April 19, 2014

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Lorain Schools announces $5 million in cuts

LORAIN — Painful budget cuts of about $5 million were approved Wednesday night by the Lorain Schools Board of Education as part of a deficit-elimination plan. Among the cuts were $2.7 million in layoffs, the amount of which have not been decided. Another $737,000 will be saved by going to half-day kindergarten and another $240,000 Read More…

Man critical after shooting; two in custody

LORAIN – A love triangle is believed to have triggered the shooting of a Lorain man around 1:10 a.m. Wednesday outside his ex-girlfriend’s home at 4148 Leavitt Road. Gregory R. Brazile, 30, of the 3800 block of Oakwood Avenue, was in critical condition at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, according to Lorain police Lt. Edward Read More…

Auditors say Lorain police need tech upgrade

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LORAIN — The Police Department needs a new computer system for dispatching and record keeping, according to a December report from a Washington, D.C.-based police think tank. “The system-wide improvements that are recommended in this report cannot be made with grant funds, and the LPD requires local funding to meet their technology needs,” the 26-page Read More…

Auditor: Examination of bookkeeping of closed charter school not possible

LORAIN — The Arts Academy’s focus was on arts and science, not accounting. An audit of the failed charter school found a financial wreck of red ink, inaccurate or missing records, conflicts of interest and alleged ethics violations. “Management failed to provide all support documentation, consequently we were unable to analyze, review, inspect for completeness, Read More…

Mailman bitten in Lorain is released from hospital

LORAIN — A postal carrier was bitten on the hand and thigh just before 11 a.m. Monday on East 31st Street when two pit bulls attacked him. Carrier Mark Alberti, 35, of Lorain, said he was walking by 1829 E. 31st. St. when a pit bull and a pit bull mix knocked him into the Read More…

Court papers: Man claims assault victim was selling Percocet

LORAIN — Church parishioners buying a car as a Christmas present for Janice Grant shortly after Grant was assaulted at gunpoint in an attempted burglary at her home was a heartwarming story. But it may not have been the whole story, according to a search warrant application filed in Lorain County Court of Common Pleas Read More…

Diocese details use of church sale cash

Specifics on how money from church sales by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland is being spent are scheduled to be explained today at a news conference in Lakewood featuring Bishop Richard Lennon and James Gulick, diocese chief financial officer. The diocese netted $19.5 million through the sales of 26 of 54 closed parishes since 2009, Read More…

Lorain County foreclosures fell in 2011

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Foreclosures dropped 19 percent in Lorain County last year compared with 2010, but despite the decrease from 2,149 to 1,737, the foreclosure crisis continues. Experts say declines in foreclosures across the county and nationally are because of two reasons — bankers have tightened up sloppy foreclosure proceedings and bankers have delayed foreclosures because they’re reluctant Read More…

Crime down in Lorain, police statistics show

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LORAIN — Residents often cite high crime as Lorain’s top problem. However, the city’s level of violent and other serious crimes has stabilized or dropped between 2008 and last year, according to statistics released Thursday by the Police Department. Felonious assaults, robberies and rapes all dropped last year compared with 2008. The most sizeable drop Read More…

LCCAA interim director, two others quit

LORAIN — Two leaders of a troubled antipoverty agency on Wednesday denounced an anonymous letter accusing the agency of fraud and mismanagement before quitting. After meeting behind closed doors for an hour, William Locke, Lorain County Community Action Agency interim CEO and president, told the agency’s board of directors he was quitting as of Friday. Read More…