August 2, 2015

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The Morning Hit–7/29/15

Welcome back to The Morning Hit, a place where you can give your eyes and brain a rest from focusing on an Excel spreadsheet. Is there anything more annoying than having one rogue cell in Excel that throws off the entire thing, and you can’t track it down? Forcing me to learn the ins and Read More…

Three Lorain County communities make Ohio’s safest cities list

Three Lorain County communities were ranked among Ohio’s 50 “Safest Cities” by the latest annual survey of Safewise, a Salt Lake City-based company that offers consumer advice and help in choosing home security systems. North Ridgeville ranked 20th, Sheffield Lake came in 34th and Vermilion ranked 37th in the 2015 report, released this week. The Read More…

Cities hope for big money in state settlement with road salt companies

Lisa Roberson and Jon Wysochanski ELYRIA — Across the county, city officials are tallying what they have spent on road salt in hopes of getting a share of an $11.5 million settlement with Morton Salt Inc. and Cargill Inc. over past rock salt sales. “I have no idea what we will get,” Elyria’s Safety-Service Director Read More…

Slain North Ridgeville woman had gotten protection order

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Police searched unsuccessfully for Timothy Hoff before Hoff allegedly shot and killed Donna Roode early Saturday morning before he turned the gun on himself at Roode’s Laurel Circle residence. Police hunted for Hoff in a number of communities after Roode reported he sent her an email in which he threatened to burn Read More…

Auditor issues finding for recovery against indicted former North Ridgeville employee

ELYRIA — Ohio Auditor Dave Yost has issued a finding for recovery against a former North Ridgeville city worker who is facing criminal charges for allegedly running personal errands while on the job. The finding, released Tuesday as part of the city’s annual audit report, requires Doug Edwards to repay North Ridgeville $1,632. Edwards was Read More…

North Ridgeville police reviewing circumstances after standoff

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Police are reviewing circumstances surrounding a seven-hour standoff Monday at a home on Island Road that ended with a man surrendering to police after he wounded himself with a rifle. “We’re looking at possible charges, but we have not done so yet,” police Detective Lt. Greg Petek said Tuesday when asked whether Read More…

OGSO: Ridgeville rolls, Buckeye edges

GRAFTON — Katie Barnhart pitched her fourth straight no-hitter as North Ridgeville mercy-ruled Grafton 15-0 for the Ohio Girls Softball Organization’s Class A (10U) county championship Tuesday night. The Class D (18U) title game was the opposite of a rout. Buckeye’s Kayla Whitmer, facing a full count, walked with the bases loaded in the bottom Read More…

North Ridgeville standoff ends with self-inflicted gunshot wound

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A nearly seven-hour standoff between police and a man in a home at 9480 Island Road ended peacefully, police said. A news release said the 48-year-old man was hospitalized Monday night at St. John Medical Center in Westlake with a nonlife-threatening wound from a small-caliber gun. Police said they were called at Read More…

North Ridgeville fugitive finally located in Pennsylvania — four years after his death

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A North Ridgeville man wanted for violating the terms of his parole in a murder case more than 20 years ago has been tracked to a small town in Pennsylvania, but law enforcement was too late to put handcuffs on John Elmer Woodards. He died in February 2011. U.S. Marshal for Northern Ohio Pete Elliott Read More…

updated: Standoff in North Ridgeville

UPDATE: NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A standoff is continuing in North Ridgeville in the 9400 block of Island Road where Police Chief Mike Freeman said one man is inside a home by himself and he has a firearm. “We’re just talking to him right now to see if he’ll come out safely,” Freeman said. Freeman said Read More…