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Feb 22, 2017 1:00 AM

Aurora Police Reports-Feb. 22

Police Reports is a sampling of incidents responded to by the Aurora Police Department. It is not intended to be all-inclusive. Domestic dispute: An Aurora woman was charged with domestic violence Feb. 9 on Brandon Circle after a verbal dispute with her adult daughter turned physical.

A fine winter day in Aurora
Feb 22, 2017 1:00 AM

A fine winter day in Aurora

It was a record-setting day temperaturewise Feb. 18 with highs in Northeast Ohio in the upper 60s, and dozens of people took advantage of the weather to visit Sunny Lake Park. Here, Aurora resident Russ Jones walks his dog along the southern inlet of the lake.

Aurora's Natural Essentials marks 25 years, plans to expand
Feb 22, 2017 1:00 AM

Aurora's Natural Essentials marks 25 years, plans to expand

AURORA -- With Natural Essentials celebrating its 25th anniversary as a business this year, it's also contemplating a major expansion -- most likely in Streetsboro or Aurora -- according to Gary Pellegrino, the company's president.

By Bob Gaetjens | Reporter
Heritage book for three communities out March 24
Feb 22, 2017 1:00 AM

Heritage book for three communities out March 24

Because of a large volume of rich history gathered for the upcoming publication "Three Communities, One Heritage," the bicentennial book release has been delayed until March 24.

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Feb 22, 2017 1:00 AM

Aurora City Council Actions-Feb. 22

APPROVED Purchase of a Cot Loading System from Stryke EMS Equipment ($26,282) for installation in an ambulance that is currently being built. Contract with GPD Group ($24,250) for engineering services for the front parking lot design at the Hartman property on Townline Road.

Retired Aurora mail carrier Thornton heading for Pinto horse HOF
Feb 22, 2017 1:00 AM

Retired Aurora mail carrier Thornton heading for Pinto horse HOF

Former Aurora resident Pete Thornton, who now lives in Portage County's Freedom Township, recently was tapped for induction into the National Pinto Horse Association Individual Hall of Fame.

From Staff Reports
Feb 22, 2017 1:00 AM

Portage panel continues to look at substance abuse options

RAVENNA -- A day after county commissioners called for a meeting to discuss the future of the Portage County Jail expansion, the county sales and use tax committee met to discuss substance abuse prevention and education proposals submitted for review.

By Matthew Merchant Record-courier Reporter
Feb 22, 2017 1:00 AM

Plans for new Portage County Jail pod may be pushed back or scuttled

RAVENNA -- Portage County commissioners are considering reversing course on a proposed multi-million dollar expansion of the Portage County Jail. On Feb. 14, commissioners chose not to move forward with reviewing the project's construction manager at-risk job.

By Matthew Merchant | Record-courier Reporter
Feb 22, 2017 1:00 AM

Building activity slows in Aurora in January

AURORA -- With Northeast Ohio in the middle of winter, building projects in Aurora were few and far between in January. The planning-zoning-building department reported that permits for projects valued at $329,500 were issued last month. Residential projects amounted to $236,500.

From Staff Reports
Feb 22, 2017 1:00 AM

Natural Essentials employs many people with disabilities

AURORA -- Of Natural Essentials' approximately 280 employees, President Gary Pellegrino said about 20 percent have various disabilities, ranging from blindness to autism.

By Bob Gaetjens | Reporter
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Feb 22, 2017 1:00 AM

Portage County committee monitors hazards

The safety of residents requires a strong partnership with communities and businesses to handle emergencies involving the release of hazardous chemicals, according the Portage County Local Emergency Planning Committee.

By Matthew Merchant | Record-courier Reporter
Aurora's fire alarms, rescue calls increase in 2016
Feb 22, 2017 1:00 AM

Aurora's fire alarms, rescue calls increase in 2016

AURORA -- For the fifth straight year, fire alarms and rescue calls received by the city's fire department increased, according to Fire Chief David Barnes' 2016 year-end report. Fire alarms rose to 443 from 436 in 2015.

From Staff Reports
Drought is over! Greenmen girls win conference title
Feb 22, 2017 1:00 AM

Drought is over! Greenmen girls win conference title

AURORA -- It's been a long, long time since an Aurora High girls basketball team has won a conference championship. But the 90-year drought since the last title ended Feb. 15 when the Greenmen topped Tallmadge 38-27 to share the Suburban League American Conference crown with Revere.

By Ken Lahmers | Editor
Aurora Commons has a new owner
Feb 22, 2017 1:00 AM

Aurora Commons has a new owner

AURORA -- The Aurora Commons shopping center, anchored by a Marc's store and located east of Bissell Road and between East Pioner Trail and West Garfield Road, was purchased Jan. 31 for $7.5 million by Optimus Aurora LLC, represented by Mantua resident Joseph Padanilam, the company's owner.

By Bob Gaetjens | Reporter
Feb 22, 2017 1:00 AM

Portage sheriff: Jail population up; new women's pod needed

RAVENNA -- The Portage County Jail is overcrowded, with average inmate population numbers --- particularly women -- steady and increasing. That's according to records provided by the Portage County Sheriff's Department.

By Matthew Merchant | Record-courier Reporter
Feb 22, 2017 1:00 AM

Aurora residents oppose vet clinic/kennel proposal

AURORA -- Plans to locate an animal care clinic and kennel at Route 43 and Sycamore Drive in front of the Hawthorn of Aurora subdivision ran into widespread opposition at the Feb. 15 planning commission meeting.

By Ken Lahmers | Editor
Liberty Ford unveils plans for Aurora campus
Feb 22, 2017 1:00 AM

Liberty Ford unveils plans for Aurora campus 1

AURORA -- At the city planning commission's Feb. 15 meeting, plans were unveiled for a Liberty Ford dealership on 13 acres on the southeast corner of Route 43 and Squires Road, just north of Treat Road.

By Ken Lahmers | Editor
Feb 16, 2017 5:40 PM

Marijuana found in system of man killed by police in Hudson in December

HUDSON — According to the Feb. 16 toxicology report released by the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office THC, or marijuana, was found in the system of a 26-year-old man shot and killed Dec. 4 by a Hudson Police Officer.

By Tim Troglen | Hudson Hub-times Reporter
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Making difference goal of new Portage commissioner
Feb 15, 2017 1:00 AM

Making difference goal of new Portage commissioner

RAVENNA -- People have been asking if she enjoys being back. She does. Though, it's not for the title, the responsibility or long hours. It's because she believes she can make a difference.

By Matthew Merchant | Record-courier Reporter
Molina assumes Reminderville operations post
Feb 15, 2017 1:00 AM

Molina assumes Reminderville operations post

REMINDERVILLE -- Mario Molina will move from an elected position in the 3,800-person village to one of its employees, as the longtime Councilor takes the new position of director of operations. The village is accepting letters of interest for Molina's open Council seat until 4 p.m.

By Andrew Schunk Twinsburg Bulletin Editor