March 1, 2015

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New restaurant could displace Amherst salon

A Strongsville-based brewing company is discussing buying the building that houses Taylor Salon. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — A Strongsville-based brewing company is bringing beer, food and an outdoor patio to downtown Amherst, but it may displace a salon full of stylists in the process. The Strongsville-based Brew Kettle bought the old Church Street Bar and Grille building at 300 Church St. about a month ago and is in the process Read More…

Family mourns man, seeks answers

Kenny Faria poses with his sister, Alexis, in this family photo. COURTESY FARIA FAMILY

LORAIN — Two summers ago, Kenny Faria leapt into the waves off the coast of North Carolina. He swam out into the strong waters and turned around, motioning for his mother to join him. Jenny Faria was nervous but she went, dipping her toes into the ocean first and then swimming out to her son. Read More…

3 teens injured after being hit by car

ELYRIA — Three teenagers were injured when police said they were hit at the intersection of Broad Street and West Avenue about 7 p.m. Tuesday. Amber Metcalf was southbound in a 2001 Kia Rio on West Avenue when she came to a green light at the intersection with Broad Street, according to a police report. Read More…

Wellington Schools boss: $2.4M in cuts least wrenching of 3 options

WELLINGTON — A detailed proposal to cut $2.4 million from the Wellington Schools budget, including multiple cuts to staff positions, was met with roars of disapproval from teachers, parents and a Board of Education member. At the school board meeting Tuesday night, interim Superintendent Stanley Mounts unveiled the plan that he and Treasurer Brad McCracken Read More…

City ID proposal presented in Lorain

LORAIN — Some local activists are pushing for Lorain to adopt a city identification card program that would give ID cards to undocumented residents, the homeless and people without the financial means to get driver’s licenses. On Monday, Deb Kline, a representative with the Cleveland-based group Jobs with Justice, met with Mayor Chase Ritenauer to Read More…

Popular Amherst sledding hill potential location for new GetGo

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AMHERST TWP. — Some Amherst residents are voicing their displeasure about the sale of a plot of land near Leavitt Road that has long been a popular sledding area. A few acres of county-owned land on the corner of Leavitt and North Ridge roads in Amherst Township has been up for sale for two years, Read More…

Serious crime declined in Lorain in 2014

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LORAIN — Crime rates in Lorain decreased almost across the board last year, and Lorain police Detective Buddy Sivert said average citizens are largely to thank. “There’s more cooperation with citizens. They have a way to contact us,” Sivert said, referencing the anonymous tip texting line that allows Lorain residents to message information to police. Read More…

Father describes being stabbed by group of teenagers

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ELYRIA — Cassius Johnson didn’t know how badly he’d been hurt — all he remembered were flashes of light and five teenagers running from the scene — until he rolled on his side on the frozen street early Saturday to find his shirt soaked with blood. “(I thought) ‘my side’s wet for some reason,’ ” Read More…

Suspect arrested in December robbery

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ELYRIA – A man who jumped out at a woman from behind a dumpster and stole her purse almost two months ago was arrested Wednesday, according to police. John Pakosz Jr., 35, was charged with robbery around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday after a two-month investigation into an incident that happened in December. On Dec. 22, two Read More…

Police: Teens stabbed Elyria man over breakup

ELYRIA — Five teenage boys are suspected of stabbing a man nearly to death Saturday after his daughter broke up with one of the boys. Police charged a 17-year-old, two 15-year-olds and two 14-year-olds with attempted murder, felonious assault and aggravated riot over the weekend. Police believe the group stabbed and punched a man in Read More…