September 21, 2014

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Police: No third person involved in fatal stabbing

AMHERST TWP. — Police have ruled out a third person involved in a fatal stabbing about 9 p.m. Tuesday at Amherst Trail, a mobile home community near state Routes 58 and 113. Inside the home, police found one knife and Monica Freedman, 24, of Sheffield Lake, lying on the ground, said Lorain County sheriff Sgt. Read More…

Lorain church fire ruled arson

Rory Mural, of Mike Mural Builders in Cleveland, hangs a “no trespassing” sign next to the state fire marshal's reward sign on Friday at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lorain. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — A fire that burned through a 90-year-old Lorain church last week was ruled arson Friday by the Ohio Fire Marshal’s Office. The fire burned through First Evangelical Lutheran Church at 603 Washington Ave. on Aug. 28. The Fire Marshal’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives found evidence that someone Read More…

Search turns up stolen weapons, drugs

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ELYRIA — Police searched the home of a suspected drug dealer Friday morning and found drugs, handguns and an assault rifle that was reported stolen in August. Dwayne Taylor, 28, was charged with trafficking heroin, possession of heroin, trafficking cocaine, possession of cocaine, carrying a concealed weapon, having weapons under disability, receiving stolen property and Read More…

Lorain church fire ruled arson

Rory Mural, of Mike Mural Builders in Cleveland, hangs a “no trespassing” sign next to the state fire marshal's reward sign on Friday at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lorain. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

LORAIN – A fire that burned through a 90-year-old Lorain church last week was officially ruled a case of arson Friday by the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office. The fire started around 6:30 a.m. Aug. 28 and burned through the First Evangelical Lutheran Church at 603 Washington Ave. for hours until the Lorain Fire Department Read More…

Teens charged after allegedly threatening Fed Ex driver with gun

LORAIN – Two teens were charged Thursday afternoon after one threatened a Fed Ex driver with a gun and the other ran when officers arrived at the scene, police said. A 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy were charged with aggravated menacing and carrying a concealed weapon around 2:30 p.m. after a Fed Ex driver Read More…

Elyria residents unnerved by early morning shooting

ELYRIA — An early morning shooting of a Circle K employee Thursday left an unsettled tone in the surrounding neighborhood. The suspects were still at large and the clerk, Richard Tainter, 43, was in serious condition at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland late Thursday. Tainter was working at the Circle K at 515 N. Abbe Road early Read More…

UPDATED: Investigation continues into Lorain church fire

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LORAIN — Ninety years fell to the ground in a mix of bricks and burned pieces of wood last Thursday as the pastor and members of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church looked on. Parts of the church’s walls and floor were torn down to enable Ohio Fire Marshal’s Office officials to investigate what caused the Read More…

Lorain man accused of holding infant out window of moving car

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LORAIN – Police are looking for a Lorain man who they believe dangled his 5-month-old son out of a car window as he drove down the street last weekend. At about noon on Saturday, police met with Melissa Ortiz, who said she was returning home on the 1700 block of East 32nd Street with the Read More…

Fatal stabbing in Amherst Township shrouded in mystery

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AMHERST TWP. — A stabbing at a trailer park Tuesday evening left one woman dead, one man in the hospital and a litany of unanswered questions. Steven Bullard, 49, was in fair condition at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland on Wednesday. Monica Freedman, 24, was taken to EMH Amherst Hospital on Tuesday night where she Read More…

Woman dies after stabbing in Amherst Township

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AMHERST TWP. – A stabbing on Tuesday evening left one woman dead from her wounds early Wednesday, according to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office. Monica Freedman, 24, died at about midnight Wednesday at EMH Amherst Hospital after a stabbing at a mobile home park at about 9 p.m. Tuesday. Freedman was one of two victims Read More…