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Aisha Fraser slaying: Ex-husband Lance Mason’s ‘2nd chance’ after brutal 2014 beating questioned

Ronald Williams is heartbroken.

Williams, of Atlanta, was planning to spend Thanksgiving with his girlfriend, Ohio elementary schoolteacher Aisha Fraser. Instead, he is coming to grips with the fact that Fraser, 44, is dead, allegedly stabbed to death Saturday by her ex-husband, disgraced former Cuyahoga County Judge Lance Mason. 

“She was a gift and, to me, she was just the love of my life,” Williams told WKYC in Cleveland in a telephone interview. “She was an extraordinary mother, daughter, friend, a light, energy, special spirit, strong, independent, super super smart.”

Related story: ‘There’s blood everywhere’: 911 call released in former judge’s alleged killing of ex-wife

Williams said he became worried Saturday morning when he could not reach Fraser via text. He called her mother. 

“I said, ‘Mama Fraser, is everything OK?’ and she said, ‘No it’s not, Ron, I’m sitting in front of a crime scene and I’ve been here for an hour and I don’t know what's going on,’” Williams told the news station. “I immediately started to freak out.”

Williams, who first met Fraser in college and began dating her in 2016 after she got divorced, told WKYC that he feared deep down that Mason, 51, would someday lash out violently at her. It had happened before. 

Mason was removed from the bench in 2014 after viciously beating Fraser so badly that she required reconstructive surgery to repair a broken eye socket. After serving nine months of a two-year prison sentence, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson hired Mason last year as the city’s minority business development director. 

The mayor announced Mason’s firing after Fraser’s slaying and the former judge’s arrest.

Jackson on Monday defended the hire and, according to WKYC, refused to apologize. 

“No, I am not apologizing to the family,” Jackson told the news station. “I will tell the family I am greatly sorry for their loss.”

Jackson has a “second chance” policy in which many former prisoners are hired to work at Cleveland City Hall. The policy, and his hiring of Mason, has come under intense criticism. 

Cleveland.com editorial cartoonist Jeff Darcy on Tuesday resurfaced a November 2017 cartoon decrying Jackson’s hiring of Mason, in which Mason’s picture is shown on a poster in the city human resources office. The poster proclaims him “Wife-Beating Employee of the Month,” and Harvey Weinstein and O.J. Simpson are seen applying for jobs.

In the updated version, the word “FIRED” is stamped across Mason’s face, and Simpson’s job application states it is for “Lance Mason’s old job.”

Darcy writes in the accompanying opinion piece that Jackson’s hiring of Mason, and his defense of the hiring, are “derelict” and “disgusting.”

“Mayor Frank Jackson has blood on his hands, and it's not from harvesting a Thanksgiving turkey,” Darcy writes. 

Related story: Ohio judge removed from bench for beating wife in 2014 accused of stabbing her to death

Darcy is not the only person outside of Fraser’s circle of loved ones who has spoken out. Jim Swift, deputy online editor of The Weekly Standard, wrote on Twitter that the suspects who mugged him in high school got more prison time than Mason did.

“Which. Is. Insane,” Swift wrote. “Mason should have been in prison for years, not months.”

Others on social media talked of organizing protests in Fraser’s name.

The mayor admitted to WKYC that some of the felons hired by the city have served time for homicides. He would not say how many, the news station said. 

Jackson also said that, while Mason was the most qualified candidate for the position out of a field of 16 candidates, nothing was done to determine if the former judge posed a potential threat to his co-workers. 

“We did nothing to see if he was rehabilitated,” Jackson said

Cleveland.com reported that at the time of the 2014 assault on Fraser, the then-estranged couple were returning from a family member’s funeral, their two young daughters in the back seat of the SUV. 

Mason, then a common pleas judge, punched Fraser about 20 times, slammed her head repeatedly into the vehicle’s dashboard, bit her and choked her before forcing her out of the SUV and driving away with the girls. In a frantic 911 call, a battered Fraser begged police to find her children. 

Mason was later arrested at his home, where investigators found smoke grenades, semi-automatic rifles, more than 2,500 rounds of ammunition, a bulletproof vest and a sword, according to Cleveland.com

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Mason was indicted on charges of kidnapping, domestic violence, felonious assault, attempted felonious assault and endangering the welfare of his children, Cuyahoga County court records show. He pleaded guilty to the domestic violence and attempted felonious assault charges, and the remainder of the charges were dropped. 

He was sentenced in September 2015 to two years in prison but served less than half. Besides the prison time and removal from the bench, he was also prohibited by the Ohio State Bar Association from practicing law again.

Cleveland.com reported Tuesday that the license revocation wasn’t for a lack of trying to save his career. When Mason’s case went before the disciplinary board, a plethora of high-profile people -- including four sitting judges and U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge -- vouched for Mason’s character.

The news site obtained dozens of glowing letters of support written on his behalf in early 2017. 

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judges Hollie Gallagher and Brendan Sheehan wrote that, during their time working with Mason, he was “pleasant, fair and judicious,” Cleveland.com said. Judge John J. Russo, the pleas court’s administrative and presiding judge, wrote that only Fraser could forgive Mason for what he had done.

“What happened with Lance Mason was unfortunate and indefensible,” Russo wrote, according to Cleveland.com. “But I hope the Board of Professional Conduct considers the entirety of Lance Mason’s career and future potential in making their decision. He lost everything that day, but there is still time for the Lance Mason I once knew to put his skills to use in helping others.”

Fudge, who is vying to become Speaker of the House, wrote about the lawyer, prosecutor, state legislator and judge she had known for three decades prior to the attack on his wife. 

“Lance accepts full responsibility for his actions and has assured me that something like this will never happen again,” Fudge wrote in 2017. “Lance Mason is a good man who made a very bad mistake. I can only hope that you see in Lance what I and others see.”

Fudge on Monday night told the news site that she was heartbroken over Fraser’s slaying. She said the person who committed the crime is not the Mason she knew.

“It was a horrific crime,” Fudge said. “I and everyone who knew Aisha are mourning her loss.”

Another Mason supporter who walked back his support since the homicide is civil rights attorney Subodh Chandra, who in 2017 wrote that Mason’s “chance at recidivism (was) nil,” Cleveland.com reported. Chandra also quoted William Shakespeare: “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.”

He wrote that Mason was too young to have all the good he’d done be forgotten.

Chandra said in a statement Monday that he wrote those words about a man he only thought he knew.

“When responding to the request of Judge Mason’s attorney, I talked about the distinguished public servant and well-respected judge I thought I knew -- believing that Aisha Fraser and their children deserved to have Mason support them financially,” Chandra said. “Now my heart is shattered for those children.”

The letters by Mason’s supporters, along with letters he wrote to his wife and daughters while in prison, failed to persuade the state bar of his remorse. Richard Dove, the director of the Board of Professional Conduct, wrote that Mason not only could not explain what made him attack Fraser that day, but that he could not assure board members it would not happen again. 

“How can I speculate or anyone speculate what they would do in a circumstance they never thought they would be in?” the records quote him as saying during his hearing. 

“It is important to note that (Mason’s) attack of his wife on August 2, 2014, was not a mere loss of temper resulting in a single strike or even two,” Dove wrote, according to Cleveland.com. “It was a crazed attack involving multiple strikes, multiple bites, and pursuit.

“When those who knew (Mason) would not have believed him capable of the acts he committed on August 2, 2014, and the evidence presented does not sufficiently explain the acts of that date, the reasonable conclusion is that, in the right circumstances, the events of that date could very well happen again.”

The board recommended that Mason be barred from practicing law for life.

That recommendation did not stop Jackson from hiring Mason last year. 

Williams told the news station Mason should have still been in prison after beating Fraser four years ago and that he should not have had access to his children. He also said he wants those who supported Mason and allowed him early release to be held accountable. 

“They are all collectively responsible for Aisha’s death and the kids witnessing for the second time what a brutal evil monster that other parent was,” Williams said

Who was Juan Lopez, the suspected Chicago Mercy Hospital shooter?

A man shot and killed his former fiancee Monday afternoon outside Chicago’s Mercy Hospital & Medical Center before opening fire on people inside the hospital, killing a police officer and a first-year pharmacy resident, according to authorities.

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Police on Tuesday identified the gunman as Juan Lopez, 32. Officers said Lopez shot and killed Dr. Tamara O’Neal, an emergency room doctor, after an argument over the return of her engagement ring. The pair had been set to marry in late October, but O’Neal called off the wedding in September, WLS-TV reported.

>> Chicago Mercy Hospital shooting: What we know about the victims

Authorities said Lopez then shot and killed police Officer Samuel Jimenez, a married father of three who had been with the force for less than two years, and Dayna Less, a pharmacy resident who joined the hospital this year after graduating from Purdue University.

Here’s what we know about Lopez:

Lopez had been married and divorced once before

In 2014, his wife at the time filed for an order of protection against him after he started sleeping with a gun under his pillow, where it was accessible to their child, WLS-TV reported. She also accused Lopez of going after a neighbor with a gun and pulling a firearm on a realtor during an apartment appraisal, WBBM-TV reported.

Months later, she filed for divorce, according to WBBM-TV.

Lopez was kicked out of the Chicago Fire Department training

Lopez had been training in 2014 to become a firefighter, but he stopped showing up to training after he was told that he would be disciplined for allegedly making threats against a female cadet, fire department spokesman Larry Merritt told The Associated Press.

>> Chicago Mercy Hospital Shooting: 4 dead, including police officer, gunman

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford told WLS-TV that Lopez was accused of “bullying” female cadets. He was fired after he went AWOL from training, the news station reported.

Lopez bought several guns in recent years

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Lopez legally purchased four guns in the last five years. He had a permit to carry a concealed firearm, according to the AP.

Lopez worked for the Chicago Housing Authority

The Chicago Housing Authority hired Lopez in February to work as an associate program specialist, WLS-TV reported.

Officials told the news station that background checks are required before employment with the housing authority. The news station reported that Lopez was approved for hire after the background check and that the agency had no history of complaints about him during his employment.

>> Photos: Chicago Mercy Hospital shooting leaves 4 dead, including officer, gunman

“This was an unthinkable act of violence,” Chicago Housing Authority CEO Eugene Jones Jr. said in a statement. “We are filled with overwhelming sadness and our hearts go out to the families of those who died and to all affected by this horrific tragedy.”

Lopez died Monday during the shooting at Mercy Hospital, though authorities said it was not immediately clear whether he had been shot by officers or he had taken his own life.

Authorities continue to investigate.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Romaine lettuce not safe to eat: CDC, FDA issue warnings ahead of Thanksgiving

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a food safety alert days before Thanksgiving as there has been a multistate outbreak of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce.

An investigation by the CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and public health and regulatory officials in several states and Canada found that the infections may be linked to the lettuce.

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“CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until we learn more about the outbreak,” the group said in the Tuesday alert. “This investigation is ongoing and the advice will be updated as more information is available.”

According to the alert, 32 people in 11 states reported they “have been infected with the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7.” The reports of onset illnesses range from Oct. 8 to Oct. 31. Thirteen people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

The CDC advised that restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any of the lettuce, even that included in mixed salad. Those with any kind of romaine lettuce in their home, opened or not, should throw it out. Areas of the fridge where the lettuce was stored should be sanitized and washed.

Symptoms of an E. coli infection include diarrhea that lasts more than three days, diarrhea with blood in the stool, a high fever or vomiting to the point that you can’t keep anything down and passing little urine. 

More information on the alert, including how to sanitize and clean your fridge and the latest outbreak information, is at CDC.gov.

Thanksgiving store hours: 70-plus stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day 2018

More than 70 retailers have confirmed they will buck the recent trend of starting Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving Thursday, according to a list compiled and  updated regularly by BestBlackFriday.com. 

In early October, 60 retailers confirmed they would close on Thanksgiving Day, but the list has since grown. 

“We have never had these many confirmations in early October, and we are expecting the list to grow to over 100 national and well-known regional stores by Thanksgiving Day,” said Phillip Dengler, head of editorial and content marketing for BestBlackFriday.com

According to a BestBlackFriday.com survey, only 24.67 percent of Americans actually favor stores opening on Thanksgiving Day. Forty-seven percent dislike Thanksgiving openings.  

Here is a list of retailers that have told BestBlackFriday.com they plan to stay closed Thanksgiving Day. (Click the links above to find the most updated list.)

  • A.C. Moore
  • Abt Electronics
  • Academy Sports + Outdoors
  • Acme Tools
  • Allen Edmonds
  • American Girl
  • At Home
  • AT&T (company-owned stores)
  • Big 5 Sporting Goods
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Blain’s Farm & Fleet
  • Bob's Discount Furniture
  • Burlington
  • Christopher & Banks
  • Cost Plus World Market
  • Costco
  • Craft Warehouse
  • Crate & Barrel
  • Dillard’s
  • Dressbarn (majority of stores)
  • Fleet Farm
  • Gardner-White Furniture
  • Guitar Center
  • H&M
  • Half Price Books
  • Harbor Freight Tools
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Home Depot
  • HomeGoods
  • Homesense
  • Ikea
  • Joann Stores
  • Lowe’s
  • Marshalls
  • Mattress Firm
  • Music & Arts
  • Nordstrom
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • P.C. Richard & Son
  • Patagonia
  • Pep Boys
  • Petco
  • PetSmart
  • Pier 1 Imports
  • Publix
  • Raymour & Flanigan Furniture | Mattresses
  • REI
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sierra Trading Post
  • Sportsman’s Warehouse
  • Sprint (some mall retail stores and kiosks may open on Thanksgiving)
  • Staples
  • Stein Mart
  • Sur La Table
  • The Container Store
  • TJ Maxx
  • Tractor Supply Co.
  • Trollbeads
  • Von Maur
  • West Marine

 

 

East Coast haze caused by California fires

Some of the skies above New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia can be hazy, but that’s due to smog. Residents in those areas Monday saw a different kind of haze on a day that was sunny and mild -- the smoke blowing east from the deadly California wildfires, WNBC reported.

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Gary Szatkowski, the former head of the National Weather Service’s Mount Holly, New Jersey, office, tweeted a map from NOAA showing the direction of the smoke as it advanced on the East Coast, NJ.com reported. The smoke could be seen from Philadelphia to the metropolitan New York City area, Szatkowski said.

The smoke is not expected to be a health hazard on the East Coast. Last week, meteorologist Tom Kines told the Rockland/Westchester Journal News, "The smoke is so high up in the atmosphere. It's kind of diluted anyway as it heads eastward."

People from different parts of the country have also been tweeting about the haze:

Holiday shopping: Three big retailers announce gift card restrictions to prevent scams

If you're planning on purchasing gift cards this holiday season, then there are some important policy changes that you'll need to know about. 

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced nationwide gift card policy changes at a news conference Tuesday. 

Three major retailers Walmart, Target and Best Buy have all agreed to new restrictions. There will be reductions in gift card limits, as well as restrictions on using gift cards to buy other gift cards. There also will be more employee training for people who work in the stores to help recognize scams when they are happening.

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Shapiro said gift card scams have quadrupled in recent years. 

Check back for more on this developing story, or click here.

Black Friday 2018: Best deals, list of leaked ads for Macy’s, Walmart, Best Buy and more

With Black Friday just hours away, here is a look at some of the best deals of the 2018 holiday shopping season.

Computers

Apple iPad 2018 with 32GB for $249 – Jet 

Apple iPad 2018, 128GB: $329 – Best Buy

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch 2018 for $1,150 – Best Buy

Acer Aspire with the latest Core i5-8400 processor for $399.99 – BJ’s

Acer 24-inch FHD FreeSync gaming monitor for $100 – Newegg 

Dell Inspiron Chromebook 11 for $199.99 - Dell

Dell G3 15.6-inch gaming laptop for $899 - Office Depot 

Dell Inspiron 15.6-inch laptop for $319 – Dell 

Dell Inspiron Small Desktop for $249.99 – Dell

Dell Inspiron tower with Core i5 for $399.99 – Dell

Dell XPS 13 for $1,500 – Costco

Google Pixelbook laptop for $699 – Google Store

HP 15.6-inch laptop for $349 – Office Depot 

HP 1.6-inch Chromebook for $119.99  - Target

HP Pavilion x360 14-inch with Intel Core i5 for $549 – Best Buy

HP Pavilion 15 for $499 - Staples

Lenovo Ideapad 330 Core i5 1TB HDD for $450 – Costco

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8-inch model for $129.99 – BJ’s

Samsung Chromebook 3 for $99 – Walmart

Surface Go base model for $399 – Microsoft Store

Home technology

Amazon Echo for $69 - Kohl’s

Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones for $90 - Target

Bose SoundSport wireless headphones for $99 - Walmart

Canon imageClass MF244DW laser printer for $99 – Staples

Fire HD 10 for $99.99 - Amazon

Fire TV Cube 4K for $59.99 - Amazon

Google Home Hub for $99 – Jet 

Nest Hello Smart Doorbell for $129 – Google Store

Ring Doorbell 2 +amazon Echo Dot 3rd gen for $140 – Best Buy

Home goods

60 percent off select office chairs – Office Depot

Keurig K-Mini single-serve coffee maker for $49.99 - Target

KitchenAid Artisan 5-quart stand mixer for $279.99 - J.C. Penney

Twin sheet sets for $5.99 - Macy’s

Bath towels for $2.99 each - J.C. Penney

Kenmore French door 26.1 cubic foot refrigerator for $889.99 – Sears 

Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Gen (matching Target) for $119 (was $199)

iRobot Roomba 670 robot vacuum for $194.99 – Jet

Televisions

Element 55-inch smart UHD TV for $199.99 - Target

65-inch TCL 65S4 4K Roku TV for $398 - Walmart

Samsung 32-inch Smart LED HD TV for $175 – eBay

Samsung 75-inch 4K UHD TV and Xbox One S for $1,279 – Sam’s Club

LG 70-inch 4K UHD Smart TV for $869 plus a $100 gift card – Sam’s Club

LG 65-inch 4K UHD Smart TV for $599  - Sam’s Club

Watches

Apple Watch Series 3 (32mm) for $229 – Best Buy

Fitbit Versa smartwatch for $149 - Target

Samsung Galaxy Watch for $254.99 – eBay

Miscellaneous

Canon T6 DSLR Camera Bundle for $399 – Sam’s Club

Potensic GPS FPV RC Drone, D80 with 1080P Camera Live Video and GPS Return Home for $199.99 – Amazon 

Get select doorbusters free after mail-in rebate - Macy’s

Want to check out the Black Friday ads? Here are some links:

Amazon

Bass Pro Shop

Best Buy

Belk

BJ's Wholesale

Costco

Dell

Dick’s Sporting Goods

eBay

GameStop

Google Store

Groupon

JCPenney’s

Jet

Kmart

Kohl’s

Lenovo

Macy’s

Microsoft Store

Meijer’s

Nintendo

Newegg

Office Depot/OfficeMax

Overstock

Sam’s Club

Samsung

Sears

Sony

Staples

Target

T-Mobile

Verizon

Walmart

Also see:

>> Which restaurants are open on Thanksgiving? Here’s a list

>> Which grocery stores are open on Thanksgiving Day 2018?

>> Black Friday 2018: Walmart ad features deals on iPhones, TVs, laptops and more

>> Oprah announces her 2018 favorite things; here’s what made the cut, where to buy 

>> Black Friday 2018: Target, Kohl’s, Costco leak ads promising deals for the day after Thanksgiving

Winner of $5.2M lottery jackpot pleads guilty to scamming others

“Friendship and money: oil and water.”

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Michael Corleone told that to a priest in the 1990 movie “The Godfather: Part III” when the prelate confessed that he trusted friends with the Vatican Bank’s money, and it had a disturbing ring of familiarity to a South Dakota woman who was victimized in a lottery scam by a friend that cost her more than $600,000 over a 16-year period.

A California woman who won $5.2 million in a 1989 lottery pleaded guilty in a South Dakota federal court last week for scamming six people -- including her friend, Kelly Lhotak -- out of more than $1 million, the Rapid City Journal reported.

Judy Carroll, 59, of El Cajon, and her husband won the California lottery in 1989. According to court documents, Carroll scammed Lhotak and five other people out of money in part by telling them the IRS had frozen her assets.

Carroll pleaded guilty at the federal courthouse in Rapid City on four counts of wire fraud and one count of tax evasion, the Journal reported.

Carroll was originally charged with 35 counts of wire fraud, but that indictment was dropped as part of her plea deal, the newspaper reported. 

Each of Carroll's wire-fraud counts carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, while the tax-evasion charge has a maximum of five years in prison. As part of the plea deal, Carroll must pay $1.55 million in restitution.

Of that total, $622,236.01 must be paid back to Lhotak, who loaned her the money over a 16-year period, the Journal reported. 

It was the classic case 

“It’s been a long time coming, and she deserves punishment for what she did for several victims,” Lhotak, who was Carroll’s neighbor in California during the mid-1990s and moved to South Dakota in 2002, told the newspaper. “My heart is broken. I have had the worst betrayal of a friendship that anyone can ever experience.”Lhotak loaned Carroll money beginning in November 2000 through October 2016, according to court documents obtained by the Journal. 

Carroll told Lhotak the IRS froze all her assets and she owed the agency money, according to court documents. However, the IRS only froze assets and levied Carroll’s accounts once during that time, in 2007-2008, the Journal reported. She also told Lhotak she needed money, falsely claiming he was a victim of identity theft.

Lhotak said she didn't doubt Carroll's stories until she called the IRS in October 2016 to ask if her friend owed tax liens, the Journal reported. When the IRS said it had not, the agency launched an investigation.

"I did it because I loved her with all my heart," Lhotak told the newspaper.

‘There’s blood everywhere’: 911 call released in former judge’s alleged killing of ex-wife

Ohio police officials have released the chilling 911 call made by the sister of a disgraced former Cuyahoga County judge Saturday, in which she reported her brother stabbed his ex-wife to death in his driveway.

Lance Mason, 51, of Shaker Heights, was removed from the bench in 2014 after he viciously beat his then-estranged wife, elementary schoolteacher Aisha Fraser, in front of the couple’s two children. 

Fraser, 44, died in a pool of blood Saturday morning as her children, Audrey, 11, and Ava, 8, screamed and sobbed inside their father’s Chagrin Boulevard home. The older girl has Down syndrome.

As of Tuesday morning, Mason had been charged with felonious assault on suspicion of striking a police officer with his vehicle as he tried to flee the scene. Charges had not been filed in Fraser’s death. 

The former state legislator and common pleas court judge, who allegedly tried to kill himself after the fatal stabbing, remains in the hospital. He is being held without bond. 

Related story: Ohio judge removed from bench for beating wife in 2014 accused of stabbing her to death

The audio released by Shaker Heights authorities begins with Mason’s distraught sister, Lynn Mason, telling her nieces to “come here.”

The 911 dispatcher asks about her emergency.

“I need the police immediately,” Lynn Mason says. “My brother is attacking his ex-wife.”

She gives the dispatcher her brother’s address on Chagrin Boulevard before tearfully telling her they will also need an ambulance. 

The dispatcher asks if both Lance Mason and Fraser are still there.

“They’re outside. I… I… I don’t know. I heard her screaming,” Lynn Mason says. 

“OK, are there any guns or knives involved?” the dispatcher asks. 

“I don’t know. I think there might be,” Lynn Mason says. “Please hurry.”

Listen to Lynn Mason’s 911 call below, courtesy of WKYC in Cleveland. Warning: The call may be too disturbing for some listeners.

The dispatcher asks the caller to stay on the phone and relay to her what is happening. Lynn Mason says she can’t tell what is going on because she is inside the house with the couple’s children. 

“I’m inside with the daughter. I don’t want her to see anything,” she says. 

The dispatcher tells her to keep the girl inside and try to stay calm so the girl doesn’t get upset.

“I’m going to get my guys started out that way, OK, so just stay on the phone with me,” the dispatcher says. 

After a few moments, Lynn Mason can be heard telling her niece to stay where she is while she goes and checks outside to see what’s going on. The dispatcher can be heard relaying information to responding officers while Mason’s sister checks on Fraser and her brother. 

“Ma’am? Ma’am,” Lynn Mason says upon her return.

“Yes ma’am?” the dispatcher says.

“He stabbed her and he said she’s dead,” Lynn Mason says. 

“Oh my gosh,” the dispatcher responds. 

The dispatcher relays information of a “possible stabbing and DOA” to responding Shaker Heights police officers.

There are several moments in which the dispatcher and officers talk back and forth about the logistics of the police response. After a while, Lance Mason is heard coming back into the house.

The dispatcher gets a description of his clothes from his sister and asks if he still has the knife or if he left it outside. 

“I don’t know. He walked in and there’s blood everywhere,” Lynn Mason says as at least one of her nieces wails in the background.

Lance Mason walks out again and the audio consists for a while of the dispatcher talking to officers, the back and forth punctuated by the shriek of sirens. 

“Oh my God,” Lynn Mason whispers to herself at one point. 

Lance Mason comes back inside the house as officers start to pull up to the scene. The dispatcher relays that information to the officers. 

“Ten-four, we know,” an officer says. 

“OK, are my officers there?” the dispatcher asks him. 

An officer comes on and says there is a female down at the scene. 

“She does look like she’s been stabbed,” the officer says. 

A little while later, another officer comes on the audio.

“Radio, send a squad to my location. The guy rammed me from behind,” says the officer, who was later identified by Shaker Heights police officials as Officer Adam Flynt.

News 5 in Cleveland reported Monday that the officer suffered serious injuries to his legs and ribs. Court records obtained by Fox 8 in Cleveland indicated Mason was driving “fast enough to cause multiple airbag deployments and disabling damage to both vehicles.”

Flynt and Lance Mason were both hospitalized. 

The dispatcher asks Lynn Mason if she knows where her brother is.

“He’s walking around,” she responds. “He’s walking around. I think he wants to die to, so…”

The dispatcher asks Lynn Mason where she and the girls are in the house because three officers, plus a detective, are about to enter. She tells the woman they are in the living room, facing the street out front. 

Lance Mason paces around the kitchen for a while before going into the living room with his sister and daughters. An officer comes over the radio and says Fraser is down and not breathing. The dispatcher tells him paramedics are on the way. 

A few seconds later, officers can be heard yelling as they get inside the house. 

The children can be heard crying. One girl is talking to her aunt, though WKYC edited the audio to remove things the children said during the call.

News 5 reported that the girl, sobbing, said, “He killed her.” 

“I know, baby. I’m so sorry,” Lynn Mason responds. 

A former babysitter for Fraser and her ex-husband told Cleveland.com Monday that the little girls were Frazer’s life. She also loved her job at Woodbury Elementary School, where a candlelight vigil was held Monday evening to remember the longtime teacher. 

The Shaker Heights Teachers’ Association organized the vigil and established a GoFundMe page for Fraser’s children. As of Tuesday morning, the fundraising page had raised nearly $110,000. 

“We are in deep mourning,” read a post on the association’s Facebook page. “Aisha exemplified the best of Shaker Heights teachers: smart, amazingly caring of her students and her colleagues, active in her profession and in our association. She is loved by many.”

Hundreds of people gathered Monday night to remember Fraser, whose photo was displayed at the school’s entrance as family members, colleagues, students and friends recalled her spirit. Cleveland.com reported that Woodbury Principal Danny Young remembered her kindness, compassion and love, as well as her sense of humor.

“We have lost an angel, as well as a phenomenal educator,” Young said. 

Fraser’s pastor, Chip Freed, of Garfield Memorial Church, told the crowd they have all been left with questions about why her life was ended. 

“Aisha’s light is now shining on another shore,” Freed said. “As for the rest of us, we can either curse the darkness, or we can light candles.”

WKYC reported that Mason was removed from the bench about a month after an Aug. 2, 2014, assault on Fraser, in which he punched Fraser about 20 times and slammed her head repeatedly against the dashboard of his SUV. He also bit her and choked her as he drove, Cleveland.com reported

The estranged couple were driving back from a family member’s funeral with their daughters. According to a 911 call Fraser made, which was obtained in 2014 by Cleveland.com, Mason kicked her out of the SUV and, after beating her some more outside of the vehicle, drove away with the children. 

Fraser, who feared for the safety of her daughters, begged dispatchers to find her children. 

“I’m afraid he’s going to hurt my daughters,” a frantic-sounding Fraser said. “Please find my kids!”

Click here to listen to Aisha Fraser’s 2014 911 call, courtesy of Cleveland.com. It may be too graphic for some listeners. 

Mason was arrested at his home, where officers found smoke grenades, semi-automatic rifles, more than 2,500 rounds of ammunition, a bulletproof vest and a sword, Cleveland.com reported

After serving nine months of a two-year prison sentence for the beating, which left Fraser needing surgery to repair a fractured eye socket, Mason was hired last year by Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson, who named Mason the city’s minority business development administrator. 

Jackson issued a statement Saturday in which he said city officials were aware of Mason’s arrest and that the former judge had been terminated, effective immediately. City officials were cooperating with Shaker Heights investigators in the homicide case. 

“I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Ms. Aisha Fraser, especially to her children,” Jackson said

Fox 8 reported Monday that Jackson stood by his hiring of Mason following his prison stint, saying he had no way to predict the future. He also stood by his policy of giving people second chances. 

“We’re gonna look at it as a policy. Our policy is second chances unless there is something that would prevent us from doing it,” Jackson told the news station. “For example, you wouldn’t hire a convicted felon and put them around children. You wouldn’t hire an embezzler and put them in the finance department.”

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