May 24, 2015

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Democratic executive director quits post

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Cory Shawver has resigned as executive director of the Lorain County Democratic Party. Shawver stepped down this week around the same time he came under fire for an election night Facebook post in which he referred to two successful Lorain City Council candidates as “morons.” But the post regarding Angel Arroyo and Read More…

$3,000 fine, no jail for Burge (VIDEO)

James Burge smiles broadly as he thanks supporters and tells them that he's been delivered from hell following his sentencing on corruption charges Thursday, May 14, 2015. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Former Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge grinned broadly as he was surrounded by supporters following a sentencing hearing Thursday in which he was ordered to pay a $3,000 fine for discrepancies on financial disclosure forms. Burge called the sentence handed down by Visiting Judge Dale Crawford “charitable” and said he is Read More…

Prosecutors argue Burge should be sentenced for felonies

ELYRIA — Former Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge should be sentenced on felony charges, Assistant Ohio Attorney General Matt Donahue wrote in court documents filed this morning. Donahue’s argument was filed an hour before Burge’s sentencing hearing before Visiting Judge Dale Crawford. Burge’s lawyer Michael Stepanik has argued that a technical error in Read More…

Rural Water pension changes sent back to committee

LAGRANGE — A proposed retirement incentive plan for Rural Lorain County Water Authority workers was sent back to committee by the water board Wednesday. After a presentation of how the plan would work by a representative of the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, board members decided they needed to hammer out exactly how the program Read More…

Judge denies former commissioner Ross’ bid for early prison release

ELYRIA — Visiting Judge Thomas Pokorny has denied former Lorain County Commissioner Michael Ross’ bid for early release from prison. Ross, 51, is serving a nine-year prison sentence on public corruption charges that include taking kickbacks totaling $582,783 for steering county business to Elyria businessman Larry Jones, who took a plea deal in the case Read More…

30 drug distribution ring suspects indicted

ELYRIA — A grand jury has indicted 30 people whom prosecutors contend were involved in a drug distribution ring police believe was responsible for bringing kilograms worth of cocaine into Lorain County. The drug ring was led by Travis Milton, 33, Elyria, and Jarvis Burns, 34, Sheffield Lake, according to police, who used wiretaps and Read More…

Quasar plant manager dies after 50-foot fall in Sheffield

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SHEFFIELD — A Quasar Energy Group employee died Saturday after a fall from the top of a storage tank at the company’s sewer-sludge fueled biogas production facility on the grounds of the French Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. Timothy Murphy, 54, fell approximately 50 feet while doing maintenance on top of the 750,000-gallon tank about 8:15 Read More…

LCCC firestarter charged with sending powder to Summit County offices

Drew Manns

Drew Manns, the Elyria man serving prison time for setting fire to Lorain County Community College, has been indicted on federal charges accusing him of sending a white powdery substance he claimed was anthrax to Summit County government offices. Manns, 31, is charged with two counts each of making threatening communications and sending false information Read More…

Ex-South Amherst clerk is jailed

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SOUTH AMHERST — Former South Amherst Clerk/Treasurer Kim Green has been indicted on theft, theft in office and tampering with records charges for allegedly stealing more than $500,000 from the village. Green, who resigned last month, was arrested at her home Friday morning, South Amherst police Lt. Michael Frazier said. She was being held in Read More…

Former commissioner seeks early release from prison

Michael Ross

ELYRIA — Former Lorain County Commissioner Michael Ross has asked to be released early from the nine-year prison term he is serving on public corruption charges. Ross, 51, is scheduled to be released from prison in November 2018. In his request for early release, filed Friday, Ross wrote that he has accepted responsibility for his Read More…