February 8, 2016

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VIDEO: Fatal crash scene recorder sentenced

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LORAIN — A Lorain Municipal Court judge said Wednesday he wished he could send Paul Pelton to jail for longer than the maximum for entering a vehicle to film a dying teen. Pelton, 41, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of vehicle trespass and disorderly conduct persisting and Judge Thomas Elwell sentenced him to 30 Read More…

Distress committee member previews group’s February visit to Lorain

LORAIN — A state employee of Ohio’s Academic Distress Commission explained the commission’s impending visit to the Lorain Schools and what that means for the district at a school board meeting Monday night. Clairie Huff-Franklin said the visit is part of an annual review the district receives due to its status on the distress list. Read More…

Lorain council talks public comment, outdoor alcohol consumption at committee meeting

LORAIN — City Council took no formal action on several ordinances at its committee meeting Monday night, but Mayor Chase Ritenauer was pleased with the body’s progress. “We had some good discussions, especially when it came to the outdoor refreshment areas and whether or not they can serve alcohol,” Ritenauer said. “It applies to several Read More…

Lorain Democratic Committee appoints Soto as new city treasurer

Terri Soto

LORAIN — Terri Soto is the new treasurer for the City of Lorain. She was selected by the Lorain City Democratic Party’s Central Committee Thursday night at a meeting to replace Karen Shawver. “I’ve been a loyal soldier to this city for a long time,” Soto, a lifelong resident of Lorain, said. “I’m honored to Read More…

U.S. Steel also taking a hit

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LORAIN — U.S. Steel is planning to lay off 261 employees at its Lorain steel mill over the next few weeks, union officials said. United Steelworkers Local 1104 President Dennis Hamilton said Thursday he was only recently told by U.S. Steel officials that layoffs will start next week when 43 people are expected to be Read More…

Republic Steel to idle Lorain plant

Bruce Bishop took this photo from a drone piloted by Matt Mishak of Dronewerx of the Republic Steel mill in Lorain. The plant will be idled indefinitely in March.

View a timeline of events for Republic Steel HERE. LORAIN — Republic Steel will indefinitely idle its Lorain plant by the end of March, the company announced Thursday. The Canton-based company plans to stagger what it described as roughly 200 layoffs over the next few months and will continue to employ about 900 workers at Read More…

Republic to idle Lorain plant indefinitely in March

Bruce Bishop took this photo from a drone piloted by Matt Mishak of Dronewerx of the Republic Steel mill in Lorain. The plant will be idled indefinitely in March.

LORAIN – Republic Steel will idle its Lorain plant for an indefinite period of time starting in March. United Steelworkers Local 1104 President Dennis Hamilton said union officials learned of the plans at a meeting with management earlier today. “For an indefinite amount of time they’re going to have everybody out of the plant,” he Read More…

Amherst man badly injured New Year’s Eve

LORAIN — Ringing in the New Year with his friends left one man in critical condition at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. According to Lorain police, Michael Ostanock, 42, of Amherst, arrived 7:30 p.m. Thursday at a house on the 700 block of East Erie Avenue to “hang out and celebrate the New Year.” Ostanock Read More…

County’s first baby arrives late New Year’s Day

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE
Angelica Melendez, 25, of Lorain, holds her newborn son Jariel Morales, born at 4:08 p.m. on New Year's Day. Jariel weighed 8lbs. 2oz and was 19in long.

ELYRIA — The first New Year baby in Lorain County made a rather late debut at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center. Jariel Morales was born at 4:08 p.m. Friday — a bit later than other babies born on the same day in past years. “I couldn’t believe he was the first,” his mom, Angelica Melendez, Read More…

Lorain Council votes to cut health care, but not until 2018

LORAIN — A measure to cut health-care benefits for Lorain City Council members failed to win enough votes to take effect this year during a special Council meeting Thursday. Although seven Council members voted in favor of the legislation, eight affirmative votes were needed to pass it as an emergency so it could take effect Read More…