May 26, 2016

Elyria
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Former Metro Parks ranger accused of fraudulent floor deal

ELYRIA — A former Lorain County Metro Parks ranger has been indicted on public corruption charges for allegedly having a financial interest in a flooring project with the park system. Michael Goodrich, who resigned earlier this year, faces charges of tampering with records, forgery and two counts of having an unlawful interest in a public Read More…

Strickland links Portman to steel industry downturn in Lorain campaign stop

LORAIN — During a campaign stop at a union hall Monday, former Gov. Ted Strickland was critical of foreign trade deals that he blamed for costing manufacturing jobs in Lorain and elsewhere. Strickland, the Democrat challenging U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, argued that trade deals such as a North American Free Trade Agreement have caused Read More…

Two officers among four indicted in theft case

ELYRIA — A Lorain County Jail guard, a former Lorain County Drug Task Force agent and some of their family members have been indicted on theft charges. They are accused of stealing money from an elderly family member they were caring for and using it to buy a house. Corrections Officer Bart Kubisen, 57, is Read More…

Ex-coroner wins lawsuit

A federal jury Friday awarded former Lorain County Coroner Dr. Paul Matus nearly $1.4 million in a lawsuit over his 2013 firing as medical director of the county’s General Health District. David Cuppage, one of Matus’ lawyers, said that the jury verdict confirmed their contention that the health district breached its contract with Matus and Read More…

Survivors talk heroin at Wellington town hall meeting

WELLINGTON — Tears welled in the eyes of Wellington Schools Superintendent Dennis Mock while describing losing his nephew to a drug overdose to a crowd gathered to learn about the dangers of heroin Thursday. Mock said in his early years as a principal he got a call from his sister in Las Vegas at 2 Read More…

Potential annexation puts neighbors in Eaton on edge

EATON TWP. — Despite the insistence of Grafton village officials that they have no designs on annexing Midview Schools campus into the village, Eaton Township’s trustees are worried that the village’s plans to annex a narrow strip of land nearby is a prelude to exactly that. “This is a clear ‘behind the scenes’ land grasp Read More…

Kasich declares synthetic opioid illegal

ELYRIA — Gov. John Kasich and the Ohio Board of Pharmacy have made a synthetic opioid that was first identified in Lorain and Lake counties illegal. Kasich signed an executive order Wednesday agreeing to allow the pharmacy board to take emergency action to declare U-47700 a schedule I controlled substance, which means the powerful narcotic Read More…

One charged — so far — in Garden Street shootout

ELYRIA — One of two men suspected of being involved in a Garden Street shootout Monday has been charged with firing a weapon during the incident. Silas Henry Jr., 25, of Elyria, is charged with improperly discharging a firearm into a habitation, felonious assault, possession of crack cocaine, possession of heroin, tampering with evidence, having Read More…

Four arrests made in Garden Street shooting

ELYRIA — Four people were arrested after a shootout on Garden Street on Monday, but police still are sorting out their exact involvement in the incident and also are searching for others who may have been involved. Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said no one was injured in the shootout, which took place just before Read More…

Lawyers say meds to blame for Veterans Service Commission board member’s erratic behavior

ELYRIA — Lawyers for the Lorain County Veterans Service Commission board member, whose fellow members are trying to have him remove because of his “abusive, demeaning and confrontational” behavior, blamed his change in attitude on an anti-seizure medication he was taking in court documents filed last week. Robert Mackin no longer is taking the medication, Read More…