May 25, 2015

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Gunshots shock Cleveland Street family

Shots were fired into an Elyria home at 444 Cleveland St. early on Thursday morning, around 1 a.m. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Mike Griffin never expected to have to duck for cover in fear for his life in his Cleveland Street home, but that’s what happened Thursday morning as a half-dozen shots were fired at it. Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said no one was injured and when police arrived at the home in the Read More…

Where there’s smoke, there’s … marijuana?

Firefighters enter a home on College Park Drive in Elyria on Wednesday. They then called police after finding what they believe was marijuana. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Police are investigating an Elyria home after firefighters — called to put out a fire — found marijuana plants inside, police said. No one has been arrested in the investigation, which is ongoing, said Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino. The fire was reported by a passer-by about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at a house Read More…

8 is enough when it comes to grass length in Elyria

ELYRIA — The city is lowering the threshold for allowable grass height by 4 inches to match county guidelines. City Council members voted Monday night to approve the change, now requiring residents to limit grass or weed height to no more than 8 inches. Previously the city capped the limit at 12 inches. Safety Service Read More…

Woman testifies at boyfriend’s murder trial

Murder suspect Tove Adams appears at Lorain County Justice Center in Elyria on Monday during his trial. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Sara Colon said she watched in horror nearly two years ago as her live-in boyfriend, Tove Adams, opened fire on her best friend, Anthony Coats, killing him. “It was like a bad dream right in front of you,” Colon said Monday during the first day of testimony in Adams’ murder trial. Just before Read More…

One injured after men fight over gas pump in Elyria

ELYRIA – A dispute between two drivers attempting to buy gas from the same pump led to an assault that sent one man to the hospital. The incident occurred Wednesday about 9:30 p.m. at the Sunoco gas station at 404 East Ave., where one motorist driving a white Volkswagen backed into a pump island lane at the Read More…

Superheroes, super kids take over downtown Elyria

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ELYRIA — As sunlight streamed down on Ely Square and costumed children poured themselves over benches and ran across the grass, 5-year-old Adam Szudarek climbed a post to survey the scene. He was sporting a bright red Spider-Man suit that complemented a impish, sideways grin. Neither his flowing cape nor his oxygen tubes broke his Read More…

Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: Elyria West football and track coach Billy Joe Hewitt always kept things fun

Billy Joe Hewitt

Shortly after the announcement of this year’s Elyria Sports Hall of Fame class, Billy Joe Hewitt found himself thumbing through a recent copy of the banquet program. Hewitt, a longtime teacher and coach in the Elyria school system, marveled at the number of athletes he coached and taught along the way. “I think I counted Read More…

Police say two men responsible for break-ins

ELYRIA — Two men whom police believe committed a string of burglaries around Elyria over the past month took responsibility for them Wednesday, according to police. Kevin Ford, 20, of Elyria and Kyle Corn, 19, of Elyria, both were charged with burglary and receiving stolen property Wednesday. Police believe Ford and Corn were connected to Read More…

Elyria native nominated to top job at TSA

Peter Neffenger

President Barack Obama has nominated an Elyria native and top U.S. Coast Guard official for the top job of the Transportation Security Administration. The White House said Tuesday that Coast Guard Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger, 58, is Obama’s pick to run the TSA and serve as assistant secretary for the Homeland Security Department. Neffenger has Read More…

Invacare sells properties in leaseback deal

This Invacare building on Taylor Street was among those sold. CHRONICLE FILE

Invacare has sold its Elyria and North Ridgeville buildings and one in Sanford, Fla., for $23 million in a leaseback deal that company officials say will allow them to pay debt. “The transaction will not affect our day-to-day operations,” Matthew Monaghan, Invacare CEO and president, said in a Thursday news release. “It does allow us Read More…