Emerilware Thwarts Home Invasion

February 27, 2009 at 10:13 am

Found this posted by Joe Crea/Plain Dealer Food and Restaurants Editor and thought you’d like it:
Emeril replaces pan used in attack

70-year-old woman used pan against teen attackers

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) – Chef Emeril Lagasse says he felt so bad when he heard a woman lost one of his trademark pans while warding off home intruders that he’s replacing the item.

Lagasse is sending 70-year-old Ellen Basinski a whole new set of his signature cookware.

She used her favorite pan to fight the intruders at her home west of Cleveland on Tuesday. Police then took it from her to be used as evidence.

Basinski was on the phone with her husband when the teens pushed their way into her home.

Her husband, Lorain County Judge David Basinski, overheard the scuffle, called 911 and raced home. Meanwhile, his wife says she grabbed the 5-quart saucepan and hit one teen, who was going through her purse.

The four were arrested. The judge said his wife was upset that her pan was seized by police.

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