September 21, 2014

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UPDATE: Midview Middle School student in custody after bomb threat

Midview Middle School was evacuated Friday morning after a bomb threat was found on a bathroom door, the second such incident this week involving local schools. A female student at the middle school was taken into custody on Friday after a threat was found written in a bathroom stall, according to Lorain County Sheriff’s Department Read More…

Judge to end Ohio ban on recognizing gay marriage

Attorney Al Gerhardstein, left, stands with several same-sex couples at a news conference April 4 in Cincinnati.  (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge said Friday that he will strike down Ohio’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage, a move that stops short of forcing Ohio to perform same-sex weddings but will make the state recognize gay couples legally wed elsewhere. Judge Timothy Black announced his intentions in federal court in Cincinnati following final Read More…

Flood warning in effect for Black River

A flood warning is in effect for the Black River in Elyria, according to the National Weather Service. As of 11 a.m. Friday, the Black River stage was 10.5 feet; flood stage is 9.5 feet. Minor flooding is occurring and minor flooding is forecast, according to the weather service. The weather service predicts the river Read More…

Indians, Jason Kipnis agree to six-year contract extension

Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis smiles during an exhibition baseball game in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

It was a home opener to remember for second baseman Jason Kipnis and the Indians. Kipnis, an all-star for the first time in his career last season, agreed to terms Friday on a six-year contract extension worth $52.5 million. The deal, which was announced early Friday morning, includes a $16.5 million option for the 2020 Read More…

Sister: Admitted killer tortured animals, came from ‘dysfunctional’ home

Vincent Jackson Jr. sits with attorney J. Anthony Rich as evidence is presented in his trial for killing Qiana Jackson in 2008.

ELYRIA — Admitted killer Vincent Jackson Jr. tortured animals when he was in his youth, his older sister testified Thursday. Tiffany Sterling said she recalled one incident in which her brother and others stuck a firecracker inside of a cat and lit it. In another incident, she said, he poured gasoline on a cat and Read More…

Judge withdraws from becoming certified for death penalty cases

Judge James Walther

ELYRIA — Lorain County Probate Judge James Walther has scrapped his plan to become certified to work on death penalty cases. Walther, who was scheduled to take the Ohio Supreme Court training next week, said Wednesday that once he became certified he planned to put his name in the pool of county judges eligible to Read More…

Illegal tire dumping plagues Lorain County

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It was almost three years ago that officers from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office opened the door of an abandoned house in Lorain and were faced with a pile of 3,500 tires. Two years later, Jose Martinez was found guilty of breaking and entering and illegal dumping for the crime, but the Martinez case is Read More…

Lorain man pleads guilty to vehicular homicide

A Lorain man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault and other charges for a 2013 crash that claimed the life of Elyrian William Fekete. Ryan Fye, 21, will be sentenced in the case May 15, according to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty’s office. Fye was Read More…

Investigation into air quality at JVS lab noted need for improvements

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PITTSFIELD TWP. — An investigation of the air quality in Lorain County Joint Vocational School’s carpentry lab led to several suggestions by the company hired to examine it, but carpentry instructor Ron Gresco said several of the suggestions were ignored. The school did discontinue the use of blowing equipment in the lab, create a timeline Read More…

Elyria officials present Middle Avenue project

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ELYRIA — It’s the four-lane road that brings southern Elyrians into and out of downtown, but if you ask south-side residents, it is a major city thoroughfare that has seen only minor repairs. Long before the new Elyria High School — a $70 million building sprawling across two city blocks — went up, the biggest Read More…