April 1, 2015


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


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


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

Geoffrey Lloyd

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


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…

UPDATED: Two Lorain residents killed in train crash


EATON TWP. — Dan Draeger said he was shocked when the car in front of him drove through the railroad crossing at the intersection of Avon Belden Road (state Route 83) and Capel Road about 5:10 p.m. Thursday. Draeger said driver Jawad Al-Nimer slowed down but went through the crossing despite the gates being down, Read More…

Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer may face 2 challengers in November

Chase Ritenauer

LORAIN — Incumbent Democratic Mayor Chase Ritenauer faces a Republican challenger and possibly two independents in November. The Republican challenger is Jessie Tower and Ritenauer may also face Tim Carrion or Desmond Carter, who said they plan to run as independents. Wednesday was the deadline for Democrats and Republicans to turn in petition signatures. Independents Read More…

Forum discusses lack of Lorain County public transportation


ELYRIA — A 0.25 percent sales tax raising $8 million annually is needed to jumpstart Lorain County’s public transportation system. That was the contention of expert Tim Rosenberger, who spoke before about 80 people at a transportation forum at Lorain County Community College in Elyria on Wednesday. Rosenberger, transportation planner for Parsons Brickerhoff, an international Read More…

Lorain parking ban in effect


LORAIN — A citywide snow parking ban took effect in Lorain at 7 p.m. today, according to a news release from Safety/Service Director Robert Fowler. Street parking is banned until further notice to allow for more efficient. Violators may be ticketed or towed. This is the first winter that a citywide ban is in effect Read More…