July 6, 2015

Elyria
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Thirsty worker held at gunpoint

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WESTLAKE — A Sheffield Lake man never thought he’d be held at gunpoint for taking a drink from a water spigot, but that’s what he told police happened Monday. As a result, Michael Testa, 67, of Walden Drive, was arrested on charges accusing him of abduction, aggravated menacing and using weapons while intoxicated. He posted Read More…

Avon Lake hit hardest by storms

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AVON LAKE — Residents were busy Tuesday picking up fallen tree branches and clearing items from soaked basements after several early morning storms. National Weather Service Meteorologist Zach Sefcovic said the northeast corner of Lorain County and northwest corner of Cuyahoga County were hit the hardest with 1.5 to 1.9 inches of rain falling between Read More…

Westlake man points gun at worker

WESTLAKE — A Sheffield Lake man never thought he’d be held at gunpoint for taking a drink from a water spigot, but that’s what he told police happened Monday. As a result, Michael Testa, 67, of Walden Drive, was arrested on charges accusing him of abduction, aggravated menacing and using weapons while intoxicated. He posted Read More…

Avon City Council passes pool rules

AVON — City Council approved a set of rules Monday for its soon-to-open Municipal Aquatic Facility, which includes punishments for violators that could include misdemeanor charges or jail time. The ordinance passed unanimously, and city officials said violators would be charged with crimes only as a last resort. The law says first-time violators could face Read More…

Suspect sought in swiping of donation jar from Elyria bar

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ELYRIA — Police are looking for a man who allegedly stole a charity jar from The Train Station, 424 East River St., on Friday morning. The Elyria Police Department said they are looking for Christopher Ian Parker, 46, also known as Christopher Johnson, who has pending theft charges. His last known address was on 11th Read More…

Microburst flattens corn in LaGrange field

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LAGRANGE — The unusual-looking flattened corn along state Route 301 was not the result of the extraordinary landing of an alien craft. But Mother Nature is often just as extraordinary, as LaGrange farmer Dean Forbush will attest. Forbush, 53, has farmed land near Route 301 and Biggs Road since 1974, and he’s seen some strange Read More…

Landowners protest NEXUS project, refuse surveyor access

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CAMDEN TWP. — George and Sandra Springer have called rural Lorain County home for nearly four decades, taking pride in the home they refurbished and the 10 acres of woods they tend. The retired auto workers call their property a sanctuary and place they find serenity, but they are adamant the NEXUS Gas Transmission Project Read More…

Avon drafting pool rules with ‘bite’

AVON — Pool rules are being drafted for the soon-to-open Avon Municipal Aquatic Facility and rule-breakers could face fines, misdemeanor charges or jail time. Gone are the days of unbridled summer fun in the swimming hole: The long list of rules governs personal behavior and hygiene, tailored to an era in which municipalities must guard Read More…

Grand opening for Sheffield motorcycle dealer is Saturday

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SHEFFIELD — David Hunt moved here from Texas to open and manage an American Heritage Motorcycle dealership because he believes there’s a promising market for its brands in the Cleveland area. The recently opened dealership, at 4850 Transportation Drive in the renovated 38,000-square-foot former Spitzer Dodge building, sells Indian and Victory motorcycles as well as Read More…

Merger to trim 99 jobs from Lorain National

LORAIN — Lorain National Bank will lay off 99 employees when a merger with Northwest Bancshares Inc. is complete Aug. 14. LNB Bancorp Inc. announced Tuesday its shareholders voted to approve the previously announced merger of LNB with Northwest Bancshares Inc. LNB shareholders approved the deal with 80 percent of outstanding common shares, according to Read More…