Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Regal Cinema weapons suspect Scott A. Smith has bond hearing this afternoon.
Scott A. Smith, arrested over the weekend for bringing a loaded gun, ammunition and four knives into Regal Cinema for a late-night showing of The Dark Knight Rises, was carrying the weapons for self-defense, his lawyer said Wednesday. After the Aurora, Colo., shootings and other incidents, Smith "felt fear" going to the movie by himself, attorney Matthew Bruce said. "He brought (the weapons) in with him purely for self-defense," Bruce said. "He had no intent to harm, scare or threaten anyone." Smith was arrested after off-duty Westlake police officer Jeremiah Bullins, who was working security for Regal Cinema in Crocker Park that night, approached Smith, who was sitting in the back row of the still-empty theater, and searched his bag. …
The president has issued a proclamation that flags should fly at half staff through sunset on Aug. 10.
President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation that United States flags should be lowered to half-staff until sunset on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 to honor the victims of the Wisconsin tragedy. Avon Lake’s John Shondel, the Sgt.-At-Arms for American Legion Post 211 and a city councilman, issues regular alerts as to when to fly flags at half staff. “As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless act of violence perpetuated on Aug. 5, 2012 in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, President Obama has issued a proclamation for the flag to be displayed at half-staff until Sunset, Aug. 10, 2012,” a press release issued, said. On Aug. 10, a shooter killed six, injured three and then himself at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek. The shooter was identified today as…
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Scott A. Smith of North Ridgeville arrested after bringing bag of weapons into Saturday night showing of "The Dark Knight Rises."
Updated 1:20 p.m. A North Ridgeville man has been arrested after bringing a gun, ammunition and three knives to Regal Cinema in Crocker Park over the weekend. The shopping area is a popular destination for west-side Clevelanders. In an unsettling connection to the Aurora, Colo., mass shooting last month that left 12 people dead, Scott A. Smith, 37, had bought a ticket to Saturday's 10 p.m. showing of The Dark Knight Rises at the Crocker Park movie theater. According to Westlake police, Regal Cinema management had seen Smith entering the theater with some kind of a bag and alerted security, and the bag was checked without finding anything suspicious. But an off-duty Westlake police officer working security, and in full uniform, then tracked…
Monday, July 23, 2012
It was a busy week in the Patch and we covered a diversity of stories.
Here’s a roundup of the top Avon and Avon Lake stories from the past week. Have a news tip? Send it to Lori.Switaj@patch.com.
Friday, July 20, 2012
President Obama issues proclamation honoring victims
President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation honoring the victims of the shootings in Aurora, CO, and directed flags to be flown at half staff now until sunset, July 25. Avon Lake’s John Shondel, the Sgt.-At-Arms for American Legion Post 211 and a city councilman ssues regular alerts as to when to fly flags at half staff. “As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on July 20, 2012…I hereby order the flag of the United States be flow at half-staff at the White House, and upon all public buildings,” the proclamation from Obama said. The president issued the proclamation soon after returning to the White House from Florida, where he addressed the shooting at a previously scheduled campaign event…