May 30, 2016

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Man sentenced for role in Elyria murder

ELYRIA — Brenda Rutherford wasn’t going to speak at the sentencing hearing of Deshun Jackson for his role in her son’s shooting death, but after Jackson apologized, she told him of the damage he’d left in his wake. “I apologize from the bottom of my heart,” Jackson said Thursday as he bowed his head. “If Read More…

Lawyer says discipline from Ohio Supreme Court won’t affect his judicial candidacy

AVON LAKE — An Ohio Supreme Court decision disciplining Avon Lake attorney Gerald Phillips won’t prevent him continuing his efforts to be placed on the November ballot as a judicial candidate, Phillips said Tuesday. The Supreme Court imposed a six-month suspension on Phillips and attorney Sam Cannata in a decision handed down last week, but Read More…

Former North Ridgeville city worker sentenced to 30 days in jail, restitution

ELYRIA — A former North Ridgeville city worker was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail and two years of probation for conducting personal business on city time. Doug Edwards, 57, also was ordered to repay North Ridgeville $1,632 for hours he was paid for while running personal errands and for 404.6 miles he put Read More…

Babysitter accused in toddler’s death faces additional charges

ELYRIA — A Lorain babysitter accused of killing an 18-month-old girl she was watching has been indicted on additional charges of involuntary manslaughter and corrupting another with drugs. Summer Shalodi, 30, already is facing murder, involuntary manslaughter, endangering children, corrupting another with drugs and tampering with evidence in connect with Nadia Nicole Gibbons’ Dec. 13 Read More…

Man gets harsher prison term at resentencing

ELYRIA — Kareem “Kill” Tucker looked shocked as a county judge imposed harsher prison term on him in home invasion and drug trafficking cases than one thrown out earlier this year by an appeals court. Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Miraldi sentenced Tucker, 30, to 41 years in prison during a resentencing hearing Thursday. Read More…

Case refined against alleged hypnotic attorney

ELYRIA — Prosecutors Tuesday streamlined their case against former attorney Michael W. Fine, who is accused of hypnotically controlling six women for his own sexual gratification. Twenty-five charges that were dropped consisted mostly of duplicates of 21 charges, including kidnapping and various sexual allegations, that Fine continues to face. He was indicted twice, once in Read More…

Harrington sentenced to 16 years to life

ELYRIA — Jeane Harrington was sentenced Wednesday to 16 years to life in prison for killing her husband with plastic wrap in 2011. Harrington, 58, dressed in a Lorain County Jail uniform, sat with her eyes downcast for most of the hearing and spoke briefly only to her lawyer, Troy Reeves, to decline to make Read More…

State late in filing appeal; Burge’s attorney wants it thrown out

ELYRIA — Former Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge’s most recent appeal of his criminal convictions initially was thrown out for being filed late, and now his lawyer is arguing that an appeal filed by the state should be tossed for the same reason. In court documents filed this week, defense attorney Michael Stepanik Read More…

Midway Mall owners sue buyer of vacant Dillard’s store

ELYRIA — The owners of Midway Mall have sued the man who bought the former Dillard’s department store at the mall for $225,000 in January, accusing him of turning off the parking lot lights and the sprinkler system inside the long-vacant store. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court, also accuses Eric Read More…

Lawyers say meds to blame for Veterans Service Commission board member’s erratic behavior

ELYRIA — Lawyers for the Lorain County Veterans Service Commission board member, whose fellow members are trying to have him remove because of his “abusive, demeaning and confrontational” behavior, blamed his change in attitude on an anti-seizure medication he was taking in court documents filed last week. Robert Mackin no longer is taking the medication, Read More…