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Mike Galanos

Mike Galanos

WOAH! A police chase ends with the driver flipping his car into a pond. Painesville Police Department officers went from pursuers to rescuers in seconds - and it's all captured in this incredible dash cam video.

Lake County Sheriff's Office

Lake County Sheriff's Office

Planning and organization for the Court House exercise today was provided members of the Lake County Court of Common Pleas, the Lake County Clerks of Courts, the Painesville City Police Department, the Painesville Fire Department and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. A special thanks to Detective Don Ticel, Lieutenant Mike Slocum, Lieutenant Larry Harpster, Chief Tom Hummel, Judge Eugene Lucci And firefighter ‘Robert Hendershot for their work in successfully planning and carrying out this exercise.

Lake County Sheriff's Office

Lake County Sheriff's Office

Today, July 27, 2019, a multi-agency active shooter training session was held at the Lake County Court of Common Pleas. This training provided a unique opportunity for court staff and first responders to work in a collaborative effort to address a range of security threats to a public space. This training was planned months in advance and scheduled on a day that would have little to no impact on the community and without interruption to Lake County’s court system.

Judge Eugene Lucci originally presented the idea for a large scale exercise concerning court house security to train the court staff in responding to potential threats or armed gunmen scenarios. The Sheriff’s Office was working on a large scale exercise for active shooter and Sheriff Dunlap decided to adapt its planning to use the courthouse as focus for this year’s exercise. Using the experiences of collaboration from the Harvey High School active shooter exercise conducted by the Painesville City Police Department last year that proved to be an outstanding exercise that was very well planned and managed, Lt. Jeff Sherwood worked with area police and fire agencies to develop today’s event.

Planning and organization for the event was provided members of the Lake County Court of Common Pleas, the Lake County Clerks of Courts, the Painesville City Police Department, the Painesville Fire Department and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. A special thanks to Detective Don Ticel, Lieutenant Mike Slocum, Lieutenant Larry Harpster, And firefighter ‘Robert Hendershot for their work in successfully planning and carrying out this exercise.

Training was held throughout the day and involved participants from the following offices and agencies:

-Judge Lucci (Lake County Court of Common Pleas)
-Judge Culotta (Lake County Court of Common Pleas)
-Judge O’Donnell (Lake County Court of Common Pleas)
-Judge Condon (Lake County Court of Common Pleas)
-Judge Lawson (Lake County Juvenile Court)
-Judge Bartolotta (Lake County Probate Court)
-Judge Falkowski (Lake County Domestic Court)
-Maureen Kelly (Lake County Clerk of Courts)

-Lake County Sheriff’s Office
-Painesville City Fire Department
-Painesville City Police Department
-Painesville Twp. Fire Department’
-Madison Twp. Police Department
-Concord Twp. Fire Department
-Madison Village Police Department
-Grand River Fire Department
-Lake Metro-Parks Ranger Department
-Fairport Harbor Fire Department
-Ohio State Highway Patrol
-Perry Fire District
-North Perry Police Department
-Leroy Fire Department
-Mentor Police Department
-Mentor-on-the-Lake Fire Department
-Perry Village Police Department
-Lake County Emergency Management
-Fairport Harbor Police Department
-Salvation Army
-Lake County Narcotics Agency
-Perry Fire Explorers
-Hambden Fire Explorers
-Auburn Career Center EMS Class
-Lake County Adult Probation
-Lake County Buildings and Grounds

There were over two-hundred individual participants involved in the drill that was broken out into three separate working groups. We want to thank all of judiciary, volunteers, and first responders for making this exercise a success. We believe that such training is critical, and such collaboration helps to prepare everyone to respond with excellence in meeting the safety and security needs of our community.

Chief Deputy Frank Leonbruno

Painesville City

Painesville City

Painesville Police Department featured this week on True Crime's Heroes in Blue. Congrats to Officers Cueni, Love, Whitt and all involved!

Painesville City

Painesville City

We want to take you behind the scenes in the City of Painesville! We have a series of videos headed your way over the next several weeks highlighting some jobs and processes that happen everyday that most of us don't think about. Up first is Painesville Police Department's Officer Ponder who works in Painesville City Local Schools #SchoolResourceOfficer #CommunityRelations #PainesvillePride

Painesville City

Painesville City

Join us in the Square tonight for our free concert 🎶🎶

Thank you Lake County Sheriff's Office Dive Team and Bob's Garage & Towing.

Thank you Lake County Sheriff's Office Dive Team and Bob's Garage & Towing.

At approximately 07:00 hours on July 23, 2019, Lake County Sheriff's Office Dive Team were called to assist with recovering a vehicle that rolled into a pond on Renaissance Parkway in Painesville City following a pursuit in the City of Painesville. Painesville City police officers were able to get both occupants of the vehicle out of the car and safely on shore. The vehicle then slid further into the pond and sank below the surface. The Lake County Sheriff's Office Dive Team responded to the scene and assisted Painesville City and Bob's Garage and Towing. Deputy Rowland and Firefighter Bruening were able to hook tow straps to both front wheels of the vehicle so that it could be pulled from the pond, and later flipped over on shore by Bob's Garage.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office Dive Team consists of several SCUBA certified deputies from our Office, as well as firefighters and local personnel from the Lake County area who volunteer their time to assist with calls for service. The team regularly trains each month, and responds to call outs to assist in search and rescue or recovery cases, underwater crime scenes, as well as races and local events around the Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula Areas when requested by law enforcement or fire agencies.

Deputy Dustin Majewski #21


Painesville Police Rescue Driver and Passenger from Pond Drowning

PAINESVILLE, Ohio— On Tuesday, July 23 at approximately 2:45 a.m., Painesville police began pursuing a 2010 Toyota Corolla for running a red light at the intersection of Richmond and Chester Streets. The vehicle fled southbound towards Newell Street, running multiple stop signs. The three minute chase continued onto Renaissance Parkway where the vehicle, at a high rate of speed, lost control on a grassy area and jumped the pond at 787 Renaissance Parkway. During the transition from land to water, the vehicle flipped forward and landed upside down in the water.

Officers Ryan Cueni, Kevin Love and Cory Whitt immediately rushed the sinking vehicle and attempted to rescue the occupants. Officer Cueni attempted the passenger door, which was locked, but eventually was able to open the door and grab the 33-year-old female passenger, and moved her towards other officers who pulled her to safety. The female indicated there was also a male driver remaining in the vehicle and officers were quickly able to pull him from the vehicle only seconds before it fully submerged.

The 32-year-old male driver has been identified as Michael Clemens of Hamden, Ohio who has an active warrant. The Painesville City Fire Department assessed both driver and passenger and transported Clemens to TriPoint Medical Center for minor injuries. Clemens was charged with failure to comply, red light violation, driving under FRA suspension and no operator’s license. Clemens arraignment was held at 1:15 p.m. on July 23 at Painesville Municipal Court where he pled not guilty and bond was set at $7,500.

The Lake County Dive Team was able to assist Bob's Garage & Towing in removing the vehicle from the pond. The incident remains an active investigation.

Painesville City

Painesville City

🚧 ROAD NOTICE🚧 Please note that Mentor Ave, from Washington St to Fairgrounds Rd, will be temporarily closed for the Lake County Fair parade from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23



#RiderAlert: Due to the Lake County Fair parade on Tuesday, July 23, Laketran’s Route 1, 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. eastbound and westbound runs will detour Mentor Ave. between Jefferson St. and Palmer Ave. using W. Jackson St.

Painesville City

Painesville City

🚧 ROAD NOTICE 🚧 On Wednesday, July 24 from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., tree removal will occur on Kerr Ave from Richmond St to Carmody Ave. Local resident traffic and emergency vehicle access only. A rain date of July 25 has been set in case of inclement weather.

UPDATE: Copper is home. 💚

UPDATE: Copper is home. 💚

Happy tail update from Copper’s family! On Friday, July 12, Copper was reunited with her original owners and went back home. She is now living a happy life back at home with her brother!

You can read about Copper's journey here:

Geauga County Sheriff

Sharing for Geauga County Sheriff - Sidley Road in Thompson

We need your help identify this male involved in a burglary on Sidley Rd in Thompson Twp. 2 additional videos & 6 pictures are in under comments. Any information, please contact the Geauga County Sheriffs Office at 440-286-1234. Attn Sgt Filby. Thank you

Near Tragic Accident Involving Two Painesville Police Officers

Press Release

July 8, 2019
Lt Toby Burgett
Painesville Police Department
[email protected]

Near Tragic Accident Involving Two Painesville Police Officers

PAINESVILLE, Ohio— On Saturday, July 6 at around 2:00 a.m., two Painesville police officers were conducting a traffic stop on W Walnut Avenue, near the Carroll Avenue intersection, when a passing vehicle struck an oncoming pickup truck, nearly missing one officer and striking the patrol car head on where a second officer was seated. The officer in the patrol car was treated and released by Tripoint Medical Center for minor injuries.

The dash cam video shows the first officer outside the vehicle was alert and on the passenger’s side of the vehicle during the incident, which allowed him to avoid injury. The force of the collision pushed the pickup truck into the stopped vehicle, eventually striking the lead police car head on. The Ohio State Patrol is handling the accident investigation.

The Painesville Police Department is showing this video to give insight into the dangers faced daily by police officers across the country who are tasked with protecting their communities and deterring accidents by enforcing traffic violations. Even with safety precautions, like using the passenger side approach, officers are vulnerable.

When passing emergency vehicles who are engaged in a traffic stop or are caring for a disabled vehicle, it is important to slow down and wait until it is clearly safe to pass. Always use caution when passing and give plenty of room for the pulled over vehicle. Failing to do so can have deadly consequences for the officers and other motorists.

About the City of Painesville
Settled in 1800, Painesville is the county seat of Lake County, Ohio and is located along the beautiful Grand River, roughly 30 miles northeast of Cleveland and 2.5 miles from the shores of Lake Erie. Painesville is home to Lake Erie College, Morley Library and a dynamic historical downtown district. The city is named after General Edward Paine who served in the Revolutionary War and settled in the area shortly after. Painesville has a population of over 19,000 per the 2010 census. For more information visit or call 440-352-9301.

Over the 4th of July week/weekend, the Painesville Police Department 🚔 will have extra patrol as part of our Traffic ...

Over the 4th of July week/weekend, the Painesville Police Department 🚔 will have extra patrol as part of our Traffic Safety Grants. Painesville Police Department was awarded the grant to reduce traffic fatalities & serious traffic injuries. Please do not drink and drive, have a designated driver or use a ride share such as UBER and LYFT. #Driversober #DriveSafeOhio

While we want you to have fun this July 4th weekend, please leave the fireworks to the professionals. See the list of fireworks for Lake County below. Have a fun 🎉 and safe 4th of July weekend. 🇺🇸

Lifeline, Inc.
Lifeline, Inc.

Lifeline, Inc.

2-1-1 Lake County is one of the largest programs we run at Lifeline, Inc. Over 36,000 Lake County residents contact our 2-1-1 each year to get connected to a wide variety of health and human service programs throughout our community.

The program is in jeopardy due to recent funding cuts. The Lubrizol Corporation has stepped in and offered us a unique matching challenge--for every dollar we raise, they'll match up to $10,000.

We need your help to keep this amazing service operating without interruption. If you can donate, we thank you. If you can't, we understand and hope you'll help us spread the word!

Painesville City

Painesville City

🚧 ROAD NOTICE🚧 The construction on W Jackson St continues from Newell St to Orchard Grove, with the intersection of Orchard Grove now closed to traffic.

Motorists have been able to turn right onto Orchard Grove when traveling east on Jackson St over the past few weeks, however, the intersection will now be closed to traffic through Monday, July 15.

Please watch for additional updates on/after Monday, July 15, as the W Jackson St project continues to move east to west in sections. A final paving of W Jackson Street will occur at the end of the construction project.


On June 30, 2019, at approximately 1630-1830 hrs. we received several complaints that occupants in vehicles were shooting paintballs at people.

The incidents were reported to have taken place in the 1200 block of Elm St., 400 block of Elm St., Elm St. and Williams St. area, Storrs St., 100 block of Pearl St., and 200 W. Walnut Ave. area. These incidents have been the cause of both people and property being struck.

The vehicles have been reported to be possibly a maroon Chevy Equinox and black Kia Rio both with several occupants at that time. Anyone who may have witnessed any of these incidents or has surveillance video in and around those areas are asked to contact the Painesville Police Department at 440-392-5840.

Many of you know we lost Officer John Tyukody on April 26th, 2019.  A loss of a husband and stepfather has been difficul...

Many of you know we lost Officer John Tyukody on April 26th, 2019. A loss of a husband and stepfather has been difficult on the Tyukody family. Members of the family entered a surprise contest for a yard makeover with Petitti Garden Centers. Today members from Petitti Garden Centers did a remarkable surprise yard makeover.

Thank you, Petitti Garden Centers for an amazing job. Your team worked hard and fast to make this surprise happen. Officer Tyukody is looking down on the amazing job you did and giving his “thumbs up” for the job well done.

Thank you from his brother’s and sister’s in blue for taking care of the Tyukody family today.

You can see the full makeover special on July 4th on Fox 8 News.

Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA)

Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA)

Congratulations to the graduates & Trilogy recipients from the Executive Leadership Institute in Painesville, Ohio, hosted by Chief Daniel J. Waterman and the Painesville Police Department!

Painesville Police Department's cover photo

Painesville Police Department's cover photo

Getting to know Painesville Police Department:Officer Eric Garcia was hired on July 13, 2017 as a patrolman for the Pain...

Getting to know Painesville Police Department:

Officer Eric Garcia was hired on July 13, 2017 as a patrolman for the Painesville Police Department. Officer Garcia enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2010, where he was able to be challenged and gain life experience. While serving in the Army, he was an Infantry Paratrooper. An Infantry Paratrooper is someone who is trained to parachute into a operation, and usually functioning as part of an airborne force. Paratroopers are often used in surprise attacks, to seize strategic objectives, such as airfields or bridges. Officer Garcia was stationed in Germany, then deployed to Afghanistan for one year, and he finished out his duty career at Fort Bragg, NC.

Officer Garcia wanted to become a police officer at an early age, however, it wasn’t until he began to grow and gain life experience in the U.S Army, that he chose law enforcement as his career path. While serving our country, it just felt like a natural transition for him to continue to serve the country and community. Officer Garcia is continuing his service with the U.S. Army National Guard as an Infantry Sergeant & Fire Team Leader.

Officer Garcia grew up in Southern California and during his military career he met his wife and ended up moving the Cleveland area. Officer Garcia has been married for six years to his amazing wife. They have a son and are expecting another bundle of joy soon.

When asked what his favorite part of working for the Painesville Police Department, Officer Garcia stated “My favorite thing about working for Painesville Police Department is the interactions I have with our diverse community”. “Working in Painesville gives me the opportunity to engage in all areas of law enforcement and community service”.
From the United States Army, to the National Guard, to the Painesville Police Department.

Thank you for your service, we are proud to have you as part of our blue family. 🚔


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