September 18, 2014

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No guards at Probation Department buildings yet

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ELYRIA —There were no deputies working security at the two locations housing the Lorain County Adult Probation Department on Monday, despite a directive from a county judge to do so. County Sheriff Phil Stammitti said he lacks the manpower to staff the entrances to the Probation Department offices at the old Lorain County Courthouse and Read More…

UPDATED: Sheffield Lake man charged with embezzling from Medical Mutual

A Sheffield Lake man has been charged in U.S. District Court with allegedly embezzling $2.9 million from Medical Mutual while working as a manager for the insurance company. Joseph Satava III, 69, was charged by way of information with one count of theft or embezzlement in connection with health care. An information bypasses the grand Read More…

FitzGerald admits to driving without a license

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SHEFFIELD TWP. — Ed FitzGerald acknowledged Friday that he drove without a license during the 10 years he didn’t have a driver’s license. “I’m sure there were times I did,” the Democratic candidate for governor said when asked about driving without a license during a sparsely attended campaign stop at Lorain County Democratic Party headquarters. Read More…

Defense attorneys given info in murder case

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ELYRIA — Prosecutors have agreed to turn over police reports and witness interviews to attorneys representing accused killer Tristen Belfiore and his family before a hearing in which they intend to move the case against the 17-year-old to the adult criminal justice system. But the information will only be provided to the lawyers, who won’t Read More…

Judge orders guards to be provided at Probation Department facilities

County judges want the Probation Department moved out of the old county courthouse because of poor conditions. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge has given county Sheriff Phil Stammitti until Monday to assign deputies armed with handheld metal detectors to guard the entrances to the old Lorain County Courthouse and the old Columbia Gas building on Third Street. Both buildings house the county’s Adult Probation Department, which falls under Read More…

Computer woes hamper Justice Center workers

ELYRIA — The Lorain County justice system slowed to a crawl Thursday because of a problem that cut off access to computers that employees at the Lorain County Justice Center use to manage court dockets, record hearings and prepare documents. “Everything we do is practically on a network,” county Probate Judge James Walther said. Ernie Read More…

Lorain County bond rating downgraded

ELYRIA — Lorain County’s bond rating has been downgraded by New York-based Fitch ratings, a move that will likely mean higher interest rates for the county when it borrows money in the future. In a report released this week, Fitch noted that the “downgrade reflects reduced financial flexibility, concerns about the county’s ability to consistently Read More…

Convicted sex offender seeks early release from prison

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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…