What's happening with the Jeremy Simko case?
Well, Bill, your question was actually the impetus of a story we have in today's newspaper. I called Vermilion police Chief Chris Hartung yesterday afternoon to get an update on what's happening with the Simko case. We call him once in awhile to check in on the case, and little is ever new. But this time, I was surprised to hear that after almost three years of investigating, the Vermilion police are ready to turn over the case and its heap of evidence to Lorain County prosecutor Dennis Will. Hartung's goal is the have things wrapped up and out the door by Nov. 1. The police believe they know who killed Simko, 36, who was found dead in his home with a single gunshot wound to his head on Nov. 18. But for now, they're not saying. Hartung said the reason the case took so long will become clear once the investigation is released — which likely won't happen until after it goes through a grand jury to determine if there is enough evidence to file charges against the suspected killer. I talked to the other editors here about my conversation with the chief, and they decided this new information definitely warranted a front-page story. So thanks for asking!