December 17, 2014

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Testimony reveals man urged fiancee to film herself molesting children

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By Anna Merriman and Brad Dicken Chronicle-Telegram Staff ELYRIA — A probation violation hearing for convicted sex offender James Osborne on Thursday revealed graphic details about a series of incidents last year during which Osborne allegedly convinced his fiancée, Heather Koon, to molest children at the day cares where she worked. Lorain County Common Pleas Read More…

Lorain woman reminisces after fatal shooting of daughter, boyfriend in Virginia

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LORAIN — The video is grainy, but the twinkly smile is unmistakable. On Thursday afternoon, Jeffrey Flowers pauses a video of his November birthday party to show a still of himself with his arm around his stepsister, Kristy Flowers. He starts the video again and Kristy Flowers winks at the camera before her face lights Read More…

First Baptist Church’s 14th annual musicale set for this weekend

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ELYRIA — It’s one of the biggest Christmas performances of the year, and it’s happening this weekend. For the 14th year, First Baptist Church in Elyria is putting on a Christmas musicale. The event is expected to bring in 1,000 people per night over the three-night run. “It’s different every year,” said Dan Parker, worship Read More…

Librarians across county lobby state for restored funding

ELYRIA — Library officials across Lorain County are joining a statewide fight to get back state library funding that legislators cut in 2013. The stewards of the written word are hoping for a storybook ending as they lobby to see the next biennial state budget include the same level of state funding of years ago. Read More…

Opposition to NEXUS pipeline project growing in Lorain County

GRAFTON TWP. — Opposition to the NEXUS gas transmission pipeline project is growing in Lorain County. One thing remains clear: People don’t have accurate information beyond how big the pipeline might be. About 75 people gathered Thursday at Grafton Township Hall, 17109 state Route 83, to share what they know about the proposed 36- to Read More…

Avon Schools narrows levy options

AVON — Avon Schools has narrowed down its options for a levy in 2015. The school board has held meetings the past two months to discuss levy options and timelines. It met Wednesday to discuss placing a 2.9-mill operating levy before voters, possibly in May. According to school Treasurer Jim Hudson, it hasn’t been decided Read More…

UPDATED: Search near Cascade Park ends safely

The Lorain County Swift Water Rescue team broke up into threes teams to search after a call came in about a possible jumper off the Lake Avenue bridge in Elyria. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — A search of Cascade Park by Fire Department Water Rescue Team members Thursday night was called off after the man they were looking for was found unharmed outside the park. At 7:32 p.m., a woman called police and said she thought a man in a hooded sweatshirt may have jumped from the Lake Read More…

Mike DeWine wants active shooter response studied

Gov. John Kasich announces a new task force to improve community-police relations from the Lincoln Room in the Statehouse in Columbus on Friday. At right is Sen. Nina Turner. On Thursday, the U.S. Justice Department released its conclusion that Cleveland police officers too often use excessive force and violate people's civil rights. (AP Photo/Columbus Dispatch, Jonathan Quilter)

LONDON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has directed the state police training commission to examine whether officers statewide are adequately trained to determine when they’re dealing with an active shooter and other issues raised in the wake of several recent police shootings nationally. Officers already have the protocol they need once an Read More…

Cleveland men charged with stealing packages off porches

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Two Cleveland men are accused of stealing several packages off porches in Westlake. A Stonehedge Drive resident called police at about 12:05 p.m. Wednesday to report seeing the passenger of a black Cadillac steal a parcel off a neighbor’s porch, according to Westlake police Capt. Guy Turner. Westlake and North Olmsted police responded, and a Read More…

10 Things to Know, Thursday, Dec. 11

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. AP investigation: Washington infiltrated Cuba’s hip-hop scene The U.S. Agency for International Development sought to turn Cuban youths against the government through the underground music scene. 2. CIA steps up campaign to discredit torture report The agency Read More…