November 28, 2014

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None hurt in Carlisle Township house fire

Firefighters work Wednesday night at the scene of a fire on West Ridge Road in Carlisle Township. Evan Goodenow / Chronicle

CARLISLE TWP. — No one was injured in a house fire that broke out around 8:40 p.m. Wednesday at a West Ridge Road home. Firefighters and neighbors initially worried that Linda and Terry Janik, the couple who live in the home, were inside, but no one was in the home. Neighbor Dan Rector, who lives Read More…

Lorain mayor: Top priority is passing income tax increase

LORAIN — Being Lorain mayor is an uphill battle, but it is one Chase Ritenauer relishes. “We’ve done some good things, but we’ve got to do a lot more,” Ritenauer said in an interview today with The Chronicle-Telegram Editor Andy Young about Ritenauer’s first six months as mayor. “It’s a city that has been ravaged Read More…

Lorain school district cuts 2 more employees

LORAIN — Seeking to dispel the perception of a bloated Lorain Schools administration as the district seeks support for a levy, interim Superintendent Ed Branham on Tuesday defended the number of layoffs at the Charleston Administration Center and announced two more. Branham was responding to May 24 criticism from teachers union president David Wood that Read More…

Lorain names 7 superintendent semifinalists

LORAIN — Seven semifinalists to become the next Lorain Schools superintendent have been selected. Members of the Board of Education and Superintendent Search Committee on Monday approved the candidates who were selected by members of the Ohio School Boards Association from a list of 32 candidates. The semifinalists will be interviewed Wednesday and Thursday by Read More…

Ritenauer outlines where tax hike money would be spent (updated)

LORAIN — The city has a revenue problem, not a spending problem. That was the case Mayor Chase Ritenauer made to City Council members and residents Monday night for a proposed 0.5 percent income tax hike. The $5.3 million the increase would raise annually would go for park and road improvements and to fill a Read More…

BROKEN TWICE: Woman tries to recover from accident

VIDEO SLIDESHOW: Alice Smith’s recovery SHEFFIELD LAKE — Wedged between the steering wheel and seat of her car, Alice Smith was slowly dying as firefighters fought to free her after a Nov. 30 head-on car crash in Sheffield. Smith was hit by a 2002 Ford Explorer driven by Ramon Davila Jr. that police say went Read More…

Woman charged in hit-and-run that injured boys

SHEFFIELD TWP. — A Lorain woman suspected of striking two boys with her car and then fleeing the scene faces charges. Maxine Whitfield was charged Thursday with vehicular assault, leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with evidence over a June 13 incident, according to Trooper David Dylag of the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Elyria Read More…

Deer crash kills motorcyclist, another is injured

EATON TWP. — A motorcyclist is dead and another seriously injured after they struck a deer on Island Road about 9:10 p.m. Wednesday night. Bruce Oberacker, 51, of Olmsted Falls. was pronounced dead at the scene. Oberacker was thrown from his motorcycle into the middle of the road. Charles Bigam, 52, of Columbia Station, crashed Read More…

Lorain law director: We can’t work for schools

LORAIN — Law Director Pat Riley said his office lacks the personnel or expertise to represent Lorain Schools. “To do all the work the school board would need to have done would require substantial additional staff,” Riley said. “It’s highly specialized. They’re not trained to do that.” In a Thursday guest column in The Chronicle-Telegram, Read More…

Boy who was given ramp loses ride

ELYRIA — Jayden Hall has a new wheelchair ramp but still has transportation problems. On June 11, sugar was found in the gas tank of the 2000 Ford Explorer Jayden’s family uses to drive him to frequent doctor visits, according to a police report. Three-year-old Jayden, who is blind, suffers from multiple birth defects. Volunteers, Read More…