Thursday, February 19, 2009


Elyria – The Elyria Police Department has announced that they have taken an Elyria man into custody after their investigation into the fire that struck at the Lorain County Community College Wednesday.

According to Police – Investigators from the Elyria Police Department, the Elyria Fire Department and the State Fire Marshals Office initiated an investigation into the cause of the fire. The fire scene was processed and available evident seized and interviews with witnesses began.

As a result of the initial investigation Police say that Drew Manns, 24 of Villanova Circle, Elyria, was arrested without incident and charged with Aggravated Arson (F2). Manns is being held in the Elyria City Jail without bond pending his arraignment in Elyria Municipal Court.

Police say that the investigation into the fire continues.

Manns is no stranger to the law, in September of 2007 he escaped from a jail facility, stole a car and then barricaded himself in his parents home on Villanova Circle. Manns held Police at bay while Negotiators talked to him on the phone – eventually getting him to walk out the front doors to be taken into custody. To read this story CLICK HERE


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