August 20, 2014

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Lorain Schools trying for levy in November

LORAIN — Board of Education members have decided they can’t fight City Hall. Board members last month conditionally approved seeking a 1-percent earned income tax in August with a 2-mill drop in property taxes, if the tax was approved. A phone survey of about 360 residents by Oberlin College students showed support for the tax, Read More…

Lorain Council ponders burned mystery home

A burned-out house at 476 W. Sixth St. is seen Monday. (CT photo by Evan Goodenow.)

LORAIN — City officials say the burned out house at 476 W. Sixth St. typifies their headaches with foreclosed buildings. The two-floor, wood-frame house across the street from the Lorain Public Library System’s main branch was vacant when it burned April 24. Firefighters suspected a power line struck by a falling tree hit the roof Read More…

Nancy Smith’s daughter charged with assault

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LORAIN — For years, Lorain resident Amber Bronish has been trying to exonerate her mother, Nancy Smith, who was convicted in the 1994 Head Start child molestation case. Bronish now has her own troubles with the law. Bronish, 33, of the 1300 block of Ashland Avenue, was arrested Sunday and charged with assault and burglary Read More…

New developer takes a chance on downtown

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With big ambitions and seemingly deep pockets, Tacoma, Wash., developer Gary Davis is hoping to help rejuvenate downtown Lorain. “This is going to be just awesome and beautiful when it comes back to life,” Davis said last week during a tour of the Gardens of Charleston, the 28-unit upscale apartment building he is developing at Read More…

Police: Deaths linked to bad heroin

Five fatal overdoses in 10 days have authorities worried about a batch of highly potent or poorly cut heroin. “We want to nip this in the bud to stop people from dying,” Dr. Stephen Evans, Lorain County coroner, said Friday. “It’s either purer than normal or it’s cut with something more toxic.” Evans said there Read More…

No injuries in kitchen fire

ELYRIA — No one was hurt in a fire in a home at 11608 West Ridge Road, off of Russia Road, called in around 4:25 p.m. Friday. Resident Ryan Huber said she left the stove on while she went to pick up her niece around 4 p.m. Huber said her fiance John Lauer, a Carlisle Read More…

Unpaid care weighing down EMH’s books

ELYRIA — Despite losing $6.5 million last year, the long-term prognosis for EMH Healthcare is good, hospital officials said at their annual meeting Wednesday. The hospital system, with facilities in Amherst, Avon and Elyria, had about $247 million in revenue and about $253.5 million in expenses in 2011, according to Jim Simone, EMH’s chief financial Read More…

Uncompensated care costs EMH $6.5M last year

ELYRIA — Despite losing $6.5 million last year, the long-term prognosis for EMH Medical Center in Elyria and its affiliates is good, hospital officials said at their annual meeting today. The EMH system, which includes facilities in Amherst and Avon, had about $247 million in revenue and $253.5 million in expenses, according to Jim Simone, Read More…

Consortium wants to revitalize Northeast Ohio

AMHERST — Focus group reports usually end up gathering dust. Members of the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium are trying to prevent that fate for a plan they’re developing to revitalize Northeast Ohio. “Everything that we’re going to come up with is really going to have a framework or a tool to it that can Read More…

Driver arrested after police say she fled en route to funeral

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ELYRIA — A woman who was late for a funeral was arrested yesterday after police say she disregarded traffic laws and refused to stop for an officer. Around 12:05 p.m. Monday, police Officer Michael Darmstadt said Tammie Hudson pulled up to his cruiser at the intersection of Lake Avenue and Lorain Boulevard, according to Darmstadt’s Read More…