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Local roundup: Dec. 13, 2007


Car fire destroys Chrysler in Elyria

ELYRIA — There was nothing firefighters could do to save a Chrysler Sebring engulfed in flames just after 1 p.m. Tuesday, according to Elyria fire Lt. Robert Majoras.

The car, an older model with temporary tags, melted on the side of 12th Street near West Avenue. Majoras said the fire was not suspicious.

“It could have had a leaky fuel line or a short in the electrical system,” he said.

Smokes were goal of break-in

LORAIN — About 110 packs of cigarettes worth $520 were stolen about 1 a.m. Wednesday during a heist at a Shell gas station, 1150 Tower Blvd., according to a Lorain police report.

A man threw a large concrete brick through the store’s front doors, then shoved the cigarettes in a garbage bag, the report said.

Officers responded to the building’s alarm and watched a surveillance tape showing the suspect inside the building. A description of the man was not available.

Police seek suspect in beating

LORAIN — Police are looking for a Hispanic man who was spotted beating a woman about 3 a.m. Wednesday at 7-Eleven, 3054 Leavitt Road, according to a Lorain police report.

An employee told officers that the man walked into the store to buy cigarettes and the woman ran in and begged for someone to call 911.

The man became enraged and started to beat her, the report said. When she tried to run behind the register, the man picked her up over his shoulder and carried her to his car.

Meanwhile, another witness to the incident told officers he saw a man beating a woman inside a car. He described the woman as being Hispanic and probably in her 20s. The witness told police he walked up to the car and tried to get the man to stop but got hit in the face.

The assailant sped off on Meister Road with the woman inside the car, the report said. He is described as being in his mid-20s with a large scar on his right cheek.

Paintballs pelt houses in Lorain

LORAIN — Several houses were splattered by pink paintball pellets between 10 and 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Police officers handled criminal mischief complaints at houses on Norfolk Avenue, East 30th, East 35th, East 37th and East 39th streets.

A resident on East 35th Street said he ran out after hearing the paintballs thud against his house. He heard a door slam and saw a small car drive off down the street, a Lorain police report said.

Police acquire a DNA sample from man suspected in baby’s death

ELYRIA — Lorain police have obtained a DNA sample from a Lorain man charged with killing an 8-month-old baby this summer.

According to a search warrant unsealed Wednesday in county Common Pleas Court, officers sought the sample from Kevin Kimbrough, 24, to compare to blood found on evidence recovered from the house where police believe Jayden Davidson suffered his fatal injuries.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation already has matched blood found on a green towel to Jayden, but blood samples on an orange hooded sweatshirt, a “Tummy Time” mat and a men’s T-shirt, which allegedly belonged to Kimbrough, have not been identified.

County Prosecutor Dennis Will said there wasn’t a large amount of blood recovered, but the state wants to find out to whom it belonged.

Kimbrough was baby-sitting for Jayden and his 2-year-old brother while their mother, Julie St. Clair, who previously had dated Kimbrough, was at work.

Kimbrough, who faces the death penalty if convicted of aggravated murder and other charges, later was arrested at a Cleveland home.

Man in mall fight gets probation

ELYRIA — A LaGrange man involved in a fight that led to a 15-year-old being stabbed avoided prison during his sentencing Wednesday and will instead be on probation for three years.

Kyle Kocher, 21, pleaded guilty in October to aggravated riot and assault.

Kocher punched a 17-year-old with a set of brass knuckles in the February melee. Also charged in the fight at Midway Mall, which followed a confrontation between Kocher and two of his friends and three teenagers, were Jason DeWitt and Jacob Cammel.

DeWitt, who still is awaiting trial, allegedly stabbed Dalton Estep with a pocket knife. Cammel pleaded to misdemeanor charges in Elyria Municipal Court and was sentenced to 10 days in jail and a $500 fine.

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