COURT: Former South Amherst firefighter candidate Dean Evans is guilty of reporting false fire

By Jason Hawk -

A would-be South Amherst firefighter has been found guilty of reporting an imaginary fire.

Dean Evans, 27, of Lorain, accepted a deal pleading no contest to a first degree misdemeanor count of making false alarms while a second count of inducing panic was dismissed, according to Oberlin Municipal Court records.

Dennis Kirin, who served as Oberlin fire chief until June, said Evans was sponsored in September 2014 to be a South Amherst firefighter but never passed a state certification test.

The charges against Evans arose less than a year later.

They are related to an April 14 call to Lorain County 911 dispatchers claiming the old New Russia Township Hall at 45440 Butternut Ridge Rd. was “engulfed in flames.”

When Oberlin firefighters arrived on the scene 12 minutes later, they told 911 dispatchers there was nothing wrong at the building, a Lorain County Sheriff’s Office report said.

Oberlin and Wellington fire crews determined the call was a false alarm, which launched an investigation.

T-Mobile records were subpoenaed and the cell phone used to place the 911 call was traced back to Evans, deputies said.

But that’s not all the records revealed.

The telephone number had called into 911 on six prior occasions for various reasons dating back to May 2014.

Those calls included requests for a Lorain police response, a fight at the 400 Club, an incident involving two vehicles almost run off the road, an erratic driver, and a possible burglary in progress, according to the LCSO report — none of which deputies substantiated.

Sentencing in the case is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. on Jan. 6.

Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.

By Jason Hawk