October 20, 2014

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Executions on hold while courts rule

COLUMBUS — A backlog is forming on Ohio’s death row while officials wait for courts to rule on the state’s capital punishment law. Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann says in a report to lawmakers it’s unclear if the state will have any executions soon. There are 184 inmates on Ohio’s death row. The U.S. Supreme Read More…

Hispanic Happenings: Optician helps Spanish-speaking clients

As general manager for Sears Optical, Denise Santiago-Sorino has the distinction of being the only Hispanic employee there. Santiago-Sorino manages the sales representatives and sales supervisor. As a licensed optician, she also takes measurements, reads prescriptions, dispenses eyeglasses and provides customer service. Santiago-Sorino knows how to use about 30 tools to adjust eyeglass frames. She Read More…

Anti-tobacco group keeps funds from lawmakers

COLUMBUS — The board of an anti-tobacco group formed by the General Assembly voted Friday to transfer $190 million into separate non-profit accounts, an attempt to keep the funds out of the reach of Gov. Ted Strickland and legislative leaders who want to instead use them for an economic stimulus plan. The Ohio Tobacco Prevention Read More…

Lorain gears up for summer soccer tourney

LORAIN — The Venezuelans are in to round out an eight-team roster of soccer stars set to show their skills in a tournament this August in Lorain. It will be the first trial by fire for the 17 young members of the Premier Soccer Academies team, all of whom have been training since August 2007 Read More…

Dinosaur discovery on display in Cleveland

Seven years ago, a recognized dinosaur expert who works at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History discovered the skull of a new species of horned dinosaur. Starting this week, the museum becomes the first anywhere to display a detailed resin-fiberglass cast of the skull of the 20-foot, 2,000-pound Albertaceratops nesmoi that roamed southern Alberta, Canada, Read More…

Brother’s project: Help sister fund her schooling

An Elyria man is trying to pull off what he calls the biggest big-brother-helps-little-sister moment of his life by trying to win his 17-year-old sibling $25,000 in college money. CHUCK HUMEL/CHRONICLE Ryan Loper, 21, left, made a film of his sister Brittany, right, and entered it into Upromise Tuition Tales video contest. First-place prize is Read More…

Firelands names schools chief

HENRIETTA TWP. — The Firelands Schools have a new superintendent. Well, almost. Ring Board of Education President Dwayne Becker said Friday that Greg Ring has been chosen to lead the district. Now, all that remains to make it official is for the school board to vote on it. That’s scheduled to happen at its April Read More…

Crash victim was 5 times over legal limit

VERMILION —  The blood-alcohol level of a Wakeman man who died in a one-car crash March 27 was nearly five times the legal limit for driving, police said. Samuel H. Markman, 60, who was pronounced dead at the scene, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.395 percent, Vermilion police Sgt. Stephen Davis said. That’s the highest Read More…

Avon police investigating baby’s death

AVON — Police are investigating the death of a 3-month-old girl who was found not breathing in her mother’s bed early Thursday. Avon police said Delaney Powell was found at 6:44 a.m. lying face-down in the bed of her mother, Melissa Ault, at the family’s Elizabeth Drive home. She wasn’t breathing and had no pulse, Read More…

Avon man could face death in shooting

CLEVELAND — An Avon man could be put to death if convicted of charges handed down Friday by a Cuyahoga County grand jury related to the shooting death of one man and injuries to another Anthony Faraj, 22, was indicted on charges of aggravated murder, felonious assault and aggravated robbery. Cleveland police say he killed Read More…