April 27, 2015

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Trooper fired; Lorain police officer fined

AMHERST — When Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Tammy Soto found a fellow law enforcement officer had been driving the wrong way on the highway last fall, she initially gave him a ride, not a citation, according to the patrol. That act — in part — cost Soto her job. Lt. Craig Cvetan of the Ohio Read More…

North Ridgeville abduction call leads to credit card scam investigation

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A call about a possible abduction at a gas station in March led police to start investigating a credit card scam involving a man from Illinois, according to a search warrant unsealed Thursday. Toriana Lee, 18, of Illinois, William Lee, 37, of Illinois, and his girlfriend, Kristina Brown, 27, of Indiana, were Read More…

Wrongfully charged man awarded $137,500

VERMILION — A lengthy legal battle came to an end in February when the city agreed to pay almost $140,000 to a man they wrongly accused of masturbating in front of a middle school. Billy McCauley filed in 2013 against the city, seeking relief for arresting him without probable cause in 2012, according to a Read More…

Former Lorain County juvenile magistrate facing child porn charges

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A former Lorain County Juvenile Court magistrate is facing federal charges after FBI investigators found hundreds of images of child pornography on his computer, according to FBI Special Agent Kelly Liberti. Former magistrate James Paterson, 49, was charged Tuesday with receiving child pornography at his home in Lorain after an investigation led by the FBI Read More…

Historical society unable to raise funds to save old Amherst town hall

Preservationists are not able to fund the moving of Amherst’s first town hall, which will be razed to make way for a bar patio this summer. CHRONICLE FILE

AMHERST — Amherst residents may soon need to say goodbye to more than 150 years of history when the old town hall gets demolished this spring. The building on the 300 block of Church Street was the original town hall in the mid-1800s, but come spring, it will be taken down to make room for Read More…

Mother turns loss into healing 2 years after son’s death

ELYRIA – Terri Zunis has a picture of her son’s dragonfly tattoo saved on her phone. Blue and green ink covered the former wrestler’s upper arm, the wings of the dragonfly curling around one small word – Terri. Dominic Zunis got the tattoo, matching the one his mother has on her foot, just a year Read More…

Wellington school board introduces new superintendent

New superintendent Dennis Mock, left, meets members of the Wellington School District following a board meeting Wednesday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — Dennis Mock, a veteran superintendent for more than 20 years in Genoa Schools, approached the position of the Wellington district’s next head Wednesday night with a clear cut goal —continue working to bring the district out of a deficit. The school board voted unanimously to hire Mock to a three-year contract Wednesday night. Read More…

Wellington eighth graders to move to high school

School Board member Joseph Calfo asks about the options available to eighth grade students so they will not lose advanced placement math in the eighth grade for this upcoming school year.  KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — The Board of Education put a hotly debated topic to rest Wednesday when it finalized the decision to move eighth grade students into the high school building beginning next school year. The move passed in a 3-2 vote with board members Ayers Ratliff and Sally Stewart voting it down. The idea to move Read More…

Wellington taps Genoa’s Mock as superintendent

WELLINGTON — A superintendent with more than two decades of experience will soon bring his knowledge to Wellington Schools when he takes over next school year. This month, the Wellington Schools Board of Education chose Dennis Mock, a superintendent with Genoa Schools for 20 years, to be the district’s next superintendent. The board will vote Read More…

Wellington residents voice opposition to moving eighth graders to high school

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WELLINGTON — Where will the eighth-graders go? That was the question of the night at the Wellington Schools Board of Education meeting Tuesday when parents, school staff and community members voiced their concerns with the district’s proposed budget cuts. The board will vote tonight on whether to permanently move eighth-grade students out of McCormick Middle Read More…