March 27, 2015

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Elyria boy’s pup not just a pet

A new service dog arrived today for an Elyria boy with diabetes. Brennen Rivera, 6 gets some love from his well trained new friend Taffy. The dog bonded with him right away. The dog has been training with Brennen's saliva for the last 6 months, so the dog instantly connected the scent with the child. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — He didn’t quite know what to do when Taffy walked into school. Brennen Rivera, a first-grader at McKinley Elementary School, was certain this was his new dog that he had been waiting months for — the dog he had asked Santa for. “I was excited,” Brennen said later that day. “I knew it Read More…

Sign of spring: Food trucks return to Elyria

Karen Sebastian, resident care director at The AbbeWood, is served lunch by Kathy Swearingen, rear, catering manager, to open the Krav Food Truck season at AbbeWood Senior Living Facility in Elyria on Mar. 23. This truck will return to downtown Elyria on Thursdays from 11 am to 2 pm. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The food trucks are rolling back into downtown Elyria this summer. Kathy Swearingen, catering manager for the Krav food truck, said her truck will make its first downtown appearance of the season Thursday next to Elyria City Hall. She said Krav will be there most Thursdays over the coming months. “We’re very excited Read More…

Lorain, Elyria begin friendly competition to benefit Goodwill

LORAIN — Whoever the victor, a new Goodwill Industries of Lorain County donation competition between Elyria and Lorain city governments is a win-win for the cities. Donation money will help fund job training for needy county residents, many of whom are from Elyria and Lorain, said Steve Greenwell Goodwill CEO and president. “The real winners Read More…

Stanford withdraws; Elyria superintendent search back to square one

The Elyria school board is restarting the search for Superintendent Paul Rigda’s successor whether it wants to or not. The last candidate, John Stanford, deputy superintendent for Columbus Schools, is planning to withdraw from the search. Stanford informed Steve Horton of the Ohio School Boards Association on Wednesday that he no longer wanted to move Read More…

Police: Alleged drug ring a family affair

ELYRIA — A family-run drug trafficking organization that stretched across two counties and lasted for at least a decade came to an end when police raided a grandmother’s house Friday on Tattersall Court. The Elyria home where most of the initial drug transactions allegedly happened was one of 17 homes and buildings the Lorain County Read More…

Elyria board president: No rush to name new superintendent

ELYRIA — If the Elyria school board thought it best last week to retrench from its superintendent search after recent weeks of controversy, the blow dealt Monday with the announcement that Huron Superintendent Dennis Muratori doesn’t want the job shows further proof the board has a ways to go in finding the district’s next leader. Read More…

Huron’s Muratori drops out of Elyria superintendent search

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Huron Superintendent Dennis Muratori has withdrawn from the Elyria superintendent search, an exit that comes on the heels of the Elyria school board announcing it would like to possibly look closer at the internal candidates who were eliminated after first-round interviews. What this also means for Deputy Superintendent of Columbus Schools John Stanford is unknown Read More…

Say it eight so: Weather Channel drops Elyria for Sandusky on the 8s

People apparently grumble about more than paying taxes when they walk into the offices of Lorain County Treasurer Dan Talarek. Surprisingly, one complaint heard over and over not related to forking over cold hard cash is the elimination of Elyria weather data that had been featured on The Weather Channel’s “Local on the 8’s’’ segment. Read More…

16 arrested in countywide drug raids; more arrests planned

ELYRIA — Police are keeping silent about a series of drug raids and arrests over the past few days, but Elyria Municipal Court Judge Lisa Locke Graves described it during a court hearing Monday as an investigation targeting a “conspiracy that has allegedly put kilo after kilo after kilo of cocaine on the streets of Read More…

Family, Elyria Police Department, community gather to remember Kerstetter

Elyria Police Chief Duane Whitely hugs Tammy Kerstetter, wife of fallen Elyria Police Sgt. James A Kerstetter, following a memorial service at the police station Sunday afternoon on the five-year anniversary of Kerstetter's death.ANNA NORRIS/ CHORNICLE

  It happens every year. March 15 comes and the officers of the Elyria Police Department put on their dress uniforms and gather just outside the Elyria police station for a memorial service to honor one of their own, Sgt. James Kerstetter. During the short service Sunday, the biggest thing on everyone’s mind was time. Read More…