October 2, 2014

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Rare tree in Sandusky no longer a state secret

For about seven years, the state’s natural resources leaders have harbored a secret. They still won’t reveal the exact location of it or allow outsiders to see it. This Ohio treasure’s existence was closely guarded until last week when the director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources revealed that a full-sized American Chestnut tree Read More…

Ruling: Judge freed felon improperly

ELYRIA — A state appeals court has overturned county Common Pleas Judge James Burge decision to cut Thomas Holmes’ prison sentence from 23 years to six. The 9th District Court of Appeals ruled that while Burge was within his rights to resentence Holmes — convicted of assaulting his wife — the judge didn’t conduct the Read More…

Parents get back ‘Safe Haven’ baby

ELYRIA — A baby girl dropped off at EMH Regional Medical Center on Super Bowl Sunday under the state’s Safe Haven law is back home with her parents. County Juvenile Magistrate James Paterson said Monday that the parents almost immediately regretted letting the girl’s aunt take her to the hospital and had wanted the baby Read More…

Officials add brutal details in January killing

ELYRIA — The man accused of fatally shooting grocer Jose Gonzalez first attacked the grocer with a piece of a car jack before grabbing Gonzalez’s gun and shooting him at close range, prosecutors said in documents filed Monday. Decio Rodrigues, 24, of Lorain, made off with $4,750 after the 10 a.m. robbery Jan. 25 at Read More…

SEND theft inside job, lawyer says

ELYRIA — Falsified bank statements lead officials of a local nonprofit organization to suspect theft within its ranks, the agency’s attorney said Monday. Now, South Elyria Neighborhood Development (SEND) temporarily has shuttered its Middle Avenue office while it awaits a criminal investigation into one of its own. The situation was made public on March 10 Read More…

Former Oberlin city manager candidate indicted

OBERLIN — A woman who turned down a $100,000-plus job as city manager of Oberlin to remain city manager of a tiny beachside town in South Carolina has been indicted on charges of illegally using police retirement funds for pay other town expenses. Marcia Conner, 50, of Durham, N.C., turned herself in Monday on two Read More…

A singular team in Vermilion

VERMILION — Having coached both boys and girls teams as well as mixed boy-and-girl teams during his 25 years as a recreation league coach, Jerry Western said he’s come to the conclusion that the so-called fairer sex make better basketball players. “Girls are very responsive to training and they listen well,” Western said. “They’re very Read More…

George Clooney appears at movie premiere in tiny Ohio River town

MAYSVILLE, Ky. — “Clooneymania” reached fever pitch Monday as star-struck women lined up in droves and this northern Kentucky town along the Ohio River rolled out the red carpet for locally homegrown movie star George Clooney. The Oscar winner was in town Monday night with co-star Renee Zellweger for a special screening of their new Read More…

Elyria police arrest teen at gunpoint

ELYRIA — An 18-year-old who threatened to kill himself and his mother with a knife Monday morning was charged with felonious assault after police confronted him at gunpoint. Donovan Leadenham of the 400 block of Auburn Street was being held in the city jail pending assessment by Nord Center personnel, according to police. According to Read More…

Easter churchgoers arrive to find graffiti

ELYRIA — People arriving for Easter Sunday services at two churches were no doubt disheartened to see the work of vandals who defaced property at each. At Mount Nebo Church at 452 15th St., the pastor arrived Sunday morning to discover graffiti spray-painted on a garbage bin and fence to the rear of the church. Read More…