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Elyria man held on multiple charges

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    Michael Meinke



ELYRIA — A Turner Street man is facing multiple felony charges after allegedly assaulting a female family member Thursday, then threatening officers and spitting on one of them during his arrest, police said.

Michael Meinke, 39, is charged with one count each of domestic violence, harassment by an inmate and intimidation, all third-degree felonies, assault, a first-degree misdemeanor, obstructing official business and resisting arrest, both second-degree misdemeanors, according to Elyria police. He was being held on $85,000 bond in the Lorain County Jail, according to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

Three officers went to Meinke’s address in the 500 block of Turner Street shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday for a report of a disturbance between Meinke and a family member.

Officer Ryan Conway saw the alleged victim had a black eye and red marks on the sides of her neck, and she told him Meinke had assaulted her, according to a police report. Meinke, who appeared to be intoxicated, was handcuffed.

The victim said Meinke accused her of infidelity and punched her in the head several times. She got away and called police, after which Meinke allegedly choked her. She again got away, and was assaulted a third time in the kitchen before officers arrived, according to the police report.

Meinke was profane with officers, telling them to “Get the (expletive) out of my pockets” as they searched him. He also pulled away from officers while handcuffed, according to the police report.

Outside the residence, Meinke spit in Conway’s face and had to be taken to the ground and fitted with a “spit hood,” at which time he threatened an officer by saying “I’m going to get you (expletive),” the police report noted.

A fourth officer arrived to assist, and Meinke “continued to become dead weight and verbally combative with officers” prior to being transported to Lorain County Jail.

The domestic violence charge against Meinke is a felony because he has at least two prior domestic violence convictions, including one felony as a result of a 2017 Lorain County Common Pleas Court case, according to Elyria police.

According to Lorain County Sheriff’s Office records, Meinke was arrested by Elyria police on a domestic violence charge Aug. 20 for an alleged assault on Aug. 14; for disorderly conduct by intoxication on June 1; and for violating a protection order on Jan. 1, a case that later was dismissed.

He also was arrested in November 2017 by Lorain police on domestic violence charges and has multiple prior contempt and failure to appear charges on his record, according to Lorain County Sheriff’s Office records.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’ Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.
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