July 29, 2014

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Elyria worker found dead in home

ELYRIA – A city employee who was caught driving under the influence in a city vehicle earlier this year has died.

Jurco

Jurco

Matt Jurco, 32, was found unresponsive at his Hollywood Boulevard home Monday afternoon.

Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino said police were called to the home at 4:53 p.m.

“His wife came home and found him in the basement unresponsive,” Costantino said. “She called for help. LifeCare and the Fire Department responded and we were called as well.”

Costantino said Jurco’s death is being investigated. He did not release any additional information.

“I don’t want to say anything until I get the coroner’s report back,” he said.

Lorain County Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans said a cause of death has not been determined. Jurco was pronounced dead at his home by paramedics.

Tests, including toxicology, are being performed, Evans said.

Jurco recently pleaded no contest to DUI and possession of drugs charges stemming from an March 13 incident where he was caught driving under the influence in a Utilities Department truck  near the Black River overpass on Gulf Road. Police reported they immediately detected signs that Jurco was impaired and found drug paraphernalia and prescription drugs not prescribed to him.

Jurco was employed as a meter reader for the city.

Additional charges of possession of drug abuse instruments and possession of drug paraphernalia were dropped as part of a plea agreement, according to Elyria Municipal Court records.

Jurco was sentenced to a total of 60 days in jail, but all but three of those were suspended. He was fined and was given limited driving privileges.

Part of the conditions of his conviction included drug and alcohol counseling. At that time, his attorney, Paul St. Marie, said Jurco had realized he had a problem and wanted to deal with it.

The incident also resulted in sanctions from the city.

The city suspended Jurco for 30 days and he signed a last-chance agreement that allowed for random drug testing. Since returning to work, Jurco has passed at least one drug test, according to Elyria Safety Service Director Mary Siwierka.

Court records indicate Jurco had had prior traffic infractions, including pleading down a DUI charge to reckless operation in 2002. He was convicted in 2011 of physical control and reckless operation that led to him taking a class geared toward preventing drunken driving.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com.

 

 

 

 

 

  • William Mitchell

    Sounds like champion of the people….so glad i moved to Parma.

    • Dehavalen Autumn MacDonald Tir

      William you are trash.

      • William Mitchell

        I’m trash cause I’m honest, how about call me a jerk for telling you how it really was, go back up and read this article, the guy wasn’t a saint, he was DRINKING AND DRIVING ON THE CITIES DIME. So you are okay with him hitting your grandson or your little brother with his car while he’s popping pills and smoking meth.

        But me… I’m trash… Hope you get so more thumbs up.

        • Kristin Paskowski

          You didn’t even know him you idiot. And yes… you are trash.

        • Faith Krasilovsky

          This is a perfect example of trash..except it is you. Who do you think you are to judge him? Nobody is perfect…everyone makes mistakes. This msn was a good man…with a wonderful wife who is really hurting right now. And it’s people like you and the woman who wrote this article who have no respect for his mourning loved ones. Its common courtesy to leave ignorant comments to yourself..can you imagine what it would feel like reading something like this if your brother..or wife just died. You my sir….are TRASH

          • Kristin Paskowski

            Exactly, Faith. I can’t believe how horrible some people are. Don’t worry… karma is coming for Mr. Mitchell.

    • Kristin Paskowski

      You are a piece of garbage, William. You didn’t even know him. Enjoy Parma with all of the other white trash scum… you’ll fit in nicely. Maybe you can enroll into grade-school so you can learn what empathy and compassion is.

      • Larry Crnobrnja

        Kristin, do you really think it was appropriate for you to say “white trash scum”, regardless of William’s comment?

        • Kristin Paskowski

          Absolutely. Honestly you’re gonna pick on my comment when he said horrible things about a great guy he doesn’t even know? The only type of person who comments on tragic news with such disgusting disregard of the heartache this is causing his loved ones… is obviously trash. Maybe I shouldn’t have said white… so i’ll change it to just trashy scum. Better?

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            You’ve got to live with your actions. Just don’t forget, there are consequences to everything we do.

          • Kristin Paskowski

            I don’t really need life lessons, Larry. Neither does anybody here. We are trying to remember our good friend in a positive light… because that’s what he was. He made mistakes, yes. But who hasn’t?

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            SMH

          • William Mitchell

            Perhaps you know, the people who don’t’ get DUI’s… you know…

          • William Mitchell

            He’s so great, really, did you read his rap sheet above?

        • William Mitchell

          I found it funny that she called me white and I’m not white. Yet wants to say I’m talking bad about someone I don’t know. #RasismYetAgain #PotCallingKettleBlack

          • Kristin Paskowski

            You make me sick. The disrespect you show for a wonderful person who passed away. Karma will get you.

      • David France

        But i am sorry for your loss.

      • William Mitchell

        Sorry Kristin, I’m too busy with my DEGREE in Web Design and Development and running my own business.

        • Beth Vietzen

          Please stop Will, Mat wasn’t a loser. He had a beautiful wife and owed a house etc ….. he was a good person. I know you don’t know him and that you are only see what the paper printed but, its not an accurate portrayal. You have to understand what everyone is going through, there was another life lost in the past few days as well. At really at this point it is a respect issue. There hasn’t even been an obituary yet. This was one of my good friends, best friends, please leave it alone.

          • William Mitchell

            i actually stopped posting on here a while ago, I just been replying.. What the guy above makes sense, I’m leaving it alone.

          • Beth Vietzen

            You have to understand its a very sensitive subject. I did not know Mat very well. Been to his house a few times, hung out with him on Memorial Day. He is not the kind of person you would think he is. Like I said I didn’t know him that well but I do know alot of his friends well and its really tearing everyone apart. I have been a mess since I found out knowing that people I care about are hurting so badly.

          • William Mitchell

            Plus Beth, you and i actually know each other… Let me PM you,…

        • Zen Grouch

          Yet you have time to twist the knife in those who are grieving a loss.

          What kind of person does that?

          • hottamomma

            didnt you do that with trayvon martin?

          • Zen Grouch

            If you can’t see the difference in expressing an opinion on a thug who died in the commission of a crime, and badgering the friends and family of someone who died under as yet unknown circumstances…

            …well, then I guess *YOU are Treyvon Martin* in more ways than one.

          • hottamomma

            u r trayvon martin in more ways than 2. since u know trayvon was a thug, u mustve been thugging with him. dont no one really know what went on there so quit acting like u were there. ( or were u?) u r saying its okay to shoot someone cause they look like a thug. thats like someone shooting you for being a geek walking down the street. u r the real thug, i think i seen u when i was flying down the street i saw you walking out of wilkes villa projects with some african american girl. i know what u were doing

          • Zen Grouch

            I honestly don’t know if you’re yanking my chain, or if you’re really the person this post makes you appear to be…

        • Zen Grouch

          Yet you have time to twist the knife in those who are grieving a loss.

          What kind of person does that?

        • Kristin Paskowski

          Hahaha and I’m too busy with my degree in Still Based Media Studies from The Columbus College of Art and Design. Where did you go? Community college?

    • David France

      Lorain County is Disgusting. Also when you write E-Mails to the chronicle/Lisa Roberson they don’t even respond.

  • Mike K

    William, it sounds like you’re the champion of the people, throwing jabs at individuals who just passed away. Why don’t you keep your ignorant comments to yourself. By the way I’m so happy for you that you landed in that dream destination of Parma.

    • Kristin Paskowski

      Way to go, Mike! You tell him!

    • ohnohedidnt

      Who gets so all high and mighty about living in PARMA of all places?

    • William Mitchell

      I never said I was a champion of the people. Please read my comments above again, as I have posted new thoughts…

      • hottamomma

        william someone was asking what college you went to. it doesnt matter as long as you r trying to educate urself. it doesnt matter if its OSU or LCCC. you get an education no matter which one

    • William Mitchell

      You are right, I was a total jerk, please read my apologize on top and i’m sorry for your loss.

      • Matt Frindt

        No worries, William. I can understand your stance again repeat DUI offenders and how one might be just as angry towards that as I am towards the loss of Matt and how that happened. Things like this hit close to home for so many. These are difficult times for everyone, and the article just…hurt. Thank you for your words and caring enough to come back and give a post-script.

        • William Mitchell

          It wasn’t right of me to pass judgement on any man, specially one I did not know.

          I feel bad honestly about this and thought about it all night last night, and realized that I did a horrible thing to you all. I know I don’t deserve anyone to forgive me for my words but at least I am able to apologize now for my insensitivity..

  • Dehavalen Autumn MacDonald Tir

    Lisa Roberson you are a goul!!!

    • mj

      y because she did her job? Is there anything that was grossly incorrect? Does it suck that he died? 100% definitely sucks. That being said, he was arrested for driving impaired. He was a drug addict and he was a tremendous problem at work. To sign a last chance agreement with the City is nuts. You really need to try to get fired from a union job, which he almost did. Again it is a tragedy that a young man has died, but lets not blame a reporter for doing her job and lets not reach out for a source of our anger. If you want to be mad, be mad at Mat. He F$%^ed his life up and mad terrible decisions in the name of getting high. The final poor decision wound up taking his life and ruining his wife and family’s. It is time as a society that we accept responsibility for our actions and stop blaming, and reviling others

      • Matt Frindt

        So, MJ – if you died you wouldn’t want any other facts listed about what kind of man/woman you were outside of what the courts had on record for you? you would be good with the negative connotation Lisa portrays here in attempts to make “news”?. Everyone in Elyria (and Parma supposedly) loves to read a tragidy of addiction because it is all too common now – however, this outlet should not be meant for entertainment or shock value but actually – as you suggest – FACTS. No one is making excuses here, but there was no real research performed or there would have been words about maybe, I don’t know, his accomplishments at work above his foul-ups? or that he worked for many years there? or how about the facts about the kind of man and things he did outside of work? He had his demons like all of us do and he dealt with them and kept a positive outlook, he fought them and went to work everyday to provide for his family – yet you think its okay, because it was addiction – that nothing but negative facts be listed? Mat was one of the best men I have known, a kindred spirit…and this…this is just a shame, this is garbage, shoddy, journalism. Furthermore, I have literally watched friends end up arrested and lives ruined because of journalism like this – lazy, half-a&*ed journalism. You’re vague response, tossing around the way family and friends are upset and not looking at the issue is rude and then some. We that have survived do all we can to help and support – never blaming others – we take responsibility for our actions. however, THIS SOCIETY you mention – this society has written this trash – trash which your narrow mind obviously supports blindly. Made terrible decisions in the name of getting high? How ignorant of a statement is that? did you know him? what decisions were made “in the name” of getting high – do you even know what that implies? What an imbecilic outlook.

        • #thedon

          Its sad a good person/friend loses their life and all the chronicle wants to post is the court report, heres a new headline #chronicletelegrams a joke! Matt will be missed and its pathetic that people are bashing him when hes not here to defend himself! Smh! DK

        • Kristin Paskowski

          Perfectly said, Matt.

        • Dehavalen Autumn MacDonald Tir

          Love you Matt.you said it so perfectly. This is a tragedy. Our brothers gone.ive never felt so much pain in my life.im gonna miss him so much.

        • brandon shores

          I agree wit u fart dawg the won’t talk about him being a good man friend son and husband. Always dwning a man. Even when he is hero or dead. I knew matt since I was 6 one of the smartest dudes I knw. He will be missed

          • Pete

            By the grammar in your post, Brandon, that would make you almost 7 years old.

        • William Mitchell

          You are right, I was definitely wrong, please read my apology on top and i”m sorry for your loss.

      • Kristin Paskowski

        You don’t know anything about him. All you know is from this stupid article. God, can you say “tact”, mj? You clearly don’t have it.

  • Scrap

    That’s sad prayers for the family.

  • Kristin Paskowski

    Lisa Roberson… you should be ashamed of yourself for writing this article. Yes, it’s very nice for his friends and family to read such trash about such an amazing guy whom we JUST lost. He hasn’t even been gone for 24 hours… how can you sleep at night?

  • jz

    Perhaps if we had a better health care options available this young man may have had a better chance to overcome his obstacles. That is just a conjecture. I don,t know him or his situation, but, I do know there is not enough access to suboxone, methadone etc. because partly we insist on spending resources on a drug war instead. Hid dad is a great guy and served the community with dignity and honor. Sir, you and your sons soul are in my prayers.

    • Lisa

      I agree “jz”…. Until the recent opening of a drug treatment center in Sheffield there was only ONE Dr. in Elyria that could write a prescription for Suboxin….. There is a definite LACK of TREATMENT FACILITIES/Medical DETOX Facilities in Lorain County. What’s more important to remember is this…. DRUG ADDICTS AND DRUNKS do NOT just wake up one day and say, “Hey, I’m kind of bored, I think I’ll go get high”…. For the people leaving IGNORANT comments and attacking this young MAN’s character, SHAME on YOU! You ALL must sleep VERY well at night know ing your lives are PERFECT!!…. Pray for this Man’s family!!

  • Stacy Cole

    Literally had to catch my breath, Chronicle Telegram, when I saw this one. I believe in freedom of the press as well as freedom of speech but…whoever over at the CT office thought this story was good idea is an idiot. Get your act together over there – Mat Jurco’s obituary would have sufficed. Hope you’re taking notes for next time.

  • Kim Thomas

    Why does the chronicle pull up police records when they cant get a real story together? Sickening that you do that to people who arent even buried yet

  • #thedon

    Prayers go out to Matt’s family and his wife a true good friend, for those that are bashing him or talking smack must not have known him! Just shows your ignorance! A good friend and person, I will miss our discussions about our Cleveland sports teams! You will be missed buddy!

  • Laura Lumadue Twining

    These comments are unbelievable, what a horrible thing for his dear family and friends to read while going thru such a tragedy. This article may list some facts, but was written poorly in my opinion, very insensitive. My heart and prayers go out to his family and friends, RIP Mat, you will be missed by many.

    • KMonn

      The Police and Coroner do not want to comment on a cause yet a ” reporter ” can certainly speculate do to ones court records and past. That is simply ignorant, as if Lisa Roberson “reporter” was to pass and I were to speculate it was Sickle Cell. No differrence both are ignorant.Matt you will be missed esoecially by your wife. That is a story they will not report here, how much you loved her.

    • concerned mom

      totally agree, this is the chronicle especially this reporter, never gets the whole story only writes what misinformation she is fed.

  • Matt Frindt

    Way to go, Lisa with this piece. Pure laziness. Way to portray someone you knew nothing about without doing any real research or thinking about what a great man’s family would feel less than 24 hours after he left us after reading nothing but whatever negativity you could find in the 15minutes you spent on this. Lazy, half-baked, attempts to make “shocking news” instead of explain the real issue – or the REAL PERSON that he was – and that wasn’t only that a city employee that had this violation and that, but how about taking a chance to mention that this epidemic is out of control and reaching to people who are the best of us and even work for our city? How about “more needs to be done in the wake of this man’s death” or something to that effect? “Jurco was a meter reader for city” – really? thanks for that – that much, is correct – looks like you dug deep to find that one.

    • Kristin Paskowski

      Again… Thank you so much, Matt. <3

    • Lisa

      Hey Matt, read my comments…. They address this EPIDEMIC… It truly is out of control…. As far as the insensitivity of DESPERATE REPORTERS is concerned; I only have ONE word… KARMA….

      • Matt Frindt

        your comments addressing the epidemic are appreciated – even if they came in response to the way people viewed the article and not any part of the initial thought on the piece. concerning karma – you said it, not me.

      • seram

        needs dui classes

        • Beth Vietzen

          you dont even make any sense ……

  • Kristin Paskowski

    I’m so glad people who actually KNEW Mat as a person, and not just from this article are posting. We know the real guy. The caring, funny, and sensitive man who would do anything for anyone. I choose to remember Mat for the beauty inside of him… not from the mistakes he made. He was human, people!

    • Matt Frindt

      PARTIALLY, just PARTIALLY in Lisa’s defense – we need to remember that the article was simply a report on the happening – not a retrospective on his life and not ask for more than that. Our hope, I think you will agree, is than in the future reports, facts from not only the negative side of someone’s existence will be used in such write-ups.

  • Nr04

    Remembering his great cheeky smile and quiet contagious laugh. Haven’t seen him since college but thinking of his family a lot and sending prayers.

  • SVD

    Matt was a great human being.one of a kind.and anyone who has anything to say disrespectful about him can gfys.

  • William Mitchell

    So, for everyone that thinks i’m insenstive about what I said about this guy who is now gone, just think, perhaps he was drinking and driving during city tax payers dime and could have hit your kids or brothers and sisters while driving, yet I’m the bad guy for calling a spade a spade. Sorry N Sh*t you don’t like it, but I refuse to say that I was wrong..

    • Matt Frindt

      we know you are wrong, no need to see you write it down. i apologize, maybe not “wrong” but ignorant, as this is very much a matter of perspective, and yours is limited. i feel for you that you were born with a generic disposition toward narrow-minded thinking; just like matt, myself and many others were born with a disposition towards addiction. maybe the telegram will hire you to write for them. you have the small-mindedness and negativity covered. hey, i’m just calling a spade a spade.

      • William Mitchell

        Well, let’s call a spade a spade, when you say Sorry N Sh*T, it’s not an apologize, second, you know nothing of me personally, same as I know nothing of you nor this guy this article is about, I can only go by records, facts, and things of that nature, and yes, I did a search and search up this guys records using the official court records of Lorain county, so I guess like the lady who wrote the article above, I’m sorry that it hurts your feelings, but this was technically the 2nd DUI this guy got…

    • Melissa Erwin Hickman

      People were created to Love and Help each other as Jesus did, Jesus never pointed the finger at any sinner because all have fallen short, I think if we remember our example of our Savoir dyeing on the cross his last words were forgive them Father as they know not what they do, we should feel nothing but forgiveness and compassion for Mat, and the unfortunate writings of an insensitive reporter, being right is not as important as being Loving in all we do. I forgive you. Nothing will change the LOVE and Compassion we all Have for Mat. God included.

      • William Mitchell

        “He who have not sinned, cast the first stone”. I get it… The Whore in the bible that Jesus saved her life from the towns people.

      • William Mitchell

        You were the person i mention above, your words above..

  • William Mitchell

    I love Elyria and perhaps I could have worded what I said below a little better as I don’t think I’m better than any one man, but I think any person who drinks and drives and thinks its okay, and gets a free pass by the city so many times, I think is inexcusable and irresponsible. I will not say i’m sorry for my sarcasm below.

    • Matt Frindt

      free pass by the city so many times? looks like you did as much research as Lisa. kudos.

      • Melissa Erwin Hickman

        No man or woman gets by with anything for FREE.. just because he did not suffer in the public eye like you think he should, trust me, he SUFFERED DEARLY in his personal life. No one feels worse about there own life than the one living it.. suffering inward is worse.

      • Melissa Erwin Hickman

        Ok, I am Marley and Mat’s aunt and Love them dearly, so enough letting bad thoughts invade our minds, I want to say one thing I loved most about Mat was how much I could see the LOVE in his eyes when he looked at Marley. When he proposed to her, it was the sweetest thing EVER… This is what we should concentrate on…

        • Dehavalen Autumn MacDonald Tir

          They share a beautiful love that most can only dream of

  • William Mitchell

    Okay, let’s get the facts straight…

    Did this happen?

    http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2013/03/14/elyria-city-employee-charged-with-dui-while-on-the-clock/

    Did this happen?

    n 2002, he faced charges of driving under the influence, among others, but ended up pleading no contest to reckless operation and disorderly conduct. His sentence included the completion of a driver intervention program. He was convicted of speeding in 2003, and in 2011, was convicted of physical control and reckless operation that came with a suspended 30-day sentence with the condition he obey the law for two years. He completed a driving class geared toward drunken-driving prevention in February 2012, at which time he was lifted from probation monitoring.

    People make mistakes, but there is a difference between mistakes and repeat offender.

    I won’t want this guy driving around with prior offenses running a chance of hitting my kid or property cause everyone on this website thought he was a nice guy.

    Spade a spade.

    • Matt Frindt

      mistakes vs. repeat offender not the issue. addiction vs. who someone really is is the issue. but REALLY? this is your response? more criminal record? how disrespectful. matt being a nice guy doesn’t excuse drunk driving; must i really keep spelling this out for you? you must understand where i am coming from by now. the point was to generate more facts to the POSITIVE things matt did and not perpetuate the articles attention to nothing but his criminal record. but now, all my comments are doing is keeping your negatively brewing. i stuck around to defend my friend and try to get something going of the GOOD that was held in so many hearts because of matt. maybe dehavalen had it right about you before i spent time writing all of this so one william would understand. or maybe next time i should write at a 3rd grade level.

      • William Mitchell

        Maybe if you did that and coded it in Jquery I would understand since I am a Web Developer and quite intelligent.

        Look, I get you and your friends being upset about your friend dying. And it sucks… honestly,I don’t like to see anyone die, but at the same time.

        I have no compassion for someone who is a repeat offender of Drinking and Driving.. I had friends who have died of that, and it’s something that can be controlled, if you are drunk, then don’t drive. Period.

        And your friend wasn’t the Saint you are making him out to be..

        You can’t on one hand say, Hey, Matt was an amazing human being and then in the same breathe, say that people make mistakes….

        These were not just simple mistakes Matt, these were repeat offenses of crimes that put other lives in danger…

        I can submit to see your point of view, but please see mine in what i’m stating.

        • Matt Frindt

          he wasn’t a saint, but he wasnt a bad person either. he leaves a legacy of love. so, sorry, but no – still don’t see what you are trying to accomplish here. finding out he had 2 dui’s does not make for research as much as it doesn’t make him a bad person for committing said crimes. one day i will die, and if my personal court record is used as a bullet-point list for my life before i have been expired 24hours…i only hope to God someone will stand up for me because my record is much uglier than matts. sure, we don’t
          know each other, but one can make a pretty solid contention based on the
          content of these comments – so, lie ours side by side and i think everyone gets it. you
          don’t know anyone here, nay the person the article is ABOUT and yet, you
          hang around adding negativity to an already negative article. i can’t speak for anyone else but, i know all
          i need to know about you.

          • William Mitchell

            We can agree to disagree, I can deal with that, I’m not trying to step on your friends legacy. I’ll stop posting, I’m not trying to offend anyone, I just seen an article i wanted to post on and this became Troll Wars…in highsight, all I was trying to say was something I didn’t agree with. I’ll stop posting, as apparently, this is becoming to personal for you guys.

        • Melissa Erwin Hickman

          God said LOVE… and he did not put conditions on it.. end of story

        • Kristin Paskowski

          Anyone who has to constantly remind people how “intelligent” they are… usually isn’t. William… you need help. You have been upsetting everyone on this thread for a whole day now… man up …apologize for being a troll and go back to your precious “Web Development business.”

    • Dehavalen Autumn MacDonald Tir

      Go fist yourself William

      • William Mitchell

        I love you too! Smiley face, kiss kiss… :)

      • Matt Frindt

        lol – come on. stop giving this guy attention. i’ve got as close as anyone ever will to breaking through the negatively and ignorance…but hey, he sure can code! look – a kitty picture!

        • Kristin Paskowski

          It’s because he’s “intelligent” and has his degree in web development! lol!!! Oh, and he also has his own business too! I’m so jealous!

          • William Mitchell

            I did apologize above, and i have deleted the comments, they still come up as guest, I do apologize for my posts and I’m sorry for your loss.

      • Les87

        Mat was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known, and I dear friend. I can’t believe people who didn’t even know him can sit here and bash him. William you’re a piece of garbage and all of the people in elyria a better off not having you in our city. Who are you to judge him? I bet you’re just perfect!!!!! In the words of Dehavalen ” go fist yourself and take a long walk off a short bridge. Please and thanks.

  • Matt Frindt

    I will miss you brother – you were more of a man than many will ever know – I love you.

  • D

    Sure he was a GREAT guy…..could have killed anyone best friend, child, etc. but he was just AWESOME!

    • Dehavalen Autumn MacDonald Tir

      You can fist yourself too.

  • jdj

    rest in peace mat

    • KMonn

      Mat certainly wasn’t perfect but who is? If you want to stand here and judge someone you don’t even know then I suggest you first take a look at yourselves, family and friends. Whe all know someone with demons yet they do not define a person. I’ve dealt with dependency before. It’s not easy yet it also was not me. Don’t tarnish the legacy of peoples loved ones. Mat was a loving Husband and a Son. Think of how any of you would feel if this article was written about your spouse or child. It’s not about whether Mat could have harmed someone with his issues. It’s should be about a 32 year old man passed away and will be missed by his family and friends.

  • Lamont Getitdone Jackson

    We all gotta keep in mind that a man has lost his life. It Doesn’t matter his occupation it doesn’t matter his habits. Nobody’s perfect, name me one perfect individual other than God. This man was somebody son. and this man was somebody’s husband. This is not the time for the name calling or picking or nagging it’s time for grieving and praying.

  • D

    During the sentencing for the great guy who killed my sister and nephew, his family felt the need to tell us what a “great guy and father” he was too. I’m sorry for your loss, but truth is, he was a selfish person taking other peoples lives for granted, including his own family.

  • Matt Sprague

    Wow…this article is a disgrace and should never have written. Way to go Lisa…

  • chuck

    Is his job available?

  • bigmacky

    its a sad article that is true – was he a monster? no – just a guy with issues who couldn’t/didn’t get the help he needed. I knew his father – salt of the earth and I am sorry for your loss LT. STOP HAVING KNEE JERK REACTIONS TO POSTS – good lord people – keep it to yourselves or at least don’t take it personally

  • bigmacky

    I did comment on the story where he was arrested the first time – all I said was I hope he got the help he needs and was crucified by one of his friends saying he didn’t have a problem. sorry man – he was too young regardless of the circumstances – rest in peace and may the family have peace as well

  • Name

    william mitchell your luck has ran out bc your a$$ cant cash checks your mouth writes. I will see you <3 cm irishman

    • William Mitchell

      Not sure why it’s not showing up, but I apologized, please read the apology above, I was wrong completely.

  • William Mitchell

    This is the last message I’m putting on here,

    I deleted my prior comments, I can see now a mistake was made and it was done by me. As I can tell, there is a lot of people on this message board that cared for this man, and I was wrong for in any way minimizing your pain. I was wrong, insensitive and honestly, a plain jerk yesterday. I honestly was trying to make a point and failed horribly at it. Then made more mistakes by attacking the love ones of this man, which also made me look even worse, very petty and honestly, a horrible person in reflection.

    My actions now does not excuse though how it was taken at the time, and i have lose love ones and after retrospect, I realized that i made a bad situation worse. No one deserves to ever hear someone talk bad about someone they loved who has now passed.

    I do again apologize to the family and friends of Matt and although I can’t take back my past posts other than deleting them, I can say that I do understand some of your pain and even anger toward me. And you are right to do so…

    When you are wrong, you say you are wrong, and you admit it. That’s what i’m doing right now. I’m not asking for anyone not to continue in your ways of anger toward me, I was insensitive,

    I’m only giving you a apology and letting you know I was wrong.

    I learned from my parents (both who have passed as well) that when you make a mistake, to own it, take it as your own, and don’t hide away from it, that’s how you learn to better yourself. Learning by the mistakes you make.

    One of you who are Matt’s loved ones, below put up a post in regards to Jesus and judgement, reminding me the story of Jesus and the Harlot. Please allow me to explain.

    “He who has yet sin, cast the first stone”. No one threw the stones, and everyone walked away, then after they all left, Jesus said to her that he would not judge her either and let her go.

    A lesson that i learned as a child was reminded to me and I forgot it.

    “Judge not, yet ye be judged” and “judgement is mine so saith the Lord”.

    Not trying to get biblical on you, but on reflection after I seen that post from one of you, made me realize the mistake I made and the horrible thing I did to you all.

    So, again, I apologize again, and i’m sorry for your loss.

    • Zen Grouch

      You’ve got something seriously wrong with you.

      Your posts made that apparent to anyone sober enough to read them.

      Your apology rings hollow and changes nothing.

      Oh, but I do like that quote from the “Lord!” I’m sure some of the chumps will buy that one.

      • William Mitchell

        You are right again to still be upset with me Zen, honestly, and truly I feel bad, I won’t still be posting here if I didn’t, but if that’s how you feel, I completely understand. I’m not trying to do a holier than thou, i just wanted to apologize and explain why I apologized.

        The theme of this fourm seems to be forgiveness, that’s all I was asking for is to take my apology for what it is. If you still call me false, then you have every right to…I get it completely…

        I had a change of heart, that’s why I came back and deleted my posts and deleted what posts I could. I realized that there it just some lines you don’t cross…

        it was just as easy for me to turn off the notifications for my email and completely go on with life without even coming back to this site, but I felt that I did some people wrong here and wanted to say I apologized.

        • Zen Grouch

          Whatever possessed you to compose multiple posts over a period of time, with the tone you put into them isn’t something you can simply turn off once you *see the light!*

          If your apology is from the heart, well, then you’ve realized that you are a messed up person in need of some serious change…

          …the kind of change that doesn’t come overnight.

          • William Mitchell

            Sorry again for the wrong I did, and it is possible to feel remorse even over night. But again, I understand your concern…Thank you, have a good one…

          • Zen Grouch

            …remorse and change are two very different things.

          • William Mitchell

            I get it Zen… i get it… :) Have a good one..

          • Kristin Paskowski

            Zen… I don’t buy William’s apology either. But he got what he wanted… He’s obviously a sociopath that needed attention. I’m kicking myself for giving it to him. I can’t wait to forget about him completely.

  • Kristin Paskowski

    This article she wrote is TRASH. Mat hasn’t even been gone for 24 hours and she’s writing this garbage… trying to make him into a monster when he was one of the best people I’ve ever known.

  • Dehavalen Autumn MacDonald Tir

    Thanks for the pretentious spell correct

  • Kristin Paskowski

    It’s the TIME frame. Mat hasn’t even been gone for 24 hours. It’s disrespectful. Regardless of his past… why is this local news? This is a private matter for friends and family… We have all done things in our past we are not proud of but few of us have it advertised in the paper or other news outlets. Think of Mat’s wife and family… how horrible that they’d have to read such a horrible article that is clearly bashing him. He was an AMAZING guy… Loved his wife, family, friends, and dogs dearly. This publication is classless.

  • a

    I agree. this is a horrible thing to write. most other people who die from drugs or alcohol have it simply written that they died suddenly…and what does Matt get…this!