July 31, 2014


Lorain authority board OK’d Roverfest profanities

T-Pain performs at Black River Landing during Roverfest as an audience member crowd-surfs near the stage. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

LORAIN — F-bombs were dropped onstage at Saturday’s Roverfest concert at Black River Landing, but no one took shelter. The profanity probably came as no surprise to fans of the annual Cleveland-area concert, which features sometimes raunchy rap, strippers and plenty of beer. The show was hosted by Cleveland-based WMMS-FM radio shock jock Shane “Rover” Read More…

Woman shot in elbow at Lorain gas station

LORAIN — A driver shot in the left arm Friday while parked at a gas station believes she was the victim of a freak accident or random attack. “I don’t have any enemies,” the woman said Tuesday. “I’m a quiet person. I (keep) to myself.” The 37-year-old Lorain woman, who asked not to be identified Read More…

Lorain eyes future events at Black River Landing

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LORAIN — The $5,200 rental fee the Lorain Port Authority received for Saturday’s Roverfest concert was a fraction of the ticket revenue, but Rick Novak isn’t complaining. Novak said the concert’s long-term benefits will exceed the rental fee. Because the show at Black River Landing occurred with no major hitches, Novak said the site is Read More…

FitzGerald: Middle class, poor left behind

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SHEFFIELD TWP. — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald on Sunday accused Republican Gov. John Kasich of balancing the budget on the backs of local governments. Analyzing state statistics, One Ohio Now, a liberal policy group, estimates local governments and schools have lost $1.86 billion in state taxpayer aid between the 2010-11 fiscal year and 2014-15. That Read More…

Lorain Council rejects improvement plan for flood-prone road

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  LORAIN — Dayton Avenue residents drive slowly on the road to avoid potholes during normal conditions, and speed up to avoid getting stuck when the road frequently floods. Dayton runs from West 32nd Street to West 38th Street in South Lorain between Lexington Avenue, Oakdale Avenue and Oakdale Boulevard in a flood-prone area of Read More…

Lorain open to allowing homeless shelter to remain at site

St. Joseph Homeless Shelter may be closing its doors at midnight Monday  because of disputes with the city over fire codes. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LORAIN — The St. Joseph Overnight Homeless Shelter will likely stay put. In February, the Zoning Board of Appeals approved Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Cleveland’s plan to relocate from 317 W. 15th St., to the former Horizon Daycare center at 205 W. 14th St. Catholic Charities agreed to invest $350,000 to $400,000 to Read More…

Sheffield Township seeking funds to address flooding problems


SHEFFIELD TWP. — Denise Szabo-Ortiz worries when it rains. Szabo-Ortiz’s basement at 4220 Clifton Ave. has flooded twice since 2011 despite two sump pumps and a backup electrical generator there. When up to five inches of rain fell on Lorain County in an intense May 12 thunderstorm, Szabo-Ortiz said she sustained $15,000 in damage including Read More…

World War II soldier from Sheffield Lake to be honored in France

State Reps. Matt Lundy, left, and Dan Ramos, with Nicholas Turner, right, staff assistant for U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, present flags to Paula Forma, niece of Sgt. Paul Risko, at Lorain City Hall on Monday.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD LAKE — Seventy years after Sgt. Paul Risko was killed in World War II, residents of the French town he was helping liberate will honor the Sheffield Lake resident. The July 30 ceremony in Pont-de-la-Roque in northern France also will honor the French teenager who found Risko’s body. Claude le Souquet, now 87, will Read More…

Lorain hiring goals change for women, minorities

LORAIN — City Council members on Monday increased hiring goals for local residents, minorities and women for city projects of $250,000 or more.
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Dredging considered at Lorain’s flood-prone Martin’s Run

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LORAIN — Standing on Whispering Pines Place on a sunny Tuesday, it was hard to imagine that residents were waist deep in water two months earlier. When a May 12 thunderstorm dropped up to 5 inches of rain on Lorain County in five hours, about 3 feet of water flooded the cul-de-sac off Cooper Foster Read More…