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Lake Roaming Rock drowning victim identified

BY DORIS COOK
Gazette Newspapers

ROAMING SHORES – The body of Keegan Maple, 25, of Jefferson Township, was recovered near the dam area of Lake Roaming Rock in Roaming Shores Village on Saturday, March 10. 

The body was found by the Ashtabula County Water Rescue Team (ACWRT) during an underwater search around 5 p.m. Saturday, said Ashtabula County Coroner’s Office Investigator Keith Stewart. 

Shores Village Police Chief Will Roskos said, “We got a report verified by two local residents of seeing a person swimming in the lake at around 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24. The Roaming Shores PD went to the area of Lark Court for the complaint of a person swimming, then the person disappeared several yards south of the dam. A number of county fire agencies and the county water rescue team did an exhaustive search of the area and revealed nothing.”

The agencies responding then included Morgan FD, South Central Ambulance District and fire departments from Geneva, Monroe, Rome, Saybrook, Sheffield and Wayne, plus the Ashtabula County Water Rescue Team and SCAD, Chief Roskos added.

“The county water rescue team did make other attempts to locate a body. Then on last Saturday, March 10, with the annual Polar Bear Plunge going on with them all here, the Ashtabula County Water Rescue Team undertook another search. They did find a body by the dam area of the lake. We never got any missing persons report here,” said Shore Village Police Chief Roskos.

Coroner’s Office Investigator Stewart was immediately called to the scene on Saturday by the ACWRT and Shores Village PD, said ACWRT team coordinator Ed Koziol.

The investigation is ongoing by our county coroner and Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office, said Koziol early this past Tuesday morning.

The drowning victim’s body was transported to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy and toxicology tests, Stewart told Gazette Newspapers this Tuesday, March 13.

“The victim (Maple) was fully clothed when found. A wallet with photo ID was also found on the body. We held up releasing the name of the person until all the family members were notified,” Stewart continued. “The water rescue team took their sonar equipment on Saturday when they were at the lake for the Polar Bear Plunge. They detected something by the dam area and sent a team underwater to retrieve the body.”

“The drowning victim did not live in the Shores area, but in Jefferson Township. The Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office is also part of the investigation,” Stewart added.

Investigator Stewart said at this stage, the investigation authorities have no idea why Maple swam into Lake Roaming Rock. The recreation lake is part of the Rome Rock Association, a private lake residential property owners association making up the Village of Roaming Shores.

“The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office is doing a toxicology report. It takes some weeks up to two months to get the report back, although we do get a preliminary report of their findings sooner. There also was no abandoned vehicle found in the nearby area of the lake community,” said Coroner’s Investigator Stewart.

Ashtabula County Sheriff William Johnson stated on March 13, “We are waiting (also) for the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office reports. I can comment that we were looking for Keegan Maple, and that’s all I can say now.”

The Gazette Newspapers published a report in the March 1st issue of The Shores News about a Shores resident spotting “someone swimming in the lake.” Shores Village Police Department received the report with an initial search by fire departments and SCAD, yielding no results at the time.

Another Successful Plunge!

The 13th Annual Roaming Shores Polar Bear Plunge was held over the weekend. There may not have been any ice of the lake, but it was still a chilly day with even chillier waters. That didn’t stop 75 brave jumpers from taking the icy plunge! This year’s Plunge raised $7,635 which will be used to benefit the Jeff Meddock Memorial Scholarship, Jefferson Area Local Schools Academic Boosters, Grand Valley Schools student programs in memory of Emily Plickert, and the Roaming Shores Breakfast with Santa event.

Thanks to everyone who turned out for this year’s Plunge whether you were one of the brave souls who took the plunge or were there to cheer on those who did!


Gayle Zirkle, Polar Bear Club President, triumphantly emerges from the icy plunge!


Team Wild Side raised over $2000!

More Plunge Pictures

Thank you to the members and volunteers of the Polar Bear Club for organizing such a great event! A big thanks to all of the Plunge’s business sponsors and to all of the local rescue teams! Thanks also go out to the Cannon family for their donation of the Aqua Lily Pad that was raffled off.

Notice from the RSPD

On 02-24-2018 at approximately 14:12 the Roaming Shores Police Department was dispatched to the area of Lark Court for a suspicious activity complaint in reference to a male subject who had allegedly swam out into the Lake Roaming Rock and then disappeared. Arriving on scene and speaking with two independent witness officers were now able to confirm that a white male subject possibly in his mid 20’s had swum out into the lake and then disappeared several yards south of the dam. Upon the arrival of several different county fire agencies an exhaustive search of the area was conducted, revealing nothing.
Agencies who responded to the scene included:

  • Morgan Fire Department
  • South Central Ambulance
  • Ashtabula County Water Rescue Team
  • Geneva Fire Department
  • Monroe Fire Department
  • North West Ambulance
  • Rome Fire Department
  • Saybrook Fire Department
  • Sheffield Fire Department
  • Wayne Fire Department

On 03-10-2018 at approximately 17:00 a body was recovered from the dam area of Lake Roaming Rock by the Ashtabula County Water Rescue Team. No additional information will be available until an investigation is completed by the Ashtabula County Coroner’s Office.

Will Roskos
Chief of Police
Roaming Shores Police Department
2500 Hayford Road
Roaming Shores, Ohio 44084
440 563-3135
chief@roamingshorespd.org

2018 Early Bird Drawing #9

The winner of Early Bird Drawing #9 for 2018 and recipient of $100 is James Krieg (Lot #2087)! Congratulations!

Next week’s drawing will be last for 2018 and will be for $50!

Remember, you have up until May 1st to pay your Dues and Assessments in full. More Information.

2018 Board of Directors Election Update

Nominations for this year’s Board of Directors election have been received. The deadline for nominations was Feb 27th. For 2018, there are 3 candidates running for 2 seats on the Board of Directors.

Important Dates:

February 27th @ 1pm – Ballot Nominations must be turned into RRA Office
March 28th – Ballots must be mailed by the RRA Office before 1pm
April 25th – Ballots must be received via US mail by 1pm
April 28th – Association Annual Meeting at the Clubhouse @ 1pm

Please note: This page is only for general election information and questionnaires sent out by the Association to the candidates. The same questionnaire has been sent to all candidates. For all other information about candidates, please see their letters to the editor in The Shores News.

Candidates:

  • Dave Emick
    • 2311 Morning Star Dr
  • Rory Marshall
    • 2271 Morning Star Dr
  • Anthony Vavpetic, Jr
    • 135 Roaming Way

Nominee Questionnaires:

Name: Dave Emick

  • Lot #: 2311
  • Years a Property Owner: 52
  • Employment: Retired
  • Have You Previously Been On The Board Of Directors?: Yes
  • When? 2015-Present
  • Reasons For Desiring To Be On The Board Of Directors: Keep the Association going in the right direction.
  • Hobbies: Woodworking, boating, fishing, hunting
  • Involvement In Committees And Clubs: Fishing Club

Name: Rory Marshall

  • Lot #: 2271
  • Years a Property Owner: 3 1/2
  • Employment: Cristal Inc. Ashtabula, OH
  • Have You Previously Been On The Board Of Directors?: No
  • When?: n/a
  • Reasons For Desiring To Be On The Board Of Directors: To get more involved in my community and bring some new ideas to the board.
  • Hobbies: Woodworking, kayaking, boating, four-wheeling
  • Involvement In Committees And Clubs: Jefferson Area Schools Athletics programs, OHSAA umpire and coach.

Name: Anthony Vavpetic, Jr

  • Lot #: 135
  • Years a Property Owner: 1
  • Employment: Full time realtor
  • Have You Previously Been On The Board Of Directors?: No
  • When?: n/a
  • Reasons For Desiring To Be On The Board Of Directors: I want to be a part of helping our community grow and help make it a place the residents are proud to call home.
  • Hobbies: Camping, kayak
  • Involvement In Committees And Clubs: None at this time.

Power Outage in Roaming Shores

Update: All power has been restored.

North East Ohio was hit by a winter storm last night that brought with it high winds and heavy snow. As a result, several neighborhoods in the Shores experienced power outages and brown outs. As of this writing, there are a few homes without power. For current outage information, check the First Energy Storm Center.

If you need a place to warm up, the Clubhouse, Village Hall and RRA Office are open and have power.

2018 Early Bird Drawing #8

The winner of Early Bird Drawing #8 for 2018 and recipient of $150 is the Sisters of Notre Dame (Lot #411)! Congratulations!

Next week’s drawing will be for $100!

Remember, you have up until May 1st to pay your Dues and Assessments in full. More Information.

Announcement:

Over the weekend, there was a situation at the north end of the lake. Emergency services were called out to search for a male who may have gone into the lake. Water rescue was not able to locate the male either in the lake or in the surrounding area. As of this writing no one has been reported missing. No other information is available at this time.

2018 Early Bird Drawing #7

The winner of Early Bird Drawing #7 for 2018 and recipient of $200 is Kevin Zeller (Lot #1491)! Congratulations!

Next week’s drawing will be for $150!

Remember, you have up until May 1st to pay your Dues and Assessments in full. More Information.

President’s Comments – Feb 2018

Presidents Comments
Board of Directors Meeting
February 1, 2018
By Tom Sopko

Due to bad weather, the January 2018 Board Meeting was cancelled.

The following actions were taken by the Board during January at a special Board meeting:

Maintenance work priorities were established for the Association. These priorities are:

  1. Safety
  2. Road Maintenance
  3. Summer Amenities, such as pools
  4. Building Maintenance
  5. Dredging

The Board reviewed the boat regulations and made no changes.  (Note: Since that meeting there was one request to grant a variance on boat length. There was no variance granted or rule change.)

Upcoming important happenings and dates are summarized here.  The details of the candidate requirements, election rules and procedures are in the Bylaws:

This year is the election for two Board Members.  Dave Emick and myself, Tom Sopko, come to the end of their terms.  The first important date is February 27, 2018, 1pm.  Those interested in running for the two vacated Board seats need to declare their interest by this date and time.  This intent to run should be a letter that bares the candidate’s original signature along with the Candidate Form.

Ballots with the candidate names will be mailed to the Members by the Office on March 28th before 1pm.

Ballots must be received via US Mail no later than April 25th, 1pm at David King’s office. Ballot delivered to the Office will not be included.

The newly elected and the existing Board Members (Directors) assume their positions after the annual meeting on April 28.

Lastly, the annual meeting is April 28, 2018, 1pm at the Clubhouse.  Following the annual meeting is a social for Members to meet their neighbors and the Board.  After the social, there is a meeting of the Board for the election of Officers and the election of Standing Committees for the subsequent Association year.  The Association year is May 2018 thru April 2019.

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