The Local Beat with O’Brien

The Chronicle-Telegram’s Dave O’Brien joins WEOL every Wednesday morning to discuss local Lorain County happenings. Interviews from past shows are archived below. To check out the latest from Vandemark Jewelers, including store hours and information, see their website HERE!

Local Beat – May 11th

Here’s “The Local Beat” for this week presented by Vandemark Jewelers, a trusted name in Jewelry! The Chronicle-Telegram’s own Dave O’Brien joins Rocco Nuosci as they touch on a number of local news stories!

This week, the guys talk about a “transformational” opportunity in North Ridgeville with a new proposal for a pairing of a new community center and school facilities. Plus, the latest from the censuring of one Oberlin City Council member and a preview of this week’s commissioner news.

Take a listen below!


The Local Beat Archive

5/4/22 – This week, the guys talk about the primary election and some of the bigger issues around Lorain County. Plus, the latest on the submarine dry dock proposal in Lorain!

4/27/22 – This week, the guys recapped the brief tornado touch-down on Monday in Eaton Township, plus, the latest on the trial of Keith Liedtke.

4/20/22 – This week, Dave O’Brien and Rocco Nuosci discuss the latest on James Kimbrough III who was captured over the weekend, plus, the debate is on for the future of Pioneer Plaza.

4/13/22 – This week, Dave and Rocco talk about the latest rulings on a fatal stabbing from 2019. Plus, former Firelands wrestling coach Josh Walbom is getting support from wrestlers and parents in the community, and the guys break down the situation.

4/6/22 – This week, the guys recap this past weekend’s “Ohio Innocence Project” event at Midview Middle School, plus, no fireworks in Oberlin this summer?

3/30/22 – This week, the guys talk about LC4Ukraine, a local relief effort for Ukraine refugees in Lorain County! Plus, after a meeting on Monday, Elyria City Council has a better idea on concrete plans for the future of Midway Mall.

3/23/22 – This week, the guys discuss the troubles with the Lorain County Board of Elections and the upcoming primary elections. Also, Elyria City Council has approved the 2022 budget, but without one key project from Mayor Frank Whitfield. Also for this week’s scanner story, dogs in a stroller?

3/16/22 – This week, the guys discuss the latest on Elyria City Council’s concerns with plans for the Midway Mall, as well as a retired Marine in Wellington planning on flying to Ukraine to help with the situation over there.

3/9/22 – This week, the guys talked about the latest on the charges against Elyria woman Eboni McElroy, as well as an insight into a local Ukrainian family dealing with the current horror in the news.

3/2/22 – This week, the guys talked about the cases of Joseph Allen and Nancy Smith and their 30 year fight for justice. Also, the guys touch on Elyria Mayor Frank Whitfield’s plans for the Midway Mall!

2/23/22 – This week, Dave talks about a man who passed away while being held in jail, as well as the latest regarding the proposed naval sub project in Lorain.

2/16/22 – This week, the guys discussed the latest on James Kimbrough, a wanted man by local authorities, as well as new funding for Lorain County Public Health to fight addiction.

2/9/22 – This week, the guys focused on the city of Elyria as upgrades could be coming to Midway Mall, downtown, and the parks and recreation facilities!

2/2/22 – This week, the guys talk about the fourth fatal shooting in Lorain County since the start of 2022, this time a tragedy in LaGrange. Former 911 director Harry Williamson is also filing a lawsuit, and Dave fills us in on the latest.

1/19/22 – This week, the guys discussed the snowstorm that hit the area as well as the latest from Lorain County Community College!

1/12/22 – This week, the guys talk about a new eSports hub coming to downtown Elyria, as well as the latest from the Lorain County Commissioners as Matt Lundy takes over as President.

1/5/22 – The guys recap the traffic fatality and drug overdose totals from 2021, and then turn to a brighter note as North Ridgeville welcomes a new economic director!

Click the links below to listen to past interviews.

2021 Archive

2020 Archive

2019 Archive

2018 Archive