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Repairs after water line break in downtown Medina cost nearly $250,000

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:05
The break occurred Sept 10 five feet under the street in a 33-year-old, 12-inch-pipe, then more leaks were discovered. Donna J. Miller, The Plain Dealer

Twinsburg man accused of making homemade bombs had figurine of Osama bin Laden in his room

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:05
Otha Garrette, 22, of Twinsburg, is accused of making homemade bombs in his home. Adam Ferrise, Northeast Ohio Media Group

First-graders win a Halloween treat for Middleburg: longer hours for trick-or-treating

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:01
First-graders persuaded Middleburg Heights Mayor Gary Starr to add an extra half an hour of trick-or-treating. Grant Segall, The Plain Dealer

John Kasich, Ed FitzGerald square off; Supreme Court sides with Independence; Landmarks Commission approves Public Square project: Top 5 at 5

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:00
A summary of some of today's top stories on Ray Jablonski, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Ralph Nader says Ohio Gov. John Kasich has gone "completely cold" on eliminating tax breaks for corporations; asks him to kill 'crony capitalism': Mark Naymik

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:50
Ralph Nader says Ohio Gov. John Kasich was once passionate about eliminating corporate subsidies, handouts, giveaways and bailouts. But Kasich, he says, has gone "completely cold" on the issue. Mark Naymik, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Mayor Frank Jackson hits the airwaves in support of Cleveland school construction tax (video)

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:43
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, who has been quiet during most of the campaign for the Cleveland school district's new construction tax, urges voters to pass it in new television and radio ads. Patrick O'Donnell, The Plain Dealer

Neglected, starved pit bull puppy found in Garfield Heights likely abused (photo gallery)

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:35
Garfield Heights Animal Warden Bonnie Hackett said the skittish behavior of the neglected puppy she's caring for at the kennel indicates he was probably abused in the past. Ryllie Danylko, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Sherwin Williams cityscape banner comes down (slideshow)

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:22
The Sherwin Williams World Headquarters will be draped by the new banner on Oct. 30, in time for the season opener against the New York Knicks. Lynn Ischay, The Plain Dealer

Parma Heights residents push council to reject four-story senior citizen home on church property

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:17
Parma Heights residents are protesting a four-story senior citizen home, which would replace a church. Maura Zurick, Northeast Ohio Media Group

'The Walking Dead' Season 5: Is the cannibalism and gore too much?

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:17
Someone ate Bob's leg. Can you handle it? Troy L. Smith, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Feds charge Northeast Ohioan with running nationwide mortgage rescue scheme

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:05
Feds bring criminal charges against a North Royalton man accused of running a nationwide mortgage rescue scheme. Sheryl Harris, The Plain Dealer

South Euclid safety tax frees up money for pool, retirements, Cedar Center debt

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:00
South Euclid voters passed a safety levy in November, but a year later the police and fire departments are understaffed and there are no immediate plans to rehire. Instead, the city used the money to offset the cost of Cedar Center North and five other special revenues funds. Sara Dorn, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Orange School Superintendent Edwin Holland wants to double-dip

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:51
Orange School's Superintendent Edwin Holland wants to retire next year and be rehired so he can collect his salary and pension at the same time. DiAngelea Millar, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Gov. John Kasich ignores Ed FitzGerald in their only meeting of election season: 5 observations

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:50
Gov. John Kasich and Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald met Thursday for the only time this election season. The Green Party's Anita Rios also participated. Henry J. Gomez, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Magnificat High School president, Renata Rafferty, to step down

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:41
The president of Magnificat HIgh School, Renata Rafferty, will step down at the end of the school year. Barb Galbincea, Northeast Ohio Media Group

A dozen people accused of dealing drugs arrested in Elyria

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:40
Elyria police arrested 12 street-level drug dealers Oct. 16. Patrick Cooley, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Cuyahoga Falls businessman charged with pilfering $1.5 million from health plans he managed

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:32
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A former Copley resident faces charges that he stole more than $1.5 million from healthcare plans he oversaw – using the money to operate his business and pay for luxury items. Robert Hartenstein, 61, was charged today... Rachel Dissell, The Plain Dealer

Terry Pluto's Faith & You: Meet St. Ignatius High's Jim Skerl, a man who taught so many others how best to live

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:27
In death, beloved St. Ignatius teacher Jim Skerl continues delivering some valuable lessons. Terry Pluto, The Plain Dealer

Josh Mandel's new ad hits Connie Pillich on taxes, repeats misleading claim

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 13:23
A new ad by Democrat Connie Pillich's campaign intended to correct ads put out by Republican Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel may have come a day late. But on Wednesday, Mandel's campaign began running an ad targeting Pillich, claiming she failed to pay taxes on time and voted multiple times to increase taxes. Jackie Borchardt, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Cleveland man accused in fatal May stabbing

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 13:23
Cleveland police said George Tucker, 47, killed 65-year-old Truman Willis in Willis' East Side house in late May. Cory Shaffer | Northeast Ohio Media Group