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Police briefs: Aug. 25


Elyria man charged with killing his cat

ELYRIA — A 36-year-old man was arrested on charges of cruelty to animals after he allegedly killed his cat for scratching him, a police report said.

Graig Astorino of the 200 block of Brenthaven told police he was inside his home about 7 p.m. Wednesday drinking beer when his cat began meowing for some food. Astorino decided to feed the feline some raw hamburger, but the cat didn’t want the meat and attacked Astorino, the report said.

Astorino told police he grabbed the black and white striped cat and began slamming it against the walls in his mobile home until it died. He then took the animal outside and laid it in the grass, police said.

Nearby neighbors were scared when they saw this and called police, the report said. Astorino was arrested by police, who found the dead cat near Astorino’s home. When he answered the door he had a beer in his hand and long scratches on his right arm, the report said.

Woman, 50, accused of punching driver

ELYRIA — A road-rage incident led to the arrest of a 50-year-old woman after she allegedly punched another woman in the face, a police report said.

The incident started shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday when Jessica Valentine, 26, told police she was backing out of her driveway on the 400 block of Kenyon Avenue when a woman, later identified as Regina Gilliam, of Elyria, blew her horn and started yelling at her.

Valentine told police she yelled an expletive back at Gilliam, at which time Gilliam started following her.

Gilliam continued to follow Valentine through several city streets while yelling obscenities out of her window, the report said. At least twice, Gilliam reportedly got out of her car to confront Valentine.

Valentine told police she tried to get away and turned into the parking lot of Eastern Heights Junior High School to evade Gilliam. As soon as the two vehicles stopped, Gilliam got out of her 2006 GMC Envoy, walked to Valentine’s Nissan and allegedly punched her in the face through her open window.

Gilliam was arrested and charged with assault after she met police at the police station and admitted to hitting Valentine.

Toddler’s go-kart fall may lead to charges

COLUMBIA TWP. — The father of a 3-year-old boy may be charged with child endangerment after the toddler was injured when he fell out of a go-kart he was riding in with a 14-year-old family friend.

The go-kart ran over Ayden E. Freeman, of Euclid, shortly after 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18. He was taken to Southwest General Hospital with a possible broken left leg and possible internal injuries, a sheriff’s report said. He has since been released from the hospital.

The boy was visiting at the 18000 block of East River Road with his father when the 14-year-old girl was allowed to take Ayden on his first go-kart ride through a field behind the house. During the ride, Ayden put his foot on the ground and was thrown from the go-kart. The right rear wheel ran over Ayden’s left leg along with his midsection, the report said.

The teenage girl told deputies she did not turn or go far on the two-seat, four-wheeled go-kart before Ayden fell. He was not wearing a helmet or seat belt.

A report of the incident was forwarded to county juvenile court for possible charges against Ayden’s father, Andrew Freeman, 31, of Euclid.

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