April 21, 2014

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Midway Diner to open soon in Elyria

The former TGIF’s restaurant across from Midway Mall is undergoing renovation and will re-open as the Midway Diner, now under renovation. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — A diner is opening at the former T.G.I. Friday’s at 2040 Midway Blvd., near the Midway Mall. The Midway Diner is expected to open in two or three weeks, according to owner Sam Darowich. Darowich said he is hiring about 40 people, including about 20 full-time jobs. Darowich said his family has been Read More…

Fundraiser set for Business Support Network

ELYRIA — The Business Support Network of First Community Interfaith Institute-Ohio has lofty goals for its organization, but in order to help the area’s poor and homeless learn how to own and operate small businesses, it has to raise funds for the program. “The poor or homeless who live in Lorain and Elyria are not Read More…

North Ridgeville begins contract talks with employees union

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — No sooner had the city and its firefighters reached an agreement on a new contract then talks started with 70 to 80 people employed by the Service Department, French Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant and City Hall. City Council approved legislation Monday to extend the employees’ current contract two months from Jan. 1 Read More…

Grafton Correctional inmate’s death ruled homicide

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GRAFTON — Gerald Pierce, the 65-year-old inmate killed Sunday at Grafton Correction Institution, was beaten to death, according to Lorain County Coroner Stephen Evans. Pierce died of massive head injuries caused by multiple blunt-force trauma, Evans said, adding that the inmate’s body was fine from the neck down. The death has been ruled a homicide, Read More…

Attorney sets William Dembie as victim during first day of trial

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ELYRIA — William Dembie Jr. readily confessed to Lorain County Sheriff’s detectives that he had killed his wife, Holly Dembie, in an interview outside of a patrol car after the Aug. 11, 2011, killing. “I just snapped. I seen red,” Dembie said in a tape of the conversation played Tuesday during the first day of Read More…

Man found dead in ‘suspicious’ apartment fire

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ELYRIA — Vernon Frye woke up Monday evening to the sounds of an argument at a neighbor’s apartment complex, which quickly became the scene of a possible explosion, a fire and the death of a 62-year-old man. Around 11 p.m. Monday, a fire broke out at a four-unit apartment complex at 341 East River St. Read More…

Grafton man contests late woman’s will

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — An attorney for a Grafton man is contesting the will of a North Ridgeville woman, saying it was changed to benefit a woman who works for the city’s senior center and exerted undue influence on his client. Lakewood attorney Dieter Domanovic filed paperwork before Lorain County Probate Judge James T. Walther last Read More…

Elyria blotter: 14-year-old charged after altercation with mother

Elyria police Monday, Dec. 2 11:12 a.m. — 200 block Connecticut Ave., a man said someone slashed the tires on his mobile trailer. 12:10 p.m. — 800 block Oak St., a woman said the door to a vacant rental property she is renovating was kicked in, but nothing appeared to be stolen. 3:42 p.m. — Read More…

Brian E. “Big B” Gregory

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Brian E. “Big B” Gregory, 52, of Elyria, passed away peacefully Friday, November 29, 2013 at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital, following a short illness. Mr. Gregory was born in Los Angeles, California, moving to Elyria 14 years ago. He was employed at Riddell all American Sports in Elyria as an assembler. He was a member Read More…

Victoria Jane Koepp

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Victoria Jane Koepp (nee Owen), 59, of Amherst, passed away Monday, December 2, 2013, at EMH Healthcare in Elyria, following a lengthy illness. She was born December 27, 1953 in Steubenville. Victoria was raised in Brilliant, Ohio before moving to Amherst, where she made her home for the last 35 years. She was employed at Read More…