July 22, 2014

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Prep soccer preview: Top teams, top players, team capsules

BOYS TEAMS TO WATCH Wellington Dukes: In three words — Huelsman and Stawicki. Simply one of the best teams in northeast Ohio. Elyria Catholic Panthers: The defending North Coast League champs are loaded. Bay Rockets: Ran away with the West Shore Conference in 2006 and have a ton of talent returning. North Olmsted Eagles: Won  Read More…

Prep volleyball notebook: Good teams still good; Oberlin getting better

Not much has changed from last year to this year. The cast of characters is different, but the play is the same. The Southwestern Conference looks like Olmsted Falls first and Amherst second … again. Fairview, which ran the table in the West Shore Conference in 2006, is doing it again this season (although the Read More…

Prep roundup: Falcon golfers get ninth win

SOUTH AMHERST — Firelands improved to 9-1 with a 156-184 non-conference boys golf victory over Wellington on Monday at Dragon Ranch. Blake Sword of Wellington was medalist at 36, but three Falcons shot in the 30s, led by Gabe Battistelli’s 37. FIRELANDS (156): Gabe Battistelli 37, Andrew Northeim 38, Vince Vitale 39, Cliff Karp 42, Read More…

Former Cavs owner Ted Stepien dies at age 82

 CLEVELAND — Former Cleveland Cavaliers owner Ted Stepien, who built a fortune in advertising then set the NBA standard for bad trades, died Monday at his home in Willoughby Hills. He was 82. Stepien paid $2 million for 37 percent of the Cavaliers in April 1980 and soon became the majority shareholder. The Cavaliers went Read More…

Lorain murder trial begins

Eyewitness takes the stand ELYRIA — Willie Evans IV hit Michael Smith once in the head before he shot him in the stomach, an eyewitness to the shooting testified Monday, the first day of Evans’ aggravated murder trial. James Huff, now 17, who was walking home after dropping his girlfriend off just after midnight on Read More…

Man pleads guilty in drunken driving accident

ELYRIA — A Lorain man who injured two people in a February drunken driving crash pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated vehicular assault, vehicular assault and drunken driving charges. David McElroy, 35, struck a vehicle driven by Lisa Higgenbotham, of Amherst, forcing it off Kolbe Road and into a tree. McElroy fled the scene and was Read More…

Resident soaked by water bill flub

VERMILION — If Marianne Tunnell had a water leak at her house to relate to the astronomical bill she received last week from the city, she said her next-door neighbor would be living in a lake. On Friday afternoon, Tunnell learned that instead of her customary $50 bill to pay the city for sewer and Read More…

Escaped gator returns home

ELYRIA — Mighty Mouth is home. The 18-inch baby alligator, affectionately named that by his owner because he hisses when approached, enjoyed a short-lived taste of freedom recently when he got out of his backyard cage and wandered to a drainage ditch in the front of a nearby home. But after some wrangling with a Read More…

27-year-old woman accuses stepfather of rape, kidnapping

ELYRIA — A 46-year-old man faces rape and kidnapping charges after his stepdaughter alleged he sexually assaulted her when the pair met to discuss family business. The 27-year-old woman told sheriff’s deputies that she met her stepfather, Michael Harris, of Elyria, at a restaurant in Elyria late Friday. The two shared a few drinks and Read More…

NASA Glenn details plans for upgrades

CLEVELAND — The NASA Glenn Research Center has looked to the future and sees fewer, more environmentally sensitive buildings, leasing of unused land for other aerospace concerns and maybe even a space-oriented theme park. “We looked at the horizon and see a very promising future with exciting work here at NASA Glenn and we want Read More…