April 1, 2015

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Serious crime declined in Lorain in 2014


LORAIN — Crime rates in Lorain decreased almost across the board last year, and Lorain police Detective Buddy Sivert said average citizens are largely to thank. “There’s more cooperation with citizens. They have a way to contact us,” Sivert said, referencing the anonymous tip texting line that allows Lorain residents to message information to police. Read More…

State of the City: Mayor Chase Ritenauer touts Lorain’s advancements


In his fourth State of the City speech Thursday, Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer laid out an activist role for city government despite economic uncertainty. Ritenauer touted road improvements, blighted housing demolitions and crime decreases since he took office in 2012 and said they’re continuing. “Progress is really starting to take place throughout our city,” Ritenauer Read More…

Lorain Council passes lab cleanup measure

LORAIN — City Council members passed an ordinance Monday designed to get taxpayers off the hook for cleanup costs of illegal drug labs. Property owners are now responsible for cleanups, and the ordinance language includes a more-specific definition of owner than the previous ordinance, which some Council members said lacked specifics. The original language defined Read More…

Capitalize on inevitable marijuana legalization, backers of Lorain cultivation site say


LORAIN — The principal owner of RG1 LLC, the company that would grow marijuana in the city of Lorain if a proposed constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana passes, is Lakewood businessman and restaurateur Bobby George. “I got involved because it’s something I’m passionate about,” George said. “I don’t look at it as a drug. I look Read More…

Woman injured in crash with box truck


A 24-year-old Amherst driver, who police aren’t identifying, was seriously injured in a crash at the intersection of Baumhart Road and Terminal Drive about 12:05 p.m. Monday, police said. The woman was southbound on Baumhart in a 2014 Ford Focus, according to a news release from police Officer Kyle Gelenius of the Police Department’s Traffic Read More…

Proposal would bring marijuana cultivation to Lorain


LORAIN — If a proposed ballot initiative legalizing marijuana in Ohio passes, one of the 10 authorized growing locations will be in Lorain along the Black River, according to ballot language released Monday. Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer said the land is owned by the city, but City Council approved a purchase option on the property Read More…

Lorain’s First Evangelical Lutheran Church plots future

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LORAIN — A decision on the new First Evangelical Lutheran Church is expected by month’s end, according to the church’s pastor. The Rev. Jimmy Madsen said Sunday that parishioners are deciding whether to build a new church or relocate to a former church building. If a new church is built, a decision hasn’t been made Read More…

Lorain County Association of Realtors president disputes Lorain sales stats

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LORAIN — Housing sales increased 67 percent last year in Lorain compared with 2013, but Geoff Lloyd, Lorain County Association of Realtors president, said the statistics are misleading. The increase occurred in the first year of point-of-sale housing inspections. The inspections require buyers or sellers to rectify violations before sales are allowed with escrow accounts Read More…

Kasich’s budget: Elyria, Lorain stand to gain; Avon Lake likely to lose

Ohio Gov. John Kasich outlines details of his proposed two-year, $72 billion state budget that includes a $500 million net tax cut, on Monday in Columbus. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

The city of Lorain has a median household income of less than $24,000. Look to the east to more affluent Avon Lake, and that figures jumps to nearly $60,000. Under Gov. John Kasich’s proposed two-year budget, that would mean it makes perfect sense when looking at state funding to cut education aid to wealthy Avon Read More…

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…