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Man with clothes frozen to skin hospitalized



Published: Wed, January 29, 2014 @ 12:05 a.m.

By JOE GORMAN

jgorman@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Police say a West Side man living in a North Hazelwood Avenue home with no heat had a case of frostbite so bad his clothes were frozen to his skin.

The 51-year-old was being treated for frostbite in the emergency room at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center when police were notified about 6:40 p.m. Sunday. The man’s wife and daughter also were checked for frostbite Sunday evening, and housing officers deemed the house unlivable Monday for a lack of heat.

A spokeswoman for the city said all three were still being treated at Northside as of early Tuesday afternoon. She said officials are having a hard time getting any information from the family, and also are trying to find out who owns the home so the city can inform the owner that it has been determined not habitable and that repairs are needed.

At the hospital, the man told police that his home had been without heat for some time because the gas was turned off. He said his 58-year-old wife and 22-year-old daughter were both staying there.

Officers at the hospital contacted a supervisor, who told them to check on the man’s family and the living conditions, reports said.

At the home, police spoke to the man’s wife, who allowed them inside. Reports said there was no furniture on the first floor. There was a small space heater in a first-floor bedroom, but it was still cold inside. Inside the room was a gun cabinet, six cushions and a home entertainment system.

There was no running water in the house because the pipes burst, but there was electricity, reports said. Both women also were taken to Northside to be checked for frostbite.

Reports said the woman asked police to take her husband’s eight rifles because she was afraid they would be stolen if no one was at the home. Police also told her she could not stay in a house with no heat or running water.

Police took the rifles for safekeeping, reports said.

City records show the water to the home was turned off Jan. 10.

The police department’s Family Investigative Unit also is looking into the case.


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1billdog1(1273 comments)posted 8 months ago

How sad. If this is a rental and the heat is off because of water (boiler) heat and the water pipes burst. The landlord should be severely punished. If the water was shot off because of lack of payment, there needs to more looking into how this happened.

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2DACOUNTRYBOY(229 comments)posted 8 months ago

This family should have been issued government survival blankets made of space age material. Eskimos live in weather much colder with no problems. Central heating will go by the way of the dinosaurs. There is no need for it. Obama should give this family an award for not contributing to global warming.

Indians survived for many centuries in teepees long before white man came to America and caused global warming with central heating.

http://people.ucls.uchicago.edu/~snek...

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3GoPens(397 comments)posted 8 months ago

Countryboy, are your previous 99 comments as stupid as this one?

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476Ytown(1243 comments)posted 8 months ago

There has to be more to this story. Three adults in the house and no one has enough sense to find a way to get out of the cold? I say sell one of those guns and spend the night in a hotel before you lose your limbs to frostbite.

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5justanotherface(5 comments)posted 8 months ago

Poor people :-( ... Hope they find somewhere warm to stay... even a shelter is better than a house with nothing ... ive seen that first hand its so sad ...

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6pgurney(281 comments)posted 8 months ago

I don't understand. Do these people have no other family, no friends, anyone that they could have stayed with? Even a shelter is better than this. As someone said above, there has to be more to it. I pray that they get the help they need.

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7DACOUNTRYBOY(229 comments)posted 8 months ago

GoPens, you have nothing to offer but criticism of my post? Those two dogs that were taken from their owner got more support. Perhaps Obama could send them an email telling them how good it is and solicit them for a contribution?

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8michael1757(276 comments)posted 8 months ago

Please,throw that thing away thats called pride,& ask for help.Theres hundreds of people in Youngstown that would help you.Call the cops & have them take your guns,& go to the shelter if nothing else.Your health & your lives aren't worth remaining quiet.

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9Not_Gilligans_Ginger(129 comments)posted 8 months ago

I know which house they live in and the owners live in Washington state according to auditor's records. When the 22 year old young woman was no more than 3 years old, she and her mother first began coming in the store where I worked. Clearly, something wasn't normal with the little girl... perhaps autism? The mother never divulged much information but I always thought there may be a history of mental illness with her. I never knew a man existed in their lives until about 6 weeks ago. I was tutoring at the Austintown library and the three of them came in. The now 22 year old young woman took a seat at a computer, the mother looked at newspapers as did the man. The man looked sickly, a gray-yellow color. The woman's hair, I hate to say it, literally looked like a rat's nest. Soon, their odor began to fill the reading corner of the library. I thought then that they probably didn't have running water. Some of the women who work at the library told me they had given them hygiene products to help them out. This is truly, truly a sad situation. I hope the authorities/social workers are able to find them housing, and they never have to be subjected to such adverse conditions again.

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10Nicki1991(1 comment)posted 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Not_Gilligans_Ginger, I don't have autism. You need to mind your business or you will go to jail. Stay out of our business or I will get a lawyer and testify against you. You are not our friend and never will. The only librarian that actually gave me hygiene products is Rosie.

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