March 4, 2015

Elyria
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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…

LaGrange man sentenced for killing dog

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ELYRIA — Jail time and mental health treatment are in the future for a LaGrange man who slit his dog’s throat and made threats about his relatives in November. Joel Ruth, 50, was sentenced Wednesday to 180 days in jail and ordered to pay a $200 fine after being convicted of animal cruelty and aggravated Read More…

Oberlin city manager top paid employee in 2014

OBERLIN — City administrators again were among the highest-paid employees in Oberlin last year, with City Manager Eric Norenberg coming in at the top of the list. Norenberg made $120,205 in 2014, slightly more than the $120,162 he made the previous year. Financial Director Sal Talarico was the second-highest-paid city employee last year, making $105,871 Read More…

Administrator still Wellington’s top earner

WELLINGTON — Village Administrator Steven Pyles remained the highest-paid employee in Wellington for the fourth year in a row last year. In 2014, Pyles made $86,619, about $1,000 more than he earned last year. Pyles was joined in the category of highest-paid employees by Mark Rosemark, superintendent of the wastewater division, who made $74,437 and Read More…

Police dominate Amherst, Vermilion highest earners

AMHERST — Police Chief Joe Kucirek remained the highest-paid city employee in 2014. Last year, Kucirek made $108,477. He was followed by Streets Department Foreman Jeffrey Barnes, who made $89,923 and Assistant Prosecutor Frank Carlson, who made $89,733 in 2014. As with previous years, members of the Police Department made up most of the list Read More…

33 cars involved in crashes on Ohio Turnpike on Saturday

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ELYRIA – Thirty-three cars were involved in a series of crashes and pileups that caused troopers to shut down the eastbound lane of the Ohio Turnpike on Saturday. Despite the freezing temperatures and the massive number of crashes at once, only two people were seriously injured Saturday, according to troopers from the Milan Post of Read More…

Caring group donates $25,000 to Lorain County Free Clinic

LORAIN — The deadline to sign up for protection under the Affordable Care Act is only a day away, but the Lorain County Free Clinic is prepared to help anyone who’s still uninsured Monday, thanks in part to a hefty donation it received last week. On Friday, the group “100 Guys Who Care About Lorain Read More…

Officer injured in crash responding to Elyria standoff

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ELYRIA – A police officer received minor injuries when a SWAT van crashed into a police cruiser while responding to a standoff at a Lake Avenue house Wednesday. The officer was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital Wednesday, according to Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino. Costantino said the reason for the crash Read More…

Wife mourns Oberlin College professor who died on hike

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OBERLIN — When they first met more than 10 years ago, former Oberlin professor Jesse Rowsell called his future wife “laser girl.” Rebecca Whelan was completing a post-doctorate program in chemistry at the University of Michigan when she received a new laser that she needed for a project. It arrived at her lab around the Read More…