Man who crashed into Vermilion Township home triggering explosion faces judge, pleads not guilty

Man accused in home explosion appears in court, pleads not guilty

VERMILION TOWNSHIP, OH (WOIO) - The victims of a Vermilion Township house explosion said Thursday that they saw no remorse on the face and in the actions of the man accused of destroying their home.

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Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Thursday, February 7, 2019

“He was staring down at the ground with his tail between his legs,” said Tracy Haslage, whose Darrow Road home was destroyed last Thursday by an explosion that, police say, was caused by 56-year-old Ken Karnow.

Karnow is accused of hitting a gas meter on Haslage’s home and taking off right before the house exploded.

The Haslages made it out with only the clothes on their backs and their two dogs.

Karnow was found by police hours later hiding in a vacant home.

“I’m just still dumbfounded by how somebody can run. He made a conscious decision to run from a situation that could have killed three people, and the more that I have time to think about that, the angrier I get,” said Jen Haslage.

Karnow had nothing to say before or after pleading not guilty to multiple charges that include leaving the scene of an accident, burglary and possessing criminal tools.

Karnow waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

His case will now go to an Erie County grand jury.

In the meantime, the Haslage’s say they are trying to pick up the pieces of their life, but they say not seeing any remorse from a man who was their neighbor, makes things even worse.

“He’s just going to keep running from this. He ran from it. He’s pleading not guilty. It’s the kind of man he is--he wouldn’t even look me in the eyes. I wanted him to look me in the face. Nothing,” added Tracy Haslage.

Karnow remains out on bond.

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