May 24, 2015


Ohio death row inmate hanged self with nylon belt

Billy Seagle

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A death row inmate who committed suicide hanged himself with a nylon belt up to 20 minutes before he was found, according to a coroner’s report. The cause of death for Billy Slagle was asphyxiation by strangulation, according to the report by the Ross County Coroner’s office obtained Tuesday by The Associated Read More…

Lorain proclaims Purple Heart Day

Larry Davidson, left, Bill Brokop, center, and Carl Firestone Jr. salute Monday during the playing of taps at Chapter 473 of the Military Order of the Purple Hearts’ ceremony at Lorain City Council meeting. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Mayor Chase Ritenauer accepted the designation of Purple Heart City at Lorain’s Council meeting Monday, then proclaimed Aug. 7 as Purple Heart Day in the city.

2 killed, 3 injured in northwest Ohio house explosion

Firefighters douse hotspots following a house explosion Tuesday in Stony Ridge, Ohio. Neighbors said the blast woke them up around 5 a.m. and that they saw flames at the ranch-style home near the village of Stony Ridge, about 15 miles south of Toledo. (AP Photo/The Blade, Dave Zapotosky)

STONY RIDGE, Ohio — Authorities found the body of a second victim in the rubble of a home flattened by an explosion in northwest Ohio. Searchers recovered the body about six hours after the blast. Authorities just south of Toledo say three other people were injured early Tuesday morning near the village of Stony Ridge. Read More…

Chronicle warns residents of credit card scam

The Chronicle-Telegram is warning residents of a credit card scam involving a newspaper subscription offer. Several people have received phone calls from a woman who says she is a telemarketer for the newspaper. The woman offers to sell a subscription to The Chronicle or its sister paper, The Medina Gazette, at a special rate of Read More…

Lorain blotter: Juvenile charged with unruly child offense, resisting arrest

Saturday, Sept. 14 1:35 a.m. – 1400 block of Herbert Drive, juvenile boy, age and address unavailable, arrested and charged with an unruly child offense and resisting arrest. The boy’s grandmother said he cut off his electronic monitoring device. Officer Todd Hite said the boy fought with him when Hite tried to handcuff him. 7:47 Read More…

UPDATED: Navy Yard shooting victims had long careers there

APTOPIX Navy Yard Sho_News

WASHINGTON  — A dozen people died in a shooting rampage Monday at the Washington Navy Yard. The shooter also was killed. It was the deadliest attack at a domestic military installation since November 2009, when an Army psychiatrist killed 13 people and wounded 30 others at Fort Hood, Texas. The stories of the 12 who Read More…

Motive for Navy Yard shooting remains mystery

A small group holds a candlelight vigil on Freedom Plaza to remember the victims of the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard Monday in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON — The former Navy reservist who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard had been hearing voices and was being treated for mental illness in the weeks before the shooting rampage, but was not stripped of his security clearance, officials said Tuesday. Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old information technology employee with a defense contractor, Read More…

Canton residents cleared to return home after fire prompted evacuations

CANTON, Ohio— Authorities in northeast Ohio say a roughly 20-block area of Canton was evacuated when a fire in a closed factory released potentially harmful sulfur dioxide. Fire Battalion Chief Tom Garra says area residents were evacuated because air monitors detected sulfur dioxide at levels that weren’t life-threatening but posed health hazards. Those levels had Read More…

Ohio turnpike panel OKs $930 million for road projects

CLEVELAND — The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission has signed off on $930 million for 10 projects in the turnpike’s first round of funding highway and bridge work outside of its corridor. The financing change is meant to speed along road projects that might have been delayed for years because of funding problems. Turnpike toll Read More…

Return of step increases could cost school district millions

LORAIN — Two years ago, Lorain teachers agreed to forego pay raises — known in the education arena as “step increases” — as the district struggled to balance its books. But the memorandum of understanding signed by the Lorain Education Association and the school district didn’t end the practice. Rather, it simply postponed the payments Read More…