June 30, 2015

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New Lorain superintendent: Pending law doesn’t deter him from job

LORAIN — Incoming Superintendent Jeffrey Graham said Monday pending state legislation that could cause him to be fired in two years didn’t make him reluctant to accept the job. Graham was hired Wednesday as the Legislature passed a bill, soon to be signed by Gov. John Kasich, in which unelected CEOs and academic commissions run Read More…

Jury seated in Elyria murder trial

Jordan Williams

ELYRIA — The murder trial of the alleged gunman in the 2014 shooting death of Antonio Spraggins began Monday with the jury selection. Jordan Williams, 26, could get life in prison if convicted of firing the fatal shots that claimed Spraggins’ life. Elyria police have said Spraggins was last seen Jan. 5, 2014, playing pool Read More…

Power restored after scheduled predawn blackout

Wellington-SLIDE

ELLINGTON — Power was restored Monday morning after a planned outage by Wellington Electric that began at 2 a.m. Monday. Electric crews cut power to repair two potential failure points that were discovered June 8 after a routine audit of Wellington’s electric grid. Electricity was cut to homes and businesses while traffic lights remained operational on Read More…

Trimming mistake damages property near Lorain’s King’s Woods

Trees-SLIDE

LORAIN — Workers cutting down trees in King’s Woods on Monday caused damage to a resident’s home and utility wires. Juanita Stutt, who lives on West 12th Street, said Amish workers have been clearing the woods for months, and she and her neighbors’ concerns have grown as the cutting nears backyard property lines. King’s Woods Read More…

Lorain Schools janitors challenge firing for alleged OT theft

LORAIN — Two Lorain High School janitors say they were fired after being falsely accused of stealing overtime in a case that they say has racial overtones. Bill Kopp said he was the lead janitor at the school before being fired April 9 after being accused of stealing a combined 10 hours of overtime on Read More…

Hall hired as interim superintendent in Lorain

LORAIN — Assistant Superintendent David Hall was named interim superintendent by Board of Education members Monday. The appointment takes effect Wednesday, with Hall succeeding retiring Superintendent Tom Tucker. Hall will serve until Parma Superintendent Jeffrey Graham takes over Aug. 1. Hall was passed over Wednesday by board members in favor of Graham despite vocal opposition. Read More…

Elyria artist to kick off RoverFest

Campy

Elyria native Matt Campolo is taking the stage at RoverFest on July 18 as an opening act for artists including Flo Rida and Sevendust. Campolo, known by the stage name Matt Campy, won the “Rover’s Morning Glory” radio show’s Your Shot to Rock contest with his song “Show Me Your Boobies” featuring Rob Roa. Campolo Read More…

Nine injured in fireworks mishap at Crocker Park

WESTLAKE — Authorities say nine people were hurt after a fireworks box fell over and fired into a crowd in northeast Ohio. It happened just after 10 p.m. Sunday in Westlake. Fire officials say the box fell over minutes into the show in Crocker Park. Authorities say nine people were treated for minor injuries at Read More…

West Shoreway construction getting under way

CLEVELAND — Work on a Cleveland lakefront highway is scheduled to get underway this week with lane closures and lower speed limits. The work beginning Monday on the West Shoreway marks the final phase of a $95 million project to connect neighborhoods on Cleveland’s west side with Lake Erie. Speed limits in both directions will Read More…

Sources say Kasich will announce presidential bid July 21

COLUMBUS — Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who’s spent the year testing his scrappy political style and pragmatic policy positions around the country, plans to formally enter the 2016 presidential race July 21. The two-term governor, who leads one of the nation’s premier swing states, is expected to formally join the crowded Republican primary field at Read More…