The North Ridgeville Police Department is sponsoring its annual Safetyville program. The program provides an educational setting in which children are exposed to various safety topics with regard to traffic, school bus, bicycle and pedestrian activity, stranger danger, 911, and drug, gun, and fire safety. The children receive their lessons inside an enclosed classroom and then practice these lessons inside a realistic miniature village that is adjacent to the classroom. Th...e miniature village includes streets, sidewalks, a working traffic light, railroad crossing, and several miniature replica buildings.
Safetyville is designed for children entering Kindergarten in the fall, but it is not a pre-requisite for Kindergarten. It is open to North Ridgeville residents and non-residents are welcome to attend as well. Classes are set up as one week sessions, Monday through Friday, for one and half hours each day. Cost is $25.00 per child which covers all classroom material, instruction and a Safetyville t-shirt. Payment is due upon registration.
Open registration will be held at the ‘Kindergarten Information Night’ at the North Ridgeville Early Childhood Learning Center (formerly the Education Center) from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, February 15, 2018 and then at the North Ridgeville Police Department from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday, February 17th. All other registrations can be completed afterwards on a first come, first served basis at the North Ridgeville Police Department at 7307 Avon Belden Rd (SR 83).
Please pick only one of the sessions being offered:
Session #1 Full
Session #2 Full
Session #3 June 11-15 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Session #4 June 18-22 8:30 am to 10:00 am
Session #5 Full
Session #6 June 18-22 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Anyone wishing further information may call Patrolman Calvin Cross at the North Ridgeville Police Department, 440-327-2191.
We just picked this guy up in the 38500 block of Terrell Dr., close to Bender Rd. Don’t let the pictures fool you, he is midnight black. Nice dog, just scared. If you can get him home call us at 440-327-2191.
With the link that I posted about the court proceedings on the shooting on Bender Rd. you guys are finally getting a look at what we know. I just wanted to take a minute and talk about that.
In this age of instant information you can pretty much find out anything you want with a few keystrokes. Everyone likes to be in the know, we get that. We've been spoiled by technology. No one likes to wait, myself included.
When we post a status about an incident going on, that is us...ually where it stops. We get a lot of questions about what is happening with investigations, who the victims are, have we checked video, what are the vehicle descriptions, etc.
There are different reasons why we don't post continual updates. The most obvious is that we don't want to jeopardize our investigation. In this case, things were moving fast. Our detective bureau had this thing figured out fairly quickly. We had a great vehicle description but no identifying information. Had we released that description we run the risk of that vehicle disappearing after it's plastered on social media. We held that card close and it paid off within 24 hours. Once that stop was made, the investigation exploded. Remember, if you are reading our posts the suspects probably are too.
Another reason is that we want to be right. Just because the investigation leads to Mr. X doesn't mean that it will end with Mr. X. Investigations lead down a lot of roads that turn out to be dead ends. As we've all seen, social media can absolutely destroy someone's life from allegation alone. We will never rush to release information unless it is 100% accurate and in no danger of affecting the investigation in any way. Posting information as it's discovered rarely ends well.
When we do release information concerning an investigation, don't look for us to ever answer any questions here. It's just a release, not a press conference. Don't think we are ignoring you, we just CAN'T answer. If you ever have information that you think is important to the investigation, send us a message so it doesn't get lost on the post.
Just because we don't post updates doesn't mean our guys aren't working hard. Usually harder than you can imagine. We WANT to keep all of you in the loop. I'm never more excited on this page than when the captain calls me up to his office and gives me information to release to you guys. I've said it before, I'll put our detectives up against any department. They are so good at what they do, you just have to trust them and let them work.
Have a great day.
We just picked this little guy up on Saw Mill Dr. (off Bender Rd.) He’s wearing a red collar and no tags. We tried to get pictures but they are blurry because he doesn’t really ever stop moving. If you know where he belongs, give us a call at 440-327-2191.
There is a water main break on Chestnut Ridge Rd. between State Route 83 and Forest Glen Way. Water in that area has been shut off by the Street Department so they can make repairs. There is currently no estimated time of completion.
Just an FYI North Ridgeville, I'm not sure what's going on but I-480 eastbound is stopped at Lorain Rd. Brake lights as far east as I can see. The on ramp is backed up to Lorain Rd.
Licenses can be purchased in person at the Auditor’s Office, 226 Middle Ave., Elyria, or at the satellite offices listed on the Lorain County Auditor’s website with cash or check only. Online purchases may be made with a credit card.
A friend of mine posted this picture of her car last week. While she was driving down the road ice began flying off the vehicle in front of her and slammed into her windshield. Luckily, she wasn’t hurt. Immediate injury aside, once your windshield spiderwebs your vision is greatly reduced. If this happens on a 70 mph highway you have big problems.
Even if it isn’t ice, we’ve all been behind vehicles that have snow blowing off of them to the point that your vision is almost c...ompletely obstructed.
It is so important that you clean off your vehicles. While Ohio doesn’t have SPECIFIC laws governing snow removal from vehicles, you absolutely can be cited. If pieces of ice are flying off your vehicle because you didn’t clear it, you can be cited for operating an unsafe vehicle. Ordinance 438.01 states “No person shall drive or move, or cause or knowingly permit to be driven or moved, on any street any vehicle or combination of vehicles which is in such an unsafe condition as to endanger any person or property.
Legal ramifications aside, it’s just a decent thing to do. It only takes an extra minute to clear your car off and it could prevent a tragedy.
Good morning. The storm has passed and clean up continues. The roads are in pretty good shape. The main roads are fine and the street department is continuing to clear the secondary and residential streets. If you see them cleaning up the intersections, please be patient and give them plenty of room. It will only take them a minute or two and then everyone will be on their way.
While the streets are plowed, drifting will be an issue so use caution in those areas.
Have a safe day.
We’re out with our first weather related crash on 480 westbound at the Turnpike. For the most part, the roads are in good shape thanks to the street department pre salting. We’re currently making the transition into snow and the roads are beginning to get covered.
Slow down and give the cars in front of you plenty of room. Also, get those headlights on. It really helps traffic be able to see you coming, not to mention, it’s the law.
Two subjects have been arrested in connection with the shooting of Jacqueline A Dienes, on Bender Rd. on 01/04/2018.
The shooter has been identified as Christian Donovan Martinez, a 20 year old male from Lorain, Ohio. He is currently charged with Attempt to Commit Murder, a felony of the first degree and Felonious Assault, a felony of the second degree. Mr. Martinez is currently being held at the Lorain County Jail. He was arrested by North Ridgeville PD on Friday, 01/05/2...018, for an unrelated outstanding Domestic Violence warrant through Lorain PD and has been in police custody since.
The driver has been identified as Jonathon Damire Barnette, a 21 year old male from Lorain, Ohio. Mr. Barnette was arrested in Lorain, Ohio by the Lorain PD around 11:30 PM on 01/11/2018 and transported to the North Ridgeville PD. He has been charged with Complicity to Commit Attempted Murder, a felony of the first degree and Complicity to Felonious Assault, a felony of the second degree.
Both arrested subjects were working as temporary employees for Multi-Link Inc., 580 Ternes Ave., in Elyria, which is connected to Taylor Industrial Parkway. Mr. Barnette was driving a 2001 maroon Jeep Cherokee at the time of the shooting which they borrowed from another co-worker. The vehicle has been impounded. At this time we are not aware of any direct link between the victim and the two defendants.
We would like to publicly acknowledge and thank both the Elyria and Lorain Police Departments for their assistance in the apprehension of these two subjects in a timely manner.
Good morning North Ridgeville. It is currently 51 degrees. That, however, will not last. As of 10am we will be under a Winter Weather Advisory. If you’re heading out later today, please be safe and keep in mind that there may be ice on the roads. We’ll try to keep you updated on road conditions through the evening.
Have a safe day.