September 3, 2015

Elyria
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Lorain County Fair attendance down slightly

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WELLINGTON — Attendance was 125,718 at the 170th annual Lorain County Fair, fair board President Kim Meyers said Sunday. The number was about 0.5 percent below last year’s attendance of 126,423. It was 3.5 percent below the average annual attendance between 2010 and 2014 which was 130,279. Meyers attributed the slightly lower numbers to more Read More…

4-H teen donates proceeds to friend

WELLINGTON — The auctioneers at the Lorain County Junior Fair Auction normally speak quickly — rapidly running through a series of 4-H members who lead their animals to be sold to business people around the county. But when they got to Savannah Smith on Saturday morning, they paused. “Normally we don’t do this,” auctioneer Andy Read More…

Elyria Catholic administrator to see Pope’s address to Congress

Andy Krakowiak

It started with a phone call Andrew Krakowiak will never forget and will end with a trip to the nation’s capital to be in the same room as Pope Francis delivers an address to a joint session of Congress. Krakowiak, the executive in residence at Elyria Catholic High School, will be the personal guest of Read More…

Groups provide safe sleep tools

ELYRIA — Six days ago, Amanda Hatfield gave birth via an emergency cesarean section to a set of twins — a boy, Seth, and a girl she named Helanedria — a nod to other women in the baby’s life. Thursday, surviving on just three hours of sleep, the 22-year-old mother and her partner, Seth Luck, Read More…

Firefighters soon to carry cribs on calls

ELYRIA — Stuffed somewhere between massive fire hoses and emergency extrication equipment, the Elyria Fire Department soon will start carrying infant pack-and-play cribs as it crisscrosses the city on emergency calls. Not your typical piece of fire apparatus, the baby items are intended for the homes where parents using unsafe sleep practices are running the Read More…

Riding in her sister’s honor

Erin Hostal, 17, of LaGrange, shows off her horse Della on Friday at the Lorain County Fair.  MELISSA LINEBRINK/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — Wearing a tank top, jean shorts and cowboy boots, Erin Hostal walked through Barn 15 of the Lorain County Fair, home to the junior fair horses with her horse Della at her side. “Horse coming through!” Erin announced as she passed between the walkway leading out to the round pen where she allowed Read More…

2 men charged in porn sting

David Six

ELYRIA — A school security officer with a Cleveland elementary school and his romantic partner were charged Thursday morning in connection with their alleged ties to a child pornography investigation, Elyria police said. Brian Sanner, 24, was charged with two counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, two counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving Read More…

Horn sues Flores, claims defamation

ELYRIA — Bail bondsman Tony Horn sued Lorain City Councilman Dennis Flores and attorney Gerald Phillips on Friday, accusing them of defamation in their efforts to overturn Flores’ loss in the May Democratic primary to Horn’s son, Ryan Horn. The lawsuit alleged Flores and Phillips improperly accused the elder Horn of rigging the election in Read More…

Former attorney indicted in hypnosis case

Michael Fine

ELYRIA — The former Sheffield attorney accused of hypnotizing his female clients for his sexual gratification has been criminally charged in a 29-count secret indictment that was unsealed Friday after he turned himself in at the Lorain County Jail. Michael W. Fine, 58, is charged with rape, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, attempted Read More…

Carnivals and fairs are a family business

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WELLINGTON — Michelle Bates-Dallman remembers the first time she talked to a reporter about life with the carnival: She was 10 years old and working at her uncle’s popcorn trailer when she did a TV spot because her uncle was too scared to talk on camera. Bates-Dallman, whose father, Eric Bates, and Uncle Geary started Read More…