July 28, 2014

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Man sentenced to 5 years for robberies

Erik Castillo

A Lorain man was sentenced Tuesday to five years and five months in federal prison for three gunpoint robberies earlier this year. Erik Castillo had pleaded guilty to the federal robbery charges in April, according to U.S. District Court records. According to an affidavit written by FBI Special Agent Kelly Liberti, a man later identified Read More…

Longtime education advocate dies

Martha Wise-Spaulding

When Martha Wise-Spaulding was on the state Board of Education — a tenure that spanned 28 years — she was a passionate defender of evolution over creationism in the debate of what’s appropriate for public school science curriculum. She was a Christian, by faith, said her son, Chris Wise. But when it came to public Read More…

County considers swapping office locations

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ELYRIA — Lorain County Administrator Jim Cordes said Wednesday the commissioners need to look at requests to renovate or relocate the offices of several county agencies in tandem rather than viewing them as separate issues. Cordes said that by coordinating moves or renovations the county might be able to “collapse costs.” “We have to look Read More…

Memorial kickball tournament enters fourth year

Bobby Rosso

SHEFFIELD LAKE — Robert “Bobby” Rosso was 23 in 2001 when he died after a drunken driver rear-ended the vehicle he was in before forcing it off the road and into a utility pole. Bobby’s cousin, Beau Rosso, said the death was a devastating tragedy. But after 10 years passed, Bobby’s family and friends organized Read More…

Officer: Mob hunted down man on night he was killed

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ELYRIA — A large group was out looking for Davion Strupe the night he was shot and killed because he had been dealing drugs in the Westway Garden Apartments, Elyria police Detective James Homoki said Wednesday in Elyria Municipal Court. Homoki said Strupe, 24, had been trying to sell drugs July 1 on Barbara Street, Read More…

Lorain prepares for Roverfest concert

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LORAIN — A Saturday concert that will host one of the largest crowds Lorain has seen in years may also bring increased exposure, commerce and tourism, according to some city officials. Roverfest, an annual concert series hosted by Cleveland radio show Rover’s Morning Glory, will be staged at the Black River Landing on Saturday in Read More…

Sheffield Lake plans paving projects

SHEFFIELD LAKE — The Sheffield Lake Service Department plans to repave 13 streets this summer. Milling of Belle and Brockley avenues is scheduled to start the first week of August, with paving starting as soon as possible, according to service director Len Smith. Smith said the city also intends to pave portions of Stark and Read More…

Lorain pays IRS $246,000 for 2011 tax form error

LORAIN — The city of Lorain paid $246,376.25 to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in May to settle issues raised by an audit that showed the city had failed to send out proper tax forms to some vendors in the 2011 tax year. Lorain City Auditor Ron Mantini said that he hopes that some of Read More…

UPDATED: Woman hospitalized after Sheffield Twp. house fire

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SHEFFIELD TWP. — A Sheffield Township woman remained hospitalized Wednesday evening after fire broke out in her home. Christine Dyer, 60, was transported to Mercy Regional Medical Center on Wednesday morning for smoke inhalation, according to her son, Brian Stewart. He said she was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland for further evaluation Wednesday Read More…

A kiss, a prayer: The last hours of MH17′s victims

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In a bedroom in a townhouse near Amsterdam, Miguel Panduwinata reached out for his mother. “Mama, may I hug you?” Samira Calehr wrapped her arms around her 11-year-old son, who’d been oddly agitated for days, peppering her with questions about death, about his soul, about God. The next morning, she would drop Miguel and his Read More…