October 25, 2014

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Oberlin College shifting toward carbon neutrality

OBERLIN – Coal use at Oberlin College will soon be obsolete as the college shifts toward carbon neutrality. On Monday, work will begin to replace the Central Heating Plant’s coal-fired boilers with new natural gas ones. In March, the boilers will be taken offline, making Oberlin College a coal-free institution. The move is part of Read More…

For first time, a for profit corporation wins 2014 Difference Makers award

The founding members of 100 Women Who Care About Lorain County -- Nancy Sullivan, left, Sue Bowers, Libby Thuning and Marcia Miller -- were named difference makers this year.

ELYRIA – It goes without saying that a person or a non-profit can be lauded as a difference maker in a community because they are generally the first one to step up and help, but for the first time Leadership Lorain County has named a for profit corporation as one of its 2014 Difference Makers. Read More…

Woman accused of having sex with mentally disabled teen at request of boyfriend

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ELYRIA – An Elyria woman is facing rape and sexual battery charges for allegedly having sexual relations with a mentally disabled 16-year-old boy. Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said Sherrie Swingler, 35, engaged in sex with the boy, who has a mental age between 5 and 8, at the request of 47-year-old Gerald Bodiford. Will Read More…

Lorain blotter: Tires slashed at Long John Silver’s

The following was taken from the Lorain police reports: Oct. 9, 2013 8:45 p.m. – 5100 block of West Erie Avenue – A woman said items were missing from her car including her license. Oct. 10, 2013  3:15 p.m. – 1100 block of West Erie Avenue – A girl said her ex boyfriend grabbed her Read More…

Elyria blotter: Neighbor informs police of possible break-in

The following was taken from Elyria police reports: Oct. 10, 2013 4:15 p.m. – 1600 block of West Ave. – A man was sitting on his couch when, he said, his girlfriend started yelling at him in his house. She went outside and started throwing bricks at his car, he told police. 10:19 p.m. – Read More…

Man accused of attacking girlfriend accuses prosecutor of misconduct

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ELYRIA – The defense attorney for an Elyria man accused of attacking his girlfriend in May has accused Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Nick Hanek of misconduct. Anthony Baker wrote in court documents filed Friday that Hanek tried to coerce the victim in the case into testifying against his client, 37-year-old Ramone Christian. “In a nutshell, Read More…

Man pleads no contest to hitting home with bullet

MEDINA — A 38-year-old Oberlin man pleaded no contest in Medina Municipal Court to hitting a Spencer Township house unintentionally with a bullet last month. Joshua D. Hewlett was charged with disorderly conduct, a minor misdemeanor. The charge could have been elevated to a more serious misdemeanor or even a felony if the bullet had Read More…

What to know about trash collection, openings/closing on Columbus Day

Monday is Columbus Day, and government offices, banks and post offices will be closed. The holiday will not delay trash pickup in Elyria or in the areas served by Republic Waste Services.

New cable company offering service in North Ridgeville in 2014

NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Residents who have long griped about poor cable television service can look forward to some competition next year. City Council President Kevin Corcoran on Friday that WOW! Cable TV is planning to begin giving Time Warner Cable, the city’s current cable TV provider, some competition starting in 2014. Talks between the city Read More…

WATCH: Handcuffed Lorain inmate escapes briefly from city jail

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LORAIN – A Lorain inmate still bound in handcuffs made a brief bid for freedom Thursday from the city jail. Alexis Castillo, 31, who was being held on an armed robbery charge, was issued an additional escape charge on Thursday after he tried to run from police. Around 5 p.m. Thursday, Lorain Police Officer Rich Read More…