July 28, 2015


About Melissa Linebrink

Melissa Linebrink covers Grafton, LaGrange and Columbia Township for The Chronicle, and writes the "Mommy Wars" column. She can be reached at 329-7243 or MLinebrink@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter.

Search continues for missing boy, 4


SHEFFIELD LAKE — Search crews continued to look for Sydney Heidrick, 4, late Friday after he was reported missing from his grandparents’ home at 4845 Lake Road. Sydney, who weighs approximately 48 pounds, was reported missing about 4:30 p.m. with law enforcement arriving at the residence by 5:30 p.m. Helicopters, police dogs. the United States Read More…

Cancer survivors, supporters march on

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ELYRIA — Sisters Lynn Haney, Beverlee Troutman and Doris Walker participated in Friday’s Relay for Life at Elyria Catholic High School stadium in memory of their sister, Joani Smith, who died of breast cancer at age 56. But they also walked in honor of themselves because all three are breast cancer survivors. Haney, 54 of Read More…

Owner of home escapes West River blaze

ELYRIA — Valeria Harris sat in a chair Friday night on the tree lawn of her neighbor’s home, watching as crews from the Elyria Fire Department extinguished a fire that started in the attic of her home at 631 West River Road. Harris, who has lived in the home for 50 years, watched in disbelief Read More…

Erosion closes Miller Park Road beach in Avon Lake


AVON LAKE — A sign warning beachgoers to stay clear of Lake Erie hung Friday at the Miller Road Park beach or in this case, a lack of beach. Avon Lake city officials were unavailable for comment Friday, but according to the city’s Facebook page, the beach was closed as of 2:54 p.m. Thursday until Read More…

Grafton native makes science an art

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Grafton native Madeline Newcomb is seeing success in a place where the beauty of art and the advancement of medicine meet. Newcomb, 22, recently graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a bachelor of fine arts in biomedical art. If her degree sounds scientific based, it’s because it is. “Medical and scientific illustrations are Read More…

Midview graduates urged to drive their own bus

Devon Karban gets his diploma from Scott Goggin, superintendent of Midview Schools, at Midview High auditorium on May 29. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

GRAFTON TWP. — In the parking lot outside Midview High School, vehicles were decorated with congratulatory phrases including, “Class of 2015” and “Good-bye MHS, Hello BGSU!” Inside the gym, parents, grandparents and loved ones used their graduation programs to ward off the heat and humidity. In the end, the lights were dimmed before the 60th Read More…

Trooper from LaGrange honored at police week in Washington D.C.


Mementos of Mike Paris Sr., sit on shelves inside Jean Paris’s LaGrange home. The photograph of him in his Ohio Highway Patrol trooper uniform, his badge number and the flag that draped his casket are memories of Mike Paris that his wife looks at every day. It’s her way of keeping his memory alive. Mike Read More…

Grafton man injured when car strikes tree


GRAFTON TWP. — A single-car crash on state Route 83 sent the driver to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Seth Wood, 20, of Grafton, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Camaro southbound on Route 83 and was attempting to pass another vehicle on the road about 9:30 p.m. when he lost control of his vehicle, Ohio Read More…

‘Warrior’ mom fights cancer battle moment by moment

Jennifer Bassett holds her son Frankie, 8 mos., at their Middleberg Heights home on Friday afternoon, May 8.  Bassett, originally from LaGrange, is currently battling breast cancer that spread to her liver. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

The videos and pictures are what you might find on the Facebook pages of most new mothers. There are pictures of a toothless little guy, grinning wide. There is a video of the chubby-cheeked baby, cooing and giggling. And then there’s the video of Jenny Bassett coaching her nearly 8-month-old son as he tries to Read More…

Commerce expert: Lorain County must prepare for 2016 GOP convention

When the Republican National Convention arrives in Cleveland in July 2016, Lorain County must be ready for thousands of visitors. During a meeting Tuesday at Lorain County Community College’s Stocker Center, Mike Mulhall, vice president of Partnerships Destination Cleveland, said Cleveland can expect to see about $200 million in direct spending as a result of Read More…