April 27, 2015

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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…

Prosecution rests; Burge to present defense this afternoon

ELYRIA – The state rested its case against Judge James Burge on Monday morning after calling final witness Thomas Brokamp. Part of the state’s case against Burge hinges on whether or not he committed a criminal act by omitting certain information on financial disclosure forms, specifically the fact that he failed to list Lorain National Read More…

Police trying to verify identity of woman killed in crash

NEW RUSSIA TWP — The identity of a driver killed in an Oberlin Road crash called in to police at 4:37 a.m. Saturday is expected to be released today. Police are trying to verify if the driver is the 31-year-old Oberlin woman who owns the 1994 Ford Explorer, Sgt. Tim Hoffman, Ohio Highway Patrol assistant Read More…

Lorain woman uninjured by shots fired into home

LORAIN — A woman told police she was asleep in a ground-floor bedroom of her home when she was awakened about 2 a.m. Friday by a loud banging noise. The woman fell back asleep but when she awoke several hours later she discovered apparent bullet holes in a bedroom window and the ceiling, as well Read More…

2 women charged after crash, ER ruckus

LORAIN — Two Lorain women were charged early Thursday at a hospital emergency room after their vehicles were damaged in a crash earlier that morning. The series of events began when police responded to an incident in the 1000 block of West 21st Street about 3:30 a.m. Thursday involving a 2008 red Lincoln MKZ driven Read More…

Saturday crash on Oberlin Road kills 1

NEW RUSSIA TOWNSHIP – An early morning crash on Oberlin Road that saw an SUV consumed by fire and claimed the life of its female driver is under investigation by the Ohio Highway Patrol. The identity of the woman had not been released by Lorain County Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans, who could not be reached Read More…

North Ridgeville abduction call leads to credit card scam investigation

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A call about a possible abduction at a gas station in March led police to start investigating a credit card scam involving a man from Illinois, according to a search warrant unsealed Thursday. Toriana Lee, 18, of Illinois, William Lee, 37, of Illinois, and his girlfriend, Kristina Brown, 27, of Indiana, were Read More…