July 24, 2014

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Lorain County officials reject land donation for water retention basin

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COLUMBIA TWP. — Lorain County officials have turned down an offer from former county commissioner Mary Jo Vasi to donate five parcels of land she owns in the northeast portion of the township to help with flooding in the Parkwood Drive area. Vasi offered the land to the county in a May 31 letter, with Read More…

Lorain court losing its software support

LORAIN — City officials are considering suing Virginia-based AMCAD, which sold Lorain Municipal Court its court management software, after the company announced in June that it was shutting down the division that provided the software. The closure has left Clerk of Courts Lori Maiorana with a crumbling computer system she said her deputy clerks can Read More…

Probation workers file for union representation

ELYRIA — Employees at the Lorain County Adult Probation Department are working to form a union to represent them. The move isn’t being opposed by the county’s six General Division judges, who oversee the Probation Department, Administrative Judge James Burge said Monday. Burge said a unionized work force would improve communication of workplace issues between Read More…

Wellington police identify robbery suspect

A man suspected of robbing the LorMet Community Credit Union in Wellington is shown in a bank surveillance photo provided by the FBI.

WELLINGTON — Police have identified the man suspected of robbing the LorMet Community Credit Union in Wellington on Saturday. Wellington Police Chief Mike Barrett said an arrest warrant has been issued for James Wingard, 48, for robbery. Wingard is believed to be on the west side of Cleveland driving a black 1997 Chevy pickup truck Read More…

Robber hits Wellington credit union

A man suspected of robbing the LorMet Community Credit Union in Wellington is shown in a bank surveillance photo provided by the FBI.

WELLINGTON — The LorMet Community Credit Union in Wellington was robbed Saturday. Wellington Police Chief Mike Barrett said the robber entered the credit union, 216 N. Main St., shortly before noon and demanded money from a bank teller, who initially refused to give him any money. Barrett said the man then told the teller that Read More…

LorMet credit union in Wellington robbed

A man suspected of robbing the LorMet Community Credit Union in Wellington is shown in a bank surveillance photo provided by the FBI.

WELLINGTON — The LorMet Community Credit Union in Wellington was robbed Saturday. Wellington Police Chief Mike Barrett said the robber entered the credit union, 216 N. Main St., shortly before noon and demanded money from a bank teller, who initially refused to give him any money. Barrett said the man then told the teller that Read More…

Police: Death staged to look like suicide

AVON LAKE — Michael Gabel’s death three years ago was staged to look like a suicide, but following a lengthy investigation Avon Lake police now believe his estranged wife suffocated him with plastic wrap. Jeane Harrington, who was arrested Thursday on a murder charge, admitted to police that she used a stun gun on Gabel Read More…

Avon Lake Police: Death staged to look like suicide

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AVON LAKE — Michael Gabel’s death three years ago was staged to look like a suicide, but following a lengthy investigation Avon Lake police now believe his estranged wife suffocated him with plastic wrap. Jeane Harrington, who was arrested Thursday on a murder charge, admitted to police that she used a stun gun on Gabel Read More…

Lundy, Williams discuss debate formats

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ELYRIA — State Rep. Matt Lundy, D-Elyria, has challenged Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams to two debates that would be moderated by journalists and broadcast on local radio stations. Williams, a Republican whose re-election bid is being challenged by Lundy, said he has no problem with the two debates, but he also maintains that he’d Read More…

Lorain County gets new alert system

ELYRIA — Lorain County commissioners have purchased a reverse 911 system that they say will help communications during emergencies. Commissioner Lori Kokoski said that in the case of a tornado, for instance, the system will be able to send warnings through texts and emails for people to take shelter. She said in the summer many Read More…