June 27, 2016

Elyria
Sunny
70°F
 

Team Lorain County helped Riddell find new site

ELYRIA — Riddell’s decision to move from its longtime home in Elyria to an as-yet unconstructed new facility in North Ridgeville has Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda pushing again for an anti-poaching compact among the cities and villages of Lorain County. The need for such an agreement was driven home to her, Brinda said, when she Read More…

Long-time county Clerk of Courts Ron Nabakowski dies at 74

AMHERST — Former Lorain County Clerk of Courts Ron Nabakowski died Friday at the age of 74. Lorain City Councilman Joe Koziura, D-at large, said his best friend had been in failing health for the past few months due to Lou Gehrig’s disease, a degenerative condition that had placed Nabakowski in a wheelchair years ago. Read More…

Inmates taken to hospital for drug effects

ELYRIA — Two Lorain County Jail inmates, including one already facing charges for trafficking in drugs at the jail, were taken to the hospital early Thursday after they were found to be high on drugs. Jail Administrator Andy Laubenthal said the men, Eric King and Benjamin Krugman, did not overdose on fentanyl or another form Read More…

Avon couple indicted on drug trafficking charges

ELYRIA — An Avon man whose arrest on child abuse charges led police to a drug trafficking operation has been indicted along with his girlfriend. Michael Garcia, 33, is charged with felonious assault, domestic violence, endangering children, having weapons under disability and trafficking in drugs. Brittney Hopkins, 26, is charged with trafficking in drugs. Garcia Read More…

Former Lorain Service Director Gilchrist pleads guilty to drug charges

ELYRIA — Former Lorain Service Director Robert Gilchrist pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony marijuana possession charge as part of a plea deal with prosecutors that saw an additional drug trafficking charge against him dropped. It’s actually the second time Gilchrist has taken the same plea for the charges stemming from his Oct. 23, 2014, Read More…

Judge to man: No more kids until you pay support

ELYRIA — Lorain County Probate Judge James Walther has banned another man convicted of failing to pay child support from having more children while he’s on probation. Walther made headlines in 2013 when he imposed a similar procreation ban on Asim Taylor for failing to pay nearly $100,000 in child support to his four children. Read More…

Squads train for detonating suspicious objects

CARLISLE TWP. — A Lincoln Town Car and multiple pieces of luggage were blown to smithereens Wednesday by the assembled members of a half-dozen local bomb squads. The members came together as part of their quarterly training on how to deal with suspicious packages and vehicles so if they encounter them they know how to Read More…

Team Lorain County coming to an end, citing declining funds

ELYRIA — Team Lorain County, a public-private partnership launched 12 years ago to help attract new businesses to the county, will cease operations in the next few weeks, several board members said Wednesday. Those same board members said they hope the organization will be able to reinvent itself and return to doing economic development at Read More…

Illuminating a problem in Lorain

LORAIN — The city is considering imposing a special assessment on Lorain property owners to cover the cost of operating the city’s streetlights. The measure, introduced at Monday’s City Council meeting, would charge the equivalent of 0.88 mills in property taxes and collect roughly $675,000 per year, Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer said. In a letter Read More…

Elyria officer placed on leave during investigation

ELYRIA — An Elyria police officer has been on paid administrative leave since May 13 while police complete an internal investigation that city officials said could result in criminal charges. Elyria Police Chief Duane Whitely declined to discuss the specifics of what Officer Danielle Goscewski is suspected of, but he did confirm investigators are looking Read More…