December 20, 2014


Organizers, volunteers prepare for annual Light Up Lorain


LORAIN — Before the parade, lights and fireworks comes the planning. Organizers of Saturday’s annual Light Up Lorain festivities met Tuesday to make final preparations. The 13-member Downtown Lorain Christmas Council has been planning the event, designed to promote downtown businesses, since September, said council coordinator Paul Biber. The council works with local businesses who Read More…

Winds of up to 64 mph downed trees, power lines


Cleanup continues today after strong winds blew through Lorain County on Monday, downing electrical lines and trees. Gusts of up to 64 mph were recorded at Lorain County Regional Airport between 1:50 and 2:25 p.m., said Karen Clark, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Cleveland. The wind, caused by an approaching cold front, had the same Read More…

Drilling begins to cap gas well at Admiral King Elementary


LORAIN — Drilling to find and cap a leaky gas well that has closed Admiral King Elementary School since Sept. 30 is scheduled to begin today. The effort could take more than a month and even when completed won’t end headaches for Lorain Schools officials. The well is under the gymnasium, and officials say it Read More…

Lorain police identify top crash sites in city


LORAIN — By publicizing where the most traffic accidents happen, police hope they can reduce crashes. About 600 of the about 1,460 annual crashes in the city occur at intersections, so a new flier focuses on the 10 intersections with the most crashes. “Our goal is to educate (drivers) to be a little extra cautious Read More…

Lorain man accused of beating former girlfriend

Miles Diaz

LORAIN – A Lorain man is accused of beating and kidnapping his ex-girlfriend around 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Chanell Gomez said she has a temporary protection order against Miles Diaz, but he followed her to a convenience store on Broadway, according to a police report. Gomez said she got a friend to give her a ride Read More…

Northeast Ohio ties record low temperature


A predicted high of 33 degrees today will hardly be toasty, but an improvement over Tuesday’s record cold. The 10 degrees at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport on Tuesday morning tied the record low for Nov. 17 set in 1959, said Kirk Lombardy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Cleveland office. The low also was Read More…

Woodburner eyed as cause of Rochester Twp. house fire

Crews respond to a Rochester Township house fire early Wednesday. EVAN GOODENOW/CHRONICLE

ROCHESTER TWP. — A malfunctioning woodburning stove is believed to have caused a house fire at 24816 Quarry Road called in to firefighters at 10:48 p.m. Tuesday. Flames were coming from the back of the house around the chimney when firefighters arrived, according to homeowner Joe Brasee. At 11:45 p.m., a firefighter used a pike Read More…

Church aims to convert site of abandoned house into community center

Crews from a Lorain company demolish a house at 1850 E.29th St. in Lorain Monday to make room for an interfaith community center dedicated to the arts. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — The Rev. Crucita Marrero recalls looking at the abandoned and dilapidated house next to hers two years ago and envisioning potential. Marrero, pastor of Mission Cristiana El Faro Discipulos De Cristo (Disciples of Christ), hopes the property at 1850 E. 29th St. can become a religious-based community center. Marrero said her goal will Read More…

Plows ready to roll for latest snowfall

Chloe Smith, 11, left, and her friend Kenzie Blosser, 12, both of Avon Lake, sled Sunday afternoon at Bleser Park in Avon Lake on what snow is left from Thursday’s snowfall. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

Winter doesn’t begin until Dec. 21, but it will feel like it today. Between two and four inches of snow were predicted to fall overnight, with another inch expected today, the National Weather Service reported. A winter weather advisory was in effect until noon with wind gusts of up to 35 mph expected this afternoon, Read More…

Passion, skill earn promotion to dog catcher for Lorain police officer

Lorain police officer Richard Broz socializes Harley, a German shepherd, at the Friendship Animal Protection League in Elyria in March. Broz, an APL volunteer, becomes the Lorain Police Department’s official dog catcher next week. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

LORAIN — Due to his skill at capturing dangerous and roaming dogs, police officer Richard Broz has been the Police Department’s unofficial dog catcher the last couple of years. It becomes official Nov. 24. Broz, who remains a police officer, will continue to respond to urgent calls unrelated to dogs. However, his primary responsibility, in Read More…