July 22, 2014

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Judge seeks input on whether to continue case against accused killer

Bobbie New, left, listens during a hearing in Judge John Miraldi’s court Monday in the Lorain County Justice Center. STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Lorain County Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi has agreed to reconsider his decision to allow the murder case against accused killer Bobbie New to proceed. During a hearing Monday, Miraldi said he wanted to hear from both prosecutors and defense lawyers on whether there should be a balancing test to determine whether New Read More…

Three Elyria stores charged with conspiracy, drug trafficking

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  ELYRIA — Three Elyria stores have been indicted on conspiracy, drug trafficking and other charges. Two of the stores, Cakes, Candy and Flowers and the now-closed Shopway Food Mart, were searched during an April 2013 raid that also focused on allegations the two stores were engaged in food stamp fraud. Cakes, Candy and Flowers, Read More…

Appeals court backs prosecutor, nixes judges’ diversion program

ELYRIA — A controversial diversion program run by Lorain County’s General Division judges has been ruled unconstitutional by the 9th District Court of Appeals. In a decision released Monday, the appeals court concluded that the judges’ program, created in April 2010, violated state law and the concept of separation of powers. “In creating and maintaining Read More…

Court orders Oberlin to return seized guns to Lorain man

ELYRIA — The 9th District Court of Appeals has ruled that the city of Oberlin should return firearms confiscated from a Lorain man whose guns were seized following his arrest on a domestic violence charge in 2010. Joseph Wysocki, who later pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of criminal mischief involving a family member, sued Read More…

Man who made threat at North Ridgeville Council to pay $75 fine

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A man who threatened to shoot North Ridgeville City Council members during a meeting has pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge. Randall Smith was ordered to pay a $75 fine after entering the plea June 17, according to North Ridgeville Mayor’s Court records. Smith did not return a call Friday Read More…

On-duty Lorain County Sheriff’s Deputy indicted on assault charge

Donald McCurry

  ELYRIA — Lorain County sheriff’s Sgt. Donald McCurry has been indicted on a felonious assault charge for allegedly striking a friend of his daughter’s in the head with a flashlight while on duty last year. McCurry, 48, was booked into the Lorain County Jail on Friday and released on a personal bond. Sheriff Phil Read More…

Judge orders trial in 2013 shooting death

Antonio Robles

ELYRIA — Antonio Robles will stand trial on murder and felonious assault charges in the May 2013 shooting death of DeAndre McDowell, a judge ruled Thursday. Visiting Judge Dale Crawford rejected a request from Robles’ lawyer to throw out the murder and felonious assault charges that Robles was indicted on earlier this year. Robles originally Read More…

Lorain County Metro Parks weighs levy in November

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CARLISLE TWP. — The Lorain County Metro Parks board is weighing whether to ask voters to approve an increase in its operating levy in November. Metro Parks Director Jim Ziemnik said the current 10-year, 1.3-mill levy brings in about $7.9 million per year and comprises the bulk of the Metro Parks roughly $10 million annual budget. The Read More…

Commissioner says old Lorain County Courthouse not so terrible

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ELYRIA — Lorain County Commissioner Lori Kokoski said Wednesday that she doesn’t believe the conditions inside the old Lorain County Courthouse are as bad as they’ve been portrayed by the county’s General Division judges. “I didn’t think it was so terrible,” she said. Kokoski said she toured the building Tuesday and didn’t see any serious Read More…

Ga. man faces charges for ‘secret compartment’ in car

Norman Gurley

ELYRIA — A Georgia man has been indicted for having a secret compartment in the car he was driving on the Ohio Turnpike in November. Norman Gurley, 30, is the first person to face the felony charge in Lorain County, Assistant County Prosecutor Dave Muhek said. Gurley was stopped by the Ohio Highway Patrol on Read More…