September 16, 2014

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Ohio State reports alcohol-related arrests doubled last season

COLUMBUS — Just days away from the kickoff of the new football season, Ohio State University officials are saying that the last one saw a sharp increase in alcohol-related citations on game days. Still, fans are much better behaved than they used to be, said OSU Assistant Police Chief Rick Amweg. “The home football games Read More…

Blotter: Aug. 30

Elyria police Tuesday, Aug. 28 8:45 a.m. – 40 block Chestnut St., Darrell Johnson, 32, of Elyria, warrant arrest. 11:45 a.m. – Second Street and West Avenue, Joseph Roth, 38, of Rocky River, warrant arrest. 12:09 p.m. – South West River Road, Walter Easter, 32, of Elyria, charged with violation of protection order. 2 p.m. Read More…

Witnesses: Man on bike fired shots in ride-by

ELYRIA — Foster Avenue residents said they witnessed a ride-by shooting Wednesday afternoon where a man on a bicycle fired two gunshots at a man who was walking in the area. Police searched the area immediately after the shooting and found no spent shell casings or other evidence of a shooting, and both the suspect Read More…

Strickland presents energy plan

COLUMBUS — Financial protection for consumers and the development of alternative energy sources were at the heart of Gov. Ted Strickland’s long-awaited energy plan released Wednesday. The stabilization of electricity rates and the development of new resources is vital to keeping jobs from leaving Ohio for states with lower rates, Strickland said. AP Gov. Ted Read More…

Court tosses out utility’s rate plan

COLUMBUS — The FirstEnergy utility company can no longer use a program approved by regulators to recoup future increased fuel costs from its customers, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio had granted a request by the Akron-based utility allowing it to spread the cost of anticipated fuel increases over Read More…

Lake Ridge Academy sued over firing

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Lake Ridge Academy has been sued twice this week in federal court, and both lawsuits accuse the elite private school of firing its former elementary principal because he raised concerns about possible pay disparities between male and female teachers. James C. Whiteman, who was told in January 2006 that his contract would Read More…

‘There’s no one there’

Mother outraged that school goes without nurse STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE Rachel Workman hugs her son Rodrick, 9, outside Frank Jacinto Elementary School in Lorain. LORAIN — Rachel Workman said she just wants someone to be there for her son. Someone trained — like a nurse — who can administer a shot of insulin in Read More…

Car dealer cries foul at county investigation

ELYRIA —  A Florida car dealer being sued by county Common Pleas Judge Raymond Ewers in a dispute over a conversion van has accused Lorain County officials of taking the judge’s side and using their offices to help him. Ewers and his wife sued Genuine Motor Cars Inc. earlier this month over a 2005 Ford Read More…

Officials discuss preview rides for commuter rail

AVON LAKE — Local officials hope a preview ride aboard a commuter train could give the regional project the local and federal push it needs to make it a reality. “That’s going to be the key ingredient,” said Kenneth Prendergast, director of research and communications for All Aboard Ohio of Lakewood. “Anybody that’s using commuter Read More…

8-year leader of Elyria Salvation Army exits

ELYRIA — Salvation Army coordinator Hollie Rice collected donations for the last time Wednesday. After eight years volunteering for the organization, and another eight as an employee, the 56-year-old Rice is stepping down from her post organizing efforts for those in need. Rice “Health issues are forcing me to leave,” she said. “But life goes Read More…