September 19, 2014

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Grafton Councilman pleads not guilty to misdemeanor charges

Tom Smith

ELYRIA — Grafton Village Councilman Tom Smith pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor ethics charges during an appearance Wednesday in Elyria Municipal Court. Smith, who will leave office at the end of the year after losing his re-election bid last month, is accused of improperly accepting tickets to a sporting event from a village contractor Read More…

Man who barricades himself in shed with gun incompetent to stand trial

Kelly Boros

ELYRIA – A Grafton man who allegedly holed up in a shed behind his father’s Carlisle Township home in August has been found incompetent to stand trial. Elyria Municipal Court Judge Lisa Locke Graves made the finding during a hearing Tuesday and ordered 42-year-old Kelly Boros sent to a mental health facility for treatment, according Read More…

Prosecutor originally denies request for Grafton mayor’s dashcam video

Flanigan

ELYRIA – Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will on Friday released dashboard camera video showing Grafton Mayor Megan Flanigan stumbling several times during her Sept. 28 drunken driving arrest. (Watch the video here.) North Ridgeville Prosecutor Toni Morgan, who is handling the case, had originally denied a public records request from The Chronicle-Telegram for the video. Read More…

Grafton Reintegration Center helps adjust inmates to life after prison

Grafton

GRAFTON — Chris Jackson is just one of many inmates at the Grafton Reintegration Center hoping what he is learning behind bars will help him land a job and make a respectable life when he’s released. Jackson, 27, is completing a six-year sentence for aggravated robbery in Stark County, where he is from. Incarcerated in Read More…

Midview Schools teacher contract approved Monday

Scott Goggin

GRAFTON — A new Midview Schools teachers contract was unanimously approved Monday by school board members. Superintendent Scott Goggin told board members the contract will save the 3,200-student district at least $1 million by 2017. Much of the savings come from health care concessions by the approximately 200-member Midview Education Association. Contributions increase 12.8 percent Read More…

H.S. Football: Midview beats Amherst, improves to 2-0

Amherst's Joe D'Andera's goes for the ball as Midview's Dante Redwood defends.

EATON TWP. — It took a couple of years, but Midview receiver Dante Redwood was finally able to pay tribute to a friend he lost two years ago. Redwood dedicated his first career varsity touchdown, a 55-yard punt return, to North Ridgeville resident and player Alex Sismour, who passed away in 2011. It was one Read More…

Woman fined for helping cover up killing of 30,000 fish with cyanide

A Grafton woman was sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine for helping her husband cover up that he was responsible for a fish kill in the Rocky River last year. Teresina Montorsi, 76, pleaded guilty in May to a federal obstruction of justice charge in connection with the Read More…

High school girls tennis 2013: Magnificat’s Emily Witt of Grafton looking to make senior season her best yet

Emily Witt, 17, of Grafton and a Magnificat senior, practices at the Oberlin College tennis courts in preparation for her upcoming season. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Emily Witt knows all about high school tennis success. That doesn’t mean the Magnificat senior and Grafton resident has had it easy. Sure, she qualified for the Division I state tournament the past two years, falling just one match shy of finishing in the top four and earning first-team All-Ohio honors a year ago. Still, Read More…

Southview grad Jessica Tomazic makes huge strides in a year, goes from 70th to first in Vermilion Triathlon

VERMILION — Lorain County athletes made their presence felt in Sunday’s sixth annual Vermilion Harbor Triathlon and Duathlon at Linwood Park. Lorain’s Jessica Tomazic, 31, won the women’s title and finished ninth overall for the Olympic Distance race in a time of two hours, 27 minutes and 15 seconds. The event consisted of 1.5K swim, Read More…

Ohio Football League playoffs: Nightmares continue roll, blast Spartans in postseason opener

EATON TWP. — The playoff debut of the Lorain County Nightmares semipro football team Sunday couldn’t have gone much better. The defense was dominant, holding the visiting Strabane (Pa.) Spartans to minus-16 yards rushing, forcing six turnovers — returning one for a score — and sacking the quarterback 10 times. The offense, led by Elyria Read More…