April 24, 2014

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Sex offender resigns as deputy clerk

William Montgomery

ELYRIA — William Tyrone Montgomery has resigned as a deputy clerk for Lorain County Clerk of Courts Ron Nabakowski, who had been under fire for keeping Montgomery on the job after he pleaded guilty to charges of gross sexual imposition last month. Nabakowski said Montgomery told him during a meeting Monday that Friday would be Read More…

Lorain man indicted on charges he moved body of shooting victim


ELYRIA — A Lorain man has been indicted on charges that he moved the body of shooting victim DeAndre McDowell last May. Adam Ortiz Jr., 19, is charged with tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, possession of criminal tools and abuse of a corpse. McDowell, 17, was shot in the head at a Lorain home before Read More…

Murder suspect facing possible death penalty opts to let dice determine 3-judge panel

Clarence Adams III appears in court on March 31. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Clarence Adams III wants a roll of the dice to determine who will sit on the three-judge panel that will hear his capital murder case when it starts later this month. “I’ll take the dice,” Adams told Lorain County Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi during a hearing Monday. Miraldi, who is assigned the Read More…

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…