January 27, 2015

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Oberlin Council members ask city manager Eric Norenberg to resign

Eric Norenberg

OBERLIN — Four of seven Council members on Thursday asked City Manager Eric Norenberg to resign by presenting him with a signed letter. But for Norenberg — who has held his position in the city since 2007 — it’s not that simple. “My intent is not to resign. Hopefully, the City Council and I can Read More…

Heroin, guns seized from Lorain home

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LORAIN — Police searched a home following a two-month drug investigation to find $1,000 worth of heroin, three loaded handguns, and an assault rifle Friday morning. Mark Calhoun, 21, was charged with trafficking heroin, possession of heroin, endangering children, having weapons under disability, receiving stolen property, drug paraphernalia and possession of criminal tools with other Read More…

Wellington band director who sued back to work

WELLINGTON — A band director who was placed on administrative leave in November was reinstated to her position this week with the only stipulation being that she complete a training seminar. Toni Novotny, a band director for Wellington Schools, returned to work Tuesday. Novotny was put on paid administrative leave in November while the district Read More…

Lorain worker placed on paid administrative leave after complaint

LORAIN — A city employee has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. Robert Cobert, 58, a construction observation engineer with the city, was placed on leave Jan. 9 while Lorain police complete an investigation in which he is involved. Safety Service Director Robert Fowler wouldn’t go into the specifics of the investigation Read More…

Oberlin city manager faces mixed reviews from Council

Eric Norenberg

OBERLIN — The Oberlin City Council is divided on whether it wants Eric Norenberg to continue to serve as city manager. For years, Norenberg has received consistently high scores on his yearly evaluation. However, a 2014 evaluation reflects a change in some Council members’ opinions of his leadership. In the 2014 evaluation, dated Dec. 8, Read More…

UPDATED: Man, 51, killed in Avon car crash

A car driven by Joel Schwartz of

AVON – A North Ridgeville driver who crashed into a ditch in front of a home at 4475 Stoney Ridge Road about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday died shortly thereafter, police said. Joel Schwartz, 51, of 5490 Avon Belden Road, was thrown from the 2008 Honda Accord he was driving, according to a news release from police Read More…

Man allegedly stabbed, chased child’s mother

Fredrick Farris

LORAIN – A Lorain mother managed to escape and call for help late Sunday after the father of her child showed up at her house, stabbed her and chased her out of the home with a kitchen knife, according to police. It wasn’t until Unike Bankhead, a mother of one, was safely at her friend’s Read More…

Truck driver trapped under glass after crash

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FLORENCE TWP – A man was trapped under a heap of broken glass for almost an hour after his semi truck went off the Ohio Turnpike and crashed into a tree Tuesday morning. At about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Tony Frisoli, 54, of Alabama, was driving a 2014 Freightliner Cascadia westbound on the Turnpike, just west Read More…

Reward offered in Gary Avenue shooting

LORAIN – Police are offering a reward for information that leads to the capture of the two men suspected in a Gary Avenue shooting last month. Oklahoma resident Marcus Delaney, 33, was in Ohio visiting his relatives when he accepted an invitation to a party on Dec. 23 on Gary Avenue, according to police. Delaney Read More…

Band director, Wellington Schools settle suit

WELLINGTON — A lawsuit that a suspended Wellington Schools band director filed against the district this week was resolved Friday. The band director has retained her job. Wellington Schools band director Toni Novotny filed a federal lawsuit against the Wellington school district Monday, protesting its decision to put her on administrative leave in November. The Read More…