February 7, 2016


Lorain police start outreach meetings with block watches

Lorain Police

LORAIN — This week marked the start of what Lorain police Sgt. Mike Failing hopes will be a new beginning for block watch members and police in Lorain. On Thursday, block watch members from the east side flooded Longfellow Middle School for the first of several meetings with police to discuss creating a better connection Read More…

Oberlin schools participating in conservation competition

Prospect Elementary School Principal Jim Eibel and fourth-graders view the school’s Environmental Dashboard, used to track water and energy usage in the building.

OBERLIN — A city that takes pride in lowering its carbon footprint is instilling the importance of cutting back energy usage to its youngest residents. On Friday, Oberlin Schools kicked off its first “Ecolympics,” a two-week competition to challenge students, faculty and staff to reduce their electricity use. Students in each school building will compete Read More…

Online effort flourishing to get Elyria man new set of wheels after carjacking

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ELYRIA — Nick Hurst was glad to finally own a car that could get him to a new job. The 20-year-old Elyria resident’s purchase of a 1996 Ford Taurus some weeks earlier had come at the right time. He was to start a new job April 3 at Green Circle Growers in Oberlin. But his Read More…

Family, friends of domestic violence victims hold vigil

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LORAIN — The family of Margaret McCoy huddled together Friday night, taking turns writing the words “Grandma Marge” on several helium balloons that then floated away into the sunset over Lake Erie at Lakeview Park. It was an emotional evening for the family of Jeff Bruce, whose mother was Margaret McCoy, a victim of domestic Read More…

Elyria considers rental registry program

ELYRIA — City leaders think a rental licensing program that includes exterior and interior inspections is the only way to go if any real change to the city’s housing stock is to take hold. City officials plan to recommend to City Council a program that includes per-unit registration fees and fines for not complying with Read More…

Accused child molester says he’s being targeted in jail

James Osborne

ELYRIA — James Osborne has repeatedly refused to enter protective custody despite multiple disputes with his fellow inmates at the Lorain County Jail. The most recent incident came Friday when another inmate, Bahlial Davis, allegedly threw “liquid feces” on the door of the cell Osborne was sharing with Luis Sanchez. Jail Administrator Andy Laubenthal said Read More…

Alert neighbors help get break-in suspects in Elyria

Jeffery Perkins

ELYRIA — When residents in Elyria saw their neighbor’s house being broken into, they snapped into action, chasing the suspects down the street until police could arrest them. Timothy Strawderman, 18, of Elyria, was charged with burglary, theft and a warrant for failure to appear in court about 3 p.m. Saturday at 994 N. Abbe Read More…

Alden J. Ritter


Alden J. Ritter, 94, died in Belleair, Florida, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. The son of John David and Christea (Hickok) Ritter, Alden was born December 20, 1919 in Center Creek Township, Martin County, Minnesota. He graduated from Mankato State College. During World War II, while attending the military’s meteorological training program at the University of Read More…

Rebecca Eastin

Rebecca Eastin, 89, of Oberlin, passed away Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Allen Mercy Hospital after a short illness. Cowling Funeral Home of Oberlin will announce further arrangements.

Roger A. Crayton


Roger A. Crayton, 57, passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014. He attended Keystone High School, graduating in 1974 and Lorain County Community College in 1982, with an associates degree in Computer Sciences. He worked at Invacare as Director of Global IT Governances. The family would like to thank the ENT Staff of UH Seidman Centre Read More…