Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Elyria – Two men were arrested Monday night after leading Police and Deputies on a short chase on West River Road.

Police were called to Target after security agents spotted two men stealing DVD’s from the store and leaving in a tan colored sedan. As the car was leaving the lot an Elyria Police Officer and two Lorain County Sheriff’s Deputies were right there and fell in behind the car.

The car was stopped on West River by the Police and as the Officers exited their cars the driver took off.

A chase that hit top speeds of 70 MPH went north on West River to Route 254. Police said they lost sight of the car for a moment but then saw it turning west onto 254. The car then turned north onto Fleming Road and went off the right side of the road as the driver bailed and ran. After the driver bailed the car continued to roll into a fence before coming to s top.

Two Deputies chased the man on foot behind Vincent Elementary School where they caught up to him and tased him bringing him down.

The Elyria Police Officer searched the vehicle and found it to be empty except for a couple stolen DVD’s.
Another Elyria Police Officer responding to the area spotted a man matching the description of one of the two men from Target on West River near Eschtruth. That man was identified at Juan Diaz-Pacheco of Lorain. He was taken into custody and was later identified by a Target Security Agent.

The driver, identified as Victor Rosado of Lorain, became sick while sitting in the back seat of the cruiser and began throwing up. An ambulance was called for Rosado, who was also identified by the Target Security, and was taken to Elyria Memorial Hospital.

Juan Diaz-Pacheco was charged with Criminal Trespass and released at the scene.

Victor Rosado was charged with Driving Under Suspension, Theft, Reckless Operation, Fleeing a Police Officer Motor Vehicle, Resisting Arrest and Obstructing.


Monday, January 30, 2012


Elyria – Elyria Police were called to Uncle Vic’s Nightclub just before 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning by the club manager who said she was trying to get patrons to leave and were causing trouble.

Officers responded and after entering quickly began calling for help from other Police agencies.

Troopers from the State Patrol, Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office and Officers from North Ridgeville, Sheffield Village and LaGrange responded to the call for assistance.

Police say several people, including the club manager, were injured as a result of fights inside and outside of the club.

LifeCare Ambulance Paramedics were called to the scene to treat several victims.


Thursday, January 26, 2012


Elyria Township – Lorain County Sheriff’s Deputies with the assistance from Officers from Elyria, Lorain and the State Patrol arrested two men on Murray Ridge Road Wednesday night after they fired off guns.

Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 7104 Murray Ridge Road just after 11 p.m. Wednesday night after receiving reports of shots being fired from the home. Deputies arrived and set up a perimeter around the home after seeing two men inside of the home and one running from the living room into another room. Deputies also located a shell casing on the front porch. A State Patrol Trooper along with Officers from Elyria and Lorain responded to a call for help from the Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies were able to enter the home and took both men, 44 year old Robert Minear and 41 year old David Sabo, into custody. Deputies say both men were highly intoxicated.

Deputies and Officers then searched the home and located handgun and shotgun. They also found a safe with other weapons inside.

Both men were charged with Inducing Panic, Using Weapons While Intoxicated and Obstructing Official Business.

Minear later apologized to Deputies saying he was mourning the death of his mother from one year ago today.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Sandusky – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred this morning at approximately 10:26 a.m. on the Ohio Turnpike near milepost 91, Sandusky Township, Sandusky County. Killed in the crash was Forest John Fletcher, 53, of Perrysburg, Ohio.
The crash occurred when a commercial tractor-trailer, driven by Edward Mills, 53, of Doylestown, Ohio drove into a work zone, where road maintenance was being conducted. The work zone consisted of the right two lanes being restricted and traffic was diverted into the left lane. The tractor-trailer drove through traffic cones and into the work area, striking three maintenance vehicles and three Ohio Turnpike maintenance employees. The employees struck were Fletcher, James Roudebush, 55, of Millbury, Ohio and Anthony J. Stout, 24, of Clyde, Ohio. The three men were outside of the vehicles conducting bridge repair work at the time of the crash.

Fletcher was pronounced dead at the scene, while Roudebush and Stought were flown to Toledo Medical College of Ohio with serious injuries. Mills was also flown from the scene to Toledo St. Vincent’s Hospital with serious injuries.

The tractor-trailer was hauling a corrosive liquid- there was no spill as a result of the crash. The crash remains under investigation and no charges have been filed.

Assistance at the scene was provided by the Ohio Turnpike Commission, Sandusky Township Fire Department and the Ohio Department of Transportation.


Elyria – A Strongsville man was seriously injured Saturday night after crashing his pickup into a concrete wall on West River Road.

The man was traveling westbound on West Bridge Street when he failed to stop for a stop sign at West Bridge and West River Road by Basils Lounge. The truck went across the road and struck a concrete wall just under the railroad overpass crushing the front part of his truck.

Firefighters extricated the man from the truck before turning him over to LifeCare Paramedics. LifeCare treated the man at the scene and then transported to Elyria Memorial Hospital. He was later transferred to a Cleveland hospital for further treatment.

Although the man was speaking at the scene it was unclear as to why he did not stop at the posted sign.

Elyria Police are investigating the crash.


Monday, January 23, 2012


North Ridgeville – A 19 year old was injured Monday afternoon after going off the road and striking a tree on Case Road in North Ridgeville.

The driver, Carly Looney of Elyria, was traveling south on Case – just north of Burns – in a 1997 Ford Escort when she went off the road, into a ditch and struck a tree and a pole.

North Ridgeville Firefighters assisted Looney out of the car before treating and transporting her to the Avon Emergency Care Center. She was later transferred to a Cleveland hospital for further treatment.

Looney will likely be charged with Failure to Control.

Monday, January 02, 2012


Elyria – A 26 year old Grafton man was arrested for Burglary on New Year’s Eve after he broke into a home on Cornell Ave in Elyria.

Police were called to the 600 block of Cornell Ave around 2 a.m. after the homeowner heard a loud noise and found the man, later identified as Marcus Rauscher of Grafton, walking into their kitchen. The homeowner said the man kept saying someone was chasing him and that his life was in danger. The homeowner restrained him and patted him down for weapons.

When Police arrived they took Rauscher into custody. They observed the side door had been damaged and a window had been broken to gain entry.

Rauscher told Police that someone was chasing him and that they were shooting at him although he could not or would not say who was chasing him or where it had started.

Police booked Rauscher for Burglary and released him to his father on a summons to appear in Court on Tuesday.



Elyria – Police were called to the 400 block of East Broad Street at 3:15 a.m. Sunday morning after a clerk from Circle K saw a man fall from a porch roof across the street. He believed the man was attempting to break into the home.

When Police arrived the man headed into the back yard but with having just fallen off a roof wasn’t moving too quickly. Officers went into the back yard and found the man, 35 year old Greg Jackson, sitting on the back porch.

After speaking with neighbors Officers learned that Jackson has been living at the address with his brother. Jackson said he was on the roof trying to get into the house after he got locked out.

Jackson would have been set free but Officers found that he had an outstanding warrant through Elyria Municipal Court for Criminal Mischief.


Sunday, January 01, 2012


Elyria – The suspect in the December 22nd robbery of the Ten-to-Ten Drive Thru on Cleveland Street in Elyria was arrested early Saturday morning in downtown Elyria.

An alert Elyria Police Officer patrolling downtown Elyria spotted a man matching the description of the suspect in the robbery. Officer Joe Figula Jr. saw the man on Broad Street wearing a blue jacket at first and then after getting into a blue pickup he changed into a Harley Davidson jacket. Figula followed the man and along with additional Officers stopped him on East Ave at Second Street. After pulling up photos of the man from the Drive Thru surveillance camera he believed he had the right man.

Figula contacted the clerk that was robbed and made arrangements for another Officer to pick the clerk up to make an identification of the suspect at the stop.

While waiting for the clerk the man sat on the back of his pickup truck and spoke with Officers. He told them that he was on parole for robbing the Cleveland Street Subway. In fact it was 4 years to the day that he had robbed a clerk at Subway by knifepoint. (SEE SUBWAY STORY)

When the Officer arrived with the clerk she was able to make a positive ID on 26 year old Johnnie L. McCormick of Elyria. McCormick was then taken into custody and charged with Robbery.

The robbery at the Drive Thru occurred around 8:30 p.m. on December 22nd when the suspect entered the store and asked for a bottle of Parrot Bay. It was then that the man displayed a knife and demanded all of the money. The man fled on foot and although Elyria Police and a K9 from North Ridgeville searched the area they were unable to find him. One week later the clerk notified Police that the same man entered the store. He did not rob the store and was able to leave the area again before the Police arrived.

In 2007 McCormick robbed the Cleveland Street Subway on December 14th around 8:30 and then again on December 22nd around 8:30 p.m. In both cases the man entered the store and used a knife. On December 28th the man was spotted by an alert manager lurking around the store and called Police. The man was arrested, charged and was convicted. The manager didn’t have a big problem spotting the man as he was wearing the same clothing on the 28th as he was in the first two robberies.

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