April 25, 2014

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Alcohol likely factor in fatal motorcycle crash

An Ohio Highway Patrolman investigates the scene of a double fatal collision involving a motorcycle and a Chevrolet Equinox on Grafton Road in Grafton Township on April 6. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

GRAFTON TWP. — Alcohol may have contributed to the deaths of a Columbia Station couple killed in an April 6 head-on crash. Motorcyclist Robert Willis Jr. had a blood alcohol content of 0.20 percent when he went left of center and struck a Chevrolet Equinox in front of 36781 Grafton Road about a half-mile north Read More…

Lorain Sunoco manager fighting to keep liquor permit

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How much are beer and wine sales contributing to crime in and around the Sunoco gas station at 2436 Broadway in Lorain? That was the subject of an Ohio Division of Liquor Control hearing in Elyria on Tuesday. City Council members in August recommended the division revoke the station’s liquor permit, saying liquor sales contribute Read More…

Lorain streets, parks manager leaving

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LORAIN — The man responsible for overseeing Lorain’s roads, parks and city equipment is leaving. Public Property Manager Hal Kendrick said Tuesday he is scheduled to become Cuyahoga Falls Schools’ director of operations May 27. “Lorain is a great place to work. They’re doing great things,” he said. “I was glad to be a part Read More…

UPDATED: Lorain district awards first round of bids for new high school

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LORAIN — And so it begins. With Monday’s awarding by Board of Education members of $57.5 million in construction bids, work on the new Lorain High School is expected to start next week. The project, at 2600 Ashland Ave., is the last in a 14-building, $208 million project that began in 2002. “We are on Read More…

Goodwill leader responds to allegations of theft

The head of Goodwill Industries of Lorain County said he hopes the organization’s reputation won’t be tarnished by allegations that Goodwill employees were stealing donations. “We take every accusation of theft seriously,” Goodwill CEO and President Steve Greenwell said Sunday. “Because any dollar that we lose to theft takes away from what our mission is, Read More…

Illustrator shows fans how their favorite children’s book characters are drawn

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LORAIN — They’re drawn to him. Jim Durk’s illustrations for “Clifford the Big Red Dog” and “Thomas the Tank Engine” books are beloved by children. Some of Durk’s younger fans gathered around him Thursday at the Lorain PublicLibrary System’s main branch as he showed them how it’s done. As he drew Clifford on a sketch Read More…

Planned Route 57 widening sparks debate in Grafton

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GRAFTON — Widening of state Route 57 from two to three lanes has caused a divide. County and village officials at a Wednesday public meeting attended by about 100 people stressed portions of the road will remain open during the seven-month, $4.62 million project. The 1.25-mile project is from the railroad tracks by the Harvest Read More…

Two Mercy Cancer Center doctors top Lorain County list for Medicare reimbursements

A new database from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reveals which doctors had the largest Medicare reimbursements. The database involves 880,000 doctors who received about $77 billion in reimbursements in 2012, according to the centers. “Data transparency is a key aspect of the health care delivery system,” said Marilyn Tavenner, centers administrator, in Read More…

Columbia Station couple remembered at vigil

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COLUMBIA STATION — Motorcycle crash victims Jolene and Robert Willis Jr. died doing what they loved. Friends and family of the Willises at a Wednesday memorial said the couple loved to ride and were frequently on the go. “I always referred to them as a couple of matches,” said Robert Willis Sr., father of Robert Read More…

Lorain likely to need help to resolve housing case backlog

LORAIN — Handling thousands of housing code prosecutions will require additional help, Lorain Municipal Court Judge Mark Mihok said Tuesday. Mihok said a part-time magistrate and part-time court clerk would likely need to be hired. Mihok said it was premature to say how much they will be paid. In 2012, Lorain established the Nuisance Inspection Read More…