The Oberlin Review

Media Coverage of Gibson’s Verdict Misses the Mark

Editorial Board

June 18, 2019

Editor's note: Due to the scope of national media attention, the Review took the extraordinary step of covering the Gibson's verdict outside of normal publication dates. Because of limited staff capacity, the Review does not moderate comments during the summer, and letters to the editors in response to any article will be reviewed for publication in the fall. Please direct any questions to [email protected] Earlier this month, a jury awarded Gibson’s Bakery $11 million following a month-long trial stemming from the bakery’s lawsuit against Oberlin College and Vice President and Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo. Then, last Thursday, it added $33 million in punitive damages. This stunning decision ...

Car Crash Damages The Hotel at Oberlin

Car Crash Damages The Hotel at Oberlin

May 3, 2019

Yesterday at approximately 6:30 p.m, a single driver collided with the south side of The Hotel at Oberlin. The gold Prius damaged three window panes, shattering the glass and scattering it on the East College Street sidewalk and exposing The Hotel’s empty retail space. The Oberlin Police Department responded promptly and cleared the scene. No one was harmed in the collision....

Security Notebook

May 4, 2018

Thursday, April 26, 2018 10:50 a.m. A staff member reported non-offensive graffiti behind the home-stand bleachers and on the press box at the Knowlton Athletics Complex. A work order was filed for removal. 2:00 p.m. A construction employee reported non-offensive graffiti on the Hall Auditorium Annex. An unknown person(s) spray-painted the building and adaptable walls. Friday, April 27, 2018 1:15 a.m. Safety and Security officers reported an individual lying in the middle of Woodland Street in front of the Science Center. The officers contacted the student who said they fell off the back of another student while “goofing around.” The student, who was under the influence of alcohol, received a laceration above the...

Off the Cuff: Clarence “Ryan” Warfield, Oberlin Police Chief

Off the Cuff: Clarence “Ryan” Warfield, Oberlin Police Chief

February 16, 2018

Chief Clarence “Ryan” Warfield is the recently appointed city of Oberlin Chief of Police. A native of northeast Ohio, Warfield, a former sergeant from the city of Elyria, brings an impressive skill set to the position including specialties in interrogation, voice analysis, body language study, youth violence training, and death scene investigative skills. He also served as a police academy instructor in the martial art of Krav Maga and worked with the Lorain County Drug Task Force. Although ...

Security Report

December 8, 2017

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 4:33 a.m. Safety and Security Officers and members of the Oberlin Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at Lord-Saunders House. A malfunctioning detector caused the alarm, which was repaired and reset. Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 2:27 p.m. A resident reported an individual building on fire in the Arboretum, west of the amphitheater. Officers responded and located a small fire, which was extinguished. Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 12:15 a.m. Officers working an event at Hales Gym guided an intoxicated student to Mercy Allen Hospital for treatment. 10:45 a.m. A student reported vandalism to a mural in the lounge of Price House. A work order was filed for repair. 11:26 a.m. A resident r...

Warfield Represents Change Police Department Needs

Ray English, Director of Libraries Emeritus

November 10, 2017

To the Editors: I am writing regarding the Review’s Nov. 3 article “Oberlin Police Chief Hire Sparks Controversy Within Department.” Readers who did not follow the process closely might not be aware of the thought and care that went into the police chief search. This past spring, Oberlin City Manager Rob Hillard conducted five listening sessions to determine what our community desires in its police chief and police department. Listening session participants — a total of 180 people from all segments of the community — expressed a clear vision for policing that focuses on developing positive relationships between the police and Oberlin residents. A summary of the listening sessions, including details of th...

Oberlin Police Chief Hire Sparks Controversy Within Department

Devyn Malouf

November 3, 2017

Despite the Oberlin Police Department’s announcement in August to hire Elyria Police Officer Clarence “Ryan” Warfield as its new police chief, that desk still remains empty. Warfield has yet to accept his potential position not only because of the time required for a full background check, but also due to opposition from multiple sergeants in the department. Warfield has over two decades of experience with the Elyria Police Department, where he began as a road patrol officer and eventually served in the community impact and investigative units. Town officials and current members of the Oberlin Police Department have variously voiced their support — or lack thereof — for the potential hire. City Manager...

Hillard Should Maintain Commitment to Warfield

A.G. Miller, Pastor, Oberlin House of The Lord Fellowship

October 27, 2017

To the Editors: I am writing in response to “Sergeants Oppose Oberlin Police Chief Hire” by Jodi Weinberger that appeared in The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram on Oct. 7, 2017 about three sergeants’ opposition to the Oberlin City Manager’s choice of Clarence “Ryan” Warfield as the police chief of the Oberlin Police Department. I serve as pastor for Ryan Warfield and his family. Ryan and his family have been active members of our congregation for the past 15 years. I and others encouraged him to apply for the position of police chief. Ryan, born and raised in Lorain, is a 24-year officer in the Elyria Police Department and has a stellar reputation in the Lorain County community. He is clearly committed to reac...

City Manager Makes Final Pick for New Police Chief

Anna Kozler

September 8, 2017

Elyria Police Sergeant Clarence “Ryan” Warfield was selected as Oberlin’s new police chief last week, filling the vacancy left by former Chief Juan Torres. Oberlin City Manager Rob Hillard helmed the search that began after Torres’ resignation in December. The final decision was made Aug. 29, bringing the summer-long selection process to a close. Warfield, who has served with the Elyria Police Department since 1994, won the position over 15 other applicants. “[Warfield] has demonstrated a complete understanding of police training and experience, understands the unique nature and culture of Oberlin, and believes the key component of the future of the Oberlin Police Department is building relationships and c...

Police Department Should Assist, not Arrest, Addicts

Editorial Board

April 22, 2016

The city of Amherst Police Department is the latest law enforcement agency to adopt a treatment-focused approach to low-level drug offences. As reported by the Oberlin News Tribune on April 8, Amherst Police Chief Joe Kucirek has instituted an informal policy whereby addicts who turn themselves in will be diverted to local rehabilitation programs rather than arrested on-scene (“Arrest or treat? Police say addicts need help,” Evan Goodenow). Though this is undoubtedly a valuable step toward becoming a community that values support over criminalization, it does not fully realize the opportunity to institutionalize a treatment-focused agenda. Indeed, a more formal policy step would be to join the Police Assisted Addiction and Rec...

New Road Campaign Essential for Safety

Bob Gross, Oberlin visitor

February 19, 2016

To the Editors: I heartily support the Oberlin Police Department in its safety campaign. As I drive through the Oberlin College campus, I always have to worry about hitting bicyclists and students on foot who have little regard for people operating vehicles. Jaywalking is ubiquitous and bicyclists ignore stop signs and red lights. When driving through the campus area, it is almost impossible to avoid hitting a student or bicyclist unless you slow down to 10 miles an hour, and even then, you have to be on constant guard. – Bob Gross Oberlin visitor ...

City of Oberlin Appoints New Police Chief

City of Oberlin Appoints New Police Chief

September 4, 2015

Oberlin announced the hiring of new Police Chief Juan Torres following a national search to fill the position this summer. Torres joins the department after serving with the Alexandria, VA police department for 24 years in four different positions, most recently as police chief. The Virginia native was hired through an extensive process of gathering community input, narrowing down candidates and interviewing the top nominees, City Manager Eric Norenberg said. A panel consisting of community members,...

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