February 8, 2016


Second Harvest Food Bank rolls out mobile food pantry in South Elyria

Volunteer Lila Taylor, center, and Julie Chase-Morefield, right, executive director at Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio, distribute boxes of holiday food Tuesday at Original Church of God in Elyria. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Second Harvest Food Bank searched for some time to find an organization it could partner with to provide a mobile food pantry in South Elyria similar to one it has helped run in South Lorain for nearly two years. Now, with the help of the Original Church of God, residents of south Elyria Read More…

Lorain auditor pleads not guilty to DUI charge

Ronald Mantini

LORAIN — City Auditor Ron Mantini pleaded not guilty Tuesday to DUI and willful disregard of safety charges stemming from his arrest last week, his lawyer, J. Anthony Rich, said. Mantini was pulled over around 9:15 p.m. Thursday on Oberlin Avenue near the intersection of Westwood Drive. Lorain police Officer Craig Payne wrote that he Read More…

Man gets four years for Fuel Mart robbery

Richard Simon

ELYRIA — An Elyria man who robbed a Fuel Mart at knifepoint in July was sentenced Monday to four years in prison by Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Raymond Ewers. Richard Simon, 27, pulled the knife on a clerk at a gas station on Oberlin-Elyria Road in Carlisle Township during the daylight robbery. He took Read More…

Cotton Club owners plead case before liquor control board

Cotton Club owner Anthony Barnhill poses in the East 28th Street bar earlier this year. Barnhill is fighting to keep the bar's liquor permit. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

LORAIN — One fact was not disputed Tuesday as the Lorain Police Department and owners of the Cotton Club hashed out the fate of the establishment’s state-issued liquor permits. Everyone agreed that the bar is in the middle of a gang- and crime-infested neighborhood. East 28th Street is a known hotspot for drugs and violence Read More…

Medina Schools treasurer takes Avon position

Jim Hudson

Medina Schools treasurer Jim Hudson turned in his resignation Tuesday to accept a job with the Avon Schools.
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Midview East students present science projects

Students from Midview East School show off their science projects.

GRAFTON — John Sizemor, a fifth-grader at Midview Elementary School, had a newfound love of static electricity after completing and presenting his science project on Tuesday. “I just like getting the balloon stuck to things,” Sizemor said of his experiment into which materials conduct static electricity best. “I thought it would be a really fun Read More…

Sheffield Lake weighs trying special election for tax levy

Sheffield Lake firefighters stand outside a home after a fire on Oct. 23. The city's full-time Fire Department will be disbanded after voters rejected a levy. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

SHEFFIELD LAKE — A decision whether to hold a special election to try to pass a 0.5 percent income tax increase may come in January. Mayor Dennis Bring said after Tuesday’s City Council meeting that he wants to evaluate whether there is enough support for the levy to justify spending about $8,000 for a special Read More…

Board of Elections certifies LCCC levy a winner

LCCC Slider

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Lorain County Community College’s levy victory expanded when provisional and some absentee ballots were counted, but not enough to push the results out of the range of an automatic recount. The Lorain County Board of Elections on Tuesday certified the results of the Nov. 5 election and those results show that 28,855 Read More…

Mike DeWine sues Wellington man in alleged spam text scheme

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine

ELYRIA — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has sued a Wellington man for allegedly sending hundreds of thousands of unsolicited texts to people, including some on the national Do Not Call Registry, without their permission. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court, accuses Darren Sizemore of violating the U.S. Telephone Consumer Protection Read More…

Benefit to be held for Lorain County corrections officer

Tommy Pruitt

A rare form of tissue cancer has sidelined a local corrections officer and now the Friends of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Correctional Department are stepping in to help. The group will hold a spaghetti dinner to benefit Tommy Pruitt from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Knights of Columbus in Lorain. Pruitt, 44, Read More…