lotman
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Monday, July 12, 2004 10:25:28 AM
JUST HEARD GENE GOT SIX MONTHS IN JAIL PLUS TWO YEARS PROBATION. ANYBODY GOT ANY LINKS YET? THE ELECTRICIAN WHO WIRED IT UP WRONG GETS 30 DAYS AND GENE GETS SIX MONTHS. THAT SUCKS!!!!!
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BSA Mike
Monday, July 12, 2004 10:36:00 AM
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JUST HEARD GENE GOT SIX MONTHS IN JAIL PLUS TWO YEARS PROBATION. ANYBODY GOT ANY LINKS YET? THE ELECTRICIAN WHO WIRED IT UP WRONG GETS 30 DAYS AND GENE GETS SIX MONTHS. THAT SUCKS!!!!!



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VA Inspector
Monday, July 12, 2004 10:40:19 AM
http://www.newsnet5.com/news/3520394/detail.html 

Ride Owner Sentenced To 6 Months For Boy's Death
Man Ordered To Have No Future Involvement With Carnivals

POSTED: 12:31 pm EDT July 12, 2004
UPDATED: 12:53 pm EDT July 12, 2004

PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- The owner of an amusement ride company was sentenced to six months in jail Monday in connection with the electrocution death of an 8-year-old boy, reported NewsChannel5.

Eugene Chaffee, 48, pleaded guilty last month to involuntary manslaughter. He was accused of indirectly causing the death of Greyson Yoe last summer at the Lake County Fair.

Yoe was in line for a bumper car ride last August, holding on to a metal rail enclosing the ride, when he received the electric surge through his body. The ride was found to be improperly grounded, which caused the electrocution.

Chaffee was also sentenced to two years probation and was ordered to have no future involvement with carnivals.

Last week, an 81-year-old electrician in charge of the fair was also sentenced in connection with Yoe's death. Nick Rock was given 30 days in jail and 200 hours of community service.

Two state inspectors and a fair worker have also been charged and are awaiting trial.

Previous Stories:
July 7, 2004: 81-Year-Old Sentenced To 30 Days For Boy's Electrocution
June 13, 2004: Man Convicted In Amusement Ride Death Of Local Boy
June 9, 2004: Electrician, 80, Found Guilty In Boy's Electrocution Death
January 16, 2004: 3 Indictments Handed Down In Fair Electrocution
September 12, 2003: Boy Who Died From Shock At Fair To Be Laid To Rest
September 3, 2003: Boy Shocked By Fair Ride Dies In Hospice
August 18, 2003: Improper Grounding Of Wires Apparently Caused Boy's Shock
August 17, 2003: 8-Year-Old Still Critical After Being Shocked By Ride
August 14, 2003: Boy, 8, In Coma After Being Shocked At County Fair

Copyright 2004 by NewsNet5. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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orphaned
Monday, July 12, 2004 11:05:52 AM
See my post here...when the Electrician (Electrocutioner) was sentenced.
http://www.rideguy.com/f.../topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6061 

I told you all the carnies would get hammered harder. How is it Gene Chaffee's fault that a FAIR BOARD electrician did things wrong? (AND THIS IS COMING FROM A FAIR BOARD MEMBER...NOT A CARNIVAL WORKER)

I know Gene admitted guilt, but still....gimme a break here. Sounds like some judge in some lame town took the easy way out and gave the old man a break since he lived there and said lets throw it to the carnies!
orphaned
Monday, July 12, 2004 11:07:05 AM
NO FUTURE INVOLVEMENT WITH CARNIVALS??? That would just be in Ohio, right? What a laugh...NO FUTURE INVOLVEMENT WITH CARNIVALS. I find that ruling by some ignorant judge totally stupid.
Skywheelrider
Monday, July 12, 2004 11:25:25 AM
Kinda like punishing the cat when the dog was the one that dumped on the carpet.
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babyhughie
Monday, July 12, 2004 1:14:14 PM
If it was an overhead system(like hytensil utility wires)each ride would have needed a chasis ground.Which could have simply been provided by a 6'copper ground round pounded in at the pole!!It is said to see gene crucified for a stupid mistake by someone that should have known better!!This opens the bussiness wide up for further actions just like this!So does this mean if the local civic group with a wooden hot dog wagon gives someone food poisining then the gordon food service store manager where they bought the product can go to jail too!
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Monday, July 12, 2004 2:13:04 PM
Somehow this doesn't seem quite right to me, such a difference in sentencing. Almost seems like it should have been the reverse.
bill m
Monday, July 12, 2004 3:10:48 PM
remember the o.a.b.a.if they showed any support at all for gene maybe the case mighht have come out a little different if he had a little more resources to defend himself the 6000 dollar check is still in the mail the next time you see HONEST BOB JOHNSON or AL 10 PERCENT DERUSHA ask them about it when you are asked to contribute or *****sed keep this in mind speak up remember it is your money you do not have to particapate if you do not wish to especially in this day and age legaly nobody can force you for funds you do not wish to give
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bill m
Monday, July 12, 2004 3:11:27 PM
remember the o.a.b.a.if they showed any support at all for gene maybe the case mighht have come out a little different if he had a little more resources to defend himself the 6000 dollar check is still in the mail the next time you see HONEST BOB JOHNSON or AL 10 PERCENT DERUSHA ask them about it when you are asked to contribute or *****sed keep this in mind speak up remember it is your money you do not have to particapate if you do not wish to especially in this day and age legaly nobody can force you for funds you do not wish to give
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cny_chris
Monday, July 12, 2004 5:51:40 PM
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Chaffee ... was ordered to have no future involvement with carnivals.



Well, I don't think that the judge needed to tack this baggage on the sentence. There's not an insurance company out there that would affordably insure Gene after the guilty plea.

For him to plead guilty and get 6 months means that there had to be some pretty solid evidence that he knew that something was wrong, and chose to ignore it.

Right now, if I were one of those Ride Inspectors, I'd be awful darn nervous, as I think they will come out even worse. I said it before, and I'll say it again -- they will be held to an even higher standard because of what they do. Their job is to protect the General Public, and it appears that they failed miserably at doing it in this case.....
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Monday, July 12, 2004 6:01:32 PM
The tv expose's are already rolling in Ohio. Last week they interviewed show & park owners asking them their opinion of the state inspection team. Then they had the cameras all over Kevin Nolans Tilt which they said passed the elec. inspection but to my knowledge was still red-tagged for bow plate problems.

You know the public must be gun shy by now.
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noelle
Monday, July 12, 2004 6:49:28 PM
30 days vs 6 months Thats unreal! Just goes to show how badly the general public looks at those of us that are with it.............vs those that are not. Not matter what they will always look down on us. I feel badly for Gene and wish him the best of luck!
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cny_chris
Tuesday, July 13, 2004 5:05:35 PM
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Posted - 07/13/2004 : 11:53:29 AM bygrimmy14103

DID ANYONE KNOW THAT NICK ISN'T EVEN IN JAIL NOW AS HE IS APPEALING. MY BROTHER IN LAW GENE GOT MORE JAIL TIME THAN NICK THATS REAL FAIR DON'T YOU THINK. THEY SAID THEY WERE GOING TO MAKE GENE AN EXAMPLE TO YOU OTHER OWNERS OUT THERE SO WATCH YOUR *****. I'M SURE THE STATE INSPECTORS WILL GET A SLAP ON THE HAND TOO.


I'm not so sure about that..... I still think they will come out of this in the worst shape of all those charged.
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PLEASE SO SOME SUPPORT FOR GENE BECAUSE YOU COULD BE THE NEXT VICTIM OF OHIO. TO THE PERSON WHO SAID GENE NEW SOMETHING WAS WRONG YOU'RE WRONG. IF YOU WENT TO TRIAL WITH ALL THE IGNORANT PEOPLE OUT THERE DON'T YOU THINK HE'D BEEN IN PRISON FOR LONGER THAN IN JAIL?


Sorry, I should have prefaced my statement with "IMHO" as that is my opinion. Call me what you may, but I still have faith in the justice system, and being innocent until proven guilty.
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GIVE ME A BREAK YOU KNOW GENE WAS JUST AN SCAPEGOAT FOR THE SYSTEM. ONCE AGAIN WATCH YOUR *****.



IMHO, so long as you follow the rules, you should have nothing to be afraid of.....


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racketpatch
Tuesday, July 13, 2004 6:55:13 PM
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GIVE ME A BREAK YOU KNOW GENE WAS JUST AN SCAPEGOAT FOR THE SYSTEM. ONCE AGAIN WATCH YOUR *****.



I've heard it many times, a judge asking a defendant, "are you pleading guilty because you are guilty," and "you realize you have a right to a trial, to face your accusers?" To plead guilty to something one is not guilty of is a travesty of justice, period, but it happens daily in courts across the country. Why? Some of those charged feel the jury of their peers may have a grudge or past negative experience they will carry with them to the jury room. I see it as being similar to a game agent pleading guilty when they get snatched for robbing a mark. They realize it's the price they pay for getting caught, and knowing a jury might just feel the need to get even for a bad childhood experience at a game joint! There are many good, honest folks in the carnival industry, but those who aren't make things bad for those who are. The old adage, "what goes around, comes around" unfortunately comes into play in our judicial system more often than one may think. It doesn't make it right or fair, but what in life is right and fair these days?
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