July 28, 2015

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2 people found dead in North Ridgeville home identified

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Two people were found dead in a Laurel Circle home in what police said is an apparent murder-suicide. A Police Department news release said they received a 911 call at 1:24 a.m. today from a woman in the home and found a 62-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man dead there. The caller, Read More…

Lorain school board hears ex-custodians’ grievances

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LORAIN — Two fired Lorain High School custodians, who say they were falsely accused of stealing overtime in a racially motivated case, met behind closed doors with Board of Education members Wednesday. The union grievance hearings for Jose Colon Jr. and Bill Kopp took 3½ hours. Kopp was head custodian at the high school before Read More…

Lorain schools seek dismissal of Admiral King lawsuit over gas leak

LORAIN — The school district is asking that a lawsuit against it by an environmental contractor over the Admiral King Elementary School gas leak be dismissed. Anthony Giardini, Board of Education attorney, said Tuesday that a motion to dismiss was filed about three weeks ago in response to the May 7 suit filed in Portage Read More…

Woman killed in Route 18 crash

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WELLINGTON TWP. — A 75-year-old Wellington woman died in a head-on crash on state Route 18 between Pitts and Quarry roads about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Renate Thomas was westbound in a 2003 Ford Explorer when she drove left of center and struck an eastbound 1997 Ford F350 pickup driven by Kenneth Willbond, said Sgt. Tim Read More…

Lorain schools to see increase in state funds; new assistant superintendent hired

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LORAIN — Unofficial numbers from the Ohio School Board Association show Lorain Schools receiving about $80.2 million in state taxpayer money for the 2015-16 school year, according to Board of Education member Jim Smith, who announced the numbers at Monday’s board meeting. Lorain received $75.9 million in 2014-15. Smith said Lorain will receive about $85.1 Read More…

Lorain rental program lowers income threshold

LORAIN — The city’s rental assistance program has been changed to allow for people with lower incomes to be eligible. The previous ordinance allowed eligibility for those making up to 80 percent of the area median income in Lorain County of $66,100. The new ordinance allows eligibility for up to 50 percent. Under the new Read More…

Teen dies in fiery crash

LORAIN — A 17-year-old passenger died when a car crashed into a house at 426 Kansas Ave. about 12:40 a.m. Monday, police said. The northbound Honda Ulx was driven by 17-year-old Zachary Goodin and was speeding on Kansas Avenue before crashing, said crash investigator and police Officer Kyle Gelenius in a news release. Goodin, of Idaho Read More…

Police use of spike strips varies by department

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Tire deflation devices known as Stop Sticks or spike strips can end police pursuits, but deploying them puts officers at risk. Since their use began in 1996, at least 26 officers have been killed after being hit by cars while deploying the devices, according to FBI statistics. The deaths don’t include a Houston police officer Read More…

State to kick in for new Firelands school

HENRIETTA TWP — If voters approve a November bond issue for an approximately $32.8 million middle and high school, state taxpayers will pay 19 percent of the cost. The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission on Thursday agreed to pay $6.2 million of the cost, according to a news release from state Sen. Gayle Manning, R-North Ridgeville. Read More…

Lorain schools end year with bigger surplus than expected

LORAIN — The school district ended the school year with a $5.85 million surplus, Lorain Schools Treasurer Dale Weber said Thursday. Weber last year predicted the district in a worst-case scenario — which would’ve included no increase in state funding — would finish the year with a $2.85 million deficit. Weber attributed the surplus — Read More…