December 21, 2014

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County leader likely to oversee Lorain Health Department temporarily

LORAIN — A temporary Lorain health commissioner may be named next month. Mayor Chase Ritenauer said Wednesday that Dave Covell, Lorain County health commissioner, likely will be appointed temporary commissioner at the Lorain District Municipal Board of Health’s Jan. 21 meeting. Ritenauer is chairman and a nonvoting member of the board, which met Wednesday. Board Read More…

Disciplinary hearing set for Wellington band director

WELLINGTON — A band director who was placed on paid administrative leave in late November may face disciplinary action. On Nov. 20, Wellington Schools placed its band director, Toni Novotny, on paid administrative leave, Superintendent John Nolan said. Nolan would not elaborate on the reason for Novotny’s suspension, but said the school board will hold Read More…

Flu keeps children home across Lorain County

A rash of flu outbreaks across the state has reached Lorain County schools, many of which have seen a drop in attendance over the past few weeks. “We’re hoping to get through the next two days,” Oberlin Schools Superintendent John Schroth said Wednesday after Eastwood Elementary School reported 10 percent of its students absent — Read More…

OSHA continues investigation of wall collapse that killed off-duty firefighter

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AVON LAKE — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration continues to investigate a wall collapse that resulted in the death of off-duty firefighter Larry “Gomer” Heczko. Heczko, an Avon Lake firefighter working off-duty for As You See It Building and Maintenance, which he owned, died instantly Nov. 13 when a breakwall at a home Read More…

Lorain’s dog catcher to stay for now

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LORAIN — Police Officer Rick Broz will keep making collars — of the two- and four-legged variety. Police were planning to relieve Broz of his new dogcatcher duties on Jan. 1 in response to a grievance filed by United Steel Workers Local 6621, which represents all city workers except firefighters and police. The dogcatcher position Read More…

Police seeking suspect in Elyria Circle K robbery

ELYRIA – A man who walked into an Elyria Circle K wearing a ski mask early Wednesday took money from the register before running from the scene, according to police. At 12:06 a.m. Wednesday, police were notified by an alert signal that there was an issue at Circle K, 515 N. Abbe Road. They arrived Read More…

US, Cuba to normalize relations

This handout photo from the Twitter account of Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. shows Alan Gross arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The US and Cuba have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity dating back to the Cold War, American officials said Wednesday. The announcement came amid a series of sudden confidence-building measures between the longtime foes, including the release of American prisoner Alan Gross, as well as a swap for a U.S. intelligence asset held in Cuba and the freeing of three Cubans jailed in the U.S. Gross' wife Judy is at center. (AP Photo/Jeff Flake)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations and an easing in economic and travel restrictions on Cuba Wednesday, declaring an end to America’s “outdated approach” to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity. “Isolation has not worked,” Obama said in remarks Read More…

Admiral King Elementary to reopen Jan. 5

Admiral King Elementary students leave school at Washington Elementary in Lorain on Oct. 6. Admiral King will reopen on Jan. 5, months after a leaking gas well was discovered. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

LORAIN – Admiral King Elementary students will start the new year in their old school. All students and staff will be returning to Admiral King Elementary after winter break on Jan. 5, according to Superintendent Tom Tucker. Students were removed from the school when a natural gas leak was detected Sept. 30, and have been attending Read More…

14 charged for roles in deadly meningitis outbreak

In this Sept. 11, 2014 file photo, Glenn Adam Chin, former supervisory pharmacist at the New England Compounding Center, departs federal court in Boston. Chin was among 14 people from the pharmaceutical company arrested at their homes Wednesday. Tainted steroids manufactured by the pharmacy were blamed for a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people across the country. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Fourteen owners or employees of a Massachusetts pharmacy were charged Wednesday in connection with a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people nationwide and was traced to tainted drug injections. Barry Cadden, a co-founder of the New England Compounding Center, and Glenn Adam Chin, a pharmacist who was in charge of the Read More…

10 Things to Know, Wednesday, Dec. 17

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Pakistan school scene of heart-wrenching loss Images of blood-soaked floors, torn notebooks and blown up children’s clothes show horrors of the attack that killed nearly 150 people in Peshawar. 2. Sydney gunman dropped off surveillance  Australian Prime Read More…