April 28, 2015

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Return of pension incentives a possibility for Rural Water workers

LAGRANGE — The Rural Lorain County Water Authority is considering bringing back a discontinued retirement incentive program in which the organization buys additional years of service for employees to speed up their access to retirement benefits and increase the value of their pensions. The program paid out nearly $1.9 million on behalf of 15 Rural Read More…

South Amherst fiscal clerk quits amid probe

SOUTH AMHERST — Kim Green resigned Tuesday as South Amherst’s clerk/treasurer and is the target of a criminal investigation for allegedly stealing large sums of money from the village. Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said the amount of missing money appears to be well into the six-figure range, but he and South Amherst Police Chief Read More…

ELECTION 2015: Brinda outspending Grace in Elyria mayoral primary

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda is vastly outspending former Mayor Bill Grace in the Democratic primary, according to campaign finance reports that were due Thursday at the Lorain County Board of Elections. Brinda, who defeated Grace four years ago, has spent $21,048 so far on her campaign and received another $2,335 in in-kind Read More…

AFL-CIO endorsements include two not on ballot

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LORAIN — The Lorain County AFL-CIO Federation of Labor has issued its political endorsements for the year, including for two men who aren’t on the ballot. The labor organization endorsed Tim Carrion, who is president of the Coalition for Hispanic/Latino Issues and Progress for mayor of Lorain and its own president, Harry Williamson, for Lorain Read More…

Retired Lorain police officer not charged for five days after leaving scene of Amherst accident

AMHERST — A retired Lorain police officer wrecked his car last week and then left the scene, according to an Amherst police report. Fred Breeding II, 48, wasn’t cited until five days after the April 14 crash, when he was issued charges for failure to control and leaving the scene of the accident, the report Read More…

Midview grad victim in apparent Cleveland double murder-suicide

A Midview High School graduate was one of two women killed in what Cleveland police have described as a double murder-suicide Tuesday. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office identified one of the victims as 19-year-old Amanda House, who Midview Schools Superintendent Scott Goggin said graduated from Midview in 2013. “Our collective heart is broken,” Goggin Read More…

Lorain mayor offered land sites to Bendix

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LORAIN — Mayor Chase Ritenauer proposed three potential sites in the city of Lorain to Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems where the company could relocate its current Elyria corporate headquarters. Ritenauer sent the information to Bendix on March 23, nearly a month after the company announced that it was leaving Elyria, where it has been based Read More…

Judge rejects lawsuit targeting Oberlin firearms ordinances

ELYRIA — A county judge has shot down a lawsuit against the city of Oberlin challenging an ordinance that makes it illegal for those who aren’t allowed to have guns to carry weapons in the city’s parks. In a decision handed down this week, Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Raymond Ewers ruled that in its Read More…

EPA: Black River ‘Area of Concern’ could be shrinking

ELYRIA — The vicinity around the Black River considered by the federal government to be an environmental “Area of Concern” could be shrinking. The present boundary encompasses the entire Black River watershed, including French Creek, but Ted Conlin of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency told the Lorain County commissioners Wednesday that environmental officials want to Read More…

Ohio Supreme Court suspends Burge’s law license

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge prepares to give his closing statement to the jury during his trial Wednesday at the Lorain County Justice Center in Elyria. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended the law license of Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge. The court order came a day after Burge sent Gov. John Kasich a letter of resignation, which will take effect Monday. “It’s something that I expected,” Burge said Wednesday after the order was handed down Read More…