March 3, 2015


Ariz. man accused of multiple rapes

Alan Deptula

ELYRIA — An Arizona man is facing local charges accusing him of raping a mother and a daughter two decades apart. Alan Deptula, 53, was brought to Lorain County earlier this month to face multiple rape charges that date to the 1990s. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, which include two Read More…

Judge Burge’s request for dismissal shot down

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge confers with attorneys during a court hearing Thursday.

ELYRIA — Visiting Judge Dale Crawford on Thursday rejected Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge’s request to have the public corruption case against him dropped. Crawford said that the only reason he would be able to throw out the case was if there was something wrong with the indictment, and Burge’s lawyers presented no Read More…

Prosecutor opposes dismissal request in judge’s case

James Burge

ELYRIA — The special prosecutor handling the public corruption case against Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge wants Burge’s request to dismiss the case against him thrown out. Assistant Ohio Attorney General Matt Donahue wrote in court documents filed Wednesday that Burge and his lawyers failed to make a legitimate argument that the indictment Read More…

Man indicted on tampering charge

Ian Morrow

ELYRIA — A former AmeriCorps member who was accused of taking a cell phone picture of a 13-year-old boy in a Lorain County Community College restroom stall has been indicted for tampering with evidence. Ian Morrow, 25, was not indicted on the voyeurism charge he originally faced when arrested by Elyria police in September. Lorain Read More…

UPDATED: New Lorain County Clerk of Courts keeps chief deputy

Beverly Bullocks Beidleman

ELYRIA — Beverly Bullocks Beidleman will remain chief deputy for Lorain County Clerk of Courts Tom Orlando. Beidleman lost to Orlando when the pair was vying to serve out the remaining two years of Ron Nabakowski’s term. Nabakowski retired at the end of 2014 and Beidleman, who had served as his chief deputy, was named Read More…

Pair charged for second time in 2009 fatal shooting


LORAIN — Two Lorain men have been charged for a second time in connection with the 2009 shooting death of Christopher Lundberg. Andrew Lorenzana and Avery Taylor, both 25, originally were charged with murder in the case, but those charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence. The new round of charges against the two men Read More…

Former Elyria firefighter indicted on theft charges

Jeffrey Castle

ELYRIA — An Elyria firefighter who resigned after being accused of stealing cleaning supplies from the Fire Department has been indicted. Jeffrey Castle, 53, is charged with theft and theft in office, according to the indictment handed down this week. Castle resigned in November just hours before the city was due to hold a disciplinary Read More…

Taxes owed on building at center of Judge Burge case

ELYRIA — Whiteacre North Ltd., the company at the center of the criminal case against Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge, owes $1,832.27 in back property taxes, fines and interest on the Lorain office building where Burge once practiced law, according to county tax records. In addition to the delinquent property taxes, Whiteacre owes Read More…

Bill Grace pulls petitions for Elyria mayoral primary

Bill Grace

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Former Elyria Mayor Bill Grace has pulled petitions to run in the Democratic primary against Mayor Holly Brinda, who unseated him four years ago. Grace largely declined to comment Thursday on what the focus of his campaign would be. “I do intend to file for the office, and I will make the Read More…

County Democrats choose new clerk, Lorain Council member


LORAIN — Tom Orlando has been selected by his fellow Democrats to replace Ron Nabakowski as Lorain County clerk of courts. Orlando, who served as bailiff for county Domestic Relations Judge Frank Janik, beat out Nabakowski’s choice for the job, Acting Clerk Beverly Bullocks Beidleman, in the two-person race. Democrats from Lorain also met Wednesday Read More…