March 30, 2015

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Cause for Amherst house fire believed to be bad wiring

Amherst fire fighters clean up following a house fire at 45730 North Ridge Road in Amherst Sunday afternoon. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — Faulty front porch light electrical wiring is believed to have caused a fire that badly damaged a home at 45730 North Ridge Road, according to Assistant Fire Chief Jim Wilhelm. No one was hurt in the fire called in at 12:36 p.m. Sunday, but five cats and three birds died. Homeowner Michael Tyson Read More…

Lorain Democrats target Flores for ouster

Read the news release from the Lorain Democrats regarding Dennis Flores LORAIN — Councilman Dennis Flores, D-2nd Ward, wants voters to judge him by his political record before casting ballots in the May 5 primary. Lorain City Democratic Party leaders prefer voters check Flores’ criminal record. “Just as the records of exemplary community leaders in Read More…

Two hurt in Turnpike crash

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A car that crashed into a guard rail near the Root Road overpass in North Ridgeville bottlenecked traffic on the westbound lanes of the Ohio Turnpike Monday afternoon. Two people suffered minor injuries and were taken to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, according to North Ridgeville Fire Capt. Joe Gavlak. The crash Read More…

Lorain, Elyria begin friendly competition to benefit Goodwill

LORAIN — Whoever the victor, a new Goodwill Industries of Lorain County donation competition between Elyria and Lorain city governments is a win-win for the cities. Donation money will help fund job training for needy county residents, many of whom are from Elyria and Lorain, said Steve Greenwell Goodwill CEO and president. “The real winners Read More…

One killed, 10 displaced in Lorain apartment fire

A fire in a first floor apartment at the Lakeview Colonial Apartments in Lorain claimed the life of one man early Sunday morning. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — An apartment fire at 12:25 a.m. Sunday killed one resident and displaced 10 others at the Lakeshore Colonial Apartments complex, 3910 W. Erie Ave. Jeffrey Banalmen, 61, is believed to have died of smoke inhalation and thermal burns, according to Lorain County Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans. An autopsy is scheduled for today. The Read More…

Man wants to start marching band

Percussionist Jihan Seals Williams wants to hold music classes to teach young people how to play marching band music and create a community band at Harrison Cultural Community Center in Lorain on March 17. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Jihan Seals Williams knows he can’t go solo to strike up the band. Williams is seeking help in forming Syncopated Sounds of Music & Arts, a nonprofit group that would work with youths to start a high-stepping marching band like those at traditionally black colleges. Williams said he knows forming a nonprofit group Read More…

Cities patch potholes as fast as they can, but they need help

Darius Bullard, left, and Joe Taylor, Lorain city workers, patch potholes on Colorado Avenue and F Street in Lorain on March 11. Steve Manheim / Chronicle

Look out below. The brutal winter and ensuing thaw has battered Lorain County’s roads leaving potholes aplenty. The official pothole repair season doesn’t begin until April when it’s warm enough to make hot asphalt, but the thaw has accelerated repairs with cold patch and recycled hot asphalt. Drivers like Anita Labis are grateful for repairs. Read More…

Lorain church ruins demolished [Video]

Looking from the altar back into the church gives the last image taken of the inside of the historic church as demolition crews work from the back to the front. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Remnants of Lorain’s First Evangelical Lutheran Church, destroyed by arson Aug. 28, were demolished Tuesday. The Rev. Jimmy Madsen, church pastor, said he was bittersweet about the demolition. While sad about the loss of the 90-year-old church, he said the demolition, which he compared to a burial, means the congregation are closer to getting a Read More…

U.S. Steel to lay off up to 614 workers at Lorain Tubular Operations

Lorain Tubular Operations US Steel plant, Lorain, Mar. 6. Steve Manheim

LORAIN – Low gas prices are partially blamed for the up to 614 layoffs occurring at U.S. Steel’s Lorain Tubular Operations this week. Courtney Boone, a U.S. Steel spokeswoman, said low gas prices are a “large contributing factor.” The drop reduces the profit incentive for fracking and conventional oil drilling, which the mill provides pipes Read More…

Living Angel honored for comfort to cancer patients

LORAIN – University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center lead telephone operator Roberta “Bobbie” Sears also uses her voice to speak for cancer patients and survivors. Moved by the 1978 colon cancer death of her mother and the 1995 breast cancer diagnosis of a close friend, Sears helped organize the first Elyria Relay for Life in 1995. Read More…