March 1, 2015

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Fire burns home on Lake Road

AVON LAKE — Joann Pinto-Sears wiped away tears as she watched her Lake Road home being consumed by flames Friday afternoon. Employees at the Avon Lake Wine Shop across the street tried to comfort her — handing her tissues, giving her a warm place to make phone calls and offering reassurances that all would be Read More…

Avon Lake firefighter suspended without pay after no-contest plea in assault case

Mark McGuire

AVON LAKE — A firefighter was suspended for 30 days stemming from an incident in which he was convicted of assaulting his girlfriend. Mark McGuire, 45, pleaded no contest last month in Avon Lake Municipal Court to misdemeanor charges of assault and obstructing official business. He is serving his 30-day jail sentence on the weekends. Read More…

Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools consider drug-testing policy

SHEFFIELD — Another local school district might join the growing list in Lorain County that subject students in extracurricular activities to random drug tests. Brookside High School Principal Angela Terella and Assistant Principal Brent Schremp recently outlined to the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools board members a plan to randomly drug test any student who participates in Read More…

Snowmobiler injured after running into barbed wire on private property

William Mohler inspects the barbed wire that a snowmobiler ran into on Saturday. The snowmobiler, who sustained neck lacerations, will face criminal charges. JON WYSOCHANSKI/CHRONICLE

PITTSFIELD TWP. — A snowmobiler who sustained neck and throat lacerations over the weekend after running into a barbed-wire fence on private property is facing criminal charges. Mitchell Parker, 28, of Spencer, was charged with criminal trespassing and could also be charged with DUI because deputies believe alcohol was a factor in the accident, according Read More…

Avon takes first step toward eminent domain acquisition

AVON — City Council approved an ordinance Monday to move forward with taking land from local developer Matt Garland through eminent domain to create a park for flood control purposes. Mayor Bryan Jensen said the ordinance Council passed is one step in the process to acquire the property. The ordinance also authorizes the city to Read More…

Westlake police believe ATM theft, attempted theft connected

AVON – Police in Westlake believe a man Avon police arrested for attempting to steal an ATM at Drug Mart may have been involved in the theft of an ATM in Westlake earlier this month. Westlake police are looking for two men who broke through the door at Skyzone, 31500 Viking Parkway, on Feb. 4 Read More…

Deer shooters in Avon Lake’s sights

AVON LAKE — Sharpshooters armed with rifles are a step closer to killing deer on city property. Members of the city’s Safety and Environmental Committees on Thursday approved amending an ordinance passed in July that allows residents to apply for municipal deer control permits through the Ohio Division of Wildlife. The original ordinance, which let Read More…

Avon Lake Regional Water to increase capacity

Avon Lake Regional Water will begin two large-scale construction projects this summer using zero interest loans from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. According to Todd Danielson, chief utilities executive, the utility has qualified for about $15 million to increase drinking water storage capacity and $6 million on upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant. “It’s going Read More…

Man charged with attempting to steal ATM from Avon store

Desmond Thompson

AVON – A Cleveland man was arrested last week after attempting to steal an ATM from a store that a stolen vehicle crashed  into. Desmond Thompson, 29, received felony charges for breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and possession of criminal tools on Feb. 13. A report from the incident was unavailable until Wednesday. Police Read More…

Avon Lake family seeks small-dose insulin availability

Amy Houdeshell holds a photograph of her brother, Kevin, who died last year when he couldn't get insulin from a pharmacy after his prescription lapsed. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Kevin Houdeshell would have been 38 on Sunday. But his family said he couldn’t get insulin in 2013 on New Year’s Eve because a prescription had lapsed. Kevin’s pharmacy wouldn’t provide the insulin without a prescription, so he went to work and tried calling the doctor on his breaks with no success. Read More…