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Several not guilty pleas made in high-profile cases

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    Donald J. Buchs appears in court with attorney Matthew Bobrowski for his arraignment on Thursday morning.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

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    Glen Eisenhardt appears in court for his arraignment alongside of attorney Dan Wightman on Thursday morning, June 8.

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ELYRIA — Donald J. Buchs was among several high-profile criminal defendants who entered not guilty pleas at their arraignments Thursday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court.

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Donald J. Buchs appears in court with attorney Matthew Bobrowski for his arraignment on Thursday morning.

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Buchs, 34, is facing aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault, vehicular assault, DUI and operating a vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance in a Jan. 22 car crash that killed 6-year-old Alia Bailey.

Prosecutors have said Buchs had marijuana in his system when his southbound Ford F-150 pickup slammed into the Ford Explorer driven by Alia’s mother, Nancy Burnett, and a tow truck driven by Orie Wayne Rollyson, both of whom were stopped at a Cleveland Street traffic light.

The impact forced the vehicles into two other cars. Both Alia and Burnett were hospitalized with injuries. Alia died at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland on Jan. 26.

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Glen Eisenhardt appears in court for his arraignment alongside of attorney Dan Wightman on Thursday morning, June 8.

KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE Enlarge

Also entering a not guilty plea was suspended Avon Lake Fire Capt. Glen Eisenhardt, who faces extortion, unauthorized use of property and telecommunications fraud charges.

Eisenhardt, 41, was placed on paid administrative leave after he was indicted last week on the charges, which accuse him of trying to blackmail Avon Lake Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Moore into resigning or retiring last year.

An affidavit seeking a search warrant for Eisenhardt’s electronic devices last year said Moore received multiple messages from several different email accounts threatening to expose an alleged affair if he didn’t leave the Fire Department.

Two of the three people suspected of leaving 29-year-old Naomi Caulfield to die in a field while she was overdosing on the powerful painkiller fentanyl entered not guilty please in court Thursday via a video link from Lorain County Jail, where they are being held.

Gregory Ralston, 27, and Anthony Barker, 24, who face reckless homicide and other charges in the case, pleaded not guilty Thursday.

The pair, along with Christopher Williams Jr., 21, are accused of driving the overdosing Caulfield to the remote area off Old Fowl Road in Elyria and leaving her there while she was still alive April 11. She was found dead the next day by a woman walking her dog.

Williams was charged with reckless homicide in the case as well, but the charge was dropped in Elyria Municipal Court earlier this week because prosecutors plan to present evidence against Williams directly to a county grand jury.

Also pleading not guilty was Danny Emery, 29, who faces charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and failure to stop after an accident involving a Nov. 5 crash between his 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and 23-year-old Tyler Marrero’s motorcycle on North Ridge Road in Elyria Township.

County Prosecutor Dennis Will said Emery’s car cut off Marrero’s motorcycle, causing the motorcycle to hit a rear quarter panel. The motorcycle then overturned and Emery fled the scene, Will said.

Photographer Kristin Bauer contributed to this story.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @BradDickenCT.



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