November 25, 2014


5 family members killed on ‘dream trip’ to Disney

This photo provided by the Louisiana State Police shows the wreckage of a sport utility vehicle that was involved in an accident that killed five people in Calhoun, La., Thursday. A 16-year-old boy driving relatives from Texas to a vacation in Disney World apparently fell asleep at the wheel, causing the vehicle to veer off the highway and roll over, killing three children and two adults, authorities said Thursday. (AP Photo/Louisiana State Police)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Michael and Trudi Hardman had always talked about taking their six children to Disney World, and just a week before Thanksgiving, it seemed their “dream trip” was to be a reality. But just a little more than three hours after they took to the road Wednesday night, their SUV veered off Read More…

Live Feed: Regional football final, Midview vs. Nordonia


In a battle of unbeatens, No. 1 Midview (12-0) plays No. 2 Nordonia (12-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday Judy Kirsch Field at AutoMart Stadium, 3581 Center Road, Brunswick, in the Division II Regional Final. The winner will advance to the Division II state semifinal on Nov. 28. You can listen to the broadcast of the game on Read More…

10 Things to Know, Friday, Nov. 21

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. What’s next for Obama on immigration  Despite Republican opposition, the president heads to Las Vegas to sell his executive actions on reform as good politics and good policy.  2. Another Bill Cosby accuser comes forward  Therese Serignese, Read More…

Obama spurns GOP with expansive immigration orders

President Barack Obama announces executive actions on immigration during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington Thursday. Obama outlined a plan on Thursday to relax U.S. immigration policy, affecting as many as 5 million people. (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on “felons, not families.” The moves, affecting mostly parents and young people, marked the most sweeping changes to the nation’s fractured immigration laws in Read More…

Lakewood man takes plea deal in Grafton Twp. horse neglect case

A recovering Big Red takes an apple from Greg Willey, director of the Friendship APL of Lorain County, on Thursday. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — A Lakewood man pleaded out Thursday to two counts of abandoning animals for failing to care for two malnourished horses that were rescued from a Grafton Township farm in May. Mahmoud Abukhalil, 41, could receive up to 90 days in jail on each of the two second-degree misdemeanor charges when he is sentenced Read More…

LaGrange man accused of slicing dog’s throat

Joel Ruth

LAGRANGE — A frantic 911 call from a woman who said her husband flipped out led police to a house in LaGrange where they found pools of blood and a dog buried in a shallow grave Thursday evening. Joel R. Ruth, 50, of Railroad Street in LaGrange, was charged with animal cruelty and aggravated menacing Read More…

Mom donates to Not-Forgotten Box in honor of son overseas


ELYRIA — Like many moms, Patricia Rice planned to spend money on her 21-year-old son Brian to give him a nice Christmas. But that was before the Navy corpsman got assigned to Okinawa for the next two years. Brian Rice’s Nov. 11 departure was made even more emotional because that was the date his grandfather, Read More…

Drilling begins to cap gas well at Admiral King Elementary


LORAIN — Drilling to find and cap a leaky gas well that has closed Admiral King Elementary School since Sept. 30 is scheduled to begin today. The effort could take more than a month and even when completed won’t end headaches for Lorain Schools officials. The well is under the gymnasium, and officials say it Read More…

Lorain police identify top crash sites in city


LORAIN — By publicizing where the most traffic accidents happen, police hope they can reduce crashes. About 600 of the about 1,460 annual crashes in the city occur at intersections, so a new flier focuses on the 10 intersections with the most crashes. “Our goal is to educate (drivers) to be a little extra cautious Read More…

U.S. Marshals track down fugitive in Middleburg Heights motel room

Kelly Boros

A Grafton man who held sheriff’s deputies at bay for 17 hours in August 2013 and had been sought by local authorities after failing to appear for sentencing on charges from that incident was arrested Thursday at a Middleburg Heights motel by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force. Kelly Boros, 43, was taken into custody Read More…