October 24, 2014

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Lorain coffee shop serves final cup of joe

LORAIN — The Charleston Coffee House, which city boosters hoped might bring people downtown, has closed. Property owner Gary Davis said the closure was due to a lack of customers but said high employee turnover and sometimes bad service discouraged customers. Davis, a developer who splits his time in Tacoma, Wash., said he wasn’t a Read More…

Union rally planned at Lorain’s Camaco plant

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LORAIN — Manufacturing plant Camaco filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking a restraining order to stop members of the United Auto Workers Local 2000 from picketing outside its location. According to information distributed by the UAW, auto parts workers at Camaco will join elected officials and UAW members today for a rally at the plant at Read More…

UPDATED: Student brawls mar Lorain homecoming event

When several fights broke out at Lakeview Park during the annual

LORAIN — Some students got too fired up at Thursday’s fourth annual Lorain Schools Homecoming Bonfire at Lakeview Park. Police said a brawl broke out about 7:50 p.m. No one was seriously injured. Five juvenile girls were cited for disorderly conduct and aggravated riot and Sierra Wiley, 18, of the 600 block of West 18th Read More…

Lorain OKs seeking tax credits for hotel renovation

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LORAIN — Conversion of the blighted former Spitzer Plaza hotel received support from City Council members Monday. Council voted to support Lorain Building Investors LLC applying to the Ohio Development Services Agency for $1.9 million in historic tax credits for the former hotel. The 69-room hotel, also known as the Broadway Building, was placed on the Read More…

Lorain proposes vacant house registry

LORAIN — When the 60 people at Monday’s Building and Lands Committee were asked if they lived near a vacant or foreclosed home, nearly every hand was raised. There were nearly 1,500 vacant houses last year among the roughly 24,000 in Lorain, said Leon Mason, Building, Housing and Planning Department director. They comprise about 6 Read More…

Lorain police find children in appalling conditions

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LORAIN — Two young brothers were found in what police said were appalling conditions when officers responded to a domestic dispute in the 1500 block of East 29th Street at 10:28 p.m. Friday. A 7-month-old boy was found in a diaper filled with excrement and caked on his back, police said in a report. His 2-year-old Read More…

Lorain man’s TV show features vegan cooking

Former Lorain resident Luis Quinones is working on a TV reality show featuring chefs. PHOTO PROVIDED

A Lorain man’s interest in vegan cooking and nutrition sparked a second career — one that could land him on television in the near future. Luis Quinones, 42, who recently retired from his job as a community control officer for Lorain County Domestic Relations Court, now lives in southern California, is working on a 22-episode Read More…

Lorain City Council to discuss blight ordinance

LORAIN — Most vacant, blighted homes in Lorain are in foreclosure. City officials say banks and foreclosure holding companies need to do a better job taking care of them. A proposed vacant property registry to be discussed by the City Council’s Building and Lands Committee about 6 p.m. today is designed to increase accountability. Among Read More…

Popular concert series coming to Lorain

LORAIN — For those about to rock, head to Black River Landing in May. The venue is the new host of the Rockin’ on the River concert series, which runs from Memorial Day through September. About 18 concerts are planned, said promoter Bob Earley, of Falls River Concerts. Thirteen will involve bands covering acts popular Read More…

Crumbling Lorain hotel could become upscale apartments

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LORAIN — The blighted former Spitzer Plaza Hotel may be saved from demolition. Lorain Hotel Investors LLC, a company that includes Chicago-based T-2 Capital Management and Black River Landing developer James Louthen, wants to spend $10 million to convert the building into about 50 upscale apartments for residents 55 and older, a Monday news release Read More…