August 1, 2014


Arson suspected cause of fire on Fowl Road

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AMHERST TWP. — A suspected arson fire destroyed a vacant house at 9372 Fowl Road about a quarter-mile north of Albrecht Road about 5 p.m. Monday. Ken Welton, of 9240 Fowl Road, said he saw four teenaged boys wearing black shorts jogging north on Fowl around the time of the fire. “I thought it was Read More…

Lakeview Park telescopes offer up-close view of sun on International Sun-Day

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LORAIN — Visitors to Lakeview Park got to see a big star up close Sunday. About 10 telescopes pointed at the sun were on hand courtesy of the Black River Astronomical Society. The society took part in International Sun-Day, an event designed to give people a better understanding of the sun and the catastrophic effects Read More…

Cleanup from thunderstorm continues

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Damage from Wednesday’s thunderstorm kept Elyria and Lorain city workers busy Thursday. At least four trees that were about 50 feet tall fell in Elmwood Cemetery, 640 North Ridge Road, Lorain, said Mayor Chase Ritenauer. About 15 city workers cleaned up the cemetery. Ritenauer wrote in a Thursday email that the estimated damage is still Read More…

Power still out for some in Lorain County

Electrical restoration efforts continue after Wednesday’s thunderstorm. At 5 p.m. Thursday, 1,383 Ohio Edison customers remained without electricity, according to Joe Faga, a company spokesman. About 800 of the outages were in Lorain, 400 in Elyria and 100 in Sheffield Township. At the height of the storm, about 13,900 lost electricity. Electricity is expected to Read More…

Commissioners say plan to move Probation Department too costly

This area inside the old courthouse, which opened in 1881, reveals damage. PHOTO PROVIDED

  ELYRIA — A compromise plan to move the Lorain County Adult Probation Department into the vacant fifth floor of the county Justice Center is dead on arrival, opponents said Wednesday. The plan by County Commissioner Tom Williams would resolve a dispute that dates to at least 2008. County judges want to move the 36-person Read More…

Brief thunderstorm downs trees, power lines

A storm tore through Lorain County on Wednesday night, leaving downed trees and power outages in its wake.  A tree fell on Jaycox Road in Avon, just north of Detroit Road. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Update: As of 10:30 a.m. Thursday, about 3,200 Ohio Edison customers remained without service in Lorain County, according to company spokesman Joe Faga.  As of 1 p.m., Case Road is closed between Center Ridge Road and Avalon Estates in North Ridgeville for downed wires. A brief, but intense thunderstorm downed electrical lines and trees and Read More…

Lorain Schools won’t put levy coming on fall ballot


LORAIN — Despite a projected $2.85 million deficit, Lorain Schools won’t put a levy on the November ballot. Superintendent Tom Tucker said Tuesday the deficit will be eliminated through attrition. About 28 teachers and three assistant principals who retired this month won’t be replaced due to declining enrollment. Many of the teachers were longtime educators Read More…

Former Lorain official still faces corruption charges


LORAIN — Sandy Prudoff is out of jail, but his legal problems persist. The former head of the city’s now-defunct Community Development Department was released from federal prison in Morgantown, W.Va., on Monday according to Ed Ross, a Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman. Prudoff served about 21 months of a two-year sentence after being convicted Read More…

Coast Guard focuses on safety as boating season ramps up

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LORAIN — Summer begins Saturday, but the summer boating season is already underway. The season unofficially runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day and includes boating enforcement. Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric Eberl of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Lorain station said most boaters are safe, but as Labor Day approaches, risk increases. Equipment begins to Read More…

Lorain Lighthouse tours offer glimpse of icon’s history

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LORAIN — When he was 5 years old, Matt Dempsey first saw the Lorain Lighthouse from afar and wondered about what it looked like inside. Dempsey, now 33, said during a Thursday tour for the Chronicle-Telegram that the inside is one of the main reasons lighthouse tours are popular with tourists. “They always see the Read More…