May 23, 2015

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Lorain police warn about loosened lug nuts

LORAIN — Police are warning residents to watch for individuals lurking around their cars after a concerned citizen recently reported two incidences of people’s lug nuts being loosened. “It’s very dangerous. The wheel can fall right off your car,” Lt. Mark Carpentiere said. The individual who contacted police was not directly affected but is acquaintances Read More…

Police log for Nov. 18, 2011

County sheriff Monday, Oct. 31 11:02 a.m. — 38200 block Chestnut Ridge Road, Eaton Township, a woman reported copper pipe, a stained-glass lamp and antique dishes stolen from a home. 1:05 p.m. — 23600 block Royalton Road, Columbia Township, Hickory Nut Golf Course, a woman reported theft of two golf carts. 5:33 p.m. — 11300 Read More…

Republic announces $87M plan that will bring 449 jobs

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Hamstrung by decades of weak foreign trade policies and devastated by the Great Recession and ensuing American auto industry crash, the decline of Republic Steel’s Lorain plant mirrored the decline of the once-vibrant American steel industry. The plant at 1827 E. 28th St., which had employed about 9,800 employees in 1971, had become mostly empty. Read More…

Lorain Internet sweepstakes cafe sued by supplier

An Elyria company that supplies software to video sweepstakes cafes filed suit Wednesday against one in Lorain County Common Pleas Court. Real Sweeps LLC is seeking payment of $16,490 it contends it is owed for its system. The lawsuit was filed against Henderson Internet Cafe LLC, which does business as Oasis Sweepstakes Cafe at 1724 Read More…

Republic Steel plans major investment in Lorain

LORAIN — Republic Steel is planning a major investment in its Lorain plant at 1827 E. 28th St. Company officials on Wednesday are expected to announce building of an electric arc furnace to help meet growing industry demand. Gov. John Kasich is scheduled to attend the announcement. “We have a need to produce more steel Read More…

Something smells in Lorain, firefighters say

LORAIN — Lorain firefighters want citizens know something that’s been a punchline of jokes for years — the city stinks. The department has responded to calls of possible natural gas odors all morning long, but hasn’t found any actual leaks, according to Lt. Ben Weber. “It’s an unknown odor that is being held close to Read More…

Lorain auditor warns of $3 million deficit by 2013

LORAIN — If anyone has a spare $3 million, the city could use it. Barring a donation from a wealthy benefactor, that’s the projected 2013 deficit. “It’s not a very rosy picture,” Auditor Ronald Mantini told the City Council’s Finance and Claims Committee on Monday. “Obviously this is not a report that I can submit Read More…

Griffin gets 43 years to life for murder

Patrick Griffin is led from the court following his sentencing Monday. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

ELYRIA — Patrick Griffin was sentenced Monday to 43 years to life in prison for the murder of Alberto “Cookie” Gutierrez, who was left to bleed to death in a ditch along Pratt Road in Huntington Township on Thanksgiving Day 2009. Gutierrez’s family said afterward that they thought justice had been served, and they thought Read More…

Lorain chief calls possible firefighter layoffs ‘ridiculous’

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LORAIN — The prospect of more firefighter layoffs angers Fire Chief Tom Brown who said the department is being unfairly singled out. “It’s ridiculous. You go and get grants, and as soon as the financial forecast is looking grim again, where’s the first place they cut?” Brown said after Auditor Ronald Mantini on Monday proposed Read More…

Police: Gun-wielding trio ransacked Lorain home

LORAIN — Two men and a woman holding a handgun rushed into a Douglas Court apartment Sunday evening and searched the home while confining the resident and three of her friends to a couch. The resident told police she was sitting on her couch with two friends when the three assailants — a woman wearing Read More…