September 2, 2014

Medina
Intermittent clouds
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Experts: Water authority’s secret ballots broke law

LAGRANGE — The Rural Lorain County Water Authority board’s use of secret ballots in a vote Wednesday to remove Mark McConnell violated Ohio’s Sunshine Laws, according to an open meetings expert and a 2011 opinion issued by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. “You can’t vote on anything in secret,” Tim Smith, an attorney and professor Read More…

Talk continues over proposed pipeline

The Nexus Gas Transmission line, which would carry natural gas extracted from the Utica shale fields in western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio up to Michigan and on into Ontario, is still on the drawing board, but the groundwork already is being laid with local officials. The proposed natural gas pipeline — being contemplated by a Read More…

Tax consultant pleads guilty to bilking clients

Richard Zakarian

CLEVELAND — Tax consultant Richard Zakarian pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal mail and wire fraud charges for stealing more than $4.4 million from nearly 100 clients in schemes dating back more than a decade. Zakarian, 47, could receive up to 20 years in prison under the terms of his plea agreement, U.S. District Judge Dan Read More…

Woman who killed son seeks commutation

Convicted killer Nicole Diar has applied to have her life prison sentence commuted because of “family hardship.” Paperwork sent to Lorain County officials by the Ohio Parole Board this week doesn’t contain any further explanation for why the 37-year-old Diar is seeking early release from prison for the 2003 murder of her 4-year-old son. Attorney Read More…

Appeal: Man has human right to procreate

Asim Taylor

ELYRIA — Asim Taylor has a basic human right to procreate, the attorney for the Elyria man barred from having children while he is on probation wrote in appeal documents filed Wednesday. Taylor, who pleaded guilty to charges he failed to pay nearly $100,000 in back child support for the four children he’s already fathered, Read More…

Republic Services strike: Mayor hits the streets

LORAIN — With rubbish piling up in the streets because of a week-long strike at Republic Services, Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer borrowed three garbage trucks from Elyria and, along with other city workers, began throwing trash Friday. “We’ve got trash sitting out across the city and it’s a public health issue,” Ritenauer said after several Read More…

Some trash collection resumes today

CARLISLE TWP. — Republic Waste, which serves the city of Brunswick, planned to resume trash collection today with out-of-state workers and supervisors replacing striking employees, even as the strike was expected to drag into a third day. Dave Kidder, area marketing manager for Republic, said that garbage pickup in Medina, Lorain and western Cuyahoga counties Read More…

Trash pickup delayed again; Republic strike continues

CARLISLE TWP. — Republic Waste workers remained on strike for a second day this morning, pushing back trash collection by another day. Dave Kidder, area marketing manager for Republic, said the company is bringing in workers from out of state and those workers will begin making the rounds in Lorain, Medina and western Cuyahoga counties Read More…

Trash pickup delayed as Republic workers strike again

Strikers sit outside Republic Waste in Carlisle Township. There were far less strikers on the line today than the first time they picketed in support of other workers fighting with the company. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY BRUCE BISHOP)

CARLISLE TWP. — Republic Waste workers refused to cross a picket line Monday, delaying trash pickups in Medina, Lorain and western Cuyahoga counties for the second time this month. Dave Kidder, Republic’s area marketing manager, said it was unclear Monday whether workers would return to their routes today. “We’re one day behind no matter what,” Read More…

UPDATE: Trash pickup expected to resume today

CARLISLE TWP. — Republic Waste expects to resume trash pickup today after a solidarity strike Monday, a company official said. Eric Van Houten, general manager of Republic’s Lorain County operations, said afternoon shift mechanics showed up for work and that the picket outside the company’s Butternut Ridge Road facility was gone. Martin Jay, business representative Read More…