April 20, 2014

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Volunteers improve Haven Center lobby

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LORAIN — About 15 volunteers from the 2014 Leadership Lorain County class worked in shifts Saturday and today to transform the lobby of the Haven Center into a brighter, more inviting space for the adults and children who find refuge there. “We got a down-and-gritty tour” of the county’s only 24-hour homeless shelter, which followed Read More…

Elyria to host virtual comic book experience for children

ELYRIA — Children read comic books to imagine what it would be like to be a superhero. But what if — even just for one day — the experience could be real? That’s what a group of local organizers is hoping to pull off Saturday, May 3. In a new event in Elyria, the plan Read More…

Lorain police start outreach meetings with block watches

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LORAIN — This week marked the start of what Lorain police Sgt. Mike Failing hopes will be a new beginning for block watch members and police in Lorain. On Thursday, block watch members from the east side flooded Longfellow Middle School for the first of several meetings with police to discuss creating a better connection Read More…

Oberlin schools participating in conservation competition

Prospect Elementary School Principal Jim Eibel and fourth-graders view the school’s Environmental Dashboard, used to track water and energy usage in the building.

OBERLIN — A city that takes pride in lowering its carbon footprint is instilling the importance of cutting back energy usage to its youngest residents. On Friday, Oberlin Schools kicked off its first “Ecolympics,” a two-week competition to challenge students, faculty and staff to reduce their electricity use. Students in each school building will compete Read More…

Online effort flourishing to get Elyria man new set of wheels after carjacking

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ELYRIA — Nick Hurst was glad to finally own a car that could get him to a new job. The 20-year-old Elyria resident’s purchase of a 1996 Ford Taurus some weeks earlier had come at the right time. He was to start a new job April 3 at Green Circle Growers in Oberlin. But his Read More…

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

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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…