April 20, 2014

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Rose up, Smacked down

Game 4: San Antonio: 83 Cleveland: 82 Cavs took lead in fourth quarter; Spurs finish sweep Game … set … mismatch. What else can anyone say after watching the Cavaliers bomb on the biggest stage they’ve ever been on, swept away in their first NBA Finals by a team so clearly their superior in every Read More…

Fans had hope, but sadly, same old story

ELYRIA — As some folks — folks who don’t originate from here — see it, there’d be a lot of fat-pocketed Clevelanders around if they were given a nickel for every time they said, “There’s always next year.” “You know how all the states have slogans?” asked James Egan, a Detroit native who recently moved Read More…

Armbruster could face charges

Ethics committee: Former state senator used influence to lower company rates  Former state Sen. Jeffry Armbruster could face criminal charges after the Ohio Joint Legislative Ethics Committee decided Thursday that he used his position to get lower insurance rates from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation for a company he owned. The committee forwarded its Read More…

Lorain district cuts 30 more jobs

Axing support, administrators part of schools’ deficit reduction plan LORAIN — Another 30 workers with the Lorain Schools have lost their jobs. Support and administrative staff at the Charleston Administration Center were let go Thursday, one week to the day after Superintendent Dee Morgan announced the elimination of 246 teaching positions because of the district’s Read More…

Chase suspect took two beers for run

CARLISLE TWP. — A harrowing, high-speed police chase and foot pursuit tore through a city, two townships and almost a mile of a bean field Thursday evening before an Elyria man was caught and charged with his sixth DUI. Michael Spreng, 44, of Elyria, also was charged with felony fleeing and eluding, failure to yield Read More…

At age 10, Grafton girl already up to speed

GRAFTON — Most kids start pretending to drive when they are still strapped into their booster seats, but not Stephanie Beane. The 10-year-old Grafton girl actually got behind the wheel for the first time when she was just 2 and this Saturday she will attempt to break into the “Guinness Book of World Records” as Read More…

Jail officials finishing early-release plan

If approved, program would ease overcrowding by letting go of nonviolent offenders ELYRIA — County jail officials are nearing completion of a plan that would allow the release of low-level offenders as a solution to ease overcrowding. But even if the plan is carried out, it probably won’t be necessary right now, said Capt. James Read More…

Firefighters rescue man who fell to river bank

Incident marks third tumble from wooded cliff in recent weeks ELYRIA — A 31-year-old Elyria man is in a Cleveland hospital after he took a 30-foot tumble down a ravine and landed face down on the bank of the Black River. Gene Lafferty III of Harrison Street was under observation at MetroHealth Medical Center in Read More…

Two more contenders express interest in finishing Foltin’s term

Lorain Republican Party chairman, safety service director weigh in LORAIN — The Lorain Area Republican Party chairman and city’s safety service director both said Thursday they’d be interested in filling the city’s top job, which will be left empty in August when Mayor Craig Foltin departs for a job at Cuyahoga Community College. That brings Read More…

Victim robbed at gunpoint helps Lorain police nab suspects

LORAIN — A 30-year-old man robbed at gunpoint inside his Seneca Avenue home helped police find and arrest the alleged thieves moments later. Both suspects were found with the victim’s property, police said. The victim told police he went to bed about 1:40 a.m. Wednesday, but left the front door unlocked so his live-in girlfriend Read More…