October 2, 2014

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Crumbling Lorain hotel could become upscale apartments

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LORAIN — The blighted former Spitzer Plaza Hotel may be saved from demolition. Lorain Hotel Investors LLC, a company that includes Chicago-based T-2 Capital Management and Black River Landing developer James Louthen, wants to spend $10 million to convert the building into about 50 upscale apartments for residents 55 and older, a Monday news release Read More…

Elyria: Recalling self sacrifice and heroism of 9/11

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ELYRIA — The 9/11 attacks and future attacks in Iraq and Syria were on the minds of participants in an Ely Square candlelight vigil Thursday. On the 13th anniversary of the attacks on the Pentagon, World Trade Center and the downing of United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., that killed 2,977 victims, they were remembered Read More…

Coroner rules Amherst Twp. stabbing a homicide

The Lorain County Sheriffs Office investigates two stabbings at the mobile home park. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AMHERST TWP. — The Sept. 2 stabbing death of Monica Freedman has been ruled a homicide, Lorain County Coroner Stephen Evans said Tuesday. Freedman, 24, of the 600 block of Harris Road in Sheffield Lake, died of a single stab wound to the chest, Evans said. Freedman was found in a home at Amherst Trail, Read More…

Lorain residents share concerns about Jaeger flooding

LORAIN — The Jaeger Road improvement project was criticized Wednesday in a City Hall meeting that included city officials, the project engineer and 14 residents. Residents complained about curbing, driveway width and worried about cars speeding and traffic congestion when the project is completed. However, the main complaint was that the project is exacerbating flooding Read More…

Local politicians weigh in on Islamic State strategy

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With President Barack Obama expected to announce military escalation against the Islamic State tonight, The Chronicle-Telegram asked Lorain County’s congressional delegation to weigh in. The office of Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland, didn’t return a call or respond to an email Tuesday. However, Brown said in an Aug. 31 interview that “under no circumstances” would he Read More…

Local donations stock Lorain church food pantry after fire

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AMHERST — People who relied on First Evangelical Lutheran Church’s food pantry won’t go hungry despite it being destroyed in the Aug. 28 arson. The fire — in which no arrests have been made as of early this morning — has sparked an outpouring of good will, including several food drives. The latest, sponsored by Read More…

Lorain data retrieval to cost $85,000 in overtime

LORAIN — Costs are increasing from the May 19 Lorain Municipal Court computer crash. Auditor Ron Mantini told the City Council’s Finance and Claims Committee that Court Clerk’s Office data retrieval will cost Lorain at least $85,000 in overtime. The office has a $1.1 million annual budget, part of Lorain’s $31.6 million general fund budget. Read More…

UPDATED: Lorain buildings committee approves retail, seniors apartment project

LORAIN — A proposed 298-unit Villages at Lighthouse Point complex on Jaeger Road and a connected retail development were approved by the City Council Buildings and Lands Committee on Monday. The project, developed by the Vermilion Housing Corp., could be voted on by the full Council next Monday. The 52-building apartment complex would be built Read More…

Transitional home for homeless veterans in Lorain nearly ready

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LORAIN — Valor Home was a hub of activity Thursday as volunteers unloaded furniture in the future transitional home for homeless veterans. “It’s busy. Which is good,” said Dan Gillotti, Valor Home Lorain County Executive Committee vice chairman. “This is a long time coming.” Nearly four years after planning began, Valor Home is close to Read More…

Avon man apparently drowns early Sunday

AVON — A 51-year-old city man was found dead in an apparent drowning in a retention pond at 3540 Long Road by Willoway Nurseries about 2 a.m. Sunday. George Tesmer Jr., of the 36000 block of Mills Road, was found about 20 feet from shore by members of the Lorain County Dive Team, said fire Capt. Read More…