April 23, 2014

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Firelands school board sets hearing over custodian’s firing

SOUTH AMHERST — This June may mark the end of years of legal battles and discord between a middle school custodian and his employer, the Firelands school district. At a Firelands school board meeting Monday, board members approved a June 2 date for a hearing to consider terminating the contract of Matthew Galloway. Galloway worked Read More…

Elyria man charged with beating up girlfriend, firing shots near police

Bryan Copeland

ELYRIA — Police said an Elyria man had a few drinks, beat up his girlfriend and fired shots near police officers before hiding out in his house early Saturday. Bryan Copeland Jr., 33, was charged with two counts of felonious assault, two counts of assault, two counts of aggravated menacing, having weapons under disability and Read More…

Lorain police start outreach meetings with block watches

Lorain Police

LORAIN — This week marked the start of what Lorain police Sgt. Mike Failing hopes will be a new beginning for block watch members and police in Lorain. On Thursday, block watch members from the east side flooded Longfellow Middle School for the first of several meetings with police to discuss creating a better connection Read More…

ODOT to start seeking bids on 49th Street bridge project in Elyria

ELYRIA – With the construction season quickly approaching, the Ohio Department of Transportation is making the final steps toward a project that they think could cut back on accidents and increase accessibility and tourism in Elyria. At a press conference Thursday, ODOT District 3 Deputy Director Allen Biehl announced that the department will be putting Read More…

Suspected gunman arrested in Westlake shooting

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WESTLAKE – The suspect who fired shots at an accounting firm on Center Ridge Road has been found. Robert Godwin, 74, of Cleveland was arrested on Wednesday on firearms-related charges at his home in Cleveland. Police believe Godwin is the gunman who fired two shots at Home Savings & Loan on 30700 Center Ridge Road, Read More…

Elyria man admits to robbing 3 banks

Jonathan Schubert

ELYRIA — An Elyria man has been indicted on armed robbery charges after he admitted to robbing three banks since November. Jonathon Schubert, 29, is charged with use of a firearm during a violent crime and two counts of bank robbery by force after he admitted to police that he robbed banks in Sheffield, Cleveland Read More…

Lorain police arrest suspect in Fifth Third Bank robbery

Johnathon Rhodes

LORAIN — A man who allegedly handed a threatening note to a bank teller and made off with a pocketful of money on Saturday has been arrested. Jonathan Rhodes, 32, of Lorain was charged with robbery at about 10 a.m. at a relative’s house near the intersection of Elyria Avenue and 28th Street on Wednesday. Read More…

Amherst delays decision on chicken ordinance

AMHERST — The ownership of chickens — a problem that has been debated Amherst since last summer — may have a simpler solution than City Council members originally thought. At a meeting Monday, Amherst law director Tony Pecora summarized his research regarding a citywide ordinance that prohibits farming on fewer than five acres of land. Read More…

Police scramble to find gunman after shots fired in Westlake

Police from several cities search for a gunman near Bradley Road in Westlake on Saturday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — Gunfire shattered the window of a small accounting firm on Saturday, prompting a six-hour-long manhunt for the shooter, which yielded no results. Around noon Saturday, shots were heard around Center Ridge and Bradley roads. One shot struck an accounting firm on 30700 Center Ridge Road and another was fired in the direction of Read More…

Heated cat carrier likely cause of Lorain house fire

LORAIN – A cat carrier with a plugged in heater is believed to be the cause of a fire that started on the deck of a house in Lorain early Friday morning. At about 4:15 a.m., the Lorain Fire Department arrived at the 5600 block of Boxwood Drive where a fire had started on the Read More…