March 26, 2015


Lorain Councilman Rick Lucente stepping down

Rick Lucente

LORAIN — Councilman Rick Lucente, D-6th Ward, is stepping down. Lucente said he won’t seek re-election because he plans to retire from his maintenance technician job at Republic Steel later this year and eventually move to Lithopolis, a Columbus suburb, where he recently purchased a home. Lucente — appointed in 2010 to replace Councilman Greg Read More…

Cat nicknamed Olaf dies from the cold


A cat that survived frigid conditions for about three weeks died Saturday. Nicky, a 10-year-old male longhaired cat, disappeared from his Lorain home Dec. 26 and was found barely alive in an Amherst resident’s driveway Thursday, said Greg Willey, Lorain County Friendship Animal Protective League executive director. Nicky’s temperature barely registered and his heartbeat was barely audible Read More…

Lorain’s Mexican Mutual Society struggles for members


LORAIN — Mexican Mutual Society members don’t want to break with tradition. The society since 1998 has organized Lorain’s annual Cinco de Mayo parade in May. The club also organizes a Mexican independence day celebration in September. Club members about 15 years ago created the Mexican Mutual Scholarship Fund, which they say raises about $3,000 Read More…

UPDATE: Elyria homeowner dies in fire Sunday


ELYRIA — A fatal fire at 525 Skylark Court called in at 4:09 p.m. Sunday was an accident waiting to happen, neighbors said. Firefighters said a mound of materials in the home hampered efforts to rescue homeowner Janet Kemerling, who was killed in the fire. “There’s so much stuff in there that it’s kind of Read More…

UPDATED: Olaf the frozen cat reunited with owner


An orange cat dubbed Olaf is living, breathing proof that cats just might have nine lives. Friendship Animal Protective League Executive Director Greg Willey said the frozen cat was found at the end of an Amherst resident’s driveway and brought to the shelter on Thursday evening. Willey said the cat, dubbed Olaf, was so frozen Read More…

Avon man seriously injured in crash

AVON — A driver was severely injured in a crash in front of a home at 4475 Stoney Ridge Road about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday. Tim Holowecky of 4480 Stoney Ridge Road said he was watching television when he heard a loud bang. Holowecky said he went outside and saw the driver of the four-door black Read More…

UPDATED: 3 injured in multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 90 in Avon

A tractor-trailer that police say caused a multi-vehicle, chain-reaction crash on Interstate 90 in Avon is stopped off the side of the highway Tuesday evening. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON — Two women and a man sustained non-life-threatening injuries in a four-vehicle, chain-reaction crash on Interstate 90 westbound about a quarter-mile east of Exit 153 about 5:50 p.m. Tuesday. A 2013 Freightliner 8000 tractor-trailer struck a 2014 Toyota Corolla from behind, said police Sgt. Robert Olds. The truck or the Corolla then hit a Read More…

Fans celebrate Ohio State’s national championship


LORAIN — Duck wasn’t on the menu at Scorchers Casual Eatery & Draft House, 900 Broadway in Lorain, but customers feasted their eyes on the sports bar’s televisions Monday as the Ohio Buckeyes roasted the Oregon Ducks. About 75 fans cheered as Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott sent the Ducks into migration, dominating them with 246 Read More…

Temporary shelter reopens tonight in Elyria


ELYRIA — A temporary homeless shelter reopens at 9 p.m. today at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church. The church, 320 Middle Ave., is reopening the shelter due to the bitter cold, said Pete Aldrich, a St. Mary parishioner who will oversee the shelter in the parish gymnasium. Temperatures are expected to be in the single Read More…

Medina driver charged in fatal motorcycle crash

Donal Davis Jr. was riding this motorcycle when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Karen Davy. Davis was killed, and Davy is facing vehicular manslaughter charges. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

CARLISLE TWP. — A vehicular manslaughter charge has been filed against the driver involved in an Oct. 27 crash at Butternut Ridge and Indian Hollow roads that killed a motorcyclist. Donal Davis Jr., a 54-year-old Grafton resident, was killed in the crash. In addition to vehicular manslaughter, driver Karen Davy, of Medina, was cited for Read More…