Ravenna students leave school to honor classmate

Mike Sever
November 11, 2006
Record-Courier staff writer

More than 100 Ravenna High School students left classes Friday morning for a 10-minute memorial in honor of a classmate who died Monday.
The students circled around the flag pole in front of the high school to read a poem and hear remembrances of Jesse Frazier, 18, who died Monday night following a shooting in Windham.
Students planned the outdoor memorial after high school Principal Michael Bradley denied their request for “30 seconds of silence” during the morning announcements, students said.
Bradley told them “there would be consequences if they disrupted the school day,” according to Superintendent Timothy Calfee.
After the 10-minute memorial outside, Bradley directed the students to the auditorium where, during a 20-minute lecture, he told them, “You made a decision to disrupt the school day but I’ve decided to not hold any consequences,” Calfee said.
Some of the students wore T-shirts with Frazier’s photo on the front and his name, a cross and dates of birth and death on the back.
Students said they’d heard they could be suspended for up to a week if they wore the shirts or attended the memorial.
Calfee said no students were suspended.
Bradley said he and another administrator watched the memorial. “It was very peaceful, solemn, very nice.”
In the auditorium, Bradley said he talked with the students about what had happened and about the choices they made.
“What I did say was that I admired them. They knew the choice (to leave the school) could lead to getting in trouble, but they felt strong enough that the young man deserved this memorial,” Bradley said. “I told them I admired they would do that.”
Earlier in the week, students had left notes and other memorials on Frazier’s locker, which were removed by the school administration. Some messages were written in ink on the locker.
Bradley said the posters were taken down because “some students were writing derogatory things on the locker. I felt it might promote ill feelings between different groups in the school.”
Instead, school staff provided poster board and markers to students to write comments that could be given to Frazier’s mother.
“Several students did some very nice things,” Bradley said

Ravennan shot in Windham Allegedly shot in head with rifle

Marci Piltz
22 hours ago
Record-Courier staff writer

A Ravenna man was shot and killed Monday at an apartment in Windham, and another Ravenna man is in custody, charged with the shooting.
Jesse Frazier, 18, of 470 S. Prospect St., was pronounced dead Monday night at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna following the shooting.
Brandon Fisher, 20, of 531 Coolman Ave., was arrested and charged with reckless homicide, a third-degree felony, in connection with the shooting.
Fisher was arraigned Tuesday in Portage County Municipal Court in Ravenna, where Judge Barbara Oswick set bond at $500,000 cash. A preliminary hearing has been set for Friday in the same courtroom.
According to Portage County Sheriff Duane Kaley, a 911 call was received around 5:30 p.m. regarding a shooting at 9145 Maple Grove Road, Apt. C. The call was transferred to Windham police, who requested assistance from the Portage County Sheriff’s Office, Kaley said.
Kaley said officers found Frazier had been shot in the head, and he was transported by the Windham Fire Department to Robinson Memorial. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, Kaley said.
In addition to the charge of reckless homicide, Kaley said Fisher also could be facing additional charges of tampering with evidence for allegedly attempting to hide the gun, a .22 caliber semiautomatic rifle, used in the shooting.
Both Kaley and Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci declined to elaborate on the circumstances of the shooting.
“All I can say right now is that this individual apparently pointed the firearm at two other individuals, then pointed it at the victim, at which time the weapon discharged,” Kaley said.
Kaley would not comment on whether the shooting was accidental.
The rifle was taken from the scene, along with other items Kaley said were being considered as evidence.
Kaley said the sheriff’s office is working with the Windham Police Department and its acting chief, Dale Korman, during the investigation.

Bummed 9/4/06

This morning I woke up and made my cup of coffee with Vanilla Hazelnut creamer and sat down with my throw blanket in the recliner to watch a little news, just like I do every morning, but this morning I ended up with tears.

Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter, died today. He was stung by a sting ray while shooting a children’s program off the coast of Australia.

Anybody who REALLY knows me, knows all about how endearing Steve Irwin is to me. Crocodile Hunter is my guilty pleasure. I also do a pretty darn good impression when I’m in a silly mood, or on demand. Only for my children.

I have always been in awe of the way he lived his life with such passion about something, even if it seems odd to the rest of us. He even died doing what he loved.


To his wife and children, my condolences. He will be missed.




How do you take breathing for granted?

As I sit here with a tissue, twirled into a little point and wedge into one nostril while propping my head up my other hand cause I feel no strength to hold it up myself, I wonder how one could ever take something like breathing through your nose for granted. Yet somehow I have.

Do you know how completely retarded you look drinking out of cup only to remove it, gasp for air through the mouth like you had been drowning and then return to drinking?

I hate, HATE having a sinus infection but …I am in awe at my body’s capacity to create snot and mucus. Where does it all come from? I have blown my nose straight through two boxes of kleenex and am working on my third in the past, I dunno, 4 days and yet it’s still in my nose, it always returns. Efficient little boogers they are.

I’m miserable…in a physical sense, very happy in others. Guess you gotta roll with the punches.

 This is too funny not to mention.

 There was a complete write-up in the local paper, front page news mind you, regarding how this woman got a DUI on her BIKE. BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!  I had to post this, cause it reads just like one of those dumbest criminal write-ups. What makes it even funnier is that this “woman” is my husband‘s Aunt. (by marriage – that’s very important to say.)


Ravenna woman charged with DUI on bicycle

By Tom Prusha

Record-Courier staff writer

A Ravenna woman has been cited with DUI, running a red light, and hit skip by Ravenna police – all while riding a bicycle.

Brenda E. Jones, 48, also known as Jane Cracker, of 608 Page St. was riding her bike northbound on Sycamore Street at the Main Street intersection early Wednesday morning when she failed to stop for a red light, according to Ravenna police.

This is the fifth time she has been charged with DUI in Portage County since 1992. She was found guilty on two of the charges, another charge was dismissed, and the final charge was reduced with conviction of the reduced charge.

Police report that after turning onto Main Street, she reportedly dodged one vehicle, caused another to swerve and then struck a westbound car head on. The car was not damaged.

Jones fell to the pavement and the car’s driver, Thomas Ballard Jr. and his wife, both of Ravenna Township, told Jones to lie down and wait for a squad. Instead, police say Jones grabbed her bike and fled north on Sycamore Street.

She was later spotted by Lt. Richard Bennett riding the bike north on Cleveland Road. She refused to stop pedaling and rode the bike off the road and into a bush.

Sgt. Tim Mullen said witnesses to the crash told him Jones smelled of alcohol. Mullen said he later met with Jones and reported she was highly intoxicated and smelled of beer. According to the report, Jones told Mullen she drank five beers.

Jones told Mullen that her bicycle had no brakes and that is why she sped out onto Main Street. Mullen said he checked and found both the front and rear brakes were operational.

She was taken to Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna by the Ravenna Township Fire Department.

She was taken to the Portage County jail after her hospital treatment and booked on an active warrant that was issued by the sheriff’s department.


Yes, she really does use the alias, Jane Cracker. I just can’t believe they wrote that in the paper though and what’s worse? She actually called a local news channel and told them she was being profiled by the police because of her prior DUIs and that’s she’s going to fight the charges. They showed her riding around on her bike in her driveway looking like complete white trash with her front tooth missing, talking about how she has a bum wrist and ankle and the brakes were bad on her bike and that’s why she couldn’t stop. They actually mentioned that she doesn’t have a car and got her bike out of the trash. (severe eye roll)

Now, let me mention that she fractured her wrist and ankle falling while she was drunk, if you watched closely, she uses the brakes in the video clip, she doesn’t have a car cause she wrecked it driving drunk and she did this interview from my husband‘s Uncle’s house, which he’s kicked her out of and she keeps breaking into. This is a shining example at how the media swings things to create controversy. Like, casually leaving out the 20 other public records she has for being drunk in public, possession of drugs, etc, etc. this is her 4th charge for something or other in the last 6 MONTHS! Anybody who knows her, could tell you she’s a crackhead. She’s lucky to be alive, hell, she’s lucky she’s not in jail and she’s gonna fight it? She’s gonna make accusations like that? You rode out in front of traffic, dumbass!

Some people just never learn.

I’m just amused to be around TiVO when it happens.

Bummed but not done

I got through my first low carb day. It ended with a REALLY BAD migraine, sugar withdrawl I’m sure, but this morning I woke up with more energy. Didn’t have as much trouble getting my ass up out of bed so I’m feeling positive on the diet front. I’m focused.

I’m feeling a little bummed this morning though. I think all the media images of destruction and desperation are really affecting me more than I realize emotionally. It’s weird the way I been affected. I seem to be breaking into tears over little things. Like yesterday… I did all my grocery shopping and I felt, well….more gratfeul than I usually do when I’m shopping but I felt guilty as well. Even putting my kids to bed last night, I cried thinking about the people that have lost their babies to dehydration already. It’s heartbreaking to me. I can’t even imagine. I’m also a little annoyed because I’m starting to wonder about the response time there. Seems after 9/11 that there was a lot of help, right away. Granted I realize there are many obstacles in the way, but they also knew it was coming 2 days beforehand and they thought it would hit New Orlenas directly so why weren’t more things in place? I hate to admit this my I really do wonder if it’s because 9/11 happened in the financial district of New York and we’re dealing with mostly poor, minorities in this instance. I dunno, but doesn’t it make you wonder.  And then the people that are attacking rescuers? You know, I don’t know what I would do in that sitaution. I know I’d do anything I had to to keep my kids alive and if I got desperate enough, well I would probablly do just about anything I felt I had to, ANYTHING.
My parents are leaving for my Nana’s house in the next hour or so. I really would like to go see my Nana, again. I’d like to take all the kids. The boys were incredibly bummed that they didn’t get to go last time. I wish I lived closer to extended family, especially right now.
I miss relationships with substance. The ones you can rely on through thick and thin but are still fulfilling when just hanging out, being silly and poking fun at each other. I appreciate those relationships the most.
It’s been kinda bothersome to me lately that other people who you are related to could care less whether you come or go. I mean family should mean something. Hell, when you call someone a friend, you should be one in return. Relationships are more valuable than gold, even in hard times….they should mean something, they should be worth the effort. Don’t get me wrong, I have great relationships with people in my family and I have a few really close friends, I’m content with that because they’re good to me, but it just seems like anymore that people just do whatever is fitting for them with no regard for others. Then they just tell themselves whatever they have to, to make their selfish behavior ok in their own mind. What is it with people? These things have taught me a lot though. Maybe, I should just be grateful for that.
Even if it’s naive, I refuse to become hardened.


I just need to focus.

This morning I’m already fighting off the urge to eat bread. Murphy’s Law- all the kids wanted some kind of toast for breakfast. And of course they each had about 1/2  a piece left. I hate throwing food away in the face of thousands of people really needing food and water. It bothers me. But, I guess there’s no way to ship out 3- 1/2 pieces of toast, or the last spread of peanut butter in the jar.

My JBob’s fiance’, Bobbi,  is in the Army National Guard and was informed yesterday that she is being deployed to New Orleans. She’s a very sweet girl whom I respect very much. Let’s hope they restore some kind of order before she gets there and that she’ll just be working on recovery. I just saw on the news that they had to evacuate the Superdome because rival gangs were shooting at each other?!? I mean, what territory are they trying to reprsent? Section 101, seats 1-12??? Geesh…

Think we might be taking the kids camping this weekend. My folks are going back to KY to visit my Nana. But since they are leaving tomorrow and coming back Tuesday…I can’t go. And the in-laws seem to have their head up their arse and couldn’t care less about having a family cook-out for Labor Day. Husband’s Mom usually does something but, she’s not doing so hot right now. I still wanna do something fun with the kids since thers an extra day off. Even if it’s only one night. It will be good ol’ quality family time. I need that right now. Need to refocus and appreciate all the things in my life as I and so many of us seem to take them for granted way too often.

I have an appointment to get my background check done for Pickle’s adoption @ 1pm with Job & Family Services, since that’s where he was born. Nothing to worry about there. Never been in trouble for anything, well nothing that qualified to be put on my permanent record anyways. What I’m really nervous about is this court home assessment that we are having in 2 weeks. I just don’t like being under the microscope. I personally, kinda think that some of this stuff is silly since Pickle is already my step-son and living with me and his father. You know if it were like an actual full-out adoption it would make more sense, but it’s not like they are going to decide I’m not a good parental candidate and take him away because his father will still have custody anyways, right? Just standard procedure with standard $$$ charges.

Hurricane Katrina

It appears New Orleans has caught a little bit of luck as it wasn’t hit directly, but it’s still in pretty bad shape. I can’t believe how some people are actually out in the street playing in the water. That water is waste water and will make you extremely sick. I’m also thinking there must have been some alligators and other bayou stuff blown inland from that storm and well, that’s scary in itself.  Then I wonder….in the midst of such a tragedy when people could put their efforts into helping others why are people looting pawn shops and taking all the guns? Why are people looting at all? I mean, c’mon people! Have a little character. Shit like that annoys me more than I can put into words.

According to the Weather Channel this morning, the storm is STILL a tropical storm and it’s making it’s way into KY. That’s one hell of a storm. It seems we have this massive amount of rainfall headed our way.

Since we live in an old house we’ve had problems with getting water in our basement. Two weeks ago my husband dug up all the corners of the house and poured cement into them and extend our downspouts away from the foundation. This has kept it dry since then. Considering this storm is going to drop more rain in 24hours than we’ve had this whole month….I guess we’ll get to see how it’s going to hold up. I’m hoping it does cause I am extremely paranoid when it comes to these things and I worry about mold and all that crazy shit.

FYI- the movie “Alexander” SUCKS!  The only reason I watched the whole thing was because of Angelina  Jolie, who I admit I have a little crush on, and Jared Leto. There were some strange homosexual undertones that weren’t very subtle, which whatever but it wasn’t a good movie. And the only thing MIDLY entertaining about it was the raunchy animal  sex scene between Alexander and his barbarian bride and the little peek you get at Collin Farrel’s pecker, which I of course paused and played in slow motion.  Hey-  I was curious

There goes the neighborhood

Picture me, standing on porch yesterday morning, sipping coffee in my “Born to be spoiled” mug in one hand, water hose in other watering my flower, in my leopard print PJ pants and “Wild Thing” T-shirt staring up at the sky because a helicopter has been hovering there for about an hour, when a bunch of cops go flying by my house sirens blaring, lights flashing….the works, followed by the county S.W.A.T. team!?!

Then my husband pulls in after work and says that he couldn’t get to the gas station up the street because the roads are blocked, there are people in the street looking very scared, and a S.W.A.T. team.

For a quiet town in bland suburbia, this is beyond strange.


5-Hour Standoff Ends With Accused Rapist

Man Allegedly Raped Teen

POSTED:7:47 am EDT August 5, 2005
Dozens of neighbors are back in their homes after a five-hour standoff Thursday. A gunman wanted on a rape charge barricaded himself inside a home and threatened to shoot police, NewsChannel5 reported.
The SWAT team was called into position at the home on Stow Road, officials said.
Police went to the home to arrest Howard Steinberger, 47, on a rape charge, involving a 17-year-old relative.
According to police, Steinberger retreated and barricaded himself in the home with a gun.
Officials added that he came out waving a gun in an effort to force police to shoot him.
After several hours, neighbors were evacuated from their homes and roads were blocked.
Steinberger listened to negotiators and finally surrendered peacefully, officials said.
He is charged with resisting arrest, inducing panic, disrupting public service and rape. He will be court Friday.
This happened right down the street from me. Right across the street from a playground that I walk to with my kids at least once a week.
Just goes to show you that anything can happen, anywhere….you just never know.