December 22, 2014

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Pastor gives congregation a $10 lesson

It’s all too easy to get caught up in the bustle and materialism of the Christmas season and forget that it is meant to be a season of giving and love. So this year, Pastor Ray Ake of the Henrietta Methodist Church did something unexpected, with one aim: to capture the true spirit of Christmas. Read More…

Hang on to your hats: High winds expected

ELYRIA — Will it be a white Christmas? There’s a 50-50 chance. But what’s more certain is that harsh weather is heading this way before Christmas Eve — which means Rudolph’s nose will have to burn extra bright this year. The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for today and is predicting Read More…

Break-in suspect reverses course, damages woman’s garage

WESTLAKE — Police said that a burglar who was drunk and high drove through a garage door and fled early Saturday after getting caught in the act. Brian Vigilante, 29, of Cleveland, was arrested and charged with felonious assault, two counts of aggravated burglary, grand theft auto, burglary, fleeing and a handful of traffic violations. Read More…

Lost a glove? Site reunites wayward handwear

PITTSBURGH — Jennifer Gooch’s mission was to create a simple Web site where people could go to find their lost gloves. Even if no happy reunions ever took place, she was just content to spread a little goodwill. But just a month after www.onecoldhand.com went live, the Carnegie Mellon University art student is busier than Read More…

Blotter: Dec. 23

Elyria police Friday, Dec. 21 12:54 p.m. – 600 block Lucille Drive, burglary. 1:40 p.m. – 500 block Abbe Road, Kimberly Smith, 38, Elyria, warrant in Gordon County, Ga. 2:03 p.m. – Macy’s, Midway Mall, Jeremy M. Baker, 37, Elyria, charged with theft. 2:15 p.m. – Elyria High School, Sixth Street, a 15-year-old boy was Read More…

Man jumped in Lorain while taking smoke break

LORAIN — A man said he was jumped about 2:40 a.m. Friday while smoking outside of Sunoco, 3003 Colorado Ave. Robert Lauranti, 20, of Lorain, told police that three white men with buzz cuts wearing jeans and tight shirts punched him, knocked him down, kneed him in the face and took his wallet. Lauranti had Read More…

Man purchases his new ride with change

FRANKFORT, Ind. — Paul Brant considers himself a penny pincher, but his savings in quarters and dollar coins really paid off. Brant, 70, used more than $25,000 in change to help buy a new Dodge Ram half-ton pickup truck Friday — 13 years after buying another truck with spare change. “(The old truck) didn’t have Read More…

Regent students show their holiday generosity

ELYRIA — Christmas wasn’t coming to the Kozich house. Bills were high, and money was tight. Things only got worse in October when 8-year-old Jazminn Kozich crashed her four-wheeler into a telephone pole and lost half of her teeth. She was on a respirator for four days. Her wrist was broken, and she had to Read More…

Cincy firefighter caught in pot ring bust

CINCINNATI — A city firefighter was among four people arrested and accused of being part of a nationwide ring that shipped tractor-trailer loads of marijuana, authorities said. The ring allegedly unraveled this week with an arrest at a shopping mall and an attempted arrest at a city firehouse. Firefighter Michael Ferguson wasn’t there, but he Read More…

‘Foreclosure dogs’ latest casualty in lending crisis

COLUMBUS — The mortgage crisis unfolding around the country, particularly in hard-hit states like Ohio, often has an unpublicized victim: the family dog. Nearly 20 percent of the 182 people who deposited dogs at the Franklin County Dog Shelter by the middle of December this year said they were being evicted. “There’s even a national Read More…