June 26, 2016

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Water authority retirement proposal moves to full board

The possible return of an old retirement incentive plan for Rural Lorain County Water Authority workers passed its first major hurdle Wednesday night. At a joint meeting of Rural Water’s Personnel and Executive Committee in LaGrange, members voted 13 to 2 to have the full board consider the controversial proposal at a meeting next month. Read More…

Rural Lorain Water Authority retirement program may make comeback

The Rural Lorain County Water Authority is considering bringing back a discontinued retirement incentive program in which the organization buys additional years of service for employees to speed up their access to retirement benefits and increases the value of their pensions. The program paid out nearly $1.9 million on behalf of 15 Rural Water workers Read More…

State approves language for ResponsibleOhio marijuana amendment

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has approved ballot language proposed by ResponsibleOhio that would legalize marijuana in the state. It’s the first hurdle the investor-backed organization needs to clear in its effort to put a constitutional amendment before voters in November. Although DeWine opposes legalization, his role in the certification process was to determine if Read More…

Ohio’s marijuana legalization ballot proposal revised to include home grow

Ohioans would be able to grow up to four marijuana plants for personal use under a revised constitutional amendment proposed by ResponsibleOhio. The initial draft ballot language for the marijuana legalization amendment, released last week, hadn’t allowed people to grow their own plants, a restriction that drew criticism from other pro-marijuana advocates. “After extensive conversations Read More…

Facebook post lands a Lorain man back in prison

A Lorain man released early from a three-year prison sentence for killing an Elyria man in a car crash is fighting a Cuyahoga County judge’s order late last month that returned him to prison to serve the remainder of his sentence. Ryan Fye was ordered back to prison after the family of William Fekete, who Read More…

Medina man charged in fatal Elyria shooting

ELYRIA — A Medina man has been indicted on aggravated murder and other charges stemming from the Sept. 17 shooting death of Matthew Stinson in an Elyria apartment hallway. Jeremy Diestler, 30, also is charged with murder, felonious assault, improper discharge of a firearm at a habitation and tampering with evidence. Stinson, 25, was shot Read More…

Medina man charged in Elyria shooting

A Medina man has been indicted on aggravated murder and other charges stemming from the Sept. 17 shooting death of Matthew Stinson in an Elyria apartment hallway. Jeremy Diestler, 30, also is charged with murder, felonious assault, improper discharge of a firearm at a habitation and tampering with evidence. Stinson, 25, was shot in the Read More…

Appeal declined for Elyria man barred from procreating

The Ohio Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from an Elyria man who has been barred from having more children until he pays child support for the children he already has. The decision, handed down last week without explanation, leaves in place the order governing Asim Taylor’s reproductive future that Lorain County Probate Read More…

Public records audit finds violations, officials call them errors

The Medina County commissioners’ office improperly required a name to be given to access public records during a statewide audit of public accessibility conducted in April. Under Ohio’s public records law, there is no requirement for a person requesting public records to provide a name. When the auditor, a reporter from The Gazette’s sister paper, Read More…

Brunswick head shop owners indicted on federal charges

Owners of a Brunswick head shop have been indicted on federal conspiracy, drug and money laundering charges for allegedly running a chain of similar shops that sold synthetic marijuana across the state. Sean and Sherry Lightner, both 38, of Grafton Township, allegedly purchased and sold hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of the illegal substances Read More…