May 23, 2015

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North Ridgeville police seek help in identifying dead woman

Lorain County Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans, left, and North Ridgeville police Lt. Greg Petek talk to the media Monday at the North Ridgeville Police Department about the body that was found Sunday off Victory Parkway. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a partially clad woman whose body was found Sunday afternoon near Victory Sports Park off Lorain Road. Authorities have not deemed her death a homicide, but they did say her death appears suspicious in nature during a news conference Monday. Results of an Read More…

Pot legalization could be windfall for Ohio, Lorain County

ELYRIA — ResponsibleOhio released figures Tuesday estimating that its proposal legalizing marijuana in Ohio would generate $554 million in annual tax revenue by 2020. In Lorain County alone, special marijuana taxes would generate almost $4.1 million for county government annually and more than $7.5 million that would be split among the county’s cities, villages and Read More…

Columbia Gas investigating North Ridgeville gas line break

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Columbia Gas is investigating an early morning incident Monday to determine whether a gas line accidentally struck by city workers repairing a water main break was correctly identified and marked. Scott Tustin of Columbia Gas, said it is the job of utilities to pinpoint specific locations of underground lines or that of Read More…

North Ridgeville homes evacuated after poor mapping causes gas line strike

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Residents of about 20 homes were evacuated for a short time Monday morning after city crews working on a water main break accidentally struck a mismarked gas line. The location of the gas line was misjudged by a statewide utility mapping organization known as OUPS, which Mayor David Gillock said is pronounced Read More…

Phone outage causes closures for North Ridgeville school district

NORTH RIDGEVILLE —School officials canceled classes Monday but not for the obvious reason. “If we would have had phones, we would have been open,” Assistant Superintendent of Building Services William Greene said Monday. While a number of Lorain County school districts, including Elyria, Lorain, Sheffield-Sheffield Lake and Vermilion, closed because of sub-zero temperatures, North Ridgeville Read More…

Contract talks delay North Ridgeville stadium

An artist’s rendering shows the North Ridgeville stadium, which was originally set for a fall 2015 opening. PHOTO PROVIDED

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — School officials will be shopping for a new company to ride herd on its $58.1 million middle school-sports stadium complex project after hitting an impasse in contract talks with the firm hired for the job. The delay is not expected to stall completion of the school, which is set to open for Read More…

North Ridgeville school board head: Stadium not being ‘fast tracked’

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — For some time, the community has been abuzz with talk of a new sports stadium that will complement the third- to eighth-grade school to be built near North Ridgeville High School off Bainbridge Road. At Tuesday night’s Planning Commission meeting, a recommendation on the project was postponed a second time over questions Read More…

Decision for North Ridgeville school project is delayed

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Anticipation continues to build for the city’s $58.1 million middle school designed to alleviate overcrowding at several schools, but the project’s approval by the Planning Commission has been postponed for a second time after more questions and concerns were raised, especially by the city’s safety forces. “There are a lot of unanswered Read More…

North Ridgeville Council gets look at new school plans

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — City Council members on Monday got their first formal look at plans for the city’s new $58.1 million grades three to eight middle school and 4,500-seat sports stadium complex. Work is projected to start this spring. To be built on a nearly 100-acre parcel of school district-owned land adjacent to North Ridgeville High Read More…

Grafton, North Ridgeville make Top 10 list of safest places to live

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Two Lorain County municipalities are on recent Top 10 lists of safest places to live in Ohio. Value Penguin, a Manhattan-based data analysis company that focuses primarily on consumer finance topics, recently analyzed 2013 Federal Investigation Bureau Uniform Crime Report data to rank the safest cities in small, midsize and big cities across Ohio. Grafton Read More…