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Police briefs: Sept. 22, 2007


Mother: Friend gave son antidepressant

LORAIN — Police are investigating a Lorain woman’s complaint that her 11-year-old son’s friend gave him a prescription antidepressant because he was feeling down, a Lorain police report said.

The woman told police that a 12-year-old girl gave her son an unknown quantity of generic Paxil pills. The woman said she discovered her son had taken the pills when she arrived home Tuesday evening and found him with a small bag of them, the report said.

The woman went to the girl’s house, and the girl’s mother said the child had been prescribed the medications through Applewood Center in Elyria, the report said. The girl said she gave the boy the pills about three weeks ago, and he’d been taking at least one each day since then.

The boy was taken to CHP Regional Medical Center to be treated for any possible complications from the medication, the report said. Police forwarded their investigation to the Lorain Prosecutor’s Office for possible charges. 

Boy harasses ‘gang rival,’ report says

LORAIN — A 14-year-old Lorain boy who said he’s a Crips gang member was charged with menacing after repeatedly harassing a 12-year-old boy whom he accused of being a member of a rival gang, a Lorain police report said.

The victim’s father called police Sept. 4 after his son said the suspect tried to start a fight with him at Dairy Mart on Oberlin Avenue. The victim said the suspect flashed a gun at his son and accused him of being a member of the Blood gang, the report said.

Police interviewed a number of boys who witnessed the incident, and the suspect himself later admitted to pointing a BB gun at the boy, the report said.

Report: Robber uses toy gun

LORAIN — A Lorain woman said she was robbed at gunpoint at Lakeview Park late Thursday, though the robber’s gun turned out to be a toy, a Lorain police report said.

Adiel Windham, 20, of Lorain, was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery, resisting arrest, obstructing official business and aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, despite the gun being a toy, the report said.

The woman said she was in Lakeview Park with a friend when a man wearing a black bandanna, later identified as Windham, pointed a black handgun at her and told her and her friend to hand over “all that they had,” the report said.

The girl said she didn’t have anything, so the suspect grabbed her purse and ran off. The purse contained between $100 and $200 cash, the report said. Officers later crossed paths with Windham on nearby Osborne Avenue, and also located the fake handgun a short distance from where he was arrested, the report said.

Dog hangs itself from door handle

VERMILION — A Vermilion woman returned home late Friday to find her dog hanging dead from a handle on her patio door, an apparent accident in which police say the dog jumped near the door and got caught.

When the woman called 911 around 10:25 p.m. after returning home and finding the animal, she initially thought that someone had broken into the home and killed the dog, police said.

After police responded, however, they discovered that the beagle had somehow managed to jump against the patio door and, in the process, gotten its collar stuck on the door handle, hanging the animal until it died, police said.

There was no evidence of a break-in, police said.

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