Michael Fitzpatrick, The Morning Journal

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Lorain, OH, United States

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Past articles by Michael:

Lorain County Probate judge to get additional $130,000 for magistrate

Lorain County commissioners indicated they will add another $130,000 for a magistrate for Lorain County Probate Judge James T. Walther after he explained Jan. 25 why he needed the position. The fun… → Read More

Lorain County: CCI files suit against commissioners over rescinded radio deal

Cleveland Communications Inc., which lost a $7.7 million contract to supply Lorain County sheriff’s deputies and county fire departments with emergency radios, is taking Lorain County commissioners… → Read More

Lorain: Pat Riley announces run for another term as law director

Lorain Law Director Pat Riley is seeking to retain his job as he announced he’s running for re-election in Jan. 17 news release. Riley has been in the job since 2009 when he was picked by city Demo… → Read More

Westlake police say woman falls victim to sweepstakes scam

An elderly Westlake woman was scammed out of thousands of dollars by a man posing as a representative from Publishers Clearing House who told the woman she’d won $5 million dollars in the sweepstak… → Read More

Vermilion: Families brave chilly temps for chance at Fire and Ice Walk

Approximately 1,000 attendees braved chilly temperatures to watch ice sculptors in action, meet some sled dogs, snack on smores and fare from food trucks, or take a stroll in the dormant winter lan… → Read More

Vermilion: Soothing stroke of man’s best friend helps in stressful times

Skylar Genesta cautiously approached Fiona. But in a little more than the time it takes to snap your fingers the 3-year-old little girl and Fiona, a Golden Doodle therapy dog, made a connection. Fi… → Read More

Lorain grandmother Brenda Turner-Franklin with front row seat to youth violence pitching plan to help

A Lorain grandmother who says her grandson finds himself caught up in the justice system due to circumstances beyond his control, is pitching a plan she believes can help stem the epidemic of youth… → Read More

Lorain County Commissioners consider meeting change for more public access

Lorain County commissioners are considering a change to their meeting schedule in hopes of making it easier for the public to attend. For years, the commissioners have met at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays. … → Read More

Three Lorain Council members continue to block ARPA funds for Broadway Mary’s – Morning Journal

Three Lorain City Councilmembers voted against suspending the rules for the second reading of legislation that if approved would have cleared the way for popular Broadway restaurant owner Mary Fiel… → Read More

City of Lorain ‘confident’ Oakwood Park pool should be ready in time for summer swimming – Morning Journal

The city of Lorain-owned pool at Oakwood Park should be completed in time for summer swimming, according to the city’s Parks and Recreation Superintendent Eric Lahetta. Lahetta provided an update o… → Read More

Lorain County Port Authority agrees to buy Midway Mall for $13.9 million

The Lorain County Port Authority is getting into the mall business. The County Port Board voted unanimously Jan. 13 to accept a $13.9 million loan from the Lorain County commissioners to purchase M… → Read More

Lorain Mayor Jack Bradley willing to work with commissioners on radio plan

The city of Lorain has weighed in on the decision of Lorain County commissioners to rescind a $7.7 million contract with Cleveland Communications Inc. to buy radios that county first responders say… → Read More

Lorain County Sheriff’s deputy union files grievance over cancelled radio deal

The Lorain County Deputies Association filed a grievance on Jan. 9 accusing the county commissioners of violating the health and safety clause of their contract by rescinding a $7.7 million contrac… → Read More

Lorain County commissioners adopt 2023 budget for $74.6M, still less than requested

Lorain County commissioners voted 3-0 at their Jan. 9 meeting to adopt the 2023 general fund budget. According to figures provided by Commissioner Dave Moore, the 2023 general fund budget that was … → Read More

Lorain County Commissioners to loan $13.9M to port authority to purchase Midway Mall

In a move to make the Midway Mall in Elyria more attractive to potential developers, Lorain County commissioners will loan the Lorain County Port Authority $13.9 million to purchase the property an… → Read More

Lorain County commission decision to repeal radio deal rankles safety forces

In an emotionally charged meeting room packed with firefighters and sheriff’s deputies Jan. 9, the Lorain County commissioners voted 2-1 to rescind a contract with Cleveland Communications In… → Read More

Lorain County commissioners likely move to repeal radio deal draws wrath

Lorain County commissioners likely will vote to repeal legislation during their Jan. 9 organizational meeting for a $7.7 million contract for public radio system approved in December. It will be th… → Read More

Lorain, Coast Guard take steps to address ‘The Ghost Vessel’ on the Black River – Morning Journal

Lorain city officials and the U.S. Coast Guard worked together this week to make sure an abandoned ferry that’s been parked under the Lofton Henderson Memorial Bridge on the banks of the Black Rive… → Read More

Oberlin couple, Netherlands man help make sure World War II fallen aren’t forgotten – Morning Journal

Barbara and Bob Smith didn’t know their trip this October to the Netherlands would lead them back to Lorain. But that’s what happened. The retired teachers from Oberlin are huge World War II buffs.… → Read More

Mercy Health will no longer staff Lorain Schools health clinic

Mercy Health informed Lorain City Schools it no longer will provide health care services for students in the district starting Feb. 1. Lorain City Schools Superintendent Jeff Graham informed studen… → Read More