October 25, 2014

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Appeals court upholds Grafton police chief’s 2012 firing

Lonnie Carroll

ELYRIA — The 9th District Court of Appeals has upheld a county judge’s decision that backed the August 2012 firing of then-Grafton Police Chief Lonnie Carroll. Carroll had challenged his termination, which village officials repeatedly have refused to give a reason for, arguing that state law requires that a cause must be given to justify Read More…

New estimate to fix old Lorain County Courthouse: $3.2M

old courthouse slider

ELYRIA — It will cost more than $3.2 million to renovate the old Lorain County Courthouse and fix environmental issues inside the historic building, according to an estimate sent to the county commissioners by the county’s General Division judges. The report, which was accompanied by environmental and architectural assessments of the building, calls for “a Read More…

UPDATED: Man sentenced for trying to extort nude photos from teens

A federal judge handed down a 20-year prison sentence Tuesday to a Columbia Township man with cerebral palsy who was trying to coerce more than a dozen minors into sending him pornographic images of themselves. The sentence comes nearly a year after William T. Koch, 25, pleaded guilty to multiple counts of sexual exploitation of Read More…

Gov. John Kasich holds rally at LCCC

Gov. John Kasich appears at Lorain County Community College in Elyria on Saturday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Gov. John Kasich and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor rallied their supporters Saturday during an event at Lorain County Community College as a group of protesters held signs outside the windows objecting to the controversial Common Core education standards. Ethlyn Kennedy, a former teacher from North Ridgeville, said she and her fellow protesters have Read More…

Murder appeal again tossed

Melissa Dovala

ELYRIA — Melissa Dovala again has lost a bid to have her murder conviction thrown out. Visiting Judge Thomas Pokorny on Friday rejected the latest effort by Dovala’s appeals attorneys to show that she didn’t receive adequate representation during her 2005 trial for causing the February 2004 death of 5-month-old Riley Smath, whom she was Read More…

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

Tom Williams

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

Roy Evans Jr.

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…