March 4, 2015

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State board screened superintendent applicants according to criteria provided by Elyria

The original list of 35 people who applied to be the next Elyria superintendent included 11 educators who are superintendents in their respective school districts, but none in districts demographically comparable to Elyria Schools. Elyria board members put prior superintendent experience high on the list of job qualifications. But, of those superintendents who applied to Read More…

Avon Lake firefighter suspended without pay after no-contest plea in assault case

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AVON LAKE — A firefighter was suspended for 30 days stemming from an incident in which he was convicted of assaulting his girlfriend. Mark McGuire, 45, pleaded no contest last month in Avon Lake Municipal Court to misdemeanor charges of assault and obstructing official business. He is serving his 30-day jail sentence on the weekends. Read More…

Emergency call in murder case came from home of suspect’s relatives

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ELYRIA — The phone call requesting an ambulance for the wounded Dorothy Spencer came from the home phone of her accused killer’s sister, witnesses said Wednesday in the second day of Bobbie New’s murder trial. Bruce Meadows, a retired employee of the telephone company once known as Lorain Telephone, testified the long distance call to Read More…

3 teens injured after being hit by car

ELYRIA — Three teenagers were injured when police said they were hit at the intersection of Broad Street and West Avenue about 7 p.m. Tuesday. Amber Metcalf was southbound in a 2001 Kia Rio on West Avenue when she came to a green light at the intersection with Broad Street, according to a police report. Read More…

Lorain Schools may sue over Admiral King gas leak

LORAIN — The school district is considering suing Kent-based Emerald Environmental Inc., over the Admiral King Elementary School gas leak. King closed as a precautionary measure Sept. 30 after low levels of natural gas were detected. The school’s 350 students attended Toni Morrison and Washington elementary schools until King reopened Jan. 5 after a gas Read More…

UPDATED: Ohio bill would expand access to drug overdose antidote

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Doctors could authorize individuals to hand out a drug overdose antidote to addicts, their friends and family members without requiring a prescription under an Ohio bill aimed at expanding the drug’s availability. The bill approved by the House Health and Aging Committee on Wednesday also would allow pharmacies to distribute the Read More…

Ted Strickland to focus US Senate bid on opportunity

In this Sept. 4, 2012, file photo, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Strickland jumped into the U.S. Senate race against Republican Rob Portman on Tuesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

COLUMBUS (AP) — Democrat Ted Strickland says his run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Rob Portman will focus on expanding job and educational opportunities for average people that have been denied by GOP policies in Washington and Ohio. Strickland formally announced his bid Wednesday, instantly escalating attacks on his record as Ohio’s Read More…

10 Things to Know, Wednesday, Feb. 25

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Ex-marine found guilty in “American Sniper” trial Eddie Ray Routh, 27, faces life in prison without parole in the deaths of Chris Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield. 2. Pressure mounts on GOP on Homeland Security bill Read More…

Defying GOP, Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2015 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio signs the bill authorizing expansion of the Keystone XL pipeline, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boehner says Congress is sending President Barack Obama legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday. The White House is indicating Obama will quickly veto it in private over Republican lawmakers' urging that he sign it. It would be the third veto of Obama's presidency. From left are, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., Senate sponsor of the Keystone XL pipeline bill, Boehner, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency. Obama offered no indication of whether he’ll eventually issue a permit for the pipeline, whose construction has become a flashpoint Read More…

Ex-Marine convicted in ‘Sniper’ trial faces life in prison

Former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh stands during his capital murder trial at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville Texas, on Tuesday. Routh, 27, of Lancaster, is charged with the 2013 deaths of Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Michael Ainsworth, Pool)

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas jury has rejected the insanity defense of a former Marine in the deaths of famed “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and another man. After a two-week trial in which jurors heard testimony about defendant Eddie Ray Routh’s erratic behavior, including statements about anarchy, the apocalypse and pig-human hybrids, they Read More…