September 1, 2014

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No. 1: The presidential campaigns focus on Ohio and visit Lorain County

President Obama visits with Michele and Randy Crnobrnja of Amherst at Ziggy's in Amherst on July 5.

The voters of Lorain County and the rest of Ohio were among the most courted by the campaigns of the top-tier presidential candidates and both President Barack Obama and republican challenger Mitt Romney each made stops in the county this year. Obama’s first stop was at Lorain County Community College in April and later in Read More…

No. 2: Erica Perez arrested for child endangering, shakeup at Children Services ensues

A photo from inside Erica Perez's Lorain home.

On July 5, Lorain mother Erica Perez was arrested and charged with seven counts of child endangering, among other charges, after police found her seven children, dirty and neglected, in Perez’s Long Avenue home. Officers were called to the home after the then-pregnant Perez was reportedly intoxicated and screaming at neighbors. Perez’s house contained only Read More…

No. 3: Catherine Hoholski murdered, then dismembered

Catherine “Kat” Hoholski was killed June 28 after visiting her prematurely born daughter in the hospital. Her dismembered and decomposed body was discovered Aug. 8 inside a storage locker at the Villas of Beau Monde apartment complex in Lorain. Her boyfriend, Albert Fine, was arrested the next day in Kentucky and has since confessed to Read More…

No. 4: Lorain tax preparer Richard Zakarian accused of stealing millions

According to lawsuits and criminal charges the amount of money that Lorain tax consultant Richard Zakarian is accused of stealing from his clients stands at around $1.9 million. But prosecutors and attorneys for some of the more than 100 victims he’s accused of bilking believe that figure will eventually stand at several million dollars as Read More…

No. 5: Effects of Hurricane Sandy felt locally

A line of poles all came down at East 40th Street and Pearl Avenue in Lorain. High voltage lines draped across cars and the fronts of duplexes on the street.

New Jersey and the Atlantic Ocean coastline is hundreds of miles from Lorain County, but storms of the magnitude of Sandy spared no one as the powerful hurricane merged with another storm system. Locally, the superstorm first made itself felt in the form of unceasing rain that greeted GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney at Avon Read More…

No. 6: Ronald Post spared death penalty for Elyria murder

Ronald Ray Post was supposed to be executed early next year for shooting Elyria motel clerk Helen Vantz twice in the head during a 1983 robbery. Instead, Ohio Gov. John Kasich spared the 53-year-old convicted killer, commuting his death sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole. In the end it wasn’t Post’s Read More…

No. 7: Fatal heroin and prescription drug overdoses in Lorain County skyrocket as part of a national trend

Recovering addict Dillon Starnes talks about his plight.

Fatal overdoses involving heroin, prescription pills or a combination of both skyrocketed in Lorain County, part of a state and national trend. Drug overdoses have been the leading cause of death in Ohio since 2007, according to the Ohio Department of Health. Through Dec. 20, there have been 57 overdoses in the county, according to Read More…

No. 8: 4 teens killed in crash on graduation day

The body of Lexi Poerner leaves St. Ambrose for her final journey to Resurrection Cemetery.

It was the kind of crash that was so tragic it stayed on the minds of parents for weeks. Four Brunswick teenagers, just days away from a much-anticipated summer break, were killed in early June at a railroad crossing in Columbia Township. The Ohio Highway Patrol estimated that the 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Jeffrey Read More…

No. 9: A variety of Lorain Schools issues

Ground is broken for the building of the new Lorain High School at a ceremony on Oct. 24.

It was a bittersweet year for Lorain Schools. In March, interim Superintendent Ed Branham announced 182 layoffs including 120 teachers — 17 were later recalled — as part of $7.3 million in cuts to close a $12 million deficit. “This is a major impact on people’s lives,” an emotional Branham said. In August, Branham was Read More…

No. 10: Donna Brown kills her two cousins

Lorain Police Lt. Mark Carpentiere makes a phone call as he works on the investigation of a double murder at 1522 West 23rd St. in Lorain.

Dale Linder, Sr. said he was shocked when his sons, Dale Linder Jr. and Justin Linder, were shot and killed in the family’s home July 5. But more shocking, he said, was who was accused of pulling the trigger — the Linders’ cousin, Donna Brown. Prosecutors have asked for Brown, who is now facing aggravated Read More…