January 25, 2015

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Former Elyria firefighter indicted on theft charges

Jeffrey Castle

ELYRIA — An Elyria firefighter who resigned after being accused of stealing cleaning supplies from the Fire Department has been indicted. Jeffrey Castle, 53, is charged with theft and theft in office, according to the indictment handed down this week. Castle resigned in November just hours before the city was due to hold a disciplinary Read More…

Bill Grace pulls petitions for Elyria mayoral primary

Bill Grace

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Former Elyria Mayor Bill Grace has pulled petitions to run in the Democratic primary against Mayor Holly Brinda, who unseated him four years ago. Grace largely declined to comment Thursday on what the focus of his campaign would be. “I do intend to file for the office, and I will make the Read More…

County Democrats choose new clerk, Lorain Council member

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LORAIN — Tom Orlando has been selected by his fellow Democrats to replace Ron Nabakowski as Lorain County clerk of courts. Orlando, who served as bailiff for county Domestic Relations Judge Frank Janik, beat out Nabakowski’s choice for the job, Acting Clerk Beverly Bullocks Beidleman, in the two-person race. Democrats from Lorain also met Wednesday Read More…

Landowners affected by NEXUS pipeline ask county to help

ELYRIA — A group of Lorain County landowners whose properties will be affected by the proposed NEXUS pipeline on Wednesday asked the county commissioners to back their efforts to reroute the natural gas pipeline. “The pipeline is a bad idea in so many ways,” said Richard Baumgartner, a Westlake resident who owns property in Grafton Read More…

UPDATED: Lorain County Commissioners weigh $9 million Amtrak project

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ELYRIA — Lorain County commissioners are moving forward with engineering on a proposed $9 million passenger platform at the county’s Transportation Center in downtown Elyria. The project, which has the backing of Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda, would see the construction of an enclosed bridge spanning the two tracks running by the refurbished train depot. It Read More…

Federal child porn case begins against Elyria man

Douglas Kushen

A federal child pornography charge against an Elyria man accused of possessing a large trove of graphic sexual material has been unsealed. Doug Kushen, 44, appeared briefly in U.S. District Court on Tuesday and was ordered held in federal custody until another hearing later this month. Kushen originally faced 20 state charges related to the Read More…

Veterans sue over funding cut by Lorain County Commissioners

ELYRIA — The Lorain County Veterans Service Commission sued the county commissioners on Tuesday, accusing them of improperly reducing the amount of money budgeted for veterans services this year. County Budget Director Lisa Hobart said Veterans Services requested just shy of $3.2 million, but the commissioners removed a $1.3 million line item dedicated to rent, Read More…

Property tax rates changing across Lorain County

ELYRIA — Tax rates are changing for homeowners across the county, although where the property is located will determine whether those rates go up or down, Lorain County Auditor Craig Snodgrass said Friday. Snodgrass said 25 of the county’s 62 taxing districts will see their rates drop, while the other 37 taxing districts will see Read More…

Man sent back to prison for Facebook post loses bid for release

A Lorain man sent back to prison for a Facebook post a judge called “outrageous” lost a bid Thursday to be released again. Ryan Fye was ordered jailed in December by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Richard McMonagle after the judge determined Fye violated the terms of his probation by posting a Facebook post in Read More…

Trustee says anonymous note told him mother’s money went to wrong township

ELYRIA — Wellington Township was mistakenly paid $153,554.75 in estate taxes that should have gone to Pittsfield Township and Danbury Township in Ottawa County. Wellington Township officials said Thursday they have agreed to return the money, which the township was sent in August 2012, to Lorain County Auditor Craig Snodgrass’ office so it can be Read More…