November 27, 2014

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Boarded-up houses become gun stashes

CLEVELAND — Boarded-up and abandoned homes have become places for criminals to stash weapons, make drugs and organize crimes, police said. The foreclosure crisis has hit Cleveland hard with thousands of properties abandoned. The vacant, abandoned properties are safe sites for would-be criminals to leave their goods and avoid being caught with them. “People are Read More…

Avon notebook: April 28, 2008

Teen will govern Ohio Key Club Zach LaFleur, a senior at Avon Lake High School, has been elected governor of Ohio Key Club. He served as lieutenant governor of the club’s 13th District this school year. As governor, he’ll set policy for Key Club International’s Ohio district. Another Avon Lake student, Allie Palmer, was elected Read More…

Tired of wait, home sellers turn to auctions

CLEVELAND — Impatient with a sputtering real estate market, in which available homes are plentiful and prices are continuing to fall, people struggling to sell their homes in Northeast Ohio are putting their properties on the auction block. Sellers usually need cash fast because they are retiring, moving or getting divorced — or are just Read More…

A serpentine squatter

The Canada goose in these photos was chased off its nest by this black rat snake on a pond at the photographer’s residence recently in Valley View.  CHUCK HUMEL / CHRONICLE “Bird eggs are definitely on its diet,” said Lorain County Metroparks naturalist Leslie McNutt of the snake. “The eggs are pretty big. I’m not Read More…

Avon/Avon Lake blotter: April 28, 2008

Avon police Sunday, April 20 11:41 a.m. – Village at Avon Apartments, Chester Road, a woman said a 15-year-old boy hit her daughter and ran off. 6:40 p.m. – 1500 block Crab Apple Lane, a man was spotted trying to kick in a home’s door. Monday, April 21 6:02 p.m. – 1600 block Cypress West, Read More…

Continental says it won’t seek quick merger

DALLAS — Continental Airlines Inc. said Sunday it would not pursue a combination with another carrier right away, a surprising move after weeks of growing speculation that it would join with United Airlines to create the world’s biggest airline. Continental Chairman and Chief Executive Lawrence Kellner said in a message to employees that the Houston-based Read More…

Afghan president survives attack

Gunmen attack during ceremony marking liberation from Soviets KABUL, Afghanistan — Militants firing rockets and automatic rifles attacked the Afghan president at a ceremony in Kabul on Sunday, missing their target but killing three and wounding eight others. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault that sent President Hamid Karzai and foreign ambassadors scurrying for Read More…

Olympic torch relay begins North Korea leg free of protest

PYONGYANG, North Korea — The Olympic torch began its first-ever run through North Korea on Monday, where the flame was assured of a trip free of the anti-Chinese protests that marked other legs of the relay. An attentive and peaceful crowd of thousands watched the start of the relay in Pyongyang, some waving Chinese flags, Read More…

Ohio man guilty in theft-to-order ring

YOUNGSTOWN — A man accused of being the leader of a sophisticated theft ring stretching from Cleveland to western Pennsylvania in the Rust Belt region pleaded guilty and faces up to 10 years in prison. Bobby Mock, 39, of Youngstown, helped lead a ring that burglarized businesses and homes throughout the region and resold stolen Read More…

Woman honored by national YWCA

 ELYRIA — For Jeanine Donaldson, executive director of the Elyria YWCA, receiving the National YWCA Sojourner Truth Award is like being recognized for simply breathing. Those were the first words she said she uttered after taking the stage in Washington, D.C., earlier this month to receive the honor, presented to a woman who has exemplified Read More…