News Home
Quick Bites Archive
Exploradio Archive
On AirNewsClassical
School Closings
Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Courts and Crime

Chardon High School shooter T.J. Lane captured hours after prison escape
The 19-year-old is serving three life sentences for killing Daniel Parmertor, Demetrius Hewlin and Russell King Jr.

Kabir Bhatia
Chardon students held a vigil one year after the 2012 shootings
Courtesy of Kevin Niedermier
Download (WKSU Only)
UPDATE 5 a.m.: Authorities say all three inmates are now in custody. Clifford Opperud, who remained at-large overnight, was apprehended around 4:30 a.m. Friday.

Chardon High School shooter T.J. Lane has been captured after escaping from a Lima prison Thursday night.

Police say 19-year-old Lane escaped around 7 p.m. Thursday along with two other inmates. One of the inmates was captured soon after, but the other -- Clifford Opperud -- is still at large.

In 2012, Lane walked into the cafeteria at Chardon High School, about 40 minutes east of Cleveland, and shot six students, killing three: Daniel Parmertor, Demetrius Hewlin and Russell King Jr.

He pleaded guilty last year, saying he didn't know why he did it, and was given three life sentences.

Opperud is not believed to be armed. Allen Oakwood Correctional Facility Warden Kevin Jones says he cannot comment on the escape, pending investigation.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Capt. Gary Allen says the escapes happened during recreation time, and that Lane surrendered without incident.

“I would have to say the reason that he didn't get any further than he did was cause of the immediate perimeter. With the help of the Sherriff’s office, and the officers that were in the area, they were able to shut the perimeter down pretty quick.

"You have to be aware of your surroundings when you have something like that going on. Knowing who's coming in. Especially around an institution like this, you have to check and see who's there. You look and see who's in the cars. And things like that.”

Allen also credits air surveillance coupled with infrared technology for the quick capture. He says two troopers made the arrest, and that units from Wapakoneta, Findlay and Van Wert were also called into the manhunt. To his knowledge, no one was injured during the arrest around 1:20 a.m. Friday.

T.J. Lane had been disciplined seven times before his escape, which is reportedly his third attempt. An Ohio Correctional Institution Inspection Committee report in April showed the prison was 15 percent over capacity. Chardon Schools are NOT in session today, but the high school and middle school will be open for counseling.
“It’s a horrible situation," says Lane's former attorney, Ian Friedman. "It’s just unthinkable that someone can walk out of a prison... and that the Allen Correction Facility allowed this to happen."
Add Your Comment


E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Page Options

Print this page

Stories with Recent Comments

Pluto: The Browns split from Manziel is long overdue
Get Brock Osweiler from the Denver Broncos! He's fantastic and seems like a great person.

Democratic Senate hopeful P.G. Sittenfeld pushes for local gun control
That makes no sense at all... why not let cities determine driving codes as well? Maybe Cincy want's folks to drive on the left side of the road. What could go ...

Exploradio: Autism in the workplace
I would love to get more information re: Autism on The Town and other such programs in Northeast Ohio. Thanks!!

Human trafficking cases rise in Ohio
It is about time this is presented to proceed with a plan of protect our youth.And very necessary to inform communities through school, churches ...

Fermented food company aims to preserve Cleveland's farm-to-table movement
This is terrific! I make my own sauerkraut and consider it vital to good health. Well done, I wish you all success.

Ohio doctors get new guidelines for prescribing certain painkillers
I would gladly smoke pot to get off pain killers but its not legal.It would save the hassle of doctor visits for pill counts,pee tests,blood tests,driving to pi...

Ohio unemployment cuts are nearing a Statehouse vote
What about those that are laid off seasonally? My husband has been employed by the same company for 26 years and has been laid off (for the last 17) mid-Januar...

Ban on microbeads is a big step in fighting plastic pollution
What a bunch of liberal "so open minded their brains fell out" tree huggin yuppies. Professing to be wise they became fools.

Who's on -- and left off -- Ohio's medical marijuana task force?
Biggest joke everm these people are evil they know marijuana is harmless they rigged the polls last nov everypne kmows it

Dayton 'Black Lives Matter' protesters to appear in court today
Police to fast with the trigger finger and not the brain.A lot of police officers out here judge by color first instead of accessing the situation first. If a p...

Copyright © 2019 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University