October 22, 2014

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At least one property owner upset that aerial photos found a deck he built 40 years ago

ELYRIA — Lorain County Auditor Craig Snodgrass’ office is in the middle of a project to reassess property values in the county by comparing aerial photographs of the county with sketches that have been on file for years. The program is drawing criticism from some corners, including Lorain homeowner Carl Thomas, who saw his lakefront Read More…

Inmate allegedly attacks county jail officer

ELYRIA — An inmate at the Lorain County Jail is facing a felonious assault charge for allegedly breaking the nose of a corrections officer last week. Jail Administrator Andy Laubenthal said the incident began about 9 p.m. Thursday when a guard smelled cigarette smoke in the area of the jail where Cedrick Lindsay and 36 Read More…

Tom Williams endorsed by 2 union heads in commissioner race

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ELYRIA — Two union leaders who serve on the Lorain County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee have endorsed county Commissioner Tom Williams, a Republican, in his re-election bid. Williams announced the endorsements of Jim Slone, who serves as president of the United Auto Workers’ Lorain County CAP Council, and Harry Williamson Jr., president of the county’s Read More…

Man pleads guilty in New Year’s Eve stabbing

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ELYRIA — An Elyria man who stabbed another man 14 times during a New Year’s Eve fight pleaded guilty Friday to felonious assault. An additional charge of attempted murder against Roy Evans Jr., 35, was dropped by prosecutors in exchange for his plea. Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Christopher Rothgery told Evans he intends to Read More…

Metal detectors to be placed at Probation Department site

ELYRIA — A metal detector has been installed at the old Lorain County Courthouse and will be staffed by sheriff’s deputies beginning Monday, General Division Court Administrator Tim Lubbe said Friday. The new security procedures come as the General Division judges are in the midst of a legal battle with county commissioners over a court Read More…

Lorain utilities head resigns from position

LORAIN — William Donohue resigned Friday as the director of the city’s Utilities Department, according to Safety Service Director Robert Fowler. Donohue has been on paid administrative leave since July when allegations that he verbally harassed accounts clerk Terri Cato were lodged with the city. Fowler said he couldn’t comment on the details of the Read More…

Father accused of filming daughter in shower receives jail time, fine

VERMILION — A Vermilion father who used a secret camera system to watch his 20-year-old daughter in the shower was sentenced Tuesday to 60 days in the Lorain County Jail and ordered to pay fines and court costs totaling $2,710. The 50-year-old man, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim, Read More…

VIDEO: Lorain County Commissioner candidates engage in debate

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ELYRIA — Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams, a Republican, and his Democratic opponent, state Rep. Matt Lundy, found a little common ground Wednesday during a debate sponsored by The Chronicle-Telegram. Both men said they adamantly opposed imposing a sales tax increase on county residents to deal with budget problems that have plagued county government in Read More…

Lorain County Commissioners OK detailed drug tests

ELYRIA — Lorain County is getting back in the business of providing detailed drug tests. The county commissioners voted 2-1 on Wednesday to get requests for proposals for equipment and supplies to begin administering the tests for the county’s Juvenile Court and other agencies that wanted the service. Commissioner Tom Williams, the lone vote against Read More…

UPDATED: Judge Burge pleads not guilty to corruption charges

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ELYRIA — Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge pleaded not guilty to public corruption charges during a court appearance Wednesday. During the hearing, Visiting Judge Dale Crawford ordered Burge to have no contact with potential witnesses in the case and to go through the booking process at the Lorain County Jail, including having a Read More…