May 31, 2016

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Former Lorain law director charged with drug possession

LORAIN — Former Lorain Law Director Mark Provenza, who resigned his city post in 2009 while serving a jail sentence for crashing his van into a Lakewood home while intoxicated, is now facing a new round of criminal charges. Lorain police cited Provenza, 60, with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under suspension Read More…

Director of Lorain County Visitors Bureau leaving

AMHERST TWP. — The last remaining employee of the Lorain County Visitors Bureau is leaving. Executive director Barb Bickel confirmed Wednesday that Friday will be her last day. Bickel had been working under a temporary contract with the county since the county commissioners voted to effectively take control of the Visitors Bureau in February following Read More…

Case refined against alleged hypnotic attorney

ELYRIA — Prosecutors Tuesday streamlined their case against former attorney Michael W. Fine, who is accused of hypnotically controlling six women for his own sexual gratification. Twenty-five charges that were dropped consisted mostly of duplicates of 21 charges, including kidnapping and various sexual allegations, that Fine continues to face. He was indicted twice, once in Read More…

Police: Man arrested for business break ins

ELYRIA – An Elyria man who served prison time for breaking into an American Legion post three times in 2012 has been arrested in connection with a string of break-ins at area businesses, including medical offices. Benjamin Krugman, 30, was taken into custody by Elyria police on Friday after he was caught by police in Read More…

Caregivers plead not guilty of theft from elder family member

ELYRIA — Four people, including two who have worked in law enforcement, pleaded not guilty Thursday to theft charges accusing them of stealing from an elderly family member for whom they were caring. Brett Murner, an attorney representing former Lorain County Drug Task Force agent and retired Cleveland police Officer Roy Warner, said earlier this Read More…

Lorain County to join swell of Narcan promotion

Lorain County and 14 other counties across the state will be on the receiving end of a public relations blitz to promote the anti-overdose drug Narcan to combat overdoses caused by the powerful painkiller fentanyl. The campaign will focus on the 15 counties in Ohio that have accounted for 80 percent of fentanyl overdose deaths Read More…

Test finds Justice Center’s panic alarms were unmonitored

ELYRIA — When deputies tested the panic alarms scattered around the Lorain County Justice Center last month, they ran into an unexpected problem: No one was monitoring the alarms. “It appears it would not have worked,” county Probate Judge James Walther, who heads up the security committee at the Justice Center, said of what would Read More…

Harrington sentenced to 16 years to life

ELYRIA — Jeane Harrington was sentenced Wednesday to 16 years to life in prison for killing her husband with plastic wrap in 2011. Harrington, 58, dressed in a Lorain County Jail uniform, sat with her eyes downcast for most of the hearing and spoke briefly only to her lawyer, Troy Reeves, to decline to make Read More…

State late in filing appeal; Burge’s attorney wants it thrown out

ELYRIA — Former Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge’s most recent appeal of his criminal convictions initially was thrown out for being filed late, and now his lawyer is arguing that an appeal filed by the state should be tossed for the same reason. In court documents filed this week, defense attorney Michael Stepanik Read More…

Midway Mall owners sue buyer of vacant Dillard’s store

ELYRIA — The owners of Midway Mall have sued the man who bought the former Dillard’s department store at the mall for $225,000 in January, accusing him of turning off the parking lot lights and the sprinkler system inside the long-vacant store. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court, also accuses Eric Read More…