September 2, 2014

Elyria
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Judge Burge orders county to hire security for Adult Probation facilities

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ELYRIA — Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge has ordered the county commissioners to provide $124,953 to cover projected security costs for the county’s Adult Probation Department for the final three months of the year. The money is to be turned over to county Sheriff Phil Stammitti by Sept. 13 so he can begin Read More…

Sheriff lists costs of Adult Probation Department security

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ELYRIA — It will cost $396,356 to provide security upgrades that the county’s General Division judges want to implement for the offices now being used by the Lorain County Adult Probation Department, county Sheriff Phil Stammitti wrote in a letter to the county commissioners Wednesday. Stammitti wrote that to properly staff the entrances to the Read More…

No guards at Probation Department buildings yet

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ELYRIA —There were no deputies working security at the two locations housing the Lorain County Adult Probation Department on Monday, despite a directive from a county judge to do so. County Sheriff Phil Stammitti said he lacks the manpower to staff the entrances to the Probation Department offices at the old Lorain County Courthouse and Read More…

Judge orders guards to be provided at Probation Department facilities

County judges want the Probation Department moved out of the old county courthouse because of poor conditions. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge has given county Sheriff Phil Stammitti until Monday to assign deputies armed with handheld metal detectors to guard the entrances to the old Lorain County Courthouse and the old Columbia Gas building on Third Street. Both buildings house the county’s Adult Probation Department, which falls under Read More…

Computer woes hamper Justice Center workers

ELYRIA — The Lorain County justice system slowed to a crawl Thursday because of a problem that cut off access to computers that employees at the Lorain County Justice Center use to manage court dockets, record hearings and prepare documents. “Everything we do is practically on a network,” county Probate Judge James Walther said. Ernie Read More…

County health facilities, agencies set five-year plan

ELYRIA — A five-year plan to help more Lorain County residents find primary health care doctors, lose weight, exercise more, stop smoking and seek needed mental health services is in the works in a collaboration including nine of the county’s largest health care providers and agencies. The organizations have come up with targeted objectives to Read More…

Lorain County bond rating downgraded

ELYRIA — Lorain County’s bond rating has been downgraded by New York-based Fitch ratings, a move that will likely mean higher interest rates for the county when it borrows money in the future. In a report released this week, Fitch noted that the “downgrade reflects reduced financial flexibility, concerns about the county’s ability to consistently Read More…

Grant helps expansion of Lorain County Little Free Libraries

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Tucked away between two homes on South Maple Street in Elyria, a stone’s throw from a community garden, sits a library. It’s smaller than a single bookcase and bigger than a breadbox. But inside what looks like an oversized birdhouse, complete with shingles, holds the same literary adventures as a traditional library. Small hands can Read More…

Voter turnout well below expectations

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SHEFFIELD TWP. — Voter turnout in Lorain County was far lower than elections officials expected. CountyBoard of Elections Director Paul Adams said only 57,958 of the county’s 202,286 registered voters cast ballots, according to unofficial returns. That’s a turnout rate of 28.7 percent. “I’m very surprised it’s that low,” Adams, who had predicted turnout of Read More…

UPDATE: Trick-or-treat to be held rain or shine

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Trick or treat will go on rain or shine tonight. As of 12:30 p.m. Thursday, none of the Lorain County cities listed below have canceled or postponed trick or treat. If, for whatever reason, any city decides to postpone at the last minute, the information will be posted on the city’s website and our website. Read More…