March 28, 2015

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Lorain man dies in house fire

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LORAIN — Charred and blackened in the snow, the bench still bore the name “Enrique Otero.” It was one of the few remnants pulled from a house that burned to the ground Friday morning — one of the final reminders of a beloved father, family man and devoted churchgoer who perished in the flames. Enrique Read More…

Officials: Proposal to build affordable housing in Oberlin insufficient

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OBERLIN — A proposal to build medium- to low-income housing on the former Green Acres property might not make it to fruition. The project was first pitched by a Boston-based group, The Community Builders, in 2011 to establish a medium- to low-income housing development comprised of 50 rental houses that would sit close together at Read More…

Avon, Olmsted Falls bars cited after fatal crashes

AVON — An Avon bar was cited after its employees served alcohol to a man who then died in a car crash in January, according to a representative from the Ohio Investigative Unit. On Wednesday, agents with the Ohio Investigative Unit charged Dusty’s Tavern in Avon with selling liquor to an already intoxicated Joel Schwartz, Read More…

Lorain city truck is stolen, recovered by police

LORAIN — Someone who stole a truck from a city garage later abandoned the vehicle, which was painted over but still bore a city license plate behind a downtown Subway, according to police. Officers are still looking for the person or people they believe stole the truck from the garage in Oakwood Park between Tuesday Read More…

Former student, family file lawsuit against Wellington band teacher

WELLINGTON — It’s been more than a month since band teacher Toni Novotny rejoined Wellington Schools after an investigation into claims that she harassed a student, but a former Wellington High School band member still is seeking retribution. On Tuesday, former Wellington Schools student Catherine Begley and her parents, Sean and Danielle Begley, filed a Read More…

Oberlin Council open to food trucks

OBERLIN — Oberlin residents may soon be able to add “downtown food trucks” to the list of reasons to be excited for summer. Council members unanimously passed a second reading Monday to create an ordinance regulating food trucks in downtown Oberlin. Food trucks have been permitted in the city at special events in the past, Read More…

Lorain County says farewell to record-setting February cold

KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE The sledding hill at Spitzer Marina was crowded with sledders Saturday afternoon, Feb. 28, due to recent snow fall.

This weekend marks the end to the coldest February in Lorain County’s recorded history – but it seems the winter weather isn’t letting up yet. After a month of cold and heavy snowfall, local communities braced Saturday for another storm expected to hit early this morning and continue through the evening. The Cleveland branch of Read More…

New restaurant could displace Amherst salon

A Strongsville-based brewing company is discussing buying the building that houses Taylor Salon. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — A Strongsville-based brewing company is bringing beer, food and an outdoor patio to downtown Amherst, but it may displace a salon full of stylists in the process. The Strongsville-based Brew Kettle bought the old Church Street Bar and Grille building at 300 Church St. about a month ago and is in the process Read More…

Family mourns man, seeks answers

Kenny Faria poses with his sister, Alexis, in this family photo. COURTESY FARIA FAMILY

LORAIN — Two summers ago, Kenny Faria leapt into the waves off the coast of North Carolina. He swam out into the strong waters and turned around, motioning for his mother to join him. Jenny Faria was nervous but she went, dipping her toes into the ocean first and then swimming out to her son. Read More…

3 teens injured after being hit by car

ELYRIA — Three teenagers were injured when police said they were hit at the intersection of Broad Street and West Avenue about 7 p.m. Tuesday. Amber Metcalf was southbound in a 2001 Kia Rio on West Avenue when she came to a green light at the intersection with Broad Street, according to a police report. Read More…