Friday, April 30, 2010


After spending more than 30 years reporting the news – our friend Mike O’Mara is spending the day today saying goodbye to his friends and colleagues at WKYC TV3.

O’Mara began his career in news on March 14th, 1977 and today, 33 years later, it comes to an end. Mike will move into his new office on Monday morning as Vice President of Hennes Paynter Communications. Founded in 1989 as Hennes Communications, Hennes Paynter Communications LLC is the only crisis communications specialty firm in Ohio.

Throughout his years as a journalist in the Cleveland market O’Mara has been a good friend and very supportive to us here at TMC NEWS. We will miss seeing him out on the road and we wish him great success in his new endeavor.

Thursday, April 29, 2010


by Lt. Eric Sheppard - Ohio State Highway Patrol
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and as such it is a time for both motorcyclists and motor vehicle drivers to consider the unique traffic safety elements on our roads as we see the inevitable increase in motorcycle riding associated with the warmer weather.

Last year there were 152 fatal motorcycle crashes and 3,290 injury crashes. Even though these numbers decreased from 2008 – when 212 were killed and 3,772 were injured – motorcycle safety and motorist awareness are still very important. Prior to this decrease in 2009 motorcycle fatalities had increased by about 35 percent on Ohio’s roads during the previous three years.

To promote safe motorcycling and motorist awareness of motorcycle safety issues, we are once again proud to be partnering with the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) this year. Our 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.

First, we want anyone considering motorcycling to receive the proper training and licensing before heading out on the road. As a potential rider, simple things like ensuring you have a valid motorcycle endorsement, receiving quality motorcycle training, and wearing proper safety equipment can be key elements in staying safe. Training opportunities through the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Motorcycle Ohio office can be found at

Riding sober is the second key message in our campaign with the AMA. Last year 56 of the fatal motorcycle crashes involved an impaired motorcyclist. We fully endorse the AMA’s national Ride Straight program, which focuses attention on the severe dangers associated with operating a motorcycle impaired.

Of course, motorcycle safety is not solely the responsibility of motorcyclists. Motor vehicle drivers share in this important effort, which is why the third key safety message we share with the AMA stresses the importance for motor vehicle drivers being aware of motorcyclists.

To that end, as a motorist or a passenger, there are some important steps to become more aware of motorcyclists. Remember, a motorcycle is a motor vehicle with all of the privileges of any vehicle on the roadway. Give motorcyclists a full lane of travel. Look for motorcyclists on the highway, at intersections, when a motorcyclist may be making a left turn, and when a motorcyclist may be changing lanes.

Roadway obstructions like debris or potholes that you may ignore or not notice in your car can be deadly for a motorcyclist. Anticipate a motorcyclist's maneuver and make an effort to predict evasive actions. Allow plenty of space in front of the vehicle you are driving, and do not follow a motorcycle too closely.

Driving responsibly is about being aware of whose lives you have in your hands — literally — when you are in control of a motorcycle or a car. On behalf of your local Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers, and our associates in the AMA, please help make this a safer riding season.

Remember to always Ride Trained, Ride Licensed, and Ride Sober.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Elyria – Elyria Firefighters battled a fully involved garage fire Wednesday afternoon in the 200 block of West Bridge Street. No injuries were reported.

PHOTO GALLERY from Brian Woods


As many of you know the site has been a little slow lately. Ok, nothing new posted in the last 18 days. I left for Austin, Texas just after the last posting about the fight at Dolce. I was there to work on the 17th Annual Austin Reggae Festival. Here are some photos from this year’s event:

The Reggae Fest was created and is run by my brother Pat who graduated from Elyria Catholic High School in 1977. The Festival is one of the largest fundraisers for the Austin Capitol Area Food Bank. I do not yet have numbers from this year’s Festival but last year the Food Bank raised over $200,000.00 and collected thousands of pounds of donated food. Over the last 16 years, the Austin Reggae Festival has raised more than 350,000 pounds of food for hungry Central Texans.

Now usually while away I can still post stories that are covered here by Brian Woods – however, due to circumstances beyond my control, I was unable to do that this time. Those issues have been worked out and I do not see this being a problem in the future.

Brian was able to cover some big stories while I was away and although they are now old news, I thought you might like to view his photo galleries.

Officers and K9’s from around the area came together to pay tribute to the life and public service of DRAGO

Apartment fire on Foster Ave

Man shot behind First Merit Bank in Elyria

Another abandoned house fire in Elyria

Saturday, April 10, 2010


Elyria – The newly opened Club Dolce located at the site of the old Whiskey Ranch on Griswold Road has had its share of problems since opening just a couple weeks ago – early Saturday morning was no exception.

While patrons were leaving the club through the front doors a fight broke out which then sparked other fights in the parking lot. Elyria Police Officers quickly swept in to take control of the situation but were out numbered so assistance from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol was requested. North Ridgeville Police Officers also responded into the city to help cover calls and to back up Elyria Police Officers at other scenes.

Once things were cleared at Dolce Police, Deputies and Troopers headed to Speedway on Griswold and to Denny’s across the bridge for other disturbances.

One man was arrested at Dolce during the disturbance and even though people were leaving with bloody faces nobody requested an ambulance for treatment.


Wednesday, April 07, 2010


Longtime K9 Partner to Lorain County Deputy Sheriff Bob Perkins, Drago, passed away today after a brief battle with Cancer.

Drago joined the Lorain County Sheriff’s Department when he was just 2 years old and was Perkins loyal and dedicated partner for 7 years. Drago retired from the Sheriff’s Department on Friday October, 30th, 2009. Since then Drago has been enjoying retirement as a family pet to the Perkins family in Elyria.

TMC NEWS road along with Perkins and Drago on their last night on the road back in October – to see that story and the photos: CLICK HERE


Avon – The Avon Police Department is asking the public for help in identifying a suspect involved in a break in of a local Avon business early Tuesday morning.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact the Avon Police Department at 440.934.1234.


Avon – Firefighters were able to bring a fire under control Tuesday afternoon in part because of pre planning at the structure.

Chief Frank Root of the Avon Fire Department said his department received the call for a possible structure fire at the old Gerber’s Garden Center at 4:42 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. “One good thing with this fire is that we have actually preplanned for a fire here due to the buildings being vacant, it’s an old style barn and because it’s combustible.”

Root said that when the first crews arrived they had smoke coming from the structure. “Shortly thereafter fire started coming through the roof. The guys stretched a couple lines and we were able to make pretty good headway in attacking the fire and getting it knocked down.”

Firefighters were able to find an area in the barn loft where kids had created their own little hang out. Fire Inspectors are investigating that angle as a cause of the blaze according to Chief Root.

Root praised the efforts of the Firefighters saying that when it comes to old barn fires they are tough to fight and save but they were able to get ahead of this one and extinguish the fire. “The dollar damage is very minimal but more importantly they saved the structure and nobody was injured.”

Two juveniles that were spotted running from the scene were apprehended and were being questioned by Authorities according to Root.

Sheffield Village Firefighters provided mutual aid assistance to Avon.


Tuesday, April 06, 2010


Elyria Township – A crash Monday night should serve as a reminder that with the return of warm weather comes the return of motorcycles on the roadways and we should all be paying extra attention.

A 28 year old Elyria man was injured Monday night after he was struck by a teen female who failed to stop at a posted sign. Troopers say that the teen was west on Elmwood in Elyria Township when she failed to stop at the sign. She went through the intersection and struck Ryan Rothmann who was traveling south on Ethel on his motorcycle.

The collision threw Rothmann from his bike and into a nearby yard.

Paramedics from Elyria Township treated Rothmann at the scene and then transported him to Community Health Partners Emergency Room with injuries to his shoulder, neck and chest.

Troopers say that the teen will be charged with Failure to Yield.


Sunday, April 04, 2010


Photos by: BRIAN WOODS
Elyria – Let’s say that you are a landscaper. While working on a lawn at the Tiffin University on North Abbe Road you find a suspicious looking foot long pipe in the grass. Do you A. Pick up the pipe and throw it out of your way. B. Run it over with the lawnmower. C. Call the cops.

Well, Saturday afternoon a landscaper was faced with that very decision. He first chose A then after a few minutes went with C.

Police were called to 1230 N. Abbe Road, Tiffin University, after the landscaper grew suspicious of the pipe that he described as about a foot long piece of copper with a wax seal on one end and metal shavings on the other. Police and Firefighters first arrived on scene and after a quick peek they had the Lorain County Bomb Squad respond to the scene.

As a precaution Police closed down North Abbe Road between the north entrance of Lorain County Community College and the Sheffield Village border.

A robot operated by the Lorain County Bomb Squad was deployed to pick up the pipe while members watched a video feed from the robot on a TV monitor at their truck.

The robot was able to successfully pick up the pipe on the first try and returned it to the truck where it was safely placed in a special container for transport.

Police escorted the Bomb Squad to special location where authorities blew up the pipe.

Authorities are not sure if the pipe was indeed a bomb or just a harmless piece of pipe. Police say it was better to proceed assuming that it was real and dangerous.

North Abbe Road was reopened within an hour.

Thursday, April 01, 2010


Story & Photos by BRIAN WOODS
North Ridgeville – A man led Officers from North Ridgeville on a high speed multi city chase Thursday after he rammed their cruiser. The chase ended in Lorain where the man almost made it home.

Police from North Ridgeville were attempting to help Lorain Police by arresting 30 year old Jeffery Phillips of Lorain on a Domestic Violence charge from an incident that occurred in Lorain earlier in the day. Phillips was at Morris Pontiac on Center Ridge Road in North Ridgeville when Police found him and blocked his car. Phillips was not in the car however.

When Officers found Phillips inside the building he fled on foot to his car. Officers chasing after him continued to order him to stop and then after he got into his car they yelled for him to get out of the car. It was then that Phillips tried to get away his by striking the building and then trying to run over the two Officers.

Fearing for their lives, the Officers fired a number of rounds at Phillips striking him 3 times. Even with being shot Phillips fled the area and led Officers on a chase, sometimes slow speed, through North Ridgeville, Avon and Sheffield Village before ending on East 41st Street in Lorain near his home.

Phillips continued to resist Officers and tried to flee again but Officers were able to restrain him.

Paramedics from LifeCare Ambulance treated Phillips at the scene for 3 gunshot wounds and then transported him to Community Health Partners Emergency Room. Phillips was later flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland where a Nursing Supervisor says he is currently in fair condition.

Police say that Phillips, who has previous convictions for violent felonies, faces charges of Felony Fleeing and Resisting Arrest.

None of the Officers involved in the incident were injured. The two Officers involved in the shooting were placed on Administrative Leave per Departmental policy.


Photos & story by BRIAN WOODS
Elyria – An Elyria man called Police Tuesday night saying that someone was chasing him and shooting at his car.

Police say that 29 year old Willie Boone called their Department reporting that a man was chasing him on Lake Ave north of Route 113. Boone also told Dispatchers that the man was shooting at him.

Although Boone told Police they were north on Lake Ave approaching the city limits, Officers could not find them. Then a man called Police and said that he had been run off the road by two black vehicles on Murray Ridge Road near Bullocks Parkway. A short time later Boone advised Dispatchers that he was parked at the Convenient Food Mart on West Ridge Road and that he had exited the car.

When Officers arrived they found Boone sitting in the passenger seat and another man in the driver’s seat. Although Officers found two bullet holes in the trunk of the car Boone said he had no idea what was going on and that he was not driving.

The car was impounded because neither of the men had valid driver’s license.



North Ridgeville – A man led Officers from North Ridgeville on a high speed multi city chase Thursday after he rammed their cruiser. The chase ended in Lorain where the man struck a utility pole.

Paramedics from LifeCare were called to the scene to treat the man for gunshot wounds. He was transported to Community Health Partners Emergency Room where he was later flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland for multiple gunshot wounds. While the man was being taken to the ambulance a family member asked him what happened – he replied, “I was shot 5 times.”


Photos & Story by BRIAN WOODS
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