May 5, 2016

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Vermilion police captain fired

VERMILION – A controversial captain at the Vermilion Police Department has been fired for a range of infractions including wearing a button supporting the legalization of marijuana on his police jacket to a city event. Michael Reinheimer officially was terminated in a letter sent today by Mayor Eileen Bulan, who cited a string of recent Read More…

Vermilion man arraigned for vehicular homicide in New Russia Township crash

NEW RUSSIA TWP. — A 43-year-old Vermilion man was arraigned Wednesday morning after being arrested and charged with vehicular homicide in connection with a fatal August car crash police said was caused by texting while driving. Michael D. McFarland pleaded not guilty to the charges of vehicular homicide as well as misdemeanor charges for reckless Read More…

Veterans Day: Vietnam pilot recalls 7 years in ‘Hanoi Hilton’

VERMILION — Lt. Col. Harlan P. Chapman thought his life was about to end when his fighter jet was hit by enemy fire during a bombing mission between Hanoi and Haiphong in Vietnam. As his plane spiraled out of control on Nov. 5, 1965, the G-force reaching unbearable levels, Chapman wasn’t able to reach above Read More…

Officer placed on leave for pot pin

VERMILION – Vermilion Police Capt. Michael Reinheimer has been suspended days after he proudly wore an “I support legalize 2016” button at a police auction. Reinheimer reported to work at 9 a.m. Monday and was promptly placed on administrative leave by Police Chief Chris Hartung. Hartung said he is in the infancy of the investigation, Read More…

Vermilion officer, dispatcher fired for affair on duty

VERMILION — A police officer and dispatcher both were terminated Wednesday from the Vermilion Police Department for having sex while the officer was on duty. During a disciplinary hearing, Patrolman David Jones and dispatcher Katie Kovach admitted to having sex several times while Jones was on duty, police officials said. According to filings from the Read More…

Leaders seek plan for lakeside areas

Is it possible to capitalize on Lake Erie and bring more people to the four cities along its shores? Lorain County Commissioner Matt Lundy, Lorain County Metro Parks Director Jim Ziemnik and the mayors of Avon Lake, Lorain, Sheffield Lake and Vermilion think so, and the group is taking the first step toward developing a Read More…

The Morning Hit–10/6/15

Welcome back to The Morning Hit, where we talk about what people are talking about online. The web has become the digital equivalent of the office water cooler, and it’s becoming more necessary by the day to stay in the loop. Enough of the pleasantries, let’s hit it. False start. On the plane ride home Read More…

Woollybearer of good news

VERMILION — Sunday’s 43rd annual Woollybear Festival included 24 seconds of heart-pounding caterpillar racing followed by WJW-TV Fox 8 meteorologist Dick Goddard’s equally dramatic winter weather prediction. The Woollybear 500, a 1-foot sloping track on the festival’s main stage, was won by a caterpillar raced by 9-year-old Aleksander Boardwine of Vermilion. Following the race, the Read More…

Court fines Vermilion police captain

VERMILION — Police Capt. Michael Reinheimer was ordered to pay a $250 fine and court costs for driving under suspension in July. The fine was levied against Reinheimer during a sentencing hearing Friday in Erie County Municipal Court, where he earlier had pleaded no contest in the case. Reinheimer also served a 10-day suspension from Read More…

Deer crashes plague Lorain County

VERMILION — Lorain County had the second-highest number of deer-related vehicle crashes in 2014, the Ohio Department of Transportation reported Friday. The county had 510 crashes involving deer last year, only a few less than the 514 crashes in Stark County, which had the highest number in the state, according to the report. Richland County Read More…