March 28, 2015

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Lorain church ruins demolished [Video]

Looking from the altar back into the church gives the last image taken of the inside of the historic church as demolition crews work from the back to the front. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

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

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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…