March 28, 2015

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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…

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…