March 30, 2015

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Grafton councilman accused of accepting Cavs tickets, dinner

Thomas Smith

  GRAFTON — Outgoing Grafton Village Councilman Tom Smith accepted Cleveland Cavaliers tickets worth $595 in November 2009, according to a summary of the investigation that led to him facing two misdemeanor ethics charges. The summary, prepared for prosecutors by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and obtained through a public records request by The Read More…

Owners of Twilight Boutique facing federal drug, laundering charges

The closed Twilight Boutique on Abbe Road in Elyria is shown on Thursday. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

  A Grafton Township couple has been indicted on federal conspiracy, drug and money laundering charges for allegedly running a chain of head shops that sold synthetic marijuana across the state. Sean and Sherry Lightner, both 38, allegedly purchased and sold hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of the illegal substances with names like “Bizzaro,” Read More…

Grafton store owners indicted for allegedly selling fake pot

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The Grafton owners of a chain of head shops have been indicted on federal charges accusing them of selling illegal synthetic marijuana out of their stores, including one in Elyria. According to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach, Sean and Sherry Lightner, both 38, were selling the synthetic drugs, known Read More…

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…