June 28, 2016

Elyria
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Rebuilding of First Evangelical Lutheran to become documentary

LORAIN — Native-resident-turned-Hollywood-film-director John Baumgartner plans to film a documentary on the rebuilding process of First Evangelical Lutheran Church. The historic 90-year-old church was destroyed by an arsonist in August 2014, and since that time its congregants have gathered elsewhere to worship. According to the church’s Facebook page, Baumgartner’s endeavor will be privately funded. In Read More…

LCCC firestarter pleads guilty to mailed anthrax hoax

The Elyria man serving prison time for setting fire to Lorain County Community College in 2009 has pleaded guilty to unrelated federal charges accusing him of sending a white powdery substance he claimed was anthrax to Summit County government offices. Drew Manns, 32, entered the plea to charges of mailing threatening communication and sending false Read More…

Lorain house fire investigated as possible arson

LORAIN — A weekend fire that left a family homeless is being investigated as arson. Fire Department investigators and police detectives are working to determine who set the overnight fire that caused an estimated $45,000 damage to a two-story home at 1845 Garden Ave., according to Lt. Steve Bajcer, chief inspector with the Lorain Fire Read More…

Fire marshal: Summit County house explosion was arson

NORTHFIELD — Investigators say an Ohio house fire and explosion that killed a family of four was arson. The state fire marshal’s office said Wednesday that investigators have determined what caused the fire in Northfield Center Township, but they aren’t releasing details while the investigation is underway. Authorities say Jeffrey and Cynthia Mather were killed, Read More…

Arson suspected in Lorain church fire

LORAIN — A fire at the La Iglesia de Dios church, 3115 Elyria Ave., called in at 5:35 a.m. Sunday, was set, authorities said. No one was hurt, fire Capt. David Baker said. Because the state Fire Marshal’s Office has classified the fire as arson, Baker said he couldn’t provide any other details. Two neighbors Read More…

Israeli suspect questioned after fatal West Bank arson

JERUSALEM — Israel said Tuesday it was interrogating the suspected head of a Jewish extremist group in the first arrest of an Israeli suspect following last week’s arson attack in the West Bank that killed a Palestinian toddler and wounded his brother and parents. According to the Shin Bet security agency, 23-year-old Meir Ettinger was Read More…

Lorain man accused of arson in abandoned building fire

LORAIN — A man was arrested Friday after lighting a fire in an abandoned building, according to police. Daniel Hayslip, 35, was charged with arson a little after 11 p.m. after a witness identified his car outside of a Dairy Mart, police said. Police and the Lorain Fire Department responded to the 200 block of Read More…

Lorain church ruins demolished [Video]

Remnants of Lorain’s First Evangelical Lutheran Church, destroyed by arson Aug. 28, were demolished Tuesday. The Rev. Jimmy Madsen, church pastor, said he was bittersweet about the demolition. While sad about the loss of the 90-year-old church, he said the demolition, which he compared to a burial, means the congregation are closer to getting a Read More…

Drew Manns pleads guilty to LCCC fire

ELYRIA – Drew Manns pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated arson charges for setting a Feb. 18., 2009, fire that caused more than $8.4 million worth of damage to Lorain County Community College. Manns, 29, could get up to eight years in prison when he is sentenced in November by county Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski. Read More…

Man seen running from Bugsy’s Speakeasy fire charged with arson

ELYRIA – An Elyria man was arrested early Tuesday on charges accusing him of starting a fire behind Bugsy’s Speakeasy on Broad Street. Lee Kimble Jr., of Elyria was charged with arson on Tuesday after he was seen running from a small fire behind the club around 3 a.m. A bouncer at Bugsy’s, Anthony Ribis, Read More…