December 22, 2014

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Man charged with using counterfeit bills at area businesses

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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

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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…

Marathon bombing survivor in ‘Yes to Dress’ finale

Boston Marathon bombing victim Rebekah Gregory DiMartino tries on dresses during the taping of the series "Say Yes to the Dress." DiMartino and her husband Gregory were injured in an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (AP Photo/TLC)

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Marathon bombings took Rebekah DiMartino’s leg, but they couldn’t rob her of her joy as a new bride. Her sometimes faltering search for the perfect wedding dress — trying on designer gowns while balancing on crutches — is featured in Friday night’s season finale of TLC’s popular reality show, “Say Yes to Read More…

Medina man charged in fatal Elyria shooting

Jeremy Diestler appears at a preliminary hearing on murder charges at Elyria Municipal Court with attorney Jack Bradley. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — A Medina man has been indicted on aggravated murder and other charges stemming from the Sept. 17 shooting death of Matthew Stinson in an Elyria apartment hallway. Jeremy Diestler, 30, also is charged with murder, felonious assault, improper discharge of a firearm at a habitation and tampering with evidence. Stinson, 25, was shot Read More…

Amherst woman among 2 indicted in overdose death

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A registered nurse who lives in Amherst is one of two women indicted this week on multiple charges in the May 28 death of a Valley City man who died two days after suffering a heroin overdose in Newburgh Heights. A Cuyahoga County grand jury returned indictments against Patricia Kane, 60, of Amherst, and Marla Read More…

Judge recuses self from cases involving accused Sheffield attorney

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LYRIA — Lorain County Domestic Relations Judge Lisa Swenski has removed herself from cases on her docket involving the Sheffield attorney accused of hypnotizing his clients for sexual purposes. In a lengthy document filed Thursday, Swenski detailed her interactions with suspended lawyer Michael W. Fine, who she wrote displayed a familiarity with hypnosis and tried Read More…