July 31, 2014

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Suspect in teen’s murder arrested at hotel

Legacy Inn and Suites, 810 High St. in Wadsworth.

WADSWORTH — A murder suspect in a double shooting was arrested early Sunday morning in Wadsworth. The Medina County SWAT team arrested David A. Stoddard, 24, of 241 14th St. N.W., Barberton, about 8:20 a.m. Sunday on warrants charging him with aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder and felonious assault, police said. Stoddard is accused of Read More…

Man’s lawyer argues Facebook post was free speech

MEDINA — The 20-year-old Columbia Station man accused of using social media to cheer on the gunman who killed 20 children and six adults at the Newtown, Conn., elementary school is asking that a criminal charge filed against him be dismissed, citing free-speech protections. Medina police charged Joseph W. Resovsky with inducing panic after he Read More…

Columbia man charged after post on Facebook

MEDINA — A 20-year-old Columbia Station man was charged with inducing panic, accused of posting a message on the Internet celebrating the killings of schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn. “I’m so happy someone shot up all those little (expletives). Viva la school shootings!!!!” appeared Friday on the Facebook page of Joseph W. Resovsky, according to Medina Read More…

Local delegate on RNC trip: Wow

To say Lynda Bowers was thrilled to be a delegate at the Republican National Convention in Tampa is an understatement. “I am still having a hard time wrapping my brain around the fact that a farm girl from rural Northeast Ohio had the opportunity to be a part of this process,” she wrote in her Read More…

WWII vet, 92, gets his diploma at last

MEDINA — Better late than never. On Sunday afternoon, Raymond Smith’s friends and family gathered at Emeritus of Medina, an assisted living home, to celebrate his 92nd birthday. The group was also celebrating another milestone: Smith received an Elyria High School diploma from Army Lt. Col. Roy Jenkins. “I got it,” Smith said, as the Read More…

First two teenage crash victims laid rest

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Like they did at football games, athletes Jeffrey Chaya and Blake Bartchak passed through the Blue Devils banner. Only this time, they were carried. The banner was signed with memories and messages of encouragement from students and was set up for both students’ burials at Resurrection Cemetery in Liverpool Township. Friends and family paid their Read More…

First of Brunswick crash victims laid to rest

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BRUNSWICK — Funeral services for both Jeffrey Chaya, 18, and Blake Bartchak, 17, are being held today at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Brunswick. Chaya’s service was held this morning, and Bartchak’s service is at 1 this afternoon. Bartchak and Chaya were killed in a Columbia Township crash Sunday, and Lexi Poerner, 16, died as Read More…

Fourth Brunswick teen dies following car accident

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BRUNSWICK — What should have been a day of celebration became a day of mourning for the Brunswick High School community. Early Sunday morning, on graduation day, three Brunswick High School students were killed and two were injured in a crash in Columbia Station. One of the injured teens died this morning. Jeffrey Chaya, 18, Read More…

Man suspected of car break-ins tackled by witness

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ELYRIA — A man took justice into his own hands early today when he tackled another man who had allegedly been rummaging through cars on Sherman St., according to an Elyria police report. Police arrested Andrew Karkoska, 27, of the 400 block of Broad St., for robbery and disorderly conduct by intoxication, the report said. Read More…

Nearly $2,000 stolen from safe at Lorain Palace

LORAIN — An employee reported about $1,920 in cash stolen Monday from the safe at the Palace Theater, 603 Broadway Ave., according to a Lorain police report. There was no sign of forced entry and the safe had not been broken into, the employee told police. In a previous burglary March 6, employees noticed 23 Read More…