March 3, 2015

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Elyria opens temporary homeless shelter

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A temporary homeless shelter is being reopened in the gymnasium at St. Mary Parish, 320 Middle Ave. in Elyria, due to the bitter cold. The shelter opens at 3 p.m. Saturday and closes at 9 a.m. Monday, Pete Aldrich, a St. Mary parishioner who will oversee the shelter, said Thursday. Elyria doesn’t have a homeless shelter Read More…

Elyria High marching band headed to Florida

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In one week, the Elyria High School Pioneer Marching Band will set off for Florida on a band trip that will include marching in the Ft. Myers Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade, which has been hailed as the largest night parade in the southeast. Students will not have to face bitter cold temperatures next Read More…

Elyria man cleared in rape, kidnap case

ELYRIA — A Lorain County jury has cleared an Elyria man of rape and kidnapping charges. Defense attorney Brian Darling said his client, 31-year-old Jose Marrero, was accused of forcing a 12-year-old girl he knew into a room and then fondling and sodomizing her. He was allegedly armed with a screwdriver at the time of Read More…

Lorain man pleads guilty to sex charges

ELYRIA — A Lorain man pleaded guilty Wednesday to rape, sexual battery and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor charges for having sexual relations with a teenager in 2012. Prosecutors have said Robert Dripcheck, 30, had befriended the teenage girl’s mother before he engaged in sexual conduct with the girl. Under the terms of Wednesday’s Read More…

Four people injured in Ohio Turnpike crash

FLORENCE TOWNSHIP – Four people were injured in a vehicle rollover crash early Wednesday morning on the Ohio Turnpike in Erie County. Johnny Penafiel, 21, of Minnesota, was driving near mile post 129 at 4:10 a.m. Wednesday when he lost control of his 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer, according to a release from the Ohio State Highway Read More…

Woman fined $250 for trespassing at wedding reception

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AVON LAKE — A Medina woman who crashed a wedding reception has pleaded no contest to criminal trespassing. Debra Knurek, 51, was fined $250 and given a suspended 30-day jail sentence during a Thursday appearance in Avon Lake Municipal Court. According to police, Knurek showed up at the home of All Pro Freight Systems owner Read More…

Woman injured in crash released from hospital

LORAIN — The driver injured in a crash at Baumhart Road and Terminal Drive about 12:05 p.m. Monday was treated and released from MetroHealth Medical Center later that day, a Metro supervisor said Tuesday. Emily Mayer, 24, of 380 Salem Drive in Vermilion, was southbound on Baumhart in a 2014 Ford Focus, according to a Read More…

Elyria man who spat blood at officers gets probation

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ELYRIA — An Elyria man who spit blood at officers while being booked by Elyria police was sentenced Monday to two years of probation. Jordan Sand, 21, pleaded guilty late last year to charges of assault, obstructing official business, harassment with a bodily substance and criminal damaging in connection with the July 2014 incident after Read More…

Police Blotter: Man accused of stealing girlfriend’s car

Elyria police Saturday, Feb. 7 12:55 a.m. — 500 block Bell Ave., Rodger Simmons Jr., 31, same address, arrested and charged with making false alarms and two counts of telephone harassment. Police said Simmons twice called 911 requesting paramedics respond to homes on Ironwood Court for medical emergencies on Feb. 4. In one case, police Read More…

Lake Avenue business closes again

The closed former Shopway Foodmart on Lake Avenue in Elyria has been closed and is listed for sale. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Less than six months after opening under new management, the business at 175 Lake Ave. that was rebranded as Popsway has closed. A “for sale’’ has been posted on the exterior of the building. Police Capt. Chris Costantino said he doesn’t know how long the business has been shuttered. Police only recently have Read More…