February 13, 2016


North Ridgeville man placed in diversion program

Matthew Briggs

ELYRIA — A North Ridgeville man who was growing marijuana in his basement has been placed in a court-run diversion program over the objections of prosecutors. Lorain County Common Pleas Court Judge James Burge allowed 36-year-old Matthew Briggs to plead to illegal cultivation of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia charges during a hearing Friday. Read More…

Tax attorney must pay for failure to appear

Rami Awadallah

The Ohio Board of Tax Appeals has sanctioned an Akron lawyer who filed multiple challenges to Lorain County property tax valuations and then failed to appear for hearings. The attorney, Rami Awadallah, was ordered to pay fines and costs totaling $8,529.76, according to a copy of the board’s Oct. 9 decision. Assistant County Prosecutor Jack Read More…

Alexiyey “Alex” W. Herman


Alexiyey “Alex” W. Herman, 26, of Wellington, passed away Saturday, October 19, 2013, at his home, following a sudden illness. He was born February 7, 1987 in Cleveland and was a Wellington resident for most of his life. Alex worked as an installer for Northeast Ohio Deck and Fence Co. in Cleveland, attended Chestnut Ridge Read More…

Edmund F. Smith

Edmund F. Smith, 77, of North Ridgeville, passed away at his home on Saturday, October 19, 2013, after a lengthy illness. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Bogner Family Funeral Home, North Ridgeville, 440-327-2955.

Bart W. Kraps

Bart W. Kraps, 53, of Wellington, passed away Friday, October 18, 2013, at EMH Healthcare, following a massive heart attack. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 440-322-4626.

Dominic James Giovannazzo, Ph.D.


On October 19, 2013, Dominic James Giovannazzo, 89, departed this life to be with the Lord and his beloved wife, Audrey. Dominic was born February 3, 1924, in Colp, Illinois. The family moved to Detroit, Michigan and then to Elyria in 1929. In his early years, he worked at his family’s restaurant, The Blue Sky Read More…

Grace Neal


Grace Neal (nee Hill), 83, of Amherst, passed away Saturday, October 19, 2013, at Golden Acres Nursing Home, Amherst, after a three year illness. She was born April 21, 1930 in George Township, Pennsylvania, to the late Donald S. and Helen E. (nee Swaney) Hill. Grace moved to Ohio with her family in 1952. She Read More…

(Updated) Quarterback Brandon Weeden struggles again as Browns drop second straight, fall to Packers 31-13

Green Bay Packers' A.J. Hawk (50) is called for a face mask penalty as he tries to sack Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

GREEN BAY, WIS. — Brandon Weeden’s plan to bounce back never got off the ground Sunday at cold, damp and historic Lambeau Field. His first two passes sailed out of bounds — by a bunch. His third was dropped by Davone Bess. He got hit on the fourth. The Browns fell behind by 14 before Read More…

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers keeps Browns defense off-balance all day

Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers drops back to pass. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

GREEN BAY, WIS. — Joe Haden slipped and Buster Skrine fell. Aaron Rodgers and his receivers kept their feet and raced right past the Browns for a 31-13 victory Sunday at Lambeau Field. “He’s really impressive watching him play,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said of Rodgers, Green Bay’s Pro Bowl quarterback. “He’s in total control Read More…

Browns notes: Safety Tashaun Gipson feels bad for Packers Jermichael Finley, but said he used ‘all shoulder’ on scary hit

Cleveland Browns' Tashaun Gipson watches as Green Bay Packers' Jermichael Finley is taken off the field on a stretcher after being injured Sunday. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Referee Jeff Triplette announced unnecessary roughness on Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson and added he led with his helmet. Gipson saw it differently. “All shoulder,” Gipson said Sunday after the 31-13 loss to the Packers. The play was scary and important. Gipson went low, hit Packers tight end Jermichael Finley in Read More…