July 25, 2014

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Ohio-born Nick Swisher excited to play for Tribe, Francona

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CLEVELAND — It’s official. Nick Swisher is coming to Cleveland. And — get this — he’s actually excited to be headed this way. Beaming for nearly the entire news conference to announce his signing Thursday at Progressive Field, Swisher spoke of the many reasons he chose the Indians over others in the free-agent market — Read More…

Girls basketball: AuBree LaForce hits 1,000 points, helps Vermilion beat Clearview

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SHEFFIELD TWP. — After a one-point first half, Vermilion senior AuBree LaForce scored 26 in the second half Thursday night and made nine of 10 foul shots in the fourth quarter. Her offensive show put an exclamation point at the end of a very big night for the Sailors. LaForce’s second-half outburst propelled Vermilion (8-4) Read More…

Reports: Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, CEO Joe Banner meet with four candidates

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner weren’t wasting time in Arizona while waiting to interview Oregon’s Chip Kelly. According to multiple reports, they’ve interviewed fired Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, Syracuse’s Doug Marrone, Penn State’s Bill O’Brien and Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton. The Browns won’t confirm any interviews before or after they occur. Read More…

Commissioner Williams requests emails between Kalo, Kokoski, others

ELYRIA — Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams has filed a public records request with his fellow county commissioners, demanding the emails Ted Kalo and Lori Kokoski exchanged with each other, county Administrator Jim Cordes and their assistants. Williams’ request covers emails sent and received between Oct. 22 and Thursday. Williams, the lone Republican commissioner, said Read More…

State lottery to foot bill for schools’ spelling bee participation

The Ohio Lottery is once again supporting local schools that participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The lottery announced in 2012 that it would drop funding the more than $170,000 that went toward the $115 per-school fees to participate in the event. However, local organizers learned this week the funding was being reinstated. Jim Read More…

Second man faces charges tied to fatal Lorain shooting

LORAIN — One of the victims wounded during the New Year’s Day shooting at Liberty Gas that left one man dead is now facing weapons charges. Damien Bell, 33, surrendered at the Lorain Police Department on Thursday after learning police were looking for him, police Lt. Roger Watkins said. Bell is charged with carrying a Read More…

Wrestling: Mike Faler drops down to 152, cements win for Lutheran West

LAGRANGE — Opportunity knocked for Lutheran West’s Mike Faler, and the first-year wrestler responded with an 11-4 victory over Wellington’s Aaron Ferguson, helping the Longhorns earn a victory over the Dukes in their second dual meet at a Patriot Athletic Conference quad meet at Keystone on Thursday. When Lutheran West’s Ryan Moore failed to make Read More…

Video of Lorain councilman’s arrest shows him staggering

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LORAIN — Lorain City Councilman Dennis Flores nearly fell to the ground while taking a field sobriety test just before he was arrested on charges of DUI, failure to control and driving under suspension Wednesday night, according to a video of the incident recorded by a police cruiser dash cam. The video shows Lorain police Read More…

Flu season hitting hard and early

Flu season in the U.S. has arrived early and has hit patients hard this year, and Ohio is no exception. Ohio and 30 other states have been experiencing widespread influenza activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During the week of Dec. 16, 329 flu-related hospitalizations occurred in the state, while nine Read More…

Lawsuit filed in Elyria girl’s death during dental procedure

The parents of a 13-year-old Elyria girl who died during a dental procedure in January 2011 are suing several people who they believe are responsible for their child’s wrongful death. In a lawsuit filed by Amber McEwen and Jason Kingery in Lorain County Common Pleas Court, the family is suing Cigna Corp., Cigna Dental Health Read More…