December 20, 2014

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Judge bars some evidence from 1976 slaying

Bobbie New, left, listens during a hearing in Judge John Miraldi’s court earlier this year. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — A county judge has barred prosecutors from using some of the evidence gathered by Lorain County sheriff’s deputies in the case against accused killer Bobbie New in the 1976 slaying of his live-in girlfriend. In a ruling Tuesday, county Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi wrote that deputies didn’t obtain search warrants or proper Read More…

Joseph Allen to be released from jail earlier than expected

Joseph Allen

ELYRIA — Joseph Allen will complete his prison sentence in the controversial Head Start child molestation case 183 days sooner than expected. Visiting Judge Virgil Lee Sinclair Jr. ruled Tuesday that Allen is entitled to credit for the time he spent in the Lorain County Jail while awaiting trial between Nov. 10, 1993, and May Read More…

Lorain County clerk of courts plans to retire

Ron Nabakowski

ELYRIA — Lorain County Clerk of Courts Ron Nabakowski said Tuesday he will retire at the end of the year. Nabakowski, 72, said he’s leaving the job he’s held for 14 years because of health issues and because he’s grown frustrated with the limitations placed on his office by the county’s budget woes. County voters Read More…

North Ridgeville settles rape lawsuit

ELYRIA — A lawsuit against the city of North Ridgeville by a former employee who was raped by a co-worker while on the job has been settled. The victim in the case will receive $240,000 from the city’s former insurance carrier, according to the terms of the settlement, which were obtained by The Chronicle-Telegram through Read More…

New Lorain County Board of Elections head chosen

Marilyn Jacobcik

ELYRIA — Lorain County Republicans have named former county Board of Elections Director Marilyn Jacobcik to replace the late Bob Rousseau on the elections board. Rousseau died last week at the age of 64. Jacobcik’s appointment to the board must still be approved by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, who she works for supporting Read More…

Lorain officer ‘regrets’ tweets about Cleveland protesters

LORAIN — Lorain police Officer Brent Payne said he regrets a series of provocative tweets he sent out Tuesday criticizing those protesting the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by a Cleveland police officer. “In hindsight, I wish I wouldn’t have made those comments,” he said Wednesday. Payne said he was off duty at the Read More…

Lorain County engineer free during appeal

Lorain County Engineer Ken Carney, left, and attorney Jack Bradley listen as Carney is sentenced to jail last week. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

OBERLIN — Lorain County Engineer Ken Carney won’t have to report to Lorain County Jail on Friday to begin serving the remaining 26 days of a 30-day jail sentence stemming from his plea to criminal mischief earlier this year. Oberlin Municipal Court Judge Thomas Januzzi on Wednesday agreed to allow Carney, 65, to remain free Read More…

Man indicted on charges of shooting at police in Lorain

Jonathan Smith Jr.

ELYRIA — An Elyria man has been indicted on attempted murder and other charges for an Oct. 5 incident in which he allegedly fired at Lorain police officers responding to a home invasion. Jonathan Smith Jr., 31, is also charged with felonious assault, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, improper discharge of a firearm, gross sexual Read More…

Death penalty on table for man accused of stabbing ex-wife

Cuyahoga County prosecutors are weighing whether to seek the death penalty for a man who is accused of fatally stabbing his ex-wife in Cleveland before trying to kill himself in Lorain County. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty’s office has notified the judge handling the aggravated murder case against Hugo Ramos that his Capital Review Committee Read More…

Judges seek $3.2M to fix old Lorain County Courthouse

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ELYRIA — The Lorain County Common Pleas General Division judges included a $3.2 million line item in their 2015 budget request to cover the projected costs of renovating the old Lorain County Courthouse. The plan would effectively mothball the basement and third floor of the building and completely change the layout of the first and Read More…