December 22, 2014

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Illustrators Tattoo inks a deal for needy children

ELYRIA — Andrew Papes has a soft spot for tattoos — and The Chronicle-Telegram’s Not-Forgotten Box. On Friday, Papes, 18, brought a toy fire truck to Illustrators Tattoo & Piercing and got a $10 coupon in return. The truck will go to the Not-Forgotten Box, while he used the coupon to offset the cost of Read More…

Alleged carjacker pleads insanity

ELYRIA — A Cleveland man accused of an Aug. 20 carjacking involving a woman at a child-care center in Avon pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Thursday on the eve of his scheduled trial. Robert J. Johnson, 24, will receive a psychiatric evaluation by the Nord Community Mental Health Center’s forensic unit, according to Read More…

Mississippi woman accused in killing fighting extradition

Tamira Peoples appears Thursday at her extradition hearing in Lorain County Common Pleas Court regarding a homicide in Mississippi. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

LORAIN — A Mississippi woman accused of killing her neighbor and shooting the neighbor’s mother appeared in court Thursday to say she wanted to fight her extradition. Tamira Peoples, 37, spoke in a near-whisper as she answered questions from Common Pleas Judge Christopher Rothgery in a brief hearing. She asked her court-appointed attorney, William Willis, Read More…

VIDEOS: Man gets 7 years for deadly crash

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ELYRIA — Mark Ralich was sentenced to seven years in prison Wednesday after telling the family of 18-year-old Andrew “A.J.” Vincent that he was “truly sorry” for the crash that killed Vincent and injured two of his friends. “I wish I could go back honestly and switch places with him,” said Ralich, 23. “I wasn’t Read More…

Chronicle toy collection starts early

ELYRIA — The Chronicle-Telegram’s Not-Forgotten Box officially kicks off next week, but that didn’t stop employees of the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce from dropping off gifts Wednesday. Chamber employees stopped in as soon as they saw the Christmas tree going up and the Not-Forgotten Box in its usual place in the lobby of the Read More…

Ralich sentenced to seven years for teen’s crash death

ELYRIA — Mark Ralich was sentenced to seven years in prison today for the 2010 crash that killed Andrew “A.J.” Vincent. Assistant County Prosecutor Anthony Cillo said Ralich was driving three times the 35 mph speed limit and trying to avoid police at the time of the 1:30 a.m. Nov. 27, 2010, crash on Poplar Read More…

Artist memorializes Wellington Fire Department’s early days

WELLINGTON — A new 13-foot mural on Wellington Town Hall commemorates the odd circumstances revolving around the formation of the Fire Department in 1881. Nine days after the Fire Department was created, the first fire broke out. But the fire wagon, complete with red leather fire brigade buckets, was unavailable for immediate use. It was Read More…

LORCO announces 10 percent rate hike

WELLINGTON TWP. — Sewer rates will go up about 10 percent in 2013 for customers in the Lorain County Rural Wastewater District. The LORCO board of trustees voted to hike minimum monthly sewer rates from $42 to $46.20 in 2013, saying it was the fiscally responsible thing to do. Customers who use more than 2,000 Read More…

JVS cuts two jobs to reduce budget

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PITTSFIELD TWP. — Serious reorganization is going on at the Lorain County Joint Vocational School with the school board laying off its director of academic services and its director of business services/human resources earlier this week. Letters informing Cathy Pugh and Susanna Merlone of the reduction in force were hand-delivered after an 8-1 vote at Read More…

Midview Schools placing levy on February ballot

EATON TWP. — The Midview school board voted Wednesday to put a 9.75-mill property tax levy before voters in a special election in February after voters defeated a combined earned income tax and property tax on Tuesday. The 9.75-mill property tax on the February ballot would raise $4.6 million a year for 10 years, said Read More…