March 2, 2015

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Lorain Council passes lab cleanup measure

LORAIN — City Council members passed an ordinance Monday designed to get taxpayers off the hook for cleanup costs of illegal drug labs. Property owners are now responsible for cleanups, and the ordinance language includes a more-specific definition of owner than the previous ordinance, which some Council members said lacked specifics. The original language defined Read More…

Lorain County parents, teachers discuss Common Core testing turmoil at forum

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SOUTH AMHERST — Thousands of Lorain County students will take annual state tests beginning Tuesday. However, a small but vocal minority of parents are refusing to allow their children to participate, contending test preparation is excessive and detracts from learning. “I feel if I don’t stand up for my kids, nobody will,” Wendy Hutsenpiller, a Read More…

UPDATED: 57-year-old homeowner dies in Avon Lake fire

AVON LAKE – The fire at a home at 120 Forest Hill Drive on Saturday that killed homeowner David Teller was the third in the home in nine years. Teller, 57, is believed to have died of smoke inhalation, said Lorain County Coroner Stephen Evans. Firefighters, who were called at 9:39 p.m. Saturday, found flames Read More…

Commission backs city’s response to improper comments

LORAIN — William Donohue said remarks about putting nooses on people’s necks, shooting employees to save money and dumping an employee’s body in a lake were jokes, but they were no laughing matter to some of the former Lorain Utilities Department director’s employees. An Ohio Civil Rights Commission report released Thursday details the comments that Read More…

Carlisle Township property owners: Sewer assessment would be too pricey

WELLINGTON — A $361,000 sanitary sewer installation in Carlisle Township’s Carrington Estates subdivision that would include $24,726 assessments to 16 property owners is being considered by the Lorain County Rural Wastewater District. The cost estimate was prepared for LORCO by Avon Lake Regional Water which also prepared preliminary engineering designs, according to the proposal documents. Read More…

Standoff on Lake Avenue ends peacefully

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ELYRIA — A standoff between police and a man in a home at 1207 Lake Ave. near Courtland Street ended peacefully after about two hours. At 4:18 p.m., eight members of the police SWAT team armed with semiautomatic rifles began moving in tight formation to the front of the home. They broke a front window Read More…

Civil War buff to discuss Oberlin-Wellington Slave Rescue

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LORAIN — For 20 years, Civil War buff Ron Gorman said he traveled around the East Coast visiting Civil War sites before realizing one of the most important battles occurred before the war and close to his home. The battle was for the freedom of John Price, an 18-year-old runaway slave from Kentucky, who was Read More…

Lorain’s First Evangelical Lutheran Church plots future

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LORAIN — A decision on the new First Evangelical Lutheran Church is expected by month’s end, according to the church’s pastor. The Rev. Jimmy Madsen said Sunday that parishioners are deciding whether to build a new church or relocate to a former church building. If a new church is built, a decision hasn’t been made Read More…

Lorain County Association of Realtors president disputes Lorain sales stats

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LORAIN — Housing sales increased 67 percent last year in Lorain compared with 2013, but Geoff Lloyd, Lorain County Association of Realtors president, said the statistics are misleading. The increase occurred in the first year of point-of-sale housing inspections. The inspections require buyers or sellers to rectify violations before sales are allowed with escrow accounts Read More…

UPDATED: Car hits Elyria dance studio

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ELYRIA — The driver who struck The Hive, a yoga dance studio at 100 Fourth St., about 2:10 p.m. Sunday, is suspected of overdosing on heroin. Jack Chavalia Jr. was treated with Narcan, a nasal spray that revives heroin overdose victims, after being pulled from his Ford Contour, said Assistant Fire Chief Tim Mitchell. Narcan Read More…