December 20, 2014

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Child started Wilkes Villa blaze, Fire Department says

ELYRIA — Tuesday’s fire that damaged a Wilkes Villa apartment building was caused by a child playing with matches, Assistant Fire Chief Bob Dempsey said Wednesday. The fire started near a mattress in the corner of an upstairs bedroom in Apartment 182, resident Christine Robertson said Tuesday. She had been changing a diaper downstairs at Read More…

High school volleyball: State-ranked Bears add to Elyria’s pain

Elyria’s Haley Looney (20) and Shauntiel Smith block a North Royalton shot Tuesday. The Pioneers fell to the Bears, who are ranked 11th in the state in Division I, in three games. (CT photo by Chuck Humel.)

ELYRIA TWP. — Jodie Johnson’s coaching repertoire these days not only includes strategy but also good supply of tape, Band-Aids, ice and crutches. The Elyria coach, now in her fifth season, has never had so many banged-up and bruised players this early in the season. “It’s weird,” she said. “I get criticized for keeping so Read More…

Fire forces families from several Wilkes Villa apartments

Elyria fire crews respond to a fire at a Wilkes Villa apartment complex Tuesday afternoon. The cause of the blaze is not known. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

ELYRIA — Residents of eight four-bedroom apartments in a Wilkes Villa building were forced to evacuate after a fire started in one of the apartments about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. A crowd gathered to watch, including many children, as flames leapt through a hole in the building’s roof. Firefighters sprayed water down through the roof before Read More…

Initial autopsy: Head trauma killed Elyria child

ELYRIA — Aaviana Payne was killed by head trauma, according to the Lorain County coroner’s preliminary autopsy finding Tuesday. An autopsy was performed Monday on the 2½-year-old toddler who died at about 1:15 a.m. Sunday at EMH Medical Center in Elyria. Listen to the 911 calls: Aaviana was in full cardiac arrest when LifeCare took Read More…

Elyria Salvation Army holds free farmers market

A volunteer distributes food Tuesday at the Salvation Army on Broad Street in Elyria. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

ELYRIA — Bobbie Zmich had no idea what was going on when she came upon the line of cars and 30 to 40 people in front of the Elyria Salvation Army on Tuesday morning. “I was on my way home and a lady stopped me on the corner and told me they were giving away Read More…

LCCC retools future goals, seeks input from the public

ELYRIA — Hundreds in Lorain County will be tapped for input as Lorain County Community College retools its vision for the future. It’s 2011, and it’s fair to say the college has succeeded in accomplishing nearly everything it set out to do by 2015. Of the six strategic priorities and 38 strategic initiatives hundreds of Read More…

Fire damages apartments at Wilkes Villa

ELYRIA – Residents of eight four-bedroom apartments in a Wilkes Villa building were forced to evacuate after a fire started in an upstairs bedroom in one of the apartments at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. A crowd of spectators gathered to watch, including many children, as flames leapt through a hole the roof. Firefighters sprayed water Read More…

Motorcycle rider in critical condition at MetroHealth

ELYRIA — A South Amherst man is in critical condition at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland following an accident overnight, according to Elyria police. Scottie Scott, 53, was riding on Lowell Street when he was hit by a car at the intersection of Penfield Avenue, according to Lt. Chris Constantino. Constantino said Jessica Garcia, 26, Read More…

911 tapes: Toddler who died Sunday was bleeding from mouth

ELYRIA — The aunt of a toddler who died early Sunday frantically told a 911 operator that the girl was bleeding from the mouth. The aunt’s call sent paramedics to respond to Rosewood Park Apartments shortly after midnight Sunday. Listen to the 911 calls: A female caller, who identified the child — 2½ year old Read More…

Tax break for new hotel gets Elyria schools’ OK

ELYRIA — City Council is finally moving forward with plans to give the builders of a Hampton Inn and Suites a tax abatement package after an agreement was reached with Elyria Schools. The $6 million, four-story hotel is being planned for the Midway Mall area with construction slated to begin later this year. The 99-room Read More…