April 26, 2015

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Man killed when car strikes tree

AMHERST — A man was killed when he drove into a tree in the yard of a home at 814 N. Main St. around 9:40 a.m. today. Resident Malerie Dennis said she was inside her home playing with her young daughter and son when she heard a crash and saw a Honda Civic had crashed Read More…

Lorain superintendent Tucker to retire

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LORAIN — Superintendent Tom Tucker, credited with helping improve academics and morale in Lorain Schools since his 2012 hiring, is retiring. Tucker, who had been contemplating retiring and then being rehired to avoid a reduction in state pension benefits, will retire outright at the end of the school year in June. The 59-year-old Tucker said Read More…

Electrical malfunction appears to be cause of Abbe Road house fire

Elyria firefighters battle a blaze at a vacant home on Abbe Road early Wednesday, April 8. EVAN GOODENOW/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — An electrical malfunction is suspected of causing a fire that badly damaged a vacant home at 685 S. Abbe Road called in at 2:12 a.m. today. No one was hurt in the fire, which melted the siding of adjoining homes at 681 S. Abbe and 689 S. Abbe, said Assistant Fire Chief Ron Read More…

Lorain’s safety/ service director apologizes, starts suspension

LORAIN — Safety/Service Director Robert Fowler apologized Monday for accusing Utilities Director Mary Ivan Garza and United Steel Workers Local 6621 of instigating complaints that led to the resignation of William Donohue as utilities director. The accusation was in a July 7 recorded call on Donohue’s work phone leaked to The Chronicle-Telegram last month. LISTEN Read More…

Man dead in Colonial Oaks shooting

ELYRIA — An autopsy is expected today on a 23-year-old man found shot inside a mobile home at 2 New Hampshire Circle in the Colonial Oaks trailer park, 10525 Middle Ave., near Ely Stadium. Police were called about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday about a man shot. A news release from police spokesman Capt. Chris Costantino said Read More…

Lorain’s recording policy revision considered after leaks

LORAIN — City officials are reviewing the Utilities Department’s practice of recording phone calls for quality control in the wake of leaked calls to The Chronicle-Telegram. Mayor Chase Ritenauer and Safety/Service Director Robert Fowler acknowledged that the calls are public records. However, they said they were concerned about personal information being released if the leaker Read More…

Lorain safety/service director suspended

LORAIN — Safety/Service Director Robert Fowler has been suspended without pay for three days by Mayor Chase Ritenauer effective April 8. READ RITENAUER’S LETTER SUSPENDING FOWLER HERE. The suspension is over recorded phone calls leaked to The Chronicle-Telegram in which Fowler disparages some current and former employees and judges. LISTEN TO EXCERPTS FROM THE PHONE Read More…

Analysts present plan for Elyria

ELYRIA — Making some one-way downtown streets two-way, narrowing Cleveland Street from four to two lanes and opening up offices in vacant Midway Mall stores are among the recommendations of a market analysis unveiled Wednesday. The $93,000 analysis was primarily paid for with a $75,000 federal taxpayer grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. It Read More…

Lorain County demolitions to begin again

It’s clobbering time. The wrecking ball mostly gathered dust last year in Lorain County, with about 15 blighted homes razed compared with 210 in 2013. Changes in obtaining U.S. Department of Treasury money — homes had to be acquired rather than declared public nuisances — made demolitions harder. However, the county land bank — officially Read More…

North Ridgeville holds vigil for woman found dead

Mary Gerhart, left, Catherine Muncey, Catherine Smith, and Hope Scarbro, 9, all of North Ridgeville, comfort each other during a vigil Sunday evening at South Central Park for Rachele Tyburski, 26, of Lakewood, whose body was found in a field off Victory Lane in North Ridgeville on March 15. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Those who gathered at a Sunday candlelit vigil for Rachel Tyburski didn’t know her, but they said they wanted to honor her memory and show solidarity with relatives. “We just felt this was the most wonderful thing we could do for her family to show our love from our community,” vigil organizer Read More…