Friday, August 31, 2012


Sheffield Village – A 27 year old Sheffield man was killed after crashing his bike at Quaker Steak & Lube Thursday night.

Authorities say 27 year old Brad Crawford was driving his 1997 Boss Hog in the parking lot of Quaker Steak when he lost control and crashed around 10:30.

Police Officers first on scene found Crawford on the ground with severe head injuries and a bystander performing CPR. Officers immediately requested a medical helicopter to the scene. Moments later Firefighters from Sheffield Village Fire Department arrived and began treating Crawford who sustained massive head trauma from the crash. 

Crawford was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say Crawford was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and that a toxicology test will be performed by the Coroner’s Office to determine his blood alcohol level.

The crash remains under investigation.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Oberlin – Army Sergeant Louis R. Torres returned home today after being killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan last week.

Torres, a 2008 graduate of JVS, had been assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Joint Base Lewis-Mc Chord, Washington. Torres was injured in Afghanistan and transferred to San Antonio Military Medical Center where he died on August 22nd.

The procession that began at Cleveland Hopkins Airport included members of Torres’ family, members of the Military, Police from around Lorain County and members of the Patriot Guard.

Hundreds of people lined the streets in Oberlin and paid their respects as the motorcade passed through downtown Oberlin on their way to Cowling Funeral Home on South Main Street.

Visitation will be at the Cowling Funeral Home at 228 South Main Street Thursday between the hours of 2 and 7. Church and burial services will be reserved for family, friends and military.

The family has asked people to consider making a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project in lieu of flowers.

Thursday, August 09, 2012


Elyria – After an lengthy search today for a man that robbed the 5/3 Bank at Broad and East Ave Elyria Police, with the help of Deputies from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office and Officers from North Ridgeville, apprehended 26 year Bryan Long. Long is one of the two men who had escaped from the Lorain – Medina Based Correctional Facility on Sunday. Long and his fellow escapee were spotted by the Elyria Public Library Monday afternoon – the other escapee was captured by a Lorain County Sheriff’s Deputy but Long got away.

Long is suspected as being the man who walked into the 5/3 Bank on Broad Street just before 2 Thursday afternoon and handed a robbery note to the teller. No gun was displayed but the note indicated that the robber had one on him.

The robber fled from the bank northbound on East Ave by Bill Bakers and into the trees. Police began searching the wooded area as well as the railroad tracks and riverbanks. Lorain County Sheriff’s Deputies and North Ridgeville Police Officers joined in the search. Police K9’s, Stuka, from Elyria and Ozzie from the Sheriff’s Office were also involved in tracking the robber.

A Sergeant from Elyria Police spotted the suspect under the railroad trestle behind Kerns Cleaners on East Bridge Street. Officers and K9’s swarmed the area blocking off part of East Bridge for a period of time.

Officers tracked the suspect along the riverbanks and in the river until he was finally spotted in the river behind the old Harshaw Chemical Plant near Mound Street. Officers surrounded him and when he refused to come out of the water they called for a boat from the Elyria Fire Department. A short time later he exited the water and surrendered to Officers.

The one that got away is now sitting at the Lorain County Jail.

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