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Police log for Jan. 3, 2013


Elyria police

Sunday, Dec. 30

11:54 a.m. — 6200 block West River Road S., police investigated an attempted home burglary in which the door was kicked in. Police said a home alarm likely scared off the perpetrator.

2:32 p.m. — 200 block 14th St., a homeowner chased off an alleged burglar after hearing noises outside his home. The homeowner said he saw that his window screen had been cut and yelled that he would shoot whoever was outside, when a 12- to 14-year-old boy, approximately 5 feet tall, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and black pants, ran from his home. Police were unable to locate the boy.

Tuesday, Jan. 1

11:39 a.m. — 200 block 14th St., theft of a television, rings, electronics and a 20-gauge shotgun during a home burglary. Police tracked footprints in the snow but lost the tracks in front of a home on 15th Street.

2:26 p.m. — 300 block Windsor Court, reported home burglary. Police said the resident had a surveillance video from the burglary.

4:15 p.m. — 300 block East Ave., Chester Smith, Sr., 54, same address, arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Police were called to the apartment building for a fight between Smith and a neighbor. Smith’s neighbor said the feud between he and Smith started after Smith grabbed his wife’s buttocks in the elevator a month ago. Before police arrived, Smith’s neighbor said Smith covered the peephole of his apartment, identifying himself as police, to get inside. Smith denied the allegations, but police arrested him after he continued to make threats toward his neighbor in front of police.

6:09 p.m. — 200 block Market Drive, reported theft of a cell phone at Texas Roadhouse. An employee told police she believed another employee had taken the phone, but police said there was no surveillance video, and all the employees denied taking it.

10:05 p.m. — 100 block West Ave., a man told police he wished to press charges against an ex-girlfriend, who he believed stole $6 from him. Police issued a warrant for the woman’s arrest for theft.

Wednesday, Jan. 2

12:10 a.m. — 200 block Northfield Drive, electronics, cash and jewelry reported stolen during a home burglary. Police said the door of the home had been kicked open.

1:10 a.m. — 400 block Foster Ave., a man called police to report criminal damaging and menacing that had occurred at a New Year’s party at his apartment. The man said he had friends over and they refused to leave, throwing trash around his home. Police told the man that throwing trash does not constitute a criminal damaging complaint, and no menacing comments were made, either. The man then told police that one of his friends tried to kill him by putting a plastic bag over his head. Police said the man could not produce the plastic bag that was placed over his head, and he could not explain how he managed to call police while his friend was choking him.

2:50 a.m. — 600 block Bond St., police were sent to a home for an alarm and found two sets of footprints by the residence and a broken bathroom window. The mother of the homeowner said her son, who lived in the home, had recently passed away, and she believed that neighborhood kids, who knew about his death, had attempted to break into the house. Police said the alarm seemed to scare the burglars away.

Lorain police

Tuesday, Jan. 1

1 a.m. — West 37th Street and Leavitt Road, Michael Ramirez, 29, 800 block W. Ninth St., arrested and charged with disorderly conduct intoxicated and disorderly conduct persisting. Police said Ramirez was found intoxicated and lying in a ditch. Police said Ramirez could not walk and was uncooperative with officers.

1:37 a.m. — 1200 block W. 44th St., Demetrius Benjamin, 45, same address, arrested and charged with domestic violence. The mother of Benjamin’s child said Benjamin hit her in the back of the head after a night of heavy drinking. Police said Benjamin was intoxicated when officers arrived. He has two prior domestic violence convictions in 2002 and 2003, according to police.

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