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Elyria Catholic students remember classmate, Lorain agency helps families split by immigration raid, fire destroys Eaton Township house

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    A house burns during a fire in Eaton Township on June 11.


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    Members of the Elyria Catholic Soccer team paint a rock at the school to memorialize their friend and teammate Jakob Hwang who died after a battle with cancer.


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    An excavator knocks down the goal post at Ely Stadium on Tuesday. the track has been removed and part of the visitors stands have been demolished.


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    Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, left, and coach Hue Jackson talk Tuesday during minicamp practice in Berea.


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    Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James watches in the first half of Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Friday in Cleveland.



    Thelma Cruz, a licensed social worker, community and health coordinator, and mental health navigator with El Centro loads boxes of diapers into the van that will be taken to help families affected by the immigration raids that took place in Erie County earlier this week.


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    Thelma Cruz, community and health coordinator and mental health navigator with El Centro de Servicios Sociales, loads boxes of diapers, toys and a car seat donated by Carolyn Moes, of Vermilion, into a van that will be taken to help families affected by the immigration raids that took place in Sandusky earlier this week.


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    Victor Leandry, director of El Centro in Lorain, speaks at a news conference Thursday at El Centro.


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To keep the sports theme going, Browns minicamp got underway this week, and that means that has been bringing you updates on the season to come.  Check out Scott Petrak’s insider’s view of how things look so far, including Josh Gordon’s one-day-at-a-time journey on and off the field. Don’t even ask me about LeBron James, but  our Rick Noland has a few ideas about how the King’s summer might play out

In case you missed it

The Monday death of Elyria Catholic High School graduate Jakob Hwang is a tragic story as the 18-year-old lost an almost two year battle against non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, but take a minute to read about how students remembered their friend and classmate. If you are among the hundreds of Elyria residents that are anticipating the day when the Elyria High School Pioneers kick off at a new multi-million dollars sports complex, you will want to read about a guarantee from contractors that the facility will be ready for opening day on Aug. 24. Lastly, this week Elyria Reporter Lisa Roberson stepped outside her beat for a heartwarming story about two mothers coming together at an Oberlin homeless shelter, where one mother gave birth to a premature infant with the help of another mother. There is even video with that story with Elisha Wesley recounting how she helped Juquala Owens birth her new daughter.

-- Lisa Roberson 

Avon Lake approved two ordinances prohibiting tobacco use in the city on Monday — one effective immediately at parks and beaches, the other effective Jan. 1, 2019 for all city buildings. No one was injured in a four-vehicle accident  at state routes 252 and 82 Wednesday. And El Centro de Servicios Sociales Inc. in Lorain collected diapers, food and personal hygiene items Saturday for the families caught up in the June 5 immigration raids in Huron County.

— Carissa Woytach

The week started off with a terrible fire at a Eaton Township home on Flint Ridge Estates on Monday. Homeowner Sandy Feiten said she was alone in her home located on 11178 Arrowhead Drive when she heard something like crackling and the next thing she knew the house was going up in flames. The fire was exacerbated by the oxygen tanks in the home that led to four explosions. Sandy and her husband have taken the tragedy in stride, trying to start again with the generosity of loved ones. On Thursday, a man died shortly after getting hit by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 90. According to an Ohio State Highway Patrol press release, witnesses say Douglas Clarke, 58, of North Ridgeville, was outside his vehicle before he entered the eastbound lanes of the highway. The reason why he did this is still unknown. And lastly, the St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Lorain received a visit from the relics—a cheek and rib—from its patron Saint on Thursday.

— Bruce Walton

The City of Lorain could be taking possession of the dilapidated Broadway Building next week as part of a process to obtain tax increment financing for the building. At a year-in-review town hall meeting, Lorain Schools CEO David Hardy said he isn’t expecting a giant boost in the district’s report card scores. Youngstown Schools, the only other district in the state to have a CEO because of state House Bill 70, received the first draft of a review from the Ohio Department of Education this week, which lawmakers form across northern Ohio condemned.

— Katie Nix

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