August 29, 2015

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UPDATED: Kasich names Michele Silva Arredondo to replace Burge as judge

Michele Silva Arredondo

ELYRIA — Michele Silva Arredondo will replace former Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge, who resigned in April. Gov. John Kasich’s office announced the appointment Tuesday and said in a news release that Arredondo, a magistrate for county Domestic Relations Judge Debra Boros, will take the bench next month. “I’m very honored to have Read More…

County establishes court for drug recovery

ELYRIA — Drug addicts facing criminal charges will have a chance to break their addictions and avoid a criminal record under a new drug recovery court that will begin rolling out in the next few weeks, Lorain County Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi said. The specialty court will focus initially on defendants dealing with addictions Read More…

Man acquitted of murder; found guilty of reckless homicide

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ELYRIA — Antonio Robles was acquitted Thursday of murder and felonious assault charges, but found guilty of reckless homicide in the 2013 shooting death of DeAndre McDowell. Visiting Judge Thomas Pokorny, who heard the case instead of a jury, said while announcing his verdict that police and prosecutors didn’t have sufficient evidence to prove that Read More…

Lawyers give closing arguments in Robles trial; judge to announce verdict today

ELYRIA — Antonio Robles meant to kill DeAndre McDowell, Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Sherry Glass said Wednesday during closing arguments in Robles’ murder trial. “What is more purposeful than pulling the trigger of a firearm?” Glass asked Visiting Judge Thomas Pokorny, who will decide the case instead of a jury. Robles, Glass contended, was upset Read More…

Intervention granted for Elyria firefighter who stole cleaning supplies

ELYRIA — The former Elyria firefighter who resigned after stealing cleaning supplies from the Fire Department has been granted intervention in lieu of conviction. Jeffrey Castle, 54, entered guilty pleas to charges of theft and theft in office during an appearance Wednesday before Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Raymond Ewers, but the charges against him Read More…

Old Vermilion case leads to lawsuit

ELYRIA — A Put-in-Bay businessman is suing a former island police officer for defamation for allegedly disclosing the details of a long-sealed criminal case from Vermilion on the Internet. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court on behalf of Mark Mathys, accuses former Officer Steven Korossy of improperly gaining access to an Read More…

Witness says Robles was playing with gun before fatal shooting

ELYRIA — Antonio Robles was waving his arms up and down just before the silver handgun he was holding went off and DeAndre McDowell fell to the floor with a gunshot wound to his head, a key prosecution witness testified Tuesday in the second day of Roble’s murder trial. Sharlisa Thompson gave sometimes contradictory accounts Read More…

Two landowners file suit against NEXUS over pipeline surveying

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ELYRIA — Two lawsuits were filed Wednesday by Grafton Township and LaGrange landowners who said their property was damaged by NEXUS surveyors. The NEXUS project, backed by Houston-based Spectra Energy, is a planned 36-inch diameter natural gas pipeline that will cross  11 counties and transport natural gas to the Dawn Energy hub in Ontario. Grafton Read More…

Police decry prisoner’s early release

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ELYRIA — The Lorain police union Tuesday condemned Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski for his decision Monday to grant early release from prison to a man who shot at Lorain police officers in 2004. Officer Tim Thompson, vice president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 3, warned that Betleski would be responsible Read More…

Plea deal in Elyria murder case upsets defendant, family

ELYRIA — Brady Phillips was not happy with his plea deal Monday, cursing in court and insulting a prosecutor, but he still went through with a deal that calls for him to serve 14 years in prison for his role in a botched 2009 robbery that left two men dead. Phillips, 44, has long insisted Read More…