September 30, 2014

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Former Ohio congressman James Traficant dies

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CLEVELAND — James Traficant, the colorful Ohio politician whose conviction for taking bribes and kickbacks made him only the second person to be expelled from Congress since the Civil War, died Saturday. He was 73. Traficant was seriously injured Tuesday after a vintage tractor flipped over on him as he tried to park it inside Read More…

Ohio among worst in nation for infant mortality

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A presentation on infant mortality rates Saturday made one unsettling point clear. “(Ohio is) the worst state in the country for a black baby to be born,” Dr. Arthur James said, addressing visitors to Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Elyria. James and other experts, including a representative from Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office, convened to Read More…

DEA ending prescription drug turn-in program, but Lorain County will continue it

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After only a few years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is ending its program to collect prescription drug pills from citizens. But Lorain County plans to keep going strong. On Saturday, the Lorain County Drug Task Force collected 1,735 pounds of prescription drugs and unused needles from drop boxes around the county. The collection — Read More…

‘Empty Bowls’ aims to raise $20,000 for Second Harvest

AVON LAKE — Eight hundred empty bowls. Laura Kirchner, of Avon Lake, organizer of Empty Bowls by the Lake, hopes to fill them all at the third annual Empty Bowls by the Lake soup luncheon. The event raises funds for the Second Harvest Food Bank and Community Resource Services of Avon and Avon Lake. In Read More…

Wellington mayor doesn’t promote interim police chief

WELLINGTON — In a decision that surprised some Wellington Village Council members Thursday evening, Wellington Mayor Barbara O’Keefe decided not to appoint interim Police Chief Michael Barrett to the permanent position. Barrett was one of two candidates being considered out of 12 initial applications for the position, the other being Detective Donald Barker of the Read More…

Career fair at school gets wheels turning for Franklin students

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ELYRIA — Some days, school students get to put the pencils and books aside — or electronic tablets, nowadays — and get to play hide-and-seek between the massive wheels of a John Deere tractor. It was that kind of day Friday at Franklin Elementary School when students were treated to a Careers on Wheels fair Read More…

Judges ask court to reject county challenge to security request

ELYRIA — The county’s General Division judges on Friday asked the Ohio Supreme Court to reject an effort by the Lorain County commissioners to quash a court order demanding they pay for security at the county’s Adult Probation Department. Subodh Chandra, the lead attorney for the judges, argued that former Administrative Judge James Burge’s August Read More…

Suspected top members of heroin ring indicted

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ELYRIA — The suspected leader of a heroin distribution network broken up by police this summer has been indicted along with several people alleged to have been top members of his organization. Wayne Norris, 27, of Elyria, is charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin, possession of Read More…

Replacement judge appointed to take over Burge’s caseload

ELYRIA — Retired Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Thomas Pokorny has been named to handle Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge’s docket for the rest of the year. The order by Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor was signed Friday, two days after Burge was indicted on misdemeanor and felony charges accusing him Read More…

Suspect sought for robbing Elyria bar

ELYRIA – Police are looking for a man who they say entered an Elyria bar, pulled out a handgun and stole money from the bartender early Thursday. The 28-year-old bartender said she was working at Settle Inn, 703 Lake Ave., around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday when a man came into the bar. She told police he Read More…