July 28, 2014

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Lorain official cleared of harassment charges

LORAIN — Deputy Safety Service Director Joe Arendt has been cleared of allegations he sexually harassed a former female city worker. An internal investigation by Michael Scherach, an attorney for the city, concluded that there was “insufficient evidence” to show that Arendt had sexually harassed the woman, said Andrew Winemiller, Lorain’s safety service director. “Mr. Read More…

Local couple leaves no stone unturned

NEW RUSSIA TWP.  — It’s not every day you find a diamond in the rough — particularly one that’s valued at $100,000 or more. That’s what happened to gem enthusiasts Terry and Elizabeth “Johnie” Murray when they went to The Crater of Diamonds State Park — a naturally-occurring diamond pipe where diamonds are pushed up Read More…

Don’t hibernate — celebrate at Winter Fest

It’s winter, and the cold temperatures and bad weather keep many people indoors counting down the days until spring begins. But why hibernate when you can celebrate? The Lorain County Metro Parks will celebrate the glory of the season during the third weekend in January at its annual Winter Days festival. WINTER DAYS FESTIVAL Where: Read More…

Money issues matter to young working voters

SOUTH EUCLID — The environment is a trendy issue among young voters, but it’s old-fashioned pocketbook issues that get the attention of 20-somethings who have already entered the work force. For high school teacher Kevin Jaketic and his wife, Tara, the way that presidential candidates address the economy, job creation and health care will determine Read More…

Report: Youth prisons largely flawed

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s youth prisons are overcrowded and understaffed and fail to educate children behind bars or keep them safe, according to a new report that found widespread problems in the system serving about 1,700 youths. Excessive use of force is common and ingrained in the operations of the Department of Youth Services, according to Read More…

Strickland calls caucus in Iowa ‘undemocratic`

COLUMBUS — The governor of Ohio, a must-win state for presidential candidates, is criticizing the Iowa caucuses. Gov. Ted Strickland said the process is undemocratic because it excludes so many people. Strickland said Iowa is not a representative state and the caucus is not a fair way to register public opinion. He called the GOP Read More…

Short of funds, Toledo science museum closing

TOLEDO — After almost 11 years, closing day has come for COSI Toledo, though officials hope it’s only a temporary farewell for the city’s science museum. It shut down when it closed its doors at 5 p.m. Monday, nearly two months after voters rejected a special tax levy to provide operating money. Board chairman David Read More…

Amherst/Vermilion notebook: Jan. 1

Rotary wine tasting and silent auction Amherst Rotary Club is sponsoring its fourth-annual wine tasting and silent auction Jan. 19 at the community room at 200 St. Joseph’s Drive. A variety of wines and beers will be available, and the silent auction will include many exclusive items. Tickets are available at the Amherst Party Shop. Read More…

2007 revisited: No championships but plenty of close calls

In many ways, this was a banner year for Cleveland professional sports. In other ways, it was a year full of disappointment. The Indians make it to the American League Championship Series and take a 3-1 lead over the favored Boston Red Sox … with Game 5 at home and ace C.C. Sabathia on the Read More…

Amherst/Vermilion blotter: Jan. 1

Amherst police Wednesday, Dec. 19 2:50 a.m. — Church Street, Ozro M. Wilsey, 37, 1100 block W. 12th Street, Lorain, charged with disorderly conduct by persisting, walking in street intoxicated and disorderly conduct by intoxication. Sunday, Dec. 23 12:28 a.m. — Cooper Foster Park Road, Heather B. Wilsey, 18, 1100 block W. 12th Street, Lorain, Read More…