April 19, 2014


Former Carlisle Twp. trustee Kenny Prechtel dies

Kenny Prechtel

CARLISLE TWP. — Former Carlisle Township Trustee Kenneth “Kenny” Prechtel, who was an advocate for the new Carlisle Township Fire Department, has died. Prechtel died Thursday at the age of 73. He served four terms as Carlisle Township trustee and eight years as Carlisle Township chairman. Those who served alongside Prechtel agreed on one point: Read More…

COLUMBIA AVENUE EXPLOSION: No major injuries in blast; houses to be razed

Debris from the house explosion hangs as firefighters respond.

ELYRIA — Christopher and Jenny Willard stared at the rubble — all that was left of the house at 116 Columbia Ave. that they had been trying to sell before it exploded Friday night. Meanwhile, firefighters, police officers and representatives from Columbia Gas swarmed the neighborhood ensuring no one was injured, and everyone remained safe Read More…

Vacant house explodes on Columbia Avenue

Firefighters work the scene of a home explosion on Columbia Avenue in Elyria.  KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA -– Christopher and Jenny Willard stood across the street from the house they once lived in at 116 Columbia Ave., Elyria as firefighters, police officers and representatives from Columbia Gas swarmed the neighborhood. At approximately 9:45 p.m. Friday the vacant house exploded, creating strong vibrations that were felt as far away as Wolfey’s Pub Read More…

Commuter narrowly avoids decapitation during drive


John Zambo drives nearly 100 miles round-trip every day from his home in Penfield Township to his job at the Robbins Company in Solon. Morning and night, Zambo cautiously drives on Interstate 480, paying close attention to other motorists on the highway. His quick reflexes prevented him from being decapitated. About 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Zambo, Read More…

Sharks bite on Bubba Baker’s boneless baby back ribs

Al 'Bubba' Baker

AVON — Al “Bubba” Baker is taking his famous no-mess recipe for boneless baby back ribs nationwide. Baker, the former Cleveland Brown and owner of Bubba’s Q Bar-B-Q & Catering, appeared on the television series “Shark Tank” on Friday in the hopes of scoring a deal with one of the sharks for his rib-steaks — Read More…

Local nurses recount working in Syrian refugee camp

Kristy Hoops, a nurse from LaGrange, holds a baby girl at a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan. PHOTO PROVIDED

Inside a small glass goblet sits less than an inch of desert sand from the Zaatari Camp — a refugee camp on the outskirts of Amman, Jordan, which is now home to more than 180,000 displaced persons from Syria. Every time LaGrange resident Kristin Hoops passes by the curio cabinet where she keeps the goblet Read More…

Chase suspects evade police

ELYRIA — A car chase that started in Elyria ended in Sheffield with the suspects remaining at large. According to Elyria police, an officer observed a silver Nissan around 11 a.m. Friday near the Econo Lodge Hotel in the 500 block of Griswold Road. After running the license plate, it was verified that the license Read More…

Avon Eagles’ coach Rob Porter dies

Rob Porter

Rob Porter had never missed an Eagles varsity football game. Every Friday night, Porter would sit in the press box, keeping the statistics of each play on the field and watching players he has known since many were in the eighth grade. However, Friday his seat in the press box sat empty — but everyone Read More…

Nature center identifies species of rescued bird


BAY VILLAGE — Lake Erie Nature and Science Center on Wolfe Road have positively identified the injured bird that was rescued from an Elyria backyard Friday night. The bird is a cooper’s hawk — one of the smallest known hawks, animal rescuer Kelly Smick said Saturday. Smick took the injured bird to the center Saturday Read More…

Falcon rescued in Elyria


ELYRIA — Joanne Gross stood in her backyard Friday night with a flashlight in hand, keeping an eye on her new feathered friend — a young falcon. Gross, who lives on the 500 block of Willow Park Road, heard commotion around 10:30 a.m. Friday in her fenced-in backyard that abuts the Westfield Garden apartment complex Read More…