February 13, 2016


Head Start bridging coincides with 50th anniversary


LORAIN — Head Start teacher Makiko Woods-Hill watched proudly as her daughter, Fujino Woods-Hill, and 2-year-old granddaughter, Gabrielle Gibson, walked across the Lorain Palace Theater stage Wednesday. The annual “bridging ceremony,” in which Head Start students move up a grade or graduate, was held at the Palace this year as part of national 50th anniversary Read More…

Joseph Allen cuts a deal for reduced prison sentence

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ELYRIA — A sobbing Joseph Allen was led out of a Lorain County courtroom in handcuffs Tuesday after being ordered back to prison in the controversial Head Start child molestation case. The return to prison came after Allen, 60, agreed to a deal with prosecutors that saw him receive a new sentence of 10 to Read More…

Joseph Allen to remain free despite missing Head Start hearing

ELYRIA — Joseph Allen didn’t appear for a scheduled court hearing in the controversial Head Start case because his attorney was never formally notified of the hearing. K. Ronald Bailey, who represents Allen, sent a letter to Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge and county Prosecutor Dennis Will apologizing for Allen’s absence. Bailey wrote Read More…

Burge tosses convictions in Head Start case

Lorain County Common Pleas Court Judge James Burge today made a stunning decision: He tossed out the cases of convicted Head Start bus driver Nancy Smith and Joseph Allen. The pair, whose convictions have been questioned over the years as they sat in prison with little of hope of release, have been freed since Burge Read More…