January 27, 2015

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UPDATED: Crash damages bridge over Route 20

A Republic Waste Hauler was damaged in a crash on Friday afternoon. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

CARLISLE TWP. — A Republic Waste truck hit the bottom of a bridge near Oberlin on Friday afternoon. About 1 p.m. Friday, a worker from Republic Waste was driving a Mack waste hauler east on U.S. Route 20 near state Route 511 when he crashed into a bridge, said Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Clayton Conrad. Read More…

Man charged in robbery, attempted robbery at 2 stores

Dustin Ruhl

ELYRIA – Police have charged a man who’s accused of robbing two stores and threatening to shoot someone Tuesday. Dustin Ruhl, 30, was arrested on charges of robbery and attempted robbery around 11:30 a.m. Thursday at his home on the 700 block of Fairwood Boulevard, after police received a tip that Ruhl was responsible for Read More…

Elyria police identify suspect in ambulance theft

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ELYRIA — Donald Shay’s strange behavior caught the attention of security at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, even before he leapt into a parked ambulance and fled from officers and paramedics Tuesday morning, police said. Police have identified 34-year-old Shay as the man who stole a LifeCare ambulance outside the hospital about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. According Read More…

Pop purchase suspected as ruse in 2 robbery attempts

ELYRIA — A man who started out buying pop at two stores Tuesday morning ended up trying to rob both places before fleeing on foot, police said. About 11 a.m. Tuesday, a man walked into Dollar General, 622 Leona St., to buy a bottle of pop but didn’t have enough money, according to police. He Read More…

Two suspects sought in Elyria home invasion

ELYRIA — Two men wearing clear plastic masks and tracksuits broke through the door of a woman’s house early Wednesday, looking for her boyfriend. About 12:45 a.m., Alandria Sanford was sitting in the living room with her boyfriend in a house in the 800 block of Allen Street when they heard a bang at the Read More…

Highway Patrol says 10 people died in crashes in 2014

ELYRIA — Nine fatal crashes may seem like a lot over the course of a year in Lorain County, but Lt. Travis Hughes, commander of the Elyria post of the Ohio Highway Patrol, can remember a time when that number was almost tripled. This year, nine crashes resulted in 10 deaths across the county — Read More…

UPDATED: Fugitive caught after crash involving police cruiser

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ELYRIA — The race to catch a dangerous fugitive ended with both a capture and a crash Friday when a Lorain police cruiser ran into another car. The wreck followed a chase involving officers from the Lorain and Elyria police departments who were pursuing Z’iaire Duffy, 21, a fugitive wanted by the Northern Ohio Violent Read More…

Police investigating Wellington track coach

WELLINGTON — Electronic evidence and a tip from Children Services led police last week to start investigating a high school coach who may have had an inappropriate relationship with a teenage student, according to police. Wellington Schools head track and cross country coach Nick Vaughn, 30, was questioned by police and then put on paid Read More…

Inmate gives birth at Lorain County Jail

ELYRIA — Delivering babies is not the forte of most jail employees, but when a woman started to go into labor early Monday, they were prepared. On Monday morning, for the first time in the jail’s history, the medical staff at Lorain County Jail delivered a baby for an inmate. According to a news release Read More…

New Elyria-based organization holds initial toy drive

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ELYRIA — With bated breath, a small group of children stood poised over piles of mystery presents that filled a small Elyria church Saturday afternoon, waiting for the signal. As soon as it came, they went to work hastily pulling off the wrapping paper, loudly admiring their new gifts and running to the front of Read More…