April 19, 2014

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Police say thieves stole tablets from Elyria library

ELYRIA – The Elyria Public Library was trying to extol the virtues of downloadable books and videos from their collection by displaying a collection of electronics on which to view them. Instead, the display proved too much for some locals, who are accused of stealing three tablets from the display. Fredrick Algood, 22, was charged Read More…

Police arrest man on drug trafficking charges

LORAIN – After three weeks of investigating, Lorain police arrested a man they say has been trafficking drugs in Lorain on Thursday. Sperling Prescott, 23, was charged with possession of criminal tools, possession of heroin, trafficking heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, receiving stolen property and having weapons under disability on Thursday morning at his house Read More…

Lorain man accused of attacking EMT worker

LORAIN — A man with a violent past beat up paramedics on Wednesday and had to be put in restraints in an emergency room, according to police. Todd Drake, 26, was charged with assault about 1 a.m. Wednesday after he allegedly punched a paramedic. Around 12:30 a.m., police came to Drake’s house in the 2700 Read More…

Domestic violence survivor Johanna Orozco-Fraser shares story with LCCC students

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ELYRIA — Years ago, domestic violence survivor Johanna Orozco-Fraser summoned the strength to leave her hospital room, don her teal evening gown and cover her mouth to go to her high school prom. Now, in front of a packed classroom of students, Orozco-Fraser, happy and healthy again, has one message to impart on other victims: Read More…

Amherst Council members get back scrambled surveys on city chickens

AMHERST — Two surveys conducted by Amherst City Council members to determine what residents thought about a controversial farming ordinance that bars chicken ownership in the city yielded very different results last week. In a Facebook survey created by City Council Member Phil Van Treuren last week, 75 percent of the 333 responders said they Read More…

UPDATED: Officials say Lorain fire started by child playing with lighter

Lorain firefighters put out a second floor fire at 1057 W. 9th St. on Wednesday morning. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN— A 5-year-old boy playing with a lighter started a fire that burned through a Lorain house Wednesday morning. Around 10:30 a.m., the Lorain Fire Department responded to West Ninth Street where a fire was burning in the second-floor bedroom of a house. Tasha Smith, 39, who was in the house with her 5-year-old son Read More…

Lorain man returns home to find decapitated kitten

LORAIN – After an evening out with his family, a Lorain man returned home to a startling sight on Monday night – the family’s 6-week-old kitten lying decapitated on his son’s bedroom floor. Zachary Zgola, 28, said he returned to his house on the 1100 block of West 10th Street around 10:45 p.m. on Monday Read More…

Family blames 5 car fires on gangs

ELYRIA — Lorain County family members believe a rash of car fires at their homes in Lorain and Elyria in the past month might be linked to gang activity. Michael McCall was awakened about 4 a.m. Monday to find his truck engulfed in flames outside his house in Elyria. He said it’s the fifth time a Read More…

Elyria man charged in three bank robberies

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An Elyria man charged in connection with three armed robberies in two counties told police he was trying to get money to pay for his truck, child support and other bills after he lost his job. On Friday, the Cleveland division of the FBI signed a federal complaint against Jonathon Schubert, 29, charging him with Read More…

Arthur Goodman named Lorain County Veteran of the Year

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LORAIN — General Johnnie Wilson clearly remembers the day, years ago, when he missed his doctor’s appointment. It was the day he met a young soldier at the hospital who lost his legs and an arm in war. However, it wasn’t what the boy lacked that surprised the general, but what he asked next. “(Soldiers’) Read More…