April 23, 2014

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Regent students show their holiday generosity

ELYRIA — Christmas wasn’t coming to the Kozich house. Bills were high, and money was tight. Things only got worse in October when 8-year-old Jazminn Kozich crashed her four-wheeler into a telephone pole and lost half of her teeth. She was on a respirator for four days. Her wrist was broken, and she had to Read More…

Cincy firefighter caught in pot ring bust

CINCINNATI — A city firefighter was among four people arrested and accused of being part of a nationwide ring that shipped tractor-trailer loads of marijuana, authorities said. The ring allegedly unraveled this week with an arrest at a shopping mall and an attempted arrest at a city firehouse. Firefighter Michael Ferguson wasn’t there, but he Read More…

‘Foreclosure dogs’ latest casualty in lending crisis

COLUMBUS — The mortgage crisis unfolding around the country, particularly in hard-hit states like Ohio, often has an unpublicized victim: the family dog. Nearly 20 percent of the 182 people who deposited dogs at the Franklin County Dog Shelter by the middle of December this year said they were being evicted. “There’s even a national Read More…

Shift of postal jobs from Akron to Canton halted

CANTON — A proposal to move about two dozen post office jobs from Canton to Akron may get a “return-to-sender” stamp. Canton Area Local Postal Workers’ Union President Carmine Russo said he has learned that U.S. Rep. Ralph Regula, a Navarre Republican, was able to pass legislation that would keep the jobs in Stark County. Read More…

Woman lives in the home she and Jack Frost built

ELYRIA — Come Christmas, Arlene Sahr’s townhouse is overrun by little men with round bellies, carrot noses and black-button eyes. It’s a holiday migration: The snow starts flying, and Sahr pulls the little fellas from their hiding places — boxes or bags tucked away most of the year — and positions them strategically throughout her Read More…

Elyria notebook: Dec. 23

Elyria officer gets honor from VFW Thirty-year Elyria police veteran Joe Figula Sr. was awarded the Police Officer of the Year award by Elyria VFW Post 1079 on Monday, receiving a $500 check as part of the award.  Retired Elyria police officer Dave Gill, also a VFW member, said the VFW asked the Elyria police Read More…

Columbia school employees OK strike

COLUMBIA TWP. — Bus drivers, cafeteria workers and other non-teaching staff in the Columbia school district plan to strike at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 7. Children will be safely delivered to school that day prior to the strike’s start, said Lloyd Rains, regional director of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees. The reason for the Read More…

Daniel Petric seeks father’s ministry

ELYRIA — The son of a Wellington pastor who allegedly shot and killed his mother and wounded his father has asked that his father be allowed to visit him — as his minister. If Daniel Petric’s motion is granted by county Common Pleas Judge James Burge, it will allow the teen to have private conversations Read More…

Police arrest sitter on the lam

SHEFFIELD LAKE — An anonymous tip Friday led police to the hideout of a sex offender wanted in Westlake for showing pornography to young children. Dennis Buck, 38, was found at 12:19 a.m. at an apartment building on the 600 block of Lake Breeze Road, Sheffield Lake police Detective Jarod Green said. Buck There were Read More…

Not-Forgotten Box drive reaches gift goal

ELYRIA — Thanks to the generosity of local residents and businesses, more than 1,000 families this week walked through the doors of the Elyria Salvation Army in need and walked out bearing gifts. And families who didn’t get help still have a chance thanks to that overwhelming generosity. Elyria Salvation Army Capt. Sherry Pelletier said Read More…