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Man charged after dispute with neighbor


ELYRA — After two neighbors got into an argument Tuesday, one of the men allegedly lit the other’s car on fire and broke his window with a rock.

General Hodge Jr., 18, was charged with arson and criminal damaging about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at his house at 163 Dorset Court after Hodge admitted to setting his neighbor’s car on fire.

Shawn Grant, 32, told police that about 4 p.m. Tuesday, he was at his apartment on the 500 block of Georgetown Avenue when he got into an argument with Hodge, whom he suspected of setting cars on fire in the neighborhood. Grant told police that only an hour after the argument, another neighbor stomped out a lit rag underneath Grant’s car, which was parked near Hodge’s apartment. When Grant went to his car, he saw that someone had broken his front windshield with a rock.

When they arrived at the scene, police saw that there was fire damage to the side of Grant’s car and that a rock was lying near the broken windshield.

Hodge initially denied setting fire to Grant’s car but after police questioned him further, Hodge admitted being responsible.

Hodge was being held at Lorain County Jail on $11,000 bond until his court date 1 p.m. Dec. 12 in Elyria Municipal Court.

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