March 31, 2015

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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…

UPDATED: 3 injured in shooting at Lorain bar

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LORAIN — The name has changed, but problems continue at a South Lorain bar. Three men received wounds in a shooting inside 4/40 Sports Lounge, 2217 E. 28th St., about 2:15 a.m. Thursday, police said. Lorain police Capt. Roger Watkins said Thursday afternoon that the shooter or shooters remained at large and he didn’t know Read More…

Lorain entertainment district approved

LORAIN — In 2006, downtown Sandusky received “waterfront entertainment district” status from the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Liquor Control. The designation was sought to revitalize downtown, said John Lippus, executive director of Sandusky Main Street, a nonprofit downtown booster group. Eight years and 13 new restaurants later, Lippus said it’s been a success. Read More…

County leader likely to oversee Lorain Health Department temporarily

LORAIN — A temporary Lorain health commissioner may be named next month. Mayor Chase Ritenauer said Wednesday that Dave Covell, Lorain County health commissioner, likely will be appointed temporary commissioner at the Lorain District Municipal Board of Health’s Jan. 21 meeting. Ritenauer is chairman and a nonvoting member of the board, which met Wednesday. Board Read More…