Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Story & Photos by BRIAN WOODS
Avon – An 83 year old woman died in a late night house fire at 37975 Caroline Drive in Avon late Tuesday night.
Chief Frank Root of the Avon Fire Department said his department received the call of a house fire at 8:23 p.m. Tuesday night. When Firefighters arrived they found heavy smoke coming from the house and were being told by Police Officers already on scene that someone is still inside the home.
According to Root Firefighters found the woman, identified later as Jane Rooney, sitting in a chair in the living room.
Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the blaze that was contained to the living room.
Root said neighbors attempted to rescue the woman from the home but the smoke was too thick.
Avon Fire received mutual aid from Sheffield Village, North Ridgeville and Avon Lake.

Monday, April 25, 2011


Elyria – Two men were reportedly stabbed while inside of Vic’s Nightclub early Sunday morning. One victim refused treatment at the scene and the other was flown to Cleveland.

Police were called to Vic’s Nightclub at 3:01 a.m. Sunday morning in regards to a large fight inside the club. When Officers were making their way inside of the club a female ran by them saying that a man had been stabbed.

Police say as they entered the club the music was still playing and the lights were still down low and they could smell burnt marijuana. A large number of patrons were making their way out of the club at the same time Officers were entering making it almost impossible for Officers to gain entry. 
Once Officers made it into the club they found several bouncers wearing blood covered neon yellow shirts. None of the bouncers were injured however.
One man who had blood on his face was attempting to leave the bar. Officer spoke to him after the Manager pointed him out as being one of the men involved in the fight. The man told Officers that he was jumped in the bar but did not know who did it or why and that he just wanted to leave.
Several subjects wearing white t-shirts with blood on them were exiting the bar away from the Officers. The report states that due to the large crowd and only 7 Officers they were unable to stop the group.
Officers then spoke with victim Anthony Smith who had a stab wound to his back, between the shoulder blades. Elyria Police Officer Nick Eichenlaub asked Smith what had happened in the club, Smith responded with, “Eichenlaub, I have no idea, it was a fucking riot in here.” Smith further advised that he had been hit with a bar stool and then his back started hurting. Smith left the club before being treated by LifeCare.

Police then located victim number two, James Jackson. Jackson had stab wounds on his head and torso. Jackson told Police he did not know who stabbed him or attacked him. Jackson was treated at the scene by LifeCare Paramedics and then transported to Elyria Memorial Hospital. He was later flown to Metro in Cleveland where he was later released.
Police did locate a black lock blade knife near the stripper pole on the northwest side of the dance floor. The blade did not have any signs of blood on it however.
Police spoke with the manager of Vic’s and asked why they had not closed the bar and turned on the lights once the large fight started. The manager said the bar does not close until 4am. She further advised that if she owned the bar it would be closed at 2:30 just like all of the other bars.


Sunday, April 24, 2011


Amherst – An Amherst teen was injured while playing a game of Mud Frisbee Saturday afternoon in a muddy school field off Washington Street.

LifeCare Paramedics were called to the field after the young man injured his arm going for the Frisbee. The youth told Medics that he had dislocated his shoulder recently and that he was supposed to see the doctor about it later next week.

Initially Paramedics requested the Fire Department to assist them in extricating the victim from the field. But then other Frisbee Players set down their Frisbees, grabbed a section of the backboard and carried their teammate from the field to the parking lot.

The teen was then transported to Amherst Hospital Emergency Room for further treatment and to have the mud cleaned off of him.



Elyria – Two Elyria Police Officers escaped injury early Saturday morning when an intoxicated woman struck their patrol car.

The Officers were on Patrol traveling north on South Abbe road when the woman who was traveling south went left of center and struck the patrol car. After striking the Officers the woman continued to drive southbound away from the crash. Officers turned around and got the woman to pull over just south of Clark Street.

One of the Officers approached the car as the woman was getting out without putting the car in park. The Officer had to jump in the car to put it in park.

The woman was questioned at the scene and then arrested for OVI. The woman’s blood alcohol level was more than 2 times the legal limit. The driver was also not injured in the crash that occurred just before 5:30 a.m.

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