December 21, 2014

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High school softball: Despite two years of success, Black River doesn’t renew coach

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SULLIVAN TWP. — Winning isn’t everything after all. Merle Simmons led Black River’s softball team into uncharted waters. The Pirates were one out away from the Division III state semifinals last spring and were district runner-up in 2011. That wasn’t enough for the school to keep him on the job though. Simmons he was out Read More…

Elyria mayor witnesses razing of blighted houses in Elyria

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ELYRIA — The huge claw of the monster excavator hit the dilapidated home on East Bridge Street with a thud and repeatedly smacked the exterior walls, windows and roof until nothing remained but debris. “I’m sure there was once a lot of life lived in that house, but I’m glad to see it gone,” Elyria Read More…

Children Services to lay off 14 people

ELYRIA — A total of 14 people including 10 case aides were expected to receive layoff notices today from Lorain County Children Services. Those layoffs are expected to take effect on or after Feb. 15, according to agency spokeswoman Patti-Jo Burtnett. Verbal notifications went out this week to the employees, all but one of whom Read More…

Lorain recalls 8 teachers

LORAIN — Eight laid-off teachers have been recalled by Lorain Schools and full-day kindergarten has been reinstated thanks to passage of a levy in November. “They’re raring to go,” said Dean Reinhart, Lorain Education Association president, after Board of Education members approved the recall at their Thursday meeting. “They’re happy that the levy passed so Read More…

Youth leader to go on trial for alleged sexual abuse

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ELYRIA — A former church youth leader is set to go on trial later this month on allegations he lured 11- and 12-year-old boys from his Cleveland church to his North Ridgeville home and sexually abused them. Jeremy Pettry, who now is an ordained minister, has been incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail since October Read More…

Police log for Jan. 11, 2013

Elyria police Tuesday, Jan. 8 4:01 a.m. — 800 block Delaware Ave., Brandon Deidesheimer, 19, same address, arrested and charged with domestic violence. Deidesheimer’s girlfriend, who police said had a swollen nose and blood on her shirt, said he punched her in the nose after becoming angry about the hour when she arrived home. Deidesheimer Read More…

Man charged with domestic violence

ELYRIA — A Cleveland man was arrested and charged with domestic violence and burglary after his ex-girlfriend accused him of breaking into her apartment and assaulting her. At 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, officers were sent to the 500 block of Walnut Street after a 911 call. Police met with a woman who said her ex-boyfriend, Andrew Read More…

Elyria man arrested for allegedly selling crack

WESTFIELD TWP. — An Elyria man was arrested after allegedly selling crack cocaine at a truck stop to an undercover officer just feet away from three children, according to the Medina County Drug Task Force. Task force agents arrested Ivan Brown, 30, of the 500 block of 12th Street, on the charge of trafficking in Read More…

High school wrestling: Amherst pins wins on aggressive style

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AVON — Amherst came into Thursday’s tri-match against Avon and Rocky River with a mission to be on the offensive not the defensive. Consider that mission accomplished. Amherst rolled up a combined 10 pins in winning both matches. The Comets scored nine pinfalls in a 56-16 victory over Rocky River, and followed that with a Read More…

John Falencki

John Falencki, 85, passed away Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at Ames Family Hospice in Westlake. The Falencki family will receive family and friends Sunday, January 13, 2013, from 2 until 5 P.M., in the Dovin and Reber Jones Funeral & Cremation Center, 1110 Cooper Foster Park Rd., Amherst. A full obituary will appear in Saturday, Read More…