May 2, 2016

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UH opens new rehab hospital in Avon

AVON — University Hospitals unveiled its state-of-the-art Avon Rehabilitation Hospital on Tuesday as numerous health care professionals toured the facility. The project, a venture between University Hospitals and Pennsylvania-based Kindred Rehabilitation Services, which provides therapy in 48 states, was in the works for nearly three years. About 40 people are employed at the hospital, but Read More…

Avon business collecting water for Flint

AVON — A local business has stepped up collecting bottled water to deliver to residents of Flint, Mich., in response to the massive water crisis and public health emergency there. Bubba’s Q, 820 Center Road, will collect water all week with plans to deliver the items to Flint on Jan. 31. On Friday, dozens of Read More…

Avon company gets nod from planning commission for expansion

AVON — A manufacturing and supply company plans to expand its headquarters this summer. An 11,000-square-foot addition at Freeman Manufacturing & Supply Co., 1101 Moore Road, received Planning Commission approval Wednesday. According to Randall Smith of Davison Smith Certo Architects, which is designing the addition, said the company, which employs 94 people at the Avon Read More…

Avon Lake, Avon to work together for resurfacing project

AVON — City Council OK’d entering into a cooperative agreement with Avon Lake to resurface state Route 83 from Detroit Road to Lake Road. The project met criteria through the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency’s 2016 funding of paving projects with 80 percent of construction costs coming from NOACA and 20 percent coming from local Read More…

Avon council approves union contract

AVON — City Council unanimously approved Tuesday a new contract for the union representing 34 employees working in streets, utilities and clerical positions. A three-year contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 277 was approved following a brief executive session, and it will cover employees until the end of 2018. Read More…

Medical experts disagree on distance in fatal shooting as murder trial continues

ELYRIA — The distance that Ryan Raider was standing away from his roommate when he allegedly shot Brandon Smith in the head was the subject of dueling experts Thursday during Raider’s murder trial. Defense attorneys haven’t denied that Raider was holding the gun just before it went off Oct. 12, 2013, but they have insisted Read More…

Debate watchers gather to view, rub shoulders

AVON — Ronald Borish had a Hillary Clinton bumper sticker on his car in 2008. Fast-forward eight years, he’s picking up Donald Trump paraphernalia at a Republican debate watch party Thursday night. “I really like that he’s not a part of the establishment,” the 70-year-old Westlake resident said. “I was ready to vote for Hillary Read More…

Police: Avon slaying shown in the details

ELYRIA — The death of Brandon Smith originally was investigated as an accident, but the more police looked into the fatal shooting, the more the evidence didn’t match that scenario, Avon Police Sgt. Bryan Rado testified Wednesday in the murder trial of Ryan Raider. When police arrived at the French Creek Road home Smith, 29, Read More…

Testimony begins in roommate shooting case

ELYRIA — Ryan Raider stood in Brandon Smith’s bedroom on Oct. 12, 2013, with a loaded gun and told him to lie just like he was on his bed, Smith’s girlfriend told jurors Tuesday during the first day of testimony in Raider’s murder trial. “Then he shot him,” Emily Markel said. Markel testified that she Read More…

Jury selection begins in Avon roommate shooting case

ELYRIA — The trial of an Avon man accused of shooting his roommate in the head in 2013 began Monday with jury selection. Ryan Raider, 27, faces life in prison if convicted of aggravated murder, murder and felonious assault for the shooting death of 29-year-old Brandon Smith. Smith’s girlfriend, Emily Markel, told Avon police after Read More…