September 18, 2014

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UPDATED: Former Lorain official pleads guilty to corruption charge

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CLEVELAND — Former Lorain Community Development Director Sandy Prudoff avoided a return to prison as part of a plea agreement reached Tuesday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. Prudoff, 71, entered a guilty plea to a single conspiracy count in exchange for prosecutors dropping additional charges against him as part of a long-running corruption investigation. Read More…

UPDATED: Drug dealer pleads guilty to federal charges in overdose death

Siaerres Noble

ELYRIA — An Elyria man accused of selling fentanyl to an Elyria woman who died from a drug overdose pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to multiple drug trafficking charges. Siarres “Sizzle” Noble, 29, likely will be sentenced to 20 years in prison under the terms of the plea deal, which was announced by U.S. Read More…

Cedar Point announces partnership with LeBron James Family Foundation

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SANDUSKY – Cedar Point officials in July pledged to re-name one of the park’s 17 roller coasters after LeBron James if the NBA superstar returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers, which he later did. This morning, the park ended weeks of speculation by announcing what was termed a “bigger and better than expected” development that does Read More…

UPDATED: Crews rescue man trapped in trench

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ELYRIA – A construction worker was rescued Tuesday morning after a 12-foot trench he was working in collapsed, leaving him buried in heavy dirt up to his waist. Elyria resident Scott Atkinson, 34, an employee of Avon Lake-based Concrete and More Waterproofing, was working on a sewer line in a yard at 581 Georgetown Ave. Read More…

UPDATED: Man who set himself on fire connected to homicide

State troopers take measurements at the scene of the incident on Rt. 20 on Monday after a man lit himself on fire. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

CLEVELAND – Authorities suspect – although they won’t say with certainty – that the three children found in a car with homicide suspect Hugo Ramos on Monday belonged to him and a woman found murdered in a Cleveland home, police said. Ramos, 28, was driving the children on Route 20 Monday morning when he pulled Read More…

10 Things to Know, Tuesday, Sept. 16

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. How U.S. ramps up response to Ebola The Obama administration will assign 3,000 American military personnel to West Africa to support local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed for victims of the Read More…

Chardon school shooter has long discipline record in prison

TJ Lane

COLUMBUS — The school shooter who briefly escaped from a prison last week had a pitchfork when he was captured, the state patrol said Monday. T.J. Lane, convicted of killing three students at Chardon High School in the Cleveland area in 2012, did not threaten officers with the pitchfork, and it isn’t known where he Read More…

Woman claims she was held captive by boyfriend

Wayne Collin

LORAIN — A handwritten plea to a neighbor on Friday led police to a woman who said she had been held captive by her boyfriend for months. Wayne Collins Jr., 42, was charged with violating a temporary protection order, domestic violence and kidnapping late Friday at his girlfriend’s apartment in the 4500 block of Oakhill Read More…

Lorain police officer charged with DUI

LORAIN — Lorain police Officer Bill Lachner was charged with DUI early Saturday after he was caught driving the wrong way on state Route 2, his attorney said Monday. Defense attorney Mike Kinlin said he doesn’t believe his client was intoxicated at the time. Instead, he said, Lachner was experiencing a diabetic episode caused by Read More…

Nine North Ridgeville businesses cited with selling alcohol to minors

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Police have filed charges against nine bars, restaurants and other businesses which were found to have sold alcohol to minors during a sting operation over the weekend. The charges were brought following a joint effort by police, the STOP Underage Drinking Task Force and the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Read More…