Blizzards, Kwanzaa & Ruining Christmas: A Week In Review

Catch the biggest news stories this week from Mentor

1. Sometimes "Grinch" is an insufficient label.

One man is accused of doing more than ruining Christmas. He is accused of attacking his girlfriend with a flashlight and breaking her nose on Dec. 25.

Furthermore, police said that 27-year-old Christopher Lockamy also took his girlfriend's phone and wouldn't let her leave the trailer so she could not tell police.

Lockamy was charged with felonious assault, abduction and disrupting public services.

2. It finally snowed.

And while the first winter storm of the season was rough on drivers, it sure was photogenic.

3. Mentor has named its headliner for its new Mentor CityFest Aug. 23 and 24 next year.

Beatles tribute band BritBeat will perform Aug. 24 at Jerome T. Osborne Stadium.

Cleveland-based dance band Disco Inferno and local high-school bands will also perform at CityFest, which is a reimagining of the annual It's Better In Mentor festival.

4. The region of Northeast Ohio received good news earlier this month but the best news was reserved for Lake County.

A study by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute said the number of high-tech jobs in the region leaped 9.1 pecent in 2010-2011, which are the most recent statistics available.

And -- among Lake, Cuyahoga and Lorain -- Lake County is the vanguard.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Lake County's number of high-tech jobs grew 22 percent. Cuyahoga and Lorain's gains were more modest -- 7.5 and 1.6 percent, respectively.

5. We are in the middle of Kwanzaa.

If you (like me) have no idea what that entails, check out our primer on the first fruits festival


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