May 6, 2016

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Councilman Leshinski ascends to mayor’s office in South Amherst

SOUTH AMHERST — Village Council President David Leshinski was elected to the mayor’s office Tuesday, beating challenger and former Mayor Ronald Schmitz. According to unofficial election results, Leshinski defeated Schmitz 345 to 185, or 75 percent to 35 percent. Leshinski, who has been on Council since 2005 and has been Council president for the past Read More…

South Amherst political veterans square off to lead post-scandal

SOUTH AMHERST — Two candidates are facing off to be village mayor: one is the current Village Council president and the other has a lengthy public service record and previously held the mayor’s office. David Leshinski, who has been on Council since 2005 and has been Council president for the past four years, will vie Read More…

Radio transmissions reveal intense drama

Much of Wednesday’s negotiations involving a man with a rifle holding two South Amherst firefighters hostage were conducted on Fire Department portable radios, allowing a rare chance to hear the conversation in real time. Lt. Heath Tester of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office was able to de-escalate the situation during the sometimes-tense negotiations in which Read More…

Firefighters taken hostage; no one hurt

AMHERST TWP. — Two South Amherst firefighters responding to a brush fire were held hostage by a man with a deer rifle outside his home Wednesday night. “They all have families, we want them to get of here safe,” Lt. Heath Tester of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office told suspect Roy Griffith Jr. as they Read More…

UPDATED: South Amherst out $500K, two village employees out of job

State Auditor Dave Yost said Friday during a press conference at the Amherst Public Library that two people in his office were fired and one was demoted for failing to perform work that would have identified theft of money from the village of South Amherst. Former South Amherst Clerk/Treasurer Kim Green was indicted in May Read More…

Three incumbent mayors bow out

Three sitting village mayors will not seek re-election in November. Nonpartisan political candidates had until 4 p.m. Wednesday to file with the Lorain County Board of Elections to have their names appear on November ballots. According to the filings, Grafton Mayor Megan Flanigan, South Amherst Mayor Barbara Becker and Wellington Mayor Barbara O’Keefe aren’t running. David Read More…

Car plows into Amherst Township house; mother of two killed

AMHERST TWP. – A wife and mother was killed this morning when a car careened into a Leavitt Road home while she was sitting on the couch with three children nearby. Debra Majkut, 34, died at the scene, said Lt. Carlos Smith, commander of the Elyria Highway Patrol post. Her sons, Jacob Majkut, 12, and Read More…

OGSO: Three Lorain County teams take state titles

ROOTSTOWN — The finals of the Ohio Girls Softball Organization tournament featured more intrigue off the field than on it and ended with Lorain County bringing home the most state championship trophies since 2008. All three Lorain County teams that took the field Saturday won titles. In Class D, South Amherst defeated Spencer Triple G Read More…

OGSO state tournament: North Ridgeville Dynasty avenges only loss of season, advances to Class B championship game

ROOTSTOWN — The North Ridgeville Dynasty and Lorain Xplosion split two Ohio Girls Softball Organization games during the regular season. Sunday, the Dynasty won the most important meeting between the teams — the Class B state semifinal. Mackenzie Seidl led off the game with a single and came home to score and Hailey Gunvalsen scored Read More…

Spencer Triple-C bounces back with big rally to beat Oberlin Mavrich & Mavrich, earn trip to OGSO state tournament

GRAFTON — If turnabout is truly fair play, then Spencer Triple-C is a legitimate OGSO district champion after a come-from-behind 10-7 win over Oberlin Mavrich & Mavrich. Spencer appeared to be on the ropes Monday after Mavrich & Mavrich scored seven times in a bat-around second inning for a 7-2 lead. But Spencer also batted Read More…