November 21, 2014

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Split county endorsements put union leader in odd spot

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

ELYRIA — Harry Williamson Jr. is in an awkward spot. His union, Communication Workers of America Local 4370, has endorsed Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams for re-election. Williamson is also personally backing Williams. But as president of the county’s AFL-CIO Federation of Labor, he’s obligated to support that organization’s endorsed candidate, Williams’ challenger, state Rep. Read More…

Race for Lorain County Commissioner shapes up to be closest yet

Judge Julie Schafer, left, Judge Eve Belfance, candidates for 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Matt Lundy and Tom Willliams, candidates for Lorain County commissioner, appear at the Oberlin Community Candidates Night in Oberlin on Oct. 14. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — State Rep. Matt Lundy’s bid to unseat Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams is widely considered the tightest contest in the county. Neither Lundy, D-Elyria, nor Williams, an Amherst Republican, expects an overwhelming victory. “Is it going to be a close race? I think so,” Williams said. “I feel more confident about it now Read More…

Rep. Matt Lundy leads in campaign spending for commissioner race

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

ELYRIA — State Rep. Matt Lundy, D-Elyria, is outspending Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams in his effort to unseat the Amherst Republican, according to campaign finance reports filed Thursday. Lundy, who has spent $23,100 so far on the general election, also has more money in the bank than Williams, who has spent $18,690 on his Read More…

Protection order filed against Amherst Twp. stabbing victim

ELYRIA — A civil stalking protection order was issued against an Amherst Township man who has said he was stabbed by his girlfriend during a Sept. 2 attack. Lorain County Common Pleas Court Magistrate Joseph Falbo issued the order barring Steven Bullard from having any contact with Tia Hilton, who lives in the same mobile Read More…

Deceptive text message case against Wellington man settled

ELYRIA – A Wellington man has reached a settlement with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to end a lawsuit accusing him of sending deceptive text messages to people. Darren Sizemore will pay $9,800 in penalties and damages under the terms of the agreement announced Thursday by DeWine’s office. An additional $17,600 in civil penalties was Read More…

Lorain County Commissioners approve funding for security upgrades

ELYRIA — The Lorain County commissioners on Wednesday approved $139,500 in spending, most of which will help pay for security enhancements to the two offices of the county’s Adult Probation Department. The vote on the expenditure originally was slated for last week, but was pulled just before the start of the meeting after Commissioner Lori Read More…

Change of venue considered for Burge case

judge arraignment 3 slide

ELYRIA — The judge presiding over the public corruption case against Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge has ordered court officials to explore the feasibility of moving the trial to Cuyahoga County. Visiting Judge Dale Crawford wrote in a court order filed Tuesday that he was doing so because “the defense is considering filing Read More…

Joseph Allen seeks credit for jail time

Joseph Allen hugs a well-wisher after a 2009 hearing. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — Lawyers for Joseph Allen, who was returned to prison last year in the controversial Head Start child molestation case, want to cut the amount of time Allen will remain behind bars by 183 days. In court documents filed Monday, attorneys Paula Brown and Richard Parsons wrote that Allen is entitled to have that Read More…

Lorain County Engineer Ken Carney reaches plea deal

Ken Carney

OBERLIN — Lorain County Engineer Ken Carney pleaded no contest last week to a criminal mischief charge stemming from his May arrest following allegations he had attacked his live-in girlfriend. Carney, 65, had originally been charged with domestic violence in connection with the incident at his Amherst Township home. Sheriff’s deputies went to the house Read More…

Teen charged as adult in Elyria shooting death

Tristen Belfiore

ELYRIA — A 17-year-old from Elyria has been indicted as an adult on aggravated murder and other charges in the July 1 shooting death of Davion Strupe. Tristen Belfiore also is charged with murder, felonious assault, tampering with evidence and aggravated riot, according to the indictment. Belfiore originally was charged as a juvenile in the Read More…