May 24, 2015

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Attorney faces ethics charge for alleged bribery

AVON LAKE — Defense attorney Gerald Smith has been accused of improperly bulking up his bill in a criminal case by asking for an additional $50,000 from a client that he intended to use for “donations” to the judge and police chief handling the case. No bribes were ever paid, and there is no evidence Read More…

Adams found guilty of Coats murder

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ELYRIA – Tove Adams was cleared of aggravated murder, but found guilty of murder and other charges, this morning for the June 2013 slaying of Anthony Coats. The jury deliberated roughly five hours over two days before returning the verdict this morning in a packed courtroom. Adams, a 44-year-old registered sex offender, will face a Read More…

Adams claims self defense on the stand

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ELYRIA – Tove Adams testified Thursday that he was defending himself when he opened fire on the car driven by Anthony Coats nearly two years ago, killing Coats. “The car came at me where I was on the sidewalk, and I jumped to the side, and I started shooting at the car,” Adams said during Read More…

Indicted former county magistrate resigns law practice

A former Lorain County Juvenile Court magistrate is resigning from the practice of law after being indicted on federal child pornography charges. James Paterson submitted a letter seeking to resign or retire to the Ohio Supreme Court on April 29, according to the high court’s spokesman, Bret Crow. The request is being reviewed by the Read More…

Defense attorney challenges prosecution witness in Adams trial

ELYRIA — Defense attorney Kenneth Lieux challenged the credibility of a key prosecution witness against accused killer Tove Adams during a heated cross-examination Tuesday on the second day of Adams’ aggravated murder trial. Adams, 44, is accused of fatally shooting Anthony Coats on June, 2, 2013, as Coats was dropping off Sara Colon, Adams’ then-girlfriend, Read More…

Donna Brown found guilty in cousins’ murders

Donna Brown, accused of killing two cousins, appears in court at the Lorain County Justice Center on Monday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Donna Brown barely shifted in her chair Tuesday as Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Christopher Rothgery read off a series of guilty verdicts that could ultimately lead to a death sentence. It took jurors 13½ hours of deliberations over two days to conclude that Brown, 27, had planned and carried out the slayings Read More…

Lorain County turnout low, but above predictions

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Voter turnout in Tuesday’s primary election beat the predictions of Lorain County election officials, but it was still the lowest in at least the last 15 years. Elections Board Director Paul Adams said 19,061 of 164,348 eligible voters voted Tuesday or in early voting for a turnout of 11.6 percent. Adams had Read More…

Jury begins deliberations in Donna Brown’s murder trial

Donna Brown, accused of killing two cousins, appears in court at the Lorain County Justice Center on Monday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Laura Dezort rejected the idea that Donna Brown killed in self-defense during her closing argument Monday in Brown’s capital murder trial. “She pulled that trigger not because she was scared, but because she was determined,” Dezort told jurors. During testimony last week, Brown said she had gone to the Read More…

Anemic voter turnout expected for primary

Bob Zelina votes at the Lorain County Board of Elections office in Sheffield Township on Monday afternoon. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The slim ballot for today’s primary has Lorain County elections officials predicting a low turnout at the polls. County Board of Elections Director Paul Adams predicted that turnout will be about 9 percent. Deputy Director Jim Kramer was slightly more optimistic, predicting a 10 percent turnout. Absentee voter turnout for today’s primary already Read More…

Woman testifies at boyfriend’s murder trial

Murder suspect Tove Adams appears at Lorain County Justice Center in Elyria on Monday during his trial. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Sara Colon said she watched in horror nearly two years ago as her live-in boyfriend, Tove Adams, opened fire on her best friend, Anthony Coats, killing him. “It was like a bad dream right in front of you,” Colon said Monday during the first day of testimony in Adams’ murder trial. Just before Read More…