February 11, 2016

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UPDATED: Fine pleads guilty to aggravated murder, avoids death penalty

BRAD DICKEN/CHRONICLE
Albert Fine appears in Lorain County Common Pleas Court on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, to plead guilty to aggravated murder and other charges.

ELYRIA — Albert Fine will spend the rest of his life behind bars for killing Catherine “Kat” Hoholski, a fitting sentence for him, Hoholski’s family said after Fine’s court appearance Monday. Fine, 33, entered a plea during the hearing to charges of aggravated murder, murder, kidnapping and other charges for the June 28, 2012, attack Read More…

Lorain FOP endorses Tomlinson over incumbent Will in prosecutor’s race

JD Tomlinson

LORAIN — The Lorain Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed Elyria defense attorney JD Tomlinson over Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will in the coming Democratic primary, exposing a rift between the rank-and-file of the county’s largest police department and a former cop who is seeking a fourth term as county prosecutor. Union President Kyle Gelenius Read More…

Panel of judges chosen to decide murder case

ELYRIA — Accused killer Albert Fine waived his right to a jury trial Wednesday and instead will let a panel of three judges decide his fate when he goes on trial next month on aggravated murder and other charges that could send him to death row if he’s convicted. Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Raymond Read More…

Man struck by sheriff’s deputy to receive $40,000

ELYRIA — A man who was struck in the head with a flashlight by a Lorain County sheriff’s deputy will receive $40,000 from the county to settle a lawsuit. The settlement between the county and Joe Reiger was signed last month but wasn’t made public until this week after a public records request by The Read More…

Former JVS aide faces sex charge

ELYRIA — A former part-time program aide at the Lorain County Joint Vocational School has been indicted for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a student. Monique Overstreet, 23, faces a single charge of sexual battery, according to a secret indictment unsealed this week. Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Randal Koubeck said that Overstreet had a consensual Read More…

Elyria man pleads guilty to murder in botched robbery

Terence Nevins

ELYRIA — The Elyria man who fatally shot Adam McNeal during a botched robbery last year pleaded guilty Tuesday to murder and other charges as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. Terence Nevins, 20, had been scheduled to go on trial for the killing Tuesday when he entered pleas to murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated Read More…

Plea deal rejected for former Lorain Service Director Gilchrist

ELYRIA — Former Lorain Service Director Robert Gilchrist will have to go on trial next month on marijuana charges if he hopes to avoid a felony conviction after a county judge Monday rejected a request to place the former public official in a drug treatment program. Gilchrist and his attorney, Michael Stepanik, had hoped that Read More…

Lorain eyes fire call fee

LORAIN — City officials are considering imposing a new fire service fee on residents to stave off firefighter layoffs as the city deals with budget woes. Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer said the city’s fire union approached him with an idea to create a fire service fee that would help the city address a projected budget Read More…

Oberlin Schools to parents: Couldn’t share info about federal child porn case

OBERLIN — School officials sent a letter home to parents Thursday defending the district’s handling of a former first-grade teacher who pleaded guilty to a federal child pornography charge in November. Jacob Garlock was placed on leave from his job at Eastwood Elementary School on Feb. 13, 2015, the day after the district learned that Read More…

Visitors Bureau now meeting in public, won’t reorganize until commissioners make funding decision

AMHERST TWP. — The Lorain County Visitors Bureau will hold off on reorganizing its board until after county commissioners decide whether to continue funding the organization, the board decided Thursday at its first public meeting. The commissioners have pushed to reduce the size of the board, which has had as many as 18 members in Read More…