February 27, 2018
Alliance Satellite Center of Stark State College
1725 S. Arch Ave.
Alliance, OH 44601
A panel of residents from Newton Falls, Ohio will share their experiences and what they know about the F5 tornado that hit their town on May 31, 1985.
- Robert Carlson: Instructor for the Kent State Police and Ohio Police Academies and former chief of police with the Newton Falls Police Department. Robert was the assistant chief of police when the tornado struck Newton Falls in 1985. As the chief of police was out of town at the time, Robert directed the operations with the city manager in the aftermath of the tornado’s devastation until the return of the chief several hours later.
- Melanie Carr: Manager of Advising and Student Success at Stark State College. Melanie lived in Trumbull County and was working in downtown Warren while the tornado passed from Newton Falls to Niles. Her grandmother’s house was destroyed and she spent subsequent days picking through rubble. She will share pictures and memories of having to locate her grandmother and stepgrandfather in the aftermath of the disaster.
- Mike Zwilling: Professor of mathematics at the University of Mount Union. Mike is a resident of Diamond, Ohio, located not too far from Newton Falls. He will share his experience of that day in May 1985.