April 23, 2014

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Ciao Presti’s: Oberlin restaurant announces closure

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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

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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…

North Ridgeville superintendent says district at critical point

Dr. Jim Powell, North Ridgeville Schools Superintendet, delivers his State of the Schools address on Thursday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — When Superintendent James Powell opened his second State of the Schools address Thursday, he stressed that having vision and action make all the difference. “What we do now will impact the community for the next 75 to 100 years,” Powell told a noontime gathering of 60 to 70 school, community and business Read More…

Aircraft carrier component provider seeks congressional help to avert cuts

ELYRIA — Ken Caratelli is familiar with the drill. For the second time in two years, the president and CEO of Elyria’s Nelson Stud Welding will sit down next week with Ohio congressional leaders to make the case against threatened federal defense budget cuts to the Navy’s aircraft carrier construction and maintenance program. Nelson Stud, Read More…

Lorain Port Authority dedicates new Jet Express terminal

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LORAIN — Lorain Port Authority executive director Rick Novak is banking on more boating excursions and a new passenger terminal to boost ridership for Jet Express trips from Lorain. A 5,000-square-foot building just south of the Bascule Bridge was dedicated Tuesday as the new home for the Jet Express, which offers trips from Lorain to Read More…

Police say medical issue was factor in high-speed crash

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Police believe the elderly driver of a car that rear-ended another vehicle at nearly 100 mph Monday was experiencing a medical problem. “Preliminary indications are that some kind of medical condition was involved,” police Capt. Marti Garrow said Tuesday. Police say Frank Cimino, 88, of Avon, was driving his 2006 Buick Lucerne southbound Read More…

Oberlin church hosts community forum on gun laws

OBERLIN — The Rev. Andy Call, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Oberlin, said Saturday’s community forum to discuss existing and proposed gun laws likely would not have happened had it not been for action taken by the city last year to repeal some local gun laws after a pro-gun group sued the community. Read More…

Shoplifting suspect rescued after falling down ravine

ELYRIA — A suspected shoplifter who led police on a chase Saturday night fell down a steep Ford Road ravine and had to be rescued by firefighters. The man, arrested by police after being lifted about 200 feet up the steep hill in a Stokes basket, suffered a possible broken ankle, said Assistant Elyria Fire Read More…

ODOT presents plan for widening of Center Ridge Road

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Garry Minute and Greg Lott were typical of the about 120 people who turned out to look at photos, charts and ask questions about the long-awaited, $55.4 million widening of Center Ridge Road expected to transform the center of town in the next few years. “I’m trying to find out just how Read More…

Contract awarded for Route 57 widening project in Grafton

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GRAFTON — Coming this summer: A construction mess in Grafton that, in the end, will make it easier to travel through town. The office of Lorain County Engineer Ken Carney announced Wednesday that a contract has been awarded to widen and reconstruct a section of state Route 57 in Grafton to the Shelly Co. of Read More…