April 25, 2015

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Scrawl on wall allegedly incited Lorain County jail brawl

ELYRIA — What accused killer Benjamin Davis allegedly wrote on his cell wall that started a fight with his cellmate at the Lorain County Jail last week appears to have had to do with the December shooting death of pizza delivery driver Robert Caudill. Davis is accused of shooting Caudill at the Lake Motel in Read More…

Lorain County judges boycott ‘administrative session,’ citing legality concerns

ELYRIA — The Lorain County commissioners sought a confidential “administrative session” with the county’s General Division judges to discuss their ongoing dispute over where the county’s Adult Probation Department should be. The judges refused to attend the meeting, noting they had “grave concerns about both the legality and enforceability” of the confidentiality proposals, according to Read More…

16 arrested in countywide drug raids; more arrests planned

ELYRIA — Police are keeping silent about a series of drug raids and arrests over the past few days, but Elyria Municipal Court Judge Lisa Locke Graves described it during a court hearing Monday as an investigation targeting a “conspiracy that has allegedly put kilo after kilo after kilo of cocaine on the streets of Read More…

State approves language for ResponsibleOhio marijuana amendment

Under ResponsibleOhio’s proposal, one of those 10 locations would be in Lorain, while Oberlin would likely see a marijuana testing facility if voters approve the measure. CHRONICLE FILE

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has approved ballot language proposed by ResponsibleOhio that would legalize marijuana in the state. It’s the first hurdle the investor-backed organization needs to clear in its effort to put a constitutional amendment before voters in November. Although DeWine opposes legalization, his role in the certification process was to determine if Read More…

Line can blur between public, private emails

ELYRIA — Local elected officials and government employees don’t have a consistent approach to how they handle emails dealing with public business. Some adhere to a strict separation of their government and private email accounts, while others use one email address for everything. Some alternate between various accounts. Whatever the case, emails dealing with government Read More…

Pot legalization could be windfall for Ohio, Lorain County

ELYRIA — ResponsibleOhio released figures Tuesday estimating that its proposal legalizing marijuana in Ohio would generate $554 million in annual tax revenue by 2020. In Lorain County alone, special marijuana taxes would generate almost $4.1 million for county government annually and more than $7.5 million that would be split among the county’s cities, villages and Read More…

Teacher with Lorain ties pleads not guilty

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A former Loudonville kindergarten teacher with Lorain ties has pleaded not guilty to a lengthy indictment accusing him of secretly recording his students as they used the school restroom. Elliot Gornall, 32, had moved back to Lorain while he was out on the drug possession charges that led to his resignation from the Loudonville-Perrysville Schools Read More…

Grant funds to pay for Black River cleanup

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LORAIN — It takes backbreaking work and cold, hard cash to eradicate phragmites and other invasive species along the Black River, and a federal grant announced Thursday will help a Lorain County program keep doing just that. The $634,889 grant is the third time the county has received funding to combat the invasive species pushing Read More…

Lawsuit over Browns personal seat licenses dropped quickly

ELYRIA — One day after a Lorain fan sued the Cleveland Browns over personal seat licenses, the class action lawsuit was dropped. Eric Zagrans, the attorney who filed the lawsuit on behalf of Mike Brosky, said Thursday both his client and the Browns agreed to the dismissal, but otherwise declined to comment on the decision. Read More…

Man pleads not guilty in shooting death of pizza delivery driver

Benjamin Davis leaves court after pleading not guilty on Thursday morning. BRAD DICKEN/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The family of shooting victim Robert Caudill wore shirts with a photo of Caudill and the words “A Life for a Life! Nothing Less!” emblazoned on them to the arraignment of his accused killer, Benjamin Davis, on Thursday. Davis, 29, remained silent throughout the hearing as the lengthy capital murder indictment against him Read More…