August 1, 2015

Elyria
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Gas prices down markedly in Ohio, could fall farther

COLUMBUS — Falling gas prices are greeting motorists in Ohio as the work week gets under way. The average for a gallon of regular gas in the state was about $2.46 in Monday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That’s down 17 cents compared with last week and Read More…

10 things to know, Monday, July 27

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Obama holds talks on security, human rights in Ethiopia He’s the first sitting American president to visit the East African nation. 2. Who targets Kurds in Northern Syrian region Syria’s main Kurdish militia and an activist group Read More…

Lorain County agency to open heroin treatment center in Medina

Four newborn babies at Medina Hospital last month tested positive for heroin at one time, and the mothers were unable to take their babies home, Medina County Job and Family Services Director Mead Wilkins said. “We had to take custody of the babies,” Wilkins said. “Then we have to take the babies down to the Read More…

Lorain rolls out new road paver

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LORAIN — A newly bought road paver will help make some of Lorain’s notoriously bumpy roads smoother. The 2010 LeeBoy asphalt paver, purchased used for $67,400 in April from the Hudson-based McClean Co., recently hit the streets. The paver will allow the Lorain’s Street Department to do more road improvements in-house rather than contracting out Read More…

Community gathers to remember boy who drowned

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Members of the Bay Village Early Childhood School PTA hold candles in memory of Sidney Heidrick during a vigil organized by the group Sunday evening at Huntington Reservation in Bay Village.

BAY VILLAGE — Four-year-old suspected drowning victim Sidney Heidrick’s parents grieved for their son along with about 200 people at Huntington Reservation on Sunday night. John Heidrick, Sidney’s father, held Woody, an action figure from the “Toy Story” movies, and a children’s book throughout the one-hour memorial. The toy and the book were favorites of Read More…

Block watch protests Lorain store

LORAIN — Members of the Lorain Eastside Block Watch and employees of the 611 Market had a few moments of a tense faceoff Saturday afternoon when block watch members went to the Lorain store to protest its operation after two recent police raids. Dressed in bright orange T-shirts and carrying signs that read, “Close this Read More…

Motorcycle rider killed on state Route 113

HENRIETTA TWP. — A Parma Heights man died when his motorcycle was struck by a pickup Saturday evening on state Route 113 near Gifford Road. The Ohio Highway Patrol stated Jorge L. Perez, 41, died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the Read More…

Japanese beetles thrive after July’s rainy start

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Japanese beetles munch on a linden tree in Elyria on Friday afternoon, July 24.

Japanese beetles are relatives of the big, sacred scarabs worshipped by the mummy-making Egyptians a few thousands years ago. The far smaller creatures with blue-green or copper-colored bodies prefer to feast on trees, flowers and garden plants than on the humans who disturbed Egyptian tombs in the “Mummy” movies. Still, that’s small consolation to anyone Read More…

Paralyzed Vermilion woman faces loss of home

VERMILION — Some things haven’t changed since Marlene Gawne was paralyzed in a car crash more than five years ago. She still cans relish, sews using her mother’s fabrics and goes camping with her longtime camping club. However, things are harder for Gawne, both physically and financially. “Right now I’m just barely keeping going,” she Read More…

Missing boy’s body found

SHEFFIELD LAKE — Four-year-old Sidney Heidrick was missing for less than 24 hours when his body was found Saturday afternoon. Despite efforts to find the boy alive, divers pulled his body from Lake Erie a short distance from his grandparents’ Lake Road house, where he was last seen alive about 4:30 p.m. Friday. Sidney was Read More…