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ROUNDUP: March 10, 2013


Westlake student reported missing

WESTLAKE — Police are looking for a 14-year-old girl who was reported missing after she was dropped off at her Westlake home Friday.

The girl, Devon Smith, was last seen at 4:30 p.m. as the school bus dropped her off at her home. According to a news release, Smith did not enter the home and has not been heard from since.

Smith, a student at Hathaway Brown School, may be upset over school issues, and foul play is not suspected, according to police.

She is a white female, 5’6” tall, 120 pounds, with blond curly shoulder length hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a blue Hathaway Brown sweatshirt, grey jeans, tan topsider-style shoes, a quilted black jacket and a green backpack.

Smith’s friends are all east side residents, and the school emailed the parents of her classmates, alerting them to her missing status.

Anyone with information on Smith’s whereabouts is asked to call the Westlake Police Department at (440) 871-3311 or the local law enforcement agency for that location.

According to Westlake police Capt. Guy Turner, there is another student with the same name who attends Westlake High School but is not involved.

Jordan announces 2013 art contest

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, encourages high school students to submit their artwork in the 2013 Congressional Art Contest.

A winner will be chosen in each high school of the 14 counties in the Fourth Congressional District; Allen, Auglaize, Champaign, Crawford, Logan, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Union and parts of Erie, Huron, Lorain, Marion and Mercer counties.

The district winner’s artwork will hang at the United States Capitol for one year in a display of winners from across the country.

Winners will also be offered an art college scholarship and airfare for two to visit Washington, D.C.

“I look forward to seeing the artwork submitted by my constituents and wish them the best of luck in this year’s contest,” Jordan said.

All forms and information can be accessed through Jordan’s website,

For additional information, contact Susan Ohl in the Lima District Office at (419 999-6455.

Exchange club hosts Oberlin wine tasting

The Oberlin Exchange Club will hold its sixth annual wine tasting and silent auction 7 to 11 p.m. April 6 at the Oberlin Inn to benefit the Prevention of Child Abuse program.

Cost is $25 per person if paid by March 29. Cost will be $30 per person after or at the door. Includes hor d’oeuvres, six wine samples and entertainment.

Tickets available at Oberlin Midas or call Marilyn at (440) 774-1960 or Roy at (440) 775-4435.

Senior volunteer nominees sought

The Salute to Senior Service program, sponsored by Home Instead Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, honors the contributions of adults 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes.

Nominations for outstanding senior volunteers are being accepted through March 31. State winners then will be selected by popular vote at Online voting will take place April 15 to 30. From those state winners, a panel of senior care experts will pick the national Salute to Senior Service honoree.

Home Instead Inc. will donate $500 to each of the state winners’ favorite nonprofit organizations and their stories will be posted on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame. In addition, $5,000 will be donated to the national winner’s nonprofit charity of choice.

“We all know seniors who do so much for our community,” said Karin Wolff, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Lorain County. “These silent heroes give selflessly, expecting nothing in return. And yet, their contributions often make a difference not only to the organizations they serve, but in changing how the public views growing older.”

To complete and submit a nomination form and to view the contest’s official rules, visit

Completed nomination forms also can be mailed to Salute to Senior Service, P.O. Box 285, Bellevue, NE 68005.

Job seekers invited to LCCC Career Fair

Job seekers can meet prospective employers noon to 3 p.m. April 3 at the Lorain County Community College Career Fair in the Spitzer Conference Center and Stocker Center lobby.

Dozens of area employers, including Allied Health and Nursing, will be at the career fair to discuss careers with potential employees.

Attendees should bring a current resume, dress professionally and be prepared to network with professionals from Lorain, Cuyahoga and surrounding counties.

Registration is recommended but not required.

For more information, contact career services at (440) 366-4076 or visit

Cabbie charged with assaulting woman

ELYRIA — An Elyria man was arrested Friday after a woman reported that she had been assaulted by a cab driver who appeared as if he was on drugs.

Police met with the woman, 22-year-old Alicia Ferrante, in the parking lot of Shopway. Ferrante was bleeding from a large gash in her forehead, according to a police report.

The woman told police she had a friend contact a man who “runs a cab business,” and the man, later identified as Duane Harvey, 42, arrived at Shopway to pick her up.

Ferrante said Harvey asked her for money for the cab fare, but when she told him her friend was paying, she said Harvey yelled, calling her a b----, and punched her in the face with a cell phone in his hand. Ferrante said she believed Harvey was on drugs because of the way he was acting, so she got out of the vehicle and called police.

Police caught up with Harvey later, and he was arrested at 6:20 p.m. at the intersection of Lesnick Road and Furnace Street. Police charged Harvey with assault, and he was taken to Lorain County Jail.

Ferrante was treated by LifeCare, and photos were taken of her injuries.

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