July 26, 2014

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Plea deal reluctantly taken

ELYRIA – Jeremy Brown reluctantly took a plea deal Thursday in the March 1 shooting death of Jason Smith during a drug robbery. Under the terms of the deal, Brown, 22, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, aggravated robbery, burglary and felonious charges stemming from the 28-year-old Smith’s death. He also pleaded guilty in an unrelated Read More…

Judge OKs postponing sentencing in boy’s death

ELYRIA – A judge agreed to give the attorney of Alyson Sweany more time to look into the possibility that a blood platelet disorder rather than child abuse caused the death of Jesse Crum Jr. Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Miraldi at first said he would deny Paul Griffin’s request for additional time in Read More…

High school football preview 2011: Open Door dream becomes a reality

On a warm August afternoon, Open Door Christian School principal Darrell Dunckel watched as several young men ran football drills and practiced plays. He beamed as if he were a father watching his baby enter the world. “It’s sort of one of those dreams you’ve had for years, and when it comes to fruition, it’s Read More…

High school football preview 2011: West Shore Conference coaches feel good about changes

For one season, the West Shore Conference will have an uneven number of teams. But if you ask the football coaches, the changes for 2011 – in which Firelands and Fairview depart for the Patriot Athletic Conference and Elyria Catholic comes in from the North Coast League – will only make the conference stronger. “Our Read More…

High school football preview 2011: West Shore Conference breakdown

TEAM CAPSULES Avon Eagles COACH: Mike Elder, fifth year 2010 RECORD: 10-1, 7-0 RETURNING LETTERMEN: 24 STRENGTHS: An edge. Despite a 10-0 regular season last year, the Eagles no doubt will be hungry to avenge a bitter ending to the season – a first-round loss to Sandusky in the Division II playoffs, a game in Read More…

High school football preview 2011: Joe Dempsey is a throwback player Elyria Catholic plans on keeping

One of the first things Mike Polevacik did when he was hired to replace Ben Malbasa as Elyria Catholic’s head coach was look into the program’s rich tradition. What he found was the importance of the No. 44 in Panthers history. It had never been retired, but was intended to be issued only in special Read More…

High school football preview 2011: Northeast Ohio Conference breakdown

TEAM CAPSULES Cuyahoga Falls Black Tigers COACH: Mike Miller, fourth year 2010 RECORD: 1-9 overall, 0-5 STRENGTHS: Big, experienced offensive line. WEAKNESSES: Lack of team speed. SCOUTING REPORT: Cuyahoga Falls’ last winning season was 2002 and it’s had two 0-10 and two 1-9 seasons since. The only victory last year came against winless Akron North, Read More…

High school football preview 2011: Demetrius Walton has skills Elyria wants to make the most of

For a Division I team team that’s had as many as eight or nine two-way starters in recent years, it’s almost hard to fathom that only one player appears to be penciled in for double duty this season. Right now, senior Demetrius Walton is the one guy Kevin Fell can’t do without on either side Read More…

High school football preview 2011: Six Lorain County teams greet new season with new coaches

You hear the call at every stadium in Major League Baseball. “You can’t tell the players without a scorecard,” the vendors shout. That familiar call will have a new twist at Lorain County high school football games this fall: You may not be able to tell the coaches without a program. A slew of head Read More…

Ohio Supreme Court ruling keeps Quinn off ballot

ELYRIA —Tim Quinn’s hopes that the Ohio Supreme Court would put him back on the November ballot as an independent candidate for Elyria mayor were dashed Wednesday when the state’s highest court tossed his legal challenge to the Lorain County Board of Election’s decision to remove him from the ballot. The Supreme Court ruling didn’t Read More…