May 5, 2015

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Wellington school board rescinds budget cuts after public outcry

WELLINGTON — The power of the public has saved Wellington Schools’ full-day kindergarten program and a speech pathologist for at least another year. On Tuesday, following community outrage over $2.4 million of proposed budget cuts to the school district and teachers’ salaries, the Board of Education decided to retain full-day kindergarten and keep Joanna Hornbeck Read More…

UPDATED: Caffeine powder ban moves through Ohio Senate committee

Selling pure caffeine could soon become illegal in Ohio, nearly a year after a LaGrange teenager died from ingesting pure caffeine powder. On Wednesday, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee approved Senate Bill 7, which was introduced in February by state Sen. Gayle Manning, R-North Ridgeville. The bill would make the sale of pure caffeine, sold Read More…

Oberlin College to go cigarette free in July 2016

OBERLIN — Oberlin College will soon join more than a thousand other colleges across the country in the effort to end cigarette smoking on campus. In December, after more than four years of talks by Oberlin College faculty members, college officials decided to implement a smoking ban on campus. There is a policy in place Read More…

UPDATED: Michelle Obama to speak at Oberlin commencement

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OBERLIN — Ten years of Oberlin College students’ work helping high school students achieve collegiate success caught the attention of the first lady of the United States. On May 25, Michelle Obama will give a speech at Oberlin College’s commencement where she will be presented with an honorary doctor of humanities degree. Her choice to Read More…

Police: Lorain woman hit fiance with alcohol bottle, fled with baby

LORAIN – Police are looking for a woman whom they believe knocked her fiancé unconscious with an alcohol bottle before fleeing the house, according to a police report. Deborah Otero, 35, is wanted on charges of domestic violence with injury and felonious assault for seriously injuring Nathan Bublik, 36 on Monday. Around 8:30 p.m. Monday Read More…

Wellington: Fire replacement

Issue 16 What it is: a 2.75-mill property tax replacement levy; an increase from the current 2.5-mill levy Duration: 5 years How much would it raise: $744,043 per year Purpose: to pay for current expenses Cost to homeowner: an increase of $8.75 per year for the owner of a $100,000 home WELLINGTON — The fire Read More…

Firelands Schools: Renewal levy

Issue 13 What it is: a 5.08-mill renewal levy Duration: 5 years How much would it raise: $1.5 million per year Purpose: Operational expenses Cost: The owner of a $100,000 home would pay $12.96 per month. HENRIETTA TWP. — Firelands Schools is looking to renew a 5.08-mil levy that was passed in 2011. The levy would Read More…

Lorain police investigating suspicious death after remains found

LORAIN – A man collecting aluminum cans in a remote area stumbled across the remains of 25-year-old Kathleen Burke, who went missing in the city almost a year ago. Police launched a suspicious death investigation after the remains of Burke’s body were found on April 11 this year in a remote area of central Lorain, Read More…

Caught by a hair: Women accused of wig store robbery

One of the two women taken into custody by Elyria police officers following a theft that turned into a robbery at Wigland on Borad Street in Elyria. Scanner traffic reported that the women stole hair and then fought with the store clerk as they tried to escape. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA – Two women fought with wig store employees and tried to make off with $60 worth of hair extensions, police said, before they were arrested Monday morning. Betty Long, 22 was charged with complicity to robbery and Tajarai Alexander, 19, was charged with robbery around 11 a.m. Monday at a parking lot outside the Read More…

Gillotti named county’s Veteran of the Year

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LORAIN — The men and women, clad in caps and suits adorned with medals, who filled the Italian American Veterans Home on Saturday evening may not all have known each other well, but they were all family, in a way. “We care about each other. We take care of one another,” guest speaker Sgt. Maj. Read More…