May 24, 2015

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Lorain councilwoman changes her mind, says she’ll seek another term

LORAIN — Three months after announcing she would not seek another term, Councilwoman Anne Molnar, D-at large, has changed her mind. Molnar said Tuesday she’ll seek an eighth term, primarily because she wants to resolve security problems at the John F. Kennedy Plaza, a 144-apartment public housing complex at 1730 Broadway. She has continued to Read More…

Lorain plans sewer rate hike to fight flooding

LORAIN — Sewer rates are going up to make flooding go down. The $2 per month increase for residential customers was unanimously approved by City Council members Monday and will raise about $528,000 annually. Commercial customer rates will rise from 2 percent of their use to 2.5 percent, but no more than $7 per month. Read More…

New director takes over at Genesis House

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LORAIN — The new executive director of Genesis House is well aware of the challenges she faces. Thirty-three women have been murdered in Lorain County since 1989 by their boyfriends or husbands, and women — and occasionally men — are beaten by their intimate partners on a daily basis. In addition to trying to help Read More…

Another man in trouble for sagging pants in court

LORAIN — How pants are worn in Judge Mark Mihok’s courtroom is becoming an up-and-down issue. Wednesday was the fourth time since July that Mihok has had a man charged with contempt of court for wearing sagging pants. Juan Cordova, 19, of the 1300 block of West 29th Street, was being held without bond in Read More…

North Ridgeville names new superintendent

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Board of Education members went in-house to choose a new superintendent. Jim Powell, the district’s assistant superintendent/director of curriculum and instruction, was unanimously appointed by board members Wednesday to succeed outgoing Superintendent Larry Brown, effective Jan. 2. Powell, 55, was hired in 2002 as a math teacher at North Ridgeville High School Read More…

Expert: Lorain’s nondisclosure pledge is illegal

LORAIN — A pledge signed by every City Council members threatening them with prosecution if they disclose what was said in executive sessions is an illegal gag order designed to muzzle public officials, according to an Ohio Sunshine Law expert. “Even though they signed, it’s not enforceable,” said attorney Tim Smith, a former Akron Beacon Read More…

Ridgeville names new superintendent

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The new North Ridgeville Schools superintendent knows the school district well. Jim Powell was unanimously appointed by Board of Education members Wednesday night. Powell, assistant superintendent/director of curriculum and instruction, succeeds Superintendent Larry Brown on Jan. 2. Powell, 55, was hired in 2002 by the district as a math teacher at North Read More…

Lorain police officer faces DUI charge

LORAIN — Police officer Todd Hite is due in Lorain Municipal Court today after being charged with drunken driving. Hite was one of 12 drivers arrested by troopers from the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Elyria post between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday during drunken driving deterrence patrols. The night before Thanksgiving and the early Read More…

Lorain police officer charged with drunken driving

LORAIN — Police officer Todd Hite is due in Lorain Municipal Court on Tuesday after being charged with drunken driving. Hite was one of 12 drivers arrested by troopers from the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Elyria post between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday during drunken driving deterrence patrols. Trooper Clifton Dowell stopped Hite on Read More…

Local gun store owners say more firearms are being sold since election

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GRAFTON — Business was slow Tuesday evening at Bullseye Firearms & Supplies, but gun store owners locally and nationally say sales have been up since the re-election of President Barack Obama, partially due to fears he’ll push for stricter gun laws. “People just get antsy,” said Bullseye co-owner Rich Guyeska. Guyeska said the increase in Read More…