June 30, 2016

Elyria
Sunny
77°F
 

Rebuilding of First Evangelical Lutheran to become documentary

LORAIN — Native-resident-turned-Hollywood-film-director John Baumgartner plans to film a documentary on the rebuilding process of First Evangelical Lutheran Church. The historic 90-year-old church was destroyed by an arsonist in August 2014, and since that time its congregants have gathered elsewhere to worship. According to the church’s Facebook page, Baumgartner’s endeavor will be privately funded. In Read More…

Lorain apartment building catches fire

LORAIN — Fire crews fought an apartment fire Thursday evening in South Lorain. The fire occurred at 2158 E. 28th St., and firefighters responded to the area shortly before 10 p.m. About 10:40 p.m., a firefighter said the fire had been extinguished, it appeared as if everyone was OK, and it was too soon to Read More…

LCCC firestarter pleads guilty to mailed anthrax hoax

The Elyria man serving prison time for setting fire to Lorain County Community College in 2009 has pleaded guilty to unrelated federal charges accusing him of sending a white powdery substance he claimed was anthrax to Summit County government offices. Drew Manns, 32, entered the plea to charges of mailing threatening communication and sending false Read More…

Blaze destroys barn in Grafton Township

GRAFTON TWP. — A barn caught fire about 2:30 p.m. Thursday at 34846 Neff Road. Six area fire departments were on the scene, including Grafton Township, Erhart, Litchfield, LaGrange, Eaton and Valley City. Fire trucks and two Ohio Highway Patrol cars blocked Neff Road at both ends, several hundred feet from the property. No injuries Read More…

Lorain house fire investigated as possible arson

LORAIN — A weekend fire that left a family homeless is being investigated as arson. Fire Department investigators and police detectives are working to determine who set the overnight fire that caused an estimated $45,000 damage to a two-story home at 1845 Garden Ave., according to Lt. Steve Bajcer, chief inspector with the Lorain Fire Read More…

Avon Cleveland Clinic evacuated for gas line fire

AVON — The Cleveland Clinic Richard E. Jacobs Health Center was evacuated and multiple fire departments responded to put out a gas line fire this morning. According to a statement from Columbia Gas, a riding lawn mower hit and damaged a gas line, and some escaping gas ignited, starting the fire around 9:45 a.m. The worker riding Read More…

One dead in early morning house fire in Elyria

ELYRIA – A fatal fire this morning claimed the life of a house-bound woman who lived on Greenwood Court with her brother. Elyria Fire Chief Richard Benton said the brother tried to rescue his sister, but he could not get her out of the house in time. “From my understanding, the woman was an invalid Read More…

Throwback Thursday: Fire at the Ohio Penitentiary

On April 21, 1930, a fire broke out on scaffolding at the Ohio Penitentiary in downtown Columbus. It turned into the deadliest prison fire in American history, with 322 inmates — many locked in their cells — dead, and more than 150 injured. The penitentiary served its purpose until 1984, and was torn down to make Read More…

Man dies in Sheffield Lake apartment fire

SHEFFIELD LAKE — A man died in a fire Tuesday at an apartment complex. Richard Dull, 69, died in the fire that started about 3 p.m. in his first-floor apartment at The Perch on the Lake Apartments, 5115 Lake Road, formerly Erie Shore Landings. The Sheffield Lake Fire Department got called at 3:23 p.m. after Read More…

Elderly man dead in apartment fire

SHEFFIELD LAKE — An elderly man died in an apartment fire Tuesday afternoon. According to Lorain County Coroner Stephen Evans, a 69-year-old man died in what appears to be an accidental fire at the Erie Shores Landing apartments on Lake Road. Evans did not release the name of the man because family had not yet Read More…