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Elyria Chronicle Telegram (Newspaper) - March 30, 2015, Elyria, Ohio Cyan A1 Magenta A1 Yellow A1 Black A1 Cyan A1 Magenta A1 Yellow A1 Black A1 MAPLE TIME LOCAL & STATE, B1 Teens tap into sweet reward MR. BASKETBALL SPORTS, D1 Lorain’s Devon Andrews wins High of 48. Low of 36. Forecast on A6 BREEZY, CHILLY W W W . C H R O N I C L E T . C O M ADVICE ............ C2 CLASSIFIEDS.... E1 COMICS ........ F2- 3 MOVIES................ C2 OBITUARIES........ B2 OPINION .......... B4 SPORTS............ D1 YOURTOWN........ B3 INDEX MONDAY, March 30, 2015 75 ¢ 7 DAYS AWEEK HOME DELIVERY Evan Goodenow The Chronicle- Telegram NORTH RIDGEVILLE— Those who gathered at a Sunday candlelit vigil for Rachel Tyburski didn’t know her, but they said they wanted to honor her memory and show solidarity with relatives. “ We just felt this was the most wonderful thing we could do for her family to show our love from our community,” vigil organizer Charlotte Worcester told about 45 people who gathered at a gazebo at South Central Park. “ The outpouring of people and calls and emails and text messages is just overwhelming.” Tyburski, 26, of Lakewood, was found dead March 15 at a Victory Lane construction site in a cul- de- sac next to Victory Sports Park. The death hasn’t been ruled a homicide, but Lorain County Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans called the death suspicious Sunday. He said bruises were found on Tyburski’s head and chest and Tyburski was dead at least 24 hours before being found. The location where Tyburski was found is near Interstate 480 and police suspect her body was left at the site. The death remained under investigation Sunday night, said police Lt. Vince Abt. Residents said they were shocked about the body being found in North Ridgeville, a city of some 31,000. Violent crime is unusual. The last homicide was in 2010. “ We’re a small community,” said vigil co- organizer Mary Gerhart. “ Things like this just don’t happen out here.” VICTIM FUND Funds have been established to help the family of suspected homicide victim Rachele Tyburski. Checks can be sent in Tyburski’s name to First Federal Savings & Loan, 1392 Warren Road, Lakewood, OH 44107. Online donations to benefit her 4- year- old son can be made at gofundme. com/ Bennett- sCareFund. Tyburski Ridgeville holds vigil for woman found dead See VIGIL, A2 8 pets die in fire ANNA NORRIS / CHRONICLE Amherst firefighters clean up following a Sunday house fire at 45730 North Ridge Road in Amherst. Dorothee Thiesing The Associated Press MONTABAUR, Germany — The pastor of the Lutheran church in Andreas Lubitz’s hometown said Sunday that the community stands by him and his family, despite the fact that prosecutors blame the 27- year- old co- pilot for causing the plane crash that killed 150 people in southern France. The town of Montabaur has been rattled by the revelation that Lubitz, who first learned to fly at a nearby glider club, may have intentionally caused Tuesday’s crash of Germanwings Flight 9525. “ For us, it makes it particularly difficult that the only victim from Montabaur is suspected to have caused this tragedy, this crash — although this has not been finally confirmed, but a lot is indicating that — and we have to face this,” pastor Michael Dietrich said. He spoke to The Associated Press after holding a church service Sunday to commemorate the crash victims and support their families. “ The co- pilot, the family belong to our community, and we stand by this, and we embrace them and will not hide this, and want to support the family in particular,” Dietrich said. He added that there is no direct contact with the family at the moment, but that he believes they are receiving good assistance. French prosecutors haven’t questioned the family yet “ out of decency and respect for their pain,” Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said. Authorities are trying to understand what made Lubitz lock his fellow pilot out Pastor says community supports co- pilot, family GERMANWINGS CRASH See CO- PILOT, A2 Evan Goodenow The Chronicle- Telegram LORAIN — The group that builds homes needs one. Habitat for Humanity of Lorain County is seeking a new location for its ReStore, 214 E. 34th St., off Elyria Avenue. Rent for the building, which sells used appliances and building equipment to fund building new homes for the needy, increased in March from $ 700 to $ 1,200 per month. The increase came despite a leaky roof and prolonged cooling and heating problems. Ralph DeJesus, store manager, said leaks have been occurring since 2012 and worsen when it rains or snows. An approximately 30- by- 12- foot pool of water about a half- inch deep was in the plumbing and toiletry area Thursday. A trash bin held 30 to 40 gallons of water in the warehouse. “ We call it the indoor pool,” DeJesus said of the leak in the plumbing and toiletry area. “ The other area is just the splash pond.” The ReStore opened in 2010. The building in December was conveyed for free from Gross Enterprises to Our Lady of the Wayside Inc., an Avon nonprofit that helps mentally disabled adults and children. Kelly LaRosa, Habitat executive director, said the group chose not to try to buy the building because it couldn’t afford the roughly $ 250,000 in needed repairs. LaRosa said she understands paying $ 700 per month for an approximately 22,000- squarefoot building was a great deal, but she said the hike is exorbitant. LaRosa said Terry Davis, Our Lady CEO and president, originally sought $ 2,000 per month in rent, but she was able to get him to agree to $ 1,200. LaRosa said the increase detracts from efforts to build homes. The Elyria- based group has built 42 homes in the county since the Lorain County chapter formed in 1988. It is planning to finish two more in Elyria next month. “ Our purpose is to generate income for houses,” she said. “ At that rate, we’re just paying the landlord rent.” Davis said he’s sympathetic to Habitat for Humanity seeks home of its own See HOME, A2 Evan Goodenow The Chronicle- Telegram AMHERST — Faulty front porch light electrical wiring is believed to have caused a fire that badly damaged a home at 45730 North Ridge Road, according to Assistant Fire Chief Jim Wilhelm. No one was hurt in the fire called in at 12: 36 p. m. Sunday, but five cats and three birds died. Homeowner Michael Tyson said he was home alone watching television about 12: 35 p. m. when he saw a shadow by the front door. “ I thought somebody was at the front door,” he said. “ Then I saw the flames burning on the front porch.” Tyson said he called 911. By the end of the call, Tyson said his home, which he moved into in 2002, was filled with thick smoke. The 62- year- old retired Ford Motor Co. worker said he was forced to run out the back door. “ I had to get out,” Tyson said. “ Those flames were up to the top of my porch. I figured there was nothing I could do.” Wilhelm said Amherst firefighters, assisted by colleagues from Elyria Township, arrived at 12: 42 p. m. The fire, which spread to the attic of the two- floor, wood- frame home, was contained about 1: 15 p. m. and put out at 2: 09 p. m. Wilhelm said a sixth cat was resuscitated by firefighters and taken to a veterinarian. Tyson, who said he has homeowner’s insurance, said the American Red Cross Lake Erie chapter is assisting him and his wife with temporary housing. Wilhelm estimated the fire caused about $ 125,000 in structural damage and $ 75,000 to belongings. The 1,600- squarefoot home, which is valued at nearly $ 89,000, was built in 1900, according to the Lorain County Auditor’s website. Wilhelm said the home’s balloon- frame construction, which makes flames shoot up into the top of homes during fires, made extinguishing the fire more difficult. Contact Evan Goodenow at 329- 7129 or egoodenow@ chroniclet. com Homeowners uninjured but displaced by blaze AMHERST HOME DESTROYED

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