December 21, 2014

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2ND UPDATE — Florence Twp. building destroyed by fire

The Country Craft Store burns early Wednesday in Birmingham. COURTESY OF NICK SCHAFFER

BIRMINGHAM — Officials are investigating a fire that destroyed a century-old building in Birmingham. Country Craft Store, located on 15405 state Route 113, was a complete loss after a fire overnight Wednesday, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office. The call came in for the fire at about 12:05 a.m., and when firefighters arrived, fire Read More…

UPDATED: Residents evacuated following Lorain gas leak

Fire truck

LORAIN — Just before 6 p.m., Columbia Gas is still working to stop the gas leak in Lorain which started around 2:30 p.m. this afternoon. Lorain police Captain Todd Kieswetter said the delay is due to the fact that the gas line is made of steel. “Crimping” the line like an ordinary gas line could Read More…

Lawsuits against Pilot Flying J could be consolidated

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A dozen federal lawsuits against the truck stop chain run by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam could be consolidated before a single judge. The cases stem from a federal investigation into alleged rebate fraud by the sales team at privately held Pilot Flying J, the country’s largest diesel retailer. Various plaintiffs Read More…

Four Olmsted Falls students critically hurt in crash

LIVERPOOL TWP. — Four Olmsted Falls High School students were critically injured in a three-vehicle crash on Grafton Road on Monday night. A fifth student and two adults sustained less serious injuries. The crash happened about 9:15 p.m. when an eastbound 2007 Hyundai Elantra carrying the students attempted to pass a 1956 Chevrolet across a Read More…

Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: Elyria High’s Brooke Bader had her future in sight all along

CT photo illustration by Ed Betzel.

Carol Russo’s description of Brooke Bader as “very focused” fits. Bader had a 20-20 vision of her future as early as junior high and took the steps necessary to achieve it. “She was an incredible student,” Russo said. “She always knew she wanted to be an eye doctor. Everything she did had to hook into Read More…

Police: Mother of alleged bully punches woman at school

BRUNSWICK — A Brunswick woman was charged with assault after she punched another woman in the face Tuesday afternoon while waiting to pick up her child at Willetts Middle School, according to Brunswick police. As parents waited in their cars for their children to be released from school, police said Connie L. Edmiston, 42, of Read More…

Secretary of State says no to early voting changes

By Loren Genson and David Knox The Medina County Board of Elections got a response to its request that Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted reconsider his ban Saturday early voting. The answer is an unequivocal no. “The rules are set and are not going to change,” Husted stated in a prepared statement. Medina County Read More…