April 20, 2014

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Volunteers improve Haven Center lobby

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LORAIN — About 15 volunteers from the 2014 Leadership Lorain County class worked in shifts Saturday and today to transform the lobby of the Haven Center into a brighter, more inviting space for the adults and children who find refuge there. “We got a down-and-gritty tour” of the county’s only 24-hour homeless shelter, which followed Read More…

Lorain police start outreach meetings with block watches

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LORAIN — This week marked the start of what Lorain police Sgt. Mike Failing hopes will be a new beginning for block watch members and police in Lorain. On Thursday, block watch members from the east side flooded Longfellow Middle School for the first of several meetings with police to discuss creating a better connection Read More…

Lorain likely to need help to resolve housing case backlog

LORAIN — Handling thousands of housing code prosecutions will require additional help, Lorain Municipal Court Judge Mark Mihok said Tuesday. Mihok said a part-time magistrate and part-time court clerk would likely need to be hired. Mihok said it was premature to say how much they will be paid. In 2012, Lorain established the Nuisance Inspection Read More…

Lorain school board protests city tax deal

LORAIN — The improvement of relations between City Council and the Board of Education was one of the goals of Mayor Chase Ritenauer when he took office in 2012, but a tax dispute has soured relations. Council on Monday passed two 10-year tax increment financing infrastructure projects that will reduce future taxes to Lorain Schools. Read More…

State still oversees Lorain schools

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LORAIN — Their goal is to disband. But until Lorain Schools test scores improve, the Lorain Academic Distress Commission controls the school district’s academics. Tuesday is the one-year anniversary of the state takeover of Lorain Schools and formation of the commission, which was prompted by four consecutive years of failing test scores. Lorain and Youngstown Read More…

Lorain blotter: Man arrested, charged with burglary

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Lorain Police 11:50 a.m. March 31 — 500 block W. 23rd St., Christian Cosme, 27, 200 block E. 23rd St., Lorain, arrested and charged with burglary. A man who said he owed Cosme $60 for drugs said Cosme kicked in the door of his home and threatened to kill him. Cosme denied being at the Read More…

Cotton Club liquor permit not renewed

Anthony Barnhill manages the bar at the Cotton Club on East 28th Street in Lorain. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

LORAIN — Less than two years after opening, the Cotton Club is scheduled to close April 20 when its liquor permit expires due to rowdiness inside and around the bar. In a March 21 letter to club owner Antoinette Daniels Barnhill, Ohio Division of Liquor Control superintendent Bruce Stevenson rejected the permit renewal. Stevenson noted police Read More…

Lorain High School principal accepts new post

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LORAIN — Diane Conibear’s six years as Lorain High School principal included merging two high schools into one and later moving students into two temporary buildings. Conibear, who recently announced she will depart at the end of the school year in August, said the merger and move were the biggest challenges of her career. However, Read More…

Lorain school realignment likely postponed

LORAIN — School realignment, tentatively set to begin in August, will likely be postponed a year, Superintendent Tom Tucker told the Lorain Academic Distress Commission Monday. “We feel we need to do a lot more education next year,” Tucker said. “Spend more time explaining it and getting out there and working with (parents).” Tucker’s plan Read More…

Too many extension cords in bedroom blamed for Lorain fire

LORAIN — Overloaded extension cords are blamed for a fire called in at 12:24 a.m. Sunday at 2805 W. 40th St. Assistant Fire Chief Gary Burls said firefighters needed about eight minutes to contain the small fire that ignited in a bedroom in the one-floor, single-family wood-frame home. Burls said homeowner Terry Brestovansky told firefighters after Read More…