August 20, 2014

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Sheriff sergeant, family sued by victim of alleged assault

Donald McCurry

ELYRIA — Lorain County sheriff’s Sgt. Donald McCurry and his daughter were sued Wednesday by the Elyria man whom the veteran deputy is accused of hitting in the head with a flashlight while on duty last year. McCurry, 48, took indefinite medical leave after he was indicted on a felonious charge in June for the Read More…

County worker suspected of scrap theft resigns

ELYRIA — A longtime Lorain County maintenance worker resigned Monday while under investigation for allegedly stealing scrap metal from county buildings and selling it to local scrap yards. County Administrator Jim Cordes said he had been preparing to hold a disciplinary hearing for Joe Renaldo when the resignation was submitted. Cordes said county officials learned Read More…

Lorain County Commissioners to try Crime Lab levy again

ELYRIA — For the second time this year, Lorain County voters will have a chance to vote on a levy that would support the operation of the county’s Crime Lab. But voters won’t see a return to the ballot by a levy that would have done the same for Lorain County Transit. Voters shot down Read More…

Defense attorney claims prosecutor misconduct in trial for crash that killed teen

ELYRIA — Neither prosecutors nor defense attorney Mike Duff dispute that Alexandra Clifford grabbed the wheel of the 1999 Ford Escort she was a front-seat passenger in just before the 2012 crash that claimed her life. But Duff contends that assistant Lorain County prosecutors Jay Grunda and Adam Bryda tried to cover up that fact Read More…

‘Moot’ order over courthouse keys now vacated

old courthouse slider

ELYRIA — Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge on Monday formally vacated his court order requiring the county commissioners to turn over the keys to the second floor of the old Lorain County Courthouse. Burge had said last week he considered the order moot since the county Adult Probation Department, which he and the Read More…

Judge says court order on courthouse keys ‘moot’

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge

ELYRIA — Roughly a dozen locks on the second floor of the old Lorain County Courthouse were rekeyed Friday at the behest of county Common Pleas Judge James Burge. The move came a day after the county commissioners said they planned to defy a court order issued by Burge requiring them to turn over the Read More…

Commissioner candidates disagree on potential slate of debates

Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams, left, and state Rep. Matt Lundy

ELYRIA — Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams and state Rep. Matt Lundy, D-Elyria, accused each other of dishonesty Friday as they continued to spar over the shape of debates before the November election in which Lundy is trying to unseat the Republican Williams. “The guy’s a liar,” Williams said of Lundy when asked about a Read More…

Avon Lake woman pleads not guilty in husband’s murder

Jeane Harrington

LYRIA — The Avon Lake woman accused of killing her estranged husband in 2011 pleaded not guilty to murder, felonious assault and tampering with evidence charges during her arraignment Thursday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court. Jeane Harrington, 56, is accused of wrapping plastic around the head of Michael Gabel, 55, at their Karen Drive home Aug. Read More…

Village of Kipton in jeopardy amid financial crisis

KIPTON — The village must slash $10,000 from its planned 2015 budget in order to deal with what Kipton Mayor Bob Meilander said were unpaid bills, unbalanced books and a series of fines from state agencies that have decimated the village’s savings. If the fiscal bleeding isn’t stopped or Kipton voters fail to renew its Read More…

Commissioners, judges engaged in deadlock over building access

County judges want the Probation Department moved out of the old county courthouse because of the building's condition.

ELYRIA — County commissioners said Thursday they will defy a court order issued by Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge requiring them to turn over the keys to all doors on the second floor of the old Lorain County Courthouse by noon today. “We think the courts are overstepping their boundaries on this,” Commissioner Read More…