April 23, 2014

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Eaton Township fire chief resigns amidst dissension

The resignation today of Eaton Township Fire Chief Jason Brooks came just eight days after a no-confidence letter from 21 of the Fire Department’s 28 firefighters was handed in to the Eaton Township trustees. The letter accused Brooks of incompetence and unethical behavior. Nonetheless, township Trustee Linda Morrison said the resignation was unrelated to the Read More…

Lorain OKs $65 million tunnel project

LORAIN — A $65 million underground tunnel excavation project was approved by City Council members Monday. The approximately 2,000-foot project, which will run parallel to Broadway, is scheduled to begin in March and be completed in about three years, according to Utilities Director Corey Timko. It will be 120 feet deep and is designed to Read More…

Port deal bringing fishing tourney to Lorain

LORAIN — A walleye fishing tournament that organizers estimate will generate about $319,000 in revenue for area businesses will be June 28 to 30 at Black River Landing and Black River Wharf. The Pro Walleye Series will bring in about 70 amateur and 70 professional anglers for the catch-and-release tournament, according to Joe Baron, president Read More…

Lorain Council votes unanimously for late officer’s insurance

LORAIN — Considering what he’d been through, supporters of deceased police Officer Michael Yuhas said he was worth making an exception for. City Council members on Monday unanimously approved $15,000 in life insurance to Yuhas’s family that he wasn’t eligible for. Yuhas, an officer from 1968 to 1975, was shot three times at point blank Read More…

Danger underground? Wellington spill brings pipeline safety into question

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The 70 people evacuated in the Jan. 12 Sunoco Logistics gasoline pipeline spill in Wellington are home, but questions linger about the safety of pipelines in the wake of the spill. The spill, which Sunoco officials said leaked 116,700 gallons but didn’t cause major contamination of the Black River, is one of more than 30 Read More…

Local leaders endorse Marcy Kaptur over Dennis Kucinich

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LORAIN — In the battle of the idealist versus the pragmatist, Lorain’s Democratic leaders on Sunday backed the pragmatist, giving U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, their endorsement over U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Cleveland. “I look at Congresswoman Kaptur as a leader who puts pragmatism above politics,” Mayor Chase Ritenauer said at the grand opening of Read More…

Testing under way on air quality at spill site

WELLINGTON — A decision may come Friday on whether it is safe to allow the 70 people evacuated in Jan. 12’s Sunoco Logistics gasoline pipeline spill to return. The evacuation was due to high levels of toxic chemicals like benzene from the spill, which Sunoco said was 116,700 gallons. Results from 15 air samples taken Read More…

Gas leak lingering effects: Resident says fish killed in creek; dirt excavation continues

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WELLINGTON — The dead fish and pools of oil in the creek on Allan Corral’s Wellington Township property were gone Wednesday, but Corral still worried about possible contamination of his property and of the nearby Black River from last week’s Sunoco Logistics gasoline pipeline spill. “You know that some of this dirt is contaminated. Are Read More…

Clean up continues of Wellington gas spill

WELLINGTON—The air was thick with the smell of gasoline Monday evening around the football field-sized area on Maple Street by state Route 58 where dozens of workers soaked up what Sunoco Logistics said was a 116,760-gallon spill from their ruptured pipeline. The site is full of toxic chemicals such as benzene, ethylbenzene and toluene and Read More…

Sunoco, EPA hear residents’ concerns over Wellington spill

WELLINGTON — As dozens of workers cleaned up a Sunoco Logistics gasoline spill in a football-field sized area at Maple Street and state Route 58 tonight, Sunoco, federal, state and local officials fielded questions up the road at Wellington High School from about 150 sometimes-skeptical residents. Officials said it was premature to say when the Read More…