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Police briefs, Aug. 23, 2007


Police: Suspect opens fire in Elyria

ELYRIA — A 26-year-old man faces felonious assault charges after police said he fired several gunshots from his car toward an Elyria man Tuesday afternoon, a police report said.

Police Lt. Andy Eichenlaub said Johnny L. Boone, of Elyria, and the victim, a 22-year-old Elyria man, were having a disagreement that erupted in gunfire about 4:45 p.m. on the 200 block of Erie Street. Boone fired several gunshots from his car at the victim, missing him. Boone fled the area in a black Pontiac.

He was arrested about an hour later at his girlfriend’s house on the 1500 block of Grafton Road.

Boone appeared in Elyria Municipal Court on Wednesday, where he was issued a $50,000 bond and ordered to stay away from the victim.

Man in ATV accident still in hospital

WELLINGTON — A 46-year-old concession stand worker who was taken to a Cleveland hospital after the ATV he was riding at the county fairgrounds flipped has been upgraded to serious condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Michael Zahurak of Southington, Ohio, was taken to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center after the accident early Tuesday. Zahurak was driving the ATV through the midway shortly after midnight when he lost control, a sheriff’s report said. The ATV flipped, pinning Zahurak beneath the vehicle.

His passenger, Kristen Ruble, 31, of Farmdale, Ohio, was thrown from the ATV and also was transported to MetroHealth. She was not listed as a patient at the hospital late Wednesday.

Police arrest three in drug raid in Lorain

LORAIN — Three people face drug charges after the Lorain Narcotics Unit raided the family’s home on the 1700 block of Lexington Avenue on Tuesday afternoon.

Police Sgt. Roger Watkins said the raid came after a two-month investigation that included several controlled buys from people living at and visiting the house. It all came to a head about 2 p.m. Tuesday when officers came to the home with a no-knock search warrant.

Once they got there, several people ran from the home, including 23-year-old Ivan Brooks. Brooks allegedly threw about a half-ounce of crack on the ground before taking off. Watkins said Brooks was later found in a nearby backyard and was arrested on a warrant for trafficking in crack cocaine.

Police also arrested 25-year-old Shalamar Brooks on a warrant for trafficking in crack cocaine and 43-year-old Lolita Starks for felony permitting drug abuse. Watkins said Starks knew drug transactions were taking place at her home but allowed the sales only on the porch.

Police found guns inside the home along with more than $2,000 in crack cocaine and several hundred dollars in cash.

Lorain native shot to death in Kentucky

LORAIN — A Lorain native died Saturday after being shot in the face outside his Kentucky apartment the night before.

Jermaine Lamar Howard, 29, who lived in Lexington, Ky., was shot once in the face shortly after 10 p.m. Friday as he was entering his apartment complex, according to Lexington police.

He was transported to the University of Kentucky Hospital, where he died at 3:28 p.m. the next day.

No one has been charged in connection with the shooting. Police wouldn’t comment on possible suspects and motives because the incident remains under investigation.

“There’s so many pieces to this puzzle not yet solved,” said Lexington police Lt. James Curless. “A lot of things remain unanswered at this point.”

Howard’s family could not be reached for contact.

Carter Funeral Home in Lorain is handling funeral arrangements.

Dead teen’s aunt gets 6 months

ELYRIA — The aunt of a Lorain teen who lay dead in a home for several hours before his family called police was sentenced to six months in prison on drug charges Wednesday.

Christina Higgins, 39, pleaded guilty to possession of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia just before she was sentenced in county Common Pleas Court.

Higgins was inside the New Hampshire Avenue home when police found the body of 19-year-old Travis Spurlock, dead of a drug overdose, in an upstairs bedroom. His other aunt and uncle, Traci and John Moore, currently face face charges of endangering children and failure to report a death, as well as other drug charges.

Police were sent to the Lorain home on May 22 to check on Spurlock, who had arrived at the residence 24 hours earlier. When police arrived, his family was standing against a truck and told police their nephew was dead inside the home.

Lorain man accused of trying to show explicit video to teen

LORAIN — A Lorain man was being held on a warrant out of the Virginia Sheriff’s Office for allegedly showing a sexually explicit video of himself to someone he believed was a teenage girl. In a search warrant filed Wednesday in the county’s Court of Common Pleas, George Houde, 57, of Lorain, was arrested by Lorain police in conjunction with the Virginia Sheriff’s Office for sending an Internet video of him fondling himself to a Virginia Sheriff’s deputy posing as a 14-year-old girl.

The Virginia Sheriff’s Office alleged that Houde had 21 online chat sessions with the deputy under the name “george_houde52,” and used a webcam on 14 different occasions to show him pleasuring himself between May 17 and Aug. 7, according to the search warrant.

During the chats, the deputy alleged that Houde requested the fictional teenager to take sexually explicit photographs of herself and send them to his Lorain address, which he gave to deputies. He also revealed his face to deputies during one of the webcam sessions, the search warrant said.

Lorain police searched his residence on the 500 block of West 23rd Street in Lorain, and seized a computer tower, digital camera, laptop computer, two desktop computers, six pages of black and white pictures and a floppy disk.

Houde was being held on $2,500 bond in the Lorain County Jail.

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