January 29, 2015

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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…

Footprints lead to burglary suspect’s arrest

Michael King

LORAIN — After a teenager came home to hear a stranger moving around in his house Wednesday, police searched the neighborhood and caught the suspected burglar by tracking footprints in the snow, police said. Michael King, 18, was charged with burglary. He was found in an abandoned house in the 1600 block of Redbud Place. Read More…

Firelands schools start renovation talks

SOUTH AMHERST — About 70 residents attended a Firelands School District meeting Thursday to discuss the future of their high school, middle school and elementary school buildings. The school board has considered the issue for nearly a decade, said Superintendent Robert Hill. Bob Mcullough, a representative from Hammond Construction in Canton, presented results of assessments Read More…

Highway Patrol finds 6 pounds of marijuana during traffic stop

The Ohio State Highway Patrol seized six pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Tuesday. COURTESY PHOTO

AMHERST – A routine traffic stop led to an arrest Tuesday afternoon when highway patrol troopers found more than six pounds of marijuana in the back of a Campbell, Ohio, man’s car. Troopers pulled over Joseph A. Rodriguez, 29, of Campbell at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday on the Ohio Turnpike near Baumhart Road and charged him Read More…

Wellington band director files lawsuit against district

WELLINGTON — A band director placed on leave in November after accusations of harassment has filed a federal lawsuit against the school district, claiming it denied her First Amendment rights. Toni Novotny, a band director for Wellington Schools, was placed on administrative leave following an investigation into claims that she “harassed” and “bullied” one or Read More…

Police identify victims of New Year’s Day shooting

Three men were injured during a shooting at the 4/40 Sports Lounge on East 28th Street in Lorain early Thursday. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

LORAIN – Police have released the names of three men injured in shooting outside of a bar on New Year’s Day. Christian Fountain, 18, Dominique Worthy, 25, and Travis Jordan, 27, were all injured in a shooting inside 4/40 Sports Lounge, 2217 E. 28th St., early New Year’s Day. The shooting happened around 2:15 a.m. Jan Read More…

Wellington High track coach resigns amid investigation

WELLINGTON — A Wellington High School teacher and track coach resigned Monday in the midst of an investigation into his alleged relationship with a student. Nick Vaughn, 30, turned in his resignation Dec. 30 to the Wellington Schools Board of Education. After a short executive session, the board accepted the letter at a special meeting Read More…

Suspect arrested in ambulance theft

Donald Shay

ELYRIA – A man who stole an ambulance last month was arrested after he wandered into a factory looking for help. Donald Shay, 34, was charged with felony theft around 3:30 p.m. Sunday after police arrested him at St. John West Shore Hospital in Westlake. Elyria police have been looking for Shay ever since he Read More…

Keystone school board to announce interim superintendent

Jay Arbaugh

LAGRANGE — Only five months into Jay Arbaugh’s second term as superintendent, the Keystone Board of Education has found itself looking for his temporary replacement. The board plans to appoint an interim superintendent from within the district at its regular meeting this afternoon, school board vice president Renee Mezera said. The board won’t release the Read More…