August 29, 2015

Partly sunny

Cascade Park opinions sought

ELYRIA — Resident feedback on conceptual plans for Cascade Park presented Wednesday will help Lorain County Metro Parks move closer to a formal master plan for the park. In a public meeting at City Hall, Metro Parks Director Jim Ziemnik said the drawings, developed with Behnke Associates Inc., show major elements of several sections of Read More…

Some of your photos from last night’s storm


Staff photographer and itinerant storm chaser Bruce Bishop shared some of his photos from last night on our Facebook page. Not to be outdone, readers shared more. Here are a gallery of those photos. If you’d like to share yours on our Facebook page, please do so here.

Plea deal in Elyria murder case upsets defendant, family

ELYRIA — Brady Phillips was not happy with his plea deal Monday, cursing in court and insulting a prosecutor, but he still went through with a deal that calls for him to serve 14 years in prison for his role in a botched 2009 robbery that left two men dead. Phillips, 44, has long insisted Read More…

Elyria historic district decision put on hold


ELYRIA — A decision on what city leaders will do about the Elyria West Avenue Historic District, which is being fought over by preservation enthusiasts and opponents, will not come until voters decide on the city’s next mayor. After more than two hours of debate — property owners on both sides of the issue showed Read More…

Machete-wielding man arrested in Elyria

ELYRIA — A man police said was wielding a machete while in a motorized chair was arrested at gunpoint about 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Graham Ley, 34, of the 200 block of Howe Street, was charged with aggravated menacing and theft, according to police Officer Admir Muminovic’s report. Virginia Tipton, a clerk at C Supermarket, 1227 Read More…

YES Zone makes an imprint in south Elyria

Dejhanna Simmons, 10, left, and Jakiyah Geiger, 11, dance during the Yes Zone Collaborative Party in the Park at South Park in Elyria Saturday afternoon.

  ELYRIA — In 2013, a plan to transform the south side of Elyria through mentoring programs and collaborative efforts that paid homage to a grass-roots group in New York City’s Harlem was just a promising thought in the minds of community leaders. The question lingering in the background was this: Could every player working Read More…

Former Mayor Bill Grace takes leadership post at Main Street Elyria


ELYRIA — It’s not politics, but former Mayor Bill Grace is back in the spotlight. This time, the former city leader is taking over at the helm of Main Street Elyria, the organization that aims to boost the profile of downtown Elyria. Effective Monday, Grace assumed the role of interim executive director. The organization is Read More…

Wolfey’s watch party draws supporters

ELYRIA — Being president is not brain surgery, but that didn’t concern a group of supporters for Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson. If the electorate were comprised of those who gathered for the Republican presidential debate watch party at Wolfey’s Bistro & Pub on Thursday night, Carson would be the Republican nominee. Most of Read More…

Elyria officer faces drunken driving charge

Elyria Police

ELYRIA — An off-duty Elyria police officer may have been intoxicated when he drove his car off the road into a ditch at an intersection near Wellington on Monday evening, authorities said. Charles McArthur, 27, a patrolman with the Elyria Police Department, was charged Wednesday with failure to control and operating a vehicle intoxicated following Read More…

Out-of-town worker credit loses revenue for Elyria; change unlikely

ELYRIA — More than 65 percent of Elyria residents work outside the city and pay either no city income tax or a small fraction of it, but city leaders will soon begin discussing how that full tax credit is affecting Elyria’s bottom line. On Monday night, City Council decided against asking voters for an income Read More…