November 21, 2014

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Campaign trail approaches its end

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ELYRIA — Cold wind and brief bursts of snow didn’t keep candidates running for office off the campaign trail Saturday. “It was cold, a little windy, but that goes with northern Ohio weather,” said state Rep. Matt Lundy, D-Elyria, who is challenging Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams, after hours spent knocking on doors in Lorain. Read More…

Four charged after drug raid at motel

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ELYRIA — Four people were arrested on drug charges following a Friday raid at an Elyria hotel. Elyria police detectives and narcotics officers searched a room at the Super 8 Motel on Lorain Boulevard about 7:30 p.m. in connection with a month-long investigation into heroin trafficking, according to a news release. Throughout the investigation, police Read More…

Mercy, workers reach agreement

LORAIN — Maintenance and skilled service workers at Mercy Regional Medical Center have reached a tentative contract following months of sometimes acrimonious negotiations with the hospital. Service Employees International Union District 1199, which represents the roughly 430 workers covered by the proposed contract, announced the deal Saturday and said voting will take place Monday. Anthony Read More…

Trick-or-treat for political campaign materials

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SHEFFIELD LAKE — Candy wasn’t the only thing handed out during trick-or-treating to children making the rounds Thursday night. Some also received campaign materials. Rosa and Joe Gee handed out a goodie bag that included items backing the election efforts of state Rep. Matt Lundy, the Elyria Democrat running for Lorain County commissioner, 9th District Read More…

Judge clears Covender of ’96 molestation conviction

Joel Covender, left, embraces his attorney, W. Scott Ramsey, following his acquittal on sex charges Thursday. BRAD DICKEN/CHRONICLE

  ELYRIA — For 20 years, Joel Covender has proclaimed that he was innocent of allegations that he had molested his former stepdaughter. On Thursday, a judge finally agreed. Following a trial that began Monday, Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Miraldi said he had reasonable doubt that Covender had molested the girl in the Read More…

Legal bills top $100K in dispute between commissioners, judges

ELYRIA — The cost of the ongoing legal feud between the Lorain County commissioners and the county’s General Division judges stands at slightly more than $112,000, according to billing records. Bills submitted to the county show that Subodh Chandra, the attorney representing the judges, has racked up legal fees totaling $94,259.50 so far in the Read More…

Judges urged to free inmates to relieve crowding

ELYRIA — Lorain County Jail officials have asked judges across the county to consider releasing several inmates to free up space at the overcrowded facility. Jail Administrator Andy Laubenthal said he sent a letter Wednesday to every municipal and county judge explaining the crowding, and suggesting to about half of the judges that there are Read More…

Alleged sex offender’s retrial continues

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ELYRIA — After Joel Covender’s former stepdaughter wrote an affidavit saying she had no memory of being molested by Covender, her aunt wore a police wire in the hope that her niece would admit she was lying. The aunt, who took the stand Tuesday during the second day of Covender’s retrial on charges of gross Read More…

Sheriff’s sergeant pleads to lesser charges

Lorain County Sheriff's Sgt. Donald McCurry is shown during his plea hearing Tuesday. BRAD DICKEN/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Lorain County sheriff’s Sgt. Donald McCurry pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor charges of assault and dereliction of duty for striking a friend of his daughter’s in the head with a flashlight last year. McCurry, 48, originally was charged with felonious assault in the Aug. 12, 2013, incident that sent Joe Reiger to a Read More…

New trial begins for convicted sex offender

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ELYRIA — The recorded voice of a 6-year-old girl telling her grandmothers in separate conversations that her stepfather had sexually abused her was at odds with what that same girl, now 27 and a mother herself, said on a witness stand Monday. The woman said that she has no recollection of being molested by her Read More…