April 26, 2015

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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…

Line can blur between public, private emails

ELYRIA — Local elected officials and government employees don’t have a consistent approach to how they handle emails dealing with public business. Some adhere to a strict separation of their government and private email accounts, while others use one email address for everything. Some alternate between various accounts. Whatever the case, emails dealing with government Read More…

Undocumented Lorain woman gets year’s reprieve

Anabel Barron cries during an interview with The Chronicle-Telegram in February 2014. CHRONICLE FILE

LORAIN — Almost two years ago, Lorain resident Anabel Barron was facing deportation in a Sheffield Lake holding cell. This week, two years of fighting that deportation paid off when she was granted her second year-long stay. “There were all these emotions,” Barron said, remembering how she walked out of the Federal Building in Cleveland Read More…

Vermilion officials brace for potential floods

An ice jam at Mill Hollow in Vermilion. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

A brutally cold winter followed by warmer weather this week had Vermilion officials wary of flooding in areas around the city Wednesday, specifically near Riverside Drive, according to Mayor Eileen Bulan. A section of the Vermilion River that runs through Mill Hollow, south of the city, reached flood level Wednesday afternoon. By the evening, water Read More…

Lorain church ruins demolished [Video]

Looking from the altar back into the church gives the last image taken of the inside of the historic church as demolition crews work from the back to the front. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Remnants of Lorain’s First Evangelical Lutheran Church, destroyed by arson Aug. 28, were demolished Tuesday. The Rev. Jimmy Madsen, church pastor, said he was bittersweet about the demolition. While sad about the loss of the 90-year-old church, he said the demolition, which he compared to a burial, means the congregation are closer to getting a Read More…

Pot legalization could be windfall for Ohio, Lorain County

ELYRIA — ResponsibleOhio released figures Tuesday estimating that its proposal legalizing marijuana in Ohio would generate $554 million in annual tax revenue by 2020. In Lorain County alone, special marijuana taxes would generate almost $4.1 million for county government annually and more than $7.5 million that would be split among the county’s cities, villages and Read More…

Lorain family awaits dreaded knock

Adrian Bermudez, of Lorain, talks last week about his son, Juan, who is facing possible deportation.

LORAIN — When one of the Bermudez family’s greatest fears resurfaced last week, it arrived in a dark red Chevrolet Impala. Uvaldo Bermudez, 25, doesn’t know how long the car was following him as he wove through Lorain and into Elyria with his brother and two friends the morning of March 3. All he knows Read More…

Teacher with Lorain ties pleads not guilty

Elliott Gornall

A former Loudonville kindergarten teacher with Lorain ties has pleaded not guilty to a lengthy indictment accusing him of secretly recording his students as they used the school restroom. Elliot Gornall, 32, had moved back to Lorain while he was out on the drug possession charges that led to his resignation from the Loudonville-Perrysville Schools Read More…

Mayor: Lorain should keep VA clinic

LORAIN — Talk of moving the Lorain Veterans Affairs Clinic from its current location has circulated for years but a recent advertisement suggests a move could be official. The Department of Veterans Affairs recently advertised that it is seeking 20,000 square feet of clinical space in Lorain for a community based outpatient clinic for a Read More…