Wednesday, February 28, 2007
FLOOD WATCH ISSUED
Rain showers will spread into the area early Thursday and continue heavy at times through Thursday night before tapering off Friday. Rainfall amounts across the area are expected to range from 1 to 2 inches. In addition warmer weather air will accompany the rain resulting in melting snow. The combination of the rainfall and melting snow could result in flooding. Flooding is possible in low-lying areas and along rivers and streams.
The threat of flooding will be heightened further along rivers susceptible to ice jams. The onset of flooding due to ice jams can occur quickly as the flow of water stops abruptly behind the ice. People near rivers and large streams should monitor levels frequently.
A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be ALERT for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding occur.
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ADMIRAL KING EVACUATED
Lorain Fire Department received a fire alarm at the school while they were responding so they made their response, a full response. It was later learned that a faculty member, to help evacuate the students, activated the fire alarm.
Monday, February 26, 2007
RESCUE IN PUT IN BAY
A search and rescue mission concluded tonight in Put-In-Bay after two Cleveland area men fell through the ice on Lake Erie after a night of ice fishing. Donald and Ronald Mickey fell through the ice sometime before 9pm between Green Island and South Bass Island.
Donald Mickey was able to get out of the water on his own, on South Bass Island and when he couldn’t find his brother he went to get help. He ended up breaking a window at a Rangers office where he was looking for a phone to call for help. A resident of the Island saw this and assisted him in contacting the authorities. Put-In-Bay Police Lt. Travis Campbell told TMC NEWS that they received the call for help at 9:10pm. “We received the call of 1, possibly two men in the water. When Put-In-Bay EMS got to Donald Mickey they found him to be hypothermic and he had some lacerations from breaking the window but otherwise he was ok.”
Lt. Campbell said that the rescue consisted of Divers from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, Put-In-Bay Police and Fire Departments, U.S. Coast Guard stations in Marblehead and Detroit and Toledo Life Flight. “There was also an Island resident who assisted rescuers by bringing his air-boat out to take the firefighters and divers out to Mr. Mickey.”
Rescuers reached Ronald Mickey at about 10:30, he was holding onto the ice keeping his head and shoulders above the water. Mickey had apparently been able to get out of the water at one point but fell back in. Rescuers reached him at about 10:30. Lt. Campbell said that Mickey had no feeling in his lower extremities but was able to communicate with rescuers.
Donald Mickey remains in fair condition at the University Medical Center of Toledo while his brother’s condition has not been released. Both were flown to the hospital by helicopters after the rescue.
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WOMAN JUMPS FROM BURNING HOME WITH BABY
Elyria Fire Department Captain Joe Pronesti said when Firefighters arrived on scene they had light smoke showing. “We got here we had light smoke showing and then when Engine 3 started to stretch a line they had a problem with their pumper, that put the pumper out of service so that kind of put us in a little bit of a pickle. Engine 2 came down and laid a supply and took over pump operations.”
Pronesti said that the fire, which started in the kitchen, rendered the house inhabitable so the Red Cross has been called in to assist the family. An early estimate puts the damage at $25,000.00.
LifeCare Paramedics were on scene to treat the woman and her child then released them to the care of friends. The woman’s husband was on his way to Cleveland when he got word of the fire. “This was suppose to be my day off, I don’t think I will get much relaxing done today now. I am just very relieved that my family is ok though.”
Sunday, February 25, 2007
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MAN FIRES WARNING SHOT
When Officers arrived they found Rudnitskas standing in the driveway with the shotgun in his hand. Officers ordered him to place the weapon on the ground, which he did. Rudnitskas gave Officers the following account of what happened. He and his fiancée arrived home and observed that the dining room lights were on and he was sure that they had been turned off when they left. Having had break-ins in the past he thought that someone was in his home. Rudnitskas had his fiancée and infant child remain in the car while he and his dog entered the home. He snuck to his bedroom and got his shotgun and searched the house. When he got to the attached garage he said he found a male going through his toolbox. The intruder then ran out of the back door and continued eastbound toward Michigan Ave. Rudnitskas stated he chased the suspect to the foot of his porch where he (Rudnitskas) fired a warning shot into the ground. He then went back inside and phoned the Police.
Rudnitskas described the intruder as a white male wearing all black and carrying a 9mm handgun.
Elyria Police Officer Rick Walker and his K-9 arrived a short time later to begin tracking the suspect. Officers did not observe any fresh footprints; the snow was perfectly in tact with no signs of any disturbance in the area. The K-9 was not alerting to anything either.
Officers returned to Rudnitskas and advised him that the lack of evidence did not support his version of the incident. Moments later Rudnitskas finally admitted that there was no intruder. He stated that after arriving home and finding the light on doing a search of the home and not finding anyone, he went onto the back porch and fired a single shot into the ground to scare off any “potential intruder”. He said after firing the shot he called the Police and made up the story of the armed intruder.
Rudnitskas was charged with Inducing Panic M-1, Discharging a Firearm M-4 and Falsification M-1. Officers removed the shotgun and one other rifle from the home as evidence along with the spent shotgun shell.
JUST A LITTLE OFF THE TOP
When the news spread through the Department about the Breast Cancer the other members weren’t sure what to say or do. Russ compared it to the time when Sue had part of her finger cut off at a call about a year ago. “You always feel like you can fix things, she cuts the end of her finger off, ok we take her to the hospital and we get it fixed. With this one, everybody had that feeling of, how the hell do I fix this for her? I don’t know how, I can’t. It’s a helpless feeling. Nobody knew what to say and this group is rarely speechless but this hit them hard and they didn’t know what to say.”
Sue was not at a loss for words when I asked her how she felt about the Department and what they have done for her. “I grew up as an only child, but that I’m not anymore. I love these people and I want to thank them for being there for me because without them I don’t know how I would get through this. I’ve had a few really bad days and it always happens to be when there is a call and they are there. Thank God I have them.”
Saturday, February 24, 2007
RESCUE ON ROSEWOOD
“When I got down there I saw the kids on the other side of the creek. They had gotten over there after sledding down the hill but when they tried to cross back over they realized the ice was breaking apart. I give the kids credit for not trying to cross back over the shaky ice. It could have been much worse if they had tried to get back.”
Smith went back up the hill and contacted the Police Department who dispatched the Elyria Fire Department for the rescue.
Elyria Fire Department Lt. Rick Thraser explained how the rescue went down. “When Engine Four arrived the scene they found two small children on the other side of the bank, they had been sledding and when they went across the water they picked the wrong bank to go to. We sent in two rescuers, they traversed the river and carried the kids back and we brought them up the bank and turned them over to LifeCare.” When asked about the kids condition Lt. Thraser said that they were fine, just a little cold.
ICE STORM WARNING
The National Weather Services has upgraded their earlier Winter Storm Watch to an ICE STORM WARNING from 2am Saturday through noon Sunday. The storm is expected to hit the Lorain County area around 4am dumping up to ¼ inch of ice on trees and power lines. Easterly winds are expected to increase between 15 and 25mph with gusts over 30 MPH early Sunday. This could take down tree branches and power lines, strained by icy accumulations.
An Ice Storm Warning is issued when heavy accumulations of ice will cause hazardous if not impossible driving conditions. You should consider POSTPONING ANY TRAVEL. If driving is avoidable, use extreme caution and carry a Winter Emergency Kit in case you are stranded. Roads may become blocked by down trees and power lines.
Friday, February 23, 2007
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SECOND THREAT ON SOUTHVIEW
Lorain Police searched the building and cleared it for the students to return to the building less than an hour later.
Dean Schnurr, Director of Communications for Lorain City Schools said that the Lorain Board of Education has offered a $1,000.00 reward for the apprehention of the person or persons making the threats.
Anyone with information are asked to contact the Lorain Police Department at 440-204-2100.
EARLY MORNING SHOOTING
Elyria Police are investigating.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
FORMER LORAIN FIREFIGHTER WANTED FOR BANK ROBBERY
TMC NEWS has learned that Mielcarek was hired by the Lorain Fire Department in August of 1988. Due to personal problems he was asked to resign from the Department about 10 years ago. Mielcarek is the brother of Mike and Butch Mielcarek, owners of Ghoulardi’s Restaurant on Broadway in Lorain.
Mielcarek now has a warrant out for his arrest and anyone with information about where he is should contact the Lorain Police Department at 440-204-2100.
Police have Mr. Mielcarek in custody
The 16 year old male suspect was a former Southview student. Officials believe that the male is responsible for the threats to both Brookside and Southview. The calls were made 6 minutes apart.
NEW THREATS / NEW SCHOOLS
BROOKSIDE HIGH SCHOOL
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
MIDDLE SCHOOL UNDER LOCK DOWN
The Lorain County Bomb Squad did a search of the building and everyone felt confident that there was nothing to be concerned about and since it was so early in the morning the students were brought back to the school to finish the day.
This morning a call was made to the school at 8:14 but since the schools had delayed the opening of the schools by 2 hours due to heavy fog nobody was in the building to take the call so it went to voice mail. A secretary checking the voice mails this morning discovered the call at 9:35 and quickly alerted the Principal who contacted the authorities about the threat. The Principal, Tony Resar, had already briefed his faculty and staff after last Fridays threat to check their rooms as soon as they arrived to look for anything suspicious or out of place. Resar also put the school into lock down as soon as he heard the call. Shoff said that he along with the Principal and the authorities listened to the call a couple times and although the word bomb was never used in this mornings call it still had a "threatening nature" to it so the decision to evacuate the building was made and by 10:15 the kids were being put on buses and transported to the high school.
Police Chief Roger Kimble said that his Department is working closely with Detectives from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office to track down who has been making these calls. “The voice is a male and we speculate him to be between the ages of 16 to maybe 19. We believe the calls were made from a residence, not a pay phone and that is because of no real background noises like traffic.” Chief Kimble added that this is a very serious offense, “This is a felony that can result in being sent to prison for years, so this is not just some prank it is a serious crime and we take it very serious.”
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
FINDING THE ODOR
“I told my mom that I wasn’t sure what it was so to be safe I wanted to have the Fire Department check it out. After I called them I grabbed my little bird and took him across the street where he would be safe.”
Elyria Fire Department Assistant Chief Ron Brlas spoke with TMC NEWS at the scene and gave us the following details.
We got a call from 1839 West Ave for a gas odor in their house. When the first crew arrived they detected quite a large odor in the basement of the structure so from that point on we have been trying to locate the source of the odor.
We were looking in the sanitary sewers, apparently the storm sewers were ok but the problem was coming from the sanitary sewers. We worked with the waste water personnel to locate the source. We were using our Multi Gas Detector that detects an array of gases but basically we were looking for flammable liquids in the sewer. In a couple of instances it was picking up a flammable liquid but then as we got further down Oberlin Road it was showing clear so we headed to the South Maple area.
We had product in the sewer at Oberlin Road and Maple Street and as we made our way up Maple one of the guys noticed a strong odor of gasoline at 358 Maple.
Monday, February 19, 2007
GIRL TRAPPED UNDER SNOW
The 10 year old girl and her friend had dug a cave into a snow mound at the end of her driveway then the girl became stuck, head first, in the mouth of the cave. Family and friends came to her rescue but it was the girl’s father who pulled her out of the snow mound. When he got her out she was blue and not breathing, he then began mouth to mouth resuscitation until Fire Department arrived, by that time she was breathing on her own and somewhat alert.
Eaton Township Fire Chief Phil Slack spoke with TMC NEWS about the call. “We received the call around 4:30 this afternoon and we responded to the home. When our crews arrived the family had already gotten the little girl out from under the snow. Our squad then transported her to Elyria Memorial Hospital.”
The girl was then flown from Elyria Memorial to Cleveland Metro Health Medical Center where she is now listed in stable condition.
TMC NEWS has decided not to release the name of the child due to her age.
AWNING COLLAPSES, TRAPS WOMAN
"We arrived on scene with two engines and our Rescue truck; it took 32 minutes to extricate the victim. She was in an outside designated smoking area when the awning collapsed. We used our Jaws of Life and airbags to extricate the young lady. The victim was conscious but was obviously in a lot of pain." Captain Robert Donofrio, Elyria Fire Department.
We asked Captain Donofrio to explain how the extrication went. “Basically it’s like a wedge, you have to slide an airbag underneath between the individual and whatever is holding her down and then you inflate the airbag, it almost turns into a large pillow and then you put some shoring equipment underneath, that’s cribbing equipment and then you deflate it and then you go a little bit deeper and increase it and it opens up kind of like a clam shell.”
"She is one of our associates that works in the warehouse here, one of about 40 and she was taking a break when unfortunately the roof caved in. We are going to do our own investigation at this time and we have some of our people checking other roof tops similar to this one to see if we need to do anything to secure them." Joe Usaj, Human Resources manager from Invacare.
Usaj also wanted to thank the Elyria Fire Department, LifeCare Ambulance, Elyria Police Department and all the other rescuers who helped our associate. “Their response time was amazing and they were extremely professional and did an outstanding job getting her out of there safely and quickly. Our prayers and thoughts are with our associate tonight."
Metro Life Flight landed at the scene and took over care from the LifeCare Paramedics. The victim was then flown to Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland.
SEMI ROLLS OVER ON I-90
Elyria Police are investigating the crash.
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Sunday, February 18, 2007
PLANE CRASH AT HOPKINS
There were 70 passengers on board, including one infant and 4 crew members and although no injuries were reported, 3 people have been taken to Southwest General Hospital for evaluation.
Passengers told NewsChannel 5 that they thought the plane was coming down too fast during the landing. When the plane went to turn at the end of the runway, it slid through the fence. One passenger took a picture with her cell phone as the plane sat on the fence.
For more details and photos: NEWSCHANNEL 5
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CLEVELAND STEET CRASH
Three people from the car were taken to Elyria Memorial Hospital to be checked out. Neither of the Paramedics received any injuries from the crash. The Paramedic driving the ambulance was cited for Assured Clear Distance.
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GRANDMA GOT BOOTED FROM A TOW TRUCK
The parents of the young man who was driving the car that struck the tow truck arrived to see their son and check things out. The father was quick to say that he didn’t understand why the tow trucks had to be where they were making their son strike the truck. The young man stated that he did not see the trucks and that he believed he was traveling approximately 25mph.
Once the State Patrol cleared the trucks Vaughn went to Pagel and told her that they were going to take her car to a safer place to lower it and release it to her. Pagel, sitting in the back of the Patrol car, reached for her $40.00 and offered it to Vaughn who quickly refused and said, “no charge ma’am” and walked away. Pagel said that gestured made her believe that there are certainly people who care in this world. Pagel also was upset that Vaughn’s truck was struck and that the younger Vaughn was injured. “If that rude man had helped me in the first place none of this would have happened. I am glad though that I met these two kind men and the Patrolmen, they have showed me so much kindness.”
Friday, February 16, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
SCHOOL'S CLOSE THURSDAY
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The snow and blowing snow advisory is for lingering snow showers, blowing and drifting snow. Northwest winds of 15 to 25mph this evening will continue to cause blowing and drifting snow, especially in open areas. Untreated roads or roads prone to drifting snow will continue to be difficult or impossible to travel.
The winds are expected to diminish late tonight and new snow accumulations early tonight will average an inch or less except up to two inches locally.
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ICE STORM CANCELS HEARING IN DC
Tue Feb 13 2007 19:31:25 ETThe Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality hearing scheduled for Wednesday, February 14, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building has been postponed due to inclement weather. The hearing is entitled “Climate Change: Are Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Human Activities Contributing to a Warming of the Planet?” The hearing will be rescheduled to a date and time to be announced later.
EMA OPENS EOC
Alice Webber, Emergency Operations Manager, said they were watching weather radar, monitoring the National Weather Service website and was in on conference calls with the National Weather Service throughout the day. The agency received requests from Community Health Partners in Lorain and Elyria Memorial Hospital to help them get their employees to and from work during the worst part of the storm. Webber opened the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and organized volunteers from the Erie Shores 4X4 club and local ham radio operators. The team had a dozen drivers at the ready to pick up nurses and other essential staff members and take them to and from work.
Tom Kelly, Lorain County EMA Director is in Washington DC at a conference for EMA Directors and has been monitoring the situation closely. Webber plans to be staffing the EOC until Kelly returns from DC Wednesday morning, that is if his flight is not canceled.
LCT TO ROLL, EXPECT 2 HOUR DELAY
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
NEWSCHANNEL 5 is reporting that the heavy snowfall is expected to get worse before it gets any better. Overnight accumulations could bring our total up to another foot of snow with snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour possible. Cleveland Hopkins has reported totals of 5 inches of snow with some areas reporting 10 inches and again, the worst is yet to come. Wind Chills are expected to dip below zero overnight and in areas where there are Blizzard Warnings they could go as low as 15 below.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Johnson said that we can expect another 2 to 4 inches of accumulations during the morning hours, but conditions should “significantly improve” as the day turns into night and the snow diminishes.
Our friends to the west in Huron, Erie and Sandusky counties have a blizzard warning in effect until 7am.
NO SCHOOL Wednesday in Lorain or Elyria. For NEWSCHANNEL 5’s COMPLETE list of closings: CLICK HERE
The Elyria Police Department still have the hills on Gulf Road Closed. Conditions have not gotten any better and travel is still too dangerous on the hills.
Check back in the morning for overnight pictures and stories.
EMERGENCY SNOW BAN ISSUED
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Firefighters and bystanders rescued five small children from a roaring Harlem fire yesterday - to the cheers of onlookers who feared the worst.
A man in a trench coat pulled a shotgun and opened fire at Salt Lake City's Trolley Square on Monday evening, perhaps killing as many as five people, police and witnesses say.
Mountains of trash stuffed inside a woman's car in Cape Cod, Mass., caused the car to accelerate and crash, according to police. (Bruce may want to look at this story)
The Police announced their first tour in decades Monday at a rehearsal at the Whisky a Go-Go as a throng of fans crowded near the legendary Sunset Strip nightclub.
Monday, February 12, 2007
CRASH IN SOUTH AMHERST
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
MAJOR WINTER STORM EXPECTED
The storm, that the NWS is calling a “Major Winter Storm” is expected to roll into Ohio tomorrow morning and last through Wednesday late morning. “Low pressure over the southern plains will move into the Ohio Valley by Tuesday. Deep Gulf moisture will spread across the region as it moves east. This will allow heavy wintry precipitation to develop Tuesday morning and continue into Wednesday.” Although most of the precipitation will fall as snow there may be a period of sleet late Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday evening.
The NWS is predicting that “much of the area will see 7 to 14 inches of snow by Wednesday afternoon.”
Sunday, February 11, 2007
MIDWAY MALL STABBING
Elyria Police responded to the Midway Mall around 2pm today after receiving reports of a large fight in the area of the Harry Buffalo restaurant. The initial reports were that 6 men, one of whom had a knife, were attacking one man. Before Police arrived on scene one man had been stabbed and the attackers had fled the area. LifeCare Ambulance Paramedics transported the victim from the Midway Mall to Elyria Memorial Hospital Emergency Room.
The victim, Estep Dalton, 15 of Lorain, was treated for two stab wounds and released from Elyria Memorial Hospital Sunday evening.
The suspects were found and taken into custody within 2 hours of the attack. The suspects in custody are, Jason Dewitt, 29, of Lorain. The suspect vehicle that fled the scene is registered to Dewitt. Kyle Kocher, 21, of LaGrange and Jacob Cammel, 20, of Massillon.
The Elyria Police Department is investigating the attack.
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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition swung through Columbus last November to build a new home for a 9/11 Hero. Although the family is very grateful to the crew and all the volunteers, they are now wondering how they will pay for the bills that have doubled since they received their new home.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED
Searching within a one mile area of where the incident took place we found 12 registered Sex Offenders, 1 Habitual Sex Offender and 1 Sexual Predator. To conduct your own search of your neighborhood visit the Lorain County Sheriff's Department web site.