February 27, 2015

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Heavy snow pulls down power line in North Ridgeville

NORTH RIDGEVILLE – The heavy snow in North Ridgeville resulted in a downed power line and a closed road for a couple of hours Monday afternoon. Around 12:30 p.m. Monday, the city closed a section of Center Ridge Road between Mills Creek Lane and Barton Road due to a tree resting on a power line. Read More…

Standoff suspect: I was testing gun

William Lipfird

LORAIN — A man who fired a gun on his property and incited a standoff Wednesday night later told officers that he fired the gun at the ground to “test it,” according to police. William Lipfird, 56, was charged with discharging a firearm and handling a firearm while intoxicated about 9 p.m. Wednesday after a Read More…

Vermilion school opening pushed to fall

VERMILION — Elementary school students will need to wait until next school year before they get to attend classes in their renovated school building. This month, school officials decided to hold off on opening the new kindergarten-through-third grade school that has been under construction since last year. The school was scheduled to open for students Read More…

Victim’s brother: Business fallout preceded Lakewood homicide

Charles Junke is pictured with his 5-year-old son. Junke was shot and killed in Lakewood early Sunday. COURTESY AL JUNKE

LAKEWOOD — Two men who ran a Cleveland-based taxi service together had parted ways due to “undependability” months before one man shot and killed the other Sunday, according to the victim’s brother. Police believe Avon man Jeffrey Null, 53, shot his former business partner, Charles Junke, 49, around 12:45 a.m. Sunday while Junke sat in Read More…

Vermilion OKs emergency alert system

VERMILION — Vermilion is joining other Lorain County communities by adopting a faster way of delivering emergency information to its residents. Council members on Tuesday passed the third reading of an ordinance implementing an emergency notification system in the city, Vermilion Mayor Eileen Bulan said. The system mirrors the one adopted by Amherst Council in Read More…

Woman accused of stabbing boyfriend’s ex-wife

Rachel Salata

ELYRIA – A woman hit her boyfriend’s ex-wife with a shovel and then stabbed her with a kitchen knife Friday evening, police said. Rachel Salata, 24, was charged with felonious assault around 2 a.m. Saturday at her boyfriend’s house on the 100 block of Kentucky Drive after she admitted to stabbing his ex-wife, Crystal Seybert, Read More…

Lorain considering drug lab cleanup plan

LORAIN — City officials are considering holding property owners responsible for drug labs found on their property. Leon Mason, director of building, housing and planning, proposed an ordinance at a committee meeting Monday regarding how to address potential clandestine drug labs inside city limits — by making property owners pay for the cost of cleanup. Read More…

UPDATED: Avon man suspected in Lakewood homicide

Police suspect an Avon man of murdering his former business partner before shooting himself at a Red Roof Inn on Sunday, according to Lakewood police. About 12:45 a.m. Sunday, Lakewood police responded to the 2100 block of Eldred Avenue after receiving a tip that two gunshots were heard in the area, according to a news Read More…

Autism not a deterrent to Midview student

Michael Whary is an Eagle Scout candidate with Troop 120 in Elyria. PHOTO COURTESY OF JUDI WHARY

ELYRIA — Sixteen-year-old Michael Whary is an honors student taking advanced classes, plays the piano and trumpet, and is a member of his school’s track team. And, as Michael readily acknowledges, he’s been diagnosed with autism. The Midview High School student and Boy Scout knows many people in his situation struggle with that diagnosis. “So Read More…

Elyria man killed after vehicle goes airborne

LIVERPOOL TWP. — An Elyria man died early Saturday after his vehicle went airborne and crashed into two parked tractor-trailer trucks. Michael Setliff, 28, of Elyria was pronounced dead at the scene about 1:15 a.m. Saturday after his car went off the road and crashed into two trucks, according to a news release from the Read More…