April 18, 2014

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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…

Illegal tire dumping plagues Lorain County

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It was almost three years ago that officers from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office opened the door of an abandoned house in Lorain and were faced with a pile of 3,500 tires. Two years later, Jose Martinez was found guilty of breaking and entering and illegal dumping for the crime, but the Martinez case is Read More…

Elyria native tapped for second-highest Coast Guard post visits Baldwin Wallace

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He may have traveled the world and advised the president on a national crisis, but U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger can still remember his childhood in Elyria, taking piano lessons on Middle Avenue and graduating from Keystone High School. Neffenger, who was recently nominated by President Barack Obama for the position of vice Read More…

Man charged after allegedly threatening friend

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LORAIN — A woman told police a man she knew forced her to give him oral sex and then threatened to kill her early Thursday. James Thomas, 27, was charged with aggravated menacing around 2:30 a.m. at the 1700 block of Broadway. A friend of Thomas’ told police that two hours earlier, Thomas had come to her apartment on Read More…

Report: Vermilion patrolman broke into captain’s office, stole car key

VERMILION — A patrolman, accused of breaking into a police captain’s office through the ceiling to steal a car key, repeatedly lied about the incident during a two-month investigation, according to a police report. Patrolman Dale Reising could face disciplinary action or dismissal from the police department following an incident on Jan. 9 when he Read More…

Woman says men stole $7,200 from her during attempted drug deal

LORAIN – A woman told police three men choked her and stole thousands of dollars from her when she tried to buy crack cocaine from them on Monday. Linda Kelly, 52, told police she withdrew $7,200 from Chase Bank at 5971 Leavitt Road at about 5:30 p.m. on Monday. She said the money was for Read More…

Two men face charges after Elyria police chase

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ELYRIA — Early Monday, police said a driver trying to flee police began a car chase that ended when the vehicle crashed and he and a passenger were caught on the run. Joshua Grant, 22, was charged with obstructing official business, resisting arrest, failure to comply, leaving the scene, driving under suspension, reasonable control, weaving, Read More…

Police say thieves stole tablets from Elyria library

ELYRIA – The Elyria Public Library was trying to extol the virtues of downloadable books and videos from their collection by displaying a collection of electronics on which to view them. Instead, the display proved too much for some locals, who are accused of stealing three tablets from the display. Fredrick Algood, 22, was charged Read More…