September 4, 2015

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About Lisa Roberson

Lisa Roberson has been with the Chronicle since 2006, and covers Elyria city government and public education. She can be reached at 329-7121 or LRoberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter.

Elyria mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

ELYRIA — Mosquitoes tested in the city have come back positive for West Nile virus, said Dave Oakes, Elyria’s director of environmental health. From mid-July to mid-August, mosquito samples were taken from both the north and south sides of the city and sent to Columbus for testing for the disease. Results popped positive on multiple Read More…

Elyria Council president brokers stormwater deal

ELYRIA — Business owners who fought hard against the implementation of a stormwater management program and associated utility fee are claiming victory as city officials plan to revise the program and lower the fee. Citizens for Fairness, which mobilized late in 2014 to collectively fight the imposed fee, sent out an email blast to its Read More…

Elyria fire truck need ‘dire’

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ELYRIA — City officials made a point of pulling all capital expenditures from this year’s budget due to tight finances, but a last-minute deal to purchase a new fire truck is in the works. Fire Chief Rich Benton approached the City Council Finance Committee on Monday with a request to purchase a new fire engine Read More…

Pastor wins bidding war for former Roosevelt School

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ELYRIA — Suspense ran high when faith and finances collided Wednesday afternoon during the public auction for Roosevelt Elementary School. Pastor Paul Grodell, clad in a black leather Harley-Davidson motorcycle vest with a pin that reads “These are my church clothes,” came ready to buy the school he has leased from Elyria Schools for more Read More…

Elyria court employees get raise — year after it was budgeted

ELYRIA — Elyria Municipal Court employees are getting a raise more than a year after it was put into the court’s budget to match the wage increase that bargaining employees negotiated. Municipal Court Judge Gary Bennett argued the 2 percent wage increase for employees who work for the court or clerk of courts office was Read More…

Troopers: Driver in fatal crash had marijuana in system

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The 23-year-old driver who drove her car into a home on Leavitt Road killing a young mother inside tested positive for marijuana, according to the State Highway Patrol. A blood sample was obtained from Adrianna M. Young shortly after the July 28 crash that left Debra Majkut, 34, dead. Majkut, a mother of two, was Read More…

Elyria Catholic administrator to see Pope’s address to Congress

Andy Krakowiak

It started with a phone call Andrew Krakowiak will never forget and will end with a trip to the nation’s capital to be in the same room as Pope Francis delivers an address to a joint session of Congress. Krakowiak, the executive in residence at Elyria Catholic High School, will be the personal guest of Read More…

Groups provide safe sleep tools

ELYRIA — Six days ago, Amanda Hatfield gave birth via an emergency cesarean section to a set of twins — a boy, Seth, and a girl she named Helanedria — a nod to other women in the baby’s life. Thursday, surviving on just three hours of sleep, the 22-year-old mother and her partner, Seth Luck, Read More…

Firefighters soon to carry cribs on calls

ELYRIA — Stuffed somewhere between massive fire hoses and emergency extrication equipment, the Elyria Fire Department soon will start carrying infant pack-and-play cribs as it crisscrosses the city on emergency calls. Not your typical piece of fire apparatus, the baby items are intended for the homes where parents using unsafe sleep practices are running the Read More…

Tree lawns to stay city’s duty

ELYRIA — Members of City Council aren’t ready to foist the responsibility of tree lawn trees on residents. That’s the message members of the Utilities, Environment and Safety Committee sent Wednesday night when members voted to recommend changing the city’s tree ordinance to reflect the common practice of city workers taking care of trees in Read More…