February 28, 2015

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Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer may face 2 challengers in November

Chase Ritenauer

LORAIN — Incumbent Democratic Mayor Chase Ritenauer faces a Republican challenger and possibly two independents in November. The Republican challenger is Jessie Tower and Ritenauer may also face Tim Carrion or Desmond Carter, who said they plan to run as independents. Wednesday was the deadline for Democrats and Republicans to turn in petition signatures. Independents Read More…

Lorain parking ban in effect

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LORAIN — A citywide snow parking ban took effect in Lorain at 7 p.m. today, according to a news release from Safety/Service Director Robert Fowler. Street parking is banned until further notice to allow for more efficient. Violators may be ticketed or towed. This is the first winter that a citywide ban is in effect Read More…

Lorain police find dog hanged from truck door

LORAIN — Police responded to a possible animal cruelty call to find what one officer described as a “horrible” scene Saturday night: a dead dog, hanged by a choke chain from the door of a tractor-trailer truck. About 10:45 p.m. Saturday, police received an anonymous tip that a dog was tied to a tree in Read More…

Lorain delays drug lab cleanup vote

LORAIN — A vote on an ordinance designed to make property owners pay for cleanup of drug labs on their land was postponed by City Council members at their Monday meeting. The ordinance was proposed by Councilman Eddie Edwards, D-5th Ward, to take Lorain taxpayers off the hook for cleanups of drug labs, particularly methamphetamine Read More…

Lorain considering drug lab cleanup plan

LORAIN — City officials are considering holding property owners responsible for drug labs found on their property. Leon Mason, director of building, housing and planning, proposed an ordinance at a committee meeting Monday regarding how to address potential clandestine drug labs inside city limits — by making property owners pay for the cost of cleanup. Read More…

Union leader announces plans to run for Lorain Council president

Harry Williamson

LORAIN — After not getting rehired by the guy he wants fired, Harry Williamson is taking his case to the people. Williamson, Lorain County AFL-CIO president, announced after Monday’s City Council meeting that he is running for Council president. He will challenge incumbent Democrat Joel Arredondo. The announcement came after Council, on the recommendation of Read More…

Lorain’s Mexican Mutual Society struggles for members

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LORAIN — Mexican Mutual Society members don’t want to break with tradition. The society since 1998 has organized Lorain’s annual Cinco de Mayo parade in May. The club also organizes a Mexican independence day celebration in September. Club members about 15 years ago created the Mexican Mutual Scholarship Fund, which they say raises about $3,000 Read More…

Lorain worker placed on paid administrative leave after complaint

LORAIN — A city employee has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. Robert Cobert, 58, a construction observation engineer with the city, was placed on leave Jan. 9 while Lorain police complete an investigation in which he is involved. Safety Service Director Robert Fowler wouldn’t go into the specifics of the investigation Read More…

Lorain mayor to seek re-election

Chase Ritenauer

LORAIN – Mayor Chase Ritenauer has announced that he will seek re-election to a second term this year. In a mailing sent to voters in the city, Ritenauer, who has declined to say until now whether he will run for office again, wrote that he believes the city has moved forward, but there is more Read More…

Lorain city officials to review street parking restriction

LORAIN — Lorain city officials just wanted to update a longstanding ordinance calling for residents to move parked cars from streets during snow emergencies. But the ordinance, updated in October, has essentially banned all parking on nearly every street in the city between 2 and 6 a.m. from Dec. 1 to March 31, and now Read More…