November 23, 2014

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Safety program awards $857K to local businesses

ELYRIA — The state’s message to Lorain County employers: It pays to be safe. The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation paid more than $857,000 to 136 county businesses that participated in the Lorain County Safety Council this past year, a joint program headed by the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce and the workers compensation bureau. Read More…

Decrepit strip mall coming down

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The old Ridgeville Shopping Center, long devoid of any tenants, is bustling with activity again. But now the commotion is a wrecking ball. A demolition crew finally got to work Tuesday tearing down the vacant shopping center, which exists as only a shell of its former self. CHUCK HUMEL / CHRONICLE Demolition Read More…

Dirty work clothes helped ignite man who died of burns

ELYRIA — A flammable lacquer on an Elyria man’s clothing helped flames overtake his body, which ultimately led to his death, Elyria Assistant fire Chief Robert Dempsey has said. Donald Secrist, 50, died from internal burns Sunday at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Coroner Frank Miller said. Secrist, who polished cabinets for Patriot Read More…

School board candidates discuss bringing back classes

LORAIN — Lorain school board candidate Jim Smith said programs the district cut over the summer to save money could return by next fall. Smith made the claim during an hour-long debate Tuesday night featuring all seven candidates for the board. Each candidate was given two minutes to answer questions selected by the hosts of Read More…

Holly Brinda to stay on November ballot

Elyria school board member Holly Brinda is on the November ballot to stay. The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request by Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner to reconsider its decision earlier this month that placed Brinda on the ballot. Brunner and the Lorain County Board of Elections had sought to bar Brinda Read More…

Blotter: Oct. 17, 2007

Lorain police Saturday, Oct. 13 8:35 p.m. – 1900 block W. 27th St., a woman said her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend harassed her by phone. Sunday, Oct. 14 3:58 a.m. — 300 block Delaware Ave., Terrance M. McAfee, 25, 1800 block Hancock St., Lorain, charged with obstructing official business, disturbing the peace, resisting arrest and disorderly Read More…

Police blotter – Oberlin and Wellington: October 17

Oberlin police Tuesday, Oct. 9 4:33 p.m. — 100 block of South St., family disturbance. Wednesday, Oct. 10 8:20 a.m. — Roosevelt Court, unruly 15-year-old girl. 12:10 p.m. — 200 block of North Pleasant Street, laptop worth $1,400 stolen from Oberlin High School. 5:47 p.m. — Roosevelt Court, unruly 15-year-old girl. Thursday, Oct. 11 4:46 Read More…

Crash drives dashboard into teenager’s chest

ELYRIA — A teenager was hospitalized Tuesday after a crash into a guardrail broke his legs and drove part of a dashboard into his chest. Debra Adkins, 36, was driving her Honda Accord with Florida plates east on state Route 57 around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when she clipped the mirror of a passing truck and Read More…

Man ambushed woman at apartment, police say

LORAIN — A woman returning from the grocery store around 10 p.m. Monday was ambushed at her Fulmer Road apartment by a man against whom she had a restraining order, according to a Lorain police report. Paul Mohn, 34, surprised the woman at her door, knocked her cell phone out of her hand when she Read More…

Chopper for charity

Shop builds bike to support girl in her fight against non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma  JASON MILLER / CHRONICLE Jim Fekete displays the chopper he built to sell for Ashleigh Martin. WELLINGTON — It all started innocently, when their vibrant young daughter trotted up and said, “I have a bump on my neck.’’ Certainly, it couldn’t be much, Read More…