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Roundup: July 1, 2011


PETA sticker prompts vandalism

ELYRIA - A bumper sticker denouncing the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals apparently prompted a passerby to write a message on the vehicle's fender.

The owner of a Chevy pickup called police about 11:30 a.m. Thursday saying his car had been vandalized while it was parked in the Walmart parking lot in Chestnut Commons. The offender wrote "Glad you are handicapped Mr. Peta" on the pickup's right front fender, according to a report of the incident.

The message was referencing the an anti-PETA bumper sticker that was on the truck. The report did not say what the bumper sticker said or reveal whether the owner was parked in a handicapped spot.

Mall shopper says he was robbed

ELYRIA - An Avon man told police he was pistol-whipped and robbed of $150 as he left Midway Mall on Thursday night.

The man said he and a friend were leaving the mall around 6:30 p.m. when a man in his late 20s approached, according to police. That man began arguing with the victim and then pushed him. The victim pushed back and the assailant drew a wooden-handled revolver from his waistband, struck the victim twice - on the upper left eye area and right side of the chin - and stole the man's wallet, which contained the money.

The Avon man, 18, was taken to EMH Avon Health Campus by his parents, where he was treated and released after receiving stitches to close a small laceration near his eye and chin.

The assailant was described as Hispanic with facial hair.

Neighbors sued over flooded homes

ELYRIA - A Lorain couple is being sued by at least two of their neighbors for allegedly building a dam in a natural stream behind their homes that the neighbors claim led to flooding their homes.

One of the homes, belonging to Peter and Kay Falbo, suffered $175,000 in damage due to the flooding, according to one of the lawsuits filed Friday in County Common Pleas Court. The other neighboring home, belonging to County Commissioner Ted Kalo and wife Wendy Kalo, received about $50,000 in damage, according to another lawsuit. That lawsuit lists only Wendy Kalo as the plaintiff.

The suits claim that Tommie and Joyce Jackson built the dam across a section of Martin's Run and had installed a drainage pipe through it. As a result, the natural flow of the stream was obstructed and backed up, causing flooding to the south of the dam, according to the lawsuits.

A call to the Jacksons home was not returned Friday.

Sewer company suing Avon Lake

A company hired to do sewer work off Electric Boulevard and Jaycox Road in Avon Lake last year is suing the city after the city expressed its intent to declare default on the work order of the project if it wasn't completed soon.

Digioia-Suburban Excavating LLC was hired in January 2010 for the $2.87 million project, which involves separating the two sewer lines at those roads, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court.

The lawsuit claims the city repaved the roadways, which led to delays in completing its sewer project. As a result, the city's counsel sent the North Royalton company an email saying the city will declare a default "absent immediate and sustained efforts by Digioia to complete" the project, according to the suit.

The company is asking for a judge to prevent the city from declaring default, as well as at least $120,000 in damages.

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