January 28, 2015

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Property tax rates changing across Lorain County

ELYRIA — Tax rates are changing for homeowners across the county, although where the property is located will determine whether those rates go up or down, Lorain County Auditor Craig Snodgrass said Friday. Snodgrass said 25 of the county’s 62 taxing districts will see their rates drop, while the other 37 taxing districts will see Read More…

Man sent back to prison for Facebook post loses bid for release

A Lorain man sent back to prison for a Facebook post a judge called “outrageous” lost a bid Thursday to be released again. Ryan Fye was ordered jailed in December by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Richard McMonagle after the judge determined Fye violated the terms of his probation by posting a Facebook post in Read More…

Trustee says anonymous note told him mother’s money went to wrong township

ELYRIA — Wellington Township was mistakenly paid $153,554.75 in estate taxes that should have gone to Pittsfield Township and Danbury Township in Ottawa County. Wellington Township officials said Thursday they have agreed to return the money, which the township was sent in August 2012, to Lorain County Auditor Craig Snodgrass’ office so it can be Read More…

Former Lorain service director indicted on drug charges

Robert Gilchrist

ELYRIA — Former Lorain Service Director Robert Gilchrist has been indicted on marijuana possession and drug trafficking charges stemming from an October encounter with the Ohio Highway Patrol. Gilchrist, 44, had stopped his vehicle in the middle of Baumhart Road in Henrietta Township on Oct. 23 when Trooper Justin Lister spotted him. A subsequent search Read More…

Filing states Burge wrote checks to Whiteacre

James Burge

ELYRIA — Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge retained financial ties to Whiteacre North Ltd. long after he sold his interest in the company to his wife in 2011, according to court documents filed Wednesday detailing the public corruption charges against Burge. Between October 2013 and February 2014, Burge wrote out and signed four Read More…

Federal child porn charges expected against man

Douglas Kushen

ELYRIA — State child pornography charges against an Elyria man were dropped Wednesday because federal prosecutors intend to pursue a case against him that could result in a longer prison sentence. Doug Kushen, 44, had pleaded guilty in November to 10 counts each of pandering obscenity involving a minor and pandering sexually oriented matter involving Read More…

Grand jury to mull pizza delivery driver slaying case

Benjamin Davis appears in Lorain Municipal Court Tuesday with attorneys J. Anthony Rich and Jenifer Berki. BRAD DICKEN/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Benjamin Davis on Tuesday waived a preliminary hearing in Lorain Municipal Court in which prosecutors would have had to lay out some of the evidence they’ve gathered that connects him to the Dec. 1 slaying of pizza delivery driver Robert Caudill. Davis’ case will now be presented to a county grand jury, which Read More…

Judge to host seminar on ethics of hypnosis

Judge Linda Swenski

ELYRIA — Lorain County Domestic Relations Judge Lisa Swenski is hosting a seminar on hypnosis and its ethics Monday. Swenski said the event will be closed to the public and media because she didn’t notify some of those attending that reporters might attend. She said she plans to hold another seminar that will be open Read More…

3 accused killers enter not guilty pleas

Julene Simko was arraigned Thursday on murder charges for allegedly killing her husband five years ago.

ELYRIA — An altercation between murder defendant Nicole Villegas and the mother of the man she is accused of shooting broke out Thursday following her not guilty plea. Defense attorney Jenifer Berki said she had to get between Villegas and the mother of Lamar Capers on the fourth floor of the Lorain County Justice Center. Read More…

Lorain mayor to seek re-election

Chase Ritenauer

LORAIN – Mayor Chase Ritenauer has announced that he will seek re-election to a second term this year. In a mailing sent to voters in the city, Ritenauer, who has declined to say until now whether he will run for office again, wrote that he believes the city has moved forward, but there is more Read More…