March 31, 2015

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Police: Alleged drug ring a family affair

ELYRIA — A family-run drug trafficking organization that stretched across two counties and lasted for at least a decade came to an end when police raided a grandmother’s house Friday on Tattersall Court. The Elyria home where most of the initial drug transactions allegedly happened was one of 17 homes and buildings the Lorain County Read More…

North Ridgeville police combing through tips in Tyburski death

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Police said Wednesday they have received a large number of tips and possible leads in the death of Rachele Tyburski, whose body was discovered in a semi-secluded area over the weekend. “We’ve gotten a very large response from the public,” police Lt. Detective Pat West said. West, the lead investigator in the Read More…

Grandmother describes Lakewood woman found dead in Ridgeville as ‘beautiful, wonderful child’

Rachele Tyburski leaps into the arms of her father, Darryle. Darryle's death when she was 8 cast a pall on her life, her grandmother said.

NORTH RIDGEVILLE —Rachele Tyburski was no stranger to tragedy; nor to resilience. Between early-in-age sickness and loss, Tyburski spent 26 years turning to poetry, family and conversations with her mother for strength. But when Tyburski was found dead in North Ridgeville on Sunday, it was memories of her love and resilience in which her family Read More…

Woman found in North Ridgeville identified

Rachele-Tyburski, of Lakewood, Oh. (Photo courtesy of WKYC)

NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Police have identified the woman whose body was discovered Sunday in a field off Victory Lane. Police Lt. Greg Petek released a short statement this afternoon that said news reports of the missing woman resulted in family contacting them to identify the woman as Rachele Tyburski, 26, of Lakewood. Petek thanked the Read More…

Lorain County judges boycott ‘administrative session,’ citing legality concerns

ELYRIA — The Lorain County commissioners sought a confidential “administrative session” with the county’s General Division judges to discuss their ongoing dispute over where the county’s Adult Probation Department should be. The judges refused to attend the meeting, noting they had “grave concerns about both the legality and enforceability” of the confidentiality proposals, according to Read More…

16 arrested in countywide drug raids; more arrests planned

ELYRIA — Police are keeping silent about a series of drug raids and arrests over the past few days, but Elyria Municipal Court Judge Lisa Locke Graves described it during a court hearing Monday as an investigation targeting a “conspiracy that has allegedly put kilo after kilo after kilo of cocaine on the streets of Read More…

North Ridgeville police seek help in identifying dead woman

Lorain County Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans, left, and North Ridgeville police Lt. Greg Petek talk to the media Monday at the North Ridgeville Police Department about the body that was found Sunday off Victory Parkway. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a partially clad woman whose body was found Sunday afternoon near Victory Sports Park off Lorain Road. Authorities have not deemed her death a homicide, but they did say her death appears suspicious in nature during a news conference Monday. Results of an Read More…

Family, Elyria Police Department, community gather to remember Kerstetter

Elyria Police Chief Duane Whitely hugs Tammy Kerstetter, wife of fallen Elyria Police Sgt. James A Kerstetter, following a memorial service at the police station Sunday afternoon on the five-year anniversary of Kerstetter's death.ANNA NORRIS/ CHORNICLE

  It happens every year. March 15 comes and the officers of the Elyria Police Department put on their dress uniforms and gather just outside the Elyria police station for a memorial service to honor one of their own, Sgt. James Kerstetter. During the short service Sunday, the biggest thing on everyone’s mind was time. Read More…

Avon police called for missing roof

AVON — A man called the Avon Police Department on Wednesday morning because a crew was tearing his cousin’s roof off. The roofers, he told police, were at the wrong house. According to a police log entry, the crew arrived at 3343 Jaycox Road and started their work day, but they quit after police questioned Read More…

Woman steals baby formula from Westlake store

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WESTLAKE – A woman has been videotaped stealing an unknown amount of baby formula from the CVS store at 30791 Detroit Road. According to Westlake police, the woman also is a suspect in three previous thefts of similar merchandise from the same store in the past 30 days.  The silver hatchback she fled in was Read More…