January 30, 2015

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Prosecutor opposes dismissal request in judge’s case

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ELYRIA — The special prosecutor handling the public corruption case against Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge wants Burge’s request to dismiss the case against him thrown out. Assistant Ohio Attorney General Matt Donahue wrote in court documents filed Wednesday that Burge and his lawyers failed to make a legitimate argument that the indictment Read More…

Grafton, North Ridgeville make Top 10 list of safest places to live

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Two Lorain County municipalities are on recent Top 10 lists of safest places to live in Ohio. Value Penguin, a Manhattan-based data analysis company that focuses primarily on consumer finance topics, recently analyzed 2013 Federal Investigation Bureau Uniform Crime Report data to rank the safest cities in small, midsize and big cities across Ohio. Grafton Read More…

North Ridgeville parents, school officials discuss busing

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Improving communication between parents and school officials over student busing was the overriding theme at Wednesday night’s meeting hosted by the school district’s transportation office. The meeting generated discussion as parents asked questions, expressed opinions, and school officials tried to satisfy areas of concern. Several parents expressed appreciation for improved communications from Read More…

Lorain man arrested after standoff with police

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LORAIN — A Lorain man is facing a number of firearms-related charges after he allegedly fired about three shots in his home while drunk Wednesday evening. William Lipfird was charged with improperly discharging a firearm and handling a firearm while intoxicated after a nearly three-hour standoff with officers at his home at 1725 Urban Circle Read More…

LaGrange cottage destroyed by fire

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A cottage behind a LaGrange house was destroyed in a fire on Wednesday. LaGrange Fire Department responded to reports of a structure fire at 19137 Route 301. When they arrived, a structure behind the residence was fully engulfed. No one was home at the time of the fire, according to the fire department. Check back for Read More…

UPDATED: Elyria Health Department spared from cuts

ELYRIA — The Elyria City Health District can live to fight another day for the dollars it needs to keep the doors open. The city department is no longer facing a $500,000 cut, city officials said. A save by Finance Director Ted Pileski will limit the reduction from the general fund to $250,000, and Elyria Read More…

Fugitive treasure hunter nabbed in Florida after 2-year hunt

In this November 1989 file photo, Tommy Thompson holds a $50 pioneer gold piece retrieved earlier in 1989 from the wreck of the gold ship Central America. According to the US Marshals Service, Thompson, a fugitive treasure hunter wanted for more than 2 years was arrested in Florida. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Lon Horwedel)

A fugitive treasure hunter embroiled in a legal fight over what’s been described as the greatest lost treasure in American history has been arrested in Florida after more than two years on the lam, authorities said Wednesday. The U.S. Marshals Service tracked Tommy Thompson to a hotel in Palm Beach County and arrested him Tuesday, Read More…

10 Things to Know, Wednesday, Jan. 28

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Hostage mom to Japan leader: Please save Kenji  The mother of the captive journalist calls on Prime Minister Abe to save her son as a new ultimatum, purportedly made by the Islamic State, gives him hours to Read More…

N.Y. mayor, governor defend strict NYC storm regulations

In this Jan. 26, 2015, file photo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, and top city officials hold a news conference at the city's Office of Emergency Management, in New York in advance of a storm that shut down the city's transportation system when predictions were that the storm would dump 18 to 24 inches of snow on the city. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File )

NEW YORK (AP) — They appeared to be scenes from a frozen apocalypse. Streets across the nation’s largest city were empty, the only movement the changing traffic lights signaling to cars that weren’t there. The subway system was shuttered, the city’s pulse rendered still. Hardy souls who braved the snow were threatened with fines or Read More…

White House drops plan to scale back college savings plans

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. The White House said Tuesday it is dropping a proposal to scale back the tax benefits of college savings plans amid a backlash from both Republicans and Democrats. (AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, Pool)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Tuesday it is dropping a proposal to scale back the tax benefits of college savings plans amid a backlash from both Republicans and Democrats. President Barack Obama made the proposal last week as part of his State of the Union address. It was part of Obama’s plan to consolidate and Read More…