February 9, 2016


Heather Koon waives preliminary hearing for rape charges

Heather Koon

ELYRIA — Heather Koon, the day care worker accused of raping two children at ABC Kidz Child Care, waived a preliminary hearing Tuesday and agreed to have the two rape charges she faces bound over to a county grand jury. By waiving the preliminary hearing, in which prosecutors would have been required to present some Read More…

Committee pushing to replace 90-year-old North Ridgeville middle school

NR Middle School

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The committee charged with convincing voters that a new middle school is very much needed to replace the existing 90-year-old building is keeping busy with Election Day three weeks away. “We’re really trying to get people in the community, and not just parents, to see the building,” Marci Saxon, chairwoman of the Read More…

Local author finishing second North Ridgeville history book


NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Author Carol Klear is at it again. One of the city’s most familiar names to those interested in local history is busy completing her second book for Arcadia Publishing, a South Carolina-based firm best known for its “Images of America” series of locally produced pictorial histories. Also known for reporting on North Read More…

Police find heroin in hit-and-run vehicle

Natasha Diaz

LORAIN – A woman who allegedly drove into another car in Lorain on Sunday was found minutes later, driving intoxicated and in possession of heroin. Natasha M. Diaz, 26, was charged with driving under the influence, heroin possession, illegal conveyance, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of drug abuse instruments and possession of paraphernalia Read More…

Elyria business hoping to win Super Bowl commercial contest

chucks cars

Post by Chuck’s Custom Carts ‘n Parts. ELYRIA – Chuck Schneider wants everyone to know about his business – Chuck’s Custom Carts and Parts. And, when he says everyone, he means millions of people. Schneider, 35, of Elyria, has submitted a short video in the Intuit Small Business Big Game contest in hopes it will Read More…

Police investigating death of Keystone High School teen


LAGRANGE – The focus was on high school students’ well being on Tuesday after the apparent suicide of a 16-year-old Keystone High School sophomore. The teenager was found in her home at Pheasant Run around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and Lorain County Sherriff’s Lt. Donald Barker said they do not suspect “anything suspicious,” but police are Read More…

Roommate tells police gun that fatally shot Brandon Smith went off while falling

Ryan Raider

AVON – Ryan Raider allegedly shot his roommate Brandon Smith while Smith was lying in bed with his girlfriend, according to a search warrant filed Tuesday in Lorain County Court of Common Pleas. Smith’s girlfriend, Emily Markel, told police that they had been out drinking earlier in the evening, and Smith and Raider had been Read More…

Cleveland police suspend 63 officers over deadly chase

Cleveland residents holding up signs in protest of the Cleveland Police Department in Cleveland on Aug. 13. (AP file photo)

A review of a deadly police chase in Cleveland nearly a year ago has led to suspensions for 63 patrol officers who violated orders and department rules, the city’s police chief said Tuesday. A fleeing driver and passenger were killed when officers fired 137 shots at them in the 23-minute chase that involved five dozen Read More…

Two arrested after high-speed pursuit

The driver of this Chevrolet Cavalier led police on a high-speed chase after an officer attempted to stop him for a stolen plate. COURTESY PHOTO

A stolen license plate led to a high-speed pursuit early Monday morning that left one officer injured. The pursuit began at 1 a.m. Monday when a Westlake police officer attempted to stop a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier after he noted the license plate belonged on a stolen Ford truck, according to a release from the Westlake Read More…

MLB umpire, Ohio resident Wally Bell dead at 48

This Aug. 1, 2012 file photo shows Houston Astros manager Brad Mills, right, arguing with home plate. Bell, who worked the NL playoff series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals this month, has died. He was 48. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps, File)

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball umpire Wally Bell died of an apparent heart attack Monday, a week after working the NL playoff series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals. He was 48. The commissioner’s office said Bell died in his home state of Ohio. Bell had not been feeling well over the Read More…