May 4, 2016

Elyria
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4 held in rash of ODs

ELYRIA — Four people have been arrested in connection with a powerful painkiller that police have blamed for some of the six overdoses that took place in a 24-hour period earlier this week. Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said investigators traced the source of 3-methylfentanyl, which is four to 60 times more powerful than fentanyl, Read More…

UPDATE: Elyria police make arrest in Circle K robberies

ELYRIA – Police have arrested a suspect in three robberies of Circle K locations in the city this week based on tips generated after they released photos of the alleged robber to the media earlier today. Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said he couldn’t yet publicly identify the suspect, who was arrested in Carlisle Township, but Read More…

Wave of overdoses put Elyria Police on alert

ELYRIA — A reported six drug overdoses in less than 24 hours have Elyria police on high alert. Police Capt. Chris Costantino said the overdose calls started early Tuesday afternoon and went on into Wednesday morning. He said none was fatal and narcotics detectives are aggressively investigating each case. Toxicology tests on items found at Read More…

Engineer: Rough Elyria roads require consultant

ELYRIA — City Engineer Tim Ujvari defended the need to hire an outside consultant to help jumpstart road construction projects by saying simple paving jobs would not be enough to fix some of Elyria’s roads. Instead, those roads could need reconstructive work to get them up to par. Blame it on years of neglect, Ujvari Read More…

Elyria health district merger moves to full Council

ELYRIA — Lorain County Health Commissioner Dave Covell said it best: Politics and public health don’t always mix. Covell, who runs the Lorain County General Health District, made the remark toward the end of a long meeting Monday night when Elyria City Council debated shuttering the Elyria City Health District. Merging with the county agency Read More…

Avon Lake awaits Elyria’s decision on Lorain County General Health District

ELYRIA — Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka doesn’t necessarily want his city to be the saving grace of the Elyria City Health Department, and Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda doesn’t want to throw Avon Lake a lifeline. The idea that Elyria could stave off joining the Lorain County General Health District for a few years and Read More…

Dangerous new drugs on streets

Two dangerous new strains of narcotics have been discovered in Lorain County within the past two weeks. Lorain County Chiefs Law Enforcement Association President Duane Whitely, Elyria’s police chief, said the dangerous narcotics have been found in cases from Amherst, Elyria and the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office. “The community has been made aware of the Read More…

Grace steps down

ELYRIA — Main Street Elyria and Bill Grace have parted ways. The former mayor of Elyria turned executive director of the nonprofit organization that aims to boost the profile of downtown Elyria tendered his resignation Wednesday, he said. Grace, 52, called the separation a natural progression of the interim status of the job. “My work Read More…

Police: Drunken driver destroys Northwood sign

ELYRIA – An alleged drunken driver plowed through the Northwood Middle School sign Wednesday evening after police say he rear-ended a motorist at West River Road and took off toward Gulf Road. Darryl Howard, 43, of North Ridgeville, was arrested for operating a vehicle impaired, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless operation and two Read More…

Union asks Elyria City Council to delay health district vote

ELYRIA — City Council is ready to vote on the future of the Elyria City Health District as union employees make the case to save the department. In a letter to the 11 members of Council, members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 277, the health district’s chapter, implored Council Read More…