May 30, 2015

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Fatal wreck closes Sugar Ridge Road

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Sugar Ridge Road between State Route 83 (Avon Belden Road) and Race Road is closed until further notice as police investigate a fatal one-car wreck. Police say the car went off the north side of the road and struck a guardrail around 3:20 a.m. The driver, the only person in the car, was Read More…

Authorities seek at-large suspect in Elyria ambush beating (VIDEO)

ELYRIA — A surveillance video depicting a random beating in April led police to identify and arrest two of three Cleveland men suspected in the attack earlier this month. James Currie, 18, and Sean Buchanan, 24, were charged with felonious assault at their homes in Cleveland on May 1 and 5. Police and U.S. marshals Read More…

Change in traffic pattern blamed for increase in wrecks on Route 57

ELYRIA — Construction and a new traffic light in a heavily traveled section of Lorain Boulevard may be to blame after the number of traffic accidents in the area tripled in just a week. Last week troopers from the Ohio Highway Patrol responded to six crashes on state Route 57 near Griswold Road after a Read More…

Police arrest two in Middle Avenue beating; one remains at large

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ELYRIA – A surveillance video depicting a particularly brutal random beating in April led police to identify and arrest two out of three Cleveland men involved earlier this month. James Currie, 18, and Sean Buchanan, 24, were charged with felonious assault at their homes in Cleveland on May 1 and May 5. Police and the U.S. Read More…

Davis pleads guilty to attacking cellmate; still awaiting murder trial

ELYRIA — Accused killer Benjamin Davis pleaded guilty Monday to attempted felonious assault for attacking his former cellmate inside the Lorain County Jail. Davis, who could get the death penalty if convicted of aggravated murder and other charges for the December slaying of Robert Caudill, immediately was sentenced to four years in prison by county Read More…

Brown cuts deal, avoids death penalty in double murder

Dale Linder Sr. talks to Donna Brown as he makes his victim impact statement talking about the death of his sons. Brown showed no emotion at all during sentencing. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Convicted killer Donna Brown cut a deal with prosecutors Monday that spared her a possible death sentence in exchange for her agreeing to serve a prison term of 60 years to life. Aside from refusing to look at photos of the two men she killed when their father, Dale Linder Sr., held them Read More…

Avon officials weigh discipline for firefighter

AVON — The Avon mayor and fire chief are deciding whether to discipline a firefighter who was found guilty of violating a temporary protection order last year. Mayor Bryan Jensen said he plans to meet with Fire Chief Frank Root and Law Director John Gasior on Monday to go over the case of Dennis Danczak, Read More…

Law enforcement officers salute the fallen

Members of the Avon Lake police offer a rifle salute on the Route 6 bridge in Vermilion for the Lorain County Police Memorial Service on May 14. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — Louise Palermo was 5 when her father, Deputy John Palermo, was shot and killed in the line of duty. Palmero, now a parent herself, has carried the memory of that loss for a half a century. On Thursday, she addressed a crowd of police officers and some of their family members for the Read More…

Tyburski bond set at $2M

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ELYRIA — A Lakewood woman charged with killing her daughter and dumping her body in North Ridgeville in March was given a $2 million bond Thursday. Janet Tyburski, 45, waived her right to a preliminary hearing in her murder case in Elyria Municipal Court on Thursday and was issued a $2 million bond. Her case Read More…

$3,000 fine, no jail for Burge (VIDEO)

James Burge smiles broadly as he thanks supporters and tells them that he's been delivered from hell following his sentencing on corruption charges Thursday, May 14, 2015. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Former Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge grinned broadly as he was surrounded by supporters following a sentencing hearing Thursday in which he was ordered to pay a $3,000 fine for discrepancies on financial disclosure forms. Burge called the sentence handed down by Visiting Judge Dale Crawford “charitable” and said he is Read More…