February 12, 2016


Ariel Castro ruled competent for trial in kidnapping case


CLEVELAND — A man charged with holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for about a decade and raping them is competent to stand trial, a judge ruled Wednesday. Cuyahoga County Judge Michael Russo said the results of an examination of Ariel Castro last week showed that he is mentally able to understand the Read More…

Decades-old cases of dynamite force evacuation, road closures in Lorain

CT photo by Bruce Bishop.

LORAIN — A several block area of Lorain has been evacuated after a homeowner discovered several bags of dynamite that may date back to the 1960s. According to Lorain police Capt. Tom Mize, two cases containing about 50 sticks of dynamite were discovered by homeowner Doug Majka underneath a pool filtration tank in the backyard Read More…

Reverend Arthur Clair Sperry

Sperry, Arthur

Reverend Arthur Clair Sperry, 83, of Elyria, died Friday, June 28, 2013 at his home. He was born August 11, 1929 in Streetsboro, the youngest son of Arthur Gleason Sperry and Lorena Bosworth Sperry. Art graduated from Streetsboro High School in 1946 and from Hiram College in 1950 with a B.S. degree in Religion and Read More…

Carl Wilson Clemons

Clemons, Carl

Carl Wilson Clemons, 71, of Lorain, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes at his home Friday, June 21, 2013. He was born January 7, 1942 in Gallagher, West Virginia and has been a resident of Lorain County for the past 50 years. Carl served in the United States Army. He retired as a welder after Read More…

Harold L. Nell

Harold L. Nell, 79, of Elyria, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at EMH Healthcare, following a sudden illness. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Elyria, (440) 322-4626.

Jeffrey L. “Jeff” Stump

Stump, Jeff

Jeffrey L. “Jeff” Stump, 59, of Elyria, died Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at his home. He was born January 19, 1954 in New London, and was a 1972 graduate of Midview High School. Jeff was employed at Ridge Tool Company in Elyria for 40 years, retiring in March 2013. At the age of five, he Read More…

Gordon A. Freeman


Gordon A. Freeman, 78, of Elyria, passed away Friday, June 28, 2013 at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph in Lorain. He was born May 18, 1935 in Elyria and was a 1954 Elyria High School graduate. Gordon had served in the U.S. Army. He was employed by C.A. Olsen (Luxaire) until 1991. He Read More…

Patricia Lorraine Morris


Patricia Lorraine Morris went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Monday, June 24, 2013. Affectionately remembered by family and friends as “Pat”, she was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, January 18, 1939, the only child of Mrs. Doris Jones (nee Price) who preceded her in death. In addition to her mother, Pat Read More…

Gary D. Thornhil

Gary D. Thornhill, 68, of Wellington, died Monday, July 1, 2013 at Weber’s Health Care in Wellington. He was born on March 26, 1945 in Cleveland to Dan and Edith (nee Whitehead) Thornhill. Gary is survived by his mother, Edith; siblings, Clarence Thornhill, Barbara Murphy, Owen Thornhill, Diane Coupland, Charlene MacArthur, Polly McMullen, Paula Cooper, Read More…

Paula Delaine


Paula Delaine (nee Austin), of Lorain, passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at University Hospital in Cleveland, surrounded by her children, following a brief battle with illness. Paula was born on November 24, 1951 in Elyria, to Arthur Austin and Lula Bell Coates. She was a graduate of Elyria High School and later in life Read More…