December 22, 2014

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UPDATED: Search near Cascade Park ends safely

The Lorain County Swift Water Rescue team broke up into threes teams to search after a call came in about a possible jumper off the Lake Avenue bridge in Elyria. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — A search of Cascade Park by Fire Department Water Rescue Team members Thursday night was called off after the man they were looking for was found unharmed outside the park. At 7:32 p.m., a woman called police and said she thought a man in a hooded sweatshirt may have jumped from the Lake Read More…

Lorain Council, residents support downtown entertainment district

LORAIN — Designating downtown as an entertainment district to spur more restaurant openings received enthusiastic support from residents and City Council members in a public hearing Monday. Jose Ramirez, owner of Club Copa, 939 Broadway, said after the hearing that he proposed the idea to Lorain officials in September. Ramirez told members of Council’s Building Read More…

Relatives to decorate tree in remembrance of overdose victims

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LORAIN — Remembering opiate addicts and showing solidarity with their friends and families is the goal of the Remembrance Tree ceremony Saturday. Relatives of addicts, including those who fatally overdosed, will decorate the tree with ornaments with the names of those who died. The commemoration is being organized by the Lorain Community Task Force, a Read More…

Santa, mayor ring in holidays in Elyria

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ELYRIA — Besides celebrating the holidays, Saturday’s annual Festival of Lights ceremony was designed to create a sense of community and fond memories. “It’s designed for families from all walks of life to come together and enjoy some common holiday festivities that can bring us all together,” said Mayor Holly Brinda, who donated $5,000 of Read More…

Family says Elyria homicide victim was ‘a good son’

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ELYRIA — Friends and relatives of homicide victim Lamar Capers said Wednesday they are devastated by his death, but relieved about the arrest of a suspect. Nicole Villegas, Capers’ girlfriend, admitted in a 911 call to shooting him in the face in the driveway of their home at 635 Lowell St. Nov. 24. The 32-year-old Read More…

Mother describes volatile relationship between daughter, boyfriend

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ELYRIA — Karen Villegas believes her daughter fatally shot Lamar Capers on Nov. 24, but she hopes people will not judge Nicole Villegas too harshly. “There were two victims,” the elder Villegas said. “She is a human being.” The younger Villegas was arrested and charged with murder Monday. Villegas said her daughter is a recovering Read More…

Local police officials largely favor body cams for officers

President Barack Obama’s Monday proposal to spend $75 million on body cameras for police got good reviews from some local law enforcers. Lorain Police Chief Cel Rivera, who heads Lorain County’s largest police department, said two officers have been using lapel-worn cameras for about a month. Rivera said a four- or five-member committee of supervisors Read More…

Jaeger Road project finished on time, under budget

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LORAIN — Black Friday shoppers may find it hard to believe on the traditionally busiest shopping day of the year, but traffic could’ve been a lot slower today around the Lighthouse Village shopping center. The 1.3-mile Jaeger Road project was completed on time and on budget last month. Officials from KS Associates Inc., the Elyria Read More…

Lorain County Jail inmates served Thanksgiving dinner

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Correction: This article incorrectly reported the calorie count for meals at the Lorain County Jail. The 2,800-calorie figure refers to the total number of calories that inmates receive per day through meals at the jail, not the number of calories per meal. ELYRIA TWP. — They’d have preferred to be spending Thanksgiving Day elsewhere, but Read More…

Lorain superintendent intends to retire

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LORAIN — Superintendent Tom Tucker is retiring, but he may not be leaving. Tucker in a Monday letter to Tim Williams, Board of Education president, said he’s retiring June 30. However, Tucker on Thursday said he’d consider immediately returning after retiring. “The board always said they may have an intention of retire/rehire,” he said. “That’s Read More…