NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio — Corinne Branchick tried to lock her car door three weeks ago with a remote key fob. It didn’t work then, and it hasn’t worked since.
In the days that followed, she learned that she wasn’t alone.
Branchick lives on Virginia Avenue in North Olmsted’s Parkview neighborhood, a collection of working-class homes that sit north of Interstate 480 and the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation.
Residents on Clague Road, Brendan Lane, MacBeth Avenue and Tara-Lynn Drive complained of similar problems with their fobs and garage door openers. Affected residents said the malfunction isn’t exactly consistent. Some of the residents say the devices work sometimes, while others say they don’t work at all.
“And of course I thought it was my battery so I go and buy a new battery and that didn’t help it,” Branchick said of her key fob. “But then I noticed that it’s still working when I go to work, anywhere else, except in my driveway.”
North Olmsted police, city council members and experts in radio frequency are baffled. Branchick’s neighbors have their theories about what’s causing the problems.
Some believe Cleveland Hopkins International Airport’s recent technical issues are to blame. Others believe it’s the result of a cable box installed on a utility pole. Branchick noted the cable box is probably “screaming” with frequency, meaning the box is being used as a connection hub for many different things including cable, telephone and…