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Lorain woman’s ‘Benny Bears’ helps educate new parents on safe sleep practices

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Amanda Saucedo with sons, Trae, left, and Ben, shortly after Ben’s birth in October.

LORAIN — Her tragedy may help save countless lives. At least, that is what Amanda Saucedo hopes as she launches Benny Bears, a nonprofit organization aimed at educating parents on safe sleep practices for babies. Saucedo’s son, Ben, died Nov. 19. “I fell asleep in bed when I was nursing him,” she said. “When I Read More…

Lorain suspends garage superintendent

LORAIN — The city’s garage superintendent was placed on leave in March pending an investigation into allegations of wrongdoing. Bob Evans was placed on paid administrative leave March 30 while the city conducts an investigation into his actions, according to a letter given to Evans from Safety-Service Director Robert Fowler last month. “An allegation has Read More…

Lorain mayor offered land sites to Bendix

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LORAIN — Mayor Chase Ritenauer proposed three potential sites in the city of Lorain to Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems where the company could relocate its current Elyria corporate headquarters. Ritenauer sent the information to Bendix on March 23, nearly a month after the company announced that it was leaving Elyria, where it has been based Read More…

‘A frenzy of senseless evil’: Holocaust remembered in Lorain

Erwin Froman, left, Holocaust survivor from Amherst, and Sheila Evenchik, coordinator and office manager of Aguduth B'Nai Israel Synagogue in Lorain, light candles in a ceremony at Holocaust Memorial Service at Aguduth B'Nai Israel on April 15.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — The horror of the Holocaust was remembered in the words of two survivors who immigrated to Lorain. The Wednesday tribute, part of international Holocaust remembrances, occurred before about 200 people at Agudath B’nai Israel Synagogue. Actor Bob Kenderes portrayed Tibor Messinger, who died in 1993. Actress Marcia Mandell portrayed Goldie Nisenboum, who died Read More…

Family of special-needs student seeks Amherst prom age limit exception

Amherst Schools and the mother of a special-needs high school student are working to reach a resolution to allow the teenage girl to attend Saturday’s prom — possibly with her father as the escort — while still keeping with the district’s policy to prohibit adult dates at the event. Clarita Whorton knows exactly what she Read More…

Family memorializes Elyria native killed in Virginia murder-suicide

Mandy Tate, Kristy Callem, Patricia Flowers, Jeff and Jesse Flowers gather Tuesday night outside Patricia and Jesse’s home in Lorain. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Patricia Flowers didn’t want to see that sign. From her place aboard the cruise ship in March — a trip that her late daughter, Kristy Flowers, had bought for her mother — Patricia Flowers could see the island, but she couldn’t manage to step onto the sand. The last time she had gotten Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Amherst gets dominant pitching in doubleheader sweep of Lorain

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AMHERST — Any true baseball fan can recite the last line of Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s famous “Casey at the Bat” poem — “mighty Casey has struck out.” For Amherst junior Casey McConihe, “14” needed to be added to the end of the tale of the famous Mudville nine. McConihe struck out 14 in opening Saturday’s Read More…

Lorain superintendent Tucker to retire

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LORAIN — Superintendent Tom Tucker, credited with helping improve academics and morale in Lorain Schools since his 2012 hiring, is retiring. Tucker, who had been contemplating retiring and then being rehired to avoid a reduction in state pension benefits, will retire outright at the end of the school year in June. The 59-year-old Tucker said Read More…

Lorain facility fares well in audit of Veterans Affairs clinic wait times

CINCINNATI — A Veterans Affairs medical facility in rural southern Ohio was among 75 VA clinics and hospitals across the country with the highest percentage of patients waiting more than a month for care. An Associated Press review of VA data on wait times for 940 of the department’s facilities shows the Portsmouth VA Clinic Read More…

Lorain woman uninjured by shots fired into home

LORAIN — A woman told police she was asleep in a ground-floor bedroom of her home when she was awakened about 2 a.m. Friday by a loud banging noise. The woman fell back asleep but when she awoke several hours later she discovered apparent bullet holes in a bedroom window and the ceiling, as well Read More…