Friday, September 26, 2008

MYSTERY BAG PROMPTS EVACUATION

Amherst – A mysterious bag found near the fuel pumps at the Middle Ridge Plaza on the Ohio Turnpike Thursday night caused an evacuation of the Plaza by Officials.

Detective Sergeant Dan Jasinski of the Amherst Police Department reported that their Department responded to the Plaza at 7:44pm after receiving a call from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Turnpike District advising a suspicious item had been left at the fuel pumps in front of the Plaza. β€œOn arrival officers observed a grey nylon suitcase measuring approximately two feet (2') in height, one and one half feet (1.5') wide and one foot (1') deep near fuel pump #2 of the southern fuel station. A thin, wire-like object was protruding from the suitcase.”

Jasinski said Troopers from the Turnpike District evacuated the occupants and workers at the Plaza. The Lorain County Sheriff's Office, the Lorain County Bomb Squad, the Amherst Fire Department, the Lorain County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and LifeCare Ambulance responded to the scene.

While the Bomb Squad was investigating the suitcase, Amherst Officers were notified that a male had contacted the Turnpike Plaza to advise them he had accidentally forgotten his suitcase at the fuel pump after he refueled his vehicle. According to the caller, the suitcase contained various types of cardiovascular medical equipment. The suitcase was further investigated and it was confirmed to contain medical equipment.

Arrangements were made for the owner to retrieve the suitcase from the Amherst Police Department when he returns home to Brecksville from Toledo.The suitcase owner's name may be released at a later date pending confirmation of his identity and discussion with him of the public inconvenience and resources expended as a result of his actions.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope Amherst does not charge this absent minded person for intucing panic and ruin the praise thay got over the last week, Accidents do happen
RGF

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Eric L. said...

I second that. Mistakes occur as it doesn't sound like this was a mischievous act. Slap him on the hand and let him get back home.

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, don't slap him at all. Accidentally misplacing one's own suitcase should not cause any person to be charged with a crime or cause any person to endure a lecture by overbearing police. It was the choice of the officials in this case to create a scene. Stories like this show what is wrong with our country today: achieving the illusion of security at the price of freedom.

8:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I THINK AMHERST POLICE DID THE RIGHT THING!!!!!!AFTER 9/11 U CANT TAKE THE CHANCY ANY MORE THESE DAYS!!!!!!!SO KEEPTHE GOOD WORK UP!!!

7:40 AM  

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