January 29, 2015

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Man briefly steals ambulance outside emergency room

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ELYRIA — The ambulance chasers Tuesday morning carried guns and badges, not law degrees. About 3:30 a.m. outside the emergency room entrance at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, 630 E. River St., a man stole a LifeCare ambulance, police said. Herb de la Porte, LifeCare vice president, said two ambulances had just dropped off patients Read More…

Lorain’s Admiral King Elementary School ready to reopen

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LORAIN — Two months after it closed due to a gas leak, Admiral King Elementary School officially reopens Monday. The unofficial reopening was an open house for parents and students Tuesday. Among those attending were Nichole Evans and her 7-year-old daughter Abigail Evans. Abigail was among students who attended Garfield Elementary School after the Oct. 30 Read More…

Valor Home opens to homeless veterans

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LORAIN — The three months a Navy veteran said he spent living in a tent this summer were demoralizing. “I felt like I was at the lowest point of my life,” said Brian, a 43-year-old veteran who asked that his last name not be used because he didn’t want to embarrass his family. “That was Read More…

Gasoline prices dip below $2 per gallon in some spots

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They’re laughing all the way to the tank. With gas prices now below $2 per gallon in Lorain County, drivers say they’ll have more money for bills and savings. “I get to drive more and spend less,” said Bradley Williams, a 24-year-old house remodeler from Lorain, as he pumped $1.95 per gallon gas Monday at Read More…

APL staff receives Christmas gift from volunteers

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ELYRIA TWP. — Friendship Animal Protective League volunteers gave and received the gift of unconditional love on Christmas. About 25 volunteers worked Thursday at the league shelter, 8303 Murray Ridge Road. Volunteers regularly work at the shelter, but the Christmas effort was a way to allow shelter staff to spend more time with their families Read More…

Man hospitalized after being shot outside Lorain home

LORAIN — The shooter of a man outside a house at 3966 Gary Ave. about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday remained at large early this morning, police said. The victim, who police wouldn’t identify, said he was shot in the back, said witness Kelly Arroyo. Arroyo, who lives nearby, said he was watching television when he heard Read More…

Lorain entertainment district approved

LORAIN — In 2006, downtown Sandusky received “waterfront entertainment district” status from the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Liquor Control. The designation was sought to revitalize downtown, said John Lippus, executive director of Sandusky Main Street, a nonprofit downtown booster group. Eight years and 13 new restaurants later, Lippus said it’s been a success. Read More…

Elyria health board balks at plan for cuts

ELYRIA — The prognosis for Elyria residents is poor if $500,000 in cuts are made to the Health Department, department and Board of Health members said at a meeting Monday. “I look at the Health Department as part of the safety service,” board President Pro Tem Robert Schloss said. “The health of our citizens is Read More…

Frank Whitfield takes lead at Urban League of Lorain County

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Frank Whitfield’s path toward an economic and social justice career began in New Orleans about 18 months after Hurricane Katrina. The visit taught Whitfield, then a Lorain County Community College student, a lesson in historical racism and class inequality that he said he could never learn in a classroom. Whitfield took part in the Katrina Read More…

Widow sues Republic Steel companies over husband’s death

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LORAIN — In the last six years of his life, fatal accident victim Frank Johnson Sr. worried about the condition of railroad tracks at Republic Steel where he had worked since 1969, his widow said. On Thursday, Debbie Johnson sued Republic’s railroad companies, Republic N&T Railroad Inc. and PAV Railroad Inc. The lawsuit alleges the Read More…