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Lorain planners, salvage operator wrangle over Elyria Avenue site | Lorain County

A truck salvage business and city officials are wrangling over the best way for the company to operate in Lorain.

On Feb. 3, the Lorain Zoning Board of Appeals denied a conditional use permit for Peanut Propertis Ohio LLC to operate at 3618 Elyria Ave.

But the company will return for city authorization.

The city Planning Commission held in abeyance a rezoning request for the company and owner Joseph Burda of North Ridgeville.

That allows more time for Burda, his lawyer and city staff to determine how Burda can comply with a court ruling filed in the case when he appealed an earlier city denial to operate at the site.

Trouble in the past

The city actions were the latest step in legal disputes going back for more than two years.

Burda is the former owner of JB Acquisitions LLC, the indoor auto and machinery salvage yard at the intersection

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Gary police seek termination of officer charged in salvage auto title investigation | Latest Headlines

In recent months, the police department has fired two officers for using excessive force and making racially insensitive comments, and a sergeant was placed on unpaid leave after he was charged Oct. 29 with felony cheating at gambling.

Gary Police Chief Brian Evans said after a December police commission meeting he’s committed to protecting his department’s reputation.

“We’re cleaning our own porch,” he said. “We’re doing what we have to do to maintain the trust of the community.”

According to records in the criminal case, Range signed off on 18 individual affidavits for restoration of a salvage vehicle that were subsequently submitted by a Gary car lot to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

On each form, Range certified he was a law enforcement officer in Indiana and had personally examined each vehicle, its major components and ownership documents, according to court records.

Range attested that the salvage restoration of

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Gary officer faces 2 felonies in salvage auto title investigation | Crime and Courts

According to records in the criminal case, Range signed off on 18 individual affidavits for restoration of a salvage vehicle that were subsequently submitted by a Gary car lot to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. 

On each form, Range certified he was a law enforcement officer in Indiana and had personally examined each vehicle, its major components and ownership documents, according to court records.

Range attested that the salvage restoration of each vehicle conformed with the law and that making a false statement on the form could result in a perjury charge, records state.

Salvage title applications help ensure stolen auto parts are not being used to restore wrecked vehicles, police said.

Gary police became involved in the investigation after a BMV employee contacted the department regarding an investigation into salvage title applications submitted by Indiana Imports, 4100 Grant St. 

The owner of Indiana Imports initially told investigators he

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