April 20, 2014

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Farmers market moves to Broad Street

ELYRIA — The now-vacant parcel at 328 E. Broad St. will host a farmers market and art showcase. Elyria City Hall and a Sears department store used to sit there, but the decayed building was razed a year ago after the city’s Building Department condemned it. A seeded green space was left after crews demolished Read More…

Probe clears Crime Lab director of wrongdoing

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  ELYRIA — An investigation into missing items at the Lorain County Adult Probation Department has cleared the county Crime Lab and its director, Emmanuel de Leon, of wrongdoing, county sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dennis Cavanaugh said Friday. But Cavanaugh said the investigation into missing guns and other items at the Probation Department continues. “Some things Read More…

Possible meth lab found in $1M Sheffield Lake home

SHEFFIELD LAKE — The Lorain County Drug Task Force found what police believe to be an under-construction methamphetamine lab in an East Lake Road home that was purchased for $1.125 million last year. Madhu Sudan Dutta, one of the owners of 3675 E. Lake Road, was arrested Wednesday at the house. Detective Olen Martin said Read More…

15 percent in Lorain County ‘food insecure’

A study released Friday confirms what many food banks in Lorain County already know: At least 15 percent of those living in the county are “food insecure.” Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, shows a growing population at risk of hunger throughout Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio’s service area, which Read More…

Ohio sees record high heroin overdose deaths

Heidi Riggs talks about the 2012 heroin overdose death of her daughter, Marin Riggs, 20, who died only 18 months after first becoming addicted, in Upper Arlington, Ohio.  (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A record number of Ohioans died from heroin-related overdoses in 2012, the state Department of Health said as it released the newest available figures for a problem that’s been called an epidemic and a public health crisis. The state says 680 people died of heroin overdoses in 2012, up from 426 Read More…

Illustrator shows fans how their favorite children’s book characters are drawn

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LORAIN — They’re drawn to him. Jim Durk’s illustrations for “Clifford the Big Red Dog” and “Thomas the Tank Engine” books are beloved by children. Some of Durk’s younger fans gathered around him Thursday at the Lorain PublicLibrary System’s main branch as he showed them how it’s done. As he drew Clifford on a sketch Read More…

Search resumes for 2 missing in Lake Erie

TOLEDO (AP) — Authorities have resumed the search for two missing men in western Lake Erie, a day after finding the bodies of a woman and a teenage girl off the Ohio shoreline. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victims as Amy Santus, 33, of Perrysburg, near Toledo, and Paige Widmer, 16, of Read More…

Lorain County residents can have documents destroyed at shred day

A shred day and food drive will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Collection Center parking lot, 540 S. Abbe Road, Elyria. LorainCounty residents can bring documents to the site to have them shredded for free on-site. There is a limit of five boxes or five blue grocery bags per vehicle. Read More…

Oberlin professor files defamation lawsuit against colleague

OBERLIN — An Oberlin College professor who was accused of plotting to kill a colleague has sued another professor for defamation. The professor, Ali Yedes, filed a lawsuit in Lorain County Court of Common Pleas on Thursday against colleague Samir Amin Abdellatif, suing him for defamation and emotional distress that he said he has faced Read More…

Lorain Police: Assault victim may be meeting alleged attacker

LORAIN — A 17-year-old Lorain boy who police said was sexually assaulted two years ago may have been meeting with and texting his alleged attacker as recently as last fall, police said. Detectives from the Lorain Police Department have a search warrant to look through the teenager’s phones for evidence of contact between the boy Read More…