September 17, 2014


Graham: Lorain County officials hurt city of Elyria downtown growth

James Graham

ELYRIA — One of the city’s top economic development officials has complained that Lorain County government officials are hindering downtown Elyria redevelopment efforts. Economic Development Specialist James Graham said during a May 15 town hall meeting hosted by Elyria City Councilman Mark Craig, I-4th Ward, that during his time in the city, he’s “found that Read More…

EPA officially announces $600K grant for brownfield assessment in Lorain County

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Susan Headman, left, Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer and U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, during a Thursday meeting to announce a $600,000 grant given to Lorain County for environmental assessments of brownfield sites. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Community leaders and federal officials came together Thursday afternoon at Black River Landing to announce a $600,000 grant for brownfield assessments in Lorain County. It was the second time this year the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant was announced. The first time the grant was made public was in a May 28 news Read More…

Lorain teacher pleads not guilty to texting charge

Sean Silvasy

ELYRIA — Sean Silvasy, the Lorain math teacher accused of asking two teenage boys for nude photos of themselves, pleaded not guilty during a brief court appearance Thursday. Silvasy, 43, faces felony and misdemeanor counts of attempted illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material for allegedly making the request in text messages sent in Read More…

Report: December house explosion caused by slow gas leak


ELYRIA — A slow leak in the interior gas lines of a Columbia Avenue house led to a Dec. 20 explosion that shook the city and neighboring communities, according to an Elyria Fire Department report made public this week. Elyria Fire Marshal Carl Keith wrote that the leaking gas was ignited by pilot lights in Read More…

Victim: Don’t release sex offender early

William Montgomery

ELYRIA — The victim who William Tyrone Montgomery molested has asked a county judge to deny the convicted sex offender’s request to be freed after serving roughly four months of his 1.5-year prison sentence. “The abuse I suffered for 10 years of my life was deliberate and calculated,” the victim wrote in a letter included Read More…

Suspended Lorain teacher accused of inappropriate text message exchange at Firelands

Sean Silvasy

SOUTH AMHERST — A suspended Lorain math teacher facing criminal charges of texting two teenage boys to ask for nude photos resigned from Firelands Schools in 2012 while under investigation for what district officials considered an inappropriate text exchange with one of his students there. The Ohio Board of Education will hold a hearing in Read More…

Lorain teacher allegedly sought nude pictures from teen boys

Sean Silvasy

ELYRIA — A Lorain math teacher has been indicted for allegedly asking two teenage boys to give him nude photos of themselves. Sean Silvasy, who taught high school math at the alternative Credit Recovery Academy, faces two counts of attempted illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, according to an indictment handed down last Read More…

Family of crash victim angry after acquittal verdict

ELYRIA — The family of Alexandra Clifford, who died in a car crash two years ago, doesn’t think justice was done by a verdict earlier this week that cleared the driver of the car of vehicular homicide and negligent assault charges. “We’ve been sitting back through the whole process thinking we’re going to get some Read More…

Veteran Services commissioner placed in diversion program for marijuana arrest

Don Attie

AVON LAKE — Lorain County Veterans Service Commissioner Don Attie was placed in a diversion program Thursday for a marijuana arrest in May. Under the terms of the agreement, reached in Avon Lake Municipal Court, Attie must complete 20 hours of community service and a drug awareness class in addition to making a $100 donation Read More…

Judge Burge orders county to hire security for Adult Probation facilities

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ELYRIA — Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge has ordered the county commissioners to provide $124,953 to cover projected security costs for the county’s Adult Probation Department for the final three months of the year. The money is to be turned over to county Sheriff Phil Stammitti by Sept. 13 so he can begin Read More…