November 20, 2014

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Wellington Council names police chief

The new Wellington Police Chief Tim Barfield, left, sits with Sgt. Jeff Sheldon at Wellington Council meeting on Monday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — An Amherst native and former Maple Heights police officer is returning home as the newest Wellington police chief. At a Council meeting Monday, Wellington Mayor Barbara O’Keefe appointed Tim Barfield to the post. “He was without a doubt the one,” Council president Hans Schneider said, adding that all of the five applicants the Read More…

Wellington police buy 18 body cameras

WELLINGTON — A growing trend in police departments across Lorain County has reached Wellington. This week, Wellington police Sgt. in Charge Jeff Shelton ordered 18 body cameras for each officer in the police force, including part-time officers. “It’s a new fad and we’re seeing that it’s safer for officers,” Shelton said. Each officer will wear Read More…

Wellington mayor doesn’t promote interim police chief

WELLINGTON — In a decision that surprised some Wellington Village Council members Thursday evening, Wellington Mayor Barbara O’Keefe decided not to appoint interim Police Chief Michael Barrett to the permanent position. Barrett was one of two candidates being considered out of 12 initial applications for the position, the other being Detective Donald Barker of the Read More…

Wellington football coach resigns amid investigation

WELLINGTON — A high school assistant football coach resigned last week following an unspecified incident. Police are investigating former Wellington High School football coach Kenneth Rochester, said Wellington Police Chief Mike Barrett. Police are not releasing information on the incident that sparked it, but Barrett said Rochester has not been charged. Wellington Schools Superintendent John Read More…

Wellington delays decision on new police chief

WELLINGTON — Two members of Lorain County law enforcement are vying for the police chief position in Wellington, but residents might have to wait another month before a decision is made. Interim Police Chief Michael Barrett is competing for the job with Detective Donald Barker of the Lorain County Drug Task Force. Both men submitted Read More…

Ground broken at site of Wellington Middle School

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WELLINGTON — Laying the groundwork to build a new middle school and auditorium was largely the work of the community, so it’s no surprise that they would turn out for the ceremonial groundbreaking on Friday. Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams, who was invited to speak at the event, said he was surprised by the outpouring Read More…

Wellington middle schoolers learn real money in the classroom

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WELLINGTON — McCormick Middle School students may not have a full-time job, children or a car, but Wednesday, they had a crash course on life as an adult. As part of the “Real Money, Real World” program, students were given an occupation, monthly income, families and even credit card debt. The eighth-graders then learned about Read More…

Oberlin crime: Student reports fraudulent charges from Texas on debit card

Oberlin police Tuesday, March 11 11:47 a.m. — 100 block N. Main St., theft of a purse from Keep Cottage. Police said a wallet from the purse was turned in to Oberlin College Safety and Security, but $80 in cash from the wallet was missing. The purse and a cell phone were not recovered. 5:09 Read More…

Black River 5K, Fun Run held in memory of Wellington teen

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WELLINGTON — The Friends of Black River will host its second annual S.O.S. 5K and Mile Fun Run later this month. Instead of raising money to help the schools, this time the group hopes to benefit the legacy of budding soccer and basketball star Drew Guyer. Thirteen-year-old Drew was a student at McCormick Middle School Read More…

Wellington trustee, fed up with ‘bullying,’ resigns

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WELLINGTON TWP. — Jim Barbor resigned as a Wellington Township trustee in a blistering letter that complained of “the constant bickering, badgering, and abusive bullying that continues to plague this Board.” Barbor’s letter, which he read at a trustee meeting Tuesday, states that his resignation will take effect April 1. The remaining trustees will have Read More…