March 31, 2015

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Lawsuit adds to Lorain club’s money troubles

LORAIN — The Mexican Mutual Society settled two lawsuits that had accused the financially struggling social club of improperly broadcasting pay-per-view boxing matches at the bar it owns. Joel Arredondo, the society’s president, acknowledged that last year’s settlement, which was contingent on the club making two payments to J&J Sports Productions, has played a role Read More…

Shooter pleads guilty to murder in home invasion

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ELYRIA — A former Lorain man pleaded guilty Thursday to murder and other charges for the 2011 shooting death of Stephen Mihalak. Luis Dejesus, 40, also pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, felonious assault and weapons charges in connection with the killing, which Lorain County sheriff’s deputies have said took place during a robbery in New Read More…

Judge James Burge to defend himself in public corruption case

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ELYRIA — Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge will be allowed to represent himself during his upcoming trial on public corruption charges. Visiting Judge Dale Crawford announced the decision during a hearing Wednesday in which he also agreed to allow defense attorney Michael Stepanik to work with Burge during the trial, which is now Read More…

Judge grants early release to 91-year-old mercy killer

Robert Shaw appears via video link at a hearing where a judge granted the 91-year-old man an early release from prison.

ELYRIA — A county judge has ordered the early release of a 91-year-old man who was serving a four-year prison term for the “mercy killing” of his wife in 2008. Robert Shaw, 91, was sentenced to prison by Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski in August and became eligible for early release after serving Read More…

Proposed amendment would allow residents to grow marijuana

Ohioans would be able to grow up to four marijuana plants for personal use under a revised constitutional amendment proposed by ResponsibleOhio. The initial draft ballot language for the marijuana legalization amendment, released last week, hadn’t allowed people to grow their own plants, a restriction that drew criticism from other pro-marijuana advocates. “After extensive conversations Read More…

Lorain County company provides drone for Bruce Willis movie ‘Wake’

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CLEVELAND HTS. — A Lorain County company is making drones for the bad guys, at least those who dwell in Hollywood’s imagination. Dronewerx is providing custom-built and ominous-looking drones for “Wake,” an action movie starring Bruce Willis and Ben Kingsley that began filming in the Greater Cleveland area Monday. Matt Mishak and Mike Hanna, the Read More…

Engineer atop list of Lorain County earners

Ken Carney

ELYRIA – Lorain County Engineer Ken Carney was the highest-paid county employee in 2014. Carney earned $133,717.34 last year, according to figures provided by county Auditor Craig Snodgrass’ office. Carney’s salary actually came from two different sources. He earned $99,209 in his role as the elected county engineer and $34,508.34 as the county’s appointed sanitary Read More…

Oberlin site sought for possible marijuana testing lab

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OBERLIN — A vacant piece of city-owned land could become home to a marijuana testing facility if a proposed constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana passes. The facility, which a ResponsibleOhio spokeswoman described as a laboratory setting, would be owned and operated by a different company than RG1 LLC, the company that would build an indoor marijuana Read More…

Prison ruled responsible for inmate’s fall from bunk

Roy Buchanan

An Ohio Court of Claims magistrate has ruled that the state prison system is liable for injuries suffered by an Elyria prisoner serving time for rape and gross sexual imposition after he fell from the top bunk in his prison dormitory two years ago. Roy Buchanan, 82, was sentenced to between 15 and 151 years Read More…

Capitalize on inevitable marijuana legalization, backers of Lorain cultivation site say

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LORAIN — The principal owner of RG1 LLC, the company that would grow marijuana in the city of Lorain if a proposed constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana passes, is Lakewood businessman and restaurateur Bobby George. “I got involved because it’s something I’m passionate about,” George said. “I don’t look at it as a drug. I look Read More…