April 24, 2014

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Suspect in custody after shots fired in Elyria backyard

An Elyria police detective talks to a 17 year-old being held for questioning on 12th Street in Elyria after shots were fired at people sitting on a porch on Friday afternoon. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Police have a teenager in custody after shots were fired in a backyard Friday afternoon. Witnesses told police that a group of people was sitting in a backyard in the area of 12th Street and West Avenue when a male entered the backyard with a gun. The male started yelling at the group Read More…

Food truck to serve lunch on Thursdays in downtown Elyria

STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

The KRAV Food Truck set up for business in the parking lot off Court Street, between the old County Court House and the Lorain County Justice Center, on Thursday. The truck, based in Avon Lake, specializes in Mediterranean food made from scratch prepared by Chef Todd Berry. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Read More…

Elyria blotter: Resident cited after admitting to moving car

Elyria police Wednesday, April 9 12:35 a.m. — 1100 block Garden St., Jamilah Reed, 32, same address, issued citations for criminal mischief and driving under suspension. Police said Reed, who has a suspended license, admitted to moving an abandoned car in her driveway to reposition it to jump start another car in the driveway. The Read More…

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…