Bogus Craigslist Ad, Gun Buy-Back, Counterfeit Airbags

Dennis Hostacky
Dennis Hostacky

A disabled man responding to an ad for work on Craigslist was attacked in Cleveland. Jerry Hempel often begins a lot of days peddling his bike to look for work. Recently, he took his search for work online. "I answered an ad on Craigslist that was posted Sunday, October 7, under labor gigs," Hempel said. "$50 cash, paid daily and a bonus for working six days straight." What Hempel thought was a promising lead was just the opposite the next morning. He met with the ad poster and other people responding. The job was passing out fliers door to door on the city's west side. The guys he was paired up with then turned on him."I was robbed at gunpoint inside of a van. I had over $200 and a Smart phone that I'm out now that had all my contacts in." Cleveland police got to work quickly and traced the crime to Dennis Hostacky, a guy who's spent years locked up on more than a dozen criminal cases. They found him, but not Hempel's cell phone and that makes looking for work even more difficult.

Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Chief of Police Michael McGrath proudly announce that the 2012 City of Cleveland Gun Buy-Back will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2012, at Public Safety Central located at 2001 Payne Avenue. In exchange for operable handguns, citizens will be given a $100 gas, Target or food gift card and two tickets to an upcoming Cavaliers and Lake Erie Monsters game. In addition, they will be entered into a raffle with a chance to win up to $1,000. Incentives for surrendered firearms will be available while supplies last. Cleveland Police have partnered with the Cleveland Police Foundation, ArcelorMittal, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Burt Saltzman owner of Dave's Supermarkets, the Cleveland Browns, Kirkstall Road Enterprises, Medical Mutual, Sisters of Charity Health System, Police Patrolman's Association, and the Fraternal Order of Police to organize this year's Gun Buy-Back.

If you replaced your car's airbag in the past three years, take note: the new airbag could be an unsafe fake.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a warning this week that counterfeit airbags pose a danger to drivers. They used this demonstration video to show what can happen when a fake airbag is deployed in a crash.  Last month, authorities tested ten fake airbags seized as part of a criminal investigation. All ten failed.  So far, there are no known injuries or deaths resulting from the counterfeits. NHTSA says only a very small number of vehicles may have fakes.

Julia Tullos, WOIO Assignment Manager