December 21, 2014


UPDATED: Tax credits awarded to revive Spitzer hotel

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LORAIN — From eyesore to eye-catching. That’s the vision of developers for the former Spitzer Plaza Hotel, which they want to convert to upscale apartments for tenants 55 and older. The proposal got a boost Thursday with the award of a $440,203 tax credit from the Ohio Development Services Agency. Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits Read More…

Photos: Christmas lights and decorations


At this time every year, residents across Lorain County light up their yards to celebrate the holidays. Share your photos for our gallery by emailing them to, or posting them to our Facebook wall. Be sure to include where the photo was taken.

FDA official warns of dangers of caffeine powder

Following a meeting last week between the parents of a LaGrange teen who died from ingesting caffeine powder and members of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the FDA issued its second warning against the powder, which is easily available online. On Tuesday, Michael Landa, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Read More…

10 Things to Know, Thursday, Dec. 18

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. What drove Obama’s decision on normalizing with Cuba  The president was driven in part by realizing that the policy toward Cuba was isolating the U.S. from the rest of the world. 2. Jubilation in Havana, muted reaction Read More…

Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

A small urn containing the ashes of Mattisyn Blaz is displayed on a bookshelf in front of a photo of the infant girl in the home of Jennifer Blaz, 34, in Butte, Mont. At least 760 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities, The Associated Press has found, including the death of 2-month-old Mattisyn. (AP Photo/Lido Vizzutti)

BUTTE, Montana (AP) — At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found. To determine that number, the Read More…

Fentanyl dealer gets 20 years in prison

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Siarres “Sizzle” Noble will spend 20 years in federal prison for selling a fatal dose of fentanyl to an Elyria woman last year. Noble, 30, was sentenced during an appearance Wednesday in U.S. District Court that came a few months after he entered guilty pleas to multiple drug trafficking charges, including distribution of heroin and Read More…

Police believe driver intentionally crashed into house


ELYRIA — A man who drove into a house with his child’s mother in the car Tuesday was charged after police believe he intentionally caused the crash. Jeffrey Thomas, 36, was charged with felonious assault Wednesday, in addition to a reckless operation charge that police gave Thomas on Tuesday. Thomas was driving from a store Read More…

Man assaults fellow inmate before sentencing

Jarelle Guice

ELYRIA — Shortly before he was due to be sentenced Wednesday for shooting at Lorain police officers in 2012, Jarelle Guice allegedly assaulted a fellow inmate in a holding cell in the basement of the Lorain County Justice Center. Guice is accused of striking Jason O’Neal, who is jailed on rape and kidnapping charges, with Read More…

Former sheriff’s sergeant sentenced in assault

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ELYRIA — Former Lorain County Sheriff’s Sgt. Donald McCurry was sentenced Wednesday to two years of probation and ordered to spend 30 days under house arrest. McCurry, who declined to speak before county Common Pleas Judge Christopher Rothgery handed down the sentence, pleaded guilty in October to misdemeanor charges of assault and dereliction of duty Read More…

Lorain County Commissioners pass temporary $58.3M budget

ELYRIA — The Lorain County commissioners passed a temporary 2015 general fund budget of nearly $58.3 million on Wednesday. Commissioner Ted Kalo said the budget, which outgoing Commissioner Tom Williams voted against, includes increases for some departments to cover the costs of raises and some other budget requests. “We have no cuts expected,” Kalo said, Read More…