May 22, 2015

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Sheffield council working to toss unconstitutional ordinance

SHEFFIELD — The village is in the process of changing an unconstitutional ordinance that previously allowed police to arrest individuals who refused to identify themselves during encounters with police. Village Council heard a first reading Monday night of an ordinance to repeal a section of the codified ordinance that says no one can willfully refuse Read More…

Financial outlook more optimistic after Sheffield-Sheffield Lake levy passage

SHEFFIELD — After voters approved last week’s levy request, the school district has a positive financial outlook for the next several years. The Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Board of Education approved an updated five-year forecast Monday that shows surpluses of $3.5 million to $3.1 million over the next two years. Prior to the levy passage it faced Read More…

Vermilion neighbor protests auction car waystation

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VERMILION — A resident is upset the city allowed what he calls a junkyard to open up along the lakefront at the city’s border with Lorain. Resident Don Nieding, 76, says he sees cars being dropped off at the 18-acre Liberty Avenue salvage yard, which is operated by Insurance Auto Auctions, around the clock. He Read More…

Gunshots shock Cleveland Street family

Shots were fired into an Elyria home at 444 Cleveland St. early on Thursday morning, around 1 a.m. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Mike Griffin never expected to have to duck for cover in fear for his life in his Cleveland Street home, but that’s what happened Thursday morning as a half-dozen shots were fired at it. Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said no one was injured and when police arrived at the home in the Read More…

Costs of Avon Lake deer cull less than expected

AVON LAKE — The cost of the city’s deer culling operations with sharpshooters was substantially lower than initial quotes provided by the United States Department of Agriculture. The city signed an initial service agreement with the USDA to spend up to $15,960 for sharpshooting services, but the actual cost came in at $8,557 for the Read More…

Passage of levy averts deep cuts at Sheffield-Sheffield Lake schools

From left, Tim Pelcic, business manager for Sheffield/Sheffield Lake Schools; Brookside principal Angela Terella; Josh Hill, rear, district treasurer; district Superintendent Mike Cook; and Cade Cook, front, watch Tuesday night as results are posted. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD — Cautious optimism and unspoken anxiety quickly erupted into shouts of triumph at the Board of Education office Tuesday when election results came in: Issue 15 was approved by voters. Approval of the school district’s levy request means a second round of cuts that would have eliminated all sports, band and extracurricular activities has Read More…

Avon voters approve school operating levy

AVON — Even though the school district wasn’t facing a financial crisis, district officials were still pleased the community supported Issue 9 on Tuesday. Issue 9 is a 10-year, 2.9-mill operating levy that will generate $2.19 million annually and cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $101.52 a year in taxes. According to Read More…

Sheffield Lake man indicted in Ashtabula County

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A Sheffield Lake man who is a registered sex offender was indicted by an Ashtabula County grand jury for having sex with a minor. Trevor Gegen, 24, whose last known address is 450 Elm St. in Sheffield Lake, faces two second-degree felony counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor stemming from an investigation into Read More…

Sheffield-Sheffield Lake schools make contingency plan if levy fails

SHEFFIELD — The school district is poised to try again in August should its levy fail at the polls today. The Board of Education approved a resolution Monday to proceed with a 6.53-mill levy during a special election Aug. 5. The millage, and the $1.985 million it would generate for five years, is identical to Read More…

Attorney-turned-author wins writing award

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Avon Lake resident John Keyse-Walker practiced law for 32 years, but he harbored dreams of writing a book — dreams that were always placed on the back burner because of his busy practice. I turns out Walker, 59, is a natural novelist. He won the 2015 St. Martin’s Minotaur/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Read More…