September 2, 2014

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UPDATED: Lorain self-service car wash catches fire

Lorain Firefighters fight a fire at the J&E Superwash on Elyria Avenue in Lorain Thursday afternoon. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — An electrical malfunction is believed to have caused a fire that severely damaged a self-service car wash about 4:05 p.m. Thursday. The malfunction involved a blown light or voltage spike in the first bay of the six-bay J&E Superwash at 3507 Elyria Ave., said Assistant Fire Chief Roy Cochran. No one was hurt Read More…

Highway Patrol to hold 2 OVI checkpoints in Elyria tonight

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The Ohio Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Elyria Police Department, will hold two OVI checkpoints tonight. Both checkpoints will be held in Elyria from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. The locations will be on Lorain Boulevard at Foster Avenue, and on Cleveland Street near Harwood Street. The checkpoints also will be held in conjunction Read More…

Elyria blotter: 3 boys charged with punching teen, stealing bicycle

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Elyria police 6:22 p.m. Aug. 12 — Cascade Park, 120 Floradale Court, 13-year-old boy, 22000 block Indian Hollow Road, Grafton, 14-year-old boy, 100 block Kaiser Court, Elyria, 14-year-old boy, 6700 block West River Road, Elyria, all arrested and charged with robbery. A 14-year-old boy, who police said had a bruise and swelling under his right Read More…

Family escapes Avon house fire Wednesday night

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AVON — Five residents narrowly escaped a fire in their home at 3659 Center Road about 10:25 p.m. Wednesday. Resident Sheila Bodnar said she and her daughter, Amber Bodnar, were outside by a small campfire set in the backyard 20 to 30 yards from the home. Bodnar said her daughter, saying she’d return quickly, went Read More…

North Ridgeville Police seek 3 males in assault of teenager

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Police are asking for the public’s help to find those responsible for the weekend assault and robbery of a local teen. Police Lt. Greg Petek, a detective working on the case, said three black males ranging in age from 15 to 20 are being sought for the Saturday night attack that left Read More…

UPDATED: Vehicle loses tire, causes crash on Interstate 90

Emergency personnel assist an injured person Wednesday after a wreck that involved three vehicles on Interstate 90 near the Ohio Turnpike. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA TWP. — A head-on crash was narrowly averted on Interstate 90 about 4:25 p.m. Wednesday. An eastbound Jeep driven by Tiffany Lewis, of Sandusky, lost a tire and crossed the median into the westbound lanes near the Ohio Turnpike split, said Sgt. Tim Hoffman, Ohio Highway Patrol Elyria post assistant commander. The Jeep bumped Read More…

Man accused of attempting to extort money from ex-girlfriend


LORAIN — In an attempt to pay for his damaged teeth, a man tried to extort money from his ex-girlfriend Tuesday by threatening to send a sexually explicit video of the woman to various Amherst stores. Shannon Page, 34, of the 2500 block of East 42nd Street in Lorain, was charged with extortion at about Read More…

Fuel Mart break-in suspect turns self in

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A man identified in the break-in of a Carlisle Township gas station last week as turned himself in. Tyler Ellis, 30, of Lorain, is accused of breaking into Fuel Mart, 430 Oberlin-Elyria Road, during the early morning hours of Aug. 3 and stealing numerous cartons of cigarettes. He was identified by the public after surveillance Read More…

Elyria man accused of beating pregnant girlfriend


ELYRIA — An Elyria man is accused of beating his eight-months-pregnant girlfriend in her home in the 300 block of Fourth Street about 4 a.m. Tuesday. Bianca Foy said she argued with the expectant father, Isaias Sanchez, about text messages on his phone, police Officer Paul Lesner wrote in his report. Foy, who police said Read More…

Man who locked keys in his car says 2 men beat him


LORAIN — A man who said he locked his keys in his car in the parking lot of his apartment complex at 1031 Tower Blvd. said he was beaten by two men about 9:40 p.m. Sunday. Michael Green said the men approached him in the complex between Oberlin and Washington avenues, according to police Officer Read More…