November 29, 2014

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Ohio legislators continue work on redistricting revamp

COLUMBUS — State Republicans and Democrats are working to coalesce around a new system for drawing congressional and legislative districts with hopes they can reach the resolution they’ve promised the public by year’s end. States alter political maps to reflect population shifts identified by the U.S. Census once every 10 years in a process called Read More…

Elyria firefighter facing theft charges resigns

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ELYRIA — The Elyria firefighter accused of stealing Fire Department cleaning supplies has resigned from his job, according to Safety Service Director Mary Siwierka. Jeffrey Castle, 53, of Elyria tendered his resignation at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, roughly three hours before city officials were to hold a pre-disciplinary hearing to determine Castle’s employment status with the Read More…

Thanksgiving meals, closings and trash collections

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Holiday meals LaGrange United Methodist Church is hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the church, 105 W. Main St., LaGrange. The event is free to anyone who desires a hot meal and some company during the holiday. Call Staci at (440) 355-4561 for more information. St. Mary Parish in Read More…

Lorain officer ‘regrets’ tweets about Cleveland protesters

LORAIN — Lorain police Officer Brent Payne said he regrets a series of provocative tweets he sent out Tuesday criticizing those protesting the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by a Cleveland police officer. “In hindsight, I wish I wouldn’t have made those comments,” he said Wednesday. Payne said he was off duty at the Read More…

Pair indicted in Westlake bar crash

A Cuyahoga County grand jury indicted two men on multiple felony charges after an incident in which one of the men crashed a stolen truck into a Westlake bar on Oct. 23. Brandon Pawlak, 26, of Cleveland, was indicted on 13 counts of aggravated robbery, 13 counts of aggravated vehicular assault, one count of failure Read More…

Man charged with stabbing rival outside bar in Lorain

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LORAIN — A Lorain man is accused of stabbing another man in the parking lot of Richard’s Premier Lounge, 2062 E. 28th St., around 9:55 p.m. Tuesday. Michael Smith sustained left arm and left knee wounds after he said he was stabbed by Yato Segun, according to a police report and in an interview with Read More…

Lorain County engineer free during appeal

Lorain County Engineer Ken Carney, left, and attorney Jack Bradley listen as Carney is sentenced to jail last week. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

OBERLIN — Lorain County Engineer Ken Carney won’t have to report to Lorain County Jail on Friday to begin serving the remaining 26 days of a 30-day jail sentence stemming from his plea to criminal mischief earlier this year. Oberlin Municipal Court Judge Thomas Januzzi on Wednesday agreed to allow Carney, 65, to remain free Read More…

Family thankful for man who saved teens after crash

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Danee Goodell used to be there when the helicopters landed. From her position as a secretary behind the desk at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain, Goodell could hear the whir of the blades as patients with the most serious injuries were rushed to the hospital. “I just remember when I heard the helicopters, I Read More…

Death penalty on table for man accused of stabbing ex-wife

Cuyahoga County prosecutors are weighing whether to seek the death penalty for a man who is accused of fatally stabbing his ex-wife in Cleveland before trying to kill himself in Lorain County. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty’s office has notified the judge handling the aggravated murder case against Hugo Ramos that his Capital Review Committee Read More…

Money, cigars stolen from Elyria Circle K store

Elyria police respond to a robbery report at the Circle K at 402 E. Broad St. on Wednesday evening. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Police were called Wednesday to a convenience store about 5 p.m. after the store was robbed. Several police officers were at Circle K, 402 E. Broad St., immediately following the robbery talking to a female employee who was visibly shaken. Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said a black male between 21 and 30 Read More…