August 2, 2015

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Lorain bank robbed

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LORAIN — The suspect in the robbery of the at 5971 Leavitt Road around 1:45 p.m. today may have been involved in Tuesday robbery of an Ohio Savings Bank in Garfield Heights. Special Agent Vicki Anderson, a spokeswoman with the FBI’s Cleveland office, said the man in the Lorain robbery matches the description of the Read More…

Site that houses Lorain City Garage needs many fixes

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LORAIN — As city officials seek a new home for the City Garage and Street Department building, workers make do within the dilapidated building. The approximately 100,000-square foot complex at 114 E. 35th St. consists of an office building, garage and auxiliary garage. It originally was the home of the Mascon Toy Co. and formerly Read More…

Meet Sam, a purrfect type of worker

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LORAIN — The city’s youngest employee works for food, spends all of his time at the office and never gets in trouble for mousing around. Sam, a 4-year-old Russian blue cat, has been keeping the Street Department office at 114 E. 35th St. free of mice since the fall of 2008. Bypassing civil service examinations, Read More…

From prison to the pulpit: New church’s pastor turned criminal past into drive to evangelize

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LORAIN — The Rev. Kareem Smith’s road to redemption began in 1993 as he stared up at the ceiling in a cell in the Lorain County Jail. A month short of his 20th birthday, Smith was facing drug trafficking charges that he would eventually spend 26 months in prison for. “I’ve never felt more lost Read More…

Driver injured after train strikes vehicle

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AMHERST TWP. — A 78-year-old woman was injured when the car she was driving was struck by a train around 4:05 p.m. Sunday by the Township Hall at 7530 Oberlin Road. Miriam A. Matesic, of Lorain, was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center before being flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where she was Read More…

Midview levy foes speak out at board meeting

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EATON TWP. — Parent Lynne Schroeder told Midview school board members at their Wednesday meeting that she was speaking for many residents. Schroeder, who has three children in the district, praised her children’s teachers, but said she doesn’t know if she will vote for the Feb. 5 levy. An emotional Schroeder questioned whether the district, Read More…

Lorain OKs settlement in 2005 Martin’s Run flood

LORAIN — When Martin’s Run Creek overflowed in a Dec. 17, 2005, flood, Windsor Court resident Calvin Jeter recalled carrying his wife, Zora Jeter, through waist-high water to safety. Jeter said the flooding of his home destroyed carpeting, two furnaces, a washer and dryer and a water heater. Jeter said he was never warned about Read More…

Lorain play revives civil rights icons

LORAIN — Joanne Eldridge drew on her personal history of the Jim Crow South as well as history books to perform Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day tribute to three women who championed civil rights. “Three Bodacious Women,” a one-woman play by the 58-year-old Eldridge, portrays civil rights activists Fannie Lou Hamer and Rosa Parks Read More…

UPDATE: Power back on in Elyria

ELYRIA — About 2,300 Ohio Edison customers on the east side lost electricity around 5:45 p.m. today due to a downed electrical line. The downed line was in the area of South Abbe Road and Oakdale Circle, according to police Lt. Jason Cunningham. Electricity was restored to all customers around 7:55 p.m., said Joe Faga, Read More…

Workers hit hard by higher payroll taxes

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ELYRIA — Paychecks are a little smaller with the expiration of the payroll tax cut this month. Congress’ failure to extend the two-year cut means Social Security withholdings went from 4.2 percent back to 6.2 percent. A worker earning $50,000 annually will lose about $1,000 annually due to the expiration. The cut was designed by Read More…