July 5, 2015

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Child protection agency vows to review protocols after 2-year-old’s death

ELYRIA — Lorain County Children Services is reviewing how the agency could avoid incidents like the death of 2-year-old Aaviana Payne in the future. “We have been and are currently reviewing our procedures in relation to this tragedy,” said Patti-Jo Burtnett, a spokeswoman for the agency. Children Services had been investigating the family after an Read More…

Elyria firefighters to get raises

ELYRIA — After more than two years of negotiating, the local firefighters’ union has a new contract. A conciliator settled the impasse between the city and local firefighters’ union and, in a binding agreement, awarded pay raises for the next two years and added language that is aimed at keeping firefighters safer. The conciliator looked Read More…

Elyria firefighters awarded raises for next two years

ELYRIA — A conciliator has settled the impasse between the city and local firefighters’ union and in a binding report awarded the first responders pay raises for the next two years and added language that will keep firefighters responding to fires safer. The conciliator looked at six issues the two sides could not agree upon Read More…

Execution date set for man convicted in Elyria hotel clerk’s death

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The Ohio Supreme Court has set an execution date for convicted killer Ronald Ray Post, who received the death sentence for the 1983 shooting death of hotel clerk Helen Vantz during a robbery of the Slumber Inn in Elyria. Post, who pleaded no contest in 1984 to charges of aggravated murder and aggravated robber, will Read More…

Three high school principals from Brazil visit Elyria and learn high-tech teaching techniques

Brazilian principals Ernangela Maria de Sousa Calixto, Katiuscia C. Vargas Antunes and Rosa Maria Amaral watch Monday as honors chemistry teacher Rachel Fontenot works with her students at Elyria High School. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

ELYRIA — They don’t speak the language and the cultures are very different, but fueled with a common desire to educate children better, three Brazilian women are getting an up-close-and-personal look at the American public education system by way of Elyria High School. Much as foreign exchange students immerse themselves in the daily life and Read More…

Suspect in 2-year-old’s death had history of abuse

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ELYRIA — The man charged in connection with 2-year-old Aaviana Payne’s death was previously convicted of child endangering, according to Lorain County Court records. Luis Lopez, 25, was convicted of child endangering in 2008, in connection with a June 29, 2005, incident, in which 1-year-old Simone Rodriguez sustained injuries to her chest, according to an Read More…

Property owner chases away burglars

CARLISLE TWP. — A burglary was thwarted Monday morning by a property owner who assisted police in catching two men accused of breaking into the garage of a vacant property in the 3100 block of Grafton Road. The property owner confronted the men as they were taking items from the garage around 11:15 a.m., according Read More…

Elyria city worker fired for racial comment

ELYRIA — A longtime city employee has been fired after using a racially charged derogatory remark when speaking to a part-time city employee. Jim Hoover, former assistant superintendent of the water pumping plant, is white, and the employee, who was not identified by name in paperwork detailing the incident in Hoover’s personnel file, is black. Read More…

Ed Piazza hired as new Elyria High baseball coach

ELYRIA — Ed Piazza, a longtime youth league and high school baseball coach, has been hired to be head coach of the Elyria High School varsity baseball team. Piazza, 45, replaces Mike Brandyberry, who guided the Pioneers for the past two seasons. Piazza is an Elyria resident. “I was looking to get back into (high Read More…

Pills, cocaine confiscated in Turnpike busts

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ELYRIA — State troopers seized $100,000 worth of cocaine and more than 300 prescription drugs in separate incidents from drivers along the Ohio Turnpike on Friday. Troopers nabbed a kilo of cocaine after pulling over a Kia Optima around 12:20 p.m. near mile marker 134 for following too closely, according to the patrol. The trooper Read More…