September 2, 2014

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Convicted sex offender seeks early release from prison

William Montgomery

ELYRIA — Convicted sex offender William Tyrone Montgomery will return to court next month for a hearing on his request for early release from his 1½-year prison sentence. Montgomery, 52, filed the request last month. This week, Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski set a hearing on the matter, according to court records. Prosecutors Read More…

Former deputy clerk sentenced for stealing court funds

Sierra Dozier was sentenced Monday in Judge Mark Betleski courtroom.   STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — A former Lorain Municipal Court deputy clerk was sentenced Monday to nine months in prison for stealing about $31,000 in court funds from the clerk’s office where she worked. Sierra Dozier, 27, will serve the sentence handed down by Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski at the same time she is serving Read More…

Tracy Sprinkle reinstated to OSU football team

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Tracy Sprinkle returned to the Ohio State University football team, suiting up for the first official practice of the season Monday in Columbus. Sprinkle, a former Elyria High School standout, was kicked off the team last month following his arrest during a brawl outside of a Lorain bar July 5. Sprinkle pleaded no contest to Read More…

Avon man sentenced to 4 years in wife’s ‘mercy killing’

Robert Shaw, with attorney Kenneth Lieux,  is sentenced in Judge Mark Betleski’s court at the Lorain County Justice Center on Monday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Robert Shaw, 90, was sentenced to four years in prison Monday for killing his wife of 65 years “to put her out of her misery,” as he told Avon police in 2008. Shaw is eligible for early release after he serves six months in prison under the terms of the deal he struck Read More…

Defense: Prosecution holding back evidence in murder case

Tristen Belfiore

ELYRIA — Attorneys representing the interests of accused killer Tristen Belfiore and his family have asked a magistrate to compel prosecutors to turn over the evidence they plan to use against the 17-year-old when they try to move his case to the adult criminal justice system. Defense attorney Michael Towne said during a hearing Friday Read More…

VIDEO: Former OSU football player Tracy Sprinkle pleads no contest in Lorain bar brawl

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LORAIN — Former Ohio State University football defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle pleaded no contest Thursday to an amended misdemeanor charge of attempted failure to comply with a police order that stemmed from a July 5 brawl outside a Lorain bar. Additional charges of possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and riot were dismissed as Read More…

Commissioner candidates agree to debate on website

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

ELYRIA — The Chronicle-Telegram will host a debate between Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams and his challenger, state Rep. Matt Lundy, D-Elyria. The debate, which is scheduled to take place Oct. 1, will be made available on The Chronicle’s website. “We want readers to see the candidates matched up against each other and exploring how Read More…

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…