April 16, 2014

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Fire at Wilkes Villa

Man douses self with lighter fluid, sets blaze as cops stand outside ELYRIA — A 24-year-old man doused himself with charcoal lighter fluid and set fire to an apartment in the Wilkes Villa housing projects after police officers were called by a woman seeking help to get her ex-boyfriend to leave. LifeCare paramedics and police Read More…

Flooding not as bad as expected in Lorain

Still, many basements and roads flooded in city and across region LORAIN — On the day after an isolated thunderstorm blanketed much of Northeast Ohio, a secretary in the Lorain mayor’s office appeared flustered as the phone rang once again. A pile of carpet from the flooded basement of Joel and Judy Gesoh sits by Read More…

Warnings stay up at Lakeview beach

LORAIN — Beach advisory signs that were posted at Lakeview Park last Thursday warning of unsafe levels of E. coli have been left up because of Tuesday’s storms. “We talked with the Ohio Department of Health, and we both thought it was wise to leave the signs up because of the storms,” said Park Manager Read More…

Fireworks killings weren’t planned, attorney says

CLEVELAND — The firefighter charged with killing three people in an apparent dispute over July Fourth fireworks will challenge prosecutors’ claims that the attack was planned, his defense attorney said Wednesday. Hough  John Hildebrand, attorney for Terrance Hough Jr., 35, a Cleveland firefighter, said the defendant appeared to have snapped early July 5 before the Read More…

Key witness ditches trial for lotto show

AKRON — A man chose to appear on the Ohio Lottery’s television game show rather than testify at a robbery trial, and prosecutors said they were forced to allow the suspect to plead guilty to lesser charges. James Finch, 41, of Akron, was supposed to be the key witness in the case against William Archibald, Read More…

Strongsville levy fails

STRONGSVILLE — Despite passing in the tiny portion of the Strongsville school district that falls in Columbia Township, a levy that district officials say would have staved off $6 million in cuts this year narrowly failed Tuesday. According to unofficial election results, the measure failed with 4,675 votes against it, or 50.4 percent of the Read More…

Heat wave settles on state for third day

Cities allowed people into pools for free and opened emergency cooling stations as temperatures hovered in the 90s across much of the state Wednesday. The sheriff in one southwest Ohio county opened a renovated, unused jail as a place for senior citizens to cool off. “It’s times like these that we need to use our Read More…

Ohio State to use car-sharing company to encourage carpooling

COLUMBUS — Ohio State University will use a fleet of vehicles from the car-sharing company Flexcar as part of a new program designed to relieve the campus parking crunch and encourage students and employees to use environmentally friendly modes of transportation. Students without cars as well as and others who walk, bike, car pool or Read More…

Irma May Randle

Irma May Randle, (nee King), 97, of Frederick, MD, went home to be with the Lord on August 3, 2007. Born in Oberlin, she attended the Oberlin Public School systems where she excelled in music, especially playing the piano. She played in a jazz band in her younger days, but preferred playing Gospel more than Read More…

Mary Burtze

Mary Burtze (nee Rogan), 92, of Lorain, died Monday August 6, 2007 at her home while under the care of New Life Hospice. She was born November 13, 1914, in Vestaburg, PA, and had resided in Lorain most of her life. Mary worked at U.S. Steel in the Galvanizing & Coupling Shop for 30 years Read More…