August 31, 2015

Elyria
Clear
73°F
 

Defamation lawsuit filed against district’s attorney by Lorain school board member

Lorain school board member Jim Smith, left, is suing the board's attorney, Anthony Giardini, right.

LORAIN — Board of Education attorney Anthony Giardini is being sued by board member Jim Smith. The lawsuit was filed by attorney Joe Gargasz on Thursday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court. Smith, who has feuded with Giardini for years, accused Giardini of defamation. The suit said Giardini made a “false and defamatory” statement about Read More…

Lorain vote fraud suit casts wide scope; 27 voters could be challenged

Flores-trial-WEB

Lorain City Councilman Dennis Flores’ lawsuit challenging his loss in the Democratic Party primary will focus on where as many as 27 voters lived when they cast ballots in May. Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski on Tuesday rejected a request from attorney Corey Colombo, who represents Ryan Horn, the man who defeated Flores Read More…

Lorain lax in gathering info about tenants

LORAIN — The city hasn’t been enforcing an 2003 ordinance that requires landlords to notify the city treasurer who is renting property from them. Mayor Chase Ritenauer said the city is now taking steps to address the issue, which came to light as part of the lawsuit filed by Lorain City Councilman Dennis Flores, D-2nd Read More…

Horn seeks dismissal of Flores’ lawsuit

ELYRIA — Lawyers representing Ryan Horn have asked a county judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by Lorain City Councilman Dennis Flores challenging the results of the May Democratic primary that cost Flores his seat representing the city’s 2nd Ward. Horn’s lawyers contend that because Flores’ attorney, Gerald Phillips, didn’t include the Lorain County Read More…

Lorain council approves $140,000 lawsuit settlement

LORAIN — After meeting in a nearly hourlong executive session Monday night, City Council approved paying $140,000 to settle a 2010 lawsuit. The suit stems from a contract Lorain entered into with Wanda and Edward Gargasz after purchasing property from them in 2002 for $36,000 to install a retention basin in Amherst Township. Law Director Read More…

Man awarded $643,000 in workplace accident judgment

A Sheffield Lake electrician whose attorney said he suffered permanent heel damage when he fell about 9 feet at a construction site in 2011 won a $643,000 judgment in Lorain County Common Pleas this week. Attorney Joseph Gioffre, who represents Shannon Green, said the award will make construction sites safer “by insuring that property owners, Read More…

Flores sues to challenge election results

ELYRIA — Lorain City Councilman Dennis Flores, D-2nd Ward, sued the man who narrowly beat him out in last month’s Democratic primary in the hopes of overturning the election results. The challenge, filed Monday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court against Ryan Horn, accused Horn’s father, bail bondsman Tony Horn, of rigging the election in Read More…

Wrongfully charged man awarded $137,500

VERMILION — A lengthy legal battle came to an end in February when the city agreed to pay almost $140,000 to a man they wrongly accused of masturbating in front of a middle school. Billy McCauley filed in 2013 against the city, seeking relief for arresting him without probable cause in 2012, according to a Read More…

Man sues Avon Lake to get skate park closed

skatepark

AVON LAKE — It was what James Pietrangelo II described as the “cacophonous noise” of a skate park near his house that caused him to file a lawsuit against the city on Wednesday, calling for the park to be closed. “I had to sue for my safety,” Pietrangelo said, describing how he has been harassed Read More…