August 1, 2014

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Access limited to Ohio facial-recognition system

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office said it continues to reduce the number of law-enforcement officers statewide who have access to controversial facial-recognition technology. The system rolled out last year allows police to take an image of an unknown person and run it through a database of 23 million Ohio driver’s license Read More…

VIDEO: Former OSU football player Tracy Sprinkle pleads no contest in Lorain bar brawl

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LORAIN — Former Ohio State University football defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle pleaded no contest Thursday to an amended misdemeanor charge of attempted failure to comply with a police order that stemmed from a July 5 brawl outside a Lorain bar. Additional charges of possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and riot were dismissed as Read More…

Police: Members of suspected heroin trafficking organization arrested

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LORAIN – The breakup of a Lorain County drug ring this week led to seven arrests and the largest amount of heroin police have ever seized in Lorain. On Wednesday police arrested seven members of a suspected “heroin trafficking organization” in Lorain County and seized over a kilo of heroin in the process, according to Read More…

Fired Ohio State band director says he was fixing vulgar culture

Ohio State University marching band director Jon Waters leads the band in "Carmen Ohio" following a game against San Diego State at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Sept. 7. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Adam Cairns)

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio State University’s fired marching band director was working to fix a vulgar culture “in dire need of change” before he was dismissed last week, he said in a document released by his attorney. The university fired Jonathan Waters last week after the two-month investigation concluded he knew about, but failed to Read More…

2 more arrested in drug investigation

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Two additional suspects were arrested in connection with a drug raid in Lorain County. Tyshun Washington, 28, of Elyria, was charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and two counts of trafficking in drugs. Amber Zajac, 23, of Lorain, was charged with conspiracy. These two arrests come after five people were arrested on Wednesday Read More…

Lorain teachers learning creative strategies to help students

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ELYRIA — Don’t call it art camp for teachers. Yes, their tables were crowded with paints, glue sticks and chopped-up magazines ideal for decoupage. But the Lorain Schools teachers holed up Wednesday in a classroom at the Lorain County Community College were there to learn. During the summer, teachers embark on myriad professional development courses, Read More…

Bill would increase the number of addicts physicians could treat


A key aspect of battling the growing heroin epidemic may lie in treating those already suffering from addiction. At least that’s the approach The Recovery Enhancement for Addiction Treatment Act aims to take. The act, which was introduced by U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., last week and co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland, would Read More…

Industry experts say Cedar Point ride accident ‘fluke’

In this May 4, 2006, file photo, people ride the Skyhawk at Cedar Point. The ride has been closed indefinitely after a cable snapped, injuring two visitors. (AP Photo/The Sandusky Register, Jason Werling, File)

SANDUSKY — Anytime an accident or ride malfunction occurs at an amusement or theme park, it makes news. Because such occurrences are so infrequent in an industry that gave more than 3 billion rides to 375 million visitors across the U.S. in 2013, every mishap is seen as a big deal, according to industry observers Read More…

NASA Glenn unveils new mission facility

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CLEVELAND — The last time new office buildings went up at the NASA Glenn Research Center, John F. Kennedy was president and the Beatles had yet to trigger their British invasion of America. Which is why the center’s new $20.5 million, energy-efficient and ultra-modern Mission Integration Center is a big deal. The 90,000-square-foot, three-story building Read More…

Commissioner candidates agree to debate on website

Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams, left, and state Rep. Matt Lundy

ELYRIA — The Chronicle-Telegram will host a debate between Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams and his challenger, state Rep. Matt Lundy, D-Elyria. The debate, which is scheduled to take place Oct. 1, will be made available on The Chronicle’s website. “We want readers to see the candidates matched up against each other and exploring how Read More…