August 27, 2014

Mostly clear

Elyria denying most residents’ claims for pothole damage

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ELYRIA — As if hitting a pothole, feeling her tire pop and sliding into a pole as a result was not bad enough, Miranda Taylor said she received a $3,868 repair estimate for her 2009 Toyota Corolla Sport. The 21-year-old said that is like asking her to come up with a million dollars. The broken Read More…

Elyria mayor says focus is on improving city’s image

Holly Brinda

Elyria has an image problem, and Elyria has an economic development problem. The two go hand-in-hand. Just as a good reputation precedes an attractive location, Mayor Holly Brinda said Elyria has to do a better job at changing the public opinion of the city among outsiders as well as residents. It’s about making Elyria the Read More…

Elyria officials present Middle Avenue project

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ELYRIA — It’s the four-lane road that brings southern Elyrians into and out of downtown, but if you ask south-side residents, it is a major city thoroughfare that has seen only minor repairs. Long before the new Elyria High School — a $70 million building sprawling across two city blocks — went up, the biggest Read More…

Elyria considers change to overtime policy

ELYRIA — A proposal to change a long-held policy regarding overtime for city managers, supervisors and foremen — the middle management who bridge the gap between department heads and union employees — is being considered. On Monday night, Safety Service Director Mary Siwierka asked the City Council Finance Committee to change a few portions of Read More…

Elyria sets parameters for attorney, law firm

Kenneth S. Stumphauzer

ELYRIA — Attorney Kenneth Stumphauzer will attend city meetings, research legal opinions for Mayor Holly Brinda and prepare contracts as the mayor’s administrative legal counsel. His law firm, Walter Haverfield, will serve as special counsel to the city handling labor negotiations and labor relations matters, but it cannot bill for Stumphauzer’s time because all of Read More…

Elyria blotter: Two women arrested after fight

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Elyria Police 2:50 a.m. March 29 — 1100 block Oakwood Drive, Holly Heitche, 22, and Miranda Mills, 21, same address, arrested and charged with domestic violence. Mills told police that her “live-in half unit,” Heitche, punched and scratched her because she was upset that Mills was talking to her brother. Heitche told police that Mills Read More…

Former students Skype call retired sixth-grade teacher

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ELYRIA — There are some one-of-a-kind teachers, whose teaching goes beyond the classroom, inspiring the lives that they touch. For six former Cascade Elementary students, Fred Visci was that teacher. Forty years after they left Visci’s sixth-grade class, the group couldn’t help but remember their favorite teacher and wonder what happened to him after his Read More…

New Elyria McDonald’s would reshape portion of Broad Street

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ELYRIA — The downtown McDonald’s restaurant will be razed and replaced with new building in a construction project that will also include demolishing several old buildings on Broad Street.
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UPDATED: Dollar Bank robbery suspect in custody

Elyria police are investigating a report of a bank robbery at Dollar  Bank on West River Road North. CHELSEA MILLER/CHRONICLE

Update (12:30 p.m.:) ELYRIA – A man suspected of robbing Dollar Bank on West River Road North was apprehended nearby less than an hour later. Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino detained the suspect behind PNC Bank on Midway Mall Boulevard after police received a report of a suspicious man near the wooded area behind the bank. Read More…

UPDATED: All-clear given after bomb threat at Elyria High

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Updated (11:30 a.m.): The all-clear has been given at Elyria High School after a bomb threat. Students were returning to the school at 11:30 a.m., and will finish the school day as normal. Elyria police and firefighters responded to the school and investigated the threat. Check back for more information as it becomes available. ————–Original story——————– Read More…