September 17, 2014

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State plans to announce prison sales this morning

GRAFTON — The state plans to announce its decision at 11 a.m. today on which private companies will own or operate five prisons, including Grafton Correctional Institution and North Coast Correctional Treatment Facility on state Route 83. The press conference in Columbus can be viewed live at www.drc.ohio.gov. All five prisons won’t necessarily be sold, Read More…

High school girls soccer 2011: Breaking down the season

TEAM CAPSULES NORTHEAST OHIO CONFERENCE Elyria Pioneers COACH: Venera Ilievski, 6th year 2010 RECORD: 6-9-0, 3-2-0 RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Bailey Andress, sr., GK; Cheyenne Gutierrez, sr., F; Kaleigh Plato, sr., D; Haylie Davis, jr., D, Monica Banks, jr., D. SCOUTING REPORT: Andress, an all-conference and All-Lorain County goalkeeper, allowed just 24 goals while making 178 saves Read More…

High school football preview 2011: PAC finds fine fits in Firelands, Fairview

The addition of Firelands and Fairview to the Patriot Athletic Conference has already made an impact. The conference’s website is still pac10hs.org, but when you access the site you’re welcomed to PacTwelve.org. As far as the PAC’s longtime members are concerned, the expansion of the conference from 10 schools to 12 means only there’s another 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…

Midview Middle School project taking shape after spring delays

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GRAFTON — After a slow start, construction of the new $16.2 million Midview Middle School funded completely by the state is racing along, according to Midview Schools officials. “With the wet spring, we got behind and had delays,” Superintendent John Kuhn said. But construction crews “went gangbusters and got back on schedule” after a staging Read More…

Police log for Aug. 19, 2011

Elyria police Tuesday, Aug. 16 4:24 p.m. — 1100 block Oakwood Drive, a 42-year-old woman reported a Nintendo Wii video game system, six games and four controllers stolen from her home. The victim thought she had locked both doors to her home. 4:31 p.m. — Midway Mall, a 49-year-old man reported an unauthorized $31.86 charge Read More…

Corrections officer jailed in wife’s death resigns

ELYRIA — William Dembie Jr. has resigned from his post as a corrections officer at the Lorain County Jail. Dembie is currently being held in the Erie County Jail on murder and domestic violence charges for allegedly stabbing his wife, Holly Dembie, to death last week. Lorain County Sheriff Phil Stammitti said that Dembie resigned Read More…

911 call from Grafton Township homicide released

GRAFTON TWP. — Lorain County Jail Corrections Officer William Dembie Jr. called the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office around 1:30 a.m. Thursday and calmly confessed to Dispatcher Joy Sanchez that he had just killed his wife, Holly Dembie. Listen to the 911 call: In a recording of the call, released today by the sheriff’s office, William Read More…

Murdered woman had been seeking divorce, family says

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GRAFTON TWP. — A guard at the Lorain County Jail has been charged with murder and domestic violence for allegedly stabbing his wife to death early Thursday. Corrections Officer William Dembie Jr. called the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office at 1:32 a.m. to report that he had beheaded his wife, 33-year-old Holly Dembie, at their Cowley Read More…