March 29, 2015

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Glass houses: Flores isn’t the only Lorain council candidate with a criminal record

LORAIN — Lorain Democrats urged voters to examine the criminal record of City Councilman Dennis Flores, D-2nd Ward, but they didn’t do the same for the other people running for Council, many of whom have had their own run-ins with the law. Seven other Democrats running for office in the May primary also have criminal pasts, Read More…

Burge’s attorney alleges misconduct by AG’s office

ELYRIA — A lawyer for Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge has accused the Ohio Attorney General’s office of prosecutorial misconduct for allegedly withholding documents he contends bolsters the judge’s defense against public corruption charges. Attorney Michael Stepanik wrote in court documents filed Friday that although prosecutors have accused Burge of improperly having an Read More…

Lorain man gets six months for hanging dog

John Daughney is sentenced for hanging a dog in Lorain Municipal Court on March 25. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Calling it a “very disturbing” crime, Lorain Municipal Court Judge Thomas Elwell sentenced John Wayne Daughney to six months in jail on charges he hanged his dog earlier this year. “I find it is hard to understand how a person could treat a living, breathing creature, (a) defenseless creature … with such cruelty,” Read More…

Lorain County clerk seeking debts from inmates

Lorain County Clerk of Courts Tom Orlando

ELYRIA — Lorain County Clerk of Courts Tom Orlando is implementing a new program that he said will allow his office to better collect outstanding court costs, fines and money for victims from people convicted of crimes. Orlando said the program will target convicts both on probation and in the state prison system. The Ohio Read More…

Medina County man accused of robbing Columbia FirstMerit branch

COLUMBIA TWP. – A Medina County man is accused of rushing into the FirstMerit Bank branch this morning and stealing an undisclosed amount of money, according to Lorain County Sheriff’s deputies. Larry Gore Jr. has been charged with robbery and booked into the Lorain County Jail after being arrested around 11 a.m. Lt. Heath Tester said Read More…

Cellmate: Davis wrote apology to murder victim on jail cell wall

ELYRIA — Benjamin Davis scrawled an apology to the man he is accused of gunning down on his Lorain County Jail cell wall, according to his former cellmate. “Sorry Robert It was my bad RIP,” Davis allegedly wrote, according to a jail witness statement provided to The Chronicle-Telegram by Zachary Long, the former cellmate whom Read More…

Scrawl on wall allegedly incited Lorain County jail brawl

ELYRIA — What accused killer Benjamin Davis allegedly wrote on his cell wall that started a fight with his cellmate at the Lorain County Jail last week appears to have had to do with the December shooting death of pizza delivery driver Robert Caudill. Davis is accused of shooting Caudill at the Lake Motel in Read More…

Police: Alleged drug ring a family affair

ELYRIA — A family-run drug trafficking organization that stretched across two counties and lasted for at least a decade came to an end when police raided a grandmother’s house Friday on Tattersall Court. The Elyria home where most of the initial drug transactions allegedly happened was one of 17 homes and buildings the Lorain County Read More…

North Ridgeville police combing through tips in Tyburski death

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Police said Wednesday they have received a large number of tips and possible leads in the death of Rachele Tyburski, whose body was discovered in a semi-secluded area over the weekend. “We’ve gotten a very large response from the public,” police Lt. Detective Pat West said. West, the lead investigator in the Read More…

Grandmother describes Lakewood woman found dead in Ridgeville as ‘beautiful, wonderful child’

Rachele Tyburski leaps into the arms of her father, Darryle. Darryle's death when she was 8 cast a pall on her life, her grandmother said.

NORTH RIDGEVILLE —Rachele Tyburski was no stranger to tragedy; nor to resilience. Between early-in-age sickness and loss, Tyburski spent 26 years turning to poetry, family and conversations with her mother for strength. But when Tyburski was found dead in North Ridgeville on Sunday, it was memories of her love and resilience in which her family Read More…