March 6, 2015

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Property crimes down in Elyria, Lorain

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Crime around Lorain County and in its two largest cities last year mirrored the national downward trend. In the first half of 2014, property crime nationally dropped 7.5 percent compared to the first half of 2013, according to FBI Uniform Crime Statistics released in January. Violent crime dropped 4.6 percent from the first half of Read More…

U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur boycotting Netanyahu’s speech

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When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses Congress tonight, U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, won’t be there. Kaptur, who represents Lorain, is the only member of Lorain County’s congressional delegation boycotting the speech. Kaptur on the House of Representatives floor Feb. 5 criticized House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester, for inviting Netanyahu without consulting the Read More…

Steel City Dance Team finds rhythm in Lorain

Steve Manheim / ChronicleEmoni Hill, left, Sianna Napp, Kiyasia Hudson, Kaela Crawley and Khadijah Wood, members of the Steel City Dance Team, rehearse at Soulful Voices Entertainment in Lorain on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

LORAIN – Seven teenaged girls danced to Beyonce’s “Yonce” in a small studio Wednesday. The Elyria girls, ages 15 to 17, are members of the Steel City Dance Team. It was formed in December by Daniel Rucker, Soulful Voices Entertainment LLC CEO, and several volunteer instructors. Rucker and the instructors said the team was formed Read More…

19-year-old killed by vehicle remembered for full spirit

NORTH RIDGEVILLE – A North Ridgeville teenager was killed when struck by a vehicle on Center Ridge Road about 6:30 p.m. Friday. Brian Steinmetz, 19, had just left the nearby McDonalds, 35900 Center Ridge Road, and was southbound when struck by a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, police Lt. Vince Abt said Sunday. Abt wouldn’t identify the Read More…

Lorain Schools may sue over Admiral King gas leak

LORAIN — The school district is considering suing Kent-based Emerald Environmental Inc., over the Admiral King Elementary School gas leak. King closed as a precautionary measure Sept. 30 after low levels of natural gas were detected. The school’s 350 students attended Toni Morrison and Washington elementary schools until King reopened Jan. 5 after a gas Read More…

Elyria woman’s living room mural honors firefighters

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ELYRIA — Shannon Haas paid tribute to her retiring Lorain firefighter husband and firefighters in general by painting a mural on the wall of the living room of their North Abbe Road home. “I kept thinking I’d like to do something that demonstrates the heart of the firefighting,” Haas said Wednesday. “I wanted to make Read More…

Safety forces dominate Lorain top earners for 2014

Decades of private sector wage stagnation have led to irritation among some taxpayers who resent paying the salaries and benefits of public workers, which are more generous than what they receive. The annual publishing of Lorain County public worker salaries often elicits angry online reader comments, and this year was no different. However, Lorain Auditor Read More…

Visitor’s quick thinking keeps apartment fire from worsening

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LORAIN — Robert Fox said he was watching television in his girlfriend Amy Saunders’ third-floor apartment at 4004 W. Erie Ave., about 7:45 p.m. Sunday when they heard pounding on the door. A distraught Latisha Hughes was at the door with a fire extinguisher saying her apartment, two apartments away, was on fire. Fox said Read More…

Temperature ties record low; delivery drivers cash in

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The colder it got, the more Grant Wolford went outside. With temperatures in the single digits Thursday, calls were up about 30 percent for the deliveryman for Angelina’s Pizza in Elyria. More deliveries mean more tips, but it was cold comfort for Wolford. “It’s a lot easier in June,” he said between deliveries to Elyria Read More…

State of the City: Mayor Chase Ritenauer touts Lorain’s advancements

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In his fourth State of the City speech Thursday, Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer laid out an activist role for city government despite economic uncertainty. Ritenauer touted road improvements, blighted housing demolitions and crime decreases since he took office in 2012 and said they’re continuing. “Progress is really starting to take place throughout our city,” Ritenauer Read More…