November 25, 2014


UPDATED: Lorain County elections board chairman Bob Rousseau dies

Rousseau RObert, LC Board of Elections

LORAIN — Lorain County Board of Elections Chairman Robert Rousseau died Tuesday at the age of 64. Rousseau, who also served as a central committeeman for the state Republican Party, went to Mercy Regional Medical Center on Monday night for heart problems just hours before his death. The cigar-chewing Rousseau had been a political fixture Read More…

Aggravated murder trial for Donzelle Crosby begins

Donzelle Crosby listens during the first day of his aggravated murder trial Monday at the Lorain County Justice Center. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Several witnesses testified that Donzelle Crosby was the gunman who shot and killed Jason Smith during a botched March 1, 2011, drug robbery. Crosby’s trial on aggravated murder and other charges began Monday. But Dave Doughton, one of Crosby’s lawyers, argued during his opening statement that his client wasn’t the shooter. “Donzelle wasn’t Read More…

Lorain city official was subject of probe

Robert Fowler

LORAIN — Safety Service Director Robert Fowler was the subject of a criminal investigation two years ago that focused on allegations he coerced former Lorain firefighter Joe Colon into resigning in 2012. The investigation, conducted by Avon Lake Police Chief Duane Streator, also examined whether Colon committed theft in office by working roughly three hours Read More…

Tom Williams won geographically, but Matt Lundy got the votes


SHEFFIELD TWP. — State Rep. Matt Lundy, D-Elyria, won a small number of communities Tuesday, but the cities he did win were enough to edge out Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams. According to unofficial elections returns from the county Board of Elections, Lundy won Elyria, Lorain, North Ridgeville, Oberlin, Sheffield Lake, Sheffield and Sheffield Township. Read More…

Burge attorneys didn’t seek trial move

James Burge

ELYRIA — Lawyers for Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge didn’t ask to move Burge’s trial out of the county despite what Visiting Judge Dale Crawford wrote in a court order last month, according to court documents filed Tuesday. “At no time did the Defense initiate or infer a desire to pursue a change Read More…

Lorain attorney faces possible disciplinary action

Mark Provenza

LORAIN — Former Lorain Law Director Mark Provenza is facing potential sanctions from the Ohio Supreme Court’s disciplinary arm for allegedly failing to provide legal services for two of his clients and then refusing to cooperate with the investigation into allegations against him. According to a certified complaint filed by the Lorain County Bar Association Read More…

Rep. Matt Lundy defeats incumbent Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams


ELYRIA – The statewide surge for Republicans wasn’t enough to save Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams. Williams, a first-term Republican from Amherst, lost his re-election bid Tuesday to term-limited state Rep. Matt Lundy, D-Elyria, in a close race. According to unofficial election returns from the county Board of Elections, Lundy received 38,030, or 51 percent of Read More…

Nathan Manning elected to Ohio House

Nathan Manning smiles after he pulled ahead in the polls on Tuesday night.

SHEFFIELD — Nathan Manning will follow in his parents’ footsteps and serve in the Ohio Legislature. Manning, a Republican lawyer, beat out Avon Lake attorney Brendan Mackin, a Democrat, to replace term-limited state Rep. Matt Lundy, D-Elyria, according to unofficial election returns from the Lorain County Board of Elections. The results show that Manning took Read More…

Few problems reported during Election Day voting


SHEFFIELD TWP. — Voter turnout for Tuesday’s election was about 38.7 percent, according to unofficial returns from the Lorain County Board of Elections. Elections Board Director Paul Adams, who had predicted turnout of around 40 percent, said that the figure will climb slightly higher because he is still expecting some absentee ballots to arrive in Read More…

Voters reject levy to fund crime lab for second time

ELYRIA — For the second time this year, voters have rejected a levy that would have brought in additional revenue for the Lorain County Crime Lab. According to unofficial returns from the Lorain County Board of Elections, 43,204 voters, or 57 percent, cast their ballots against the measure compared to 32,796, or 43 percent, who Read More…