November 29, 2015


Lorain school district predicts budget surplus

LORAIN — Two years ago, Lorain Schools faced huge deficits and an imminent state financial takeover, but the school district’s new five-year financial forecast is sunnier. “I’m showing some positive numbers for the first time in a long time,” Treasurer Dale Weber told Board of Education members at their Tuesday meeting. Weber said Lorain will Read More…

Standoff on Robson Road continues this morning

CARLISLE TWP — A standoff between police and an armed man in a shed at 11851 Robson Road that began around 4:30 p.m. Monday continued early Tuesday. Police responded to a caller who said he was being threatened by his brother, according to a police dispatcher. Lorain County Sheriff’s Office deputies and the Lorain County Read More…

Woman charged in stabbing death

Anna Carter

Updated 2:29p.m. LORAIN – Jerome Phillips Jr. died as a result of a single stab wound to the upper left area of his chest, said Lorain County Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans. Phillips was pronounced dead at 3:02 a.m. at MercyRegionalMedicalCenter. His girlfriend, Anna Carter, was arrested in the apartment they shared. The Lorain County Coroner’s Read More…

Lorain Schools superintendent one year later

Lorain City Schools Superintendent Tom Tucker shows his marching band photos when he was band director for the old Lorain High and Admiral King High schools, in his office at Charleston Administration Center on Aug. 7.   Steve Manheim

LORAIN — Tom Tucker is getting good grades for his first year as Lorain Schools superintendent. Tucker, a 57-year-old Lorain native who worked for the school district from 1980 to 2008, returned Aug. 15, 2012. He credits his local ties for allowing him to hit the ground running. Tucker was band director from 1980 to Read More…

Man’s haircut a century in the making

David Hibben, 100, gets a free haircut from Pete DelMonico for his birthday at Delmonico's Barber Shop in Lorain on Aug. 8.   Steve Manheim

LORAIN — David Hibben made the cut. About a year ago, Hibben, who turned 100 on Thursday, was promised a free haircut by his barbers, Pete DelMonico and his son, Jeff DelMonico, of DelMonico’s Barber Shop, 4485 Oberlin Ave. The barber shop gives free haircuts to customers on their 100th birthday and Hibben was the Read More…

Frustration grows over properties cited by city of Lorain for chronically tall grass

Will Ammons, of 1244 W. 19th St. in Lorain, looks at the chronically unmowed and unmaintained property next door to his home at 1246 W. 19th St on Aug. 1. 
Steve Manheim

Bryan Kuehn said he peeks out his back door before stepping into the backyard of the home he lives in at 1218 W. Seventh St. Kuehn lives across from an abandoned home at 1223 W. Sixth St. Groundhogs, possums, raccoons and skunks live under the porch of the home and inhabit the high grass in Read More…

Together in Valor

Dan Gillotti and Sam Felton explain the purpose of the future Valor Home in Lorain to volunteers on Thursday, 
CT Photo/Kristin Bauer

LORAIN — Never volunteer for anything.That military adage was disobeyed Thursday by about 25 Quicken Loans employees who helped build Valor Home, a transitional home for homeless veterans. Marc Pecatrice, a Quicken mortgage banker, said he appreciates veterans, including those who’ve sacrificed their lives. “I’m not out there sacrificing my life,” Pecatrice said as fellow Read More…

Lorain officer suspended for not wearing vest


LORAIN — The vest was bullet proof. The excuse wasn’t. That’s the rationale of Safety/Service Director Robert Fowler who on July 23 suspended police Officer Jeff Jackson for 30 days for not wearing the vest while responding in May to a call of an officer in trouble. Fowler said Jackson had been previously warned about Read More…

Industrial AC units stolen from Lorain church

Teresa Frasure, coordinator for The Vine of Hope Community Center, stands outside of the center on Tuesday, July 30 in front of the area in which industrial air conditioning units were stolen sometime this past weekend.  Frasure said the air conditioning units are essential in the center's ability to help families with food, furniture and clothing bank outreach programs, which have helped over 11,000 families in the past.

LORAIN — Vine of Hope parishioners could be feeling the heat if insurance doesn’t cover the cost of replacing two stolen air conditioners. The weekend theft of the industrial air conditioners, which church/community center coordinator Teresa Frasure said cost about $30,000 to purchase in 2011, came at a bad time. Frasure said the church and Read More…

Harry Williamson takes helm of local labor organization

Harry Williamson, new AFL-CIO president of Lorain County in office at Laborers Hall in Sheffield Township.

  With union membership at record lows nationally and unionization challenged in Ohio and locally, Harry Williamson takes over as Lorain County AFL-CIO president at a difficult time. From historic highs of about 35 percent in the 1950s, union membership nationally reached an all-time low in 2012 of 11.3 percent — 6.6 percent for private sector Read More…