July 1, 2016

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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…

Record jackpot spurs ticket-buying frenzy

Droves of people headed to convenience stores and gas stations across the county to buy last-minute Powerball tickets as the jackpot soared to $949 million before Saturday night’s drawing. A sole winner who opted for the lump sum payout would bring in about $335 million after federal taxes were withheld and even less after any Read More…

Avon considers sanitary sewer plan review

AVON — City officials want to review the city’s sanitary sewer system master plan for the first time since the late 1980s. The review is being sought after a group of residents and business owners who own eight parcels along Chester Road, consisting of about 197 acres of land, asked the city to issue bonds Read More…

Avon Council approves $2M for park land acquisition

AVON — City Council unanimously approved Monday the issuance of $2 million worth of bond anticipation notes to buy land along Riegelsberger and Schwartz roads owned by developer Matt Garland. The city has been at odds with Garland for more than a year and a half over 56 acres of land Garland owns, which he Read More…