April 18, 2015

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Westlake police searching for runaway teen

WESTLAKE — Police are asking residents to keep an eye out for Domenic Dover, a 14-year-old boy who has been missing from his father’s house since April 1. Dover is described as about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing 133 pounds with straight brown hair and gray-blue eyes. He could be wearing a gray striped Read More…

Who will replace Burge as Lorain County judge? And when?

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 — County Republicans have already begun looking for a replacement for Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge, who was convicted Wednesday of falsification and tampering with records charges. Helen Hurst, chairwoman of the Lorain County Republican Party, said she consulted with Gov. John Kasich’s office Thursday morning about the process that will be Read More…

S.C. cop charged with murder had previous excessive force complaint

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — The white South Carolina police officer charged with murder for shooting an unarmed black man in the back was allowed to stay on the force despite a 2013 complaint that he used excessive force against another unarmed black man. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Mario Givens recounted Wednesday Read More…

Burge convicted on six counts (VIDEO)

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge prepares to give his closing statement to the jury during his trial Wednesday at the Lorain County Justice Center in Elyria. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Common Pleas Judge James Burge was convicted Wednesday on counts of falsification and tampering with records, charges that will draw to a close his tumultuous eight-year tenure on the bench and 40 years as an attorney. The five-man, seven-woman jury took less than two hours to find him guilty of the three felonies Read More…

Elyria shooting victim identified, two suspects in custody

Adam McNeal, 23, of Elyria, died in this mobile home in Colonial Oaks after being shot Tuesday night. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Police have arrested two men in connection with a shooting that left an Elyria father of two dead on his kitchen floor Tuesday evening. Deshun Jackson, 20, was charged with murder when found at his home in the 300 block of 13th Streeton Wednesday morning. William Shepherd, 19, also was charged with murder Read More…

Man dead in Colonial Oaks shooting

ELYRIA — An autopsy is expected today on a 23-year-old man found shot inside a mobile home at 2 New Hampshire Circle in the Colonial Oaks trailer park, 10525 Middle Ave., near Ely Stadium. Police were called about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday about a man shot. A news release from police spokesman Capt. Chris Costantino said Read More…

Ridgeville mom faces endangering charge

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Police have charged a mother with endangering children after the woman’s 6-year-old child was reportedly left alone at home approximately a dozen times. Brittany A. Owen, 26, was charged Thursday after police were called to the North Ridgeville school district’s bus garage on Pitts Boulevard because a bus driver had dropped off Read More…

Burge trial: Proceedings shift on judge’s testimony (VIDEO)

Judge James Burge and his attorney Michael Stepanik listen as they are admonished by visiting Judge Dale Crawford for their communications while Burge was on the stand Tuesday. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge entered the fourth day of his corruption trial on a high — half of the 12 initial charges against him were dismissed, and the state’s case against him appeared to be faltering. Then he stepped to the witness stand to testify on his own behalf. During Read More…

Four charges dropped against Burge

Judge James Burge hands documents to Special Prosecuting Attorney Matt Donahue during his trial at Lorain County Justice Center in Elyria on April 6. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Visiting Judge Dale Crawford dismissed the remaining four counts of soliciting improper compensation and having an unlawful interest in a public contract that had been filed against Common Pleas Court Judge James Burge, saying the state didn’t prove the judge had committed the crimes. Prior to trial, Crawford had dismissed two other counts, Read More…

Conduct at stop, altered citation led to trooper investigation

Fired Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Tammy Soto told investigators she knew there was a “50-50” chance that Lorain police Officer Bill Lachner was drunk when he was stopped driving the wrong way on the highway in September. Soto, however, didn’t initially perform sobriety tests on Lachner, instead opting to give Lachner — a co-worker of Read More…