May 29, 2015

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Sheffield Lake approves privatizing Building Department

SHEFFIELD LAKE — City Council approved privatizing the city Building Department for the next two years. The city entered into a temporary 45-day contract with Colorado-based Safebuilt Ohio LLC in April following the resignation of building inspector Jon Wiblin. The city has declined to comment on Wiblin’s resignation and his personnel file didn’t indicate any Read More…

Committee punts retirement plan to rural water board

LAGRANGE — A controversial retirement incentive plan for workers at the Rural Lorain County Water Authority was sent back for consideration to the full water authority board at a committee meeting Wednesday. The plan, which allows Rural Water to buy up to five years of service credit for retirement-eligible workers, had been sent back to Read More…

35 Johnson Metall workers losing their jobs when plant closes in July

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LORAIN — Ron Bellottie spent nearly 42 years with a local manufacturing company and worked his way up the company ladder from the plant floor to the president’s office. But Bellottie, president of Johnson Metall, 1305 Oberlin Ave., announced Tuesday the plant he’s spent his entire career with will close in July. Thirty-five people will Read More…

Search for Lorain Schools superintendent narrows to six

LORAIN — The search for a replacement for retiring Lorain Superintendent Tom Tucker has been narrowed to six candidates. The candidates approved by Board of Education members are Euclid Assistant Superintendent Kim Allen, Columbia Superintendent Graig Bansek, Cleveland Heights Assistant Superintendent Andrea Celico, Parma Superintendent Jeffrey Graham, Lorain Assistant Superintendent David Hall and Columbus Assistant Read More…

Police release more about Internet sting

ELYRIA — Police released more information Wednesday regarding an investigation that led to the arrest of seven men who tried to engage in sexual acts with children, according to Elyria Police Lt. William Pelko. Police completed the investigation over a three-day period the week of May 18 when they arrested four Lorain County men and Read More…

So far, so good for Lorain County speller

Emma Jankowski of Avon Lake poses with Scripps National Spelling Bee pronouncer Jacques Bailly. PROVIDED PHOTO

Emma Jankowski is still in it to win it. The Avon Lake Learwood Middle School eighth-grader successfully spelled “trajectory” during the 88th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee late Wednesday morning. “We’re just finishing up now,” Emma’s mom Terri said about 11:45 a.m. as the family left the mammoth 2,000-room Gaylord Convention Center and Hotel at Read More…

Highway Patrol: 14 fatalities in Ohio over holiday weekend

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The State Highway Patrol says 14 people were killed on Ohio’s roadways over Memorial Day weekend — one more than last year. The patrol says three fatalities were related to impaired driving. Four of the 14 people killed between Friday and Monday weren’t wearing seat belts. The patrol made 544 arrests for Read More…

10 things to know, Wednesday, May 27

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Swiss open criminal proceedings in 2018, 2022 World Cup votes The move throws FIFA deeper into crisis only hours after six soccer officials were arrested and 14 indicted in a separate U.S. corruption probe. 2. Floodwaters deepen Read More…

Consent decree demands more accountability, engagement from Cleveland police

Protesters congregate in front of city hall, Tuesday, May 26, in Cleveland. Members of about 40 churches are protesting the acquittal of a white patrolman charged in the deaths of two unarmed black motorists with a march through downtown Cleveland. AP

CLEVELAND — The centerpiece of an agreement between the city of Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice on how to reform the city’s troubled police department is creating an organization that is more accountable and engaged with the people it serves. Community policing, improved training and policies concerning the use of force and more Read More…

Avon Lake officials disagree about creating economic development director post

AVON LAKE — Some city officials want to establish the position of a full-time economic development director but not everyone is on board with the idea. An ordinance establishing an economic development department and director is before City Council for consideration. At-large Council member Dan Bucci, chairman of the economic development committee, said more needs Read More…