December 20, 2014

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Water board ousts member second time

LAGRANGE — Pittsfield Township Trustee Mark McConnell again was removed from the Rural Lorain County Water Authority board Wednesday after questions were raised about the legality of a secret ballot process used to vote him off the board last week. The revote was closer than the first vote last week, when the 26-member board voted Read More…

Water board to vote again

The Rural Lorain County Water Authority board will conduct a special meeting Wednesday to revote on whether to remove Pittsfield Township Trustee Mark McConnell after questions were raised about the legality of the secret ballots used to vote McConnell off the board this week. “While the district believes the actions of the board were lawful Read More…

Kasich to talk to victims’ families before commuting a death sentence

Gov. John Kasich personally will call the families of murder victims when he plans to commute the death sentences of convicted killers. The new protocol comes after a meeting Wednesday between Kasich and the family of Helen Vantz, who was killed in 1983 during the robbery of the Slumber Inn in Elyria, where she worked Read More…

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…