September 30, 2014

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Hiker from LaGrange home after 30-foot fall

LAGRANGE — Betty Whyel is back home after surviving the fall of her life. Whyel, 29, fell 30 feet down a mountain ridge in Colorado on Aug. 15 while hiking Mount Royal with two friends. She was hospitalized for more than a week at Summit Medical Center and arrived home by plane late last month. Read More…

Mattel recalling more toys

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Mattel Inc., announced late Tuesday that it is recalling about 700,000 Chinese-made toys that have excessive amounts of lead paint. The recall covers 675,000 units of various Barbie accessory toys that were manufactured between Sept. 30, 2006, and Aug. 20, 2007. The action also involves 8,900 different Read More…

Teen takes police on two-city chase

SHEFFIELD — A teenage boy driving his grandfather’s car without permission took police on a pursuit through two cities, and was later found hiding out at his girlfriend’s home, police said. Sheffield police Capt. Larry Bliss said the teen caught the attention of officers about 12:30 a.m. Monday when he made a last-minute decision to Read More…

Fire department fights two blazes

ELYRIA — The city Fire Department rounded out a busy morning Tuesday by fighting a second house fire hours after flames gutted a home on Olive Street. This time, the 10 a.m. fire at a home on the 100 block of Garvin Street was quickly knocked down by firefighters, Assistant Fire Chief Ron Brlas said. Read More…

Bar owner sues former mayor for libel

ELYRIA — The owner of a downtown Lorain bar has filed a lawsuit against former Mayor Craig Foltin for libel. Tim Draves, owner of Tim’s Place on Broadway, a gay bar, says that statements made in a letter Foltin submitted to Council at a Dec. 11 meeting were untrue. Foltin alleged that the city treasurer Read More…

No charges filed for toddler left in car

CINCINNATI — No charges will be filed against a middle school administrator whose toddler daughter died when she was left in her mother’s SUV for about eight hours on a day when temperatures reached about 100 degrees, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Leaving the child in the car was “a substantial lapse of due care” but Read More…

FBI offers reward in the hunt for second suspect in child’s slaying

CLEVELAND — The FBI offered a $5,000 reward Tuesday for help catching the second suspect in the weekend shooting death of a 12-year-old girl caught in crossfire, the fifth person killed in about two years in a struggling Cleveland neighborhood. One man suspected in the shooting, James Yhonquea, 20, of Cleveland, was under arrest and Read More…

Judge: Sex offender can stay in home

CLEVELAND — Authorities cannot evict a convicted rapist whose home is near a school, a federal judge in Akron ordered Tuesday, ruling that the state’s law limiting where sex offenders live is unconstitutional if applied to crimes committed before the law went into effect. Lane Mikaloff, who served 16 years in prison for raping a Read More…

Pair of bar games can still be played

COLUMBUS — A pair of bar games that are similar to slot machines will be allowed to operate in the state for at least two more weeks under a judge’s order issued Tuesday. The reprieve by Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Michael J. Holbrook is the second legal defeat in a week for Ohio Attorney Read More…