July 31, 2014

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Cavs missing important pieces as training camp opens

INDEPENDENCE — Anderson Varejao was back in Brazil, Sasha Pavlovic was home in Serbia and Eric Snow was preparing for a trip to the operating table. That’s a lot more news than usually comes out of the Cavaliers’ annual media day, but none of that dampened the enthusiasm as the defending Eastern Conference champions opened Read More…

Governor stumps for mayor hopefuls

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland hit the campaign trail Monday night, stumping for mayoral candidates at fundraisers in Lorain and Sheffield. In Lorain, Strickland told a hundreds of fellow Democrats that mayoral candidate and City Councilman Tony Krasienko understands what’s important to voters and residents — like sewers that work, education and working together to create Read More…

Odds and ends from Strickland’s visit

The death penalty Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland said Monday that legal challenges to lethal injection in the federal courts that reach the U.S. Supreme Court have effectively put a halt to executions for the time being. “Given the circumstances, I don’t think there’s likely to be an execution in Ohio for some time,” he said. Read More…

Council to consider fire audit

ELYRIA — Elyria firefighters want city officials to hire an independent auditor to examine the Fire Department’s operations and determine whether it is, as Elyria Mayor Bill Grace has said, adequately structured to meet the city’s emergency needs. Elyria Assistant Fire Chief Robert Dempsey said an objective analysis by an outside agency could eliminate the Read More…

Despite pleas, coal-fired power OK’d in Oberlin

OBERLIN — In a compromise that made no one happy, Oberlin City Council voted 4-to-3 Monday to commit to purchasing power from a new coal-fired power plant in southern Ohio. Community members made impassioned pleas for Council to back away from the 40-year commitment to coal because of the carbon imprint on the environment and Read More…

Dog shot after second attack in a month

ELYRIA — A pit bull that bit a Garvin Avenue man one month ago was shot and killed by an Elyria police officer Monday after it bit a county dog warden, even though the animal was supposed to be quarantined after the first attack. According to Elyria police reports and Elyria Municipal Court records, the Read More…

Councilwoman’s son pleads guilty

ELYRIA — The 17-year-old son of a councilwoman from Amherst has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence for threatening his mother with a knife. Juvenile Court Administrator Doug Messer said an additional charge of being ungovernable against the boy, who remains in the county juvenile detention home, was dropped as part of Read More…

Judge may be asked to validate petitions

ELYRIA — An effort to let state voters weigh in on a bill that would place restrictions on what can go on in strip clubs could come to a screeching halt if opponents of the bill failed to gather enough signatures to get the referendum on the ballot. A Cincinnati man is hoping to help Read More…

A rising star in Amherst

Talented 10-year-old hopes singing competition will be her big ticket  AMHERST — At 10 years old, Tia Karaplis is destined to be a star. JASON MILLER / CHRONICLE Tia Karaplis Some adults don’t even have the guts to go after their dreams in such a tenacious way, yet, this pint-sized wonder knows exactly what she Read More…

Volleyball notes: Elyria proves it’s still a force

The Pioneers made a statement on Saturday. It went something like this: Don’t assume we won’t retain our district championship. Elyria defeated Keystone in the Mayfield Invitational, handing the Wildcats their first loss of the season, in three games. Yes, it was a Division I team bouncing a Division II team, but Keystone is no Read More…