Police Presence- Lorain

March 28, 2009 at 11:06 pm 19 comments

Fire Bombing Update
Morning Journal – Scot Allyn

LORAIN — Lorain police have struck back at the Detroit heroin trafficking crew that is believed to be connected to the firebombing of an undercover police vehicle early Thursday morning.

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by Loraine Ritchey – thatwb@yahoo.com

As most are aware, I have been making the trek to Cleveland daily . I watch on 90 – or 480 for the parked police cars checking for speeders. I must admit at those times they irritate me a little with their radar guns pointed at me- especially since my recent speeding ticket.
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Then the drive down less familiar streets ( that are now becoming all too familiar) in areas I am not comfortable with to get to the Cleveland Clinic.

My perspective changes, I am relieved to see the number of police cars and officers, even if I tend to be more aware of speed limits and traffic signals. I feel safe and secure knowing that help, if I should need it, is there.

Driving home Friday there was the usual amount of “special drivers”- the elderly woman that stopped dead on 90 in the right lane as an ambulance was coming fast and furious in the fast ( passing) lane…..as everyone pulled into the right lane ….. we nearly all had a reason for ambulances.

Then there were the entertaining folk – one who was doing his own rendition of “head banging heavy metal maniac dance” I really thought he was going to explode out of the top of his car and the woman who was reading her book propped up on the steering wheel or the post it note lady whose steering wheel was covered with post it notes as she talked on her cell phone.

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Yes, my daily drives have been interesting as the weather gets better- I almost prefer the snow and ice as everyone seems to be a little more careful.

As I made my way home north on Oberlin Avenue – wary of the potholes- a LPD officer and his vehicle going south – lights and sirens flashing and in a hurry came into view. The vehicles duly pulled over and stopped – there was an extreme sense of urgency in this call. I was wondering how the cruiser was going to deal with the pothole dilemna – if he would bottom out – but as the young officer passed me I noticed the total look of concentration on his face.

I wondered ” what was this call that had called for his presence“- I thought of the officers that answer those calls knowing that they might be put in harms way – of their families – of this young man’s mother – and how life can change in an instant –

Police: 4th Oakland officer still on life support

I want to feel safe and secure in my home and neighborhood just as I do when driving into the “Clinic neighborhood”-

I want Lorain to have a “strong police presence”

Lorain police say heroin crackdown led to firebombing of undercover vehicle

Cop vehicles vandalized: SUV firebombed, 2 cruisers damaged vandalized
Morning Journal

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A gentler time

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According to Family Watch Dog there are 571 various offenders in the 44052 Zip Code


Entry filed under: city of lorain, men of substance, Safety.

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19 Comments Add your own

  • 1. denise  |  March 29, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Well Loraine, it is all so very disturbing. I plan to go to city hall and stand outside with a sign in support of no layoffs of our safety services. I hope maybe others will join me. I do not know first hand what these officers have to deal with, but I listen to my scanner all the time when at home, and these guys run their behinds off. Sometimes it is a little frustrating when I hear 10-8 advised…when I wish there would of been a citation, esp re: the noise, but I could never do what these officers do and having to deal with these punk thugs with weapons. It is frightning what they did to the SUV. In my opinion that was very bold. Bold to the point of frightning.
    Well, I will be out on Monday in front of city hall..saying no to layoffs, and that we can not afford to loose our officers at any cost. I am going to try to contact the Guradian Angels again, to see if yet we might have another meeting with the chapter leader. We need all the help we can get, esp with the thought of loosing officers. I guess it is time we all get our weapons..as to protect ourselvs, if we do not the forces to protect us. Oh my…i will put that thought on ice.

  • 2. Paula  |  March 29, 2009 at 12:25 am

    My “Wish for the City” – for each caring citizen to become more informed/educated about each department within the City.

    To know the limits of the Police (not that they don’t care/want to etc) but what they’re able to do within the law.

    Remember the saying: Never criticize a man until you’ve walked a mile in his moccasins.

  • 3. Dennis  |  March 29, 2009 at 2:43 am

    Denise, Loraine and Paula…I am not so happy with this situation, we must sound the alarm through the neighborhood block watches because it’s going to get HOT really quick…just when the drug task force was busy busting the area’s drug house’s then come these layoff’s I can’t believe it. The crime, drug and thug outbreak that is taking place is only going to get much worse with the lapse in our safety security services!

  • 4. denise  |  March 29, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Also on the other hand, I think that the “lay0ffs” is still a scare tactic so that we will pass the levy(ies). I had also heard that the pot holes are not being addressed, as that Tony K. can make a point. Pass the levy(ies).

    I do not subscribe to this kind of manipulations. I had supported the increase when we voted on it last. But with these kinds of games and threats, the only thing I care to support are our officers that have to deal with the getto trash in the city.

    I find it very difficult to be happy living here. I find it very difficult to find something to say about our progress.

    I find it very difficult to drive down our roads. Mostly I find it very difficult to keep from vomiting everytime I drive back into the city.

  • 5. thatwoman  |  March 29, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Well Denise if this was a scare tactic – it has worked cause I am scared! I am scared when breakin and entering at 2 in the afternoon in broad daylight can’t be addressed because the police are on the other side of town dealing with a more volatile situation…..

    I am scared that in order to get quickly to that break in if they had the man power the cruisers would have to run the gauntlet of “potholes and crevices” and what really scares the hell out of me is my 90 year old mum telling me of a conversation she had last week. My mum is independent and insists on walking the dog on nice days around her block Oberlin avenue 10th street. I have asked her not to go further as there are three registered sex offenders and two on parole in the one house 12th street and Oberlin…. so the following conversation horrified me

    I took Tetley for a walk and you know there are people who live in the white apartment well one of the girls came running across the road…. said she was so pleased to see me — I said ” Oh I don’t walk out in the snow- did you think I was dead?” Oh no but I love your little dog…. I lost mine ”
    “Oh I am so sorry said my mum “what happened” Oh I broke my parole “drugs” and had to go back to jail and my boyfriend who was taking care of my dog then also got arrested for robbery so they took the dog….”

    Oh the pleasant Sunday morning conversations my mum has in a block of her house…… Yeah scare tactics or not I don’t want to just maintain the levels of police I want double!!!!! because the bad guys have more to work with than the good guys

  • 6. denise  |  March 29, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    What ever the case or truth is, we can not afford to loose any more officers…and I do agree, we need double…one officer in our hood for every block 🙂
    I still like my idea of being able to buy a block, you own it, and you decide what kind of block you want to have…gives a whole new meaning to “block watch”!

  • 7. Loraine Ritchey  |  March 29, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Ownership in Lorain in more ways than one……. 🙂

  • 8. denise  |  March 29, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    yep, I like the way that sounds! I bet we can get a block cheap, I wonder what I would name my new block…maybe easier yet, the sign that I will have posted. “drive at your own risk, owner fed up!”

    re: names for new baby to be~
    well I like ” Christopher Levi” for a boy, calling him “Levi”
    Ella Bleu for a girl….

  • 9. Loraine Ritchey  |  March 29, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Submitted to “she of the baby name dept” remember one of mum’s famous cakes rides on this 🙂

    Since we have a lot of ferral cats runnning around our block I think I will name it “Fourth Mews” 🙂

  • 10. Sean Stipe  |  March 30, 2009 at 8:13 am

    The info on Family Watch Dog is way off, at least in my neighborhood. I checked the 9 closest to me and not one of these people live where they say. These people do not exist here and have not for 2 years.

    The county site is also incorrect. In the 3 homes that I know, these people have not lived there for at least 2 years.

  • 11. Loraine Ritchey  |  March 30, 2009 at 11:36 am

    That is good to know Kalin ( Sean) will you follow through with family watchdog for us and see what they have to say ?

    You should also please contact the county …. and the Law Directors office ( as they also keep track due to the schools..

    Mark has an updated list of offenders in Lorain by street hmmmmmm I am getting an inkling of an idea for a series

  • 12. Sean Stipe  |  March 30, 2009 at 6:30 pm


    Response from Family Watchdog:

    “We cannot add, remove or alter any information about an offender on our site. Our information all comes from official public records. If there is an error the agency responsible for maintaining the information must change it.”

    I read that as them saying that they keep adding their dots, but never remove them. So in 2 years the number could be double.

    I have sent a follow up email for more specific info.

  • 13. Sean Stipe  |  March 30, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Alright, now for the county sheriff site.

    Offenders are required to check-in or re-register between 1 to 4 times per year, depending on the tier level. That person must register with the sheriff investigations unit, who forwards that info to the state Attorney General. As that information is verified at the state, a list is sent back to the county sheriff that they use to update the website.

    They have never gone out to confirm these locations unless a tip is given to the sheriff or county prosecutor Robert Flanagan that they have moved.

    (I have been asked not to quote, by name, those that I spoke to at the sheriff’s office or prosecutor’s office)

    The most telling bit of info I found is that the person to contact, as listed on the website, has been retired for awhile. (Lt. Clinton Kendricks). So how updated could it actually be?

    If you know that a registered offender is not where they are, contact these to offices with that info:

    Prosecutor Robert Flanagan 329.5412
    Lorain County Ohio Sheriff’s Office 329-3711

  • 14. Sean Stipe  |  March 30, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    I am having a few keys on my keyboard get hung up, so there are some spelling errors in the above post. I just wanted to point out that I know my grammar is better that what I just showed. 🙂

  • 15. thatwoman  |  March 30, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Thanks for doing that Sean I may want to put it in a form of a post….. in the meantime you seem to be having the same “key” trouble I am 🙂

  • 16. Kelly Boyer Sagert  |  March 30, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    What if that key thing is contagious?????

  • 17. Buster's Momma  |  March 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Does anybody know if there’s a rule or law prohibiting a sex offender, who has been convicted of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, from living with a family who has a house full of young children?

    I’ve always found it best to go through the Lorain Co Sheriff’s Office website to look for the predators & offenders:

  • 18. Loraine Ritchey  |  March 31, 2009 at 2:20 am

    Nope no law and in fact we found when we researched that some were living next door and in one case above a home licensed day care centers….. The county sheriff’s site was one that was contacted by Sean and also the list that Henery (Mark ) updates of RSO’s in Lorain by street ( very much easier to read…….)

  • 19. Loraine Ritchey  |  March 31, 2009 at 2:24 am

    Kelly I think it is contagious – “prolificus poundacious keyboarditis”

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