April 18, 2014

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Software gets tough on crime

LORAIN — A new police patrol hitting the streets this week bases where and when officers work on computer-crunched crime statistics. The statistics are based on police reports as well as anecdotal information from patrol and narcotics officers and residents. They are compiled on software by police Sgt. Michael Failing, the department’s crime analyst. “The Read More…

UPDATE: Man killed in U.S. Route 20 crash; 6 injured

NEW RUSSIA TWP. — A Warrensville Heights man died in a two-vehicle crash around 3:40 p.m. Monday on U.S. Route 20 between state Routes 511 and 58. Gary Gordon was westbound in a Cadillac Eldorado when he swerved left and struck an eastbound Kia Sedona driven by Jerry Moon, according to Trooper James Baker of Read More…

Krasienko says that while he may have failed at the polls, he was a success at the job

Mayor Tony Krasienko was the only dignitary not to don a hardhat last month at the Republic Steel plant where the company announced it was creating 450 jobs. “Got a hard head, huh?” a Republic official jokingly asked Krasienko. Hardheadedness was a major criticism of Krasienko, who was viewing one of the major accomplishments of Read More…

Congregation buys long-suffering parishioner a car

SHEFFIELD — Janice Grant’s Christmas went a lot better than the rest of the year. Grant — diagnosed with colon cancer in April and beaten by a man carrying an AK-47 during an attempted burglary in her Lorain home Tuesday — on Sunday received a surprise 2001 Plymouth Neon gift from fellow parishioners at the Read More…

Two killed in North Ridgeville crash

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A driver and one of his four passengers died after the eastbound car he was driving struck a tree at 33225 Bagley Road east of Woodbridge Court around 2:20 a.m. Sunday. The driver’s side passenger, Karen Westphal, 49, was killed, according to Frank Miller, a Lorain County deputy coroner. Miller said he Read More…

Lorain school board president faces DUI charge

LORAIN — Board of Education President Tony Dimacchia won’t say why he refused to take a Breathalyzer test after being stopped by a State Highway Patrol trooper who said Dimacchia was speeding around 3:11 a.m. Dec. 17. Dimacchia was charged with refusing to take a blood alcohol content test and speeding for allegedly driving 49 Read More…

Lorain police officer charged with domestic violence

LORAIN — Police Officer William Lachner faces a domestic violence charge after his girlfriend accused him of assaulting her early Friday morning. Rona Proudfoot, The Chronicle-Telegram’s Web editor, said Lachner assaulted her inside her vehicle after he became angry about her leaving a fast food restaurant before he had time to order food. Proudfoot said Read More…

Driver in fair condition after fiery car crash

WELLINGTON — The timing of a serious car crash worked in the victim’s favor Friday night. The Chevrolet Trailblazer that Wakeman resident Darla Weltlich was driving was on its driver’s side and on fire when firefighters arrived 11:09 p.m., Fire Chief Mike Wetherbee said Saturday. The Trailblazer crashed into a utility pole on Jones Road Read More…

New rules may affect Avon Lake power plant

AVON LAKE — The fate of the Genon Energy coal-fired lakeshore power plant hinges on whether company officials choose to comply with stricter U.S. Environmental Protection Agency mercury regulations announced Wednesday or close the plant. Mark Baird, a Genon spokesman, said after the announcement that the company may need a few months to make a Read More…

Lorain Council members sworn in; including Dennis Flores for his second go-around

LORAIN — Two new City Council members were sworn in Monday. Councilman Dennis Flores, D-2nd Ward, regained the seat he had from 2007 to 2009. He defeated incumbent Councilman Andy Drwal in the May primary and ran unopposed in November. Also sworn in was Councilman Tony Richardson, D-at-large, the top primary vote getter among at-large Read More…