September 16, 2014

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Avon Council members back Kevin Ward for mayor

Kevin Ward

AVON — One of four candidates vying to succeed longtime Mayor Jim Smith has been endorsed by his fellow City Council members. Kevin Ward, the city’s 3rd Ward councilman, has been endorsed by the four members of Avon City Council who are not running for the job. “I am honored that they were willing to Read More…

Judge: Jailed mom can’t go to Ohio girl’s funeral

In this June 24, 2013 photo, Angela Steinfurth appears in Toledo Municipal Court in Toledo, Ohio.  (AP photo)

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman charged with obstruction won’t be allowed to leave jail for the funeral of her toddler, who was missing for months before her remains were found in a garage. A county judge in Toledo on Wednesday rejected Angela Steinfurth’s request to visit a funeral home and privately pay her Read More…

UPDATE: Colo. search for missing Bay Village man called off

SALIDA, Colo. — The search for an Ohio man missing in the central Colorado mountains has been suspended after four days of searching turned up no clues. Sixty-four-year-old Gene George of Bay Village, Ohio, has not been heard from since Sept. 18, when he planned to hike near Mt. Harvard in Colorado’s Sawatch Range. His Read More…

Lorain man says two men tried to sell Uzi to him

LORAIN — A city man said that two men tried to sell him a machine gun moments before he heard multiple shots in the woods near his house. David Manning, 59, said that he was in his driveway in the 3800 block of Pearl Avenue around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday when two neighborhood men came up Read More…

Driver charged with hitting police car

SHEFFIELD LAKE — The driver accused of smashing the driver’s side door off a police cruiser at 4037 Lake Road around 9:25 p.m. Tuesday and then fleeing the scene has been charged. Police Chief Tony Campo said video from Officer James Simone’s police cruiser camera helped track down suspect Terry Hines on Wednesday. The video Read More…

Bill Fitch, co-founder of Apple Festival, dies

ELYRIA — Bill Fitch was involved with a multitude of civic groups, but is best remembered as one of the five founders of the annual Elyria Apple Festival. Fitch, 84, died Tuesday. His health had been slowly deteriorating after being diagnosed with dementia around 2000, according to his son, also named Bill Fitch. Thousands have Read More…

Elyria blotter: Man says fraudulent insurance claim filed

Elyria police Sunday, Sept. 22 2:30 p.m. — 100 block Clark St., a man said he got an email from Farmer’s Insurance Company that an auto insurance claim was filed in his name. He said he had not filed a claim with the company. 9 p.m. — 500 block University Ave., a man said that Read More…

LCCC receiving $1.2M grant to build lab for sensor technologies

ELYRIA — The kind of technology that allows a smartphone to know when the user wants to send a message or alerts a nurse to the vitals of a heart patient when she is using an automatic blood pressure cuff has to get its start somewhere. If the officials of Lorain County Community College have Read More…

Man sues Avon Lake to get skate park closed

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AVON LAKE — It was what James Pietrangelo II described as the “cacophonous noise” of a skate park near his house that caused him to file a lawsuit against the city on Wednesday, calling for the park to be closed. “I had to sue for my safety,” Pietrangelo said, describing how he has been harassed Read More…

Grand jury rules SWAT Team member took appropriate action in fatal shooting

SWAT TEAM member Wayne Ramsey shot Billy Alexander in the backyard of this Dewitt Street home in Sheffield Township last year. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — A Lorain County grand jury has cleared a Lorain County SWAT Team member who shot and killed a man during a confrontation in the backyard of a Sheffield Township home during a standoff last year. County Prosecutor Dennis Will said he asked the grand jury to examine the facts surrounding LaGrange police Officer Read More…