March 4, 2015

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Capitalize on inevitable marijuana legalization, backers of Lorain cultivation site say

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LORAIN — The principal owner of RG1 LLC, the company that would grow marijuana in the city of Lorain if a proposed constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana passes, is Lakewood businessman and restaurateur Bobby George. “I got involved because it’s something I’m passionate about,” George said. “I don’t look at it as a drug. I look Read More…

Attorney vows to fight ‘state-sanctioned murder’ in death penalty case

Donna Brown, accused of fatally shooting two of her cousins, exits court Wednesday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Defense attorney Jack Bradley called the death penalty “state-sanctioned murder” during a hearing on expert reports in the capital murder case against accused killer Donna Brown. “I’m against the death penalty, and I’m going to fight against the death penalty every day that I practice law, whether it’s Donna Brown or anybody else, Read More…

Defense attorneys want accused killer’s confession tossed

Albert Fine, left, is asked by Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Anthony Cillo to review a document with defense attorney Kenneth Ortner during a hearing Wednesday afternoon. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Defense attorneys for accused killer Albert Fine want a county judge to throw out a four-hour interview with Lorain police in which Fine confessed to killing and dismembering Catherine “Kat” Hoholski. Lawyers Dan Wightman and Kenneth Ornter said Wednesday that Fine didn’t have the understanding or intelligence to have willingly waived his right Read More…

Visiting judge rebukes Burge’s request to act as own attorney

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ELYRIA — Visiting Judge Dale Crawford has revoked an order that would have allowed embattled Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge to act as his own attorney in the public corruption case against him. Crawford issued his order Friday, just days after county Administrative Judge Mark Betleski signed the order allowing Burge to join Read More…

Proposal would bring marijuana cultivation to Lorain

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LORAIN — If a proposed ballot initiative legalizing marijuana in Ohio passes, one of the 10 authorized growing locations will be in Lorain along the Black River, according to ballot language released Monday. Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer said the land is owned by the city, but City Council approved a purchase option on the property Read More…

Man seeks to hold Elyria police in contempt of court

Jared Gunter

ELYRIA — The lawyer for a man serving prison time on heroin possession and other charges has asked a county judge to hold the Elyria Police Department in contempt of court for releasing his client’s pickup to an Indiana woman who claimed he sold it to her before stealing it back. Attorney Zachary Simonoff, who Read More…

Jury acquits Eaton Township woman of perjury charge

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ELYRIA — A Lorain County jury has acquitted an Eaton Township woman of perjury and falsification charges for allegedly lying about an accidental shooting nearly five years ago. It took the jury a little more than two hours of deliberation Wednesday to clear Krissie Gonzalez, 37, of the charges. Gonzalez said after the verdict came Read More…

Elyria man pleads guilty to bank robberies

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An Elyria man has pleaded guilty to federal charges he robbed three banks between November 2013 and March 2014. Jonathon Schubert, 29, who entered the plea Monday, is due back in court in April for sentencing, according to U.S. District Court records. The first bank robbery took place Nov. 26, 2013, when Schubert walked into Read More…

Assistant prosecutor resigns over DUI charge

ELYRIA — An assistant Lorain County prosecutor has resigned after he was charged with drunken driving following a crash in Wayne County last month. Matthew Recko’s resignation took effect Monday, according to documents provided by county Prosecutor Dennis Will’s office. Recko, 31, was driving a 2011 Ford Edge southbound on state Route 301 in Congress Read More…

VIDEO: Lorain rape victim testifies at Dayton man’s sentencing

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ELYRIA — A Dayton man linked to the 2001 rape of a Lorain woman through DNA was sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in prison. Raymond Dennard, 47, pleaded guilty in November to rape, kidnapping and aggravated burglary in the case, which was filed in 2013 after DNA testing by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation Read More…