April 18, 2014

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Man struck by train severely injured in Elyria

ELYRIA — A pedestrian struck by an eastbound Norfolk Southern train about 2:25 a.m. Saturday while walking on the tracks downtown was listed in critical condition Saturday at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. A conductor and engineer aboard the train thought they might have hit a person wearing dark clothing near Infirmary Road, Elyria police Read More…

Tip from traffic stop leads to drug seizure

LORAIN — Nearly 200 grams of cocaine and 30 grams of marijuana were seized as the result of a traffic stop Thursday night in a neighborhood known for rampant drug abuse, according to a Lorain police report. Laurie Singer, 41, of Elyria, was stopped about 10:52 p.m. for speeding on East 36th Street, and told Read More…

Shiite politician’s son a proponent for Iraq self rule

BAGHDAD — The son and heir apparent of Iraq’s top Shiite politician came out strongly Saturday in favor of autonomy for Iraq’s religiously and ethnically divided regions, a potentially explosive issue on Iraq’s already highly polarized political landscape. Ammar al-Hakim, who is being groomed to take over the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, the country’s largest Read More…

Fiery Calif. tunnel crash kills at least two

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — A late-night crash in a Southern California freeway tunnel quickly turned into a fiery, chain-reaction pileup that mangled several trucks, killed at least two people and shut down the key north-south route as the wreckage burned into Saturday. The crash late the night before involved five to six big rigs and Read More…

Investigators look into pet massacre in Puerto Rico

 BARCELONETA, Puerto Rico — Elvia Tirado Polanco says she reluctantly handed over her black- and white-spotted mutt to animal control workers after they threatened that she would be evicted from her housing project for keeping a pet there. The workers promised to take the small dog named “Lucero” — or “Star” — to a shelter. Read More…

A day in the life of the Elyria Salvation Army

Things were looking up at 716 Broad St. on a recent Thursday afternoon. A surprise donation from a group of schoolchildren filled gaps on the food shelves at Elyria Salvation Army. Roughly 1,500 items were delivered — bottles of iced tea, jars of baby food, other odds and ends — and Salvation Army Capt. Paul Read More…

Players face off in a hard-Scrabble game

ELYRIA — Every so often, the rattlesnake shake of little wood word tiles being rustled in their velvet bag fills the silence, complemented by the occasional poker-chip clink of a word tile plopped down on the game board. Other than that, 9:30 a.m. was a pretty quiet time on this Saturday in an Elyria Holiday Read More…

Training pays off for police in school shooting

CLEVELAND — City police officers who responded to the shooting rampage by a 14-year-old student at a downtown high school had been trained to storm the school and immediately go after the shooter. Cleveland police on Wednesday arrived at SuccessTech Academy within three minutes of the first radio call, police said. Working together, officers climbed Read More…

Buyers embrace Goodwill art gallery

COLUMBUS — Of the four legs on this especially cheery-looking reindeer, only one is the requisite brown. Thomas Tyler chose blue, orange-red and peach for the other three because, he said, he listens to himself. “My mind tells me what to do,” Tyler said. “I think, and then my mind tells me what color.” For Read More…

Student will avoid record in train death

OXFORD — One of the five Miami University students charged with helping an underage student get drunk before she was struck and killed by a freight train will accept a program that will allow her to avoid a criminal record in the case, her lawyer said. Danielle Davis, 20, will agree to perform 30 hours Read More…