March 29, 2015

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Bid on a ticket to ride ‘LeBron’ roller coaster at Cedar Point

Cedar Point is reconfiguring 
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A Cedar Point spokesman said there is a lot of buzz surrounding a charity auction that will raise money for the LeBron James Family Foundation by “selling” the very first rides on Rougarou, the park’s first floorless roller coaster. “These are two big iconic institutions, if you will, coming together to raise money for a Read More…

Treasure-hunting professor discusses fugitive ex-student

Charles Herdendorf, professor emeritus of limnology and oceonography, and president of Sheffield Village Historical Society, holds a photo Thursday and a strand of golden coral named in his honor. The coral was discovered during  a recovery operation of the S.S. Central America off the Carolina coast. (STEVE MANHEIM / GAZETTE)

Charles Herdendorf hasn’t seen or heard from Tommy Thompson in years. But the well-known former Ohio State University oceanography professor wasn’t surprised when told Thompson, a one-time treasure hunter and fugitive from justice, may fight extradition to Ohio over allegations he cheated investors out of about $50 million in gold Thompson recovered from a famed Read More…

Salt outpost planned by ODOT to benefit Medina, Lorain counties

The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to build a truck and salt storage facility at the former Grafton prison farm on state Route 83 in Lorain County. The facility, projected to cost $4.4 million, is expected to be approved by the State Controlling Board as part of $100 million in state bond funds for building Read More…

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…