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8 arrested in Lorain melee

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LORAIN — Eight people face a total of 50 charges after a fight broke out Sunday morning, according to a police report.

Officers were dispatched to a fight at Marshall Plaza Apartments on the 2600 block of Marshall Avenue about 12:20 a.m. A group of men and women reportedly were fighting about an assault that happened earlier that night.

The majority of those allegedly causing the fighting reportedly were people from the Marshall Plaza Apartments that were hosting a family gathering, police said.

The group then moved to another side of the complex on the 1900 block of West 27th Street. One woman in the group, later identified as Yolanda Carter, 42, of Lorain, allegedly was trying to fight the others and shouting profanities at police.

An officer reportedly tried to move Carter away from the crowd by grabbing her by the arm. A woman later identified as Crystal Carter, 42, of Lorain, allegedly charged at one of the officers, trying to stop him from arresting Yolanda Carter.

The officer detained both women.

Another woman later identified as Lovanda Sims, 20, of Lorain, allegedly tried to fight a group leaving the area. Sims allegedly fought Sylina Kriso, 20, as they were surrounded by a group of about 20 to 25 people yelling and screaming.

To avoid putting his hands on Kriso in a large group, an officer deployed his stun gun on Kriso, who fell on her back. Sims reportedly ran from the fight and was later arrested.

Officers told the crowd to disperse and after the group remained in the area, additional officers were called in for crowd control and made arrests. Kriso was transported to Mercy Regional Medical Center to remove the stun gun prongs in her right thigh.

The crowd began to disperse but started fighting again. Lorain police received mutual aid from Amherst and Lorain County Sheriff’s Office as more people were arrested.

One of the alleged aggressors of the fight was a man later identified as Mario Cheers, 36, of Lorain, who reportedly fled into one of the apartments.

When officers tried to detain him, Cheers allegedly shouted at them and refused to follow orders. As officers were trying to reach Cheers, two women later identified as Mary Hawthorne 34, of Columbus, and Chante Thomas, 25, of Sandusky, allegedly tried to stop the officers from capturing Cheers and from entering the apartment.

An officer warned Cheers if he kept resisting, the officer would use his stun gun.

When warned, Cheers allegedly grabbed Hawthorne and put his arm around her neck and held her in front of his body like a shield. Once she escaped him, the officer used his stun gun, which didn’t take Cheers down, police said. The officer then rushed in to restrain him.

Officers in the complex were able to detain a man later identified as Deangelo Finley, 26, of Lorain, who reportedly was running shirtless through the complex, and witnesses told police Finley was causing many of the problems that night.

The group arrested face a total of 14 counts of aggravated riot, 13 counts of obstructing official business, 13 counts of resisting arrest, nine counts of assaulting a police officer and one count of failure to disperse,

Contact Bruce Walton at 440-329-7123 or bwalton@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or Twitter @BruceWalton.
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