January 28, 2015

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Ohio trade association suing Avon over bed tax increase

AVON — The Ohio Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus is suing Avon over a 3 percent bed tax increase that City Council imposed in October and began collecting this year. Avon already had been collecting a 3 percent excise tax on travelers renting rooms at the city’s hotels, but that money has flowed directly Read More…

UPDATED: Suspect charged in Elyria murder takes plea deal

Todd Wells discusses his plea deal Wednesday with attorney Doug Merrill, right. BRAD DICKEN/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — A jury was set to begin hearing the case against Todd Wells on murder and other charges in the July 1 slaying of Davion Strupe on Wednesday, but the 22-year-old instead took a plea bargain he had rejected just a day earlier. In exchange for prosecutors reducing a murder charge and agreeing to Read More…

North Ridgeville fires Wastewater Treatment Plant employee

Doug Edwards

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A French Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant worker was fired Monday and is under criminal investigation for allegedly engaging in personal business while at work and charging the city overtime for it. North Ridgeville Mayor David Gillock wrote in a letter that he fired Doug Edwards, a former Eaton Township trustee, following an Read More…

Facebook post gets man sent back to jail

A Lorain man released early from a three-year prison sentence for killing an Elyria man in a car crash is fighting a Cuyahoga County judge’s order late last month that returned him to prison to serve the remainder of his sentence. Ryan Fye was ordered back to prison after the family of William Fekete, who Read More…

Lorain County Commissioners appoint acting clerk of courts

Beverly Bullocks Beidleman

ELYRIA — Beverly Bullocks Beidleman was appointed acting Lorain County clerk of courts Friday by the county commissioners. Beidleman, who had served as a chief deputy clerk, takes over for long-time Clerk Ron Nabakowski, who retired at the end of the year. After the commissioners voted during a special meeting Friday, Beidleman was immediately sworn Read More…

Man pleads guilty in fatal shooting

Anthony Marcano

ELYRIA — A Cleveland man pleaded guilty Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter and other charges for his role in the July 1 death of Davion Strupe on Garden Street. Anthony Marcano, 22, was originally one of several men charged with murder in connection with Strupe’s shooting death following what police have said was a beating. But Read More…

Vermilion woman allegedly set fire to her house

VERMILION — A Vermilion woman was arrested Thursday after she allegedly set three small fires in her Elberta Drive house because she was upset with her estranged boyfriend. Vermilion police Capt. Mike Reinheimer said police and firefighters were called to the home of Nancy Lotko, 56, about 8:45 p.m. by John Hrinda. The 52-year-old Hrinda Read More…

High wind warning in effect through Christmas morning

ELYRIA — Santa will need to be careful coming in for a landing tonight. The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning that will be in effect from 3 p.m. today until 4 a.m. Thursday. The warning said northeast Ohio residents can expect wind speeds between 25 mph and 40 mph with gusts Read More…

Burge accuses Judge Rothgery of corruption in defense filing

burge-rothgery

ELYRIA — Embattled Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge and his lawyers accused another county judge of criminal conduct Monday in a court filing that asked for the public corruption charges against Burge to be thrown out. The lengthy document accused Common Pleas Judge Christopher Rothgery of racketeering and having an unlawful interest in Read More…

Convicted sex offender resists move from jail to prison

James Osborne

ELYRIA — Convicted sex offender James Osborne allegedly resisted being transported last week from the Lorain County Jail to prison to begin serving an eight-year sentence. Jail Administrator Andy Laubenthal said that when a corrections officer Dec. 12 went to tell Osborne to pack his items and prepare to be transported to the Lorain Correctional Read More…