September 4, 2015

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Gibbs billboard targets Brinda quote

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ELYRIA — Republican mayoral candidate Garry Gibbs isn’t waiting for the traditional start of the campaign season to come after Labor Day; he’s already out with billboards attacking Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda. One of Gibbs’ billboards, near Second Street and East Avenue, criticizes Brinda’s economic development efforts and features a man holding a sign that Read More…

UPDATE: Sheriff’s deputy resigns after allegedly being robbed during solicitation

Christopher Cassell

ELYRIA — A Lorain County sheriff’s deputy has resigned after he was robbed Tuesday during a rendezvous with a woman he met on Craigslist and allegedly paid for sex. Christopher Cassell, 24, had worked as a part-time deputy since March, mostly handling courthouse security before his resignation Wednesday, sheriff’s Capt. Jim Drozdowski said. Cassell, who Read More…

Girl’s guardians plead no contest

AVON LAKE — The brother of a 12-year-old girl who disappeared in June with a 2-year-old she was babysitting pleaded no contest Tuesday to a persistent disorderly conduct charge in Avon Lake Municipal Court, as did the mother of the younger girl. Charles Gibson, who had custody of his sister, and Kaylyn Rogers had originally Read More…

UPDATED: Kasich names Michele Silva Arredondo to replace Burge as judge

Michele Silva Arredondo

ELYRIA — Michele Silva Arredondo will replace former Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge, who resigned in April. Gov. John Kasich’s office announced the appointment Tuesday and said in a news release that Arredondo, a magistrate for county Domestic Relations Judge Debra Boros, will take the bench next month. “I’m very honored to have Read More…

Sentence overturned for former county commissioner — again

ELYRIA — For a second time, the Ohio 9th District Court of Appeals has overturned the prison sentence of former Lorain County Commissioner Michael Ross. Defense attorney Anthony Baker said that based on his calculations, Ross’ sentence will have to be cut from 9 years to 6½ years under the ruling handed down Monday. Ross, Read More…

Burge to challenge Rothgery for judgeship

Christopher Rothgery

ELYRIA — Former Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge said Monday he will seek to return to the bench next year by challenging his former colleague, county Common Pleas Judge Christopher Rothgery. Both Burge and Rothgery pulled petitions Monday to run in the Democratic primary next year, county Board of Elections Director Paul Adams Read More…

County establishes court for drug recovery

ELYRIA — Drug addicts facing criminal charges will have a chance to break their addictions and avoid a criminal record under a new drug recovery court that will begin rolling out in the next few weeks, Lorain County Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi said. The specialty court will focus initially on defendants dealing with addictions Read More…

Exit Claus: Light Up Lorain event spurned in favor of Amherst

LORAIN — Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen is packing up and moving to Amherst, something that doesn’t sit well with some who help put on Light Up Lorain, the organization that has long hosted Santa and Mrs. Claus in downtown Lorain. Steve Bansek, chairman of Light Up Lorain, said that even with the departure, the annual event Read More…

Man acquitted of murder; found guilty of reckless homicide

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ELYRIA — Antonio Robles was acquitted Thursday of murder and felonious assault charges, but found guilty of reckless homicide in the 2013 shooting death of DeAndre McDowell. Visiting Judge Thomas Pokorny, who heard the case instead of a jury, said while announcing his verdict that police and prosecutors didn’t have sufficient evidence to prove that Read More…

Lawyers give closing arguments in Robles trial; judge to announce verdict today

ELYRIA — Antonio Robles meant to kill DeAndre McDowell, Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Sherry Glass said Wednesday during closing arguments in Robles’ murder trial. “What is more purposeful than pulling the trigger of a firearm?” Glass asked Visiting Judge Thomas Pokorny, who will decide the case instead of a jury. Robles, Glass contended, was upset Read More…