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VOLUME 46 No. 46 Wednesday, April 17, 2013 Your Community Newspaper Since 1967 8389 Mayfield Rd. B-5, Chesterland, Ohio 44026 | P: 440.729.7667 | F: 440.729.8240 | Mother Charged With Drug Possession, Suspected Trafficking By Cassandra Shofar A Chester Township mother has been arrested and charged with felonious drug possession, including heroin and cocaine, from her Caves Road home. Constance Thomas, 54, of 12835 Caves Road, was arrested late Friday night after Chester Township police and Thomas the Geauga County Prosecutor’s Office executed a search warrant on Thomas’ residence. In addition to Thomas, her 27year-old son, Spencer Thomas, and 18-year-old James Velotta were arrested. Velotta was arrested in the church parking lot across the street from Constance’s home and charged with drug paraphernalia and driving under a suspended license. Spencer was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Additional charges against all three will be presented to a county grand jury for indictment, Chester Township Police Chief Mark Purchase said Monday. Constance’s 17-year-old son was also present at the residence and was turned over to the custody of his aunt, he said. The Geauga County Sheriff's Office and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation assisted in the arrest. “Delinquency charges are expected to be filed against the juvenile,” said county Prosecutor Jim Flaiz. Earlier Monday morning, the prosecutor’s office filed a complaint in common pleas court seeking to declare the drug house a nuisance. Geauga County Common Pleas Court Judge Forrest W. Burt granted an emergency order to secure the home. At 2 p.m., the Chester Township Road Department boarded up the house and police held a press conference. “Really, the most disturbing part of the whole thing was (Constance’s) 17-year-old son was present during one of the drug purchases that we confirmed and was present at the home during the raid, and we also believe was using illegal drugs. That’s really the sad part here,” Flaiz said. Last Thursday, Constance was also arrested and charged with fifth-degree felony possession of drugs following an incident at 8031 Sherman Road. Police were called to the residence at 12:32 a.m. and Constance met them at the door, advising them the homeowner, JOHN KARLOVEC/CN Chester Township Road Department workers board up the drug home at 12835 Caves Road after Geauga County Common Pleas Court Judge Forrest Burt declared it a nuisance. Kevin Ellison, was unresponsive and not breathing, Criminal Investigator Karen Sweet wrote in her court affidavit, which was attached to Flaiz’s motion requesting the home be declared a nuisance. Chester Township EMTs “recognized this as a drug overdose and administered Narcam,” she wrote. Flaiz, Chester Township Police Sgt. Bob Pomnean and several other Chester Township officers executed a search warrant on Ellison’s residence, reportedly finding crack cocaine, 38 oxycodone pills, three crack pipes with residue and heroin, Sweet said. Officers then removed a container Constance had hidden inside her person, which contained what was tested as heroin, Sweet said. Flaiz added Monday, “She had delivered the drugs to that residence. After Chester police executed a search warrant in the early morning hours, (Constance) was found to have a large amount of heroin on her and a large amount of crack cocaine.” Drug Trafficking • Page 3 New Life Pacs For Munson FD Expensive, Essential By Ann Wishart Munson Township Trustees may have been as shocked as Fire Chief Mark Lynn over the information he gave them last Tuesday. Lynn told trustees two of the Life Pac 12s that are essential equipment in the department’s ambulances will become obsolete at the end of 2014. The shocking information was the replacements available — Life Pac 15s — cost $25,000 each, he said. “Do you get an ambulance with it?” asked Trustee Todd Ray. The fire department currently has one Life Pac 15 bought with a full grant last year, Lynn said, adding the other two are 10 years old. Twice a year, the company Boy Scout Troop 195 16th Annual SPAGHETTI DINNER AND BAKE SALE Chesterland Baptist Church Saturday, April 20th 4:30-7:30 pm ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT! Adults $7 • Ages 3-11 $4 • 2 & under Free TICKETS • Call 440-729-3222 • Also available at the Door that produces them sends technicians to replace batteries, check everything and make any updates necessary. At the end of 2014, the service will end and, after that, it is just a matter of time until the equipment breaks and can’t be repaired, Lynn said. “The Life Pacs basically become dead,” he said. Life Pacs are equipped to monitor a victim’s vital signs and communicate them to the hospital where the ambulance is bound, he said. When the patient arrives, the emergency room is prepared to deal with whatever the problems are, saving time and sometimes lives, the chief said, adding they are used in almost every run the ambulance makes. “We can’t function without them,” he said. The ambulance with the Life Pac 15 is always sent out first because the 15 is more advanced than the older models, Lynn said. Having 15s in each ambulance would be a plus, but the cost is high. “My heart skipped a beat. To me, this is a major purchase.” – Mark Lynn “I’m not real thrilled with the price,” he said, adding it really set him back when he learned how expensive they are. “My heart skipped a beat. To me, this is a major purchase,” the chief said. The Life Pacs are the most expensive items in the ambulances, he said. Lynn said trustees might want to spread out the purchas- es, buying one at the end of 20 13 and the second, a year later, rather than spending all $50,000 at the end of 2014. If they have a second 15, they might be able to push the 12s in the third ambulance a few months beyond the end of the service agreement, Lynn said. In other business, Lynn recommended trustees accept a quote from T&E Services of Chardon to repair the paging system, door bell and alerting lights in the fire station. Ashton Sound and Communication of Ravenna submitted a bid of nearly $7,200 for the work, but T&E provided more details and is local, Lynn said. Communication Services of Lake County said they can fix the paging system for $6,656, but didn’t add in the other repairs. Trustees approved the quote from T&E. Visit Us Online –

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