Startled worker runs into pillar, goes to hospital
ELYRIA — A chemical reaction at JT Container Inc. scared an employee enough to send him running — straight into a concrete pillar, fire officials said.
The employee, whose name was not available, cut his forehead and was treated at EMH Regional Medical Center.
Firefighters said the employee fled when a chemical reaction at the plant, which cleans recycling bins at its Woodford Avenue facility, made a loud boom about 11 a.m. Monday.
Firefighters responded — concerned that something had happened concerning hydrochloric acid, which is used there. And something did happen — the highly corrosive liquid was slightly mishandled — but wasn’t spilled or exploded, as initially feared. A loud firecracker-like sound was generated when it came into contact with another chemical, fire officials said.
Boy flown to hospital after flipping truck
LAGRANGE TWP. — A 16-year-old boy spent a few hours in a Cleveland hospital after losing control of his truck on a gravel-covered, asphalt-paved road Thursday afternoon.
Matthew Combs of Penfield Township was driving west in a Ford F-150 Ranger pickup truck around 2 p.m. when he lost control on a straight stretch of Whitney Road near state Route 301. Combs went off the right side of the road, struck a mailbox and veered back onto the road, the Elyria post of the Highway Patrol reported.
Combs could not regain control and went off the left side of the road before crossing the roadway and flipping into a ditch on the right side of the road, troopers said.
Combs was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. A hospital spokeswoman said at 6 p.m. Friday that doctors planned to discharge him.
Peeper caught in action, police say
LORAIN — A Lorain man caught fondling himself while peeking into a woman’s house was charged with voyeurism and public indecency, police said.
Gary Taylor, 44, was caught by a Lorain police officer who was called to the 1300 block of Nichols Street at 5:20 a.m. on Friday, the report said.
The officer approached the house and found the man, who was standing on a chair and peering into the window of a house where a 27-year-old woman lives, the report said.
The officer told the man to stop, then ordered him to the ground and arrested him. The woman told police she was in her bed sleeping while the incident occurred, the report said, so it was un-known who alerted police to the man’s presence.