September 3, 2015

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Ohio Supreme Court reviewing conduct of 2 attorneys

The Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Professional Conduct has recommended that the law licenses of Avon Lake attorney Gerald Phillips and a second attorney be suspended for six months, although it suggested the punishments not be imposed as long as the two men don’t face any further disciplinary actions. Phillips said he hasn’t determined if Read More…

Plea deal in Elyria murder case upsets defendant, family

ELYRIA — Brady Phillips was not happy with his plea deal Monday, cursing in court and insulting a prosecutor, but he still went through with a deal that calls for him to serve 14 years in prison for his role in a botched 2009 robbery that left two men dead. Phillips, 44, has long insisted Read More…

Burge’s law license reinstated

James Burge smiles broadly as he thanks supporters and tells them that he's been delivered from hell following his sentencing on corruption charges Thursday, May 14, 2015. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

The Ohio Supreme Court has reinstated former Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge’s law license. The state’s highest court revoked Burge’s license in April shortly after a jury found him guilty of felony charges of tampering with records and misdemeanor charges of falsification stemming from allegations that there were discrepancies in his annual financial Read More…

Judge releases man who shot at Lorain police

Billy McShepard appears in Lorain County Common Pleas Court on Monday, Aug. 11. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Applause broke out Monday in Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski’s courtroom after the judge agreed to release from prison a man who shot at Lorain police officers two years early. Betleski’s decision to free Billy McShepard, who has served nine years of an 11-year prison sentence, didn’t go over as well Read More…

Burge gets law license back

The Ohio Supreme Court has reinstated former Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge’s law license. The state’s highest court revoked Burge’s license shortly after a jury found him guilty of felony charges of tampering with records and misdemeanor charges of falsification stemming from allegations that there were discrepancies in his annual financial disclosure forms. Read More…

Local Republican officials: Trump lost standing in debate

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CLEVELAND — Republicans and political watchers said they were mostly impressed by what they saw when the crowded Republican presidential field turned out for the first debates of the campaign Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena. John Green, director of the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, said he was impressed by Read More…

Candidate’s dad: I didn’t live at voter registration address

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ELYRIA — Bail bondsman Tony Horn admitted on the stand Thursday that he didn’t live at 924 W. Seventh Court, which he listed as his current address when he cast a provisional ballot in the May Democratic primary. But he said that he used to live there and continued to receive mail at that address, Read More…

Parole officer indicted on drug, intimidation charges

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ELYRIA – The state parole officer accused of selling drugs and trying to intimidate a victim in the case has been indicted. Michael Hoover, 51, is accused of dealing the anti-anxiety drugs Xanax and lorazepam as well as prescription painkillers oxycodone, vicodin and fentanyl. Lorain County law enforcement has been especially concerned about fentanyl, which Read More…

Lorain County expects loss of tax revenue to be minor

ELYRIA — Lorain County officials said they can’t say exactly how much money this weekend’s sales tax holiday will cost them in revenue, but it will make at least a small dent. “It will mean probably a dip in our sales tax collections,” county Commissioner Ted Kalo said. “But I’m not quite sure what the Read More…

Police to investigate Lorain primary

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ELYRIA — Lorain police have taken an interest in City Councilman Dennis Flores’ lawsuit challenging the loss of his 2nd Ward seat in the May 5 Democratic primary. Lorain police Capt. Roger Watkins confirmed Wednesday that Flores and his attorney, Gerald Phillips, have asked police to look into the voting irregularities they contend allowed Ryan Read More…