October 1, 2014

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Police say man took ex-girlfriend from her home against her will

ELYRIA — An Elyria man was arrested overnight after police say he forced his ex-girlfriend from her home. Abraham Reynolds III, 39, was charged with kidnapping, aggravated burglary and possession of marijuana, according to a police report. Brenda Milton called police to an apartment at 290 Washington Ave. at 12:50 a.m. and told them her Read More…

Teacher sues district for discrimination over fear of young kids

CINCINNATI — A former high school teacher is accusing school district administrators of discriminating against her because of a rare phobia she says she has: a fear of young children. Maria Waltherr-Willard, 61, had been teaching Spanish and French at Mariemont High School in Cincinnati since 1976. Waltherr-Willard, who does not have children of her Read More…

Study: Medicaid expansion could bring more money to Ohio at first

TOLEDO — A new study says that expanding Medicaid in Ohio under the federal Affordable Care Act could net the state $1.4 billion over the next decade. The findings say most of that money would come to Ohio in the early years of the Medicaid expansion. But the study released Tuesday by a nonpartisan health Read More…

Notes: Owner Jimmy Haslam sells naming rights to FirstEnergy

A new name will adorn Cleveland Browns Stadium next season. For the first time in franchise history, the Browns have sold naming rights to the big building on the lake. Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. is the buyer. The team didn’t confirm reports, but the Akron Beacon Journal reported a news conference will be held at 2 Read More…

Akron City Council mulls texting-while-driving ban

AKRON — Akron’s City Council is considering whether to ban drivers from sending text messages from behind the wheel. A new state law already makes texting behind the wheel a secondary offense for adults. That means they have to be pulled over for speeding or some other offense before they can get a ticket for Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria keeps up, has no trouble against Midview

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ELYRIA — Elyria got points from 11 players Monday night in a 74-30 non-conference victory over Midview. Senior scoring leader Mary Jones led the way with 13 points and freshman Shayla Middlebrooks scored 11. Junior Jocelyn Spraggins finished with nine, but did not play after the break after bruising her hip going for a rebound Read More…

College basketball: LCCC has coaching change, remaining games canceled

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ELYRIA — A year ago, the Lorain County Community College men’s basketball program was riding high after qualifying for the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament for the first time since the program returned in the late 1990s. Today there’s not even a season left to play, let alone a postseason. Not after the team’s Read More…

Rick Noland: Another lost year for Cavs? Let’s talk draft

Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao will miss six to eight weeks with a quadriceps injury, the Browns just hired a coach and spring training is right around the corner for the Indians. That means the next time anyone is really going to care about the club Cavs general manager Chris Grant is building — building? — Read More…

Commissioner Tom Williams snubbed for board post

ELYRIA — Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams’ fellow commissioners have denied the Republican a chance to serve as president of the Board of Commissioners. The post of board president, which carries with it membership on several committees, typically passes from one commissioner to the next on an annual rotating basis, and Williams was due up Read More…

Business owner refuses to sign on with new fee

Thomas Dus, owner of SkySurance at Lorain County Regional Airport, stands Monday next to his business sign, east of the main airport entrance on Russia Road. His business is at the rear right and is not visible when the corn grows high in the summer. (CT photo by Steve Manheim.)

NEW RUSSIA TWP. — The county has landed itself in a dispute with a business owner at the Lorain County Regional Airport over a sign that was put up in 1999 that county officials now want to charge a $50 per month fee to leave in place. That doesn’t sit well with Thomas Dus, owner Read More…