April 23, 2014

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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…

New Lorain mayor names his top staffers

LORAIN — Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer named top appointees to his staff on Wednesday. Robert Fowler, director of administration in Wooster, was named safety-service director and will earn $95,000 annually. He previously was the township administrator in Carrollton and a Brook Park firefighter, Ritenauer said. Fowler couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday night, but Ritenuer Read More…

Mass resignations at county community action agency

Departures announced Wednesday night at the Lorain County Community Action Agency are unrelated to an anonymous letter accusing the agency of improprieties, departing agency leaders said. Tim Howard said his immediate resignation as agency board chairman was because of unspecified health reasons. “I’m not running from anything. I have nothing to run from,” said Howard, Read More…

Lorain Council waives residency requirement for new mayor’s top aide

LORAIN — Chase Ritenauer’s first business day as mayor Tuesday was going poorly. Ritenauer had spent the day with a skeleton staff until he could get City Council members to waive residency requirements and approve job descriptions for his top administrators. “Being a mayor without a staff is not fun,” he told Council members at Read More…

UPDATE: 72-year-old woman injured in fire

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LORAIN — Brian Owens said he was shopping at a Dollar Tree store when he received a frantic phone call from a friend. His home in Overlake Mobile Homes trailer park at 5000 West Erie Avenue was on fire. Owens said when he arrived, firefighters were dragging his 72-year-old mother, Marcella Owens, out of the Read More…

Elyria Township firefighters receive piece of 9/11 steel for memorial

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ELYRIA TWP. — The rusted piece of steel at the Fire Department weighs about 210 pounds and is heavy with symbolism. The 18-inch by 18-inch fragment, which was presented to township trustees Monday, comes from the foundation of one of the World Trade Center towers. It will serve as a monument to the 343 New Read More…

FirstEnergy inks deal to supply Lorain power, put name on Pipe Yard

Former Negro League player Ernie Nimmons was on hand for the announcement Thursday that FirstEnergy Solutions had acquired the naming rights to Lorain’s Pipe Yard ballpark. (CT photo by Chuck Humel.)

LORAIN — A deal between the city and FirstEnergy Solutions is designed to keep the taxpayers grounded if there is a surge in electricity prices. Taxpayers will save $185,000 over the life of the eight-year agreement, city and FirstEnergy officials said Thursday. The deal calls for a 3 percent annual discount for electricity supplied to Read More…