August 2, 2015


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Evan Goodenow has been covering Lorain County since 2011. He can be reached at 329-7129 or Follow him on Twitter.

Firelands district voters to see bond issue in November

SOUTH AMHERST — Now it’s up to the voters. Firelands Board of Education members approved placing a $26.6 million bond issue on the November ballot for a $32.8 million new middle and high school. State taxpayers would pay about $6.2 million of the cost. If approved, the 5.7 mill, 36-year bond issue would cost the Read More…

Defamation lawsuit filed against district’s attorney by Lorain school board member

Lorain school board member Jim Smith, left, is suing the board's attorney, Anthony Giardini, right.

LORAIN — Board of Education attorney Anthony Giardini is being sued by board member Jim Smith. The lawsuit was filed by attorney Joe Gargasz on Thursday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court. Smith, who has feuded with Giardini for years, accused Giardini of defamation. The suit said Giardini made a “false and defamatory” statement about Read More…

6-year-old boy struck by car while riding bike


ELYRIA — A 6-year-old boy riding a bike was struck by a car at the intersection of East Avenue and Eighth Street about 3 p.m. Wednesday. The boy, whom police didn’t identify, was hospitalized at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center in stable condition, according to Herb de la Porte, LifeCare Ambulance vice president. Police Lt. Read More…

Boy on bike struck by car

ELYRIA — A 6-year-old bicyclist was injured when struck by a car at the intersection of East Avenue and Eighth Street about 3 p.m. today. The boy was in stable condition at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, according to Herb de la Porte, LifeCare Ambulance vice president. Witness Hollace Englehardt of 632 East Ave. said Read More…

Lorain rolls out new road paver


LORAIN — A newly bought road paver will help make some of Lorain’s notoriously bumpy roads smoother. The 2010 LeeBoy asphalt paver, purchased used for $67,400 in April from the Hudson-based McClean Co., recently hit the streets. The paver will allow the Lorain’s Street Department to do more road improvements in-house rather than contracting out Read More…

Community gathers to remember boy who drowned

Members of the Bay Village Early Childhood School PTA hold candles in memory of Sidney Heidrick during a vigil organized by the group Sunday evening at Huntington Reservation in Bay Village.

BAY VILLAGE — Four-year-old suspected drowning victim Sidney Heidrick’s parents grieved for their son along with about 200 people at Huntington Reservation on Sunday night. John Heidrick, Sidney’s father, held Woody, an action figure from the “Toy Story” movies, and a children’s book throughout the one-hour memorial. The toy and the book were favorites of Read More…

Republic steelworkers remain in shock after layoff announcement


LORAIN — In November 2011, Republic Steel officials invited Gov. John Kasich and local and federal leaders to the company’s mill at 1827 E. 28th St., to announce a major expansion. Republic was building an electric arc furnace, part of what the company later said was a $120 million investment in the mill that involved Read More…

Displaced parishioners to vote on acquisition of new church site

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LORAIN — Purchasing a new location for the First Evangelical Lutheran Church will be voted on by parishioners Aug. 9. The 90-year-old church at 603 Washington Ave. was destroyed in an Aug. 28 arson. Rebuilding at the former site remains an option, but the Rev. Jimmy Madsen, church pastor, said the proposed new site would Read More…

Lorain council approves water loan; motel owners appeal closures

LORAIN — Separate efforts to improve water flow and prevent flooding were approved by City Council members at their Monday meeting. Council approved borrowing up to $4.63 million for water line improvements on Broadway, Jaeger Road and Skyline Drive. The loan is from the Ohio Water Development Authority. The improvement is part of a citywide Read More…

Suspect in North Ridgeville murder-suicide had recent run-ins with law

Items left Sunday at the scene of what police are calling a murder-suicide on Laurel Circle in North Ridgeville. EVAN GOODENOW/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Timothy Hoff — suspected of fatally shooting his girlfriend, Donna Roode, before killing himself — had recent trouble with the law before the Saturday deaths. Last Monday, Hoff, 65, was charged by North Ridgeville police with gross sexual imposition in connection with a June 1 incident, according to court records. On Friday, Read More…