April 18, 2014


Appeals court judges uphold conviction in 2011 rape

Jeremiah Charlton

ELYRIA — Two of out three judges on a 9th District Court of Appeals panel that reviewed the rape conviction of Jeremiah Charlton concluded that the guilty verdict that sent him to prison for eight years was “against the manifest weight of the evidence,” but it wasn’t enough to change his fate. “Because the Ohio Read More…

US rules Lorain County Board of Elections serves Spanish-speaking voters well

SHEFFIELD TWP. — The U.S. Department of Justice no longer will monitor the Lorain County Board of Elections for compliance with a 2011 agreement designed to improve access of Spanish-speaking voters to the ballot box. “Defendants have fulfilled their obligations under the Agreement constant with the provisions of the Voting Rights Act,” federal prosecutors wrote Read More…

Amherst family embraces fight to legalize marijuana

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Jason Pardee considers himself a medical refugee. The 27-year-old Amherst native now lives in the San Bernardino Mountains of California, where he grows and smokes marijuana, activities illegal under both federal and Ohio law. “I need to smoke pretty much every day because I do have chronic pain,” Pardee said. California is one of 20 Read More…

Former Lorain police officer wants record sealed

Emilio Morales

ELYRIA — Former Lorain police Officer Emilio Morales is trying to have his criminal case sealed from public view. Morales, 52, pleaded guilty in 2011 to misdemeanor charges of tampering with records in exchange for prosecutors dropping more serious felony charges. Morales was later sentenced to one year of good behavior and ordered to pay Read More…

Attorney for former deputy clerk wants evidence thrown out

Sierra Dozier

ELYRIA — An attorney for a former Lorain Municipal Court deputy clerk has asked a county judge to throw out evidence against her client seized during a raid of her home as part of a drug investigation. Lawyer Vicki Ward wrote that when Lorain police raided the Columbo Lane home of Sierra Dozier on May 14, Read More…

Defense attorney for Gas USA shooter sends reminder to judges

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ELYRIA — Lawyers for Vincent Jackson Jr. have asked the three-judge panel that will consider a possible death sentence for the admitted killer beginning next week to take notice “that Ohio’s Life Without Parole sentence in fact means life without parole.” Life without parole is one of the possible alternate sentences that the panel could Read More…

Commissioners favor deputy clerk’s ouster

William Montgomery

ELYRIA — The Lorain County commissioners are looking for a way to bar a deputy clerk of courts who is awaiting sentencing on gross sexual imposition charges from county property. But County Administrator Jim Cordes and Assistant County Prosecutor Gerald Innes, who are researching the issue, both said so far they haven’t found a legal Read More…

Man pleads guilty to Chase Bank robbery

Andrew Perry

A Lakewood man pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to bank robbery for the Jan. 11 robbery of the Chase Bank branch in Sheffield Lake. Andrew Perry, 21, was one of two men accused of robbing the bank on Lake Road about 11:45 a.m. and making off with $9,288. The Cleveland office of the FBI Read More…

Clerk of Courts says no decision on employee’s job until sentencing

William Montgomery

ELYRIA — Lorain County Clerk of Courts Ron Nabakowski said Tuesday that he’s unlikely to fire one of his deputy clerks, who pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition charges for molesting an underage girl, if the man is given probation. William Tyrone Montgomery, 52, is awaiting sentencing in the case before Lorain County Common Pleas Read More…

Ex-commissioner’s sentence in bribery case cut by six months

Former Lorain County Commissioner Michael Ross appears in court for re-sentencing on public corruption charges. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Former Lorain County Commissioner Michael Ross saw his prison sentence on public corruption charges cut from 9½ years to 9 years during a new sentencing hearing Friday. Ross, 50, already has spent more than four years behind bars. The Ohio 9th District Court of Appeals overturned Ross’s original sentence in 2012, saying he Read More…