April 19, 2015


Video messages aid Alzheimer’s, dementia patients

NEW YORK — For 94-year-old Louise Irving, who suffers from dementia, waking up every day to a video with a familiar face and a familiar voice seems to spark a flicker of recognition. “Good morning, merry sunshine, how did you wake so soon?” Irving’s daughter, Tamara Rusoff-Hoen, sings in a video playing from a laptop Read More…

Videos: Avon Lake athletes sign Letters of Intent

Maddie McQuiston, left, Max Seipel, Ben Oxley, Kyle Kuhar and Collin Lucas sign letters of intent for national signing day at Avon Lake High School on Wednesday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Avon Lake was one of the few area schools that didn’t close due to the weather, and five athletes were able to enjoy an official signing ceremony for National Signing Day. Three Shoremen football players will be in Division I programs in the fall — Ben Oxley is headed to Northwestern, Kyle Kuhar signed with Read More…

Warden rescues dog from frozen Black River

Dog rescued

ELYRIA — What could have come to a cold, sad ending Monday became a heartwarming tail, er, tale, thanks to Nelson Delgado, Lorain County chief deputy dog warden. About 3 p.m. Monday, Delgado and Deputy Dog Warden Brian Moore responded to a report of a German Shepherd trapped on the ice of the Black River Read More…

Video: Boiling water turns to snow


Chronicle-Telegram’s chief photographer Bruce Bishop conducted a science experiment Monday afternoon at the newspaper’s office. When boiling water is exposed to the almost zero-degree temperatures outside, the water evaporates and turns to snow.  

COLUMBIA AVENUE EXPLOSION: No major injuries in blast; houses to be razed

Debris from the house explosion hangs as firefighters respond.

ELYRIA — Christopher and Jenny Willard stared at the rubble — all that was left of the house at 116 Columbia Ave. that they had been trying to sell before it exploded Friday night. Meanwhile, firefighters, police officers and representatives from Columbia Gas swarmed the neighborhood ensuring no one was injured, and everyone remained safe Read More…

Videos: Family members, William Dembie speak at sentencing

A prosecutor's office employee holds back Leslie Gregg, of Brookpark, the uncle of Holly Dembie, during his outburst directed at William Dembie. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

William Dembie Jr., 45, was found guilty by county Common Pleas Judge Mark Belteski earlier this month of murder, felonious assault and domestic violence charges for the Aug. 11, 2011, slaying of Holly Dembie at the estranged couple’s Cowley Road home in Grafton Township. Betleski, who had cleared Dembie of a more serious aggravated murder Read More…

Amputee support group is only one of its kind in Lorain County

Members of The Next Step. FRONT ROW: From left, Ed Myslinski, Mike Gadbois, Steve Andresh, Richard Narrows, Patty Golobich, Annie Fullmer and Bill Hagelin. 
Back Row: Nicole Gowell, Austin Charanghat, Gordon Jamieson, Michelle Kroboth, Vince Ferrini, Constantina Demou and Tom Naylor. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

The Next Step, a new amputee support group, is helping Lorain County amputees deal with their emotional and physical trauma. “It’s more than getting them up and walking,” said therapist Michelle Kroboth, who works with group members at Mercy Health and Recreational Center in Amherst. “It’s getting them to live their lives again.” The group, Read More…

Christmas tree sales benefit endowment funds for local schools

Al DiVencenzo is showing off his Block “O” Christmas wreath for diehard Ohio State fans.

GRAFTON — The Internet, email, and lots of photos captured by cell phones have become an integral part of the annual “Scholarship Forest” Christmas tree-selling event put on by the Al DiVencenzo family to benefit schools, including those in North Ridgeville.
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Man found dead in ‘suspicious’ apartment fire


ELYRIA — Vernon Frye woke up Monday evening to the sounds of an argument at a neighbor’s apartment complex, which quickly became the scene of a possible explosion, a fire and the death of a 62-year-old man. Around 11 p.m. Monday, a fire broke out at a four-unit apartment complex at 341 East River St. Read More…

Fire destroys Elyria Township barn

An aerial truck sprays water into a burning pole barn after an overheated woodburning stove is suspected of starting a fire.

ELYRIA TWP. — A fire in a structure Monday burned through one of the cherished memories that Rebecca DeLapp had of her father, Kenneth Gall, who died in April. “That was his shop,” DeLapp said of the barn-turned-woodshop that burned down behind her house Monday. At about 2 p.m., a fire broke out in the Read More…