May 22, 2015

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Technicality may result in downgraded charges against Burge

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge gives his closing statement to the jury during his trial at the Lorain County Justice Center in Elyria on Wednesday, April 6. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — A technicality that reduced the severity of some of the public corruption charges against former Lorain County Commissioner Michael Ross might be the key to sparing former county Common Pleas Judge James Burge a felony conviction. At the heart of the argument, put forward by Burge’s lawyer, Michael Stepanik, in court documents filed Read More…

Rural Lorain County Water incentive gets new life as committee advances plan

LAGRANGE — The possible return of an old retirement incentive plan for Rural Lorain County Water Authority workers passed its first major hurdle Wednesday night. At a joint meeting of Rural Water’s Personnel and Executive committees, members voted 13-2 to have the full Board of Trustees consider the proposal at a meeting next month. Between Read More…

Lorain County AFL-CIO demands dismissal of Lorain safety service director or mayor

LORAIN — The Lorain County AFL-CIO Federation of Labor has asked for the immediate resignation or firing of Lorain Safety Service Director Robert Fowler or, if that doesn’t happen, the resignation of Mayor Chase Ritenauer. The request came in a letter dated April 22 from the AFL-CIO’s executive board and was received by Ritenauer’s office Read More…

Ex-magistrate indicted on porn charges

Former Lorain County Juvenile Court Magistrate James Paterson has been indicted on federal child pornography charges. Paterson, who was serving as a guardian ad litem at the time of his arrest in March, is accused of accumulating a collection of pornographic images and videos beginning in September 2010 and continuing through November 2014, according to Read More…

Former Lorain County magistrate indicted on federal child porn charges

A former Lorain County Juvenile Court magistrate has been indicted on federal child pornography charges. James Paterson, 49, was working as a court-appointed guardian ad litem at the time the FBI raided his Lorain home and discovered between 500 and 1,000 sexually explicit images of children last month, according to investigators. Images on computers found Read More…

Father says defendant said ‘not a word’ as she shot his son

ELYRIA — Donna Brown was silent as she shot and killed Dale Linder Jr., his father told jurors Tuesday in the second day of testimony in Brown’s capital murder trial. “Not a word,” Dale Linder Sr. said. He said he woke up July 5, 2012, at 6:20 a.m. to a raging thunderstorm outside and went Read More…

Brown painted as ‘angel of death’ as murder trial opens

Donna Brown, accused of killing two cousins, appears in court at the Lorain County Justice Center on Monday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Donna Brown went to her cousins’ home on July 5, 2012, planning to kill, Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Tony Cillo said Monday during opening statements of Brown’s capital murder trial. “Make no mistake, when she reached the back door she was not an invited guest, she was not an emissary of peace holding Read More…

Return of pension incentives a possibility for Rural Water workers

LAGRANGE — The Rural Lorain County Water Authority is considering bringing back a discontinued retirement incentive program in which the organization buys additional years of service for employees to speed up their access to retirement benefits and increase the value of their pensions. The program paid out nearly $1.9 million on behalf of 15 Rural Read More…

South Amherst fiscal clerk quits amid probe

SOUTH AMHERST — Kim Green resigned Tuesday as South Amherst’s clerk/treasurer and is the target of a criminal investigation for allegedly stealing large sums of money from the village. Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said the amount of missing money appears to be well into the six-figure range, but he and South Amherst Police Chief Read More…

ELECTION 2015: Brinda outspending Grace in Elyria mayoral primary

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda is vastly outspending former Mayor Bill Grace in the Democratic primary, according to campaign finance reports that were due Thursday at the Lorain County Board of Elections. Brinda, who defeated Grace four years ago, has spent $21,048 so far on her campaign and received another $2,335 in in-kind Read More…