August 5, 2015

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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…

Lorain Schools feud flares anew between board member, attorney

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LORAIN — In the latest salvo in a long-running feud between the two men, Board of Education attorney Anthony Giardini is questioning whether board member Jim Smith undermined the board regarding a lawsuit over last year’s Admiral King Elementary School gas leak. Giardini didn’t return calls Wednesday, but in an email to Smith, Giardini asked Read More…

Thousands gather in Lorain for fireworks show

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Nick Bena, of LaGrange, Anna Offineer, of Amherst, and  Brian Leach, of Elyria, gathered Saturday night at the Lorain Municipal Pier to watch the fireworks show.

LORAIN — “Ooh!” Aah!” Nothing commemorates a revolution like fireworks, and the thousands who gathered in and around downtown Lorain weren’t disappointed with the Independence Day celebration and display Saturday. Two-year-old Ava Williams sat in a stroller and on the lap of her father, Mario Williams, during the 15-minute display. Williams said this was the Read More…

Man awarded $643,000 in workplace accident judgment

A Sheffield Lake electrician whose attorney said he suffered permanent heel damage when he fell about 9 feet at a construction site in 2011 won a $643,000 judgment in Lorain County Common Pleas this week. Attorney Joseph Gioffre, who represents Shannon Green, said the award will make construction sites safer “by insuring that property owners, Read More…

Elyria first to celebrate the Fourth

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ELYRIA — America’s 239th birthday was celebrated three days early by thousands who watched a 25-minute fireworks display at West Park on Wednesday. Many families were among the crowd, including Matt Novosielski and Karel Taylor of Elyria, who brought their 3-year-old son, Landon, and 22-month-old daughter, Layla. The noise was too much for Layla, who Read More…

Signs with fatality statistics to debut, give drivers pause

Permanent and portable signs with local and state traffic death statistics and safe driving messages debut around Ohio this weekend. The signs are in response to a spike in road deaths halfway through the year compared with last year. Through Monday, there were 17 deaths on Lorain County roads, including the Ohio Turnpike, compared with Read More…