AVON LAKE BIG TRUCKS & OPEN HOUSE
Last weekend Avon Lake welcomed citizens to their Big Trucks & Community Services Open House at the Avon Lake Safety Center.
Hundreds of people turned out to see everything from Police cars, Fire Trucks, Metro LifeFlight helicopter to a City Leaf Vacuum Truck.
The free event was held in partnership with regional safety partners and Avon Lake Early Childhood PTA.
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WOMAN STABBED IN ELYRIA OVERNIGHT
Elyria Police say they spoke with 22 year old Sherinda Brooks at Elyria Memorial Hospital just after 3 a.m. Tuesday morning after being told by the ER staff they were treating a woman that had been stabbed at Mardi Gras.
Brooks told Police that she had been in a fight with a Hispanic female who she believed was 20 to 24 years old and between 5’3 to 5’5 inside of the bar. Brooks said she left the bar and went to the 4th floor of the building where she was attacked again by the same woman.
Police say Brooks suffered lacerations to her left cheek, right breast and to the rear of her left shoulder. Brooks was treated and released from Metro.
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MAN RUNS FROM TROOPER AFTER CRASH
Elyria – An attempted traffic stop on East Broad Street late Monday night turned into a man crashing into a pole and running from the scene.
Lieutenant Travis Hughes of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the situation all began when a Trooper attempted to stop a car for an improper backing violation. “Trooper Jackson activated his emergency lights and the vehicle fled. He went east on Broad Street here and attempted to make a right hand turn and slid off the southeast corner striking the pole. At that time the driver, the lone occupant, fled the vehicle.”
Hughes said the description of the driver was given to the Elyria Police Department who quickly responded to the area. In a matter of minutes the man was found on Kenyon just a few blocks from the crash site. The man, who still had blood on his face from the crash, was taken into custody by Elyria Police.
According to Hughes charges are pending against the driver and the investigation as to why he fled is ongoing.
The crash brought down the pole and the traffic lights at the intersection of East Broad and Prospect. The intersection was closed for hours for repairs.
TEXAS ROADHOUSE EVACUATES FOR FIRE
Elyria – The Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Elyria off West River Road had to evacuate their customers Sunday night around 8 p.m. after a fire started in the kitchen.
Chief Richard Benton of the Elyria Fire Department just happened to be in town when he received the page about the fire. “At this point it appears to be a grease fire that got up into the ventilation system and climbed up to the roof.”
As cooks tried to stop the blaze other employees began evacuating customers as the restaurant began filling with smoke. Customers in the parking lot all applauded the staff for how they handled the evacuation saying that everyone remained calm and orderly.
Some diners left without their food while others left with their plates and drinks to finish their dinner in the parking lot while watching the fire. One diner was spotted returning his plate and glass to one of the servers.
Benton said the cause of the fire is under investigation.
No injuries were reported.
ROLLING DOMESTIC ENDS IN ELYRIA
Elyria – A Cuyahoga man was arrested Sunday evening with Domestic Violence by State Troopers after a short chase through the woods off Route 10 near Route 57.
Sergeant Paul March of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said their Post received word of a car traveling west on Route 10 heading into Lorain County with a woman in the back seat waving her arms at cars passing. “They had been fighting inside of the car since Cuyahoga County where the man apparently bit her. They ended up on the exit ramp from Route 10 to Route 57 where the female was able to jump from the vehicle to safety.”
The woman ran to a nearby car where she took refuge from her husband of just a couple months. Troopers pulled up and the man fled northbound into a wooded area. It was believed the man took a knife from inside of the car with him.
With help from a Lorain County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit and Officers from Elyria a parameter was set up and the search began. The search took about 20 minutes before Officers found the suspect, Nick Carroll, hiding in the wooded area.
Carroll was taken into custody and charged with Domestic Violence, Driving Under Suspension, Obstructing, and Blocking a Roadway.
The victim was offered but refused any medical treatment.
FIRE REKINDLES ON PRATT BLVD
Elyria – Elyria Firefighters had to return to Wilkes Villa late Tuesday night after residents spotted a orange glow over the apartment building that had burned earlier in the day.
When Firefighters arrived they found fire shooting from the roof and the area covered with smoke.
Firefighters used attack lines a deck gun and then raised Tower 8 to douse the flames.
Elyria Police Officers on scene spoke with neighbors and learned that one of the residents, who was displaced earlier, had left their pet Ferrets in an upstairs bedroom. The apartment was not affected by the earlier blaze so the resident felt comfortable leaving their Ferrets there overnight while they were put up by the Red Cross.
The Officers notified Firefighters who then entered the apartment to locate the pets. Moments later two Firefighters exited the apartment carrying a cage containing the two Ferrets. The Ferrets were fine and were turned over to friends of the occupants.
No injuries were reported.
FIRE GUTS APARTMENTS ON PRATT BLVD
Elyria – A fire that broke out in a second floor bedroom of an apartment on Pratt Blvd in Wilkes Villa sent numerous people out into the streets Tuesday afternoon.
Firefighters responded to 182 Pratt Blvd around 3:30 Tuesday and found smoke showing from the apartment building. Flames could be seen poking through a hole in the roof as well as through windows in the building.
At least one person was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation but was not transported to the hospital.
The Lorain County Chapter of the American Red Cross was called in by Police to assist the families that were displaced by the fire.
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
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MOTORCYCLIST CRITICAL AFTER CRASH
Elyria – A South Amherst man is in critical condition after a crash late last night on Lowell Street near Penfield.
Police say 53 year old Scottie Scott of South Amherst was traveling on Lowell Street Monday night when 26 year old Jessica Garcia of Elyria pulled off of Penfield and into the path of Scott.
Garcia, who was on her way to work, believed she had time to make the left turn onto Foster.
When Paramedics and Firefighters arrived on scene they found Scott on the ground and began treating him. Almost immediately Firefighters requested Lorain County 9-1-1 Dispatchers to have a helicopter sent to Elyria Memorial Hospital. Scott was flown from EMH to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland shortly after he arrived.
Garcia refused any treatment or transport from LifeCare.
The crash remains under investigation and no charged have been filed yet.
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DRIVER STRIKES HOUSE ON IRONDALE
Elyria – An Elyria woman was transported to Elyria Memorial with minor injuries Sunday after she drove into the front of a home on Irondale.
Police say 24 year old Toshia Killings of Elyria was pulling out of a driveway Sunday afternoon and failed to control the vehicle as it went across the street and struck the front of 563 Irondale, an unoccupied home.
The crash brought down the porch including the porch roof. Killings was able to back the car up and had it parked on the roadway before Police arrived on scene.
Killings first refused treatment or transport from LifeCare Paramedics but then decided to go to be evaluated.
Killings was charged with Driving Under Suspension and Failure to Control.
4-YEAR-OLD FOUND RIDING TRI-CYCLE ALONE
Elyria – An alert off-duty Elyria Police Officer spotted a 4-year-old boy riding a tri-cycle alone on West River Road North Saturday afternoon.
Elyria Police Officer Jim Sword said he was traveling southbound on West River Road near David Dr when he spotted the 4-year-old riding on the sidewalk of West River Road without any parental supervision. Sword pulled over and contacted the Police Department about the youth.
Officers asked but were unable to get the child to tell them his name or where he lived. He only pointed towards the apartments on Fox Hill when he was asked where he lives. Officers said an unknown citizen pulled up saying she knows the child’s mother and that she will go tell her to come to the intersection.
A short time later the mother appeared at the intersection and she was identified as Jennifer Pandy.
Officers asked Pandy if she was outside while the child was riding his tri-cycle, she said “no, he usually rides around the home and I look out the window to check on him.”
Pandy was informed what the child doing and how Sword found him riding alone with heavy traffic on West River. Pandy told Officers that her mother was over earlier and thought maybe she was watching him.
Officer Marsico then arrested Pandy for “Endangering Children,” and was issued a summons to appear in court on September 14th. Pandy was then released from Police custody and was reunited with the boy.
ELYRIANS PAUSE TO REMEMBER 9/11
Elyria – Just over 100 people filled Ely Square Sunday night armed with American Flags, candles and heavy hearts. They gathered to remember the attacks on 9/11 and to pay tribute to those who died 10 years ago.
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TEEN KILLED WHILE CROSSING ROUTE 57
Elyria – A North Ridgeville teen was killed Saturday afternoon as he attempted to cross Route 57 and was struck by a minivan.
Elyria Police are investigating the crash that took place around 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Lt. Phil Hammonds of the Elyria Police Department said very little about the details surrounding the crash as the investigation was still in the early stages.
Hammonds did say that the victim, who has been identified by the Lorain County Coroner as Alex Sismour of North Ridgeville, was attempting to cross Route 57 at East Broad Street. Hammonds said Sismour was crossing east to west when he was struck by the van that was traveling northbound on Route 57. Hammonds also said the driver of the minivan is cooperating fully with the Police investigation.
Hammonds said a more detailed press release will likely be issued Monday by the Elyria Police Department.
REMEMBER THOSE WHO HELPED
The moment Alex Sismour was struck by the minivan on Route 57 many people rushed to his side in an attempt to aid him in any possible way they could. As Police, Paramedics and Firefighters arrived on scene they found people helping Sismour by providing care, blankets and comfort.
A Police Officer who arrived on scene first began calling over the radio to have LifeCare step it up and to have a helicopter dispatched to Elyria Memorial Hospital immediately. The tone in the voice of the Officer said just how bad the scene was.
LifeCare Paramedics and Elyria Firefighters worked together and did everything they could to save the young man. They transported him to Elyria Memorial where a helicopter was waiting but the chopper would eventually leave the hospital without him. The tremendous efforts of Paramedics, Firefighters and the Emergency Room Staff all failed. The child was pronounced dead at the ER.
Many first responders, Paramedics, Fireman, Police and ER Staff, have children themselves. They will tell you that of all the calls they go on, these are the worst – the ones involving children. These are the ones that stay with you. The ones that can haunt you. But as true professionals they go onto the next call and somehow try to set this one aside for just a moment.
Tomorrow, September 11th, we will all remember the first responders who ran into the World Trade Center 10 years ago. While remembering them, never forget the men and women who go to work every day here in Lorain County to serve and protect you and your families.
DRUNK BIKER RUNS FROM TROOPERS
Carlisle Township – A man was tasered early Friday morning after he ran from State Troopers while they were investigating a motorcycle crash on Grafton Road.
Troopers responded to Grafton Road just south of Butternut Ridge Road for a reported motorcycle that had crashed into a utility pole. When Troopers arrived they found Ray Tomazic covered in grass and mud standing in a driveway near the wrecked 1994 Harley Davidson. Witnesses told Troopers when they rolled up on the scene moments after the crash Tomazic told them someone else was on the bike and he thought they were thrown into the woods. He asked the witnesses to go find his friend. While a couple went to look Tomazic began to leave the area. Another witness stopped him and tackled him to the ground. One witness said Tomazic then started throwing punches so everyone backed off.
A Trooper, Firefighters from Carlisle Township and LifeCare Paramedic then arrived on scene.
While being questioned by the Trooper about the crash Tomazic said he wasn’t on the bike and didn’t know anything about the crash. When the Trooper asked him why he was covered in grass and mud he said earlier in the evening he had been “rolling around with someone in the grass.”
The man continued to deny knowing anything about the crash and telling the Trooper to check the plates. When the Trooper left to allow Medics to tend to Tomazic, he became confrontational with them again saying he was not injured because he was not on the bike.
A moment later the Trooper returned and told Tomazic he had two options, he could go with the Paramedics to the hospital to be checked out or go to jail because the bike came back to him as the owner. The man repeatedly told the Trooper the bike was not his but he would choose going to the hospital.
While walking away from the Trooper with the two Paramedics once Tomazic was around the other side of the ambulance he bolted. The Trooper spotted that and gave chase. The moment he bolted two additional Troopers and a Sheriff’s Deputy were pulling up and saw him running.
Tomazic got about 100 feet before he was zapped in the back with a taser from a Trooper. The taser stopped Tomazic in his tracks and sent him to the ground. Once on the ground and with the taser off he began struggling with the Officers. When they said he should comply or be tased again he relaxed.
Tomazic was treated by Paramedics, who removed the pins, and was then taken to jail.
Troopers charged him with OVI, Failure to Control and Resisting Arrest.
FIRE HITS MIDDLE AVE HOME
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Elyria – A fire that swept through the second floor of a home at 1001 Middle Ave Thursday night sent one occupant out a window to safety.
Elyria Firefighters were called to the home just before 8 p.m. Thursday and found fire shooting from the second floor windows. Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control in a short amount of time however remained on scene for hours performing overhaul and checking for hot spots.
One occupant was treated by LifeCare Paramedics for minor injuries and transported to Elyria Memorial Hospital for further evaluation.
Elyria Police contacted the Lorain County Chapter of the American Red Cross around midnight to help find temporary housing for the family.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation.
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STATE PATROL WARNS: "DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE"
Columbus – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is warning drivers to not get behind the wheel impaired this Labor Day weekend. Troopers will be out in full force removing impaired drivers from Ohio’s roadways. If you are driving impaired you will be arrested.
Throughout last year’s Labor Day reporting period of Friday, September 3 at 6 p.m. through Monday, September 6 at 11:59 p.m., 11 people were killed on Ohio roadways, including six that were alcohol-related. During this same time period troopers arrested 539 drivers for OVI.
So far this year traffic crash fatalities are down and OVI arrests are up and we hope to continue this trend over the holiday weekend, said Colonel John Born, superintendent of the Patrol. Motorists need to make smart decisions, they need to plan ahead and designate a sober driver or call a taxi to ensure that everyone makes it home safe.
Troopers will be conducting and participating in sobriety checkpoints across the state over the holiday weekend. This is a continued effort that began August 19 when state troopers and thousands of law enforcement officers in communities throughout Ohio joined forces for a combined impaired driving enforcement effort as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown. This enforcement initiative will last through Labor Day.
Troopers encourage the public to continue using 1-877-7-PATROL to report impaired or dangerous drivers, as well as stranded motorists.