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Traffic stop nets sawed-off shotgun

LORAIN — A Lorain police officer, who pulled over a driver after recognizing him as someone whose license was suspended, seized a sawed-off shotgun early Friday, a Lorain police report stated.

The driver of the car, Michael Gonzalez, 22, of Lorain, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, improper handling of a firearm inside a vehicle, having weapons under disability, driving under suspension, expired plates and open container in a car.

Lorain police Officer Craig Payne was patrolling Pearl Avenue at 12:45 a.m. when he noticed Gonzalez, who had a male passenger in the car, pull the vehicle into Southerners Bar, the report stated.

Payne recognized Gonzalez as the man who was the target of gunfire last week in another incident outside Southerners Bar and recalled that he didn’t have his license, the report said.

When Payne pulled his police cruiser behind the vehicle, he noticed something was thrown from the car’s window or sunroof, the report said. After searching the vehicle — which Gonzalez said was his girlfriend’s — Payne searched in front of the car and found a loaded sawed-off shotgun that had the serial number removed.

Payne also found seven shotgun shells inside the vehicle, but Gonzalez told police the ammunition was inside the car because his “uncle is a hunter,’ the report stated.

Woman says van driver molested her

LORAIN — A Lorain woman told police that a man who was hired to drive her to the hospital for treatment sexually molested her in her home, a Lorain police report stated.

The 49-year-old woman called police Friday afternoon and said that, a day earlier, a new driver was hired by her health care provider.

The man picked her up at her West Erie Avenue apartment and took her to a medical appointment just after noon Thursday, then returned to pick her up around 1:30 p.m., the report said.

The man then used a wheelchair to wheel the woman inside her apartment, where he asked for a drink of water; the woman obliged, and the man looked in her refrigerator and asked if he could make a bologna sandwich, the report said.

The woman allowed him to stay and make the sandwich, but as he was leaving he asked if he could give her a hug. The man hugged her, then fondled her before she was able to push him away, the report said.

At her son’s behest, the woman contacted police and her medical provider.

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