August 28, 2014

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State still oversees Lorain schools

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LORAIN — Their goal is to disband. But until Lorain Schools test scores improve, the Lorain Academic Distress Commission controls the school district’s academics. Tuesday is the one-year anniversary of the state takeover of Lorain Schools and formation of the commission, which was prompted by four consecutive years of failing test scores. Lorain and Youngstown Read More…

Lorain blotter: Man arrested, charged with burglary

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Lorain Police 11:50 a.m. March 31 — 500 block W. 23rd St., Christian Cosme, 27, 200 block E. 23rd St., Lorain, arrested and charged with burglary. A man who said he owed Cosme $60 for drugs said Cosme kicked in the door of his home and threatened to kill him. Cosme denied being at the Read More…

Cotton Club liquor permit not renewed

Anthony Barnhill manages the bar at the Cotton Club on East 28th Street in Lorain. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

LORAIN — Less than two years after opening, the Cotton Club is scheduled to close April 20 when its liquor permit expires due to rowdiness inside and around the bar. In a March 21 letter to club owner Antoinette Daniels Barnhill, Ohio Division of Liquor Control superintendent Bruce Stevenson rejected the permit renewal. Stevenson noted police Read More…

Lorain High School principal accepts new post

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LORAIN — Diane Conibear’s six years as Lorain High School principal included merging two high schools into one and later moving students into two temporary buildings. Conibear, who recently announced she will depart at the end of the school year in August, said the merger and move were the biggest challenges of her career. However, Read More…

Lorain school realignment likely postponed

LORAIN — School realignment, tentatively set to begin in August, will likely be postponed a year, Superintendent Tom Tucker told the Lorain Academic Distress Commission Monday. “We feel we need to do a lot more education next year,” Tucker said. “Spend more time explaining it and getting out there and working with (parents).” Tucker’s plan Read More…

Too many extension cords in bedroom blamed for Lorain fire

LORAIN — Overloaded extension cords are blamed for a fire called in at 12:24 a.m. Sunday at 2805 W. 40th St. Assistant Fire Chief Gary Burls said firefighters needed about eight minutes to contain the small fire that ignited in a bedroom in the one-floor, single-family wood-frame home. Burls said homeowner Terry Brestovansky told firefighters after Read More…

Restarting furnace sparks fire at Lorain apartment complex

LORAIN — A fire called in at 9:43 p.m. Sunday in the utility room of an apartment complex at 3190 Fulton Road caused minor damage. Assistant Fire Chief Gary Burls said after a previous fire, gas had been shut off to the furnace and clothes dryer. In restarting the furnace, a gas valve to the Read More…

Lorain blotter: Man tells police he was ‘jumped’ because he’s gay

Lorain Police

Lorain police 9:27 p.m. March 28 — 1400 block Cooper Foster Park Road, a highly intoxicated man told police he “got jumped” by a group of unknown people while walking in Lorain because he is gay. Police said the man had no visible injuries, although he complained that the left side of his face was Read More…

Man injured in fight at Lorain bar

LORAIN — A fight started at a bar Tuesday after witnesses told police a man tried to pull his ex-girlfriend by her hair and other men intervened to stop him. About 1:30 a.m., police arrived at Dale’s Sports Bar, 3680 Pearl Ave., to investigate a fight. A man outside the bar who had bruises on Read More…

Lorain man returns home to find decapitated kitten

LORAIN – After an evening out with his family, a Lorain man returned home to a startling sight on Monday night – the family’s 6-week-old kitten lying decapitated on his son’s bedroom floor. Zachary Zgola, 28, said he returned to his house on the 1100 block of West 10th Street around 10:45 p.m. on Monday Read More…