May 28, 2015

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Ridgeville names new superintendent

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The new North Ridgeville Schools superintendent knows the school district well. Jim Powell was unanimously appointed by Board of Education members Wednesday night. Powell, assistant superintendent/director of curriculum and instruction, succeeds Superintendent Larry Brown on Jan. 2. Powell, 55, was hired in 2002 by the district as a math teacher at North Read More…

Lorain police officer faces DUI charge

LORAIN — Police officer Todd Hite is due in Lorain Municipal Court today after being charged with drunken driving. Hite was one of 12 drivers arrested by troopers from the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Elyria post between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday during drunken driving deterrence patrols. The night before Thanksgiving and the early Read More…

Lorain police officer charged with drunken driving

LORAIN — Police officer Todd Hite is due in Lorain Municipal Court on Tuesday after being charged with drunken driving. Hite was one of 12 drivers arrested by troopers from the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Elyria post between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday during drunken driving deterrence patrols. Trooper Clifton Dowell stopped Hite on Read More…

Local gun store owners say more firearms are being sold since election

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GRAFTON — Business was slow Tuesday evening at Bullseye Firearms & Supplies, but gun store owners locally and nationally say sales have been up since the re-election of President Barack Obama, partially due to fears he’ll push for stricter gun laws. “People just get antsy,” said Bullseye co-owner Rich Guyeska. Guyeska said the increase in Read More…

Recipients grateful for holiday meals

Brandon Swain, front, and Jeremy Saxon, left, receive Thanksgiving meals Thursday at St. Mary Church in Elyria. Serving the food is Karen Davis. (CT photo by Ray Riedel.)

ELYRIA — Delivering Thanksgiving meals to the needy Thursday was a small way to give back to the community for Deb Lavigne. Lavigne was one of about 150 volunteers, including about eight drivers, who took part in St. Mary Church’s annual Thanksgiving dinner. Lavigne, a St. Mary parishioner who has been volunteering since the church Read More…

On eve before holiday, troopers’ arrests of DUI suspects rise

Trooper David Dylag holds the license of Kyle Johnston early Thursday in the Elyria post of the Ohio Highway Patrol. Johnston, of Elyria, was taken into custody and given a Breathalyzer test after being pulled over. (CT photo by Evan Goodenow.)

By the time Trooper David Dylag arrived at the scene where a car had crashed into a tree in Henrietta Township around 11:35 p.m. Wednesday, residents said the driver had fled. “He ran down the road,” said resident Scott Rollins of 11882 Vermilion Road whose front yard the driver drove through before striking a tree. Read More…

Body of missing hiker Warren Sill believed found

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A body has been found that is believed to be that of Warren Sill, the hiker who disappeared in British Columbia in July. The body was found Saturday in the Gull Creek area of British Columbia by the Whiskey Creek Trail where Sill’s vehicle was left, according to Constable Lesley Smith, a Read More…

Foundry fire damage estimate: $5 million to $10 million

Workers sort through items being hauled out of one of the buildings at Elyria Foundry on Sunday. (CT photo by Chuck Humel.)

ELYRIA — The Elyria Foundry fire caused an estimated $5 million to $10 million in damage, according to the Fire Department. The fire was called in around 9:45 p.m. Friday and contained around 5 a.m. Saturday, according to Assistant Fire Chief Tim Mitchell. He said it was extinguished at 5 p.m. Saturday. James Lawrence, foundry Read More…

New public property manager paving the way for Lorain’s future

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LORAIN — Crossing into Lorain from Sheffield Township on Clinton Avenue, Hal Kendrick witnessed what Lorain drivers have been enduring for years. As he entered city limits on his first week on the job, Kendrick, Lorain’s new public property manager, could see the contrast in the condition of the road — pockmarked on the Lorain Read More…

Proposal to allow deer culling by police discussed in Avon Lake

AVON LAKE — A proposed deer-kill ordinance sparked an emotional three-hour public hearing Thursday. The ordinance would allow Mayor Greg Zilka to authorize police officers and other city employees to shoot deer with rifles, to reduce the population of the animals. Ordinance proponents said more deer and deforestation in the city have increased deer-vehicle collisions. Read More…