November 26, 2014

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Firefighters picket Grace’s party

ELYRIA — A brief encounter between Elyria Mayor Bill Grace and roughly a dozen firefighters grew feisty Thursday afternoon as the firefighters picketed outside an Elyria church where Grace was hosting a political fundraiser. Grace was in a vehicle that was pulling into the church driveway when Elyria firefighter Dave Street — also firefighters’ union Read More…

Summer sting: Yellow jackets, others a danger this time of year

Little children playing on the school playground are fair game, as far as yellow jackets are concerned. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE A close-up of a paper wasp nest found under a shed in a Columbia Township yard on Thursday. The wasps are close cousins of yellow jackets, and residents often confuse the two. Dave Hoban, an exterminator, Read More…

Elyrians make way for film visit

Don’t look for George Clooney or Martin Scorsese to pop up on Ely Square next week when the cast and crew of an independent comedy come to town to shoot scenes in and around Ely Square. WANT A ROLE? Anyone who would like to be an extra in the film is asked to contact the Read More…

Cedar Point has the golden ticket again

SANDUSKY — Same kudos, different year. To everybody else in the amusement park business, it may be getting old hat, but Cedar Point officials don’t find it boring to be named “Best Amusement Park in the World” for a record 10th straight year by an international poll of veteran theme park fans. MCT FILE Cedar Read More…

Despite arrest, Browns’ Bodden to play Sunday

BEREA — An arrest Wednesday and not guilty plea Thursday won’t keep Browns cornerback Leigh Bodden from starting against the Steelers on Sunday in the season opener. Coach Romeo Crennel downplayed the arrest Thursday, Bodden practiced and the NFL said any discipline wouldn’t happen by this weekend. Bodden spoke briefly to the media before practice. Read More…

Browns notes: Captain Fraley fitting in just fine, thank you

BEREA — Hank Fraley barely had time to learn his teammates’ names before the Browns’ 2006 regular-season opener, having been acquired from Philadelphia just eight days earlier. One year later, and it’s clear that the veteran center has become one of the most respected members of the squad. Fraley was one of five players chosen Read More…

Virus suspect in strange bee colony deaths

WASHINGTON — Scientific sleuths have a new suspect for a mysterious affliction that has killed off honeybees by the billions: a virus previously unknown in the United States. AP FILE Scientists suspect that a virus has caused the colony collapse disorder that has ravaged U.S. bee populations. The scientists report using a novel genetic technique Read More…

Officer charged with leaving police dog in car

PHOENIX — A suburban police officer is accused of leaving a police dog in a patrol car for more than 12 hours on a 109 degree day, killing the animal. Chandler police Sgt. Tom Lovejoy was booked into the Maricopa County jail on a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty after a two-week investigation into the Read More…

Avon’s O’Rourke is one confident QB

The memory remains permanently seared in Ryan O’Rourke’s memory bank. The sensation of bubbles bursting on the inside, the sights and smells of his first varsity start. The kid was only 14 years old. Still, the Avon Eagles threw the freshman quarterback right into the fire. “We were playing Trinity,” he recalls, smirking. “I remember Read More…

Prep football notes: SWC stumbles in non-league games

Mike Haddad is flicking off would-be defenders like flies and chewing up yardage by the hundreds. In a flash, the struggles of Avon Lake in 2006 have quickly been forgotten. Meanwhile, the shadow of the departed Tyler Sparks has been quickly obscured by the presence of Olmsted Falls’ John Atkinson, who has turned out to Read More…