May 23, 2015


Careless smoking causes apartment fire

LORAIN — Careless smoking caused a fire at the Tower Regency Apartments, 1021 Tower Blvd., around 3:45 a.m. Sunday, according to Assistant Fire Chief and Fire Marshal Jeff Fenn. Fenn said Tuesday that the fire began in a bedroom of a second-floor apartment in the three-floor, 12-unit building located between Falbo and Oberlin avenues. No Read More…

City of Oberlin sued for firearms ordinance change


OBERLIN – The city of Oberlin has been sued for its firearms ordinances despite multiple City Council meetings in which council members discussed amending the ordinances to comply with state law. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Lorain County Court of Common Pleas by Ohioans for Concealed Carry, Inc., and Ashland residents Brian and Janae Read More…

Watch: Lorain electric tower topples


Lorain officials are hoping the demolition will create an even larger rumble – the rumble of development – once all of the towers, 24 in all, are removed through the next year, opening up the city’s river and lake front.  

WATCH: Joseph Allen sent back to prison in Head Start case

Attorney K. Ronald Bailey comforts a weeping Joseph Allen as a deputy gets set to handcuff Allen and return him to prison Tuesday. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — A sobbing Joseph Allen was led out a Lorain County courtroom in handcuffs today after being ordered back to prison in the controversial Head Start child molestation case. An agreement between Allen and prosecutors imposes a new sentence of 10 to 25 years in prison for Allen. He will get credit for time Read More…

Veterans pass barriers at closed WWII memorial

Korean War veteran Frederick Jenkins, from Iowa, third from left, poses for a photograph at National World War II Memorial in Washington Tuesday. Veterans who had traveled from across the country were allowed to visit the National World War II Memorial after it had been officially closed because of the partial government shutdown. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON — Dozens of veterans barricaded outside the closed World War II Memorial because of the government shutdown were escorted past the barriers Tuesday by members of Congress so they could see the monument. More than 125 veterans from Mississippi and Iowa arrived for a previously scheduled visit to the memorial Tuesday morning to find it barricaded by the Read More…

Furloughs, closures begin as shutdown affects Ohio

John Carano, 65, walks on a trail at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Tuesday in Valley View. The effects of the federal shutdown began rippling across Ohio on Tuesday morning, with a national military museum and national park closing and thousands of federal employees going on furlough. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CINCINNATI — The impact of the partial federal government shutdown began rippling across Ohio on Tuesday, with a national military museum and national park closing and thousands of federal employees going on furlough. The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park between Cleveland and Akron both closed Read More…

Police looking for man who fled after being stabbed

ELYRIA – Police are looking for a stabbing victim who fled the scene shortly after being injured by his girlfriend early Tuesday. The incident began around 9 a.m. on the 100 block of Ridge Circle in Elyria when a 23-year-old man got into an argument with his girlfriend over her talking on the phone, Elyria Read More…

Grafton mayor pleads not guilty in drunken driving case

  ELYRIA – Grafton Mayor Megan Flanigan pleaded not guilty to operating a vehicle under the influence, failure to stop after an accident and failure to control. She did not show up at Elyria Municipal Court today for arraignment, and the plea was faxed to the court by her attorney, Daniel Wightman. Flanigan is accused of Read More…

BBB warns Cleveland fans of baseball ticket scams

CLEVELAND — The Better Business Bureau says Cleveland Indians fans seeking tickets to Wednesday’s American League wild-card game against Tampa Bay should be alert to potential scams by fake ticket sellers. Individual tickets for the game sold out shortly after the baseball team completed its 10th-straight win to clinch its first postseason berth since 2007. Read More…

Police dispatcher cleared of allegations she notified nephew of police response

LORAIN — Police dispatcher Adrianne Nieves has been cleared of allegations that she notified her nephew that he was about to be arrested shortly after he was accused of trying to force his way into a house where his girlfriend and baby son were. Nieves admitted to calling and text messaging Kevin Walker Jr. on Read More…