September 21, 2014

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State data stolen from intern’s car

Device had names, Social Security numbers of every state employee Stephen Majors The Associated Press COLUMBUS — A backup computer storage device with the names and Social Security numbers of all 64,000 state employees was stolen from the car of a state agency intern, who had the device as part of a practice meant to Read More…

Investment probe still on after 19 indictments

Julie Carr Smyth The Associated Press COLUMBUS — The indictment of the head of a money management firm that lost $215 million in state investment funds brings the total number of people indicted or convicted in the state investment scandal to 19, and investigators aren’t done yet. “We are not completed with our investigation,” Ohio Read More…

Oberlin celebrates Juneteenth

OBERLIN — Oberlin’s Juneteenth Celebration, which pays tribute to the freeing of the slaves, takes place today. This year Juneteenth commemorates the accomplishments of “Ultimate Freedom Fighters: Dred and Harriet Scott,” who sued for their freedom on the basis of their residence in free states and territories. Although the U.S. Supreme Court upheld their enslavement Read More…

Off the Beat 06/16/07

Grin and wear it My mother is a postal carrier, so she probably shouldn’t be dreading the mail’s arrival. But she is. That’s because she’s Bonnie Wallace, the sister of that dastardly Elyria native featured in The Chronicle who pays homage to the San Antonio Spurs. Eugene Reynolds, of — where else? — San Antonio, Read More…

Committee warned Lorain Schools of deficit

LORAIN — Officials from Lorain Schools were warned in 2005 that the school system could end the year with a deficit and be in financial emergency. The warning was given to the school board by a citizens committee charged with addressing concerns about the school system’s financial situation, as well as its academic, safety and Read More…

Deputies: Shortage in staff adds to risk

ELYRIA — County sheriff’s deputies said events in recent days are proving what they’ve been saying all along: A shortage of deputies patrolling the roads is placing not only the public at risk, but deputies as well. “I want to see some proactive responses for a change and address this before somebody gets killed,” said Read More…

Patrol to review chase as matter of protocol

CARLISLE TWP. — Ohio Highway Patrol officials say they’ll review video footage of a police pursuit that was recorded by a trooper’s dashboard camera on Thursday, largely as a matter of policy. Elyria resident Michael Spreng, 44, is accused of stealing his wife’s SUV Thursday and leading Trooper Christopher Ausse on a miles-long chase through Read More…

Vermilion skate park to reopen next week

VERMILION — City officials who quickly closed the skateboard park after a rash of vandalism have decided to reopen the recreational area under one condition: The park’s patrons have to take care of it. “You need to be more responsible for what we put out there,” Dan Squires, city service director, told a group of Read More…

Death prompts fair to rework horse stalls

WELLINGTON — Gypsy did not die in vain. Because of the death of the 8-year-old horse impaled by a metal post at last year’s Lorain County Fair, new accommodations with a hefty $10,000 price tag are being planned to keep it from happening again. The new design will still call for tie posts. However, they Read More…

Motorcycle crash kills Wakeman woman

BROWNHELM TWP. — A Wakeman woman died early Friday when the motorcycle on which she was a passenger struck a tree on Vermilion Road in Brownhelm Township, Ohio Highway Patrol troopers said. Tara Redmond, 22, died shortly after the early morning crash just north of Portman Road, troopers said. The motorcycle was being driven by Read More…