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Driver suspected in crash that caused Vermilion house explosion has civil court history

  • Kenneth-Karnow

    Authorities are saying Kenneth Karnow was found hiding in the closet of a vacant house in Wakeman Township. He is being held in connection with a gas explosion and fire that destroyed a house in Vermilion on Thursday.



VERMILION — The man police say was the driver of the vehicle that struck a Vermilion home that resulted in an explosion that destroyed the Darrow Road home has been in court several times for various cases, though not for criminal charges.

Kenneth Karnow, 56, of Vermilion, was discovered hiding in a vacant house on state Route 60 in Wakeman Township hours after police say he hit a house at 15319 Darrow Road about 3:30 a.m. Thursday. He faces charges of burglary, possession of criminal tools, leaving the scene of a crash and failure to control, and is scheduled to appear in Vermilion Municipal Court at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Court records show Karnow has been the defendant in several civil cases in Lorain and Erie county common pleas courts, Vermilion Municipal Court and federal court, according to court records.

Many of the civil cases appear to be in connection with the Karnow’s business, Karnow Trucking Inc., which is on Liberty Avenue in Vermilion. There are several cases in Lorain County Common Pleas Court listed as foreclosures, with various banks listed as the plaintiff.

None of the cases in the above courts are criminal, according to court records.

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