April 20, 2014

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Alleged carjacking ends with chase, two-car crash

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — An alleged carjacking in Elyria ended with the suspect crashing the stolen car into another car at the intersection of Center Ridge and Lear-Nagle roads in North Ridgeville, police said. Witness Debbie Jensch said she heard sirens as she was picking up her husband, Craig Jensch, a deliveryman at Hale’s Florist & Read More…

Kasich signs capital budget that gives $5.5 million to Lorain County projects

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A $2.4 billion capital budget signed into law Wednesday by Gov. John Kasich includes $5.5 million for 10 Lorain County projects. About $4.4 million is for two Lorain County Community College projects. Tracy Green, a college spokesman, said the $2.4 million Health Careers Building renovation will begin this summer and involve renovating laboratories for clinical Read More…

Cotton Club liquor permit not renewed

Anthony Barnhill manages the bar at the Cotton Club on East 28th Street in Lorain. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

LORAIN — Less than two years after opening, the Cotton Club is scheduled to close April 20 when its liquor permit expires due to rowdiness inside and around the bar. In a March 21 letter to club owner Antoinette Daniels Barnhill, Ohio Division of Liquor Control superintendent Bruce Stevenson rejected the permit renewal. Stevenson noted police Read More…

Lorain High School principal accepts new post

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LORAIN — Diane Conibear’s six years as Lorain High School principal included merging two high schools into one and later moving students into two temporary buildings. Conibear, who recently announced she will depart at the end of the school year in August, said the merger and move were the biggest challenges of her career. However, Read More…

Lorain school realignment likely postponed

LORAIN — School realignment, tentatively set to begin in August, will likely be postponed a year, Superintendent Tom Tucker told the Lorain Academic Distress Commission Monday. “We feel we need to do a lot more education next year,” Tucker said. “Spend more time explaining it and getting out there and working with (parents).” Tucker’s plan Read More…

Lorain police officer calms vicious dogs on the job, at animal shelter

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LORAIN — The dog whisperer carries a pistol, but rarely uses it. Police Officer Richard Broz relies on patience and instinct to win dogs over. “A lot of cops are afraid of dogs,” Broz said. “A dog growls at them and they think the dog’s going to attack them, and the dog gets shot.” Broz, Read More…

Severe winter costly for Lorain County, municipalities

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The severe winter chilled Lorain County and local budgets. Through Thursday, the area had nearly 80 inches of snowfall, according to Brian Mitchell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Cleveland office. The average winter snowfall — based on 30-year totals — is about 68 inches through Thursday. The 2012-13 winter total was 52 inches. Read More…

Crews rescue bird watcher from ice

An ambulance leaves the scene of a rescue that took place behind Jackalope's in Lorain on Wednesday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LORAIN — A Lorain woman who said she was bird watching Wednesday fell through ice and had to be rescued. Teresa Terry, 48, of the 500 block of Washington Avenue, was treated for hypothermia at Mercy Regional Medical Center after being rescued about 8:30 p.m., according to firefighters and police. The incident occurred east of Read More…

Clearview sets up makeup day plan

SHEFFIELD TWP. — A tentative plan to make up for school closings due to the severe weather was approved Wednesday by the Clearview Board of Education, Superintendent Jerome Davis said. Davis said the proposal has to be approved by the Clearview Education Association, which represents teachers. The proposal also has to be approved by the Read More…

Sherrod Brown targets South Korean steel dumping

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The distance between Seoul, South Korea, and Lorain is some 6,700 miles, but South Korean trade practices hit close to home. The 108 layoffs at U.S. Steel’s Lorain Tubular Operations in February were partially blamed on South Korea allegedly “dumping” steel on U.S. markets. Dumping refers to foreign nations subsidizing domestic industries such as steel. Read More…