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Man allegedly strikes Lorain cop with car

LORAIN — A Lorain man faces 14 charges including felony fleeing, felonious assault and driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs after allegedly hitting a Lorain police officer with his car.

Donald William Zelenak, 43, drove away from Patrolman Timothy Thompson after Thompson stopped the vehicle and walked up to the car shortly before 10 p.m. Friday and saw beer bottles on the floor, according to a police report.

The report stated Zelenak sped off and turned off his car lights. Thompson followed until the pursuit was stopped by a shift lieutenant, according to the report.

During the pursuit, Zelenak ignored every traffic control device he came upon, according to the report.

After the chase was called off, another officer saw the car near Homewood Drive and Grove Avenue, and Zelenak was arrested after crashing his car near his home in the 3900 block of Gary Avenue, the report stated.

Zelenak was treated at Community Health Partners for injuries from the crash before being booked into Lorain County Jail.

Zelenak also faces two counts of failure to comply with the order of a police officer, and is charged with reckless operation, driving under suspension, driving under a drug offense suspension, changing lanes without caution, physical control of a vehicle while under the influence, assault, resisting arrest and a seatbelt violation.

The report stated that Zelenak’s car struck Thompson’s right thigh and hip, but it did not indicate whether the officer sought treatment.

Elyria man charged in house break-in

ELYRIA — Police charged a 55-year-old Elyria man with breaking into a home on High Street after catching the man climbing out of a broken window with a flashlight in his hand, police said.

Wilson Grier, of Middle Avenue, was charged with breaking and entering, possession of criminal tools and obstructing official business after his arrest about 10:30 p.m. Friday.

An officer tackled Grier after Grier stepped off the ladder and turned when confronted, according to the report.
Grier initially struggled and refused to show his hands, according to the report.

He told officers he used to live at the home and came back to obtain some property, according to the report.

A laptop computer and a CD player were found in the trunk of Grier’s car, according to a police report.

A mortgage company purchased the home at a foreclosure sale on March 7, according to the report.

A neighbor had called police, saying she saw a man break a window with a hammer.

Man trimming tree plummets from ladder, faces surgery 

CLEVELAND —  A Lorain man was seriously injured after falling 20 feet from a ladder while trimming trees at his home in the 4400 block of Oberlin Avenue on Sunday.

Stanley Holder, 44, was taken to Community Health Partners by LifeCare Ambulance after the fall at about 2 p.m.

He was flown by helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where he was listed in serious condition late Sunday, a nursing supervisor said.

Holder’s ex-wife, Beth, said he suffered a broken vertebra, and doctors planned to operate today.

She said Holder, the father of three girls aged 17, 16 and 13, could wiggle his toes and move his feet, so the family is hopeful that he will make a good recovery.

Beth Holder said she was grateful for the policy that called for Holder to be taken to the hospital in Cleveland because his neck injury was not visible on a first set of X-rays at the hospital in Lorain.

She said her ex-husband is a roofer and “had no fear of the ladder until now.”

Police investigate man approaching boy at Super K

LORAIN — Police investigated a complaint that a man approached an 11-year-old boy at Super Kmart on Leavitt Road and tried to get the boy to leave with him.

The boy’s father questioned the man after the incident, which occurred about 2 p.m. Friday.

The father said the man talked about religion and Jesus and said he had just been released from prison, according to a police report.

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