February 8, 2016

Elyria
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Change or die: Commissioners issue ultimatum to visitors bureau over lack of transparency

ELYRIA — The Lorain County Visitors Bureau is facing an ultimatum from the county commissioners: Change how it operates or cease to exist. “They may not be completely in tune with the changes that are taking place in Lorain County,” county Administrator Jim Cordes said. The demands of the commissioners, including shrinking the size of Read More…

Double feature: Pair of Avon freshmen gymnasts look to do big things for Magnificat

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Avon residents and Magnificat freshmen Emily Connor, left, and Julia Pompeani are great friends on and off the gymnastic mats.

The bond of friendship has carried gymnasts Emily Connor and Julia Pompeani a long way the past nine years as teammates for Great Lakes Gymnastics and classmates at Holy Trinity in Avon. The strong relationship bodes well for the Magnificat High gymnastics program. The Level 9 freshmen bring a wealth of talent to the high Read More…

Cleveland Clinic debuts Avon rehabilitation center

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AVON — The Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation Hospital opened Wednesday, and hospital officials gathered at the Nagel Road facility to tout and tour the new building. The 68,000-square-foot hospital, expected to bring 200 jobs to the area once fully operational, is a joint venture between Pa.-based Select Medical and the Cleveland Clinic. It is near the Read More…

UPDATED: Slain Avon couple identified

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AVON — An Avon man who police say may have killed his wife in a suspected murder-suicide called his daughter to tell her what was happening. “He said this is the best thing for everybody,” the couple’s adult daughter told dispatchers during a 911 call at 5:11 a.m. Thursday. “I just got a call from Read More…

Avon landowners petition city for sewer project; discussion tabled until March

AVON — Property owners caught in a sanitary sewer no man’s land want the city to finance a sewer project for future development, but city officials are skeptical about setting such a precedent. The group owns eight parcels along Chester Road, representing about 197 acres of land, and wants the city to issue bonds to Read More…

UPDATED: Police called to murder-suicide in Avon

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AVON — Police believe a 77-year-old man shot his 73-year-old wife and killed himself in a home on Langford Drive overnight. According to a news release from the Avon Police Department, a woman called police at 5:11 a.m. to report she’d heard from her father, who said he’d shot her mother and was going to commit Read More…

Local Census data released: Reeling from recession

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ELYRIA — U.S. Census Bureau data released today shows that the number of people living below the federal poverty line in Lorain County between 2010 and 2014 is higher than it was in the five previous years. Between 2005 and 2009, the poverty rate was 12.6 percent in the county, while between 2010 and 2014, Read More…

Avon, developer debate worth of multimillion-dollar parcel

AVON — The city may be close to reaching a settlement with a local developer over land eyed for a subdivision. It’s been more than a year and a half since Avon halted developer Matt Garland’s plans to build a subdivision on vacant farm land on the corner of Riegelsberger and Schwartz roads. On Tuesday, Read More…

Three men accused of breaking into Joe Firment

AVON – Police arrested three men Tuesday for allegedly breaking into Joe Firment Chevrolet. Jakwan Lash, 24, of Cleveland, Leontae Jones, 24, of Cleveland and Willie Sparks, 23, of Maple Heights all were charged with breaking and entering, possession of criminal tools and obstructing official business. Lash received an additional charge of wrongful entrustment and Read More…

Former Avon man sentenced to life for molestion charges

A former Avon man was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without parole for molesting three young girls over a seven-year period, according to a news release from Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty’s office. William Waters III, 39, was living in Westlake between 2007 and 2014 when he was sexually abusing the girls, including one Read More…