October 21, 2014

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Antoinette M. “Toni” Fawcett

Antoinette M. “Toni” Fawcett (nee Miller), 71, died Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at her residence, following a long illness. She was born in Cleveland, and had been a resident of North Ridgeville since 1972. She had just recently moved to Elyria in February. Ms. Fawcett was employed as an educational aide for the North Ridgeville Read More…

Gas leak prompts evacuation

About 60 homes emptied for hours in Lorain  LORAIN — Roughly 60 homes in a two-block area of Lorain were evacuated for three hours Tuesday afternoon after a 2-inch gas line was ruptured by contractors working on sewer upgrades along Oberlin Avenue, Lorain firefighters said. The leak occurred at about 2:30 p.m. when equipment operated Read More…

Kipton chief steps down

Council agrees not to pursue charges against him KIPTON — Suspended police Chief Pablo Cruz has resigned as head of the village’s basically defunct police department. Village Council accepted the resignation, which came with a caveat that village officials would not pursue charges against Cruz, at a meeting Monday, said Mayor Dennis Watson. Cruz, who Read More…

Firefighter hit by car at crash site

HENRIETTA TWP. — A Florence Township volunteer firefighter was struck by a passing car at the scene of a motorcycle-deer collision on state Route 113 late Tuesday, an Ohio Highway Patrol trooper said. Less than 45 minutes after the motorcycle’s passenger was flown to a Cleveland hospital, Florence Township firefighter Patrick Finnegan, 57, of Henrietta Read More…

Expert: Evans failed lie-detector test

ELYRIA — Willie Evans IV has denied having anything to do with the shooting death of 64-year-old Michael Smith last year, but the man who administered a lie-detector test to him testified Tuesday that Evans was lying. Evans, 18, showed signs of deception when William Evans II asked him whether he ever held Smith’s wallet, Read More…

Sixth anniversary of 9/11 brings first ceremonies away from ground zero, less emotion

NEW YORK — Victims’ families huddled under umbrellas Tuesday in a park to mark the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in the first remembrance ceremony not held at ground zero, an event that failed to evoke the same emotions as the hallowed ground of the World Trade Center site. “I guess they mean Read More…

Ohioans commemorate Sept. 11 attacks

AKRON — As people across the nation marked the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with memorials big and small, the Summit County 9/11 Remembrance Project chose to recall the final words of those killed. The public art display focused on the many emergency phone calls that were made by victims of the attacks. “A lot Read More…

Police blotter: 9/12/07

Lorain police Monday, Sept. 10 3:29 p.m. – 5800 block South Mayflower Drive, credit cards stolen and used, totaling $388 in unauthorized charges. 7:45 p.m. – Globe Avenue, Brittany M. Kovich, 18, Lorain, charged with driving under suspension. Tuesday, Sept. 11 12:57 a.m. – 3000 block Clifton Ave., Richard A. Nowak, 35, Elyria, charged with Read More…

Teens accused of crime spree

13-year-old, 14-year-old stole car, committed break-ins, police say WELLINGTON — Two boys, barely in their teens, drove 120 miles in a stolen car and are suspects in several break-ins in the Wellington area, police said. A 14-year-old Wellington boy, already on probation, and a 13-year-old Elyria boy admitted to taking the car and breaking into Read More…

Tales of a child soldier

Oberlin College graduate tells his harrowing story OBERLIN — Tears still well up in Ishmael Beah’s eyes when you ask him about the first person he killed as a boy soldier high on drugs in Sierra Leone. The first killing was soon followed by a second, a third and so on. “There’s no way you Read More…