April 16, 2014

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Lorain man faces pot charges in Medina

Four men are facing felony drug charges from two separate marijuana busts on Interstate 71 late last month. On March 27, Medina County sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Kohler stopped two vehicles during two different shifts, and confiscated more than 4 pounds of marijuana, according to sheriff’s reports. In the first incident, at 1:18 a.m. Kohler stopped Read More…

State Route 18 closed in Wellington for gas leak investigation

The Wellington Fire Department confirmed that state Route 18 is closed between Pitts and Fairground roads for an investigation of a gas leak. Columbia Gas arrived on scene at about 1:45 p.m. There is no estimate for how long the road will be closed. Drivers are asked to avoid the area until the scene is clear. Read More…

Lorain police searching for suspect in Fifth Third Bank robbery

Police are looking for this man accused of robbing Fifth Third Bank. COURTESY OF ELYRIA POLICE

LORAIN — Police were searching for a man who handed a threatening note to a teller just before stealing money from the bank Saturday. About 12:30 p.m., a suspicious man entered Fifth Third Bank at 559 Broadway and walked around for a minute before leaving, Lorain police Det. Buddy Sivert said. The man returned moments Read More…

Westlake police release 911 call that led to hunt for gunman

Police look for evidence after an employee at an accounting firm on Center Ridge Road in Westlake reported the building was struck by a bullet on Saturday afternoon. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

On Tuesday, Westlake police released the 911 call that ultimately led to a multiple-agency hunt for an alleged gunman with no results. An employee at Home Savings & Loan, 30700 Center Ridge Road in Westlake, called police at 12:05 p.m. Saturday to report a bullet had just been shot into the building. Police responded, and another gunshot Read More…

Suspect arrested in robbery, car theft

COLUMBIA STATION — A 19-year-old North Olmsted man is due in Elyria Municipal Court today to answer to an aggravated robbery charge. Mark Ballas is accused of robbing Star Beverage, 9856 West River Road, at knifepoint about 3:55 p.m. Monday, said Lt. Donald Barker of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office. Ballas also is accused of stealing Read More…

New Jersey man faces burglary charges

OBERLIN — A New Jersey man was arrested for allegedly burglarizing an apartment on Thursday. A neighbor called police at 2:11 a.m. to report a man in the apartment above her who was making loud noises. Police found a door ajar and a shirtless man inside the apartment, on West Lorain Street. The man, later Read More…

Bomb threat called into Elyria bank branch

ELYRIA — An anonymous bomb threat made to a bank Friday led to a 45-minute police search that turned up nothing. About 10:30 a.m. Friday, a manager at FirstMerit Bank at 248 N. Abbe Road told police she had just received an anonymous phone call from someone who claimed there was a bomb in the Read More…

Update: Roads reopened in Westlake after search for gunman

Police are searching near Center Ridge Road in Westlake for a gunman.

Update 6:15 p.m.: Westlake police have given the all-clear for the area where multiple departments were searching for a suspect gunman. Capt. Guy Turner said all roads in the area have reopened, and residents who self-evacuated can return home. No arrests have been made. Investigators remain on the scene to process evidence, and some ballistic Read More…

JVS student allegedly stole scrap copper from class

PITTSFIELD TWP. — A Lorain County Joint Vocational School student was arrested for allegedly stealing scrap copper from a heating and cooling class. Heating and cooling class instructor David Morgan reported the theft at 1:48 p.m. March 19 to a Lorain County sheriff’s deputy who was working at the school. Morgan said the student, Chad Read More…

Video shows alleged threat at Lorain McDonald’s

LORAIN — A man told police he was talking to a woman in a McDonald’s on Tuesday when the woman’s boyfriend walked up and threatened him with a knife. James Monroe told police he was with a friend at the McDonald’s at 3221 Oberlin Ave. about 9:45 p.m. when a woman he knew came into Read More…