 provisional ballots cast in the 2nd Ward were counted this week, Horn managed to pull ahead. Going Read More…

Browser security to tighten at clerk’s office

ELYRIA — Lorain County Clerk of Courts Tom Orlando has ordered tighter restrictions placed on computers accessible to the public after his employees discovered evidence a man with a lengthy criminal history was looking at suspected child pornography on a public terminal earlier this month. The man, who is the subject of an ongoing criminal Read More…

Coin flip gives Abens North Ridgeville 3rd Ward Republican nomination

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Tails it is. A coin flip settled the tied race in the Republican primary for the 3rd Ward North Ridgeville City Council seat in favor of Bruce Abens on Thursday. Abens and fellow Republican Georgia Awig each ended the race with 258 votes, which under state law requires the race to be Read More…

Lorain County commissioners approve stormwater increase

ELYRIA — The Lorain County Stormwater Management District will double the fee it charges property owners in the townships beginning in January. The county commissioners, who comprise the district’s board, approved an increase Wednesday that will amount to a hike from $1.50 per month to $3 per month, or from $18 per year to $36 Read More…

Lorain-Medina correctional facility to add 50 beds with grant

ELYRIA — The Lorain/Medina Community Based Correctional Facility has received more than $1.1 million from the state to add 50 beds to the facility. Executive Director Mike Willets said it hasn’t been decided how many of the beds will be dedicated to men and how many will be used by female inmates. Currently, the CBCF Read More…

Flores to observe ballot count

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Lorain City Councilman Dennis Flores, D-2nd Ward, will serve as an official observer today when the Lorain County Board of Elections tabulates provisional ballots from the May 5 primary election. Flores has a personal stake in the results. Although he was in the lead by 20 votes in his re-election bid when Read More…

Davis pleads guilty to attacking cellmate; still awaiting murder trial

ELYRIA — Accused killer Benjamin Davis pleaded guilty Monday to attempted felonious assault for attacking his former cellmate inside the Lorain County Jail. Davis, who could get the death penalty if convicted of aggravated murder and other charges for the December slaying of Robert Caudill, immediately was sentenced to four years in prison by county Read More…

Brown cuts deal, avoids death penalty in double murder

Dale Linder Sr. talks to Donna Brown as he makes his victim impact statement talking about the death of his sons. Brown showed no emotion at all during sentencing. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Convicted killer Donna Brown cut a deal with prosecutors Monday that spared her a possible death sentence in exchange for her agreeing to serve a prison term of 60 years to life. Aside from refusing to look at photos of the two men she killed when their father, Dale Linder Sr., held them Read More…

Poultry plea gains Kaptur some notoriety on Web (VIDEO)

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Video via “Last Week Tonight.” WARNING: Strong language U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, has become an Internet sensation since Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” A nearly 20-minute segment of the HBO show focused on Oliver discussing the working conditions of chicken farmers across the country and featured an impassioned speech by Read More…