September 1, 2014

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‘Moot’ order over courthouse keys now vacated

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ELYRIA — Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge on Monday formally vacated his court order requiring the county commissioners to turn over the keys to the second floor of the old Lorain County Courthouse. Burge had said last week he considered the order moot since the county Adult Probation Department, which he and the Read More…

Judge says court order on courthouse keys ‘moot’

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge

ELYRIA — Roughly a dozen locks on the second floor of the old Lorain County Courthouse were rekeyed Friday at the behest of county Common Pleas Judge James Burge. The move came a day after the county commissioners said they planned to defy a court order issued by Burge requiring them to turn over the Read More…

Commissioner candidates disagree on potential slate of debates

Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams, left, and state Rep. Matt Lundy

ELYRIA — Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams and state Rep. Matt Lundy, D-Elyria, accused each other of dishonesty Friday as they continued to spar over the shape of debates before the November election in which Lundy is trying to unseat the Republican Williams. “The guy’s a liar,” Williams said of Lundy when asked about a Read More…

Avon Lake woman pleads not guilty in husband’s murder

Jeane Harrington

LYRIA — The Avon Lake woman accused of killing her estranged husband in 2011 pleaded not guilty to murder, felonious assault and tampering with evidence charges during her arraignment Thursday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court. Jeane Harrington, 56, is accused of wrapping plastic around the head of Michael Gabel, 55, at their Karen Drive home Aug. Read More…

Village of Kipton in jeopardy amid financial crisis

KIPTON — The village must slash $10,000 from its planned 2015 budget in order to deal with what Kipton Mayor Bob Meilander said were unpaid bills, unbalanced books and a series of fines from state agencies that have decimated the village’s savings. If the fiscal bleeding isn’t stopped or Kipton voters fail to renew its Read More…

Commissioners, judges engaged in deadlock over building access

County judges want the Probation Department moved out of the old county courthouse because of the building's condition.

ELYRIA — County commissioners said Thursday they will defy a court order issued by Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge requiring them to turn over the keys to all doors on the second floor of the old Lorain County Courthouse by noon today. “We think the courts are overstepping their boundaries on this,” Commissioner Read More…

County considers swapping office locations

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ELYRIA — Lorain County Administrator Jim Cordes said Wednesday the commissioners need to look at requests to renovate or relocate the offices of several county agencies in tandem rather than viewing them as separate issues. Cordes said that by coordinating moves or renovations the county might be able to “collapse costs.” “We have to look Read More…

Officer: Mob hunted down man on night he was killed

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ELYRIA — A large group was out looking for Davion Strupe the night he was shot and killed because he had been dealing drugs in the Westway Garden Apartments, Elyria police Detective James Homoki said Wednesday in Elyria Municipal Court. Homoki said Strupe, 24, had been trying to sell drugs July 1 on Barbara Street, Read More…

Lorain pays IRS $246,000 for 2011 tax form error

LORAIN — The city of Lorain paid $246,376.25 to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in May to settle issues raised by an audit that showed the city had failed to send out proper tax forms to some vendors in the 2011 tax year. Lorain City Auditor Ron Mantini said that he hopes that some of Read More…

Veterans advocate cited for marijuana possession

Don Attie

SHEFFIELD — Don Attie, a member of Lorain County Veterans Service Commission, is due in Avon Lake Municipal Court today after being cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in May. Lorain County Metro Parks Ranger Capt. Michael Goodrich wrote in his report that he came into contact with Attie after seeing what appeared Read More…