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Cleveland news crew gets similar response


ELYRIA — Action News claims to be everywhere. The problem is, it just wasn’t wanted at the Elyria VFW.
Police responded to a call at the Elyria Veterans of Foreign War Post 1079 on South Abbe Road on Tuesday after a crew from WOIO-Channel 19 news in Cleveland snuck into the post to take video for a story.
Police were called at 7:22 p.m. by Jennifer Jones, a bartender at the VFW, who told police that the news team came into the members-only establishment and then kicked her as they were escorted from the building.
Police made contact with Channel 19 News cameraman John Baligash and reporter Jonathan Carter, who confirmed that they had walked into the club by following behind a female member when she did not close the security door behind her.
Baligash and Carter informed police that they were researching a story concerning Richard Bungard, a lifetime VFW member who said he was banned from the club for reporting ongoing smoking there.
Police viewed a tape Baligash recorded of the news team entering the club and their subsequent departure. Officers said they did not see any assault take place on the video.
“(The news team) trespassed on the property and were asked to leave,” Elyria police Sgt. Mike Behne said. “There were some accusations of somebody assaulting one of the barmaids, but that couldn’t be verified.”
The Channel 19 camera crew left the scene Tuesday without any further incident, but another news crew showed up around 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Officials from the VFW again contacted police and complained that the news crew was knocking on the door and refusing to leave.
When police arrived, the crew members were in a parking lot across the street. Police told them they could not go back on the property, so the crew departed.
Contact Joe Medici at 329-7152 or jmedici@chroniclet.com.

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