September 21, 2014

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Former Coroner Matus faces disciplinary action

ELYRIA — Lorain County General Health District Medical Director Paul Matus is facing disciplinary action for allegedly leveling false misconduct accusations against health officials and threatening to expose that misconduct if he was disciplined, according to documents released Friday. Matus was placed on paid leave last month while a neutral third party was brought in Read More…

Tax preparer had ID fraud conviction

Until Friday, two H&R Block tax service offices — in Vermilion and at the Centre of Sheffield shopping center in Sheffield Township — employed a tax preparer with a felony conviction for identity fraud. Lorain County Court of Common Pleas’ records show that tax preparer Amber Sheaves is under community control until February 2014 for Read More…

DeKalb board OKs Atkinson’s resignation

LORAIN — Cheryl Atkinson’s separation agreement from DeKalb County Schools was approved Friday night. Atkinson served as Lorain Schools superintendent from 2007 to 2011 and was hired by DeKalb County Schools in Georgia in August 2011. In a 5-4 vote, the DeKalb County Board of Education accepted Atkinson’s resignation effective immediately. According to DeKalb County Read More…

Midview Schools to begin promised cutbacks

GRAFTON — Midview school officials are going ahead with steps they pledged to make to trim costs for next school year in light of this week’s huge win at the polls for a 10-year, 9.75-mill property tax levy. “We felt it was a good time to announce making these changes,” Midview Schools Superintendent John Kuhn Read More…

Coroner names man found in burned vehicle; death ruled suicide

BROWNHELM TWP. — Investigators have released the name of a man whose body was found in a burning vehicle Dec. 4. Lorain County Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans said the man’s name was Jerry Gaydosh. Evans said the 38-year-old Amherst man’s death was ruled a suicide, and he died from his burns. Gaydosh’s vehicle was found Read More…

Avon eatery’s effort to cheer boy with tumor goes viral

CLEVELAND — Shannon Huffman is surrounded by hundreds of colorful “high-five” hand tracings in the hospital room where he continues to recover from surgery to remove a large tumor behind his eye. “The whole idea is to try and keep the energy up in Shannon’s room,” said his dad, Joshua Huffman. “We want to keep Read More…

House fire kills puppy, causes $100K in damage

SHEFFIELD LAKE — Firefighters responded to a house fire at 3:36 p.m. Friday in the 700 block of Oakwood Avenue. According to Sheffield Lake Fire Department, the kitchen was on fire when firefighters arrived. There were no injuries to the occupants or fire personnel; however, a puppy died in the fire, the Fire Department said. Read More…

Boys basketball: Columbia downs Clearview, captures conference title after long drought

COLUMBIA STATION — It was a celebration 21 years in the making Friday night at Columbia High. Behind a 22-point performance from senior Zach Stopper, the Raiders clinched their first Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division title with a 51-45 win over Clearview. It was Columbia’s first outright conference title since winning the MAC-8 in 1992. Read More…

Boys basketball: Amazing comeback in last 35 seconds carries Elyria Catholic past Lakewood

ELYRIA — After Elyria Catholic threw the ball away for its 18th turnover Friday, Panthers coach Jason Smith called a timeout with 1:10 remaining in the game. His Panthers trailed by six points and Lakewood had possession. Turns out Smith and Elyria Catholic had the Rangers right where they wanted them. Senior guard Cory Strasko’s Read More…

Boys basketball: Fast start just what Elyria needs to get job done against Valley Forge

PARMA HEIGHTS — There was nothing particularly fancy about Elyria’s 60-45 Northeast Ohio Conference victory at Valley Forge on Friday night. The Pioneers stormed out to a 16-2 lead and pretty much just held their own from there. The win, Elyria’s 15th in 19 games, sets up a showdown Tuesday with North Royalton. The Bears, Read More…