January 27, 2015

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Vermilion bus driver fired for sleeping at the wheel

VERMILION — A veteran Vermilion school bus driver was fired from her job last week after an investigation of a Dec. 5 incident in which she allegedly fell asleep at the wheel while transporting middle and high school students. Gwendolyn Howell, a bus driver for more than 20 years, was let go by the district Read More…

Police: bodies in burned-out car those of missing couple

BAKERSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio police chief says the bodies of two people found in a burned-out car appear be those of a missing elderly couple. Strasburg Police Chief Robert Kutcher says authorities are actively searching for suspects involved in the disappearance of 88-year-old Doyle Chumney and his 79-year-old wife Lillian. Kutcher says he Read More…

Former Presti’s of Oberlin changes hands

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OBERLIN — A local family catering operation will reopen the shuttered building that for decades housed Presti’s of Oberlin. Shelly Sterk and her family announced Wednesday that they are the new owners of the red brick building that housed Presti’s at 580 W. Lorain St. for more than 75 years before it closed last March. Read More…

Democrat Terry Murray to challenge North Ridgeville Mayor David Gillock

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — For the third time in four elections, Republican Mayor David Gillock will have opposition in the race for the city’s top job. Terry Murray, 52, a real estate agent, former landscaper and ex-city worker, has filed to run for mayor on the Democratic ticket. This marks Murray’s first try for elected office, Read More…

Former Republican Party chair pulls petitions for possible rematch with Elyria mayor

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ELYRIA — Ray Noble, well known as the former chairman of the Elyria Republican Party who unsuccessfully ran for mayor against Holly Brinda, has pulled petitions to once again run for mayor — this time as a Democrat. Noble, a longtime facilitator of Men to Men, a prostate cancer support group, and a 22-year prostate Read More…

County Democrats choose new clerk, Lorain Council member

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LORAIN — Tom Orlando has been selected by his fellow Democrats to replace Ron Nabakowski as Lorain County clerk of courts. Orlando, who served as bailiff for county Domestic Relations Judge Frank Janik, beat out Nabakowski’s choice for the job, Acting Clerk Beverly Bullocks Beidleman, in the two-person race. Democrats from Lorain also met Wednesday Read More…

Children visiting UH Elyria spontaneously spread cheer

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If you think today’s young generation is doomed to never care about anything more than the next iPhone version, Morgan Kekic can prove you wrong. The 10-year-old girl with a big heart handed out teddy bears, ornaments and cards to surprised patients at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center. “We were visiting the hospital to say Read More…

Avon Lake police issue tax scam warning

AVON LAKE — The Police Department is warning residents to watch for scammers seeking to reap the benefits of tax returns. Police recently posted a message to their Facebook page saying they see an increase in consumer fraud every tax season. “Some telltale signs of a scam can be anything from pressuring you to act Read More…

Landowners affected by NEXUS pipeline ask county to help

ELYRIA — A group of Lorain County landowners whose properties will be affected by the proposed NEXUS pipeline on Wednesday asked the county commissioners to back their efforts to reroute the natural gas pipeline. “The pipeline is a bad idea in so many ways,” said Richard Baumgartner, a Westlake resident who owns property in Grafton Read More…

2 men robbed at gunpoint inside Lorain home

LORAIN – Two people were forced to the ground, held at gunpoint and robbed inside a home Friday afternoon, according to police Around 3:45 p.m., two or three male suspects went into a house on Gloucester Drive through an unlocked garage door. Inside, they found two adult men in the basement family room, according to Read More…