September 3, 2014

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Judge Burge orders county to hire security for Adult Probation facilities

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ELYRIA — Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge has ordered the county commissioners to provide $124,953 to cover projected security costs for the county’s Adult Probation Department for the final three months of the year. The money is to be turned over to county Sheriff Phil Stammitti by Sept. 13 so he can begin Read More…

Lorain County landowners learn about planned natural gas pipeline

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GRAFTON — The coal-fired NRG Power Plant in Avon Lake will close if it doesn’t convert to natural gas. That was the response of Alan Sawyer, NRG Energy Inc. director of asset management, when asked about the fate of the plant if a natural gas pipeline isn’t built. He spoke during a Wednesday night open Read More…

Canned goods collected before Avon, Avon Lake football game

The Avon Lake Shoremen run drills during practice on Wednesday in preparation for their upcoming game against Avon. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE – Since 2010, the cities of Avon and Avon Lake have teamed up under the spirit of friendly rivalry to collect food during the annual SOUPer Bowl. A competitive food drive Friday collects canned goods and cash for Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Services to help replenish the food pantry’s shelves. CRS collection trucks Read More…

Teen cleared in 2012 fatal crash

ELYRIA — A 19-year-old girl facing vehicular homicide and negligent assault charges for a fatal car crash two years ago has been acquitted. In a ruling Wednesday, Lorain County Juvenile Court Magistrate Steve List wrote that prosecutors failed to prove that Laniqua Lusane was responsible for the Feb. 27, 2012, crash, which claimed the life Read More…

State ordered to provide student data to nonprofit

A district judge has ordered the Ohio Department of Education to release student data to a nonprofit organization that is fighting a decades-old class-action lawsuit in federal court. Parents may object to the release of their student’s information by Sept. 12. Columbus-based Disability Rights Ohio, which advocates for people with disabilities, filed a lawsuit in Read More…

Lorain hires new housing director from within

LORAIN — A key position in Lorain’s anti-blight fight is being filled in-house. The city promoted Leon Mason from deputy safety service director for community programs and affairs to director of the Building, Housing and Planning Department. Mason, hired in 2012, is expected to begin his new job next week. However, Mason and Mayor Chase Read More…

Teen struck by car at Lorain intersection

LORAIN — A 14-year-old boy was seriously injured after being struck by a car at the intersection of Tower Boulevard and Washington Avenue about 6:05 p.m. Wednesday. The boy was knocked unconscious and suffered a broken arm and leg, said Herb de la Porte, LifeCare Ambulance vice president. The driver wasn’t seriously injured. Police didn’t Read More…

Traffic restricted for water main break on Colorado Avenue in Avon

Avon crews are working to repair a water main break on Colorado Avenue. PHOTO COURTESY OF TWITTER USER @ZIPKICKER

AVON – City utility department crews are working on fixing a 12-inch water main break on Colorado Avenue. Crews are excavating the area to see what the problem is and if the water main can be repaired with a clamp versus cutting, according to Anthony Lorenzo, superintendent of utilities. He said the repair could take Read More…

(UPDATED) BREAKING: Browns WR Josh Gordon suspended for 2014 season

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The NFL upheld the indefinite suspension of Browns receiver Josh Gordon for violating the league’s drug policy. He’s banned for the season, effective immediately. A league spokesman said Gordon’s eligibility for reinstatement will be determined following the 2014 season. “I’d like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans,” Gordon Read More…

Court overturns convictions in Amish hair attacks

am Mullet stands in front of his Bergholz, Ohio, home. An appeals court on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014  overturned the hate-crime convictions of 16 Amish in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow members of their faith in Ohio. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati sided with arguments brought by attorneys for the Amish, who were convicted two years ago in five attacks in Ohio Amish communities in 2011. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

CINCINNATI (AP) — An appeals court on Wednesday overturned the hate-crime convictions of 16 Amish in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow members of their faith in Ohio. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati sided with arguments brought by attorneys for the Amish, who were convicted two years ago in five attacks Read More…