April 19, 2015

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One plan, two falls, a river of divide over Cascade project proposal

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ELYRIA — Craig Limpach is a man with a vision. With a telescoping document tube slung over his shoulder — it holds the plans to a concept Limpach said could help propel Elyria into the future — the landscape architect said he has crisscrossed the city to make, at his estimation, 54 presentations of his Read More…

Middle Avenue parking ban goes into effect in Elyria on Monday

ELYRIA — Starting Monday, anyone who parks a car on Middle Avenue will have to find someplace else to leave their wheels. The city is instituting a parking ban from Third Street south to Oberlin-Elyria Road to facilitate the ongoing $4.2 million construction project. To keep everything moving quickly and safely on the street for Read More…

Elyria council committee tackles farmers market, bailiff pay, dispatchers’ contract, cemetery policy

A farmers market for downtown Elyria, $1 pay raise for municipal court security, pay freeze for police dispatchers and a move to require indigent burials to be cremated remains, or ashes, only. Elyria City Council’s Finance and Community Development committees approved a number of things Monday, making room for the full Council to vote in Read More…

Habitat for Humanity breaks ground to build houses for two Elyria families

Brandon Sanders with his fiancee, Paige Raque, and their son, Cameron Sanders, 3, at the ground-breaking ceremony Monday for their Habitat for Humanity home on Warden Avenue in Elyria. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Jennifer Melendez wasn’t just waiting for a house as she stood beaming in the rain on an empty plot of land Monday afternoon. She was seeing her dreams realized. Melendez, her husband, Carmelo, and their five children will be one of two families to receive a house from Lorain County Habitat for Humanity Read More…

More than 100 honor slain Elyria man at vigil

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Mourners gather at a vigil Saturday night to remember Adam McNeal.

ELYRIA – To say he loved Star Wars would be an understatement: That was the way one man speaking out at a vigil described a young man whose life was cut short earlier this week. More than 100 people gathered Saturday at the site of a fatal shooting to remember slain man Adam McNeal: father, Read More…

Police seek two in Salem Avenue burglary

ELYRIA – Police are searching for two suspects who attempted to burglarize a home on Salem Avenue this afternoon. Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino said the two men, who burglarized a house in the 800 block of Salem Avenue, tried to make off with a large gun safe. A neighbor noticed the men’s activity and Read More…

Ely Square student rally to promote drug-free existence

For the third year in a row, Lorain County high school students will descend on Elyria’s Ely Square with a message of healthy, drug-free living. The “We Are the Majority” rally will kick off 9 a.m. April 30, starting with a rally at Elyria High School and ending with a march to Ely Square to Read More…

Electrical malfunction appears to be cause of Abbe Road house fire

Elyria firefighters battle a blaze at a vacant home on Abbe Road early Wednesday, April 8. EVAN GOODENOW/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — An electrical malfunction is suspected of causing a fire that badly damaged a vacant home at 685 S. Abbe Road called in at 2:12 a.m. today. No one was hurt in the fire, which melted the siding of adjoining homes at 681 S. Abbe and 689 S. Abbe, said Assistant Fire Chief Ron Read More…

Man dead in Colonial Oaks shooting

ELYRIA — An autopsy is expected today on a 23-year-old man found shot inside a mobile home at 2 New Hampshire Circle in the Colonial Oaks trailer park, 10525 Middle Ave., near Ely Stadium. Police were called about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday about a man shot. A news release from police spokesman Capt. Chris Costantino said Read More…

Survivors haunted by 1965 Pittsfield tornado

This aerial photo of state routes 58 and 303 that shows the destruction caused by the tornado that struck Pittsfield Center on April 11, 1965, was featured on the front page of The Chronicle-Telegram the day after the twister struck. The tornado, part of the 1965 Palm Sunday outbreak, killed 19 people in Lorain County and injured 141.

Palm Sunday of 1965 was a night of death, darkness and destruction in which the lives of people that survived a devastating tornado were forever changed. Even now, 50 years later, some say they still experience anxiety and fear when a storm starts to brew, while others simply cannot talk about what is marked in Read More…

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