February 12, 2016


Brinda: Safety force cuts possible if tax hike fails

Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda gives the state of the city address Tuesday at Wesleyan Village.

ELYRIA — Mayor Holly Brinda is asking all city departments to prepare for 15 percent cuts to address revenue shortages affecting the general fund, but she won’t say whether safety forces will see the same level of cuts. During the question-and-answer period after her annual State of the City address Tuesday, Chronicle-Telegram Editor Andy Young Read More…

1 in critical condition after Elyria home fire


ELYRIA — A fire gutted an 11th Street home early Wednesday and two people were sent to the hospital as a result. The fire at 319 11th St. occurred shortly after 2 a.m. Assistant Chief James Cawley of the Elyria Fire Department said when crews arrived, they saw fire coming from a second-story window in Read More…

Two hospitalized after early-morning fire guts Elyria home

A fire occurred early Wednesday morning at this home on 11th Street in Elyria. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA – Two people were hospitalized after a fire gutted an 11th Street residence early Wednesday morning. The fire at 319 11th Street occurred shortly after 2 a.m. Assistant Chief James Cawley of the Elyria Fire Department said crews saw fire coming from a second story window in the rear of the home upon arrival Read More…

Elyria firefighters called to Middle Avenue blaze

Elyria firefighters battle a blaze on Middle Avenue while tending to a rescued dog (foreground, right).

ELYRIA — Police and fire have been called to Middle Avenue for a house fire. A chimney fire was originally reported at 10262 Middle Avenue, near the intersection with Wood Street, but firefighters later classified it as a working structure fire, and continued to battle the blaze in the attic. The fire was declared under control around Read More…

Elyria firefighters train downtown on new escape tactic

Elyria firefighter James Roth bails out the third-story window of a Broad Street building during training Tuesday.

An investment of less than $20,000 will change the way Elyria firefighters escape fires, and training that took place Tuesday showed how going out a window is sometimes the best option. Fire Chief Richard Benton said the department purchased a new bailout system for firefighters that allow rappelling apparatus to be attached to turnout gear. Read More…

Elyria fire truck need ‘dire’


ELYRIA — City officials made a point of pulling all capital expenditures from this year’s budget due to tight finances, but a last-minute deal to purchase a new fire truck is in the works. Fire Chief Rich Benton approached the City Council Finance Committee on Monday with a request to purchase a new fire engine Read More…

Firefighters soon to carry cribs on calls

ELYRIA — Stuffed somewhere between massive fire hoses and emergency extrication equipment, the Elyria Fire Department soon will start carrying infant pack-and-play cribs as it crisscrosses the city on emergency calls. Not your typical piece of fire apparatus, the baby items are intended for the homes where parents using unsafe sleep practices are running the Read More…

Intervention granted for Elyria firefighter who stole cleaning supplies

ELYRIA — The former Elyria firefighter who resigned after stealing cleaning supplies from the Fire Department has been granted intervention in lieu of conviction. Jeffrey Castle, 54, entered guilty pleas to charges of theft and theft in office during an appearance Wednesday before Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Raymond Ewers, but the charges against him Read More…

Retired firefighter criticizes North Ridgeville council over memorial plaque

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A retired firefighter came before City Council on Monday night to again press for a plaque honoring an Elyria firefighter who died helping victims of a 1963 North Ridgeville car crash to be restored to the city’s fire museum. Gene Kleinholz brought the issue up during Council’s closing public comment session, saying Read More…

Tug of war between Elyria, North Ridgeville ensnares memorial plaque

Maynard Hintz

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A plaque honoring an Elyria man who died while coming to the aid of people injured in a 1963 Root Road car crash has been removed from the city’s fire museum. Gene Kleinholz, a retired, well-known North Ridgeville firefighter, contends the plaque was taken down and turned over to the Elyria Fire Read More…