April 21, 2014

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Ridge Tool donates $200,000 toward EHS media center

ELYRIA — Elyria Schools Superintendent Paul Rigda remembers one thing that Ridge Tool President Fred Pond said just before voters approved the Elyria High School levy in May: “When this thing passes, I want you to come back here because we’re going to give you something big,” Pond told Rigda at the time. On Thursday Read More…

Deer hit by minivan, hits Jeep, gets sliced in half, hurts driver

WELLINGTON — Half a deer went through the windshield of a Jeep Cherokee on state Route 58 on Thursday after the animal was catapulted into the vehicle by a minivan traveling in the opposite direction.  The bizarre accident resulted in half of the eviscerated animal knocking the Jeep’s driver unconscious, while the passengers — the Read More…

Communities, sheriff to get security money

ELYRIA — Two local communities and the county sheriff’s office will get more than $80,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, D-Copley Township, announced Thursday that North Ridgeville police will get $11,794 and Sheffield firefighters will get $12,936 for new technology, equipment and training. The county sheriff will get a federal Read More…

Planning board backs Lorain plant

LORAIN — The Lorain Planning Commission has changed its mind about a limestone grinding plant moving to the city’s east side. The three-member board reversed its earlier decision and voted unanimously to recommend that Council rezone 15 acres of land at Riverbend Commerce Park, formerly known as the Colorado Industrial Park, from light industrial to Read More…

Ridgeville student suspended after threat

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A seventh-grade student who left a threatening message on several school computers Thursday was suspended for 10 days, school officials said. The student, who was not identified, was suspended faces the possibility of expulsion after police determined he typed a threatening message referencing a bomb being at North Ridgeville Middle School on Read More…

Man sues boy, 8, for ski slope collision

VAIL, Colo. — A 60-year-old man is taking an 8-year-old boy and his dad to court, claiming the boy caused a ski-slope collision that left the older man with a shoulder injury. David J. Pfahler of Allentown, Pa., sued in federal court in Denver, claiming Scott Swimm, then 7, was skiing fast and recklessly when Read More…

Eastgate Elementary students surprised with free shoes

ELYRIA — The jubilation broke out somewhere between Principal Chuck Sanfilippo receiving his new shoes, and the 196 students at Eastgate Elementary realizing they too, would be walking out with new shoes, too. “This is the most excited I have ever seen these kids — ever,” said Sanfilippo, principal at Eastgate Elementary. “This is even Read More…

Big Sister makes sure girl`s family will have a Christmas

LORAIN — Alexis Ayala didn’t attempt to mask her sadness as she spoke. “My mom told me we can’t afford a Christmas tree this year,” the 7-year-old told Colleen Campbell, her Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County. STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE Colleen Campbell stands with Roberta (rear left) and Eric Santana, Read More…

March primary brimming with local issues

Voters going to the polls in the March primary to pare down the field of presidential candidates will see a lot of local issues, too. In Elyria, voters will be asked to renew a temporary income tax, and Sheffield Township has two renewal levies on the ballot. The Lorain County Board of Mental Retardation and Read More…

Lorain indicted in slaying of ex’s lover

ELYRIA — A Lorain man was indicted by a county grand jury Thursday on aggravated murder and other charges stemming from the shooting death of his estranged wife’s boyfriend. Frank Honaker, 45, is accused of shooting 37-year-old Christopher Betts, of Columbia Township, outside the rear entrance of Lakeshore Colonial Apartments last Thursday. Betts was found Read More…