August 22, 2014

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Lorain City Council approves $31.6 million budget

LORAIN — City Council members on Monday unanimously approved a $31.6 million budget. The budget includes no raises or new positions, but some new hires may be made for unfilled positions. Mayor Chase Ritenauer said after the council meeting that while Lorain could use more Street Department workers and police — Lorain’s workforce has decreased Read More…

Lorain blotter: Woman reports she was attacked by three unknown girls

Lorain Police

Lorain police Saturday, March 15 2 a.m. — 1700 block E. 37th St., juvenile boy, no age listed, same address, cited for being an unruly child and turned over to his grandmother. Police said the boy cursed his 57-year-old grandmother who uses an air tank and threatened to spit on her. Police said a judicial Read More…

Lorain Schools officials hope realignment will improve academics, attendance, reduce voucher eligibility

LORAIN — The main goal of a proposed Lorain Schools realignment is to improve academics, but it could also increase attendance. Voucher eligibility for parochial and private schools is tied to each school’s state performance rating. “Depending on how the realignment works, the school’s overall rating may improve so much that it would no longer Read More…

Lorain blotter: Boyfriend charged with domestic violence after fight over pictures on phone

Lorain Police

Lorain police 2:11 a.m. March 8 — 3000 block G St., Andre Henry, 30, same address, arrested and charged with domestic violence. Henry’s girlfriend, who police said had bruises and scrapes on her right arm and a bruise around her right eye, said they argued after she found nude pictures of women on his phone. Read More…

Lorain track coach Donovan Wilson ailing, needs kidney transplant

Donovan Wilson

Donovan Wilson’s track teams have faced many uphill battles. None compares to what the 44-year-old Wilson faces as he fights stage 5 kidney disease. The Lorain High School girls track and Longfellow Middle School boys basketball coach was diagnosed in the last week of 2013 after tests and surgery at Fairview Hospital. “I was getting Read More…

Lorain man dies in duplex fire

A man died in an early Sunday fire in a duplex at 418 Kentucky Ave. in Lorain. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — When he heard his friend’s home was on fire about 3:25 a.m. Sunday, Terry Welser said he dressed quickly and ran half a block from his home to 418 Kentucky Ave., where emergency responders were trying to save Lonnie Mullett Jr. Firefighters and paramedics spent about 20 minutes performing CPR on the 39-year-old Read More…

Elyria, Lorain tackling potholes as weather permits

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ELYRIA — With a gently used hot box and tons of cold patch, Elyria workers are tackling this year’s scourge of potholes the only way they know how: one hole at a time. Scott Payne, Elyria’s Street Department superintendent, said the plowing and patching cycle of this winter has taken on a life of its Read More…

Prank calls leave police searching for officer in trouble

Lorain Police

LORAIN — An anonymous report of an officer in trouble Wednesday night sent four police departments combing the city, with no results. About 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, the Lorain Police Department received a call through dispatch that shots were fired in the area of Root Road and Colorado Avenue. Officers, initially believing the caller was another Read More…

Young girl says man tried to accost her

LORAIN — A young girl told police she was walking home from school when a man driving by stopped, backed up his car and opened the passenger door in front of her. About 4 p.m. Tuesday, police arrived at the 700 block of E Street where they spoke with Rachel Rodriguez and her 9-year-old daughter. Read More…

After 38 years, blighted Lorain house to come down

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LORAIN — In 1976 as the nation celebrated its bicentennial, Loraine Ritchey grew concerned about an abandoned, blighted house on her block. On Friday, the house at 1034 W. Fourth St., a symbol of Lorain’s housing decay and city and state bureaucratic delays, will come down, ending a 38-year battle. Ritchey, co-founder and co-chairwoman of Read More…