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Elyria man arrested on drug charges

ELYRIA — An Elyria man was arrested early Wednesday on drug charges. Joey Wiseman, 26, of Elyria, was arrested at 1:22 a.m. on charges of crack possession, carrying a concealed weapon and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, a police report said.

Police made a drug arrest in the parking lot of CJ’s bar on Foster Avenue, which is in an area of the city that police describe as a drug-trafficking hot spot. Police said they noticed Wiseman and two other men in a Cadillac, all of whom acted suspiciously when a police cruiser pulled into the bar’s parking lot

Officers said Wiseman looked as if he were going to run when they approached, so one officer asked Wiseman for permission to search him.

Police said Wiseman had a few crack rocks folded in a piece of paper and stuffed into the change pocket of his jeans. He also had a .38-caliber revolver hidden beneath the seat of the car, and an open bottle of Crown Royal whiskey in the center console of his maroon DeVille.

Police said Wiseman has a prior drug trafficking conviction.

Police break up drinking party

AMHERST — More than a dozen partygoers were cited for underage consumption of alcohol after police busted up a party at a home in the Coopers Run development early Sunday

The officers were called to the home when the party drew the attention of neighbors, who called police, police Lt. Joseph Kucirek said. When officers arrived, a boy and girl were fighting in a side yard and juveniles were seen running from the home, police said. With no adults in sight, police went looking for the homeowner and found Laura Earl, wife of Lorain police officer Corey Earl, at a nearby neighbor’s home. The officer was not at the home and no longer lives at the home, Kucirek said

Laura Earl returned with police and cooperated with clearing her home of everyone inside. Kucirek said officers started an investigation, finding beer throughout the home. The alcohol was left over from a graduation party earlier in the day. While some safeguards were put into place to prevent the kids from getting into the beverages, some of the partygoers pilfered a few drinks after Laura Earl left the home, Kucirek said.

The partygoers, ranging in age from 16 to 20, were tested with a Breathalyzer and found to have varying degrees of intoxication. Eight 18- to 20-year-olds were cited for underage consumption, with their cases forwarded to Oberlin Municipal Court. Seven 16- and 17-year-olds were cited into the diversion program for the same offense, and a 17-year-old with a previous violation was cited into Lorain County Juvenile Court. Six more juveniles were not cited

Laura Earl was not cited as police do not believe she hosted the party or purposely provided the teens with alcohol, Kucirek said.

Group steals liquor, assaults store clerk

LORAIN — Workers at an East Erie Avenue deli told police that a group of males assaulted an employee who tried to confront them when they stole a bottle of alcohol, a Lorain police report said.

Police were called to Dairy Mart on East Erie Avenue just before 1 a.m. Tuesday, where four workers told them that three males — two juveniles and an adult — had been milling around an alcohol cooler when they swiped a bottle of Long Island cocktail mix, the report said.

Two of the workers tried to confront the suspects at the door, but one of the suspects responded by pulling a worker’s hair, the report said. The suspects bolted out of the store and fled in a maroon four-door vehicle, the report said.

— from staff reports

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