March 31, 2015

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Elyria boy’s pup not just a pet

A new service dog arrived today for an Elyria boy with diabetes. Brennen Rivera, 6 gets some love from his well trained new friend Taffy. The dog bonded with him right away. The dog has been training with Brennen's saliva for the last 6 months, so the dog instantly connected the scent with the child. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — He didn’t quite know what to do when Taffy walked into school. Brennen Rivera, a first-grader at McKinley Elementary School, was certain this was his new dog that he had been waiting months for — the dog he had asked Santa for. “I was excited,” Brennen said later that day. “I knew it Read More…

Wellington school board introduces new superintendent

New superintendent Dennis Mock, left, meets members of the Wellington School District following a board meeting Wednesday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — Dennis Mock, a veteran superintendent for more than 20 years in Genoa Schools, approached the position of the Wellington district’s next head Wednesday night with a clear cut goal —continue working to bring the district out of a deficit. The school board voted unanimously to hire Mock to a three-year contract Wednesday night. Read More…

Republic Steel to idle workers

LORAIN – Another round of layoffs is expected for Republic Steel starting March 29. Initially, the number was pegged at as many as 200, but United Steel Workers Local 1104 president Tom McDermott said as the day went on, company officials told him the number likely would be less. The layoffs come on the heels Read More…

Lorain County clerk seeking debts from inmates

Lorain County Clerk of Courts Tom Orlando

ELYRIA — Lorain County Clerk of Courts Tom Orlando is implementing a new program that he said will allow his office to better collect outstanding court costs, fines and money for victims from people convicted of crimes. Orlando said the program will target convicts both on probation and in the state prison system. The Ohio Read More…

Wellington taps Genoa’s Mock as superintendent

WELLINGTON — A superintendent with more than two decades of experience will soon bring his knowledge to Wellington Schools when he takes over next school year. This month, the Wellington Schools Board of Education chose Dennis Mock, a superintendent with Genoa Schools for 20 years, to be the district’s next superintendent. The board will vote Read More…

Wellington residents voice opposition to moving eighth graders to high school

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WELLINGTON — Where will the eighth-graders go? That was the question of the night at the Wellington Schools Board of Education meeting Tuesday when parents, school staff and community members voiced their concerns with the district’s proposed budget cuts. The board will vote tonight on whether to permanently move eighth-grade students out of McCormick Middle Read More…

All of the above: Avon senior gets accepted to three service academies

Avon High School senior Hope Balser was accepted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the Naval Academy, and the Air Force Academy. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON — Getting accepted into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the United States Naval Academy or the U.S. Air Force Academy is no small feat. But Avon High School senior Hope Balser hit the trifecta: the 17-year-old was recently accepted into all three. She’s narrowed her choices down to West Point or the Read More…

Medina County man accused of robbing Columbia FirstMerit branch

COLUMBIA TWP. – A Medina County man is accused of rushing into the FirstMerit Bank branch this morning and stealing an undisclosed amount of money, according to Lorain County Sheriff’s deputies. Larry Gore Jr. has been charged with robbery and booked into the Lorain County Jail after being arrested around 11 a.m. Lt. Heath Tester said Read More…

Man arrested following standoff in Lorain

LORAIN – After an argument with his mother, a man allegedly barricaded himself in his room late Monday, threatening to blow up his house and shoot any police who tried to come inside. Matthew Garcia, 36, was charged with inducing panic and domestic violence around 3 a.m. Tuesday following a stand off with police that Read More…

Plane crashes in French Alps; 150 feared dead

PARIS — A passenger jet carrying 150 people crashed Tuesday in the French Alps as it flew from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, authorities said. As search-and-rescue teams struggled to get to the remote, snow-covered region, France’s president warned that no survivors were expected. The crash site was at Meolans-Revels, near the popular ski resort of Pra Read More…