July 4, 2015

Elyria
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Sheffield Lake couple first in line for marriage license after high court ruling

Teri Jasany, left, and CJ Jasany celebrate their new marriage license outside the Lorain County Probate Court on Friday, hours after the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the right to gay marriage. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — C.J. Jasany’s hands wouldn’t stop shaking. Teri Ann Jasany couldn’t stop smiling. They didn’t plan for Friday. Both went to work as usual, but by 10 a.m. their world had changed. Teri Ann said a co-worker at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center came to her with the news that the U.S. Supreme Court Read More…

Sheffield Lake man facing terrorism charges

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SHEFFIELD LAKE — A Sheffield Lake man was arrested Friday for allegedly pledging allegiance to the Islamic State and discussing his wish to launch a terrorist attack on the United States. Amir Said Abdul Rahman al-Ghazi, 38, was arrested in North Olmsted on federal terrorism charges as well as possessing a firearm as a convicted Read More…

Sheffield Lake eyes Building Department fee hikes

SHEFFIELD LAKE — City Council is mulling increases to Building Department fee schedules, but the proposal doesn’t sit well with everyone. The city recently privatized the department, with Council approving a two-year contract with Colorado-based Safebuilt Ohio LLC in May. The proposed adjustment would include increases on new residential structure and HVAC fees, additions or Read More…

Sheffield Lake residents show dogged determination for park

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SHEFFIELD LAKE — A mother and daughter hope the community rallies to win a national contest to bring a dog park to this small lakefront city. Julie Kovalik and daughter Madison entered the PetSafe “Bark for Your Park” contest, an online challenge in which people voted for cities with populations ranked small to large. The Read More…

Sheffield Lake treasurer resigns; commission considers eliminating elected position

SHEFFIELD LAKE — The city’s elected treasurer has resigned and the Charter Review Commission is considering abolishing the position. James Woods, who was elected in 2011 and whose term would have ended in December, resigned at the end of May. Mayor Dennis Bring announced the departure Tuesday during a City Council meeting. Bring said Woods Read More…

North Ridge Road construction causing headaches

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ELYRIA — Troopers have been issuing more tickets and responding to a multitude of traffic issues in Elyria and Sheffield Township over the past week since construction on North Ridge Road East shut down a section of the street. Last week, troopers from the Ohio Highway Patrol began responding more frequently to an area of Read More…

Sheffield Lake approves privatizing Building Department

SHEFFIELD LAKE — City Council approved privatizing the city Building Department for the next two years. The city entered into a temporary 45-day contract with Colorado-based Safebuilt Ohio LLC in April following the resignation of building inspector Jon Wiblin. The city has declined to comment on Wiblin’s resignation and his personnel file didn’t indicate any Read More…

Sheffield Lake man indicted in Ashtabula County

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A Sheffield Lake man who is a registered sex offender was indicted by an Ashtabula County grand jury for having sex with a minor. Trevor Gegen, 24, whose last known address is 450 Elm St. in Sheffield Lake, faces two second-degree felony counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor stemming from an investigation into Read More…

Cash-strapped Sheffield Lake seeks to privatize Building Department

SHEFFIELD LAKE — Mayor Dennis Bring has hopes that privatizing the Building Department will reap savings for a city that has struggled financially. City Council recently approved two ordinances that allow the city to hire a private firm to handle the duties of the former Building Department after the resignation of the department’s sole full-time Read More…

16 arrested in countywide drug raids; more arrests planned

ELYRIA — Police are keeping silent about a series of drug raids and arrests over the past few days, but Elyria Municipal Court Judge Lisa Locke Graves described it during a court hearing Monday as an investigation targeting a “conspiracy that has allegedly put kilo after kilo after kilo of cocaine on the streets of Read More…