Friday, October 31, 2008


I would like to, on behalf of our TMCNEWS.NET family, extend a heartfelt congratulations to Jason & Jenna Gilbert on the birth of their second child – Khye Alan Gilbert.

Khye Alan was born Wednesday, October 29th at 1:13pm – 7lbs. 5oz. 191/2 inches.

Jason, from “Sundays with Jason” said that Khye is “awesomely handsome and they are glad he is here.”

Thursday, October 30, 2008


Halloween is a much-loved fall tradition that is enjoyed by people of all ages. But irresponsible celebrating can quickly spoil a fun evening. That is why the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) and partners around the state will be out this Halloween cracking down on drunk drivers to remind everyone that: You Drink and Drive, You Lose!

“Halloween should be a time for scary costumes, trick or treating with the kids and family fun,” said ODPS Director Henry Guzmán. “But unfortunately, Halloween can become a dangerous and deadly night of the year due to impaired driving and we want to ensure no one’s celebration is ruined.”

In 2007, there were eight deaths and 119 injuries in alcohol-related crashes on Ohio’s roads during the weekend preceding Halloween (Oct. 26 -28). This year, Oct. 31 falls on a Friday, making this coming weekend the official Halloween celebration weekend. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 44 percent of all highway fatalities across the nation on Halloween night (6 p.m. Oct. 31 to 5:59 a.m. Nov. 1) involved a driver or a motorcycle rider with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, which is illegal in every state.

As a clear reminder that drunk or unsafe driving will not be tolerated, 66 local law enforcement agencies have planned more than 2,000 hours of enforcement as well as at least 13 checkpoints and more than 1,000 hours of saturation patrols around the state. The Ohio State Highway Patrol will have a visible presence on the state’s highways. Other partners including the Ohio Investigative Unit and the Ohio Traffic Safety Office (divisions of ODPS) along with Safe Community organizations have been out at community events and in liquor permit premises reminding people and establishment owners that over-serving is against the law and to always designate a sober driver. During the weekend, OIU agents will be focusing on permit premises looking for underage drinking and over-serving violations throughout the state. Agents will also be working with local OVI/DUI task forces, looking for the source of alcohol.

Following these simple tips can help ensure that everyone enjoys their Halloween celebration:
*Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin; designate a sober driver and give that person your keys;
*If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely;
*If you see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement or I-800-GRAB-DUI for the Highway Patrol on state highways.
*Drink Responsibly – Your bartender or your friends are not monsters for refusing to serve you – over-serving is against the law.
*Don’t drink if you’re not 21.

“Real-life Halloween nightmares are simple to avoid if you make smart decisions. Never drive drunk. Designate your sober driver in advance. No exceptions. No excuses, if you drink and drive, you lose.” said Guzmán.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Elyria – One day after crashing his car into a guardrail on Ford Road, 18 year old Steven Morales says that he and his 17 year old passenger, Roberto Mendoza, are “blessed to be alive.”

Morales was driving his 2005 Chevy Equinox along Ford Road in Elyria when he lost control of the car and went off the right side of the road. That is when the car struck a guardrail dead center – sending the heavy metal rail up over the hood and onto the roof.

The photos show that the rail crashed through the windshield right between Morales and Mendoza – a couple inches in either direction and Morales says that they could have been an Obituary today.

After striking the guardrail a small fire erupted in the engine compartment – Elyria Firefighters quickly extinguished that fire when they arrived.

Morales said he and Mendoza were both belted in at the time of the crash and says he feels that helped save their lives.

Morales’s mother said she cried after seeing the crumpled car saying that she prays for the parents who lost their children last week in Grafton – “After yesterday – that has to be the worst feeling in the world.”

The investigation into the crash is ongoing but Morales says that he was doing the posted speed limit of 35mph at the time of the crash.



With just 1 day left until the 2008 Presidential election we want to know if you have made your choice – Obama or McCain!

Vote now and share your thoughts on the campaign and the candidates if you would like. Will Ohio carry one candidate to victory on November 4th? Who will receive your vote for President?

Monday, October 27, 2008


The Vermilion Firefighters invite you to join them this Saturday for their Steak Fry & Dance at the Vermilion AMVETS on Route 60.

The Steak Fry & Dance runs from 6pm to 9pm – with dancing until 11:30pm.

Your $20.00 ticket gets you a great steak dinner, beverages and DJ music all night. Raffles and door prizes are also available.

For more information or to purchase tickets call Jerry at 440.967.5068 or 440.653.6756.

Great food – Great Fun & all for a Great cause.


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Elyria – A single car crash on Ford Road has left some residents and people driving by wondering if things will ever change. “These two kids are the luckiest two kids in the world, a couple of inches to the left or right and this would have been another teen fatal crash,” said one neighbor.

The two teens were driving north on Ford Road just past the Metro Parks when the driver lost control and went off the right side road. The car struck the beginning of a guardrail and just kept going. The guardrail ran up over the hood of the car crashing through the windshield before coming to rest on the roof.

Both the driver and passenger were transported by LifeCare Ambulance to Elyria Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

Check back Tuesday for complete details and photos.


Jan. 24, 2009 is the deadline to renew firefighter certification in order to continue to practice firefighting in the state of Ohio. This is the first time since the adoption of new fire rules in January 2008 that firefighters must renew their certification so some firefighters may still be unaware of the closing date.

Renewing is simple and can be done online at

“The Division of EMS has worked hard to share information regarding the new fire law, training and education that became effective this year to ensure that every firefighter in the state has ample time to renew their licensures to continue to serve their communities,” said Executive Director of the Division of EMS Richard Rucker.

The adoption of the fire rules mandated that within 12 months of the effective date (Jan. 24, 2008), rules must be established and the executive director of EMS must phase-in the renewal of current certificates over a 12 month period following the effective date.

The new rules will allow better training and tracking of certificate holders as well as enhance the skills of the firefighters that ultimately improve the level of care for Ohioans.

The Ohio Fire Alliance spearheaded the legislation [Fire Bill 401] that now requires ongoing training and certification for firefighters. Previously, firefighters were certified once upon initial approval of their application.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety, through the Division of EMS, oversees the certification of emergency medical technicians and firefighters and ensures that the professionals in these lifesaving roles are properly trained, educated and prepared for emergency situations.

Sunday, October 26, 2008


LaGrange Township – A late night crash Saturday on Indian Hollow Road sent one man to Cleveland by helicopter and a neighborhood shaking their heads.

Jerry & Helen Rader were just getting to bed when a couple minutes past midnight when they heard a crashing sound. “It was like crash, crash, crash,” said Helen Rader. “We knew it was the sounds of a car crash but we didn’t realize it was right in our own front yard.”

Trooper Clifton Dowell of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said that Mark Gibson, a LaGrange resident who also lives on Indian Hollow, was southbound when he lost control of his Cadillac. “We’re not sure yet why Mr. Gibson lost control and went off the road. Due to his condition we have not been able to interview him.”

Trooper Dowell said that Gibson went left of center on Indian Hollow, just south of the railroad tracks, and then went off the left side of the road where he struck and took down a utility pole. “Mr. Gibson’s car continued through the yard striking a wood pile and then a small tree before coming to rest.”

Both Emergency Medical Technicians, the Rader’s rushed outside to check for victims. “When we got to the car we found just the driver and he was not responsive at all,” said Jerry Rader. “We immediately held C-Spine to prevent any further injury and checked for other obvious injuries and any potential dangers in and around the car.”

LaGrange Township Fire & Rescue was on scene within minutes of the crash and took over treatment of the victim. Due to his injuries and the fact that Gibson was not alert, a helicopter was called to the scene.

Metro LifeFlight landed in a field across the street from the Rader home and took over care of Gibson. He was then flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

Technicians from Fred’s Towing Service in Grafton were left with the task to extricate the car from wooded area. The front of the car was stuck by a small tree. Jerry Rader, still awake, retrieved his chainsaw from the garage and assisted Fred’s by cutting the tree.

Trooper Dowell said that it is not known yet if alcohol played a role in the crash and that charges are likely.


Admiral King beat the Southview Saints Saturday afternoon – even with a second half surge by the Saints. In the end the scoreboard showed 30-12 with King on top.


The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a WIND ADVISORY for Lorain County – the advisory will remain in effect until 8PM Sunday night.

Southwest winds will increase to 25 to 35MPH and shift west this afternoon as a cold front passes through the area. Wind gusts of up to 50MPH will be possible.

A WIND ADVISORY is issued when sustained winds are forecast to be 31 to 39MPH or gusts will range between 46 and 57MPH. Winds of these magnitudes may cause minor property damage without extra precautions. Motorists in high profile vehicles should use caution until the winds subsides.


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Saturday, October 25, 2008


Atlas Cinemas announces the re-opening of the Midway Mall Cinemas in Elyria. The name Atlas Cinemas Midway Mall 8, the opening is planned for October 31st. Formerly operated by now defunct General Cinemas, and then by an out of town independent, Midway Mall Cinemas closed this past May. Atlas Cinemas plans to operate the existing cinema with some maintenance improvements, and upgrades in sound. All 8 screens will be open with first run movies in time for the holiday season. Atlas Cinemas plans to be more community based in operation, giving local employment to staff and management, and offering opportunities for group events and birthday parties.

Atlas Cinemas currently operates 39 all-digital screens at 3 locations; the Atlas Cinemas Lakeshore 7 in Euclid, the Atlas Cinemas Diamond Center 16 in Mentor, and the Atlas Cinemas Great Lakes Stadium 16 in Mentor. This Cleveland area independent theatre chain features such amenities as DLP digital presentation, Real D- 3D, party rooms, and stadium seating. Focusing on comfort and a family friendly atmosphere, Atlas Cinemas looks forward to expanding operations to Elyria.


The Elyria Midway Mall is calling ALL Ghosts and Goblins and inviting them to their Halloween Spooktacular!

Wear your spookiest costume and join Radio Disney for trick-or-treating at Midway Mall. It’s safe for the kids and fun for the entire family! Plus, enjoy candy, games, and prizes!

Wednesday, October 29th, 6pm – 8pm

Don’t miss out on the fun or the sweets!

For more information and events at Midway Mall please visit us at or give us a call at (440) 324-5749.

Friday, October 24, 2008


The American Legion Post 12 baseball team presents a NO-LIMIT TEXAS HOLD ‘EM TOURNAMENT.

The tournament will be held
Saturday October 25th at the American Legion Hall located at 393 Ohio Street in Elyria. Doors open at noon with Limit and No Limit Cash Games. The main tournament will start at 4 P.M. SHARP.

There will also be a SILENT AUCTION and BAKE SALE during the tournament.

Entry fee is $100.00 with conditional $50.00 re-buys with one add on.

A minimum of the top 10% will be paid. Estimated First Place Prize is $7,500.00

Receive an additional 1,000 starting chips by pre-registering. You do not have to pre pay to get the bonus chips, just pre-register.

To pre-register call Kim at 440.346.4684 or Brad at 440.322.3524
Food and beverages will be available throughout the tournament.
The American Legion Post 12 Baseball Team is a qualified 501c3 charity.

Thursday, October 23, 2008


A complete photo gallery has been posted from Wednesday’s double fatal car crash in Eaton Township. I received many Emails and phone calls asking if and when a gallery would be posted. The reason for the delay is that I wanted to make sure, as with every story, that the photos posted are appropriate for publication.

Make no mistake, the images are graphic and can be disturbing – but important. The photos should be viewed as a learning tool for all of us.

~Excerpt from a press release dated 10.21.2008 from the Ohio Department of Public Safety~
“Car crashes continue to be the number one cause of death among teens. In Ohio, in 2007, 84 teens between the age of 16 and 19 died while driving in motor vehicle crashes and more than 10,000 teen drivers were injured. There were 36 deaths of teens between those ages who were passengers in crashes. In 2006, more than 5,000 teens lost their lives in teen driver-related crashes nationwide, and most were preventable.”



Eaton Township – Officials have released the name of the driver who was killed Wednesday afternoon as 17-year-old Billy Krakora of Grafton. The name of the passenger has not yet been released

Krakora and his passenger were killed instantly according to officials after the car struck a tree.

Krakora and his teenage passenger had just left Midview High School. They were eastbound on West Capel Road between Durkee and Avon Belden Road (Rt 83) when their car went off the right side of the road and slammed into a tree. The collision into the tree ripped the car into pieces – spreading debris throughout the large front yard.

Troopers say the two young men were both wearing their seatbelts and said speed did play a factor in the crash. Although an exact speed has not been determined, witnesses speculate 90 to 100mph. Some officials have said they believe it could have been in excess of 100mph. On Krakora’s MySpace page he displays photographs of his car as well as others he had hoped to own and drive. He wrote about speed touting his “fastest quarter mile time of 13.98 at 103MPH.

Krakora also wrote about how he messed up his freshman year of High School but vowed that things would be different – “I’m done fucking off, trying my hardest now.”

Listed as his favorite things to do, Football, Basketball, riding 4 wheelers and working on his brother’s race cars. He wrote about his love of cars; “I love to race but I only race my car at the track because street racing is illegal:-).I drive a 2005 srt-4.I love my car to death:).”

Grief Counselors will be on hand Thursday to assist any student who is struggling with the loss of the two young men.

Personal note: I don’t want to see the Firefighters and Troopers forgotten in all of this. Try to imagine the images that they will live with now for the rest of their lives. Veteran Troopers, Firefighters and the Towing Service Operators spoke about how, even with all of their years of service and seeing some bad scenes – this was by far the worst they had ever seen. Even with emotions running high, these men and women performed their duties professionally – even with the heavy hearts.


Columbus – Car crashes continue to be the number one cause of death among teens. In Ohio, in 2007, 84 teens between the age of 16 and 19 died while driving in motor vehicle crashes and more than 10,000 teen drivers were injured. There were 36 deaths of teens between those ages who were passengers in crashes. In 2006, more than 5,000 teens lost their lives in teen driver-related crashes nationwide, and most were preventable.

Oct. 19-25 is National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) and the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) is working to help empower teens and parents to discover solutions to the leading cause of death among our nation’s youth.

“Teen driver safety continues to be an issue, and we are working to raise awareness and create partnerships that will allow us to fight teen deaths from every angle, whether it’s education, awareness or enforcement,” said ODPS Director Henry Guzmán.

Studies have confirmed the connection between teen drivers transporting peer passengers and increased risk of fatal crashes. The presence of one passenger doubles the fatal crash risk for a teen driver and the risk increases with each additional passenger, yet research shows few teens recognize the impact passengers have on driver safety.

This year’s theme, “Ride Like a Friend,” focuses on increasing awareness of how teen passengers distract drivers. Buckling up, minimizing distractions, and helping the driver scan the road and navigate are some of the ways passengers can increase safety on the road.

In addition, parents and teens need to be aware of graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws. Ohio’s were amended in 2007. Currently, 38 states and the District of Columbia have limits on passengers, ranging from none to two during the first six to 12 months of independent driving. For more information on Ohio’s GDL law or the Department’s efforts for NTDSW go to

Editors note: TMC NEWS received this Press Release from the Ohio Department of Public Safety on Tuesday October 21st.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Eaton Township – Two teens were killed this afternoon in a single car crash on West Capel Road in Eaton Township.

Firefighters & Paramedics responded to W. Capel, between Durkee & Route 83, just before 3pm this afternoon after receiving reports of a car that struck a tree. Firefighters from Eaton Township Fire & Rescue found the car in several pieces and the two occupants dead at the scene.

One neighbor, Alex Lyski, heard the sirens ran to see if he could help. “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, the car was cut in three and as far as the two kids went – there was just nothing anyone could do. There was no way to help.”

Dave Surman said that when they saw the car that was involved, nobody was surprised. “We have seen this car flying up and down this street for awhile now. We have notified the Police about it a couple times because we have been so afraid that something like this would happen. In the mornings you can hear the engine before you even see the car he is going that fast.”

“My wife’s nephew said they passed him coming home and they put the car going at about 90mph at that point. Then he passed a Teacher from Midview just before he struck the tree. I’m just glad it’s not one of them involved, you know that they didn’t hit any of them – or the school bus that was right there.”

Troopers say that the two were Midview High School Students, one a 9th grader and the other a 10th grader. Officials were in the process of notifying the parents.

Check back later for more details and photos from the scene.

Friday, October 17, 2008


From time to time we receive an Email that I feel is both moving and important. Yesterday I received one of those Emails from a Sophomore who attends Keystone High School in LaGrange. The student wrote about the loss of their friend, Molly Webber and how the student body has come together in support and in tribute to their fellow classmate and friend.

With the permission of the student, I am posting the Email in full for our readers to see.

Dear TMC,

I am a student at Keystone High School. I attended school with Molly Webber, the girl from Lagrange who was killed in Tuesday's accident.

I just wanted to share with you a story of kindness, hope, and the reality of how much the students here at Keystone really care for one another.

We are by no means a big school. News travels like wildfire. Within 25 minutes, I received numerous chain text messages in Molly's honor. But another student took it a step further.

The student had posted a public message on the social networking site MySpace. The bulletin asked students (mind you, these students are limited since this was just a bulletin posted for others to view OPTIONALLY) to wear white, since the color often represents purity and innocence. It was just a gesture to show this student's care. The bulletin, however, took on HUGE notice, and was read aloud in every class and was given as a school-wide announcement by our principal.

Today, I arrived at school to find that very few students had not worn white (those who had not did not do so out of disrespect, they were absent the day of the announcement). It was overwhelming to see that everyone, even people who did not know Molly but wanted to show respect to those who had, had worn white to school today.

To look down the hallway and see an entire school come together in honor of one girl was absolutely astounding.

Other schools also made kind gestures. Wellington and Black River high schools both sent flowers in memory of Molly.

Every little thing has been done and will be done to honor Molly Beth Webber in this tragic and moving time.

She will be greatly missed.

KHS Student


Columbus – The Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds children and motorists that National School Bus Safety Week runs Oct. 20 through 24.

This year’s theme, “Stop on Red, Kids Ahead,” reminds motorists that they are required to stop for stopped school buses that are displaying flashing red lights and an extended stop arm. When buses are stopped, kids are either getting on or off the school bus and motorists need to pay extra attention to children crossing the roadways. Motorists approaching from either direction are required to stop at least 10 feet from a stopped school bus until the bus resumes motion. If a school bus is stopped on a road divided into four or more lanes, only traffic driving in the same direction as the bus must stop.

“While school buses remain the safest mode of travel on Ohio roadways, school bus crashes do occur,” Colonel Richard H. Collins, Patrol superintendent said. “In 2007, there were five crashes resulting in motorist fatalities and a total of 1,786 crashes involving school buses around Ohio”.

Throughout the entire school year, there are special concerns that need to be considered when sharing the roads with school buses.

Motorists can do their part by starting to think about school bus safety the moment the car is started. When backing out of a garage or driveway, watch for children walking to the school bus. Many times children who are walking or riding their bicycle are paying more attention to getting to school and less attention to their personal safety.

“With the cooperation of motorists, parents, and children, we can all help make the bus ride to and from school as safe as possible for our children, and make this a safe school year throughout Ohio,” Colonel Collins said.

For additional information on National School Bus Safety Week, visit the National Association for Pupil Transportation Web site at

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


With the third and final Presidential Debate now behind us – have you locked in on one ticket? Did the final debate change your vote?



Our first of four Presidential polls concluded yesterday with the Obama/Biden ticket garnering 49% (749 votes) and McCain/Palin receiving 41% (632 votes). The undecided vote registered 9% with 142 votes.

Our poll runs pretty close to current national polls with Obama ahead by 8 percentage points.
CBS/NYT: Obama 14-point lead over McCain
Zogby: Obama 48.2% - McCain 44.4% - Undecided 7.4%
Rasmussen: Obama 50% - McCain 45%
Tonight is the 3rd and final Presidential Debate and our next poll will appear immediately following the final bell of the Debate.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


LaGrange Township – A crash that occurred Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Route 303 & Whitehead Road in LaGRange Township claimed the life of 16 year old Molly Webber of LaGrange.
LaGrange Township Fire & Rescue responded to the intersection just before 5pm after 17 year old Ethan Fry, also of LaGrange, ran the stop sign smashing into the passenger side of the RAV4 that Webber was riding in with 17 year old Rachel Salyer. Webber was pronounced dead at the scene of head, neck and chest trauma.

Metro LifeFlight landed two choppers at the scene and transported Fry and Salyer to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.
The crash remains under investigation but at this point authorities say that all three victims were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash and that it does not appear that drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.


Elyria – One man is behind bars and a neighborhood has been left shaken to the core after witnessing a shooting – right before their eyes.

Police say that 19-year-old Jarell Davis of Elyria, attempted to abduct a 20-year-old woman and her baby while he was in an altercation with another man on Foster Ave. While threatening to shoot the woman if she did not obey his demands, the other man fled the area. Davis is said to have followed firing just under a half dozen shots in the busy neighborhood.

Police Officers, both uniformed and plain clothes swarmed the area almost immediately after the calls started pouring into 9-1-1.

As Officers searched back yards and open structures near where Davis was last seen, Paramedics and Firefighters arrived in search of a gunshot victim. Although the man had fired several times, nobody was hit.

A further search of the neighborhood Officers discovered clothes that Davis had discarded and also the weapon used. The small caliber handgun was found in the back yard of a Taft Ave home just under a wooden fence.


Monday, October 13, 2008


Elyria – An Elyria man was arrested late Sunday night and charged with Resisting Arrest, Reckless Operation, Fleeing a Police Officer with a Motor Vehicle, Speed and OVI, after leading Police on a chase through Elyria and ending up in Sheffield Township.

Police were called to the area of Harrison Street near the cemetery after being told that an intoxicated male was driving reckless in the neighborhood. While responding Officers were notified that the man had also struck two parked cars.

One Officer spotted the man, later identified as Jeffrey A. Phillips of Elyria, turning onto Ridge Street from East River. The Officer, after making eye contact with Phillips as he passed him, turned and attempted to pull him over. Phillips, ignoring the lights and siren took off – driving through the back parking lot of Smitty’s Bar and coming out onto East Bridge Street – the chase was on.

Phillips headed east on Cleveland Street to Olive – then through the side streets in the St. Jude’s neighborhood before popping back out onto Cleveland Street.

The chase made its way to Route 57 going north. Phillips at one point attempted to cross over the median near Bell Ave and blew out his driver’s side front tire. A little thing like a blown tire didn’t stop Phillips, slowed him down a bit, but didn’t stop him. He continued north on 57 heading towards Lorain with the cavalcade of Police cars following behind.

Phillips made a left turn onto Route 254 from 57, now with a rear driver’s side tire out of air. Phillips made a quick turn into the parking lot of Cash Stop and took off on foot behind the building with Officers right on his heels. Police, along with Elyria K9’s Stuka, converged on Phillips and after a short struggle he was taken into custody.

Phillips was booked into the Elyria City Jail.



Elyria – Two teens out for a bike ride Sunday afternoon apparently forgot the fundamentals taught in Safety Town – “Look both ways before crossing.”

While crossing Market Drive near Circuit City 19 year old Josh Lehman and his 16 year old friend ran their bikes into a 08’ Ford Mustang. The driver of the Mustang, Chris Heller of Elyria, stopped to make sure the two boys were uninjured – and to check the damage on his car. After everyone said they were ok and no serious damage to the car, Heller left.

A short time later the boys were surprised to see a Fire Truck, Police cars and Ambulances arriving for them. A person driving by witnessed the collision and notified 9-1-1.

Paramedics and Firefighters treated the two bikers on scene but only transported one to Elyria Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

Sunday, October 12, 2008


Henrietta Township – A 27 year old woman traveling east on Route 511, between Baumhart and Quarry, early Sunday morning went off the right side of the road and crashed into a utility pole.

Firefighters had to extricate the woman from the vehicle before Paramedics were able to treat her. Once freed from the vehicle the woman was transported to Allen Medical Center. A short time later the victim was transported by Toledo Life Flight to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland where her condition is unknown at this time.

A man who lives at the corner of 511 & Baumhart said he heard the crash – “It sounded like a bomb going off.” The resident said that since a traffic light was installed at 511 & Baumhart crashes have dramatically decreased.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.



Henrietta Township – A drunk driver struck a 30-year-old Cleveland woman Saturday night on Route 113 while she was on a bike ride.

Erin Spear was riding westbound on 113 when 64-year-old William Frank of Berlin Heights struck her with his Ford F 150’s right front bumper – throwing her to the ground. Officials say that Spear was knocked unconscious for a period of time after the crash. Paramedics from Central Lorain County Ambulance District treated Spear at the scene then transported her to Allen Medical Center in Oberlin.

Spear was then transported by Toledo Life Flight to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland where she is listed in serious condition.

At the time of the crash, Spear and the person she was riding with, both had reflective clothing and lights on their bikes.

Frank was charged with OVI and ACD.


Friday, October 10, 2008



If you are looking for something to do this weekend, and you enjoy good art, the 3rd Annual Elyria Art Crawl has the answer.

The work of more than 40 artists will be on display at 10 locations throughout Elyria Friday and Saturday. Paintings, pottery, photography, sculptures, drawings, jewelry and MORE will be on display and available for purchase.

The event is FREE and open to the public. Stops along the Crawl will have light refreshments available. Each stop will be marked with purple balloons and a lizard banner. All stops will have programs and maps.

Each stop will also have special post cards that you can have punched at the various stops to be entered into a drawing.

Friday, October 10th from 6:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m. &
Saturday, October 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Ballroom Dance Place – 333 Broad Street
Jim’s Coffee House – 2 Lake Ave
Stewart Advertising – 110 Middle Ave #1
Belgravia Property Group – 381 Broad Street
Pulse Café – 148 Middle Ave
Fundak’s Art Corner – 436 Cleveland Street
Journey Around Music – 403 Cleveland Street
Ganesha Yoga, Health / Healing Center – 1540 Lowell St
Claydog Pottery – 1110 Lowell St
Decorative Painting Partners – 1110 Lowell St

For more information or if you would like to be a vendor, please contact Megan Rowe at 440-323-3007 ( or Julie DiFilippo 440-258-6828 (

Tuesday, October 07, 2008


Camden Township – An early morning crash between a small truck and a man on a bicycle has left the bicyclist dead.

Paramedics from Central Lorain County Ambulance District were called to Route 20 near Baumhart just after 6am Tuesday morning for the crash. When Medics arrived they found the bicyclist had already died from the injuries.

Troopers say the both the truck and the bicycle were traveling on Route 20 when the collision occurred. The bicycle had no lights and the man was wearing dark clothing.

Although the crash remains under investigation, it appears that drugs or alcohol did not play a role in the early morning crash.

Family of the victim have yet to be notified so the victim’s name has not been released.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

UPDATE:Officials have released the name of the man who was killed in this crash as 48 year old Robert Lamarr. Lamarr died at the scene from neck and head trauma.


A Video Tribute to Captain Medders


With just 4 weeks left until we elect the next President of the United States – We’d like to see where our readers stand on the election. Vote for your candidate now.

We will post this poll each Tuesday through October and then lastly on Monday, November 3rd.

Perhaps Bill O’Reilly will quote our poll results on his show.

Monday, October 06, 2008


Carlisle Township – A driver not paying attention was the cause of a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon on East Ave.

Troopers say that the driver of a J. Szakal Concrete dump truck was in the southbound lane of East Ave preparing to make a left turn into a driveway when the driver of a Ford Expedition slammed into the back of his truck.

The impact was so forceful it sent the contents of the dump truck out of its bed and all over the road. One witness described the damage to the Expedition by saying it looked like an accordion.

Carlisle Township Firefighters and LifeCare Paramedics treated both drivers at the scene for various non-critical injuries. Both drivers were transported to Elyria Memorial Hospital.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.



Lorain – The man who was involved in a single vehicle crash in Lorain on Saturday afternoon died at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland according to the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s office.

John E. Anderson, 19, was traveling along West Erie Ave when his truck went off the south side of the roadway and into a ravine. The truck rolled and then slammed into a utility pole. Lorain Firefighters had to extricate Anderson from the pick up truck through the driver’s side window.
Anderson was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland after a brief stop at Community Health Partners Emergency Room.

The Lorain Police Department Traffic Division is investigating the crash.


Elyria – Firefighters responded to the Cabana bar just after midnight Sunday after receiving multiple calls of a fire.

When Firefighters arrived they found a portion of the front patio involved in fire. The area on fire is usually used by the bar as the DJ booth.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze and the cause remains under investigation.


Sunday, October 05, 2008


Elyria Township – A two-car crash on Route 254 at Elyria Ave Saturday afternoon sent one 15-year-old female to Metro by helicopter.

Chris Jasper runs Easy Credit Auto Sales at the southeast corner of Route 254 and Elyria Ave – On Saturday he was sitting on the back of one his cars just watching traffic and waiting for the next customer. “I saw as the silver car began making a left turn onto Elyria when the lady in the red minivan crashed right into the passenger side of the car.”

Trooper Shawn Kline of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said that 18-year-old Alexander Ramos of Lorain was driving the silver Eclipse westbound on Route 254 and was making a left turn onto Elyria when 53 year old Debra Dechant of Elyria, who was traveling east on 254, apparently ran a red light – striking the eclipse. “Right now I have spoken to several witnesses and the one gentleman from the auto sales shop is confident that he saw the green arrow for Ramos, I stood where he said he was at the time and it is a clear view of the traffic light.”

Elyria Township Firefighters and Paramedics had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate the 15-year-old victim as the passenger side of the car was crushed in a foot and a half.

After extricating the girl Paramedics transported her to the old Elyria West High School property where Metro LifeFlight met them. The helicopter medical staff worked on the girl in the back of the ambulance while her Mother stood just outside watching. Moments later she was loaded on the chopper and flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Her condition is not known at this time.

Sheffield Township Firefighters transported Ramos to the hospital with minor injuries and Dechant was taken to the hospital by her husband to be evaluated.

Trooper Kline said that at this point it is likely that Dechant will be charged with a running the red light. He also stated that it does not appear that drugs or alcohol played a roll in the crash.


Lorain – Lorain Firefighters responded to West Erie Ave, just east of Baumhart Road, Saturday afternoon after a man crashed his truck.

The man was traveling west on West Erie Ave when he went off the left side of the road going through high grass and down into a ravine – slamming into a pole. Firefighters found the man trapped inside of the truck that at this point is resting on its side.

Using the Jaws of Life and other cutting tools, Firefighters extricated the man from the truck through the driver’s side window. Paramedics from LifeCare Ambulance treated the man on scene then transported him to Community Health Partners Emergency Room. The man was later transported by ground to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

The condition of the man is unknown at this time.

The Lorain Police Department Traffic Division is investigating the crash.


Saturday, October 04, 2008



Thousands turned out to pay their final respects and to say thank you to Captain Michael Medders as he was laid to rest on Friday.

Just before 10am hundreds of school children from St. Joseph School in Avon Lake stood quietly in front of St. Joseph Church, each holding a small American Flag, as the motorcade made its way from Busch Funeral Home to the church.

All eyes then turned to the Army Pall Bearers as in unison they stepped to the back of the hearse and carefully removed the casket – then carrying it into the church.

Police Officers and Firefighters standing at attention, more than a dozen Patriot Guard Riders – each holding a large American Flag and a Color Guard consisting of area Police and Fire Departments stood at attention as Captain Medders arrived and was carried into the church.

Inside the church it was standing room only as the 1,500 family and friends filled the seats. The service lasted just over 2 hours and was filled with moving eulogies from former classmates and Soldiers from Medders Unit. The eulogies brought both tears and laughter to those in attendance. The church service, which was attended by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and almost every Police & Fire Chief from throughout the county, was seen in Fort Hood, Texas and Iraq via satellite.

After the church service the motorcade began the 7-mile drive to St. Joseph Cemetery on Detroit Road in Avon. Making a left turn onto Route 83 from Electric Blvd. those in the motorcade were met with a sea of RED, WHITE & BLUE. More than 1,000 people, mostly students from Avon Lake High School and Middle School lined the street – in some cases 5 deep for several city blocks. The rumbling of the Police motorcycles and the sounds of people crying were all you could hear as the motorcade passed by.

All along the route residents stood by the road, some with Flags others with homemade signs thanking Captain Medders for his service and sacrifice – while other signs offered prayers to the Medders family. A giant American Flag hung from two Aerial Fire Trucks on Route 83 and Walker Road. Along the long route not only Police and Fire vehicles but also other city vehicles, including dump trucks, were blocking streets.

Once inside of the St. Joseph cemetery people gathered around two tents set up next to a large pond to hear the graveside service. The 21-gun salute and the live playing of Taps sent chills across those in attendance.

In the end of the service, Major General Scott West presented an American Flag to Michael & Lynn Medders. A moment later, another Flag that had also draped the Captain’s casket, was presented to Captain Medders fiancée, Stacey Hrvatin. The folded Flags also contained shell casings from the 21-gun salute.

After the service, as people began to leave, Chief Medders and his wife Lynn – along with Hrvatin, knelt down beside the casket one last time.

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Friday, October 03, 2008


Nothing says “Summers Over” like a good old FROST ADVISORY from the National Weather Service in Cleveland.

The Advisory is in effect from 4am to 9am Saturday morning. Clearing skies, dry air and light winds will allow temperatures to fall into the mid to upper 30’s across much of the area overnight – this will allow areas of frost to develop late tonight.

A Frost Advisory is issued when Frost is expected to develop during the growing season. Those with Agricultural interests in the warned area are advised to harvest or protect tender vegetation. Also, potted plants normally left outdoors should be covered or brought inside away from the cold.

Thursday, October 02, 2008


Sheffield Township – A late morning fire caused $65,000 dollars in damage and has displaced a family of five.

Chief Joe Bandagski of the Sheffield Township Fire Department said they received a call of a possible house fire on Harrison Ave at 11:43am Thursday morning. “When we arrived on scene we found smoke coming from the home and fire off the back of the house. We forced entry through the front door and found the fire in the rear corner of the living room area.”

Judy Smith, who leases the home with her husband and three children, was away at the time according to the Chief dropping off her child to school. “Her plan was to go visit her mother after dropping off her child but she received a call from a neighbor telling her that her home was on fire.”

Although electrical appliances, including a computer, were found in the back corner of the home where a bulk of the fire was located the Chief did not speculate on the cause of the fire. “It’s too early right now to say what caused the fire, our guys are still doing overhaul – the investigation will come next and then we’ll find out what started this fire.”

The American Red Cross was called to assist the family.

Sheffield Village and Elyria Township Firefighters assisted in battling the blaze.




A new Church is opening this weekend in Amherst and if you are like me and wondering why, with all of the Churches in Lorain County, is there another one opening? Rich Johnson, one of the Pastors of the Church says that with all of the Churches in America only a mere 20% of people attend Church. “You might be surprised to find out that nearly 80% of the American public does not attend church on Sunday. It may seem like there are many churches in the community but what about the 80%? Great Lakes Church came together with a group of believers who had a vision of a church where “go and do” is the priority and not “come and see”. In other words, let’s spend more time showing people Jesus by loving people and serving in the community vs. spending time in a room talking about it.”

Johnson said that come Sunday those who attend the Grand Opening Service should expect a relaxed atmosphere, casual dress and a room full of people who are happy and willing to help others. “We are very contemporary or current day in our worship music with guitars, keyboards and drums and we seek to present God’s word in a very meaningful and understandable way to people that offers hope, help and especially love. We expect God will speak to each person uniquely as we invite him into our worship service.”

For those of you with small children – not to worry, provisions have been made. “We have a separate nursery and children’s program for pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade at 11am to 12pm during the main worship service. We have a pager system for parents to contact them during service if needed and we train and instruct our staff in first aide and safety procedures. Easily half of our effort and resources on Sunday has gone into an incredibly big, safe, and loving environment to teach children the same principles for living as we communicate in our regular worship service. It’s also a place they will simply enjoy.”

Although a huge undertaking and big sacrifice for Johnson and his family, he said that it is their love for God and love for others. “It’s the same calling and vision my wife and I had back in 1993 and that is this: all that we have, all that we accomplish, all that gives us great happiness and even the struggles we have in this world will vanish. What remains will be our love for God and love for others. If we hold to those 2 things we have found heaven. Knowing that in the depth of our hearts means helping others find that same heaven and seeing them live bigger than this life and living above the problems we struggle with on earth.”

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Johnson added that Chick-fil-A has generously provided 500 chicken lunches to go as people leave our service. “Also, we are having free bowling for youth or students in 7th through 12th grade at Amherst Park Lanes bowling from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM that evening (October 5th).”

Wednesday, October 01, 2008


Igneczi, in the red helmet, inspecting a fire scene in 2007.
Elyria – Elyria Fire Captain Dave Igneczi suffered a health issue today while working in his office at Station 2 on East Broad Street. Fellow Firefighters provided medical care initially then LifeCare Paramedics transported him to Elyria Memorial Hospital.

Igneczi was later flown to University Hospital in Cleveland where Elyria Fire Chief Joseph Pronesti said his condition is improving. “He is doing better now and is resting comfortably at University. His family is all with him and of course I along with everyone within the Elyria Fire Department family have him in our thoughts and prayers and are wishing him well.”

Igneczi joined the Elyria Fire Department in 1979 and currently serves as the Departments Safety Officer.

Editors Note: We would like to extend our best wishes to Iggy and we hope for a speedy recovery.


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Columbus – Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) Director Henry Guzmán and Ohio Attorney General Nancy H. Rogers today joined together to raise awareness for domestic violence and the impact it has on survivors, friends, family and co-workers.

In support of this effort, Governor Ted Strickland declared October Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Ohio. The awareness is in coordination with national efforts to bring to light the issue, celebrate those who have survived and continue to encourage advocates to work together to provide coordinated services to improve the public’s understanding of domestic violence.

“Domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of ethnicity, race, religion, age or sexuality,” said ODPS Director Henry Guzmán. “Domestic violence impacts us all and the Department of Public Safety is committed to working with our partners to help offer services for victims as well as put a stop to this crime through the judicial system.”

The Office of Criminal Justice Services, a division of ODPS, is working with law enforcement agencies and victim advocates to create awareness for domestic violence to create positive social change and healthier communities. This year, OCJS has provided more than $11 million in grant funding to support domestic violence programs in Ohio, including $3.6 million in Violence Against Women Act Program funding and $2.6 million in Family Violence Prevention and Services Grant funding.

“Almost 65,000 cases of domestic violence were listed in reports to my office last year,” said Attorney General Nancy H. Rogers. “We recognize domestic violence as a major law enforcement problem. The damage domestic violence inflicts is serious and that damage extends well beyond the immediate victim.”

In addition to internal educational events and activities to support shelters, OCJS coordinated bringing the Clothesline Project display, donated by CHOICES Domestic Violence Shelter of Franklin County, to the Rhodes State Office Tower and the Riffe Center in Columbus for the month of October. OCJS also developed a Web site dedicated to domestic violence awareness. The site outlines the activities and programs highlighted in October as well as resources.

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