May 22, 2015

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Suspect in Elyria ambush caught (VIDEO)

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ELYRIA — A third suspect and the one police labeled the “primary aggressor” in an assault last month was taken into custody early Wednesday, police said. Michael Nichols, 27, was charged with felonious assault about 4:15 a.m. Wednesday at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland after he called Elyria police and told them he was there. Read More…

Authorities seek at-large suspect in Elyria ambush beating (VIDEO)

ELYRIA — A surveillance video depicting a random beating in April led police to identify and arrest two of three Cleveland men suspected in the attack earlier this month. James Currie, 18, and Sean Buchanan, 24, were charged with felonious assault at their homes in Cleveland on May 1 and 5. Police and U.S. marshals Read More…

Police arrest two in Middle Avenue beating; one remains at large

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ELYRIA – A surveillance video depicting a particularly brutal random beating in April led police to identify and arrest two out of three Cleveland men involved earlier this month. James Currie, 18, and Sean Buchanan, 24, were charged with felonious assault at their homes in Cleveland on May 1 and May 5. Police and the U.S. Read More…

Poultry plea gains Kaptur some notoriety on Web (VIDEO)

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Video via “Last Week Tonight.” WARNING: Strong language U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, has become an Internet sensation since Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” A nearly 20-minute segment of the HBO show focused on Oliver discussing the working conditions of chicken farmers across the country and featured an impassioned speech by Read More…

$3,000 fine, no jail for Burge (VIDEO)

James Burge smiles broadly as he thanks supporters and tells them that he's been delivered from hell following his sentencing on corruption charges Thursday, May 14, 2015. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Former Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge grinned broadly as he was surrounded by supporters following a sentencing hearing Thursday in which he was ordered to pay a $3,000 fine for discrepancies on financial disclosure forms. Burge called the sentence handed down by Visiting Judge Dale Crawford “charitable” and said he is Read More…

Burge convicted on six counts (VIDEO)

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge prepares to give his closing statement to the jury during his trial Wednesday at the Lorain County Justice Center in Elyria. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Common Pleas Judge James Burge was convicted Wednesday on counts of falsification and tampering with records, charges that will draw to a close his tumultuous eight-year tenure on the bench and 40 years as an attorney. The five-man, seven-woman jury took less than two hours to find him guilty of the three felonies 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…

VIDEO: Burge defends self as trial opens

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge shows the jury evidence Thursday regarding his alleged connections to Whiteacre North Ltd. in the courtroom of Visiting Judge Dale Crawford in the Lorain County Justice Center in Elyria. KRISTEN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Common Pleas Court Judge James Burge, a defense attorney before being elected to the bench, returned to that role Thursday to defend himself against charges that could end his long legal career. Burge, representing himself with the aid of attorney Michael Stepanik, told a five-man, seven-woman jury that he was innocent of the accusations filed Read More…

District Boys Basketball: Lorain needs 3 overtimes to outlast Brunswick, stay undefeated, move into district final (VIDEO)

Lorain's Eddie Williamson hangs in the air on the way to the hoop Wednesday during a 59-56 triple-overtime win over Brunswick. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Lorain coach John Rositano said his team needed a game like the one it had just played. The Titans had not had a game where they were in serious jeopardy of losing since Jan. 23, when they rallied in the final minute to knock off Bedford. Since then Lorain had won nine Read More…

Lorain church ruins demolished [Video]

Looking from the altar back into the church gives the last image taken of the inside of the historic church as demolition crews work from the back to the front. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Remnants of Lorain’s First Evangelical Lutheran Church, destroyed by arson Aug. 28, were demolished Tuesday. The Rev. Jimmy Madsen, church pastor, said he was bittersweet about the demolition. While sad about the loss of the 90-year-old church, he said the demolition, which he compared to a burial, means the congregation are closer to getting a Read More…