July 7, 2015

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City’s relationship with software company crashes

LORAIN — Have you tried turning it off and on? When Lorain Municipal Court computer software went down for two hours Dec. 3, it wasn’t a typical glitch solved with the standard suggestion from IT departments far and wide to restart the machine Instead, access was denied by software provider Henschen and Associates, according to Read More…

No. 7: Fatal heroin and prescription drug overdoses in Lorain County skyrocket as part of a national trend

Recovering addict Dillon Starnes talks about his plight.

Fatal overdoses involving heroin, prescription pills or a combination of both skyrocketed in Lorain County, part of a state and national trend. Drug overdoses have been the leading cause of death in Ohio since 2007, according to the Ohio Department of Health. Through Dec. 20, there have been 57 overdoses in the county, according to Read More…

No. 9: A variety of Lorain Schools issues

Ground is broken for the building of the new Lorain High School at a ceremony on Oct. 24.

It was a bittersweet year for Lorain Schools. In March, interim Superintendent Ed Branham announced 182 layoffs including 120 teachers — 17 were later recalled — as part of $7.3 million in cuts to close a $12 million deficit. “This is a major impact on people’s lives,” an emotional Branham said. In August, Branham was Read More…

Plow drivers weather the storm

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LORAIN — Snow plowing can be a dead-end job. Like on Wednesday evening when Ben Sanborn spent about 30 minutes plowing on Haborview Boulevard off Leavitt Road and West Erie Avenue. The street has two dead ends, which meant a lot of stopping and starting and three-point turns. “Sometimes it gets to be like an Read More…

Get ready for snow: Almost a foot expected as blizzard blows through Ohio

Six to 10 inches of snow today and Thursday combined with wind gusts of up to 35 mph will make driving dangerous and even walking a hazard. A blizzard warning takes effect at 7 a.m. and ends at 7 a.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service, which predicts zero visibility at times this afternoon Read More…

Cops find pot after report of break-in

ELYRIA — After calling police about an alleged home invasion, Jamie Burrer’s next call came from the Lorain County Jail. Burrer said he was confronted by four men in his home in the 8800 block of West Ridge Road around 2:20 a.m. Monday, one of whom had a pistol, according to police spokesman Lt. Chris Read More…

Parents of 2008 holdup victim question why semiautomatic rifle ban ended

Qiana Walton

ELYRIA — The Newtown, Conn., school massacre brought back bad memories for Robert Walton II and Jeaunnatta Walton. Like the victims at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, their daughter, Qiana Walton, was killed with a semiautomatic rifle. Newtown shooter Adam Lanza used an AR-15-type semiautomatic rifle to kill 26 adults and children Read More…

Law officials see usefulness in ban, more mental health care in curbing level of gun violence

Lorain Police Chief Cel Rivera remembers writing an angry letter to then-U.S. Sen. George Voinovich, R-Cleveland, in 2004 after Voinovich voted against renewing the assault weapons ban. “I remember (writing) him that this is going to result in an increase in fatalities for citizens and for police officers,” Rivera said. “Look how many police officers Read More…

What our members of Congress are saying about assault weapons ban

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Avon: The National Rifle Association gave him an F grade and spent thousands of dollars on attack ads in an unsuccessful attempt to defeat Brown in November. Brown said through a spokeswoman last week that he favors renewal of the assault weapons ban and improving mental health treatment in response to Read More…

Midview school board approves elimination of 53 positions if levy fails

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GRAFTON — Midview Schools leaders on Wednesday challenged residents to support a levy eliminating a $2.3 million deficit and the need to make substantial layoffs and program cuts. “It’s time for this community to step forward and take responsibility for educating its children. Period,” Board of Education President Dave Zunis told some 300 people at Read More…