April 17, 2014

Elyria
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Family, friends of domestic violence victims hold vigil

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LORAIN — The family of Margaret McCoy huddled together Friday night, taking turns writing the words “Grandma Marge” on several helium balloons that then floated away into the sunset over Lake Erie at Lakeview Park. It was an emotional evening for the family of Jeff Bruce, whose mother was Margaret McCoy, a victim of domestic Read More…

Elyria considers rental registry program

ELYRIA — City leaders think a rental licensing program that includes exterior and interior inspections is the only way to go if any real change to the city’s housing stock is to take hold. City officials plan to recommend to City Council a program that includes per-unit registration fees and fines for not complying with Read More…

Accused child molester says he’s being targeted in jail

James Osborne

ELYRIA — James Osborne has repeatedly refused to enter protective custody despite multiple disputes with his fellow inmates at the Lorain County Jail. The most recent incident came Friday when another inmate, Bahlial Davis, allegedly threw “liquid feces” on the door of the cell Osborne was sharing with Luis Sanchez. Jail Administrator Andy Laubenthal said Read More…

Alert neighbors help get break-in suspects in Elyria

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ELYRIA — When residents in Elyria saw their neighbor’s house being broken into, they snapped into action, chasing the suspects down the street until police could arrest them. Timothy Strawderman, 18, of Elyria, was charged with burglary, theft and a warrant for failure to appear in court about 3 p.m. Saturday at 994 N. Abbe Read More…

Suspect in custody after shots fired in Elyria backyard

An Elyria police detective talks to a 17 year-old being held for questioning on 12th Street in Elyria after shots were fired at people sitting on a porch on Friday afternoon. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Police have a teenager in custody after shots were fired in a backyard Friday afternoon. Witnesses told police that a group of people was sitting in a backyard in the area of 12th Street and West Avenue when a male entered the backyard with a gun. The male started yelling at the group Read More…

College visit turns tragic for Calif. students

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ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — A college visit by more than 40 high school students turned tragic when a FedEx tractor-trailer veered across a grassy highway median and slammed into their bus in a fiery wreck that left 10 people dead, authorities said. Someone kicked out a window on the bus, and many of those aboard Read More…

ODOT to start seeking bids on 49th Street bridge project in Elyria

ELYRIA – With the construction season quickly approaching, the Ohio Department of Transportation is making the final steps toward a project that they think could cut back on accidents and increase accessibility and tourism in Elyria. At a press conference Thursday, ODOT District 3 Deputy Director Allen Biehl announced that the department will be putting Read More…

Food truck to serve lunch on Thursdays in downtown Elyria

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The KRAV Food Truck set up for business in the parking lot off Court Street, between the old County Court House and the Lorain County Justice Center, on Thursday. The truck, based in Avon Lake, specializes in Mediterranean food made from scratch prepared by Chef Todd Berry. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Read More…

Lorain bondsman tracks fugitive drug smuggler to Fla.

Lorain bondsman Tony Horn with fugitive John Davis in Plant City, Fla. on Thursday morning.  CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  A drug smuggler who skipped his June 2013 sentencing hearing in Lorain County Common Pleas Court was arrested Thursday in Plant City, Fla. Bondsman Tony Horn, of Lorain-based T-Bonds, said he tracked John Davis to a trailer park outside of Tampa after flying to Florida earlier this week to search for the 54-year-old who Read More…

Lorain police shut down meth operation on Seventh Court

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LORAIN — Police shut down one of the largest meth labs they’ve ever encountered in Lorain County on Wednesday. Lorain police Sgt. Tom Nimon said a caller reported a chemical smell wafting out of 903 W. Seventh Court around 3:45 p.m. Police arrived, smelled the chemicals and eventually determined that there was a methamphetamine “cooking” Read More…