Not many details are available just yet, but traffic was tied up and I-71 South closed at State Route 3 in Medina County for roughly four hours early Tuesday morning.
According to multiple police reports, a chase began in Strongsville after a white passenger van didn't pull over along Pearl Road when instructed to around 2:30 a.m. A chase lead police to I-71 where a Strongsville Police Officer reportedly opened fire, hitting the suspect who was driving, and then causing the subsequent crash at 71-South and SR 3 near I-271.
Multiple police units from surrounding cities and counties replied, including Medina City Police, Medina County Sheriff's Office, and Strongsville Police. Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has since taken over the investigation.
BCI has reported that in addition to the suspect, who was driving the van and was killed at the scene, a woman and three children were also in the van. It is not known the relation between the suspect and the others, nor have their ages been released.
WAKR.net has made a call to Ohio BCI.
The State Fire Marshal's Office has confirmed that the cause of the Medina Village Apartments explosion that lead to a fire was related to a gas leak in the building.
The explosion and subsequent fire the morning of February 9th left 18-year-old Jacob Drake, and later his mother Sheila, dead. Jacob was bed-ridden and suffered from autism. His father was also badly injured in the fire. Sheila died at Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland 11 days after the incident.
Kelly Stincer, Public Information Officer for the Fire Marshal, said, "This is not the final determination of the cause; they just know that the two are related."
Following the explosion, inspections of the other units in the Medina Village Apartments revealed 63 other gas leaks in the complex that houses 100 apartments.
The investigation is ongoing.
Update: Wednesday evening, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner positively identified the body that was found in Chippewa Lake Tuesday afternoon as that of missing Lafayette Township trustee Bryon Macron.
No cause of death has been determined yet.
Macron's family has been identified.
A kayaker found a body in Chippewa Lake Tuesday afternoon, about 2:30.
Frank Webber told Channel 3 News that it looked like that of a middle-aged man with brown hair. Webber said the body was water logged and the feet were just touching the bottom of the lake.
The body has been taken to Medina County Coroner and authorities are awaiting a positive identification.
Chippewa Lake is where the car of missing Lafayette Township trustee Bryon Macron was parked after he went missing on December 16th. Investigators have had very little to go on since Macron was reported missing, aside from his office that was trashed and his car parked at the lake.
Blood was found both in the office and in the vehicle, but police have no other leads.
Ohio State Highway Patrol reporting a fatal accident early Wednesday morning, about 3:30, along Bell Road in Medina.
Michael Kelly, 21, of Creston, Ohio was killed when the BMW he was driving went off the road. His passenger, 20-year-old Dylon Woody was injured and transported to Wooster Community Hospital. The extent of his injuries is unknown.
According to the report, no other vehicles were involved in the deadly crash. Investigators say alcohol was a factor in the accident.
Update: As of 11:30 a.m. Friday the lockdown at Glenoak High School had been lifted. There is no official word on any arrests or any other information regarding the nature or seriousness of the threats written on the walls of the bathrooms. The Sheriff's Office has determined, however, that students and staff are safe to resume normal operations.
Friday morning Wadsworth Police were alerted by someone who claimed to be a student at Wadsworth High School that there was an intruder on the school's campus. The school was placed on lockdown for more than an hour as the Wadsworth Police responded and investigated.
It wasn't long before police determined that the threat was not credible and there was no intruder on campus. As a follow up, all of the buildings on campus were checked over and the lockdown was lifted just after 10:30 a.m.
In an unrelated incident, Glenoak High School was also placed on lockdown Friday morning in response to threats that were written on the walls of a "couple" of bathrooms on campus.
Plain Local Schools Treasurer Kathy Jordan tells WAKR.net that the Stark County Sheriff's Office was called immediately to investigate the nature of those threats, though she said she could not go into any further details while the investigation was ongoing.
"No child is in danger, no one's been hurt, but we did go into lockdown," Jordan said, as a precaution. She went on to say that people often hear the term "lockdown" and fear the worst, but that is a standard procedure as the safety of all of their students is the number one priority.
As of 11 a.m. Friday, the Stark County Sheriff's Office was still investigating the written threats, but again, there was no real concern regarding the safety of the students at Glenoak High School.
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