September 20, 2014

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Veteran Services commissioner placed in diversion program for marijuana arrest

Don Attie

AVON LAKE — Lorain County Veterans Service Commissioner Don Attie was placed in a diversion program Thursday for a marijuana arrest in May. Under the terms of the agreement, reached in Avon Lake Municipal Court, Attie must complete 20 hours of community service and a drug awareness class in addition to making a $100 donation Read More…

Judge Burge orders county to hire security for Adult Probation facilities

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ELYRIA — Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge has ordered the county commissioners to provide $124,953 to cover projected security costs for the county’s Adult Probation Department for the final three months of the year. The money is to be turned over to county Sheriff Phil Stammitti by Sept. 13 so he can begin Read More…

Teen cleared in 2012 fatal crash

ELYRIA — A 19-year-old girl facing vehicular homicide and negligent assault charges for a fatal car crash two years ago has been acquitted. In a ruling Wednesday, Lorain County Juvenile Court Magistrate Steve List wrote that prosecutors failed to prove that Laniqua Lusane was responsible for the Feb. 27, 2012, crash, which claimed the life Read More…

Former Kipton treasurer overpaid self $365

KIPTON — Former village Fiscal Officer Rick Krueck overpaid himself for the work he did before resigning his position last year, a review of Kipton’s finances by Ohio Auditor Dave Yost’s office has found. In a report released Tuesday, Yost noted that Krueck, who served as fiscal officer from April 1, 2013, until his resignation Read More…

Worker investigated for allegedly taking scaffolding

ELYRIA — For the second time this year, a Lorain County maintenance worker is under investigation for allegedly taking county property without permission. A letter informing Richard Reiman of a disciplinary hearing, which took place last week, stated that he was accused of leaving work without permission June 20 after removing scaffolding. He also is Read More…

Judges end court-run diversion program

ELYRIA — Lorain County’s General Division judges shut down their controversial diversion program in a court order filed last week. Administrative Judge James Burge said a June decision by the 9th District Court of Appeals declaring the court-run program unconstitutional left he and his fellow judges without the legal authority to continue the program. Burge Read More…

Lorain County law enforcement agencies get military gear from federal program

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ELYRIA — Law enforcement in Lorain County has obtained dozens of guns, seven vehicles and other assorted gear through a federal program that provides military hardware to police agencies across the country. Among the most recent acquisitions are two Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles, commonly known as MRAPs, which were awarded to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office Read More…

Judge releases revised financial records

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge

ELYRIA — Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge has corrected his annual financial disclosure statements, which he acknowledged last week contained numerous errors. In documents mailed Monday to the Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, Burge acknowledged 43 separate mistakes he said he made in filling out the forms for Read More…

Accused killer opts for trial before panel

ELYRIA — For the third time this year, an accused killer facing a possible death sentence has waived his right to a jury trial and will instead have his case heard by a three-judge panel. Austin Diaz, 20, is accused of being one of two men who beat and robbed Lamar “Mark” Taylor as the Read More…

Judge Burge admits financial disclosures contain errors

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge

ELYRIA — Several of the annual financial disclosure statements filed by Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge had missing or incorrect information about his family’s connections to Whiteacre North Ltd. The company owns 600 Broadway, a Lorain office building in which several attorneys who practice in front of Burge have offices. Burge conceded Thursday Read More…