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Police auxiliary offers rides to Lorain revelers

LORAIN — As opposed to the ones preceded by a field sobriety test and handcuffs, police are offering free rides to people who’ve had too much to drink to drive on New Year’s Eve on Monday and early Tuesday.

The annual ride home program on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day began in 2008 and runs 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., according to a news release.

Residents or businesses can call the station at 204-2100 and police will send an auxiliary officer to drive the drunken person home.

The rides are only to homes in Lorain, and participants can only receive one ride during the night.

Jury refuses to indict man on burglary charge

ELYRIA — A Lorain County grand jury has declined to indict a LaGrange Township man who was charged with aggravated burglary over the summer, according to court records.

Geoffrey Smith, 62, told Lorain County sheriff’s deputies July 24 that he went to a Wellington Township business on state Route 18 to see about a workbench that was being offered for sale.

He said the gate to the property was open and the keys were hanging in the unlocked door. He said he stepped into the building just past the doorway, but the owner, James Madera showed up and began cursing at him, so he gave his name and left, according to a report on the incident.

Madera, however, told deputies that he returned to the property, which he described as his home, and found Smith inside looking at his things. He reported that he threw Smith out the door, and they got in a “tussle.”

He said Smith then jumped into his truck and peeled out of the driveway.

Deputies reported they ran the plates on the truck and tracked down Smith at Panther Trails Camp Ground, which he owns. Smith gave deputies his account and denied that there was a physical altercation.

The case was dropped in September after the grand jury declined to indict Smith.

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