September 16, 2014

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Ohio governor signs bill; state will have two primaries in 2012

ELYRIA — The state will host two primary elections next year following a vote by the Ohio House on Friday afternoon. In a mostly partisan 55-36 vote, the House joined the state Senate, which voted 20-10 on Thursday, to have a primary on March 6 for state, local and U.S. Senate races, and another June Read More…

Boyfriend arrested in connection with toddler’s death

Luis Lopez

ELYRIA — An arrest has been made in connection with the death of 2-year-old Aaviana Payne, who succumbed to traumatic injuries to her head last month. Luis Lopez, the boyfriend of Aaviana’s mother, Margot Young, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and child endangering Friday, according to police. The 25-year-old Lopez is being held in Lorain Read More…

Food bank benefit offers fine dining, helps needy

Brian and Beth Schwartz of Huron enjoy their meals at the Generous Helpings event Sunday at Second Harvest Food Bank in Lorain. (CT photo by Chuck Humel.)

LORAIN — It’s been three years since Brian Schwartz has had to labor over what to get his wife for her birthday. It’s not diamonds, flowers or even a gift of any kind, although he’d be happy to oblige her with any of those. No, what his wife, Beth, pines for all year long is Read More…

Back-to-back blazes strike in Sheffield

This house on Kevin Street in Sheffield was gutted by a fire early Sunday morning. (CT photo by Chuck Humel.)

SHEFFIELD — Back-to-back fires that nearly destroyed two Sheffield homes kept firefighters busy most of Saturday night and well into Sunday morning. The first fire happened around 8:35 p.m. Saturday, when residents inside 4881 French Creek ran out of the house after noticing a fire. It’s believed the fire began outside the home, then traveled Read More…

Clearview school board member OK after hit-and-run

Newsome

SHEFFIELD TWP. — A Clearview school board member was struck by a car Saturday night, and the driver fled the scene before turning himself in. Melissa Newsome, who is in the middle of her second term on the Clearview school board, was hit by a red Ford Taurus while crossing South Broadway around 9:37 p.m. Read More…

School board member struck in hit-and-run

SHEFFIELD TWP — A Clearview school board member was struck by a car Saturday night, and the driver fled the scene before turning himself in. Melissa Newsome, who is in the middle of her second term on the Clearview school board, was hit by a red Ford Taurus while crossing South Broadway around 9:37 p.m. Read More…

Browns fan upset after being kicked out of game for ‘excessive standing’

Rob Stipe, aka “Big R” attends a Cleveland Browns game recently. The Elyria man ran afoul of the team’s “excessive standing” policy at Sunday’s game and was kicked out of Cleveland Browns Stadium.

ELYRIA — Rob Stipe is your typical, bleed orange-and-brown, season tickets in the Dawg Pound-holding Browns fan. He wears a wig, paints his face like a helmet, dons shoulder pads and screams until his throat feels like sandpaper when his favorite team is on the field. So you can imagine his feeling after being kicked Read More…

Mood of ‘deep sadness’ greeted Red Cross disaster volunteers

Former Elyria resident Joyce Chapman is a Red Cross Disaster Services volunteer who was called to duty at the Pentagon after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Joyce Chapman had been on more than 60 disaster relief missions, from East Coast flooding to wildfires out west. None of them came close to what she experienced on Sept. 11, 2001. She and her husband, both volunteers in Red Cross Disaster Services since the early 1990s, got the call that afternoon. The couple had Read More…

Relatives remember slain man’s aspirations

Whitfield

LORAIN – Police are still seeking answers in the death of a man who family and friends say had aspirations to make a better life for himself and his young daughter. Mario Whitfield, 24, was gunned down outside a Westview Court home around 4:45 a.m. Thursday. He had just left a party on West 24th Read More…

Sheffield Lake businessman, mayor’s father, dies

Piskura

SHEFFIELD LAKE — A Sheffield Lake man known for his love of Lake Erie died Sunday while helping someone whose jet ski broke down in the water. Jack Piskura, 70, was helping the man pull his jet ski in when he had what is believed to be a heart attack, said Sheffield Lake Fire Chief Read More…