August 22, 2014

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Defense attorneys given info in murder case

Tristen Belfiore

ELYRIA — Prosecutors have agreed to turn over police reports and witness interviews to attorneys representing accused killer Tristen Belfiore and his family before a hearing in which they intend to move the case against the 17-year-old to the adult criminal justice system. But the information will only be provided to the lawyers, who won’t Read More…

Judge orders guards to be provided at Probation Department facilities

County judges want the Probation Department moved out of the old county courthouse because of poor conditions. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge has given county Sheriff Phil Stammitti until Monday to assign deputies armed with handheld metal detectors to guard the entrances to the old Lorain County Courthouse and the old Columbia Gas building on Third Street. Both buildings house the county’s Adult Probation Department, which falls under Read More…

Computer woes hamper Justice Center workers

ELYRIA — The Lorain County justice system slowed to a crawl Thursday because of a problem that cut off access to computers that employees at the Lorain County Justice Center use to manage court dockets, record hearings and prepare documents. “Everything we do is practically on a network,” county Probate Judge James Walther said. Ernie Read More…

Lorain County bond rating downgraded

ELYRIA — Lorain County’s bond rating has been downgraded by New York-based Fitch ratings, a move that will likely mean higher interest rates for the county when it borrows money in the future. In a report released this week, Fitch noted that the “downgrade reflects reduced financial flexibility, concerns about the county’s ability to consistently Read More…

Convicted sex offender seeks early release from prison

William Montgomery

ELYRIA — Convicted sex offender William Tyrone Montgomery will return to court next month for a hearing on his request for early release from his 1½-year prison sentence. Montgomery, 52, filed the request last month. This week, Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski set a hearing on the matter, according to court records. Prosecutors Read More…

Former deputy clerk sentenced for stealing court funds

Sierra Dozier was sentenced Monday in Judge Mark Betleski courtroom.   STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — A former Lorain Municipal Court deputy clerk was sentenced Monday to nine months in prison for stealing about $31,000 in court funds from the clerk’s office where she worked. Sierra Dozier, 27, will serve the sentence handed down by Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski at the same time she is serving Read More…

Tracy Sprinkle reinstated to OSU football team

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Tracy Sprinkle returned to the Ohio State University football team, suiting up for the first official practice of the season Monday in Columbus. Sprinkle, a former Elyria High School standout, was kicked off the team last month following his arrest during a brawl outside of a Lorain bar July 5. Sprinkle pleaded no contest to Read More…

Avon man sentenced to 4 years in wife’s ‘mercy killing’

Robert Shaw, with attorney Kenneth Lieux,  is sentenced in Judge Mark Betleski’s court at the Lorain County Justice Center on Monday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Robert Shaw, 90, was sentenced to four years in prison Monday for killing his wife of 65 years “to put her out of her misery,” as he told Avon police in 2008. Shaw is eligible for early release after he serves six months in prison under the terms of the deal he struck Read More…

Defense: Prosecution holding back evidence in murder case

Tristen Belfiore

ELYRIA — Attorneys representing the interests of accused killer Tristen Belfiore and his family have asked a magistrate to compel prosecutors to turn over the evidence they plan to use against the 17-year-old when they try to move his case to the adult criminal justice system. Defense attorney Michael Towne said during a hearing Friday Read More…

VIDEO: Former OSU football player Tracy Sprinkle pleads no contest in Lorain bar brawl

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LORAIN — Former Ohio State University football defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle pleaded no contest Thursday to an amended misdemeanor charge of attempted failure to comply with a police order that stemmed from a July 5 brawl outside a Lorain bar. Additional charges of possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and riot were dismissed as Read More…