“The good thing with explosives is you push a button and walk away.”
Lisa Kelley, president of Advanced Explosives Demolition, the company Huron officials hired to blow up the old ConAgra building.
“How terrible. That’s about as low as you can get. I can’t think of anything worse.”
Terry Russell, of National Alliance on Mental Illness Ohio chapter, on Sandusky County jail guards accused of sexually exploiting a naked, mentally ill jail inmate.
“We’re fair and honest. That’s why we’re still broke.”
Gibson’s Gardens owner Tobias Gibson, of Milan, whose leg was amputated after a tree fell on him.
“This is the snow job of 2012.”
Radioactive waste watchdog Kevin Kamps, on FirstEnergy’s explanation that the Blizzard of 1978 caused cracks in a Davis-Besse building.
“You bet your butt I made mistakes. I’m embarrassed about it. I’m sorry about it.”
Former Ottawa County Sheriff Bob Bratton, after a state audit found he used public money to purchase belts, a haircut, cigars, shoes, neckties, reading glasses and Cedar Point passes.
“He said some stupid stuff, but so has anyone else in America. We have a right to speak freely.”
Kelly Sickles, after a federal judge acquitted her husband, Kristopher Sickles, in a sedition and weapons case.
“We’re not going to take it laying down. There are always people that try to prey on the weak. But we’re not weak — we’re just downright angry.”
Port Clinton senior center member Juanita Mills-Persley, after someone stole a television from the senior center.
“It looked like a horse with horns on it. I’m telling you what, that thing was huge.”
Robin Zess, after spotting an eland that escaped from Kalahari’s animal park.
“The church is for God’s worship and not a man’s worship. Pastor Howard needs to find another building if he wants worship for himself.”
Renee Brown, on Ebenezer Baptist Church Pastor Clayton Howard. The church was embroiled in conflict this year.
“Racist (expletive) honky.”
Shawna Goode to a police officer who arrested her for disorderly conduct while intoxicated. A breathalyzer test later showed she had no alcohol in her system.
“This was not one instance of bad judgment. This was a series of bad judgments made over a period of time.”
Ottawa County Judge Bruce Winters, in sentencing Zach Brody to 16 years in prison for killing Phil Masterson in a brawl on South Bass Island.
“It means we surrender and we give up, and I do not like that.”
Michael Frederick, local military veteran who was mad about someone flying an American flag upside down outside a now-shuttered West Monroe Street repair shop.
“Without those toys, grandpa would be an old, dusty dinosaur.”
Ted Schreck, 60, on iPads and other gadgets available to parents and grandparents raising children these days. Schreck was featured in the Register’s Father’s Day edition.
“It’s wonderful to be in Sandusky.”
President Barack Obama during his July 5 visit to Washington Park in downtown Sandusky.
“It was a slaughter.”
Dave Kane, of Sandusky, on pension cuts for non-union workers in the auto industry.
“A baby fell and hit his head and he’s not moving. He was playing and he tripped on a freaking truck. He’s not breathing.”
Michael Milner, 24, in a 911 call seeking help for Owen Barker, 3, his girlfriend’s son. Milner is charged with murder in Owen’s death.
Kevin Randleman, in pleading guilty to the March 2011 murder of Sandusky police Officer Andrew Dunn.
“I wanted to sit 10 foot from him and watch him dying, just like I had to sit 10 foot from Andy dying.”
Matt Dunn, father of Andrew Dunn, following Randleman’s sentencing,
“It’s the most God-awful thing I’ve seen in my life.”
Tom Sibley, on attending the funeral of murder victims Heather Jackson, 23, and her two children, Celina, 3, and Wayne Jr., 20 months. Jackson and her children were buried together in a single coffin.
“They call me the pit bull around here.”
Sandusky police Officer Sean Orman, to a drug suspect he arrested.
“Do you know how close to death you are?”
Former U.S. Marine Scott Stith as he trained a gun on Jesse Murr, who broke into Stith’s Milan Township home.
“We screamed as loud as we could scream, but nobody would listen.”
Shannon Limberios, on trying to get Sandusky County officials to investigate the shooting death of her son, Jacob Limberios.
“Reason for death: Suicide. Deceased shot self in head, may not have realized the gun was loaded.”
Death certificate approved by Sandusky County coroner John Wukie on the death of Jacob Limberios.
“That’s a contradiction. It’s an oxymoron. It shows absolute ignorance to forensic science and arrogance in not seeking to correct it.”
Forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht, on Wukie’s ruling in Jacob’s death.
“I ask God for forgiveness every single day, and it’s all I can do right now.”
Former Norwalk teacher Alexa Nastonti, sentenced to three years probation for having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student.
“A write-off is the adjusting of numbers to get it to where the balance should be. It’s a misnomer saying ‘we are throwing it away.’”
Erie County auditor Rick Jeffrey, when asked about his decision to “adjust the numbers” to the tune of $147,000.
“There is a human face on all of this. There are other faces out there. This community has to be made safe.”
Steve Keller, grandfather of Kole Keller, one of the Clyde Cancer Cluster children who died. The U.S. EPA has identified Whirlpool Park as a possible cause.
“This is a very good neighborhood, and I’m not going to move out until the good Lord tells me to. I’m thinking that’ll be when he gets my room ready downstairs.”
Sandusky resident Ann Wright, 90, after dancing the can-can down Shelby Street on her 90th birthday.