November 24, 2014

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Emergency alert system coming to Amherst

AMHERST — Residents around Amherst soon will have information about flooding, road closures and boil alerts at their fingertips. Lorain County will set up a new emergency alert system in Amherst that tentatively will start Jan. 1, Amherst Councilman Steve Bukovac said. The county is working with Wireless Emergency Notification System (WENS), which works with Read More…

Wellington Council names police chief

The new Wellington Police Chief Tim Barfield, left, sits with Sgt. Jeff Sheldon at Wellington Council meeting on Monday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — An Amherst native and former Maple Heights police officer is returning home as the newest Wellington police chief. At a Council meeting Monday, Wellington Mayor Barbara O’Keefe appointed Tim Barfield to the post. “He was without a doubt the one,” Council president Hans Schneider said, adding that all of the five applicants the Read More…

Lorain County property crime rates lower, violent crime steady

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While violent crime rates in Lorain County largely stayed the same between 2012 and 2013, property crime rates like burglaries and thefts dropped substantially through most of the county last year. The statistics in Lorain County only partially follow national statistics, which show both violent and property crime rates dropping by about 4 percent in Read More…

Elyria family’s television show nominated for Sportsman Choice Awards

Dan Reaser and his family appear on “The Outdoor Option.” PHOTO PROVIDED

A locally based television show, which has been gaining attention over the past year, was nominated for four national awards this fall. “The Outdoor Option,” a television show about an Elyria family’s adventures hunting and fishing around the country, is up for four Sportsman Choice Awards: Best Educational/Instructional Show, Best Variety Show, Best Hosts and Read More…

Alleged drug trafficker, girlfriend arrested in Lorain

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LORAIN – After two months of trailing an alleged drug trafficker, police arrested the Lorain man and his girlfriend Friday morning. Miguel Gomez-Torres, 26, was charged with trafficking heroin, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of cocaine, weapons under disability and possession of criminal tools around 8 a.m. Friday near his house on Read More…

3 hospitalized after crash on Turnpike

AMHERST TWP. – Three people were sent to the hospital on Thursday after their car rolled over on the Ohio Turnpike. Around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sukumar Dutta, 26, of Michigan was driving a 2006 Honda Civic eastbound on the Turnpike in Amherst Township when he went off the left side of the road and hit Read More…

Safety forces kept busy by crashes in first substantial snowfall of season

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Lorain County was hit by the season’s first real snowfall Thursday and with it, a series of car accidents. Police officers from around the county and troopers from the Ohio Highway Patrol were tied up with vehicle crashes Thursday after the snow began to fall. One of the most-serious crashes was in Lorain about 5 Read More…

Coroner: Amherst student’s death not suspicious

AMHERST — The Amherst community is coping with the death of another one of their own this week. Vanessa Webb, a junior from Marion L. Steele High School who was studying at Lorain County Joint Vocational School, was pronounced dead Wednesday evening at Mercy Regional Medical Center, according to Lorain County Coroner Stephen Evans. Evans Read More…

Business owner allegedly bought, sold stolen property

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ELYRIA – Police arrested a man whom they believe has been buying and selling stolen items at his business. Clifford Adams, 74, was charged with receiving stolen property and possession of criminal tools at about 11 a.m. Monday after police searched his business, AAA Jewelers at 250 Broad St., and found items that had been Read More…

Cub Scouts explore Ohio Highway Patrol post

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EATON TWP. — Cub Scouts, drawn in by the lights and sirens of patrol cars and the opportunity to try on police gear, flocked Tuesday to the Elyria post of the Ohio Highway Patrol as part of a community outreach collaboration between the patrol and local scout troops. It was the second time that the Read More…