April 17, 2014

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Lorain track coach Donovan Wilson ailing, needs kidney transplant

Donovan Wilson

Donovan Wilson’s track teams have faced many uphill battles. None compares to what the 44-year-old Wilson faces as he fights stage 5 kidney disease. The Lorain High School girls track and Longfellow Middle School boys basketball coach was diagnosed in the last week of 2013 after tests and surgery at Fairview Hospital. “I was getting Read More…

Lorain man dies in duplex fire

A man died in an early Sunday fire in a duplex at 418 Kentucky Ave. in Lorain. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — When he heard his friend’s home was on fire about 3:25 a.m. Sunday, Terry Welser said he dressed quickly and ran half a block from his home to 418 Kentucky Ave., where emergency responders were trying to save Lonnie Mullett Jr. Firefighters and paramedics spent about 20 minutes performing CPR on the 39-year-old Read More…

Elyria, Lorain tackling potholes as weather permits

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ELYRIA — With a gently used hot box and tons of cold patch, Elyria workers are tackling this year’s scourge of potholes the only way they know how: one hole at a time. Scott Payne, Elyria’s Street Department superintendent, said the plowing and patching cycle of this winter has taken on a life of its Read More…

Prank calls leave police searching for officer in trouble

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LORAIN — An anonymous report of an officer in trouble Wednesday night sent four police departments combing the city, with no results. About 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, the Lorain Police Department received a call through dispatch that shots were fired in the area of Root Road and Colorado Avenue. Officers, initially believing the caller was another Read More…

Young girl says man tried to accost her

LORAIN — A young girl told police she was walking home from school when a man driving by stopped, backed up his car and opened the passenger door in front of her. About 4 p.m. Tuesday, police arrived at the 700 block of E Street where they spoke with Rachel Rodriguez and her 9-year-old daughter. Read More…

After 38 years, blighted Lorain house to come down

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LORAIN — In 1976 as the nation celebrated its bicentennial, Loraine Ritchey grew concerned about an abandoned, blighted house on her block. On Friday, the house at 1034 W. Fourth St., a symbol of Lorain’s housing decay and city and state bureaucratic delays, will come down, ending a 38-year battle. Ritchey, co-founder and co-chairwoman of Read More…

Lorain Council rejects sewer project

LORAIN — A Grove Avenue sewer line project to spur economic development was rejected Monday by City Council members with opponents citing taxpayer costs. The proposal called for taxpayers to pay 25 percent of the $296,235 cost, which is about $74,058. The 1,500-foot project from Grove and Fairless Drive to Frankford Avenue includes the property Read More…

Seven individuals, two teams to be inducted into Lorain Hall of Fame

Seven individuals and two teams will be inducted into the Lorain Sports Hall of Fame at its annual enshrinement banquet at DeLuca’s Place in the Park on May 1. Donald Church, Kyle Lathwell, Eric Morrison, Daniel Yurovich, Bradley Frank, Jose Tirado and James Turton will be enshrined under the regular category. The 1979 Clearview track Read More…

Lorain Schools program teaches helps parents catch up on technology

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LORAIN — A recently expanded program is providing parents and grandparents of Lorain Schools students with free computers and training to improve student achievement. The program, run by Lorain County Community College, is an offshoot of a 2010 Connect Your Community program funded with federal taxpayer stimulus money to expand broadband access to county residents, Read More…

Lorain fire destroys garage, car

LORAIN — A car fire is believed to have started a garage fire about 12:50 a.m. Sunday at 2542 E. 37th St. David McHenry was repairing a car in the garage when he said it sparked and caught fire, according to fire Capt. Matt Homolya. McHenry said he tried to put out the fire with Read More…