April 25, 2015

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Burge submits letter of resignation as judge

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ELYRIA — Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge has tendered his resignation effective next Monday. Burge’s resignation comes less than a week after he was convicted of tampering with records and falsification for problems with financial disclosure forms he was required to file with the Ohio Supreme Court. The discrepancies centered on the judge’s Read More…

Who will replace Burge as Lorain County judge? And when?

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge gives his closing statement to the jury during his trial at the Lorain County Justice Center in Elyria on Wednesday, April 6. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — County Republicans have already begun looking for a replacement for Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge, who was convicted Wednesday of falsification and tampering with records charges. Helen Hurst, chairwoman of the Lorain County Republican Party, said she consulted with Gov. John Kasich’s office Thursday morning about the process that will be Read More…

Glass houses: Flores isn’t the only Lorain council candidate with a criminal record

LORAIN — Lorain Democrats urged voters to examine the criminal record of City Councilman Dennis Flores, D-2nd Ward, but they didn’t do the same for the other people running for Council, many of whom have had their own run-ins with the law. Seven other Democrats running for office in the May primary also have criminal pasts, Read More…

Burge’s attorney alleges misconduct by AG’s office

ELYRIA — A lawyer for Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge has accused the Ohio Attorney General’s office of prosecutorial misconduct for allegedly withholding documents he contends bolsters the judge’s defense against public corruption charges. Attorney Michael Stepanik wrote in court documents filed Friday that although prosecutors have accused Burge of improperly having an Read More…

Police: Rape suspect’s coded letter gave mom escape instructions

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A Westlake man who used to live in the Avon area is accused of plotting to escape from the Cuyahoga County Jail where he is being held on rape and other child sex abuse charges by sending a coded letter to his mother. Cuyahoga County authorities intercepted William Waters III’s letter, which used a numeric Read More…

Lorain County clerk seeking debts from inmates

Lorain County Clerk of Courts Tom Orlando

ELYRIA — Lorain County Clerk of Courts Tom Orlando is implementing a new program that he said will allow his office to better collect outstanding court costs, fines and money for victims from people convicted of crimes. Orlando said the program will target convicts both on probation and in the state prison system. The Ohio Read More…

Medina County man accused of robbing Columbia FirstMerit branch

COLUMBIA TWP. – A Medina County man is accused of rushing into the FirstMerit Bank branch this morning and stealing an undisclosed amount of money, according to Lorain County Sheriff’s deputies. Larry Gore Jr. has been charged with robbery and booked into the Lorain County Jail after being arrested around 11 a.m. Lt. Heath Tester said Read More…

Sign of spring: Food trucks return to Elyria

Karen Sebastian, resident care director at The AbbeWood, is served lunch by Kathy Swearingen, rear, catering manager, to open  the Krav Food Truck season at AbbeWood Senior Living Facility in Elyria on Mar. 23.  This truck will return  to downtown Elyria on Thursdays from 11 am to 2 pm.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The food trucks are rolling back into downtown Elyria this summer. Kathy Swearingen, catering manager for the Krav food truck, said her truck will make its first downtown appearance of the season Thursday next to Elyria City Hall. She said Krav will be there most Thursdays over the coming months. “We’re very excited Read More…

Cellmate: Davis wrote apology to murder victim on jail cell wall

ELYRIA — Benjamin Davis scrawled an apology to the man he is accused of gunning down on his Lorain County Jail cell wall, according to his former cellmate. “Sorry Robert It was my bad RIP,” Davis allegedly wrote, according to a jail witness statement provided to The Chronicle-Telegram by Zachary Long, the former cellmate whom Read More…

Procedural hurdles cleared; ResponsibleOhio can now petition for signatures

ResponsibleOhio has cleared a final procedural hurdle and can now begin collecting signatures to place a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot that would legalize marijuana in Ohio if voters approve the measure. The Ohio Ballot Board, chaired by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, approved the measure as one issue during a meeting Friday. Read More…