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ROUNDUP: July 3, 2010


Avon couple sues county Metro Parks

ELYRIA —  An Avon woman and her husband filed a lawsuit Friday against the Lorain County Metro Parks, saying she was injured when park staff failed to properly maintain a chair lift at the Splash Zone in Oberlin.

The suit was filed by Cynthia A. Dougher and her husband Matthew regarding an incident on July 29, 2007. The lawsuit seeks more than $25,000 in damages.

A representative for the parks was unavailable for comment.

Woman sues over shooting in bar

ELYRIA — A Pittsburgh woman filed a lawsuit Friday against two corporations that operate the Red Fox Lounge in Elyria, saying the woman was shot through the leg on Oct. 4, 2009, by an unknown assailant.

The suit filed by Theresa Phillips contends the bar failed to provide “reasonable security” to protect its patrons.

The lawsuit asks for more than $25,000 in damages from DSP Associates and McGhees.

A representative of the bar could not be reached for comment.

Woman robbed after giving man ride

ELYRIA — A woman who stopped to ask a man walking on the street for directions said the man stole her purse after she agreed to give him a ride.

The woman was driving in downtown Elyria when the man agreed to tell her where she needed to go in exchange for a lift. When the woman stopped at the corner of Clark and South Logan streets to let the man out, he said “thank you,” then grabbed the woman’s purse and fled on foot. The black purse contained $700 and a cell phone.

The purse was later found in the 200 block of South Logan Street with the phone and money missing.

Columbia library may expand hours

COLUMBIA TWP. — The Columbia branch library hopes to be open for an additional 13 hours a week thanks to May’s successful levy.

Board members of the Lorain Public Library System, which operates the Columbia branch, will discuss the new hours during a committee meeting 5 p.m. Thursday.

Service hours were slashed to 31 in 2008 due to shrinking state funding and decreased revenues, but a 0.3-mill replacement levy that voters approved May 4 will allow longer hours at the library beginning Sept. 13 if board members approve.

Although the library will remain closed Sundays, according to the plan the committee will discuss, it will stay open an extra hour until 8 p.m. Monday and Thursday and be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday for an additional three hours. On Wednesdays, when it is currently closed, the branch will be open noon to 8 p.m.

If the committee agrees with the schedule, it could send the matter to the full board for approval.

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