August 20, 2014

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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

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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…

Lorain proposal increases inspectors’ authority

LORAIN — The city’s fight against blight may get more ammunition. A proposed ordinance scheduled to go before the City Council on Monday would allow building and housing inspectors to become special auxiliary police officers. The approximately 60-officer auxiliary police force would be allowed to issue minor misdemeanor citations for housing-code or quality-of-life violations, such Read More…

UPDATED: Lorain shooting suspect arrested

Morgan Geiger

LORAIN — A Lorain man is accused of firing a gun during a domestic dispute around midnight. Morgan Geiger was arrested and charged with felonious assault, discharging a firearm within city limits and obstructing official business. Geiger, of the 2600 block of Reeves Avenue, was being held at the Lorain City Jail early this morning. Read More…

Lorain school administrators ‘bumping rights’ eliminated

LORAIN — Seniority protections for Lorain Schools administrators during layoffs, known as “bumping rights,” have been eliminated by the district’s Academic Distress Commission. A July 1 commission resolution said the state academic takeover law allows for elimination to ensure “high quality staff in the most effective positions.” The three-year contract for the Lorain Administrators Association, Read More…

Ga. man recovering after stabbing in Lorain

LORAIN — A 20-year-old man is recovering from stab wounds Sunday. Police wouldn’t release a report on the stabbing Monday or say whether anyone was arrested, but the victim’s aunt identified him as Jodeci Daniels. Asia Kilgore said her nephew was visiting from Atlanta and had been living at her home at 1662 E. 30th Read More…

Sheffield Village Council raises sewer rates

SHEFFIELD — Village Council members approved a sewer rate increase at their Monday meeting. Monthly rates increase from $4.57 to $5.62 per 1,000 gallons used, a $12.60 annual increase. Monthly maintenance fees increase from $1.07 to $1.95, a $10.56 annual increase. The increases take effect Oct. 1. The increases were calculated based on the last Read More…