Friday, September 21, 2007

BECAREFUL WHERE YOU PARK

Terry Thomas was just doing a favor for her son Friday when she drove him into downtown Elyria so he could pay a fine at the Elyria Muny Court. Driving around downtown with the festival underway they were unable to find any parking spaces. Thomas spotted a parking lot at the corner of East Ave and Broad Street that only had one vehicle parked and about 8 open spaces. Thomas pulled in, dropped her son off and waited in the car. Several minutes later there was a tap at her window, a young man asked if that was her son that she had dropped off, she said yes. The young man said he needed her for something. The young man also said that he wanted her to move her car into a spot closer to Broad Street. Thomas moved the car then started heading towards Muny Court. While walking to the court she saw her son walking towards her, he asked her what she was doing. Once she told him what happened in the parking lot he was sure someone was going to steal their car. When they got to the parking lot they found their car hooked to a Perkel’s Tow Truck.

The driver of the tow truck informed Thomas that she was parked in a private parking lot and that he had to tow it – that is unless she had $100.00 on her and then he would drop the car. Thomas did not have that much cash on her, the driver asked where her bank was and when Thomas said First Merit the driver said he would meet her down there and wait for her to get the cash.


While walking to First Merit Thomas phoned the Police feeling that this was a scam being perpetrated by the tow service. Police Officers met with Thomas and Perkel’s were able to convince the driver to drop the car and leave without being paid. Thomas said she was advised by the Police to file a complaint with the Elyria Safety Service’s Director.

Businesses in the area of the parking lot say that they watch this towing service hide behind Conrad’s and will snatch cars up then wait for people to return to make the $100.00. Sharon Shaffer from Sarah’s Sweets said that they hooked a customer’s car before and demanded $100.00 to drop the car. The customer only had $50.00 in cash on them so they took that.
“The sign even says that the maximum tow fee is $90.00, so how are they getting away with charging people $100.00? Plus you can sit here and watch them collect the cash and put it in their pocket and never hand out receipts. They will even hook up a car and hide it over behind Conrad’s or the chocolate place so they can quickly come back and get more. Just another downside of doing business in downtown Elyria.”

An attempt to reach the property owner was unsuccessful as he had already left for the day.

WOMAN PULLS INTO PATH OF TRUCK

BREAKING NEWS

An early morning crash in Columbia Station sent a mother and her baby to two different hospitals.

Lieutenant Glenn Peterson of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said that around 8 a.m. Friday morning a woman pulled out of her driveway on Root Road in Columbia Station into the path of a northbound truck. The collision carried the car approximately 100 + feet. The truck, from Timber Wolf Crane Services from Medina, went off the road and into a yard on the west side of Root Road taking out shrubs and tress before stopping next to a utility pole. The woman was trapped in the vehicle with her baby, fully restrained, in the back seat of the car.

Lieutenant Stacey Borling of Columbia Township Fire Department said that extrication took 20 to 25 minutes. “When we arrived we saw that she was trapped so we mutual aided with surrounding departments and launched LifeFlight right away. We received help extricating the victim from Eaton Township and Olmsted Falls Fire Departments.” Lt. Borling said that the baby was not trapped and was still fully restrained in the back seat.

Metro LifeFlight landed in a neighbors yard just to the west of the crash and flew the mother to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Eaton Township Fire & Rescue transported the baby to Elyria Memorial Hospital.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.



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UPDATE: The driver of the car in this crash has been identified as 17 year old Brittney Bibby of Root Road in Columbia Station. The baby is 4 month old Matthew. The baby has been released from Elyria Memorial while his mom remains in critical condition at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

The driver of the truck is 42 year old Thomas Ludrosky. Ludrosky, visibly shaken at the scene did not want to speak to the media only saying that he did everything he could to stop but that he just couldn’t in time.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

STANDOFF ON VILLANOVA

ENDS PEACEFULLY


At first we thought this story began this morning around 10 a.m. when people spotted a man swinging a tire iron at a parked car on North Abbe Road in Elyria. Jennifer Lawrence and other witnesses said that at first they thought that the car belonged to the man because he was doing it in front of people in broad daylight. “I didn’t know what he was doing, I heard the noises and then I saw him going from the trunk area of the car to the passenger side door striking the window with something.” Lawrence said that once the car alarm sounded the man tried to stop it by popping the hood but couldn’t; he then fled the area on foot.

Neighbors described the man to Police who quickly identified him as 23 year old Drew Mans of Villanova Circle, right around the corner. Police believed that a 9mm hand gun and ammunition were taken by Mans from the vehicle. Officers quickly surrounded the home at the corner of Antioch and Villanova Circle and made attempts to contact Mans by phone. While making these calls Mans called the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office and advised them that he was in fact at Elyria Memorial Hospital on the 5th Floor and was willing to turn himself in. The Sergeant at the scene on Villanova requested that other Officers be sent to EMH to look for Mans and that he and the other Officers on Villanova would hold the perimeter that they had set up just in case it was an attempt by Mans to get the Officers to leave. A search by Officers, Deputies and EMH Security found that Mans was not on EMH property.
Mans was spotted a short time later by one of the Officers stationed outside of the house. Contact was made with Mans by Officers at the scene who spoke to him until one of the Departments Negotiators arrived and took over.

Family members that arrived on scene spoke with the media explaining Mans medical condition. Mans sister, Temeka Guzman, said that her brother was born with frontal lobe damage and other problems. “Drew was born with frontal lobe damage, he has half a ear, he has a lot of nerve damage on the side of his face. With the frontal lobe damage that controls your thinking ability, you don’t rationalize the things you do, you kinda act on impulse. He had been a troubled child for many years but he is not violent, he has never hurt anybody. He has never hurt anything or anybody but himself.” Guzman said that although she had not had a chance to speak with her brother during the stand off she would tell him that she and her family love him and care about him.

Guzman said that Mans was being held in a lock down facility, Community Based Correctional Facility CBCF, on Murray Ridge Road next door to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Department. Last night there was a fire at the facility and during the commotion Mans was able to walk away and steal a car.

Neighbors in the area gathered around the corner to watch the action, many were part of a large block watch organization that they have formed. Block Watch Captain Debbie Neri said that within the last year there have been over 200 break-ins in their area. “These are break-ins during the night, during the daytime, afternoon, whenever. You come by here at night and look in our back yards, you will see all of the security lights lighting up our yards.” Neri said that the Block Watch was formed in their neighborhood because of all the crime that has been occurring. Neri said they felt it was time to “take the neighborhood back.” Counting from January 1 to the beginning of April Neri said she has a list of 80 break-ins and as she says, it just continues. “Our kids are not even coming home from school on any latch key type programs; we are keeping them at school until we can pick them up. It’s scary, enough is enough.”

Robbie Smith lives across the street from Mans and saw the Police when they first got there this morning. “I saw the Police when I was going over to school but then when I came back home now they have the roads blocked and all the media is here.” Smith said that although he personally has not been the victim of a break in or theft a friend of his visiting his house has. “I had a party a couple months ago and a friend of mine had his I Pod and money taken from his car parked in my driveway.”


Lieutenant Andy Eichenlaub said that Mans barricaded himself in the house alone and claimed to have had a gun. Lt. Eichenlaub said that the Negotiator spent several hours on the phone with Mans in an attempt to have him walk out and give himself up. “Our Officer is trained in Crisis Intervention and Hostage Negotiation and decelerated the crisis in the subjects mind, advised him that the best thing for him to do would be to seek the medical attention that he needed. Over the couple of hours that they spoke she convinced him of that and he came out to seek that help.”

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

NEITHER WIND NOR RAIN NOR SNOW…

Columbia Township Fire Department responded to Route 252, just south of Snell Road, in Columbia Station Wednesday afternoon after 9-1-1 received a call of a Postal truck in a ditch. 9-1-1 advised Firefighters that the truck was tipping over with a female still inside. Bystanders stopped to assist her by keeping the truck from tipping and eventually up righting the vehicle.

Shortly after all 4 wheels were safely back on the ground, the postal worker resumed her route.

GET YOUR CALENDERS OUT

TMC NEWS: "In The Community"


With Eaton Township Fire Department being in the news so much this week with the motorcycle crashes and the Eaton Estates crash, I felt that this would be a good time to pimp their Annual Chicken Bar-B-Q.

The fun begins at 11:30 a.m. and runs till 4:00 p.m. on Sunday October 7th. Eaton Township Fire Department is located at the intersection of Route 82 & Route 83. Dinners are ONLY $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children under 12 years old. To clarify, this is for children 12 and under, not for those who act like they are 12 or younger.

Firefighters will be collecting Non-Perishable foods starting a week before the Bar-B-Q; anyone donating food will receive a door prize ticket.

There is also a rumor floating around that a Dunking Booth is being constructed special for our own Jason from “Sundays with Jason”. Now who would want to dunk him?

For a good time and to show your support to the fine professionals at the Eaton Township Fire Department; plan to attend this event on October 7th.

CHESTNUT RIDGE CRASH

This may sound familiar but Eaton Township Fire Department responded Tuesday afternoon for a two-car crash at Chestnut Ridge and Route 57.

Officials at Eaton Township Fire said that a car turning onto Route 57 south from Chestnut Ridge crashed into another car on 57. Officials say that two people had to be transported to Elyria Memorial for the (minor) injuries they received in the crash.

LifeCare Ambulance Paramedics responded to assist Eaton Township and transported one of the victims to EMH.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

COLLEGE STUDENT TASERED

A public appearance by Senator John Kerry Monday at the University of Florida turned into pandemonium when a 21 year old Journalism student, known for posting practical jokes online, was arrested and tasered by campus Police for resisting arrest.

The problem began when the Andrew Meyer went over his allotted time at the microphone asking questions of the Senator. He had asked Kerry about impeaching
President Bush, why he didn't challenge the 2004 election results and whether he and Bush were members of the secret society Skull and Bones at Yale University.

In a news release, University Police said that they were summoned by the forum’s sponsor to escort Meyer from the building. Police added that Meyer had been tasered because he resisted arrest while Officers tried to handcuff him.

Meyer was arrested on charges of resisting an officer and disturbing the peace, according to Alachua County jail records, but the State Attorney's Office had yet to make the formal charging decision. Police recommended charges of resisting arrest with violence, a felony, and disturbing the peace and interfering with school administrative functions, a misdemeanor.

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Monday, September 17, 2007

THE DIRTY PART OF THE JOB


If you were traveling along Route 57 between Gulf and Abbe Monday afternoon you might have been wondering what all the fuss was about with all the Emergency vehicles.A woman driving along Route 57 believed that she saw a young child (about 10 years old) jump into the storm sewer along the north side of the road.

Elyria Police responded to the scene first and yelled down to the child. Police then called for the Fire Department to send someone down to check on the child.

Elyria Fire Department Lt. Norris said they dropped a 25 foot ladder into the hole, tied off a Firefighter and sent him down. The Firefighter searched through the muck in the sewer running under Route 57 leading north to the turnpike and south to the St. Jude’s area but found nothing.

PEDESTRIAN STRUCK BY CAR AT EHS


A car struck a Female trying to cross the street on West Ave by Elyria High School Monday afternoon.

Elyria High School student Justin Willis said that the female, who he believes is also a student at EHS, was crossing from the parking lot heading to the high school. “The traffic here on West Ave was stopped (southbound) to let cars out of the parking lot. The girl cut between the first and second car so the driver of the red SUV didn’t see that she was crossing and then she hit her.” Willis said the SUV wasn’t traveling very fast at all and struck the female on her right side sending her to the ground. Willis, who has plans of being a Firefighter/Paramedic in the future, knew from his health classes to keep the victim stable until help arrived. “I went over to her and knelt down behind her head to hold her head still to prevent any further injuries. It wasn’t long then before the Paramedics and Firefighters arrived.”

LifeCare Paramedics and Elyria Firefighters treated the victim at the scene then transported her to Elyria Memorial Hospital.

The Elyria Police Department is investigating the crash.

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JUICE IN THE BOX

O.J. Simpson is wishing tonight that the slogan “What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas” applied to him. Simpson was arrested Sunday on felony charges related to an armed robbery of memorabilia at the Palace Station Hotel in Las Vegas.

During a press conference Sunday Clark County District Attorney David Roger said that Simpson will be charged with two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit burglary, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, burglary with a deadly weapon and coercion. Roger said that Simpson could face 3 to 35 years on the robbery with a deadly weapon charge alone.

Officials say that Simpson played a “substantial” role in the crime. Simpson was arrested at the Palms Hotel on Sunday without incident and is currently in the Clark County Detention Center.

Simpson allegedly went to the Palace Station Hotel last Thursday with several “associates” to retrieve stolen memorabilia from people who were attempting to sell the items. Simpson has been saying that he set up a “sting operation” with his associates because since his acquittal on the murder charges the Police are not very receptive to his calls for help.

One of the items that Simpson was trying to retrieve was the suit he wore in 1995 when the verdict was read on live TV with the world watching.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

“WE DODGED A BULLET”

A teenager driving at a high rate of speed in Eaton Estates early Sunday evening crashed his car into three parked vehicles after taking out a mail box, in what could have been a far worse crash say neighbors.

“We dodged a bullet here tonight” said one neighbor explaining about how all the kids were outside playing in the yards and riding bikes in the street. Nancy Vettel Lives next door to where the crash occurred, she said she was inside the house but could hear him coming. “I was inside doing dishes and I heard him coming, tires squealing and engine real load, I looked out my window and I saw him go past my mail box and into my neighbors driveway smashing into their truck.” Vettel then quickly called 9-1-1 to report the crash. While on the phone she watched as a passenger from the back seat climbed out of the car and ran home a couple blocks away. He later returned saying that he went home to call 9-1-1. The female passenger got out on her own but just sat on the lawn near the car.

Ashley Krantz, 13, and her friend 11 year old Shelby Newton were walking along National Drive to the park when they saw the car rounding the corner. “We saw the car come flying around the corner and all I said was “wow”. Then I saw him go off the road and hit the mail box and then he came back up on the road towards us.” It was then that Ashley grabbed her friend and pulled her out of the way of the car and threw her into the yard. Both girls said it was a very frightening experience and that they were still shaking from what happened.

Trooper Christopher Ausse of The Ohio State Highway Patrol said that excessive speed and failure to control contributed to the crash. “The driver first went off the road striking a mail box then he got back up onto the roadway drove down a little further where he struck a truck sitting in a driveway.” Trooper Ausse said that the truck that was hit slide backwards into a camper then sideways into a SUV making this a four-vehicle crash.

The investigation continues but Trooper Ausse said that the driver will be charged with at least Failure to Control and Speeding.

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ANOTHER BIKE CRASH IN EATON

Eaton Township Fire Department responded to Route 10 this afternoon for another motorcycle crash.

Trooper Christopher Ausse of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said that the biker was riding up the ramp from Route 57 entering Route 10 Westbound when he lost control of his bike. “He went off the ramp, through the grass area and spilled it here on Route 10.” Trooper Ausse said the biker would be charged with Failure to Control and Driving Under the Influence.

Eaton Fire Chief Phil Slack said that the biker received serious injuries to his right ankle and lower leg area but nothing else of any significance. The biker was transported to Elyria Memorial Hospital by Eaton EMS.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating this afternoon’s crash.
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CARLISLE COMMUNITY DAYS

TMC NEWS: “In The Community”


Residents of Carlisle Township gathered today at the Township Fire Department for “Community Days”. The annual event hosted a car show, Metro LifeFlight, Balloon Sculptures, Cow Pie Bingo (you don’t want to know), food and much more.
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WHERE IS THAT SMOKE COMING FROM

While Vaughn’s Towing was loading up the motorcycles in Eaton Township 9-1-1 was toning out Columbia Township Firefighters after receiving calls of heavy black smoke being seen in the area of Route 82 & Station Road.

Firefighters from Columbia Station responded and discovered the source of the smoke coming from behind a house on Station Road just south of Rt. 82.

Columbia Station Fire Department Chief Ray Anthony said that a 40 or 50-year-old house on this property was torn down recently and the debris was stacked up in the back yard. The property owner started to burn a small part of the debris but that fire quickly grew as radiant heat spread across the rest of the area. Chief Anthony said that he contacted the EPA and explained the situation to them and decided to allow the property owner to let the fire burn out. “The property owner and another guy will stay with the fire until it burns out. They have equipment back there to control it but if it gets out of hand they will give us a call and we will come back. Right now everything is ok though.”

THEY FELL LIKE DOMINOS

A day of riding to raise money for a charity turned tragic Saturday evening in Eaton Township.

A group of motorcycle riders were riding west on Route 82 in Eaton Township Saturday evening when witnesses say a lead bike suddenly stopped causing a chain reaction crash of 5 bikes. Eaton Township Firefighter and Incident Commander Glen Thompson said that 5 victims were taken from the scene, 4 by helicopter and 1 by ground. Thompson said that the injuries varied and went from minor to critical, the worst going by choppers. Thompson also said that the bikes were spread all over the road. “We had bikes all over, ditch to ditch and the debris field was between 150 to 200’ long.”

Trooper Christopher Ausse of the Ohio State Patrol said that the bikes were in a pack heading westbound before the crash. “It appears that one of the bikes missed its stop and hit its brakes. Once he hit his brakes he went into a fishtail and then another motorcycle ran into the back of his motorcycle causing it to flip and at that point they were ejected and the bike caught on fire. The other two bikes traveling behind them had nowhere to go and then struck those two motorcycles coming to rest in the middle of the road.”

Dan Radosevich, his brother and two friends were across the street at the time of the crash. Radosevich and the others said that there had been a party going on across the street all day with a different group of motorcycle riders with bikers coming and going all day. “We saw the bikes coming down the road and the first two bikes, like right before the driveway slammed on their brakes and then one of the two front bikes flipped over and then the two bikes behind him ran over him.” Radosevich said that bike parts were flying all over the place. Alek Radosevich said that the rider one the bike that caught fire was able to scramble away from the bike in time before being burned. “He ran away over to the yard then just laid down in the grass. I could see one of the guys with bones sticking out of his leg and you could tell that his arm was messed up too. This whole thing was messed up.”
One of the bikers, the third bike back from the lead bike, was arrested at the scene for DUI. This biker’s passenger received the worst injuries. There was also a handgun with a holster found in the ditch.

Trooper Ausse said that he attributes excessive speed and following too close to the cause of the crash. “The other thing is, it doesn’t matter how long you have been riding a bike, when you get into groups like this it is very different. People think that just because they have been riding for 10 or 15 years that they know what they are doing and when they get into groups like this where they may not be familiar with the other riders and their habits, things like this could happen.” Trooper Ausse reminds us that with cars the rule is for every 10mph there should be 1 car length, that is a good reactionary gap, this rule holds true as well for motorcycle riders.

Eaton Township received mutual aid from Columbia Township and Grafton Village.
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SUNDAYS WITH JASON

“Well I woke up Sunday morning with no way to hold my head that didn’t hurt…” Ah, the sounds of Johnny Cash. Another Sunday comes as the “man in black” takes me back to the years I worked as a welder, listenin’ to Johnny & wonderin; “When am I gettin’ out of this hole?” Back then, the night shift started on Sunday. I am glad to be reminiscing from this rocking chair, rather than sitting at that welder, burning my self some new freckles.

So, what’s new? Obviously not much as the same things keep happening week in, week out. Like the lady who ran into a train with her SUV. At first I was mad to hear another “idiot vs. train story” but when I saw her on the news; my uncompassionate heart skipped a beat with glee. She had her ankles wrapped up like that seen from “Misery” when Kathy Bates “hobbles” James Caan. Only he didn’t deserve it! Between that woman, the 4-car-pile-up on Abbe, the guy who drove his truck 30 feet down a ravine, the poor firefighter struck by a car on 113, and the fatal crash on Henderson Dr; it’s official, everyone has forgotten how to drive! People, come on! What’ll happen when the snow begins to fall & the roads get icy? I’ll start walking, that’s what!

SLOW DOWN & OPEN YOUR EYES. It’s that easy.

Here’s a riddle: What’s 15 feet long, smells like bacon & has just 2 teeth? Answer: the line at Wal-Mart. Nonetheless, I had to go there to stock up on wasp & bee killer. Why? TWO WORDS: Africanized Bees! As we speak, these bees are in New Orleans trying to wipe out the surviving Katrina victims. But, as we all know, they could fly here any day. Now, this may end up like the Chinese Bird Flu scare, which almost drove my wife into post-traumatic stress disorder! (She had me dodging pigeons, fasting from poultry & eggs, I even crated up the neighbors adopted Chinese children and tried shipping them back.) But bees, that’s a different story! They sneak through the vents, fly up your shorts, and hide in your apples and kill in groups. Personally, I’d rather run from flu-riddled chickens. They can’t get into your house (unless you have a doggie-door). Anyway, batten down the hatches and be prepared to weather the swarm!

The HIGHLIGHT OF THE LOWLIGHT: Well, if you were dumb enough to plan a drive through (or drive-by) in downtown Elyria; cancel your plans! Everyone is up in arms about these wannabe Tri-C filmmakers closing down the streets. First of all, you’re from Tri-C, go back to your own County. Secondly, if the Main Street Director really thinks that a video (that no one will see) could bring outsiders & George Clooney here, she is smoking something far too strong to keep for herself! George Clooney wouldn’t come to Elyria if his flight crashed here! Maybe George Clinton (He actually was at the House of Blues in Cleveland on the 13th, what a coincidence). It’s hard enough to lure an Elyrian downtown. Why are you trying for George Clooney? Point in case: The last thing Elyria needs downtown is a bunch of arrogant, pompous, rude kids stopping traffic. (Save that for 2 a.m. when the bars let out!) Oh, and to our Chief Reporter who was hassled by these pencil-necked-geeks: Next time some punk gets in your way, blowing smoke through his yellow teeth and into your face; do what I do… Grab the cigarette from his hand and put it out in his eye. Just make sure you discard it in the proper receptacle (we don’t want to break the littering law).

Finally, ARE YOU READY??? The count-down begins to….. THE APPLE FESTIVAL, can you even wait for the balloon drop? Oh brother, and why balloons? Why not just drop apples on everyone and put them out of their misery. Can you taste it, can you smell it? The smell of the beer, the apples, the carnies body odor (I just threw up). Speaking of; our thoughts and prayers go to Terry as he risks his life at the Convenient Foodmart Burn-Off and their barbecued chicken. (just kidding, I love their chicken...yeah, okay)
So party hard Apple eaters!

Drive careful and stay on the road (preferably on your side).

“Bee” Safe!

Jason

HAPPY 75th AVON FIRE DEPARTMENT

TMC NEWS: “In The Community”

The Avon Fire Department celebrated their 75th Anniversary Saturday morning with a parade from the High School to the Fire Station.

Joined by Departments from throughout the area, Avon Fire displayed all of their trucks to the people who were lining the streets enjoying the parade. The parade also allowed Avon Fire to show off their newest truck; “Truck 468”. Avon Fire Chief Frank Root said he had some nervous days leading up to the parade because the truck was not showing up. “I made a call and told the dealer that we wanted our new truck in the parade today and I didn’t care what it took, I wanted it here.” The truck arrived Friday night at midnight, 11 hours before the start of the parade.

Chief Root said this is a great way to say thank you to the community and to show them that their Fire Department appreciates their support. “We have received so much support from this community, I was happy to see so many people along the parade route.” Chief Root also wanted to thank all of the departments that showed up with their Engines, young and old, to participate in the parade. The oldest, that I found at least, was a 1919 and of course the youngest would be Avon’s new Truck 468.

Other departments participating were, Avon Lake, Sheffield Village, Carlisle Township, The Lorain County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Rocky River, Amherst, Vermilion, Vermilion Township, Elyria Township, Eaton Township, Florence Township, New Philadelphia, Olmsted Falls, Western Reserve Museum, Cedar Point, Tri-C Training Academy and Strongsville.

Along with the community and other Fire Departments, Chief Root said he most wanted to thank his Firefighters for their help in getting the parade ready. “I am so lucky to work with this group, they are the best. I am extremely proud of them and this Department.”

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COUNTY AIRPORT HOLDS FESTIVAL

TMC NEWS: “In The Community”

The Lorain County Regional Airport hosted a community appreciation day festival Saturday filled with planes, food and fun for all. Skip Skolnik of Johnwin Aviation said it was away to show the community what they have in their back yard. “We have a great airport here and not enough people know about it or what it does for the county. It’s just a neat way to celebrate aviation.” Skolnik wants the community to know that the airport is a great asset to the community and it brings business here. “Being with the proximity to Cleveland a lot of people don’t understand what it does for us in helping bring business here and it is only getting better and bigger.” Skolnik said that with the new condominium style hangers that are going in would just add to the attraction of Lorain County Regional Airport for prospective new businesses. The private hangers will be 44’x40’ with 40’ bi-fold doors. The project calls for 12 units of which 6 are already sold Skolnik said. “It’s been a very long process but a very positive one. We have worked closely with the Lorain County Commissioners and the Fixed Base Operations here at Johnston Aviation and the different residents.”

Skolnik said that the hangers would be a combination of personal and business. “We have a lot of individuals who have businesses as well and we are talking to some large businesses who want to move in. I am talking to a large retailer in Cleveland who is very interested in putting their plane here. They’ll be able to have meetings here, fly people in here and it will become like their hub of transportation. A real estate agent from Medina is interested in relocating his business to Lorain County and he in interested in buying two units with a loft and running his business from there and he’s a private pilot as well.”

Saturday’s festival included: Lorain County Sheriff’s Department SWAT display, Child Identification Program, DARE car and demonstrations of their robot, LifeCare Ambulance displayed their vintage Cadillac Ambulance, Lorain County Homeland Security displayed their new Command Post Vehicle. Remote Controlled Airplanes and full size planes were also on display.
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ELYRIA TOWNSHIP CRASH

A two-car crash in Elyria Township Saturday afternoon sent one child with his mother to the hospital.
Elyria Township Fire Department Assistant Chief Brian Bell said that the injuries to the child were not serious but he would be checked out at Elyria Memorial Hospital. The Mustang was crossing Lake Ave when it was struck head on. No other injuries were reported.

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Friday, September 14, 2007

FATAL COLLISON ON HENDERSON DR

A head on crash in Lorain Friday afternoon left one person dead at the scene trapped in a burning car.

Lorain Firefighters and LifeCare Paramedics responded to Henderson Bridge for a reported head on car crash. When Police and Firefighters arrived on scene they found a small car fully engulfed in flames with a person trapped inside. The car, driven by a 70-year-old male whose name is not being released yet, was seen driving north on Henderson Drive heading to the Bridge when it crossed the median and slammed head on into a red pick up truck. Witnesses at the scene say that the driver was slumped over the wheel when they saw him strike a guardrail and orange construction barrels before striking the pick up truck. The driver of the truck received minor injuries in the crash.

The Lorain County Coroner will do an autopsy to determine if the driver died of a medical condition prior to the crash or if the crash and fire killed him.

The Lorain Police Department immediately blocked all traffic to the Lofton Henderson Bridge and kept it closed for several hours while Traffic Investigators examined the scene.

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FINAL RIB BURN OFF FOR 2007

This Saturday will be the last RIB BURN OFF for this season at the Convenient Food Mart on Cleveland Street in Elyria. Many of you have written to say that you have been enjoying the Burn Off’s this summer so I thought I would pass along the word that this Saturday will be the last one for the year. Dale and Howard, the Rib Chef’s, will be hanging up their brushes and oven mitts for the season after tomorrow.

So if you have a hankerin’ for some Bar-B-Q Ribs or Chicken (my favorite), jump in the car and run on up to Convenient on Cleveland Street for some great eats! A whole chicken dinner is only $8.00 and a full slab rib dinner is only $15.00.

Like our own Jason Gilbert, from "Sundays with Jason" says; “It’s a Big Cup of Awwwwww Yeah!”

Thursday, September 13, 2007

HERE’S ONE WAY TO WIN: CHEAT!


The National Football League announced today that they have fined New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick $500,000 and the team an additional $250,000 for videotaping signals used by the New York Jets’ Defensive Coaches.

Coach Belichick has been fined the maximum amount under the NFL Constitution and By-Laws of $500,000 for violating league policy last Sunday on the use of equipment to videotape an opposing team's offensive or defensive signals.

In addition, Commissioner Roger Goodell also notified the Patriots that they would forfeit their first-round draft choice in 2008 if they reach the playoffs, or their own second-round and third-round picks if they do not qualify for the playoffs, and that the club would be fined $250,000. "This episode represents a calculated and deliberate attempt to avoid longstanding rules designed to encourage fair play and promote honest competition on the playing field," Goodell wrote in a letter to the Patriots.

NFL policy states that "no video recording devices of any kind are permitted to be in use in the coaches' booth, on the field, or in the locker room during the game" and that all video shooting locations for club coaching purposes "must be enclosed on all sides with a roof overhead."

In a memo to NFL head coaches and general managers on Sept. 6, 2006, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Ray Anderson said, "Videotaping of any type, including but not limited to taping of an opponent's offensive or defensive signals, is prohibited on the sidelines, in the coaches' booth, in the locker room, or at any other locations accessible to club staff members during the game."

In his review of the facts, Goodell determined that the Patriots' use last Sunday of the video camera, which was seized by NFL security before the end of the first quarter, had no impact on the outcome of the Patriots New York Jets game.

Goodell also believes that Patriots ownership was unaware of Belichick's action, but determined that penalties should be imposed on the club because "Coach Belichick not only serves as the head coach but also has substantial control over all aspects of New England's football operations. His actions and decisions are properly attributed to the club."

Goodell informed the Patriots that the NFL would closely review and monitor the Patriots' coaching video program, effective immediately. "I specifically considered whether to impose a suspension on Coach Belichick," Goodell wrote. "I have determined not to do so, largely because I believe that the discipline I am imposing of a maximum fine and forfeiture of a first-round draft choice, or multiple draft choices, is in fact more significant and long-lasting, and therefore more effective, than a suspension."

DOWNTOWN MERCHANTS NOT HAPPY

Downtown business owners are not happy with the streets and parking spaces being blocked off for four days to accommodate the Tri-C College students filming.

Some of the merchants said they found out about the production when the no parking signs went up. Andy, one of the owners of the newly opened Downtown Fitness Club said they would like to have known in advance about the parking being blocked off. “I saw the signs on the posts out front, that’s how I found out. It’s hard enough to do business here and now they block off all of our spots, I just don’t understand it.”

Sandy Laubenthal, owner of Moss’ Prime Rib and Spaghetti House, said this is an ongoing situation in downtown. “I don’t like this, I have no problem with them using the park to shoot a film but to block off the streets like this and taking all the parking spaces away is ridiculous. Now we have to deal with this all again next week when the apple Festival hits downtown.” Laubenthal organized the recent “Dining Under The Stars” that was held in Ely Square said she likes that things are happening downtown but that some common sense should come into play. “I don’t see why, for a college film, all the parking is blocked off and the roads are closed.”


Bob Waters, owner of The Barbers Blend, said that the parking was horrible enough before the college kids came into town. “I have been fighting ever since I moved into this shop for better parking in downtown and now they block off the streets for this. I had an elderly gentlemen come in today who carries a portable oxygen tank, he had to park down by Conrad’s and walk all that way. This is ridiculous.”

Sharon, from Flower’s by Sharon, said she is also not happy about the roads and parking spaces being blocked. “I’m not happy because they close these streets down on a whim anymore. This is our businesses that they are messing with and it is not helping at all. I would also have appreciated a little advance warning about what was going on, I found out because of the no parking signs that went up.”

Main Street Director Tamela Grubb said that she believes this is a positive for Elyria. “Anytime you can get exposure in a film like this it is good for the city and good for the downtown. Maybe someone will see it and say I would like to visit that city. It might also attract other filmmakers to Elyria and who knows maybe even a George Clooney film.” Grubb said that her understanding is that the film will not be released rather it will be used as a marketing tool for the production team.
When asked about the downtown merchants being upset over the parking and traffic issues Grubb said that parking has always been an issue, with our without the filming. “Parking is always an issue downtown. It’s not a matter of if there is a film or a festival, its taking advantage of the fact that we have people coming down here to appreciate what we have in downtown.” Grubb said that the downtown merchants should take advantage of times when the people are downtown for the festival or filming and invite these people into their businesses so that maybe they will return in the future. When asked about the issue of merchants not knowing about the filming Grubb said that the production team told her that they went around and passed out a flier to each business in the downtown area. Of the 8 merchants that we spoke to today, only one had received a flier. Grubb also said that the Chronicle had run a front page article about it so everyone should have read that and known what was happening.
Motorists driving through downtown at 3 p.m., one of the busiest times for traffic, were stopped by Officers at the request of the production team. Motorists upset and fed up waiting in traffic were turning their cars around in the middle of Broad Street.

The fun continues tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday.

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LIGHTS, CAMERA.... WAIT, NO CAMERAS


The college kids from Tri C took over Ely Square downtown today to shoot portions of their school film project. TMC NEWS headed down to the square to get the scoop for our loyal readers on the production; however our camera was not met with open arms.

While trying to take photographs in Ely Square this morning a production assistant approached me and said that I was not allowed to take photographs of them. When I explained that they were in a city park and I was on public property he said he didn’t care and that no photographs were to be taken today, maybe tomorrow. Still not agreeing with the Tri C college student he asked if I wanted him to get the Police involved, agreeing that would be a good idea we conferred with the city Park Ranger who said that I was able to shoot from the sidewalks surrounding the park but not inside because they have that reserved. So I stood on the sidewalk. The college student chose to stand one foot in front of me, moving where ever I would go in an attempt to block my shot, even blowing smoke from his cigarette in my camera and face along the way. Finally another college student pulled him away from his “Stop the Picture Taking” detail.

Around 3 p.m. when the production felt it was a good time to close down Broad Street traffic in both directions I began taking more photos of the backed up traffic. Once again I was being told not to take photos by two other production people. They also went to an Elyria Police Officer to try and get him to make me stop; realizing that wasn’t going to work one of them approached me and again asked me to stop taking pictures. When I asked him why they were so concerned about people taking pictures he replied; “We don’t want our script ideas getting out to people, someone might steal our ideas. It’s like if you were building a house, would you want everyone to see the blue prints?” I told him I thought that was a silly comparison and he left.

I will say that during the first and second incident another production assistant named Chris came over and apologized both times, even offering to fire the first guy who blew smoke in my camera. Not necessary. Chris was very level headed and very professional with me and offered to speak to the group at the end of the day so the same problems don’t occur over the next three days of production.
During our last conversation another of the production people chose to film us talking from Ely Square, I hope I make the final cut of the film!

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

FIREFIGHTER RECOVERING WELL

The Family of Florence Township Firefighter Pat Finnegan Sr. says that he is recovering well from his surgery and cracking jokes at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

Firefighter Finnegan was directing traffic Tuesday night at a crash on Route 113 and Gore Orphanage Road when a Ford Focus struck him. The driver of the car, not yet identified, was an 80 year old man who is friends with the family. In Emails to TMC NEWS the family wants people to know that they are not angry with the driver and they continue to pray for him along with their father.

Sean Finnegan, Pat’s son who is also a Firefighter and EMT, said he and his family wants to thank everyone for their kindness. “We want to say thank you to all who are praying for our father, it is greatly appreciated. We want everyone to know that as far as the driver of the car that hit him goes, our family is praying for him as well. This man is 80 years old and is a family friend. Tuesday night he was distracted by the lights of Metro LifeFlight lifting off from the accident scene and simply didn’t see my father. He was NOT on a cell phone, no radio or any other distractions were involved.”


The Finnegan family wishes to reiterate how important it is for drivers to be very cautious around scenes with emergency personnel and vehicles.

ONE DISASTER AFTER ANOTHER

New Orleans has suffered one disaster after another recently. First came Katrina, then the floods, then the reelection of Mayor Ray Nagin and now a swarm of “Killer Bees” setting up shop in the Big Easy.

Louisiana State Agriculture Commissioner Bob Odom said that Africanized honeybees, a fierce hybrid strain sometimes referred to as "killer bees," appear to have established themselves in the New Orleans area. Odom said that it is possible that the bees flew onshore form a passing ship or barge. "Although the exact source can't be identified, we have to assume Africanized honeybees are now established in the area and people should be careful when working outside.” The Department of Agriculture and Forestry keeps traps along a north-south line through the state and at all deepwater ports to monitor the bees, which are smaller and more aggressive than the European honeybees raised for honey. "Because Africanized bees have been labeled 'killer bees' for years, there's an idea around that they are bigger than European honeybees," Odom said. "The truth is they're actually smaller but a lot fiercer."

They have the same venom as honeybees, but attack in groups. Experts recommend that anyone confronted with Africanized bees find cover quickly.

Africanized bees are the result of an experiment to increase honey production in Brazil. A swarm escaped a lab in 1957 and headed north. When they mated with native strains, the offspring were as aggressive as the African parents. They reached Texas in 1990 and have spread west to California and east to Florida. They were first found in Louisiana in Caddo Parish, in June 2005, and identified the following month.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

FIREFIGHTER STRUCK AT CRASH SITE

Florence Township Firefighters and Central Lorain County Ambulance District Paramedics responded late Tuesday night to a report of a Motorcycle that crashed into a Deer on Route 113 near Gore Orphanage Road in Henrietta Township.

Paramedics and Firefighters treated the two riders for their injuries; LifeFlight flew one from the scene to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland while the second victim was taken by ambulance to Allen Medical Center. The second victim was flown out of the Emergency Room a short time later.

While LifeFlight was leaving the scene with the first victim a car traveling through the crash site struck Florence Township Firefighter Pat Finnegan Sr. throwing him to the ground. Paramedics began tending to Finnegan’s injuries and another helicopter was called to the scene. Finnegan was flown from the scene to Metro for extensive injuries to his leg.

This is a good spot to remind drivers of the “Move Over Slow Down” Law in Ohio.

The driver of a motor vehicle, upon approaching a stationary public safety vehicle that is displaying flashing lights shall do either of the following:
(1) If the driver of the motor vehicle is traveling on a highway that consists of at least two lanes that carry traffic in the same direction of travel as that of the driver's motor vehicle, the driver shall proceed with due caution and, if possible and with due regard to the road, weather, and traffic conditions, shall change lanes into a lane that is not adjacent to that of the stationary public safety vehicle.
(2) If the driver is not traveling on a highway of a type described in division (A)(1) of this section, or if the driver is traveling on a highway of that type but it is not possible to change lanes or if to do so would be unsafe, the driver shall proceed with due caution, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle, and maintain a safe speed for the road, weather, and traffic conditions.

Last February TMC NEWS covered a story where Vaughn’s Towing was helping a stranded motorist on Route 2 near Middle Ridge Road. Two tow trucks and State Highway Patrol car all on scene, all with lights flashing: CLICK HERE to see what happened.

When you are on the road and you see emergency vehicles stopped at a scene, "SLOW DOWN AND MOVE OVER".

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