December 21, 2014

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Widow sues Republic Steel companies over husband’s death

Frank Johnson Sr.

LORAIN — In the last six years of his life, fatal accident victim Frank Johnson Sr. worried about the condition of railroad tracks at Republic Steel where he had worked since 1969, his widow said. On Thursday, Debbie Johnson sued Republic’s railroad companies, Republic N&T Railroad Inc. and PAV Railroad Inc. The lawsuit alleges the Read More…

UPDATED: Tax credits awarded to revive Spitzer hotel

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LORAIN — From eyesore to eye-catching. That’s the vision of developers for the former Spitzer Plaza Hotel, which they want to convert to upscale apartments for tenants 55 and older. The proposal got a boost Thursday with the award of a $440,203 tax credit from the Ohio Development Services Agency. Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits Read More…

County leader likely to oversee Lorain Health Department temporarily

LORAIN — A temporary Lorain health commissioner may be named next month. Mayor Chase Ritenauer said Wednesday that Dave Covell, Lorain County health commissioner, likely will be appointed temporary commissioner at the Lorain District Municipal Board of Health’s Jan. 21 meeting. Ritenauer is chairman and a nonvoting member of the board, which met Wednesday. Board Read More…

Lorain’s dog catcher to stay for now

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LORAIN — Police Officer Rick Broz will keep making collars — of the two- and four-legged variety. Police were planning to relieve Broz of his new dogcatcher duties on Jan. 1 in response to a grievance filed by United Steel Workers Local 6621, which represents all city workers except firefighters and police. The dogcatcher position Read More…

Lorain police officer to be relieved of dog catching duties

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LORAIN — The dog whisperer is speaking out. Police Officer Rick Broz, Lorain’s dog catcher since Nov. 24, said Lorain’s municipal union is barking up the wrong tree by filing a grievance over his new job. Broz said Tuesday that he was told by his union president, police Officer Kyle Gelenius, that a grievance was Read More…

Lorain seeks new health commissioner

LORAIN — The Lorain City Health Department is seeking a new health commissioner. Kathy Boylan, Elyria health commissioner, served as Lorain’s commissioner in addition to her Elyria duties from 2011 until Dec. 1. Mayor Chase Ritenauer said Boylan left because the Elyria and Lorain health departments couldn’t reach a written agreement specifying Boylan’s duties and Read More…

Lorain Council OKs tax breaks for developers

LORAIN — Several million dollars worth of tax breaks for the developers of a housing and adjacent retail complex on Jaeger Road were approved by City Council members Monday. The Bouman Group LLC and Jovic LLC will operate tax free the first 10 years after completion of the complexes and receive a 75-percent abatement for Read More…

Lorain councilman resigning year before term expires

Tony Richardson

LORAIN — Councilman Tony Richardson, D-at-large, on Monday announced his resignation effective Dec. 31, a year before his term expires. The 32-year-old Richardson, who took office in 2012, thanked supporters at Monday’s City Council meeting for the “amazing opportunity” to serve. “I took some bumps. I learned a lot of things,” said Richardson, who was Read More…

70 years ago, Grafton resident survived deadly Battle of the Bulge

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GRAFTON — Seventy years ago, Army Pfc. Bill Beckett needed help from above to survive a suicide mission in Bastogne, Belgium. Beckett and another member of the 101st Airborne were handed a bazooka and five shells and ordered to stop seven advancing German Panzer tanks. Before they came within range, Beckett said P-47 and P-51 Read More…

UPDATED: Search near Cascade Park ends safely

The Lorain County Swift Water Rescue team broke up into threes teams to search after a call came in about a possible jumper off the Lake Avenue bridge in Elyria. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — A search of Cascade Park by Fire Department Water Rescue Team members Thursday night was called off after the man they were looking for was found unharmed outside the park. At 7:32 p.m., a woman called police and said she thought a man in a hooded sweatshirt may have jumped from the Lake Read More…