October 21, 2014

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Appeals court upholds Grafton police chief’s 2012 firing

Lonnie Carroll

ELYRIA — The 9th District Court of Appeals has upheld a county judge’s decision that backed the August 2012 firing of then-Grafton Police Chief Lonnie Carroll. Carroll had challenged his termination, which village officials repeatedly have refused to give a reason for, arguing that state law requires that a cause must be given to justify Read More…

Elementary school students head to the fairgrounds to learn about food

Jayden Chambers, 8 a third-grade student from Vincent Elementary School pets a miniature donkey Tuesday at the Lorain County Fairgrounds.

WELLINGTON — Lots of children drink milk, put syrup on their pancakes or eat hamburgers at family cookouts. Realizing where those products come from takes an extra dose of education. The Firelands, Wellington and Lorain County Joint Vocational School chapters of Future Farmers of America aim to provide that dose during the annual “Food for Read More…

State health officials: Ohio ready for ‘unlikely’ Ebola outbreak

People with flu-like symptoms have begun visiting Ohio emergency rooms amid concerns that their illness could be the deadly Ebola virus. State health officials said the likelihood of a case in Ohio is extremely low. Tuesday afternoon, a representative from every major health association in the state teamed up for a telephone news conference to Read More…

Oberlin College upgrades heating system

OBERLIN — A new heating system recently installed in Oberlin College will make the campus more environmentally friendly while leaving a few college workers looking for new jobs. This month, Oberlin College finalized a project that it’s been working on for more than a year — replacing its old coal heating system with a more Read More…

New estimate to fix old Lorain County Courthouse: $3.2M

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ELYRIA — It will cost more than $3.2 million to renovate the old Lorain County Courthouse and fix environmental issues inside the historic building, according to an estimate sent to the county commissioners by the county’s General Division judges. The report, which was accompanied by environmental and architectural assessments of the building, calls for “a Read More…

Avon City Council expands hotel bed tax

AVON — City Council approved an ordinance Tuesday night to expand a tax on travelers staying in hotels within city limits. Council member at large Tammy Holtzmeier cast the lone dissenting vote, saying she felt tax increases should not be decided by Council but should instead be ballot issues decided by voters. “It’s a slippery Read More…

Lorain audit reveals 7 deficiencies in 2013

LORAIN — Problems including an illegal interdepartmental transfer of money and unreconciled bank statements were identified in Lorain’s annual audit released by the Ohio Auditor’s Office on Tuesday. The 2013 audit had seven deficiencies, compared to two in 2012, two in 2011 and two in 2010, the audit showed. “We did identify certain deficiencies in Read More…

UPDATED: Charges filed against 5 Bay Village teens in ice bucket prank

CLEVELAND (AP) — Five suburban teenage boys were charged with dumping a bucket of urine, water and tobacco spit on an autistic 15-year-old boy who thought he was participating in the ice bucket challenge for charity. The Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office filed the charges Tuesday in juvenile court against the teens, who are between the Read More…

UPDATED: Man sentenced for trying to extort nude photos from teens

A federal judge handed down a 20-year prison sentence Tuesday to a Columbia Township man with cerebral palsy who was trying to coerce more than a dozen minors into sending him pornographic images of themselves. The sentence comes nearly a year after William T. Koch, 25, pleaded guilty to multiple counts of sexual exploitation of Read More…

Firefighter injured, family displaced after Lorain house fire

LORAIN – A fire that burned through a Lorain house Monday night left one firefighter with minor injuries and a family displaced from their home. At about 11:20 p.m. Monday, firefighters responded to 1006 W. 21st St. for a report of a house fire. At the scene, police saw smoke coming from the back of Read More…