December 21, 2014

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Gayle Manning campaign spends $1M on re-election

Gayle Manning

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Between her own campaign funds and in-kind contributions from state Republicans, more than $1 million was spent on state Sen. Gayle Manning’s re-election bid this fall. Campaign finance reports from the election season, the last of which were due Friday, indicate that Manning’s campaign fund spent $195,663 on the general election. The Read More…

Judge denies convicted killer’s appeal for new trial

Alfred Cleveland

A federal judge has again rejected convicted killer Alfred Cleveland’s efforts to win a new trial for the 1991 killing of Marsha Blakely in Lorain. U.S. District Judge Jack Zouhary wrote that he found the trial testimony of the key witness in the case, William Avery Jr., to be “reliable,” although Avery has recanted that Read More…

Lorain man sentenced for stealing 57 identities

A Lorain man was sentenced Thursday to four years in federal prison for stealing the identities of 57 people and using them to file fake tax returns and to open prepaid debit cards in their names. In total, Brent Willis claimed $121,061 in false income tax returns, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Read More…

Investigation continues into possible misuse of probation funds

ELYRIA — The ongoing investigation into the Lorain County Adult Probation Department centers in part on “possible misuse of government funds” that were held in a FirstMerit Bank account the department operated between 1991 and 2009, county Commissioner Tom Williams said Wednesday. Williams said that he has contacted various state agencies and the FBI regarding Read More…

Commissioner now backs probation relocation to Broad Street

ELYRIA — Lorain County Commissioner Ted Kalo has changed his mind about the best location for the county’s Adult Probation Department. Kalo, who has long pushed to keep the Probation Department at the old Lorain County Courthouse, said Wednesday he will instead back Commissioner Lori Kokoski’s preferred site, an empty building at 374 Broad St. Read More…

Hearing delayed for suspect in pizza delivery driver slaying

A court officer guides aggravated murder suspect Benjamin Davis into Lorain Municipal Court on Tuesday for his preliminary hearing. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — A preliminary hearing for Benjamin Davis on aggravated murder and other charges stemming from the Dec. 1 shooting death of a pizza delivery driver has been postponed until next month so his lawyers can have Davis evaluated to see if he is mentally capable of assisting in his own defense. J. Anthony Rich Read More…

Man charged with photographing teen in LCCC restroom stall

Ian Morrow

ELYRIA — A former AmeriCorps member who had been working at Lorain County Community College is facing a felony voyeurism charge for allegedly using his phone to take a picture of a 13-year-old boy in a college restroom stall in June. Although the alleged incident happened June 11, the AmeriCorps worker, Ian Morrow, wasn’t charged Read More…

Man indicted after allegedly punching man, 82, who died

Layne

ELYRIA — An Elyria man has been indicted for reckless homicide for the death of an 82-year-old man he allegedly punched during a road rage incident last year. Roger Layne, 58, had initially faced a misdemeanor assault charge in the case, but that was dismissed shortly after the April 3, 2013, incident because police still Read More…

Deputy clerk’s name may have changed, but she remains the same

ELYRIA — Chief Deputy Lorain County Clerk of Courts Beverly Beidleman legally changed her name to Beverly Bullocks Beidleman earlier this year. Beidleman, whose former legal middle name was Ann, said she made the change to reflect her maiden name but didn’t deny there was some political benefit to making the change. Her late father, Read More…

Lorain officer helps save stabbing victim’s life with ‘combat gauze’

Lorain police officers Marcus Haring, left, and Robert Gnagy saved a stabbing victim bleeding from the neck using a special gauze designed for battlefield use that Haring purchased online. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — A Lorain police officer has been packing something extra while on patrol. The Quick Clot Combat Gauze he kept in his bag played a role in saving a stabbing victim’s life Thursday night. Officer Marcus Haring said he was the first one on the scene on West Sixth Street shortly before 5 p.m. Read More…