July 2, 2015

Elyria
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Family, friends gather one year after the death of Alex Sismour

unday marked one year since the death of Alex Sismour. Visitors brought a Teddy bear, flowers, and other items to remember him at his grave. (CT photo by Ray Riedel.)

Brian Sismour doesn’t want to be at the place he goes nearly every day. “I wish none of us were here, but we are here,” Sismour told friends and family Sunday as he stood by the grave of his 14-year-old son Alex Sismour behind St. Peter Church at 35777 Center Ridge Road in North Ridgeville. Read More…

Girls tennis: Avon weathers changes in venue, format to win third straight LCAAA title

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AMHERST — While Mother Nature threw the 24th Annual Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association girls tennis tournament for a loop with all manner of changes, there was still something familiar about the event. An Avon win. The Eagles won four of the five individual championships and held off Avon Lake 39-35 to pick up its Read More…

Man charged with drunken driving after 12 license suspensions

LORAIN — A North Ridgeville man who police said has 12 license suspensions and two drunken-driving convictions has again been accused of drunken driving. Police said they stopped Clifford L. Williams for making a wide left turn on Grove Avenue near West 42nd Street around 8:05 a.m. Sunday. They said Williams, who wasn’t wearing a Read More…

High school cross country: Avon flying high as boys take third and girls fourth at Earlybird Invitational

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ELYRIA — There’s still a measure of unfinished business, but the Avon boys cross country team is feeling pretty good after taking third in the Maroon Division at Saturday’s 35th annual Avon Lake Earlybird Invitational. Avon scored 109 points, finishing behind No. 5-ranked St. Ignatius (35) and No. 18 Brunswick (100) in a 14-team field Read More…

Elyria’s Danny Noble survives NFL cut day; North Ridgeville’s Jordan White doesn’t

NFL cut day was a good day for one area player and a bad day for another. Elyria High’s Danny Noble made the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster as a tight end. The 6-foot-5, 248-pound University of Toledo grad did not get drafted but was signed as a free agent. North Ridgeville’s Jordan White, however, was Read More…

North Ridgeville home destroyed by fire

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE – A fire destroyed a family’s home in the 5300 block of Main Ave. this afternoon. The North Ridgeville Fire Department arrived at the home to find it engulfed in flames. A neighbor’s girlfriend, Erika Pavlovich, said she saw the fire through a window, and her boyfriend, Mike Talley, kicked open the door Read More…

Girls soccer 2012: Juniors Dziak, Zingale and Echstenkamper set to lead teams

Elyria Catholic’s Danielle Dziak, left, North Ridgeville’s Kayla Zingale, center, and Wellington’s Jennifer Echstenkamper aare juniors who are expected to be instrumental to their teams’ success this season. (CT photo by Chuck Humel.)

The 2011 soccer season was quite memorable for several teams in Lorain County. Avon and Elyria Catholic earned regional berths, Wellington celebrated its first conference championship and other teams — like North Ridgeville — experienced overall success but struggled in conference play. The Panthers and Dukes are hoping to prove last year wasn’t a fluke Read More…

Dismissed Oberlin officer charged in domestic incident

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A former Oberlin police officer has been charged with domestic violence and assault for an incident Saturday in which she allegedly choked a woman. Stephanie Reitz, 39, was fired from her job in October because of dishonesty and smoking in Oberlin police vehicles, according to city records. North Ridgeville police were called Read More…

VIDEO: Judge gives probation to teacher who had sex with student

Constance Yacobozzi looks over her community control paperwork after being sentenced Monday by Judge Mark Betleski. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

ELYRIA — Former North Ridgeville High School teacher Constance Yacobozzi avoided prison when she was sentenced Monday for having sexual relations with a 17-year-old male student. The boy’s mother had urged Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski to lock her up, arguing that if a male teacher had been caught with a female student, Read More…

VIDEO: Teacher accused of sex with student gets probation

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ELYRIA — Former North Ridgeville High School teacher Constance Yacobozzi was sentenced this morning to probation for having sexual relations with a 17-year-old student last year. Yacobozzi pleaded guilty to sexual battery in June. She apologized for her behavior during today’s hearing, saying she had been humiliated. But the boy’s mother said Yacobozzi deserved prison Read More…