November 26, 2015


Karlie Plas, Grafton’s ‘Pink Princess,’ dies of cancer at 20


Kellie Plas was soft-spoken, calm and even giggled a bit as she talked about her daughter, a young woman who affectionately went by the nickname “The Pink Princess.” Plas said her daughter, Karlie Plas, often wrote in a journal about how she wanted to go to college in England, find the love of her life, Read More…

Contract awarded for Route 57 widening project in Grafton


GRAFTON — Coming this summer: A construction mess in Grafton that, in the end, will make it easier to travel through town. The office of Lorain County Engineer Ken Carney announced Wednesday that a contract has been awarded to widen and reconstruct a section of state Route 57 in Grafton to the Shelly Co. of Read More…

Groundbreaking held for long-awaited Grafton splash park

grafton splash pad slider

GRAFTON — The relative balminess of 40 degrees Monday — never mind the winter storm watch that came out later in the day — made it perfect for touting a new splash pad to be built for the summer. “It’s been a tough winter, but it will warm up,” Gregg Miller, president of the Grafton Read More…

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


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


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 — 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…