February 8, 2016

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Ambassadors host family party

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ELYRIA — The House of Healing church lived up to its name Saturday by providing space for a Christmas party for children whose parents have died and families who are experiencing a variety of difficulties. Aric Bowens, 39, president of the Ambassador Brothers, the mentor group that hosted the party, knows what it’s like losing Read More…

Sheffield police investigating SUV in high-speed chase

Sheffield police are investigating a high-speed car chase overnight that went into Elyria. Sheffield police Capt. William Visalden said that an officer on patrol saw a black sport-utility vehicle stopped in the middle of Colorado Avenue, near Sheffield Middle School at the intersection of Harris Road, around 1:33 a.m. The officer tried to pull the SUV over, and the Read More…

Elyria city workers OK wage freeze

ELYRIA — The local chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has agreed to freeze employee wages for the next year. Workers in one of the largest employee unions in the city ratified a new two-year contract that calls for no movement on pay for the first year and a wage-only Read More…

Council committee votes to support Main Street group

ELYRIA — City Council is standing behind the efforts of Main Street Elyria to rebuild the organization and be a key player in the revitalization of the city’s downtown. On Monday night, members of the Finance Committee passed a resolution of support for the nonprofit and are debating ways to further their commitment with a Read More…

Ritenauer outspent the rest

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer was the big spender in the November election, according to campaign finance reports that were due at the Lorain County Board of Elections on Friday. In total, Ritenauer spent $45,029 on his winning campaign, his campaign finance reports filed Friday and before the election showed. It was more Read More…

Elyria Officer Orsik fired

ELYRIA — Tom Orsik was fired from his job as an Elyria police officer Friday, just weeks after he was indicted on charges he solicited sex from three women and stalked a fourth. Safety Service Director Mary Siwierka wrote in her letter to Orsik that he was being fired not only for violating a string Read More…

Elyria police investigating early morning burglaries

ELYRIA — Police are investigating two burglaries that happened early Wednesday morning. About 2:14 a.m., a woman was watching television in her home on the 800 block of Prospect Street when she heard a noise coming from the basement. The woman told police when she opened the basement door, she saw a man wearing a Read More…

Brinda hires Smith as administrative legal counsel

Geoffrey Smith

ELYRIA — Mayor Holly Brinda has hired Elyria attorney Geoffrey Smith as her new administrative legal counsel to replace former city Law Director Terry Shilling. Brinda said Shilling, who assumed the role last June when her chosen counsel resigned amid City Council concerns over his pay and responsibility, only offered to stay in the position Read More…

Elyria chief wants to fire officer

ELYRIA — The city’s police chief has recommended that indicted Elyria police Officer Tom Orsik be fired. Chief Duane Whitely made the recommendation after Orsik, 41, refused to answer questions during an internal investigation into the allegations that led to charges he had solicited sex from three women and stalked a fourth. Whitely wrote in Read More…

Multiple Breed Rescue receives Petco Foundation grant after Rhode Island woman tells dog adoption story

Loralie Austin of RhodeE Island poses with her dog Little Austin and a photo of her son Brandon. Austin's adoption story won a $5,000 grant for Multiple Breed Rescue in Elyria. PHOTO PROVIDED

Karen Uthe Semancik The Chronicle-Telegram ELYRIA – The Petco Foundation’s Holiday Wishes Grant Campaign, in partnership with Halo, Purely for Pets, is awarding $40,000 to three Northeast Ohio animal welfare organizations, including Elyria’s Multiple Breed Rescue. The other two recipients are Parma Animal Shelter in Parma and Cleveland Animal Protective League. The three organizations will receive Read More…