October 23, 2014

Partly cloudy

Shoplifting suspect rescued after falling down ravine

ELYRIA — A suspected shoplifter who led police on a chase Saturday night fell down a steep Ford Road ravine and had to be rescued by firefighters.

The man, arrested by police after being lifted about 200 feet up the steep hill in a Stokes basket, suffered a possible broken ankle, said Assistant Elyria Fire Chief James Cawley.

“We splinted him, but he was conscious and talking,” Cawley said.

The suspect, whose name was not available at press time, reportedly took items from the Radio Shack store in the Midway Crossings shopping area off West River Road, said Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino.

After leaving the store about 7:30 p.m. without paying for merchandise, the man ran toward Ford Road, where he apparently fell down a hillside while being chased by police, Lorain County Metro Parks rangers and Lorain County sheriff’s deputies, Costantino said.

Jim Ziemnik, executive director of metro parks, said rangers told him the man jumped a fence near a mattress store where Midway Boulevard and Ford Road come together.

“He went down the incline,” Ziemnik said. “That’s a steep hill.”

A park ranger was in the vicinity when calls came in about the chase, and the ranger offered his assistance in finding the man and detaining him, Ziemnik said.

A police K-9 also was called in to help locate the shoplifter, Ziemnik said.

Four firefighters, who brought him up in the basket with ropes, had a tough time.

“It was an extremely difficult place, due to all the melting snow,” Cawley said. “The hillside was extremely slippery.”

The man was taken to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center for treatment.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.

  • oldruss

    The suspect, “whose name was not available at press time . . . .”
    What press time? I thought this was the ON-LINE version of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, nka chronicle.northcoastnow.com, aka Chronicleonline.

    • http://comradealan.com/ Alan Pugh

      There’s still a deadline for getting coverage to the editor for breaking news. That’s what updates are for.

      • oldruss

        Not to put too fine a point on it, but it seems to me that the ChronicleOnLine could update its stories continuously, so that omitting the name of the shoplifting suspect from the story due to some self-created press-time deadline is just an excuse for not having gotten the whole story.

    • Sis Delish

      Good point, oldruss.

      • Pete

        Stupid point, oldruss! They don’t pay someone 24/7 to update this site.

        • oldruss

          I posted my “stupid point” some 11 hours ago, but the article has yet to be updated. What’s the purpose of an on-line media source, if it isn’t at least updated once in say four, five, six, … eleven hours?

          • oldruss

            We’re now at 18 hours and counting.

          • kspaetz

            Oldruss, I understand your frustration. However, we operate with a reduced staff on the weekends, and unfortunately sometimes keeping the website updated gets put on the backburner in order to get the weekend editions out on time. I apologize for any inconvenience. Here’s an update with the information you’re looking for: http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/03/17/injured-shoplifting-suspect-issued-citation/

          • oldruss

            What a way to run a railroad.

  • golfingirl

    “We splintered him, but he was conscious and talking,” Cawley said.

    Poor guy, what did the firefighters do, shove pieces of wood into his body? They actually “splintered him?”

    Oh wait, my error, they meant to say “splinted” him.

    If there is a deadline, which requires review by an editor, maybe he should proof- read the articles as well.

    • jz

      I can’t imagine graduating from college with a journalism degree, if there is still such a thing, and not catching splintered instead of splinted. Either as a typo or not knowing what it means.

      • Mark B

        But you know in the liberal world , it would not be “FAIR”? for some who worked hard and got good grades to get a degree and some slacker not too , which means all you got to do is sign up for the course and you are guaranteed to get your piece of paper.

        • jz

          The picture up top he does not look like some young kid fresh out of college. Unfortunately, we know that journalism has become less diversified and controlled by less entities. We keep it up and we will appear to be as it always has been but in reality we are becoming more like government controlled journalism. And/ or the 1% also exercising too much control over what we read. There are so many things I see on a limited number of channels which make me wonder why is this not on 3, 5 8 or 19? On a channel PIVT [Direct TV] there was a documentary called The Culture Of Fear. A show much about our media these days. Another one about the toll our drug policies are taking on the people in Mexico. You would never see something like that on Dateline or 20/20. Because it questions the status quo that the powers to be do not want us to think about. But we all need to be informed from different perspectives or else we really are not much different from Russias, and some other countries, controlled media. However, that does not explain the inordinate amount of grammatical and contextual errors I see all over the net now.

          • ekwaykway

            We need more stories about LGBT rights or a missing Malaysian plane. Not how are we going to put half the country back to work. Who cares about that!?

          • bdid.d

            Blah blah blah! If your post is this long, everyone stops reading it after the first 3 sentences…

          • jz

            Trouble concentrating? Or is it ADD?

          • bdid.d

            Neither, just don’t want to read your book…

          • LugNutt

            Nobody read that garbage…

        • Pete

          Or conservative a-holes who believe they never make mistakes. Mark B, did you mean to put a question mark In the wrong spot or are you the slacker that you talk of?

          • golfingirl


            When a coordinating conjunction is used to connect two independent clauses, a comma is always used.

            Therefore, you should have inserted a comma between the words “spot” and “or” above.

            If you choose to criticize another’s punctuation, best to make sure you use proper punctuation as well.

          • bdid.d

            Boom! Golfgirl owned you!

    • Simon Jester

      He’d have benefited from a good splintering methinks…

    • golfingirl

      Noticed they also changed from “splintered” to “splinted.”

  • Sis Delish

    This story provides the scenario for All Retail Businesses in the Elyria/Lorain corridor–Build Moats around your Store to catch thieves… most can’t swim and the other ones won’t.

  • Americaschild

    When are the taxpayers of Lorain County going to see JOB POSTINGS for county positions such as this?

  • Simon Jester

    Seems like a self correcting problem to me. Leave him down there. Cold weather will take care of the rest.

  • Phil Blank

    They “splintered him”?
    Don’t they mean the splinted him.
    Wood gets splintered, not people.

    • Brian_Reinhardt

      When I was a kid my backside got “splintered” plenty of times…lol

  • GreatRedeemer

    Four firefighters, a park ranger and police to save a petty thief.
    I sure hope the judge orders him to pay restitution for his or her rescue. Out
    there in Olmsted township they charging non residents for services. Their getting
    $500 for pulling you out of a car and if in an accident they are billing both
    drivers for services. Criminals fleeing
    seem a good revenue source.

    • Simon Jester

      A nice thought, but it’s about as useful as demanding that Mexicans pay for using the ER as a primary care provider. Not bloody likely.

  • bROWNS77

    I guess they didn’t get the police report yet, lmao!
    I think all online articles are written by interns, or the editor
    is a lazy bum. Even the headlines crack me up sometimes.
    That’s why there is no way I will ever buy the actual print,
    it is a joke, great way to sell yourself, lol

  • mgross

    And then Radio Shack fired the manager for this incident

  • Robert Ives

    Check the facts. It was the manager who chased him. He was then FIRED by radio shack. No wonder their business is in the toilet!