December 19, 2014

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Avon Police report numerous package thefts

AVON – More than a dozen packages have been stolen from porches recently as Christmas approaches. Avon Police Cpt. Larry Fischbach said thieves are making off with packages throughout the area, and the thefts are not targeted to specific neighborhoods. Package thefts have occurred everywhere from subdivisions to main streets like Detroit Road, he said. Read More…

Avon Schools to seek 10-year, 2.9-mill levy

AVON — Voters can expect to be asked to approve new money for Avon Schools in May. The school board on Tuesday decided to ask for a 10-year, 2.9-mill operating levy that would generate $2.19 million annually and cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $101.52 a year in taxes. The school board also Read More…

OSHA continues investigation of wall collapse that killed off-duty firefighter

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AVON LAKE — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration continues to investigate a wall collapse that resulted in the death of off-duty firefighter Larry “Gomer” Heczko. Heczko, an Avon Lake firefighter working off-duty for As You See It Building and Maintenance, which he owned, died instantly Nov. 13 when a breakwall at a home Read More…

Many charter schools funded better than public schools, website shows

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The Ohio Charter School Accountability Project, a joint venture of the Ohio Education Association teachers’ union and Innovation Ohio, released figures of the study on the website knowyourcharter.com. It provides the number of students enrolled in charter schools in every district in Ohio, as well as the grades associated with those charter schools and funding Read More…

Lorain’s Admiral King school to reopen in January

Drilling began in the gymnasium of Admiral King Elementary School to locate an old leaking gas well on Thursday. The school has been closed since Sept. 30. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Drilling of a leaking gas well at Admiral King Elementary School continues, and school district officials announced that students will return to the building in the next several weeks. During Monday night’s school board meeting, Superintendent Tom Tucker said the district intends to open the building after winter break. A five-man crew from Read More…

Opposition to NEXUS pipeline project growing in Lorain County

GRAFTON TWP. — Opposition to the NEXUS gas transmission pipeline project is growing in Lorain County. One thing remains clear: People don’t have accurate information beyond how big the pipeline might be. About 75 people gathered Thursday at Grafton Township Hall, 17109 state Route 83, to share what they know about the proposed 36- to Read More…

Avon Schools narrows levy options

AVON — Avon Schools has narrowed down its options for a levy in 2015. The school board has held meetings the past two months to discuss levy options and timelines. It met Wednesday to discuss placing a 2.9-mill operating levy before voters, possibly in May. According to school Treasurer Jim Hudson, it hasn’t been decided Read More…

Man who killed father in 1994 to remain in mental institution

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ELYRIA — A man who fatally stabbed his father in 1994 will remain in a mental institution, where he has been since he was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the death. Ricardo Punsalan, 41, was 20 when he stabbed his father twice with a 7-inch chef’s knife at their Sheffield Lake home. Read More…

Lorain man sentenced for murder during botched drug robbery

Donzelle Crosby listens during the first day of his aggravated murder trial Monday at the Lorain County Justice Center. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA – Donzelle Crosby, found guilty two weeks ago for the murder of Lorain resident Jason Smith during a 2011 botched drug robbery, was sentenced to 33 years to life in prison. Crosby, 24, remained expressionless and did not make a statement during the sentencing in Judge Raymond Ewers court on Wednesday. The death penalty Read More…

Animal advocates protest outside Elyria court

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ELYRIA — About 20 protesters, shouting “Justice for Ruby,” stood outside Elyria Municipal Court on Tuesday before the pretrial hearing of Joel R. Ruth, a LaGrange resident accused of slitting his dog’s throat. Ruth, 50, is facing misdemeanor charges of aggravated menacing and two counts of cruelty to companion animals in the death of Ruby, Read More…