Chardon High School shooting: Feds search home

12:18 AM, Feb 28, 2012   |    comments
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CHARDON, OHIO -- The Investigator Tom Meyer has learned federal agents searched a home in connection with the Chardon High School shootings.

Photos: Chardon High School shooting

About four dozen federal and state law enforcement agents descended on the home of the suspect about three hours after the shooting at Chardon High School.

Agents executed a search warrant about noon at the Wilder Road home of suspect T. J. Lane, who lives there with his grandparents Thomas and Michelle, the Investigator Tom Meyer learned.

The property includes two homes and a large garage. It is located on dozens of acres of wooded land. Neighbors say the family would target shoot on the land.

Lane, 17, attends Lake Academy in Willoughby. The school takes at risk students from districts in Lake and Geauga counties, including Chardon. It is unclear why Lane attends Lake. An administrator there declined to comment.

Former Geauga Sheriff Carl Henderson, who lives down the street, described Lane as a "nice kid who walked up and down the street waiving at neighbors." Henderson added that Lane comes from a broken home and his grandparents are raising the boy.

Henderson said he was shocked by the shooting and feels terrible for the victims.

Court records show that Lane's father filed for divorce from his mother in 2002. Lane's father, Thomas, was charged later that year with attempted murder, felonious assault and kidnapping. He was convicted of felonious assault and sentenced to a 5-year probationary term. The other charges were dropped. It was not immediately clear what the charges stemmed from.

It was not known what authorities took from the property. But during the search the bomb squad from the County Sheriffs Office was called to the property.


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