April 18, 2014


Grafton business owners express doubts on Route 57 widening project

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GRAFTON — Sometime this month, work is scheduled to begin on a project that will widen state Route 57 from two to three lanes. Designed to improve traffic flow through a mile-plus stretch of Route 57 dotted by numerous businesses in the village, some owners and managers of those businesses have doubts about the work. Read More…

North Ridgeville man charged with rape of child under 13

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A North Ridgeville man has been charged with rape stemming from a 2013 incident involving a girl under the age of 13. Police Capt. Marti Garrow confirmed the charge against Luis Sanchez, 38, who was arraigned Monday in Elyria Municipal Court. Sanchez did not enter a plea before Judge Gary C. Bennett, Read More…

Ga. police investigate site in connection with missing North Ridgeville resident

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Georgia authorities confirmed a 24-hour search took place last week for a former North Ridgeville resident missing in Georgia for 6½ years. The search was verified Monday by Gwinnett County Sheriff Deputy Shannon Volkodav, the department’s public information officer. Officials dug up ground around a well near a small town in Gwinnett County in metropolitan Read More…

NASA’s top scientist, Oberlin native returns home to inspect Glenn facility

Ellen Stofan,  chief scientist at NASA, visited the NASA Glenn Research Center on Friday. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — Oberlin native Ellen Stofan, who was appointed as NASA chief scientist last year, fully appreciates the painstaking work and brain power going into development of a deep-space propulsion system at NASA Glenn Research Center designed to one day take people to Mars. During her visit to the center Friday, Stofan expressed great respect Read More…

Ohio treasurer awards 2 Ohio Screw Products employees

State Treasurer Josh Mandel, left, and Dorothy Knieriemen listen as Drew Parker talks about how much he appreciates receiving The Ohio Strong award. Knieriemen also received one of the awards, which were presented Wednesday at Ohio Screw Products on Lowell Street in Elyria. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — A pair of longtime employees of Ohio Screw Products were recognized for their years of service, experience and skill by State Treasurer Josh Mandel as part of a new statewide initiative aimed at drawing more young workers into manufacturing and skilled trades jobs. Dorothy Knieriemen and Drew Parker were presented with the “Ohio Read More…

Elyria native instrumental in making sure Djiboutian rescuers honored

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Luke Thompson’s memories of that fateful February night in 2006 have never faded. The Army Reserves staff sergeant and Elyria High School graduate was on duty as a radio operator at the Combined Joint Task Force–Horn of Africa base at Fort Lemonnier, Djibouti, where he routinely flew aboard helicopter training missions. “These were regularly occurring Read More…

Bird-watchers flock to Sandy Ridge Reservation to see bird’s rare visit

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The bird is the word. To be more precise, the Eurasian Wigeon was the word … and the bird of the hour … once the word got out that the rarely-seen bird had paid a visit to the Sandy Ridge Reservation of the Lorain County Metroparks. “This is a first for us,” Read More…

Police wait to charge elderly driver in high-speed crash

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Police said Monday they will weigh any charges against an 88-year-old driver against the man’s recovery following a crash last week in which he was speeding at nearly 100 mph when he rear-ended a car. Frank Cimino, an Avon resident, remained in critical condition Monday at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, said Read More…

Ciao Presti’s: Oberlin restaurant announces closure


OBERLIN — It was more than a bit bittersweet that the lunchtime business was booming Friday at Presti’s of Oberlin. “Even before noon, there was nowhere for anyone to sit,” manager Michele Zimmerman said of one of the area’s family owned restaurants, which has been in business for more than 75 years. “I said to Read More…

UPDATED: Former student arrested for alleged threat against North Ridgeville High

Nicholas Hinton

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Police say a former high school student posted a threat online that he was contemplating blowing up the school. Nicholas Hinton, 19, a North Ridgeville resident, was arrested without incident at 6:55 a.m. at a friend’s residence, according to police. Hinton was charged with inducing panic, a fourth-degree felony, and aggravated menacing, Read More…