Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Starting July 20th people driving through Cleveland will no longer will be allowed to TEXT WHILE DRIVING.

Cleveland City Council has passed legislation banning the dangerous and sometimes deadly habit. In 2008, more than 2,600 people were killed and over 300,000 people were injured due to drivers Texting While Driving.

In Cleveland, first time offenders will receive a $100.00 fine – get busted a second time the fine is $500.00.

Do you think Texting While Driving should be banned nationwide or do you think making this a law is out of line?

Monday, June 29, 2009


Photos and Story by BRIAN WOODS
Call Time: 3:58 p.m. Monday June 29, 2009
Elyria – If you were traveling on Route 57 near the eastbound ramp to I-90 this afternoon then you might have been caught up in the huge traffic jam caused by an overturned semi.

Jeff Morris of Idaho was driving his privately owned 1996 Freightliner north on Route 57 after picking up a load of plastic pipe from A.E.G on Garden Street in Elyria. Morris said he was bound for Virginia but only made it about 5 miles before the load shifted and his truck overturned as he was making his way onto I-90 from 57. Morris’ load of pipes spilled off of his truck onto the ramp and grass area. "Those plastic pipes are slicker than snot" said Morris referring to his load. "The pipes were loaded in stacks two wide and four high and should have been better secured."
The accident closed the I-90 onramp from 57 for several hours while the mess was cleaned up.

Morris escaped without any serious injuries – only a scrape on the elbow.

Police did cite Morris for having an insecure load.

Sunday, June 28, 2009


Call Time: 3:34 a.m. Sunday June 28, 2009
Elyria – A fire that struck a 4th Street Triplex in Elyria early Sunday morning is being called “suspicious” by fire officials.

Captain Joseph Pronesti of the Elyria Fire Department said that the top floor was fully involved when Firefighters arrived on scene. “There was heavy fire on the third floor and on the stairwell. The third floor is basically a kitchen and two rooms and they were fully involved upon arrival. We only had an Engine and Ladder in service so they went defensive and knocked down a bulk of the fire from the outside.”

Witnesses said that the flames could be seen two blocks away on West Ave.

Along with Elyria Firefighters that were called in, Lorain and Carlisle Township Firefighters were also called to the scene. Lorain was canceled before making it to the scene and Carlisle was released shortly after arriving on the scene.

Fire investigators were on scene sifting through the ruins to discover the cause of the blaze. Pronesti said that at this point it is being considered suspicious.

There were no injuries reported.



Grafton Township – A husband and wife were transported to Elyria Memorial Hospital Saturday night after the collided with two other motorcycles that they were riding with on Route 83 in Grafton.

Trooper Shawn Klein of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the couple was traveling north on 83 when the crash occurred. “A car that was also traveling north on 83 had stopped and was making a left turn into a private driveway in an attempt to turn around. The vehicle traveling behind her also stopped and then behind it was the motorcycles.”

Witnesses say that the first row of motorcycles stopped but the second did not. Trooper Klein said that 44-year-old Phillip Adkins of Wakeman struck the bike ahead of him sending he and his wife, who was riding with him, to the ground.

Klein said that Adkins and his wife were both transported to Elyria Memorial Hospital for minor injuries.

Adkins performed several field sobriety tests but failed. Klein said that he would be charged with Assured Clear Distance and OVI.


Saturday, June 27, 2009


Sheffield Village – Troopers from the Ohio State Patrol and Officers from the Sheffield Village Police Department spent 4 hours on North Abbe Road just south of Detroit Road conducting an OVI (Operating a Vehicle Intoxicated) Sobriety Checkpoint.

The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is organized to deter and intercept impaired drivers.

“Based on provisional data, there were 427 OVI-related fatal crashes in which 466 people were killed last year in Ohio,” Lt. Glenn Peterson, commander of the Patrol’s Elyria Post, said. “State troopers made 25,520 OVI arrests last year in combating these dangerous drivers. OVI checkpoints are designed to not only deter impaired driving, but to proactively remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways.”

Sergeant Charles Gullet of the State Patrol said that 636 cars passed through their checkpoint Friday night between the hours of 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. Saturday morning. “There were 6 people arrested for OVI, 3 charged with underage consumption, a driving under suspension and one for drug possession.”

The Patrol said that there will be more checkpoints in Lorain County yet this year, the time and location will be released the morning of the detail.


Editors Note: In the photo gallery only the female failed the field sobriety test and tested above the legal limit for driving. The others you see being tested passed! TMC NEWS reminds you that all suspects are to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Friday, June 26, 2009


South Amherst – Firefighters from five communities worked to save a home on Erie Street in South Amherst - after a fire ripped through the home Friday afternoon.

Firefighters were called just after 3 Friday after the homeowner spotted flames shooting from the house.

South Amherst Fire Department was assisted by Firefighters from Amherst, Florence, Oberlin and Elyria Township.

The Lorain County Chapter of the American Red Cross is assiting the family with clothing and other items. The family will stay with relatives.

There were no reported injuries and officials say the house is a total loss.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Elyria – An SUV loaded with 7 family members heading home after spending the night at a drive-in movie was struck by a small car on Chestnut Ridge Road at the intersection of South Abbe. The car came off of South Abbe and struck the SUV near the passenger side rear causing it to spin and roll over onto its side.

Witnesses say that immediately after the crash the driver of the small car backed up and drove west on Chestnut Ridge.

Shawn Lauderback was just one of several neighbors who rushed out of their house when they heard the crash. “As we were coming out the car that hit the SUV was already heading away from the crash so we just ran to see if we could help. When we got to the car the people were trying to get out – so we helped get the car door open and then helped them get out.”

Lauderback said that as the family was getting out of their vehicle he was surprised to see the ages ranged from infant to adults. “It looked like the most serious injuries were just some cuts and bruises.”

LifeCare Paramedics treated and transported 3 victims with minor injuries while 4 others refused treatment or transport.

Police received a description of the car and searched the surrounding neighborhoods but were unable to locate the suspect.

Lauderback described the scene as scary and being part the group helping the family out was nerve-racking but said adrenaline took over. “When you hear the baby screaming and crying something takes over and you just do what needs to be done I guess.”


Tuesday, June 23, 2009



Carlisle Township – An investigation is underway at this hour to determine what caused a small plane to crash at the Elyria Airport on Middle Ave in Carlisle Township.

Lieutenant Randy Feakins of the Carlisle Township Fire Department said that the pilot was attempting to take off when the crash occurred. “We have been told a couple stories, but she was attempting to take off – she climbed too steep and lost air speed, then the plane stalled and then took a nose dive into the ground at the airport.”

Feakins said that when Firefighters arrived on scene they found the plane with front end damage, blood inside of the plane but no pilot. “We began looking for the pilot and at that time LifeCare Ambulance was at the gate so I instructed them to check the area of offices and hangars and they did find her there. She apparently walked back there with her husband and instructor who were both there when the crash occurred.”

LifeCare transported the pilot to St. John Westshore Hospital in Westlake for further evaluation.

Feakins said that the scene was turned over to the Ohio State Highway Patrol who is investigating the crash. The FAA & NTSB are expected on scene as well.


Police Officers from at least seven agencies and future Officers participated Monday in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics.

Officers from Avon, Avon Lake, Case Western Reserve University, Elyria, North Ridgeville, Ohio State Highway Patrol and the US Marshal’s Service – along with Cadets from the Lorain County Community College Police Academy joined together in running nearly 13 miles to raise money and awareness for the upcoming Special Olympic games.
Sergeant Vince Abt of the North Ridgeville Police Department said that although the exact number is not known yet, he believes they will top the $2,000.00 mark for 2009.

The run began at the old Avon Police Station on Detroit Road with Officers from Avon, Avon Lake, Case Western Reserve University and Elyria handling the first leg of the route. They then passed the Torch off at the VFW in North Ridgeville for the longest leg of the route to Officers from Ridgeville. They were met along the route by the Cadets who joined them until Troopers from Post 47 met up and finished off the route at their Post on Cletus Drive in Eaton Township.

Representatives from the Special Olympics said that the number of Officers participating was impressive and that they are always grateful for their continued support of the program.

Monday, June 22, 2009


A statistical recap released today by Ohio State Highway Patrol shows an alarming trend: motorcyclists are riding faster and without proper licensing or endorsements.

During 2006 -2008 troopers administered 8,070 citations to motorcyclists. Forty-three percent of these citations were for speed, with an increase of 25 percent in 2008 from 2006. One in five of the citations were for a license/endorsement violation, with an increase of 32 percent of these violations in 2008 over 2006. Overall, troopers handed out 34 percent more citations to motorcyclists in 2008 than in 2006.

“In 2008, there were 215 motorcycle-related fatalities on Ohio roadways,” Colonel Richard H. Collins, Patrol superintendent said. “This is the highest number of annual motorcycle fatalities in the 25 years for which data is available. Motorcyclists need to ride trained, ride licensed, ride sober and follow the proper speed limit to help prevent these tragedies from occurring on Ohio roadways.”

Citations issued by state troopers for older age groups are on the rise as well. Citations given to 46-55 year olds rose by 43 percent and citations given to 56-65 year olds rose by 73 percent from 2006 to 2008.


“Witnesses stated the motorcyclist accelerated to a high rate of speed as he traveled southbound in the inside lane.”
Amherst – Police have released the name of the victim who was killed in a car verses motorcycle crash on Leavitt Road in Amherst Sunday morning.

According to Lieutenant Joseph Kucirek of the Amherst Police Department, 40-year-old Robert S. Gonzalez of Lorain was traveling south on Leavitt on a 2007 Suzuki at the time of the crash. The driver of the 2003 Caviler, 18-year-old Erica L. Steele of Amherst, was heading west on Walnut.

“Witnesses stated the motorcyclist was stopped southbound for the traffic light at Leavitt Road and Cleveland Ave. When the light turned green, witnesses stated the motorcyclist accelerated to a high rate of speed as he traveled southbound in the inside lane.”

Kucirek said that Steele had stopped at the stop sign on Walnut and was in the process of making a left-hand turn to go northbound on Leavitt Road. “As the driver of the vehicle made the left hand turn, the motorcyclist struck the drivers side fender of the vehicle, ejecting the motorcyclist.”

Gonzalez was treated on the scene – first by a Good Samaritan who began CPR and then by Firefighters and Paramedics. Gonzalez was transported to Amherst Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Steele was transported to Community Health Partners Emergency Room where she was treated and released.

Police describe damage to the motorcycle as “significant” and damage to the Cavalier as “moderate.” Police towed both vehicles for additional processing.

Kucirek said that the investigation into the crash is on going and no additional information is being released at this time.




Division of EMS Promotes Lawnmower Safety
Each year, approximately 68,000 persons with injuries caused by power mowers are treated in emergency departments. With Trauma Season in full swing, the Division of Emergency Medical Services is partnering with Safe Kids Ohio in offering safety tips to keep children safe this summer.

“Children move very quickly, and you can’t always hear them if the mower is running, or you are listening to the radio,” said Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Henry Guzmán. “While summer is a great time for fun and relaxing activities, it also means paying more attention to your surroundings to ensure everyone is safe.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics considers the power lawnmower one of the most dangerous tools around the home. Lawnmower blades can rotate at 3,000 revolutions per minute; generate a force three times greater than a .357 Magnum; and propel a 1-pound object at speeds of more than 200 miles per hour. The most common lawnmower accidents involve children being run over, or flying debris causing penetrating and life threatening injuries.

“Children can be taught lawnmower safety at a young age, and it’s important to do so because lawnmower injuries are 100 percent preventable,”
said EMS Division Executive Director Richard Rucker.

The Division of EMS and Safe Kids Ohio are offering the following tips:
o Keep children and pets inside while operating a lawnmower
o Clear the yard of twigs, debris, tools and toys before mowing
o Read your operator’s manual and learn all safety features of your lawnmower
o Never leave your lawnmower running unattended
o Don’t allow children to play on or around a mower when it is in use or in storage
o A walk-behind mower operator should be no younger than 12
o A riding mower operator should be no younger than 16
o Extra riders should never be allowed on a riding mower.


Elyria – A driver simply not paying attention was the cause of a two car crash that sent both drivers to the emergency room.

Police say that 18 year old John Akers was stopped on South Abbe Road waiting to turn left onto Hampton when 65 year old Emelia Clark, who was also traveling north on South Abbe, struck Akers from behind.

LifeCare Paramedics treated and transported both Akers and Clark to Elyria Memorial, both with minor injuries.

Akers was driving a 2003 Chevy Cavalier that received moderate damage to the rear of his car. Clark’s 2003 4 door Mercury received heavy front end damage.

Witnesses told Police that they watched Clark strike Akers and said she never hit the brakes.

Clark was cited for Assured Clear Distance Ahead.


Sunday, June 21, 2009


Amherst – Police in Amherst are investigating a crash between a car and a motorcycle that occurred just before noon Sunday on Route 58 near Walnut Street.

Although Paramedics and Firefighters worked on the motorcyclist on the scene and transported to Amherst Hospital Emergency Room, where a Metro LifeFlight helicopter was waiting. The victim however was pronounced dead at the Emergency Room.

Check back Monday for details and PHOTO GALLERY

Saturday, June 20, 2009



Carlisle Township – A biker who, according to friends, had just left a group of friends to go get a camera ended up in a strange crash that took his life on LaGrange Road in Carlisle Township Saturday afternoon.

Trooper Crystal Evans of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the crash occurred just after 2 p.m. Saturday after a deer attempted to cross LaGrange Road. “The deer was crossing west to east and was struck by a red Toyota Prius that was northbound on LaGrange Road. The deer then flew into air and struck the motorcyclist that was southbound on LaGrange – the motorcyclist was ejected from the bike and landed in the northbound lane and was immediately hit by a Ford Explorer driven by 57 year old Tim Kader of LaGrange.”

Evans said that when the motorcyclist was struck the bike continue to slide south into the northbound lane and struck a Dodge Stratus driven by 41 year old Michelle Diaz of Lorain. Diaz, who swerved in an attempt to avoid hitting the motorcycle, was not injured in the crash.

The driver of the Toyota Prius was treated on scene for cuts he received to his arm and was transported by Paramedics to Elyria Memorial Hospital for further treatment and evaluation.

Kader, although visibly shaken, was not injured in the crash. Kader kept repeating; “Just two more minutes and I could have avoided this.”

Kader said he was on his way to Home Depot to pick up peg-board for work he is doing at his home when the crash occurred. “The first I knew anything was wrong is when I saw the deer doing a cartwheel over the car ahead of me. Then when the bike went down he was right there in front of my truck and I just didn’t have time to react – if I had a couple seconds maybe I could have gone into the ditch but I just didn’t – I really wish I did, but I just didn’t.”

The name of the motorcyclist will not be released until the State Patrol officially notifies the next of kin.

UPDATE: After notifying the family, The State Patrol has released the name of the victim as 52 year old Brian G. Rogers of Elyria. Rogers was riding his 2001 Harley Davidson at the time of the crash.

The driver of the 2007 Toyota Prius was identified as James Cox Jr.

The investigation is ongoing according to the State Patrol.

Friday, June 19, 2009


The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a FLASH FLOOD WATCH for portions of Northeast, Northwest and North Central Ohio through Saturday morning.

More Thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and tonight. Heavy rain is likely with these storms.

The NWS warns that residents should be alert for “Torrential Thunderstorm Rains” and that water can rise quickly.

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH means that the threat of Flash Flooding exists along rivers and creeks. Be prepared to move to higher ground if a Flash Flood Warning is issued.

This Afternoon: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. South wind between 6 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: Occasional showers and thunderstorms. Some storms could be severe, with heavy rain. Low around 71. South wind between 7 and 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before noon. Cloudy, with a high near 82. Breezy, with a west wind between 13 and 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.


On Monday, June 22nd, area law enforcement Officers will participate in the “Law Enforcement Torch Run” for Special Olympics. Scheduled to participate this year are Officers from North Ridgeville, Avon, Avon Lake – Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Post 47 – members of the United States Coast Guard and students from the Lorain County Community College Police Academy class. Organizers are still looking for more Departments and more Officers to participate.

The “Law Enforcement Torch Run” began in 1981 when Wichita, Kansas Police Chief Richard La Munyon saw a need to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics. He conceived the idea of the Torch Run as a way to involve local law enforcement with the community and Special Olympics.After three successful runs in Kansas, La Munyon presented the idea to the International Association of Chief's of Police. With the IACP’s endorsement, the idea was launched nationally and today involves law enforcement personnel in all 50 states and about 25 countries throughout the world. This movement has become the largest grass roots fundraising program to benefit Special Olympics in the world.

The Torch Run will begin Monday morning at 8:30 in Avon, travel to the North Ridgeville border on Mills Rd, then through North Ridgeville and end at the Elyria post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
This is the third year this event has been held in Lorain County. Approximately $6,000.00 had been raised over the last two years. The money comes from the participants themselves, local merchants and businesses, and individuals throughout the communities. The proceeds benefit the Ohio Special Olympic state games, held in Columbus, Ohio.

In Ohio, Torch Run participants run or cycle one of six planned routes covering the state and leading to the Opening Ceremonies. If you are not close to a planned route we encourage your department to organize a satellite route in your community during the week of June 18 - 22. The officers carry the torch through a series of relays. The culmination of the run is the Final Leg in which all legs come together and carry the Torch to the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics Ohio State Summer Games.

Prior to the run, participants collect pledges and contributions and are often sponsored by service groups, schools and businesses that raise funds for the “Law Enforcement Torch Run”.

If anyone who works in Law Enforcement, including Police Officers, Corrections Officers, Probation Officers, Prosecutors etc. – are interested in participating in this event please contact Sgt. Vince Abt at the North Ridgeville Police Department at 440.327.2191.

EDITORS NOTE: TMC NEWS will give the first SIX Law Enforcement personnel who sign up for the “Law Enforcement Torch Run” and mention TMC NEWS a FREE GIFT CARD to Lone Tree Tavern in North Ridgeville.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Elyria – An attentive neighbor helped Police capture a man who broke into a Caroline Street home Wednesday afternoon.

The neighbor, who asked not to be named or photographed, said that she was sitting in her house when she heard two loud thumps coming from outside. “It was kind of strange so I got up to check things out – you see, yesterday someone tried to break into my neighbor’s house and they asked if I would keep an eye out on their house just in case the people came back.”

On Tuesday she said that workers were putting in a new concrete driveway when they spotted two males in the back yard. At first they didn’t pay any attention to them but when one of them stepped in the new concrete one of the men yelled at them and they both ran from the yard. It was later learned that they had tried to break into the home.

The watchful neighbor said that when she looked out her window she spotted a black bike leaning up against the back of her neighbor’s home. “I thought that was strange because they have small children and the bike would be too big for their kids. Then I noticed that the back screen door was opened up so I called the Police, still not sure anything was wrong but I felt it was the best thing to do.”

While talking with the Police and with Officers already on the way, the neighbor peeked out the window again and saw a black male wearing jean shorts, tennis shoes, a black t-shirt and a grey sweat jacket. The woman also said the man was carrying a small plastic bag.

Within minutes Police heading to the area spotted a man matching the woman’s description on Cleveland Street by Save-A-Lot.

While speaking with the man another Officer picked up the witness and brought her to where they had the man detained. The Police car with the witness inside stopped on Cleveland Street while Officers had the suspect face the car – the witness said she positively identified the man and his bike.

Police found the back door to the residence had been kicked in along with another inside door.

The neighbor said that although she is not part of the neighborhood Block Watch she always keeps an eye out for her neighbors. “I always look out for them; it’s what neighbors should do for each other. I know they keep an eye out for me.”



Despite recent significant traffic fatality reductions in Ohio, traffic safety advocates are increasingly concerned that motorcycle fatalities have risen 35 percent statewide in the last three years. Just last year there were 213 motorcycle fatalities in Ohio.

Curbing that upward motorcycle crash trend is at the core of the new Motorcycle Safety Coalition established today during a meeting at the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Ravenna Post.

Joining the Patrol in the Coalition that covers a seven-county area in northeastern Ohio are Safe Communities and local law enforcement. The counties included in the initiative are Lorain, Medina, Summit, Stark, Portage, Trumbull and Mahoning. These counties are being targeted due to the volume of motorcycle-involved crashes in their respective areas. The goal of the Coalition is to reduce the number of motorcycle-involved crashes. This will be accomplished through education and enforcement.

Safe Communities will use education at events that are attended by motorcycle enthusiasts. Law enforcement will use enforcement programs targeting motorcyclists in areas identified as a, "high risk," area. Each agency will identify corridors with increased motorcycle traffic due to events taking place, such as bike nights and bike runs, and will employ high-visibility enforcement in the identified areas. The high-visibility enforcement will be funded through the Ohio Traffic Safety Office.

This combined effort of local law enforcement, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Safe Communities will result in an increased awareness of motorcycle safety and ultimately a reduction in the number of people being seriously injured or killed in crashes involving motorcycles.

To further promote safe motorcycling and motorist awareness of motorcycle safety issues, Patrol troopers are proud to be partnering with the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). The partnership with the AMA provides meaningful avenues to promote awareness toward the three key safety messages stressed in our nationally recognized Ride Smart. Drive Smart. program.

The Motorcycle Safety Coalition wants to help make this a safer riding season. Remember to always Ride Trained, Ride Licensed, and Ride Sober.


Avon Lake – The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) Deputy Registrar agency located at 33382 Walker Road, Unit B, Avon Lake, will be moving after the close of business on Saturday June 27, 2009. The new location will open for business Monday June 29 or Tuesday June 30.

The Ohio BMV apologizes for the short interruption in services; however, crews need to install new equipment before the agency can open. This work will be completed as quickly as possible, but customers are advised to call ahead on June 29 and 30 to confirm the agency is open. The phone number will remain the same: (440) 933-3266.

The address of the new location is: 684 Avon Belden Road, Suite D, Avon Lake. Hours of operation will remain the same:

8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. M-W-TH-F8:00 a.m. -6:30 p.m. Tuesday8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Saturday

Deputy Registrars are contracted agents who offer driver license, state identification card and vehicle registration services in each county of the state for the BMV. Those customers with questions regarding BMV service issues are encouraged to visit the Web site at
www.bmv.ohio.gov or call the customer service line at: 614-752-7500.

Sunday, June 14, 2009


Lorain – A Lorain Police Officer was on routine patrol Sunday afternoon when a car struck his driver’s side door – pinning the veteran Officer in his car.

Steve Wallace of Cincinnati was painting panels at his brother’s home on Lexington Ave Sunday when he said a loud car stereo caught his attention. “The radio was so loud it drowned out the radio I had playing through the kitchen window. I looked out to the street and saw the car coming up 24th Street to Lexington.”

Wallace said that as the girl approached the stop sign at Lexington she was looking to the left. “Her attention was toward the left (north) and the Officer was coming from the right heading north. She rolled right through the stop sign and hit him on the driver’s side of car. Her car kept going towards the right and then his a parked car.”

Lorain Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to “pop” the door of the patrol car to extricate the Officer.

LifeCare Paramedics treated the Officer on the scene and transported him to Community Health Partners with minor injuries.



Avon – A chase that began on Lorain’s Southside ended with Police from Avon and Sheffield Village searching for three men in the woods.

Officers chased the Mercury Grand Marquis after receiving reports of the car driving recklessly on Grove Ave.

The chase entered Sheffield Village and ended after the patrol car, that the Marquis struck during the pursuit, shut down due to maintenance problems.

The car was last seen in the area of Abbe Road and French Creek.

Sgt. Robert Olds of the Avon Police Department said that Officers from his Department began setting up in areas that they felt the car might enter their city. “One of our off-duty Officers was coming down French Creek from Detroit Road and spotted the car in a driveway then saw three males – two black males and one white male – running from the area heading west into a wooded area.”

Police from Avon, Sheffield Village and Lorain converged on the car and began searching the area. A K-9 Unit from the Avon Police Department began tracking the suspects but lost the track after about 20 minutes.

The owner of the car was at home and told Police he did not know the men who had his car – only that they had been drinking together before they drove him home.

No Officers were injured in the pursuit or tracking.



Elyria – Police were called to the Wilkes Villa complex off Fuller Road Saturday night around 10:30 after a large fight broke out on Pratt.

Residents told Police that approximately 100 people were in the street fighting and that they had heard a couple gunshots.

When Police began arriving they quickly saw that they needed additional help to quell the brawl.

Departments providing assistance were: Lorain County Sheriff’s Deputies, North Ridgeville, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Oberlin and Sheffield Village.

Although numerous witnesses told Police that shots were fired during the melee there were no reported gunshot injuries.

One man however was assaulted by several people and received injuries to his face and head. Friends picked him up and assisted him to an ambulance once it was cleared to enter the complex. The man was treated on scene by LifeCare Ambulance Paramedics and then transported to Elyria Memorial Hospital.

No other injuries were reported at this time and no arrests were made at the scene.


Saturday, June 13, 2009


Elyria – When Elyria Police started receiving calls of a car striking utility poles along Furnace Street they began looking for the vehicle. Witnesses told Officers that the car had struck a pole at the Five Points Marathon gas station then fled the scene north on West River Road.

The car had received heavy damage to the body and to the driver’s side rear tire.

While searching the area, one Officer spotted tire and gouge marks on West River Road that lead into Fox Hill Lane. The Officer followed the marks right to the car – that had been parked in the driveway of 51 Fox Hill.

Neighbors said that although they didn’t see the man pull in, they sure heard him pulling in. They said the noise was so loud that they thought there was a crash in front of their house. They went outside and spotted the car in the driveway and noticed the damage and that they airbag had been deployed. Shortly after that they said they heard yelling coming from the back townhouse – an argument they said, about the car. They said it was then that the Police arrived and found the car.

Police went to the townhouse and found the man with his girlfriend. After a brief discussion and a quick attempt from the man claiming the car had been stolen, Officers took him into custody.

Neighbors pointed out that the man had just recently been released from jail after serving time for a previous OVI. They pointed out how even with the car as banged up as it was, even missing a rear tire, the man took the extra time to back the car into the driveway as is his normal routine.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Elyria Township – A hazardous materials release during the transportation phase is the number two emergency response threat in Lorain County – only being surpassed by severe weather. Many millions of pounds of hazardous materials cross Lorain County each day by rail and highway. Tom Kelley, Lorain County Emergency Management / Homeland Security Director said that we must be ready to respond to these types of calls.

“Each year, this agency and the emergency response organizations in Lorain County are required by state law to conduct an emergency drill involving some type of hazardous materials emergency response,” said Kelley. “The drills occur in a four-year cycle, and we are in the fourth year for our local drills.”

This year the drill was be held Thursday night in the north parking lot of the Elyria Schools Administration Building on Griswold Road. A hazardous materials release from a vehicle was simulated and the emergency forces had to respond to, identify, take all necessary actions, handle media inquires, and mitigate the release.

Chief Wayne Eppley of the Elyria Township Fire Department graciously offered to be the “first-in” department and was in charge of the response. The Lorain County Hazardous Materials Response Team, which is made up of fire fighters from every department in the county, was on scene to attempt to stop the release. A large number of other responders and vehicles were also be part of this exercise.
“A portion of the state requirements for this year is to show our local ability to provide “mass care and sheltering” during an evacuation. The county has an agreement with the Lorain County Chapter of the American Red Cross to provide these services in the event that an evacuation is necessary during any emergency,” Kelley said. “In order to accomplish this requirement we sent a letter to residents around the neighborhood and invited them to participate by playing the part of evacuees.”

The Red Cross set up an evacuation shelter in the old cafeteria area of the school administration building during the drill. In order for them to realistically operate the shelter, families were asked to go to the shelter set-up and register as evacuees. They were only asked to meet with a Red Cross volunteer and complete a short paper registration form. After that was completed, they were provided with a snack and a fun, educational evening.

Kelley said the drill was successful and was grateful to all the departments that participated.

Neighbors who participated and watched said it was very interesting and more importantly they said it was good to see that Lorain County is prepared in case something happens.

Photos by: BRIAN WOODS

Sunday, June 07, 2009


Avon – Fire officials are looking into reports by neighbors who say they witnessed kids running from behind a Moon Road home in Avon Sunday afternoon shortly before it broke out in flames.

Chief Frank Root of the Avon Fire Department said they received the call of a possible attic fire in a home on Moon Road – just north of Detroit – Sunday afternoon. “As the guys started responding they saw the thick black smoke billowing up into the sky and they knew right away that it was not just an attic fire. People could actually see the smoke from miles away.”

Root said that Firefighters from Sheffield Village and North Ridgeville responded immediately under their automatic mutual aid system. An Engine Company from Sheffield Lake was also called in for extra man-power. Two Assistant Chiefs from North Ridgeville were also on hand and worked with Root to coordinate the crews.

“Upon arrival crews found heavy smoke coming from the entire structure and a lot of flames coming from the rear and the north side of the structure” Root said. “Crews began pulling lines and I arrived at that point and ordered it to be a defensive attack – to attack it from the outside. My hopes were to do a quick, hard defensive attack and knock it down enough to where the crews could go inside but the conditions just continued to worsen. For that time of day it was an amazing amount of fire coming from just a single family home.”

Root said that when the first crews arrived the roof over the garage had already collapsed.

Paint thinner, propane and lamp oil was stored inside of the garage but Root said that it was still a tremendous amount of fire coming out of the home.

A neighbor told Fire officials that she witnessed kids behind the home shortly before the blaze broke out and although the homeowner was inside the house at the time of the fire – nobody was injured Root said. “The homeowner had just come home and entered through the garage probably 20 to 30 minutes before the fire started. He didn’t notice anything wrong until he heard a pop and then someone pounding on his front door and told him that his house was on fire.”

Root said the investigation is still ongoing but they were able to determine where the fire started. “We know that it started in the garage – he stored tires in there and that also added to the fuel load, along with the paint and thinners. So we do know where it started we are now investigating what triggered the fire.”

The house is a total loss Root said. “Not sure on the contents right now, but the structure is probably $150 to $175K. We will get with the owner to find out the estimate on contents."

The Lorain County Chapter of the American Red Cross was called to the scene and spoke with the homeowners offering assistance, however they will be staying with family. The Red Cross Volunteers then set up a canteen to help Firefighters rehab throughout the fire.

Root commended the work of all of the Firefighters. “They all really busted their butts – very hard work out there today. These guys all did what was asked and accomplished a lot out there, especially in the heat. Very proud of them.”


Thursday, June 04, 2009


Sheffield Township – Three people were injured in a two car crash Thursday morning on Route 57 in Sheffield Township.

The crash occurred Thursday just before noon as 20 year old Ricardo Torres of Lorain pulled off of Mayfield to go south on 57. As Torres was making his move he collided with 18 year old John Lesko of Westlake who was traveling northbound on 57.

The crash caused heavy damage to both cars and pinned Torres in the driver’s seat of his Hyundai Elantra. His passenger, 19 year old Marissa Newman of Lorain, was able to get out of the car on her own.

Witnesses say that they assisted Lesko out of his car as it appeared to be smoking and they feared it might catch on fire.

Sheffield Township Firefighters treated Newman and Lesko right away and transported them to Community Health Partners in Lorain.

Firefighters had to meticulously cut the driver’s side of Torres’ car apart before they were able to remove him for further treatment and transport to the emergency room.



Injuries Peak in Summer Months
for Kids Ages 14 and Younger

Columbus – The Ohio Division of Emergency Medical Services is encouraging parents and caregivers to take extra precaution this summer while children are participating in summer activities. Last year 17,115 Ohio children visited emergency rooms during Trauma Season with 6,221 children reported with actual injuries.

“We want everyone to have a safe and fun summer, and that starts by always putting safety first, whether it’s by buckling your seat belt or making sure children are out of harm’s way at the playground or at home in the backyard,” said Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Henry Guzmán.

Injuries tend to peak during the summer months (May-August) for children ages 14 and younger. Nationally this summer nearly three million children will be rushed to emergency rooms for serious injuries resulting from motor vehicle crashes, drowning, bike crashes, pedestrian incidents, falls and other hazards.

“EMS personnel are prepared for Trauma Season. However, parents and caregivers can prevent many summer-related injuries with safety gear, proper education and parental supervision,” said Division of EMS Executive Director Richard Rucker. “By teaching children early on about good safety habits, they may be able to avoid future visits to the emergency room.”

The EMS Division will focus on different aspects of safety during Trauma Season and will provide information about topics such as lawnmower safety, swimming safety and pedestrian safety. The Division is offering these overall tips as a guide to avoiding some of the more common injuries:
Ride Safe
Secure children in the appropriate child safety seat or seat belt for their age and size. Kids should always be secured in the back seat.
Swim Safe
Always supervise young children near water and insist children wear personal flotation devices when on boats, near open bodies of water or participating in water sports.
Wheel Safe
Make sure kids wear properly fitting protective gear every time they ride their bikes, scooters, inline skates or skateboards. Teach children the rules of the road.
Walk Safe
Never let a child under age 10 cross the street alone. Teach children to obey traffic rules. Make sure kids wear retro-reflective materials, and don’t let them walk alone at night. If they must walk at dawn or at dusk, make sure they carry a flashlight.
Play Safe
Always supervise children at playgrounds or in the backyard. Make sure they play on a safe surface, such as mulch, rubber or fine sand.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009


Lorain – Firefighters responding to a reported house fire at 3718 Toledo Ave Wednesday afternoon rolled up and found heavy smoke and flames coming from the rear of the rental home.

Firefighters spent about a half hour battling the fire that they believe was caused by electrical problems in an old bathroom fan. Officials put the damage estimate at $35K.

Although there were no reported injuries, two adults and a child has been left without a home. The Lorain County Chapter of the American Red Cross is working with the family to provide shelter, clothing and other necessities.


Photos by: BRIAN WOODS

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

And Your Daddy’s Little Girl

Amherst – Talk about following in your father’s footsteps – Officers from the Amherst Police Department stopped a white Cadillac on Route 2 last Thursday night for various traffic offenses.

As the officer approached the Caddy, he immediately noticed the odor of raw marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle. The driver, who was identified as 53 year old Harry Terrell Jr. of Toledo, was removed from the vehicle along with his daughter, 24 year old Nicole Terrell, also of Toledo.

Harry Terrell Jr. was found to be driving on a suspended license and also had active warrants through the Cleveland Police Department and Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office. He was immediately placed under arrest and secured in the rear of a Police car.

Once Nicole Terrell was removed from the vehicle, Officers discovered a loaded semi-automatic pistol between where the driver and passenger were sitting.

Both father and daughter were then transported to the Amherst Police Department along with their Caddy where the K-9 unit utilized K-9 Bandit to conduct a sniff of the vehicle. Bandit alerted on several areas of the vehicle including the trunk. Inside the trunk, a large black bag containing approximately 31.13 lbs of a green leafy vegetable substance was located, which later field tested positive for the presence of THC (marijuana). The green leafy vegetable matter was individually packaged into one pound bags. An undisclosed amount of money was also seized.

While Mr. Terrell was being booked into the city jail, he became combative and fought with several Officers. One Officer suffered minor injuries.

Harry Terrell Jr. was charged with Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Trafficking in Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Criminal Tools, Obstructing Official Business, Three Counts of Assault on Police Officer, Weapons Under Disability, Improper Handling of Firearm in MV, Window Tint, Driving In Marked Lanes, Resisting Arrest, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Harry Terrell Jr. was later transported to the Lorain County Jail where he remained without bond until his appearance in Oberlin Municipal Court the following morning. Oberlin Municipal Court set his bond at $100,000.00.

Nicole Terrell was charged with Trafficking in Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia. She was transported to the Lorain County Jail pending her appearance in Oberlin Municipal Court the following morning.

Lieutenant Joseph Kucirek of the Amherst Police Department said the street value of the suspected marijuana is $130,000.00. Kucirek also commended the job of the Officers in removing such a large amount of narcotics from the streets.


Sheffield Village – A case of road rage in the parking lot of Giant Eagle on Detroit Road ended with a three-car crash and two people going to the hospital.

Captain Larry Bliss of the Sheffield Village Police Department said while the two vehicles were leaving the parking lot the passenger of the minivan was gesturing to the other vehicle. “Apparently the passenger was flipping off the people in the other car as they were pulling out of the lot and onto Detroit Road. The driver of the minivan was paying attention to the passenger and not the road – she then collided with one car and that car was pushed into the car ahead.”

Chief Jeff Young of the Sheffield Village Fire Department said that although there was moderate damage to two of the vehicles no extrication was needed and the two victims that were transported had only minor injuries.

Bliss said that although the investigation into the crash is still ongoing, it is likely that the driver of the minivan, Dana Smith of Elyria, will be charged with Assured Clear Distance.

Brian Woods contributed to this Photo Gallery
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