February 14, 2016

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Case against baby sitter goes to grand jury

BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE
Attorney Michael Hennenberg (left) talks with his client Summer Shalodi after waiving her preliminary hearing and moving the case to the Lorain County Grand Jury.

LORAIN — A lawyer for a Lorain baby sitter charged in connection with the death of 18-month-old Nadia Nicole Gibbons called it an accident Thursday. Michael Hennenberg, who represents Summer Shalodi, also said that he’s still waiting for additional information from police before discussing the case in more detail. “We are investigating to determine how Read More…

Former Spitzer Plaza Hotel faces violations again

The Spitzer Hotel, at 301 Broadway, is shown Wednesday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — A series of violations against the former Spitzer Plaza Hotel in downtown Lorain have been moved from the city’s Department of Building, Housing and Planning to Lorain Municipal Court. “We had sent the owner a notice of violations that had noted several problems with this building and they originally had until Jan. 11 Read More…

VIDEO: Fatal crash scene recorder sentenced

Pelton-SLIDE

LORAIN — A Lorain Municipal Court judge said Wednesday he wished he could send Paul Pelton to jail for longer than the maximum for entering a vehicle to film a dying teen. Pelton, 41, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of vehicle trespass and disorderly conduct persisting and Judge Thomas Elwell sentenced him to 30 Read More…

Crash scene recorder pleads guilty

Pelton-SLIDE

LORAIN — The man who opened the door of a vehicle involved in a fatal crash to record the two teens inside on video entered a plea deal that was met with agreement Tuesday by a Lorain Municipal Court judge. A month ago, Judge Thomas Elwell had refused to allow Paul Pelton Jr. to enter Read More…

Contractor makes restitution for home he was paid to demolish; felony charges dropped

LORAIN — Felony charges against Lorain contractor Don E. Buchs were dropped Thursday after he repaid $7,200 that he was given to demolish a home that wasn’t torn down until after police became involved. Buchs was charged in October after the owners of 317 Connecticut Ave., Rob and Barbara Scheithauer, complained to police that Buchs Read More…

Suspect in Lorain shooting is arrested

Lorain police investigate a vehicle involved in a shooting Monday night. EVAN GOODENOW / CHRONICLE

LORAIN — A suspect in the shooting of an 18-year-old man is due in Lorain Municipal Court at 10 a.m. today. Shyanne Roman, 26, was arrested Tuesday and charged with felonious assault with a deadly weapon. He was being held in Lorain City Jail without bond Tuesday night. About 6:30 p.m. Monday, the victim, whom Read More…

Final suspect arrested in Bell Avenue shooting

Aaron Gage

ELYRIA — The sixth and final suspect in a Nov. 10 fight in which a bullet fired into a Bell Avenue home narrowly missed a 5-year-old girl and her mother has been arrested. Aaron Gage was arrested by Lorain police about 10 p.m. Saturday shortly after Officer Jeremy Gray saw him exiting Nooks at 3340 Read More…

Judge rejects video plea deal

Paul Pelton leaves Lorain Municipal Court on Friday after Judge Thomas Elwell declined to accept a plea deal. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — A Lorain Municipal Court judge Friday rejected a proposed plea deal that would have spared the man accused of opening the door of a vehicle involved in a fatal crash to videorecord the two teens inside any jail time. Judge Thomas Elwell refused to allow Paul Pelton to enter no contest pleas to Read More…

Judge halts plea deal for Paul Pelton

Paul Pelton appears in Lorain Municipal Court for a preliminary hearing Nov. 10. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — A judge Tuesday refused to accept a plea deal for a man accused of vehicle trespass and bribery because the victim’s family wasn’t at court. Paul Pelton, of Lorain, had been prepared to plead no contest to vehicle trespass and a reduced charge of attempted intimidation. As part of that deal, the prosecution Read More…

Lorain auditor announces $571,000 court collection shortfall

LORAIN — With about seven weeks left in the year, Lorain Municipal Court collection fees for Lorain’s general fund are nearly $571,000 less than the $1.41 million revenue city officials budgeted for. Annual revenue from collections averaged roughly 98 percent of what was budgeted for between 1995 and 2012, according to Auditor Department records. However, Read More…