May 25, 2015

Partly sunny with showers

Police arrest two in Middle Avenue beating; one remains at large

James Currie

ELYRIA – A surveillance video depicting a particularly brutal random beating in April led police to identify and arrest two out of three Cleveland men involved earlier this month. James Currie, 18, and Sean Buchanan, 24, were charged with felonious assault at their homes in Cleveland on May 1 and May 5. Police and the U.S. Read More…

Brown cuts deal, avoids death penalty in double murder

Dale Linder Sr. talks to Donna Brown as he makes his victim impact statement talking about the death of his sons. Brown showed no emotion at all during sentencing. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Convicted killer Donna Brown cut a deal with prosecutors Monday that spared her a possible death sentence in exchange for her agreeing to serve a prison term of 60 years to life. Aside from refusing to look at photos of the two men she killed when their father, Dale Linder Sr., held them Read More…

Elyria, Lorain educators and leaders study methods to improve

Jeanine Donaldson, left,  executive director of Elyria YWCA; Erica Lasion, of Elyria Catholic Charities; Jason Williams, founder of Get With the Program; and Tony Richardson, of Nord Family Foundation,  listen as John Zitzner, president of Friends of Breakthrough Schools, describe a student workbook, at E Prep Cliffs Campus in Cleveland on May 9.

It was an eclectic mix of people who boarded a passenger van on a recent Friday morning at the Elyria YWCA. The community members, educators and leaders all headed to the east side of Cleveland with one goal in mind: to see what successes can be gleaned from other schools educating children of color that Read More…

Special Olympics postponed today

The Special Olympics events scheduled for today at Ely Stadium have been postponed because of inclement weather. The events have been rescheduled for Tuesday, also at Ely Stadium.

Business leaders mobilize against Elyria stormwater fee

ELYRIA — Elyria’s stormwater utility is on hold until city officials figure out how to collect the fees from it, but an opposition group of prominent business leaders from the city is hoping it can find a way to quash the program entirely. The group, which calls itself Citizens for Fairness, so far has met Read More…

Police investigating Barbara Street shooting

ELYRIA – Shots pierced the walls of an Elyria home early Thursday and all witnesses remember seeing afterward was a silver or gold minivan driving down the street. Police were called to the 1100 block of Barbara Street around 3 a.m. Thursday after residents in the area called to say they had heard gunshots. One Read More…

Shots fired lead to charges against Harwood Street man

ELYRIA — Multiple calls of shots fired near Harwood Street on Tuesday night led police on a search around the area until they found a drunken man they suspected of being responsible armed and inside a bar. Justin Mashrah, 24, of the 100 block of Harwood Street, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession Read More…

Elyria officials already thinking about winter road salt

It may have been a warm, sunny Monday, but city officials are already looking ahead to the first snowfall of winter. The Ohio Department of Transportation starts negotiating for the best price on road salt this month, and Elyria wants in on whatever deal can be had. Elyria will join a joint purchasing agreement for Read More…

First pitch could mark last season for little league team


ELYRIA — Little League West started its season Saturday with a pitch from a staunch supporter, but coach Phil Seguin said this may mark the beginning of the end. Bob Hutman, a longtime supporter of Little League West, threw the first pitch to start off the season Saturday, followed by two games that lasted into Read More…

New Bendix leader gives Elyria mayor hope


ELYRIA — Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has named a new president and CEO, and city officials see the leadership change as another opportunity to tell the manufacturer why it’s in its best interest to stay in Elyria. Mayor Holly Brinda knows Bendix wants to leave. The company, which employs more than 450 in Elyria, made Read More…