November 24, 2014

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Cedar Point’s Mantis Take 2: A floorless coaster

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Cedar Point will transform its Mantis stand-up roller coaster into a sit-down floorless ride for the 2015 season. According to a release from Bryan Edwards, the park’s marketing manager, the re-configured ride will re-open under the new name “Rougarou,” which park officials said is the name of a “terrifying werewolf-like creature in French folklore.” A Read More…

Cedar Point’s Mantis coaster set to close, but maybe not for good

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The Mantis isn’t long for this world. Or is it? That depends on who is doing the talking. On Tuesday, Cedar Point officials announced the stand-up rollercoaster that has given more than 22 million rides since opening in 1996 will close at 8 p.m. Oct. 19. The short statement from Bryan Edwards, Cedar Point’s public Read More…

Cedar Point: We’ll rename coaster ‘King James’ if LeBron James returns

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SANDUSKY — If LeBron James finally decides to come back to Cleveland and the Cavs, the folks at Cedar Point are pledging to rename one of their big roller coasters after him. “We are serious about this,” Cedar Point spokesman Bryan Edwards said Wednesday in response to questions about the legitimacy of a Twitter post Read More…

Emaciated horses taken from Grafton Twp. farm

For 15 years, Denise Willis has answered her share of animal abuse or neglect cases. But the one that kept her busy for hours Friday night into early Saturday morning is among the worst humane officer said she has seen. “It was pretty severe,” Willis said of the conditions in which she and other Friendship Read More…

Chatham tapped for well meeting

About 270,000 oil and natural gas wells have been drilled in Ohio since the time of the Civil War. The majority has long since been exhausted, but an unknown number remain uncapped — including many in Medina County. Since 1977, the Orphan Well Program operated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has sealed off Read More…

North Ridgeville minister sentenced for child rape

An ordained minister and former church youth group leader was sentenced to 10 years to life Thursday for multiple counts of rape and other charges. Jeremy Pettry, 32, was sentenced by Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge to terms of 10 years to life for six counts of rape to which he pled guilty Read More…

North Ridgeville killing of kittens in protested

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — About 20 people protested Wednesday the killing of five kittens by a humane officer. “We want to continue to speak out about the injustice being done,” said Kelly Smick, member of Lorain Pooch Patrol, which organized the rally. “What this officer did was totally out of line. I have been in (animal) Read More…

Breaking in GateKeeper, Cedar Point’s newest rollercoaster

Braving the ride The old guy still has it. After psyching myself out of a Media Day ride aboard Millennium Force in 2000 and never even thinking about strapping in for the 120-mph Top Thrill Dragster (not doing it), I was determined to make up for my past sins of omission by conquering Cedar Point’s Read More…

Bill amendment would freeze Ohio E-ZPass tolls

State Sen. Gayle Manning, R-North Ridgeville, is proposing amendments to a $1.5 million bond sale bill that would freeze tolls for E-ZPass trips of 30 or fewer miles on the Ohio Turnpike. The Amherst exit is pictured in December. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

State Sen. Gayle Manning has offered amendments to a bill approving the sale of $1.5 billion in bonds leveraged by the Ohio Turnpike to guarantee the money raised will largely be spent repairing roads in Northeast Ohio and to free the tolls that E-ZPass users pay for short trips on the toll road. The bill Read More…

Bar’s effort to cheer boy with tumor goes viral

CLEVELAND — Shannon Huffman is surrounded by hundreds of colorful “high five” hand tracings in the hospital room where he continues to recover from surgery to remove a tumor behind his eye. “The whole idea is to try and keep the energy up in Shannon’s room,” said his dad, Joshua Huffman. “We want to keep Read More…