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Woman, 70, Fights Off Intruders with Sauce Pan

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Associated Press: The 70-year-old wife of an Ohio judge said teens who tried to rob her made her so angry that she whacked one in the head with a sauce pan.

Judge's wife serves up justice
Ellen Basinski said she was on the phone with her husband Tuesday when four boys pushed their way into her home in Elyria, west of Cleveland.

Lorain County Judge David Basinski overheard the scuffle and raced home, while his wife grabbed her favorite pan to defend herself against the intruders rifling through her purse and cabinets.

One of the teens told police he threw a bottle of whiskey at Basinski to distract her so another boy could flee. They ran from the house but were later caught and charged with aggravated burglary.

The judge said his wife is upset that police took the pan as evidence.

On hearing the news, Chef Emeril Lagasse said he felt so bad that the woman that he's replacing the item.

Lagasse planned to send Basinski a whole new set of his signature cookware.

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14 comments so far | Post a comment now
Lindy February 27, 2009, 3:41 PM

Way to go Ellen!

NYCity Mama February 27, 2009, 4:21 PM

LOL! I love this!! LOL!!

nome February 27, 2009, 5:48 PM

that is a NICE superhero pose of her, too!

Anonymous February 27, 2009, 7:31 PM

I hope she said BAM! when she hit him.

m.pierce March 6, 2009, 5:04 AM

thats the first time i ever heard of getting rid of trash with a sauce pan. I love it

Dynomite March 6, 2009, 7:39 AM

Way to go superhero mama!

angel March 6, 2009, 11:15 AM


lol This story is so funny! Shes upset they took her pan as evidence! lol I bet she is used to cooking with this pan. Great pan…great work!

Renne W. March 6, 2009, 12:36 PM

I would prefer a cast iron skilet to this light weight pot, because iron skilets DO BIG DAMAGE ! Even better if she would have a gun ! This are NOT animals not humans, we call them GARBAGE of our society. Not even animals do behave this way ! DO NOT COME and say to us that “they are gods children” ! How about put them in the category of the devil ! We never harmed anybody in our lifes ! We do NOT hesitate to do everything in our power to stay a live, regardless of outcome to the attackers !

marty March 6, 2009, 1:52 PM

Smack him again Grand-Ma

Carol Smith March 6, 2009, 2:18 PM

Way to go!!!! I hope that my mother could defend herself!

mlz March 6, 2009, 11:00 PM

HOW FUNNY!! Way to go!! You should
be VERY proud of yourself.

V Archie March 7, 2009, 12:34 AM

Way to go mom! More power to you! I love it.

John Mandele March 7, 2009, 1:09 AM

Congratulations Ellen, for sure you were not prepared, and that was everything you could do to defend yourself

Lace March 7, 2009, 2:09 AM

They may be God’s children, but sometimes His children need a swift smack to the head with a saucepan. Also, if His children try to harm you, they’ve granted you permission to give them that swift smack to head. Excellent work.


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