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Lorain Schools ends contract with architect

LORAIN — The architect for the school district’s 13-building, multimillion-dollar project was dismissed by the Board of Education on Wednesday. Columbus-based McDonald, Cassell & Bassett was paid about $10.8 million since being hired for the project in 2002, according to Dan DeNicola, Lorain Schools chief operating officer. DeNicola said McDonald had done unrelated work for Read More…

Man says he was robbed at Pali’s Bar

LORAIN – A 33-year-old Sheffield Lake man said he was robbed at gunpoint while sitting in his car parked at Pali’s Bar in Lorain, a little after 10 p.m. Tuesday. The man said he was parked at the bar, at 1407 Colorado Ave., when two men approached him, according to a Lorain police report. One Read More…

Home invasion reported in Oberlin

OBERLIN – A man and woman living on Spring Street told police they were struck on their heads with a shotgun and handgun by masked men Monday night during a home invasion that lasted at least 30 minutes. There are at least two suspects, but as many as four could be involved, according to a Read More…

Chase Ritenauer elected Lorain mayor in a landslide

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LORAIN — Chase Ritenauer walked to the podium Tuesday night to give his victory speech to Bruce Springteen’s “Born to Run,” but Del Shannon’s “Runaway” would’ve been more appropriate for Lorain’s next mayor. The Democratic Ritenauer won in an 11,838 to 2,766 landslide over Republican Tim Baxter with 81 percent of the votes cast going Read More…

Teacher layoffs expected in Lorain after levy defeat

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LORAIN — Bambi Dillon wondered who was going to tell supporters of Issue 14 that the 1.5 percent earned income tax levy had been defeated. In the end, the task fell to her. “OK guys, we lost,” Dillon, head of the levy campaign committee known as Citizens for Lorain City Schools, said quietly to supporters. Read More…

Verdict near in Lorain man’s murder trial

Patrick Griffin, left, and his attorney, Kenneth Lieux.

ELYRIA — A verdict in the aggravated murder trial of Patrick Griffin could be reached today. Closing arguments from the prosecution and defense ended about noon Tuesday, but jurors told Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski they needed more time when the he spoke to them about 4:30 p.m. Griffin is accused of shooting Alberto “Cookie” Read More…

Former Lorain cop enters diversion, may get case dismissed

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ELYRIA — Former Lorain police Officer Corey Earl was placed in a diversion program Monday after pleading guilty to forgery and passing bad check charges. If Earl, 49, successfully completes the year-long program the charges against him will be dropped. Mike Duff, Earl’s attorney, said his client agreed to go through judicial diversion program to Read More…

Public hearing Thursday on Lorain bar’s liquor license

LORAIN — The liquor license for Pali’s Nite Club, which the city is seeking to close, will be the subject of a public hearing on Thursday in Elyria. Police said they were called to the bar at 1407 Colorado Ave. 76 times between June 22, 2010, and June 22, 2011, for incidents that included assaults, Read More…

Lorain mandates local hires get preference for projects

LORAIN — In a job market with few guarantees, City Council members are trying to get some for Lorain County residents. Council members on Monday approved ordinances mandating that 75 percent of workers on city projects of $100,000 or more be county residents. Lorain residents will be given first preference. Exceptions, such as when there Read More…

Police log for Nov. 7, 2011

Lorain police Wednesday, Nov. 2 8:11 a.m. — 1000 block Hawthorne Ave., several cars were broken into or entered overnight. The items reported stolen were later discovered in a stolen vehicle. 1:05 p.m. — 1000 block Archwood Ave., $5 in change stolen from vehicle. Thursday, Nov. 3 10:02 a.m. — Ohio Gold and Diamond, 863 Read More…