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Area attorney, sons injured in car blast (Monroe, MI)
Monroe Evening News ^ | 9/21/2011 | Ray Kisonas

Posted on 09/21/2011 7:17:45 AM PDT by madison10

A local attorney and his two sons were severely injured in a blast when a bomb denoted in their car as they were driving on E. Elm Ave. late Tuesday afternoon. Law enforcement officials and attorneys said the victim is Erik G. Chappell, whose law practice is based in Sylvania, Ohio, but who lives in the county. His two sons, believed to be aged 11 and 13, were seriously injured and all three are in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo.

“This was not an intent to injure; this was an intent to kill,” said a family friend who declined to be identified. “Everybody’s going to make it, but there’s a lot of heartache ahead. I’m still in shock.”

Several attorneys and members of the legal community who know Mr. Chappell said this morning they were told by federal agents to not discuss the case with media. The explosive device detonated as the three were driving, apparently on their way to football practice, around 5:40 p.m. on E. Elm near I-75. Monroe police would acknowledge only that the three occupants were in serious condition. Mr. Chappell is a football coach in the area’s Catholic Youth Organization.

The Detroit Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms is investigating the case and released no information this morning.

Sources, however, said Mr. Chappell had been receiving threats. He is a divorce attorney also involved with several high-profile Monroe County cases, including hot dog stand owners who sued the city in 2009 after they were banned from operating their carts.

It has not been determined if a suspect in the bombing has been developed, but police sources said there are so-called persons of interest.

It is believed the device was placed underneath the passenger side of the Chappell car. One of the boys was sitting in the passenger seat and suffered serious lower extremity injuries, especially to his legs.

The bomb may have contained shrapnel, because all three victims suffered wounds from flying debris, officials said.

There were no witnesses in the vicinity where the bomb exploded. It was believed that Mr. Chappell was able to drag his sons from the car, which quickly became engulfed in flames. The shell of the car is being stored at a secure area.

Monroe Police Chief Tom Moore said the case is in its early stages and ATF officials are the lead investigators.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Michigan; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: attorney; carbomb; michigan; michigancarbomb; monroe
This is horrible! Ohio thugs crossing the border...
1 posted on 09/21/2011 7:17:57 AM PDT by madison10
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To: madison10

Dear Lord. Prayers for them.


2 posted on 09/21/2011 7:21:05 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Attaaaack Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaatch!!!!! XD)
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To: madison10

Mob hit?


3 posted on 09/21/2011 7:23:55 AM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: madison10

I thought the mob didn’t hurt kids.

This is more likely a hit by a husband who was forced into a divorce by this attorney.

We need divorce reform in this country so divorce for no reason doesn’t take place.

There was just another divorce where the wife attacked the cold hearted judge saying “I haven’t done anything.”

No fault divorce is evil.


4 posted on 09/21/2011 7:28:43 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: madison10
Earlier thread (before victims were identified)

Michigan police: 3 hurt in possible car bomb blast

5 posted on 09/21/2011 7:29:59 AM PDT by thouworm (.)
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To: madison10

He sure made someone mad...hope they catch the bomber soon

The people who did this didn`t care how many they killed

Prayers up they recover


6 posted on 09/21/2011 7:31:00 AM PDT by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: yldstrk

This one sounds like it was semi pro. The bomb was triggered while the car was on the road.


7 posted on 09/21/2011 7:35:46 AM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: yldstrk

So, the victims were at fault and the poor bomber was “forced” into it?


8 posted on 09/21/2011 7:36:54 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: madison10

Okay, who’s he represented? Any muslims? They like to pack their bombs with shrapnel.


9 posted on 09/21/2011 7:38:47 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Mr. Lucky

Well, no, that is not what I was saying. What I was saying is that the lawyers become natural targets because of the sick and obscene state of the law which is eviscerating people.

Of course it is attempted murder under anyone’s definition. But the lawyer was just a convenient target.


10 posted on 09/21/2011 7:42:39 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: cripplecreek

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceYpYr4MDt4
The Client: I know where the body’s buried.


11 posted on 09/21/2011 7:43:01 AM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: madison10
a bomb denoted in their car?.....
12 posted on 09/21/2011 7:43:39 AM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: madison10

oh Lord. I just now saw the Catholic connection. Divorce is even more morally depraved in the Catholic belief system. (BTW I am Catholic)


13 posted on 09/21/2011 7:43:55 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: madison10

cell phone activated?


14 posted on 09/21/2011 7:50:22 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: yldstrk

An attorney and his kids are bombed and you explain it or justify it by assuming the lawyer brought it on himself. Nice.


15 posted on 09/21/2011 7:54:08 AM PDT by LachlanMinnesota (Which are you? A producer, a looter, or a moocher of wealth?)
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To: madison10
Sylvania attorney, 2 boys injured in car bomb

Toledo Blade. Two pics in article.

16 posted on 09/21/2011 7:54:13 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: madison10
hot-dog-vendors lawsuit mentioned in article:

Would-be hot dog vendor sues the city of Monroe; case mired in federal court for nearly two years

17 posted on 09/21/2011 7:55:29 AM PDT by thouworm (.)
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To: cripplecreek
This one sounds like it was semi pro. The bomb was triggered while the car was on the road.

or delayed fuse with 5-10 minutes. Could be as simple as a line attached to the wheels, but it sounds pretty bad with the kids in the car. I'm betting divorce, cause nothing makes a guy madder than losing his family on top of losing money.

18 posted on 09/21/2011 7:56:14 AM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat, they sh#t on.)
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To: madison10
Michigan?? Detroit?? Union town?? Hmmmmmmm...

First thing that came to my mind was maybe the lawyer belonged to the Tea Party. Wonder if anyone recently talked publically about "taking people out"?

19 posted on 09/21/2011 7:56:24 AM PDT by jmax
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Mr. Chappell works in his firms’ litigation department and is “actively involved in a diverse litigation and trial practice,” according to the firms’ Web site. The “majority of Mr. Chappell’s cases are business disputes, Mr. Chappell also maintains a family law practice and will evaluate all potential cases ... [he] has litigated employment disputes including the defense of numerous wrongful discharge and discrimination claims; unfair competition claims,” the Web site also states.

The firm does work in Monroe County.

20 posted on 09/21/2011 7:56:47 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: madison10

Bump for later. This is about 10 miles from my oldest son. Grandson #2 was born in Monroe.


21 posted on 09/21/2011 7:58:11 AM PDT by NerdDad ("I don't dislike Obama because he's black -- I don't like his white half either." N. Boortz)
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To: Dick Vomer
Not a divorce lawyer. See link in Post 16. Or info in Post 20.

He only has 1 son.

22 posted on 09/21/2011 7:58:28 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: LibWhacker

A contractor involved with a law case with a Union. However, it looks the Union got what it wanted, June 2011, at least initially. Not implying anything but this is what came up when Googled Erik G Chappell and his law firm.

http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/michigan/miedce/2:2010cv14050/252726/30


23 posted on 09/21/2011 8:04:59 AM PDT by BilLies (The "Liberal" news media hates your traditional American guts.)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Too bad for his son’s friend. The bomber will get caught. It’s just a matter of time. Nobody likes exploding lawyers. Unfortunately we’ve got a lot of knowledge about bombing being imported with the muzzies. Just a matter of time before we start seeing the same stuff all over the country.


24 posted on 09/21/2011 8:18:43 AM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat, they sh#t on.)
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To: Dick Vomer
I hope they get whoever did this soon.

The left have all sorts of bomb making info online. They always have had.

25 posted on 09/21/2011 8:22:03 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: DJ MacWoW

From post 20:

“Mr. Chappell also maintains a family law practice...”

Family Law = Divorce lawyer.


26 posted on 09/21/2011 8:22:37 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: madison10

Leon: “No women, no kids.”


27 posted on 09/21/2011 8:23:53 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (So much stress was put on Bush's Fault that it finally let go, magnitude 6)
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To: Boogieman
The “majority of Mr. Chappell’s cases are business disputes, Mr. Chappell also maintains a family law practice and will evaluate all potential cases ..

They'll catch who did this and whatever the reason is it will be reported.

28 posted on 09/21/2011 8:25:01 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: Red Badger

I saw that, too. Don’t these people proofread their columns after they’ve written them, or do they just assume the almighty spell-check catches everything?


29 posted on 09/21/2011 8:28:33 AM PDT by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: Hoffer Rand

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30 posted on 09/21/2011 8:32:50 AM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Dick Vomer
"Nobody likes exploding lawyers."

Well, I guess that depends on how far away you are when they explode ...


Samauri Court Reporter

31 posted on 09/21/2011 8:35:15 AM PDT by BlueLancer (Secede?! Y'all better just be thankful we don't invade ...)
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To: yldstrk
This is more likely a hit by a husband who was forced into a divorce by this attorney.

If your premise is true ( which I highly doubt) then the wife would have been right to divorce a violent nutcase.

32 posted on 09/21/2011 8:48:38 AM PDT by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage (Don't blame Michele Bachmann. Her parents had her vaccinated.)
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To: madison10
There were no witnesses in the vicinity where the bomb exploded. It was believed that Mr. Chappell was able to drag his sons from the car, which quickly became engulfed in flames. The shell of the car is being stored at a secure area.

Prayers for the family and loved ones. Also, and I know this is wrong, but may the bomber die a horrible death...

33 posted on 09/21/2011 9:27:58 AM PDT by GOPJ (126 people were indicted for being terrorists in the last two years. Every one of them was Muslim.)
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Reward offered in car blast incident
by Ray Kisonas , last modified September 21. 2011 12:43PM

...Mr. Chappell was released from the hospital before 11 a.m.

The ATF agency is offering a reward up to $10,000 for information relating to the arrest and conviction of the offender(s) responsible for this incident.

Individuals that have information are being asked to notify the ATF via the following telephone numbers:
1-800-ATFBOMB or 1-313-202-3400

Several attorneys and members of the legal community who know Mr. Chappell said this morning they were told by federal agents to not discuss the case with media.

The explosive device detonated as the three were driving, apparently on their way to football practice, around 5:40 p.m. on E. Elm near I-75. Monroe police would acknowledge only that the three occupants were in serious condition. Mr. Chappell is a football coach in the area’s Catholic Youth Organization.

The Detroit Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms is investigating the case and released no information this morning.


34 posted on 09/21/2011 10:03:03 AM PDT by madison10
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To: cripplecreek
-- The bomb was triggered while the car was on the road. --

If the car had been at I-75 speed, the outcome would probably have been death.

35 posted on 09/21/2011 10:06:38 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: LibWhacker

The guy is a divorce lawyer the list of folks that have an ax to grind with him will be huge. Hurting the kids is a damned shame .


36 posted on 09/21/2011 10:36:40 AM PDT by Nebr FAL owner (.308 reach out & thump someone .50 cal.Browning Machine gun reach out & crush someone)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Interesting photo of the place where the car burned — but, for analytical purposes, I’d far rather have similar photos of the 100 feet of road preceding that spot...


37 posted on 09/21/2011 10:52:13 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: madison10
Chappell's office is in Ohio, but lives in Michigan and is licensed to practice in both states. This could be someone in either Michigan or Ohio. My first thoughts are either one of his clients didn't have a favorable outcome and blamed him, one of his client wanted to really screw over the opponent, or somebody lost their business. This has gone from beyond business to extremely personal.

From his firm - Lyden, Liebenthal & Chappell Areas of Practice:
Civil Litigation
Business Litigation
Family Law
Labor & Employment Law
General Corporate Law
Aviation Law
Construction Disputes
Real Estate Law & Litigation

Construction and family law are the two that stuck out to me. Labor law gets a lot of hype, but usually it's internal union disputes that get nasty on that extent. Labor lawyers usually just negotiate contracts. These days, that's all almost done to a science. Nothing is more personal than family law and custody cases. Construction cases also can get real nasty at times. Subcontractors, bidding, general contractors. I wouldn't rule against this being revenge for a construction related case, either.

38 posted on 09/21/2011 11:31:56 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (Detroit Tigers - First major league team to clinch division title this year.)
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To: madison10
Additional info on new thread:

US official: Blast in Michigan was from car bomb [MSNBC]

39 posted on 09/21/2011 1:19:57 PM PDT by thouworm (.)
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