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Courts roundup: Oct. 11, 2007


Board member says ruling should stand

ELYRIA — Elyria school board member Holly Brinda is challenging whether the Ohio secretary of state should be allowed to ask the Ohio Supreme Court to reconsider its decision placing her on the November ballot.

The high court ruled last week that Brinda, who lost her bid to unseat Elyria Mayor Bill Grace in the May Democratic primary, did not violate the state’s “sore loser” law, which prevents people who have lost a race from running again in the same election.

The court held that the mayoral primary and the school board race were not the same election, but the county Board of Elections and secretary of state contend that the law prevents someone from running twice in the same election cycle.

In her opposition motion filed Wednesday, Brinda’s attorneys said the state shouldn’t be intervening at this late date and that the decision already was made.

Lorain man accused of raping 7-year-old

ELYRIA — A Lorain man has been indicted by a county grand jury on charges that he sexually assaulted and fondled a 7-year-old Avon girl.

Abraham Melendez, 25, is charged with rape for a June incident and gross sexual imposition for an August incident.

Assistant County Prosecutor Tony Cillo said Melendez knew the girl’s mother, whom the girl told after she said she was fondled in August.

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