December 20, 2014

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Middle-schoolers in county get a big YES from 9 agencies

ELYRIA — Multiple Lorain County organizations are joining forces to promote the wellness and education of middle school students in south Elyria. On Friday, representatives from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County and the United Way of Greater Lorain County announced they were starting the Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Zone with seven other Read More…

5 years later, wife charged in husband’s fatal shooting

ELYRIA — Five years after Jeremy Simko died from a single gunshot wound to the head in his Vermilion home, his wife, Julene Simko, has been charged with killing him. She surrendered at the Lorain County Jail on Friday to face charges of aggravated murder, murder, felonious assault and tampering with evidence. She was released Read More…

A Wellington Schools band director accused of harassment

WELLINGTON — A band director at Wellington Schools was accused of harassing, intimidating and even bullying one of her students before she was placed on administrative leave in November. The Wellington Board of Education has planned a disciplinary hearing for band director Toni Novotny, who was placed on paid administrative leave in late November. Novotny Read More…

Police find marijuana growing operation in woman’s apartment

Selina Zeviar

ELYRIA – After receiving complaints about a smell coming from a residence on Washington Avenue, police investigated Thursday to find a large marijuana growing operation set up in a woman’s apartment. Selina Zeviar, 45, was charged with felonious cultivation and possession of marijuana around 9 a.m. Thursday when police searched her apartment at 228 Washington Read More…

Man charged with using counterfeit bills at area businesses

Juan Diaz

ELYRIA – A man who tried to use a fake $100 bill at a Taco Bell drive-through Thursday may be responsible for other cases of counterfeit bills being passed in Elyria, according to police. Juan Diaz, 29, of Lorain, was charged with three counts of forgery Thursday morning after police were called to a Taco Read More…

I-90 eastbound closed because of car fire

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Interstate 90 Eastbound was closed west of Route 611 in Avon because of a truck fire on Friday morning. The road reopened just before 1 p.m., according to ODOT. According to the Avon Fire Department, no one is injured. @YourChronicle here’s a short video of the truck fire on i90 in Avon. #fire http://t.co/ZSGu2RcJLH — Read More…

Wife charged with 2009 murder of Vermilion man

Julene Simko

ELYRIA – Five years after Jeremy Simko died from a gunshot wound to the head in his Vermilion home, his wife, Julene Simko, has been charged with killing him. She surrendered at the Lorain County Jail today to face charges of aggravated murder, murder, felonious assault and tampering with evidence. Julene Simko called 911 just Read More…

Avon Police report numerous package thefts

AVON – More than a dozen packages have been stolen from porches recently as Christmas approaches. Avon Police Cpt. Larry Fischbach said thieves are making off with packages throughout the area, and the thefts are not targeted to specific neighborhoods. Package thefts have occurred everywhere from subdivisions to main streets like Detroit Road, he said. Read More…

5-year-old Ohio boy sends $1 to help save UAB football

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — A 5-year-old Ohio boy hoping to save the scuttled football program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham thought more cash might be the solution, so he sent his entire allowance — a $1 bill — with a handwritten note of support. “I love Ohio State, but I think you should Read More…

10 Things to Know, Friday, Dec. 19

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Spy’s parents search for son after Cuba-U.S. deal  Neither Cuban nor American officials have confirmed that Rolando Sarraff Trujillo, whom Obama hailed as one of Washington’s most valuable assets, was spirited off the island. 2. Calls for Read More…