Monday, May 20, 2013

Mentor PD sheds light on failure-to-get-help case

A Mentor police report provides more insight into the death of a woman after her “friend” failed to call for help. That and more in the latest weekly city manager memo to City Council:

Police Department
• A male was arrested after he failed to provide aid to a female friend who overdosed on drugs and died. The male was charged with tampering with evidence and obstructing official business. For more details, see:

• A female suspect was positively identified after a surveillance photo of her was posted on Facebook. The female was captured on video stealing a wallet at Mentor Family Foods. She was charged with one count of theft.

• A new community policing App was launched this week, iWatchNEOhio. This free App allows citizens to report suspicious or criminal activity via text, e-mail or voice, to include photos or video. Mentor is one of 16 law enforcement agencies from Northeast Ohio participating in this program, which is administered by the North East Ohio Regional Fusion Center.

Fire Department
• The Fire Department responded to four overdoses where the patients were treated and transported to Lake Health West.

• The Fire Department responded to three incidences for choking victims:

- On May 10 at 12:26 p.m., Paramedics responded to a male choking on a chicken bone. Patient was treated and transported to Lake Health West where he coughed up the bone.

- On May 12 at 5:36 p.m., Paramedics responded to a residence for a choking victim. Upon arrival it was discovered that a family member had performed the Heimlich Maneuver on her, which cleared her airway. The patient signed a release and was not transported.

- On May 12 at 7:03 p.m., Paramedics responded to a restaurant for a choking victim. Upon arrival it was discovered that one of the restaurant employees assisted the woman.  Paramedics treated her and removed remaining food. The patient signed a release and was not transported.

• On May 12 at 4:08 p.m., Station #4 responded to a MVA involving two vehicles on Route 306. Upon arrival, there were two patients who were treated and transported to Lake Health West. Three other people refused treatment and signed releases.

• On May 13 at 12:03 p.m., Paramedics responded to a school where a student was unresponsive in the lunch room. Patient was treated and transported to Lake Health West.

• On May 13 at 3:05 p.m., Station #3 responded to a MABAS Alarm request in Willoughby Hills for a structure fire at the Willoughby Hills Towers. 

• On May 13 at 7:18 p.m., Station #4 responded to Bellflower Park, where a small dog was found in a sewer pipe. The dog was eventually chased out of the pipe by floating a soccer ball upstream through a manhole. The dog was secured until the Humane Society rescue van arrived to take possession of the dog. There were no injuries.

• On May 14 at 6:18 p.m., Station #3 responded to a truck on fire on Norton Parkway. Upon arrival there was a fully involved truck fire. Owners stated the vehicle was unoccupied. The Fire Department extinguished the fire. The truck was a total loss; there were no reported injuries.

• On May 14 at 3:19 p.m., Mentor Fire Stations #4 and #5 responded to a structure fire.  Upon arrival it was discovered that a bag of leaves by the house was on fire. The fire was extinguished and the house was checked.

• On May 15 at 3:46 p.m., Paramedics responded to a person with a broken ankle. The person had been jogging on the Mentor Headlands Marsh jogging trail and broke his ankle approximately one-half mile into the woods. Paramedics responded and located him on a narrow trail. The patient was carried to a waiting ATV from Station #4, which transported him to the squad. He was treated and transported to Tri-Point Medical Center.

Manager Comments
• We received the first of two payments from the 2013 Lake County Community Residential Recycling Grant. The total amount of the grant is $84,619.

• The restriping of Center Street was completed this week. Final pavement markings are much clearer and easier to follow. Work was done in the overnight hours. We have not yet received the schedule for the restriping of Heisley Road.

• Dominion East Ohio Gas Open Cut Repairs — On May 20, Dominion East Ohio Gas is planning to begin final repairs of two open cuts on Mentor Avenue at Middlesex Road.  These repairs are expected to take between two to four days to complete. An off-duty Mentor Police Officer will assist with traffic control during the work hours (9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.).

• On May 16, Dave Swiger and Bob Kovac met with County Engineer, Jim Gills and members of his bridge maintenance division to review the condition of County maintained bridges throughout the City. The County Engineer maintains 11 bridges in the City. Mr. Gills indicated that they recently made repairs to the Hoose Road Bridge, just north of the Hoose Road Dam.

Also, the County is planning to replace the Hopkins Road Bridge over Marsh Creek, north of Hendricks Road in 2018. They are also planning to seal the concrete deck of the Hendricks Road Bridge over Marsh Creek just west of Hopkins Road. They will also be sharing GIS mapping data for us to incorporate onto our system.

Parks and Recreation Department
• Many upgrades will be made to the pools before the season starts; they include installing ADA lifts at Morton and Garfield, new large umbrella and new lane lines at Civic Center and new showers at Garfield. The Public Works crew has done an excellent job on the showers. The new safety surface has already been installed in the wading pool at Civic center.

• Safe Routes to School Coordinator Maggie Kuyasa lead a National Bike to School event at Orchard Hollow School May 15 with over 120 bikers.

• The Memorial Day Ceremony is Monday. The parade steps off at 9:30 a.m. from Heinen’s parking lot and the program begins at 10 a.m.

• The installation of the new cooling tower for the Civic Ice Arena started this week.

Public Works Department
•    Installed storm water overflow at Garfield Park pond
•    Storm sewer cleaning - Warrendale, Hayes, McKinley, Harding
•    Storm sewer televising - Edgehill, Evergreen
•    Storm sewer repair - Warrendale, Jordan
•    Asphalt road repair - Rosebud
•    Completed rebuild of 7 inlet basins - Sugarbush
•    Roadway signage retro-reflectivity upgrades - ongoing
•    Pickleball courts are now open
•    Installed flags on utility poles
•    Crack sealing - various
•    Hot mix patching - various
•    Reviewing drainage concerns at fire stations

-- Betsy Scott,, @ReporterBetsy


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