April 18, 2014

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Woman struck and killed by train identified

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ELYRIA — A 46-year-old Elyria woman was fatally struck by a train around 9:45 p.m. Saturday on South Abbe Road near Cleveland Street. Lisa Harper, of the 300 block of Broad Street, died in an apparent suicide, according to Stephen Evans, Lorain County coroner. See Monday’s Chronicle-Telegram for the full story. Contact Evan Goodenow at Read More…

FitzGerald brings campaign for governor to Oberlin

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OBERLIN — A government for the few at the expense of the many. That’s how Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Cuyahoga County executive Ed FitzGerald described the administration of Republican Gov. John Kasich in a Thursday appearance at Oberlin College. “You have a group at the top that is doing very, very well and keeps doing Read More…

UPDATED: Lorain mayor says city continuing to improve

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LORAIN — Despite hard economic times and less state money, Mayor Chase Ritenauer said Lorain is improving. “That’s the spirit of Lorain,” Ritenauer told some 200 people Thursday in his third annual State of the City address at DeLuca’s Place in the Park. “We battle. We work through it. We grit. We grind. We get Read More…

Contractors fix dust issue at Lorain tunnel site

A layer of dust darkens the snow last month at the Black River Wharf boat launch in Lorain. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

LORAIN — The “fugitive dust” has been captured. Fugitive dust — the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s term for dust and debris coming from construction projects — was a problem around Lorain’s underground tunnel project, but the EPA says the problem has been substantially reduced. EPA spokesman Mike Settles said dust and debris polluting the area Read More…

EPA grant will help continue Black River restoration

A $500,000 grant the federal Environmental Protection Agency awarded Tuesday will continue Black River restoration efforts. The federal taxpayer money to the Black River Conservation Corps will partially be spent on hiring 10 long-term unemployed people to continue removal of invasive plants and restoring 30 acres of habitat, said Donald Romancak, Lorain County community development Read More…

Nord Center shows off spectrum of services

Nord Center CEO Amy Denger talks about the variety of clients the center works with during an open house at the Lorain Facility. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — The Nord Center is where severely mentally ill people are treated, but that’s only part of the center’s mission. Center staff held an open house Monday at their main office at 6140 S. Broadway to tell the rest of the story and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. Amy Denger, center CEO, said Read More…

Ice jams on Vermilion River continue to pose flooding concern

Massive chunks of broken-up ice clog the Vermilion River on Sunday near Riverside Drive. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — The Vermilion River receded Sunday, but ice jams keep high water a concern. At 5 p.m. Sunday, the river was at 13.7 feet, according to the National Weather Service in Cleveland. It had been at 15.5 feet at 5 p.m. Saturday. Flood stage is 9 feet. Mayor Eileen Bulan said Sunday that a Read More…

Program provides Marine veteran with home

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ELYRIA — Marine veteran Eric Hunt said he copes with post-traumatic stress disorder and a traumatic brain injury from his two tours in the Iraq War as best he can. Hunt, 34, said he was knocked unconscious and sustained a concussion from an explosion during the first battle of Fallujah in 2004 and still suffers Read More…

Lorain superintendent details proposed school realignment plan

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LORAIN — Balanced class sizes and better teacher coordination to improve learning are the goals of a school realignment planned for August. The proposed realignment was outlined by Superintendent Tom Tucker at Thursday’s Board of Education meeting. It is partially a response to Lorain’s declining population. “If you look at our demographics of where people Read More…

Former Sheffield-Sheffield Lake substitute teacher facing porn charges

A former Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools substitute teacher is accused of possessing and distributing online child pornography. William Emery was indicted on a charge of receiving, distributing and possessing online child pornography, according to court documents and a Feb. 13 news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Ohio. The release said Emery Read More…