April 25, 2015

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Habitat for Humanity breaks ground to build houses for two Elyria families

Brandon Sanders with his fiancee, Paige Raque, and their son, Cameron Sanders, 3, at the ground-breaking ceremony Monday for their Habitat for Humanity home on Warden Avenue in Elyria. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Jennifer Melendez wasn’t just waiting for a house as she stood beaming in the rain on an empty plot of land Monday afternoon. She was seeing her dreams realized. Melendez, her husband, Carmelo, and their five children will be one of two families to receive a house from Lorain County Habitat for Humanity Read More…

Firelands eyes new middle, high school

Firelands High School. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

SOUTH AMHERST — A new middle and high school building may be in the works for Firelands Schools. It’s still in its early stages but the basic plan — to construct a new sixth- through 12th-grade building north of the existing high school — was presented at a Board of Education meeting Monday by representatives Read More…

Third suspect in Elyria shooting is arrested

Terrence Nevins

ELYRIA — A third man has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of an Elyria father of two Tuesday evening. Terence Nevins, 19, was charged with aggravated murder about 2 a.m. Friday after he was released from the hospital, according to police. He’s the third man to be charged this week in connection Read More…

Oberlin Council switches meeting from private to public

OBERLIN — Oberlin City Council members voted Monday to hold an executive session to discuss City Manager Eric Norenberg’s employment — but that decision may have been legally questionable. After the city’s law director cautioned that discussion did not justify an executive session under state law, Council members by a 6-1 vote decided to cancel Read More…

Driver identified in fatal Oberlin Road crash

NEW RUSSIA TWP. — An Oberlin woman killed in an early morning crash Saturday has been identified as April Williams. An autopsy showed the 31-year-old died from multiple blunt impacts and burns early Saturday after driving off the road and into a tree, authorities said. The crash happened early Saturday morning when Williams was driving Read More…

Elyria shooting victim identified, two suspects in custody

Adam McNeal, 23, of Elyria, died in this mobile home in Colonial Oaks after being shot Tuesday night. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Police have arrested two men in connection with a shooting that left an Elyria father of two dead on his kitchen floor Tuesday evening. Deshun Jackson, 20, was charged with murder when found at his home in the 300 block of 13th Streeton Wednesday morning. William Shepherd, 19, also was charged with murder Read More…

Green Acres plan still alive, but in doubt

OBERLIN — It might be a while before Oberlin residents see proposed medium- to low-income housing built at the old Green Acres property, but City Council members haven’t ruled out the proposal. Council members held a work session Monday to discuss the details surrounding the Green Acres Project, which was first pitched by Boston-based The Read More…

Conduct at stop, altered citation led to trooper investigation

Fired Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Tammy Soto told investigators she knew there was a “50-50” chance that Lorain police Officer Bill Lachner was drunk when he was stopped driving the wrong way on the highway in September. Soto, however, didn’t initially perform sobriety tests on Lachner, instead opting to give Lachner — a co-worker of Read More…

Oberlin Council to discuss city manager’s future again

OBERLIN — Council members will go into another executive session Thursday to discuss City Manager Eric Norenberg’s employment. It would be the seventh private meeting regarding Norenberg since October. The proposal to go into another session was passed in a 4-3 vote at an Oberlin Council meeting Monday. Council President Scott Broadwell, Vice President Sharon Read More…

Child porn suspect served as court-appointed guardian

ELYRIA — A man who was arrested Tuesday on child pornography charges has a long history of working around children, from being a former Juvenile Court magistrate to — more recently — a court-appointed guardian. Former court magistrate James Paterson, 49, of Lorain, was charged Tuesday with receiving child pornography after FBI investigators discovered “hundreds” Read More…