September 2017

Ohio Supreme Court Won’t Take Kraus Case

2017-09-18T19:16:13+00:00

PORT CLINTON — The Ohio Supreme Court announced it won't consider former state representative Steve Kraus' theft conviction appeal. With this option exhausted, Kraus faces two choices: Appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, or file a writ with a lower federal court. "It's unfortunate the Ohio Supreme Court declined to participate," Kraus' attorney, Geoffrey Oglesby, [...]

Ohio Supreme Court Won’t Take Kraus Case 2017-09-18T19:16:13+00:00

Clyde Man’s Ordeal Over After Charges Dropped

2017-09-18T19:15:04+00:00

FREMONT - A man sent to prison and later released on appeal said he is relieved the charges have been dropped by a special prosecutor and his ordeal is over. Patrick Baker Sr., 42,spent nearly 14 months in prison after being convicted in April 2015 by a jury in Sandusky County after a 30-minute trial and [...]

Clyde Man’s Ordeal Over After Charges Dropped 2017-09-18T19:15:04+00:00

Judge Removed From Kraus Case

2017-09-18T19:13:57+00:00

PORT CLINTON — On the same day former state Rep. Steve Kraus pleaded his case online, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O'Connor ruled in his favor. "Therefore, to allay any concerns about the fairness and integrity of the proceedings, and to ensure the parties and the public the unquestioned neutrality of an impartial judge, Judge [...]

Judge Removed From Kraus Case 2017-09-18T19:13:57+00:00

Kirk Halliday Files Appeal Of His Firing

2017-09-18T19:13:08+00:00

SANDUSKY — Kirk Halliday has appealed his firing as executive director of the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Erie and Ottawa counties. The move had been expected. Halliday contends his termination was illegal and that there's little evidence he did a poor job. The board contends there is plenty of evidence Halliday was a [...]

Kirk Halliday Files Appeal Of His Firing 2017-09-18T19:13:08+00:00

Clyde Man Fighting Conviction Could Soon Be Off Ankle Monitor

2017-09-18T19:12:14+00:00

FREMONT — A Clyde man fighting a possible retrial on a burglary conviction that was overturned last year on appeal is prepared to no longer have to wear an ankle monitor. Patrick Baker, 43, and his appeals attorney Geoffrey Oglesby appeared in a Sandusky County Court Wednesday afternoon for a hearing. Oglesby talked to Judge [...]

Clyde Man Fighting Conviction Could Soon Be Off Ankle Monitor 2017-09-18T19:12:14+00:00

Attorney: Kraus Deserves A New Trial

2017-09-18T19:11:20+00:00

PORT CLINTON — Former state representative Steve Kraus wants a new trial. Kraus, convicted of felony theft and booted from the statehouse in July 2015, thinks it’s possible his case was contaminated by former Ottawa County prosecutor Mark Mulligan. In a motion filed Tuesday, attorney Geoffrey Oglesby argued Kraus was denied a fair trial, and, therefore, deserves [...]

Attorney: Kraus Deserves A New Trial 2017-09-18T19:11:20+00:00

Prosecutor’s Wife On Jury

2017-09-18T19:10:12+00:00

PORT CLINTON — The wife of Ottawa County Prosecutor Mark Mulligan was seated on a jury this week for a theft trial her husband’s office is prosecuting. Susan Mulligan, 64, listed her husband’s occupation as an “attorney” on the jury questionnaire form. She did not mention he was the county prosecutor. “She was summoned for [...]

Prosecutor’s Wife On Jury 2017-09-18T19:10:12+00:00

“It’s More To It Than She’s A Slow Learner”

2017-09-18T19:08:00+00:00

A jury acquitted former Willard resident Howard R. Zerkle on all charges Thursday stemming from a sex-related incident involving an 18-year-old mentally impaired female. The Huron County jurors found Zerkle, 81, "not guilty" of one count each of kidnapping, rape and sexual battery. Jurors deliberated for about 12 hours over two days. After a series [...]

“It’s More To It Than She’s A Slow Learner” 2017-09-18T19:08:00+00:00

Zerkle Acquitted On All Charges

2017-09-18T19:06:52+00:00

A jury acquitted former Willard resident Howard R. Zerkle on all charges today after deliberating for 12 hours over two days. Zerkle, 81, was charged with one count each of kidnapping, rape and sexual battery in connection with a Jan. 31 incident involving an 18-year-old mentally impaired female. Zerkle didn’t take the stand Tuesday and [...]

Zerkle Acquitted On All Charges 2017-09-18T19:06:52+00:00

Sandusky Man Acquitted Of Fatal Overdose

2017-09-18T19:05:18+00:00

SANDUSKY — A jury found a Sandusky man not guilty in the 2014 fatal overdose of a local woman. Chauncey Mix, 34, 1300 block Tyler St., was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter Friday afternoon at the Erie County Court of Common Pleas. Though they found him not guilty on the first-degree felony charge, jurors did, however, [...]

Sandusky Man Acquitted Of Fatal Overdose 2017-09-18T19:05:18+00:00