Local filmmaker documents decline of Liberty trailer park



Bob Heltzel is not one to turn a blind eye to problems in the area he calls home.

So when the Niles native and Hiram College graduate learned about the rapid deterioration of a Liberty trailer park, he grabbed a video camera.

Heltzel, 25, spent several months writing, filming, narrating and shooting “Ohio’s Inferno,” a documentary film about Vintage Village trailer park, off Belmont Avenue.

The film was completed in October and can be viewed online for free.

In interviews with residents, police and health officials, he tells what happened. The park was safe and quiet as recently as 2003, when it logged 14 police calls for the entire year. But the number skyrocketed to 170 in 2004.

That coincides with the purchase of the park by Ronald and Marsha Holley of the Akron area. Crime and blight continued to accelerate in ensuing years, as Heltzel illustrates with charts and interviews with Liberty Police Chief Richard Tisone.

Police had to visit the park 433 times in 2009, and about 500 times in 2010.

Read the full story in Wednesday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.

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