August 21, 2014

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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

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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…

Suspended Lorain teacher indicted

LORAIN — A suspended Lorain elementary school teacher has been indicted on federal child pornography charges. Edward Dembiec, 53, was charged by way of information, according to a news release Monday from U.S. Attorney for Northern Ohio Steven Dettelbach’s office. An information typically is filed when a defendant plans to enter a plea in a Read More…

Avon Lake woman indicted in 2011 husband’s death

Jeane Harrington

ELYRIA — Jeane Harrington has been indicted on murder and felonious assault charges for the 2011 death of her husband, Michael Gabel. Harrington, 56, was served with the secret indictment Friday evening, according to Lorain County Jail officials. The new charges will head off a preliminary hearing scheduled for Monday in Avon Lake Municipal Court Read More…

3 family members charged in drug ring

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ELYRIA — Three family members have been indicted in connection with a heroin and cocaine trafficking operation that Elyria police broke up in May. Jason Mack, 40, faces charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, possession of criminal tools, trafficking in heroin and cocaine, possession of heroin and cocaine, conspiracy and possession of Read More…

Lorain County Metro Parks to ask for 10-year renewal levy

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AMHERST — The Lorain County Metro Parks board will seek additional money from voters in November. Metro Parks Director Jim Ziemnik said the board voted unanimously Thursday to ask voters to renew an existing 10-year, 1.3-mill levy with a 0.3-mill increase. The levy now brings in about $7.9 million annually and provides the majority of Read More…

Prosecutors appeal judge’s DUI decision

ELYRIA — Prosecutors on Thursday appealed a decision by Lorain County Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi to throw out a specification that would have led to additional mandatory prison time for a repeat DUI offender facing a felony drunken driving charge. Miraldi concluded the specification, which requires a mandatory prison term of one to five Read More…

Avon Lake woman accused of killing her husband in ’11 appears in court

Jeane Harrington, accused of killing her husband in 2011, appears in video arraignment from Lorain County Jail at the Avon Lake Municipal Court on Wednesday.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Before Michael Gabel was killed in 2011, Jeane Harrington told a parishioner at a church she worked at that she had a “surefire way” to kill her husband, Avon Lake Prosecutor John Reulbach Jr. said Wednesday. “She told the person, who is available for trial, that she would wrap Saran Wrap around Read More…