April 18, 2015

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BLOTTER: April 1, 2015

LORAIN POLICE Sunday, March 29 3:05 p.m. — 1600 block E. 30th St., Jessica Rivera, 37, same address, arrested and charged with disturbing the peace. Police said Rivera refused to turn down loud music in her home. 5:06 p.m. — 2000 block E. 30th St., a woman said her car parked next to her garage Read More…

BLOTTER: March 31, 2015

Elyria police Wednesday, March 25 12:21 a.m. — 333 Prospect St., an employee of Diamond Products told police he parked his 2004 Dodge 1500 Ram truck in the company’s parking lot the day before at 3 p.m. as he arrived for work. When he left at 11:45 p.m. that night he said three tires had Read More…

High school wrestling: Lorain’s Isaiah Margheim an All-American after taking fourth at senior nationals

Isaiah Margheim

Lorain senior Isaiah Margheim wasn’t satisfied finishing third at the Division I state tournament earlier this month, so the Titans 195-pounder went out and earned All-America status at last weekend’s 26th annual National High School Coaches Association senior nationals in Virginia Beach, Va. “It was exciting, it was fun,” said Margheim during a phone interview Read More…

Republic lays off 200 at Lorain mill

By Jon Wysochanski and Evan Goodenow LORAIN — About 200 Republic Steel workers are being laid off. Paula Dudukovich, Republic human resources director, said in an email Wednesday that the layoffs were due to “declining conditions” in gas and oil markets and reduced demand from customers. Dudukovich, who didn’t return calls, said the layoffs involve Read More…

Lorain, Elyria begin friendly competition to benefit Goodwill

LORAIN — Whoever the victor, a new Goodwill Industries of Lorain County donation competition between Elyria and Lorain city governments is a win-win for the cities. Donation money will help fund job training for needy county residents, many of whom are from Elyria and Lorain, said Steve Greenwell Goodwill CEO and president. “The real winners Read More…

One killed, 10 displaced in Lorain apartment fire

A fire in a first floor apartment at the Lakeview Colonial Apartments in Lorain  claimed the life of one man early Sunday morning. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — An apartment fire at 12:25 a.m. Sunday killed one resident and displaced 10 others at the Lakeshore Colonial Apartments complex, 3910 W. Erie Ave. Jeffrey Banalmen, 61, is believed to have died of smoke inhalation and thermal burns, according to Lorain County Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans. An autopsy is scheduled for today. The Read More…

Man wants to start marching band

Percussionist Jihan Seals Williams wants to hold music classes to teach young people how to play marching band music and create a community band at Harrison Cultural Community Center in Lorain on March 17.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Jihan Seals Williams knows he can’t go solo to strike up the band. Williams is seeking help in forming Syncopated Sounds of Music & Arts, a nonprofit group that would work with youths to start a high-stepping marching band like those at traditionally black colleges. Williams said he knows forming a nonprofit group Read More…

Lake rescue reunites puppy with owner

LORAIN — When Amy Pritchard’s 4-month-old Labrador mix Kimberly escaped from a fenced-in yard Sunday evening, she never imagined where the puppy would end up. Kimberly was spotted Friday on the slightly iced-over Lake Erie in Bay Village, nearly 15 miles from where she was last seen. “We’re not exactly sure how she escaped, but Read More…

Boys basketball: Lorain’s dream season comes to an end in regionals with loss to defending state champion St. Edward

As the clock reached its last minute, the Titans and fans hung their heads as they realized catching up to St. Edwards High School would not be possible. KRISTIN BAUER/ CHRONICLE

AKRON — It’s over. Lorain’s unbeaten season, and hopes for state tournament glory, ended Wednesday night in a 68-60 loss to defending state champion St. Edward at a jam-packed and loud James A. Rhodes Arena. It ended on a night when Lorain ran into a team just as big and just as talented as it Read More…

16 arrested in countywide drug raids; more arrests planned

ELYRIA — Police are keeping silent about a series of drug raids and arrests over the past few days, but Elyria Municipal Court Judge Lisa Locke Graves described it during a court hearing Monday as an investigation targeting a “conspiracy that has allegedly put kilo after kilo after kilo of cocaine on the streets of Read More…