July 22, 2014


Animals rescued from North Ridgeville house fire

NR House Fire

Firefighters rescued three animals from a North Ridgeville house fire on Tuesday evening. A neighbor called 911 at about 8 p.m. to report seeing smoke coming from the second floor of a house at 35862 Laurel Court, according to the North Ridgeville Fire Department. Crews arrived and found the fire confined a dresser, bedding, mattress Read More…

Avon crews extinguish fire at vacant house

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The cause of a fire at a vacant house in Avon this morning is under investigation. Avon Fire Department received a report at about 7:30 a.m. of smoke coming from a house at 37697 French Creek Road, according Assistant Fire Chief Timothy Golay said. Crews arrived to find a fire confined to the basement of Read More…

Fugitive sought in connection with Westlake home burglary

William Graley

A Parma teen is being sought in connection with a Westlake burglary. William Cody Graley, 18, is wanted by the U.S. Marshals, the Bay Village police and the Westlake police for burglary. Graley allegedly broke into a home on Bel Aire Circle in Westlake. Several firearms and some jewelry were taken from the home, according Read More…

UPDATED: Three transported after explosion at Republic Steel

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Three people were taken to the hospital after an incident at Republic Steel plant on Monday morning. The Lorain Fire Department received a report of an explosion at 8:35 a.m., according to Assistant Fire Chief Gary Burls. Burls said there wasn’t technically an explosion, but rather a combination of a water leak and scrap metal Read More…

Ammunition found on Westlake school bus

This round for a semiautomatic handgun was found on a Westlake Schools bus Wednesday morning. PHOTO PROVIDED

Police are investigating after a round for a semiautomatic handgun was found on a Westlake City Schools bus. A bus driver found a cartridge for a .380 automatic firearm on the floor of a bus while sweeping after the morning run on Wednesday. The bus carries students from Lee Burneson Middle School and Parkside Intermediate Read More…

Reward offered for information on Lorain County fugitive

David Kalt

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward for information leading to the capture of a Lorain County fugitive. David Kalt, 24, is wanted by the U.S. Marshals and Lorain County Sheriff for failing to register as a sex offender, according to a release from the task force. Kalt originally was charged Read More…

Former Westlake teacher charged with sex crimes

Joseph Scherma

A former Westlake High School English teacher faces several charges for alleged sex crimes against two juvenile relatives. Joseph Scherma, 66, of Westlake was arrested on May 2, according to police Capt. Guy Turner. Turner said on April 24, a male juvenile relative and his parents reported an incident that allegedly occurred in February at Read More…

Two West Virginia residents charged with trafficking marijuana

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized this marijuana after a stop on the Ohio Turnpike. COURTESY PHOTO

Two West Virginia residents were arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike. At about 5 p.m. Wednesday, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers stopped a 2003 Dodge Caravan with West Virginia plates for a marked lanes violation on the Turnpike eastbound near milepost 134 in Lorain County. While troopers talked to Read More…

Tornado Watch in effect until 9 p.m.

Screenshot of the National Weather Service warning area as of 2:15 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for most of Northeast Ohio until 9 p.m. A watch means conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms that could produce tornadoes. For the latest watches and warnings, visit the NWS site. Follow our feed below for the latest weather-related news. Use #LoCoWX to Read More…

Reader photos: Prom 2014

Students take a group photo before Oberlin's prom on May 10.

We asked local students and parents to share their photos from Prom 2014. Check out the gallery below to see some of our local students in their best dressed. To submit a photo, email it to readerphotos@chroniclet.com, post it to our Facebook wall, or post it to Twitter or Instagram using #PromCT. Tweets about “#PromCT”