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Police log for June 21, 2013


Elyria police

Tuesday, June 18

11:34 a.m. — 100 block Clark St., a resident said he found his garden hose was swollen and believes his next door neighbors are stealing his water because their home has been foreclosed on and their water has been cut off.

2:50 p.m. — 1000 block Barbara St., a woman said a man she has allowed to stay in her home stole $80 from her purse on June 15, but she didn’t report it to police. The woman, whom police said was bleeding from her arm and had a broken thumbnail, said he returned Tuesday and when she refused to give him $20, he grabbed her purse, pulled her hair and knocked her down. The man, whom police wouldn’t identify, had left the home when officers arrived. He was charged with assault.

6:48 p.m. — 100 block Chestnut St., a homeowner said a tenant threatened him with a machete after the homeowner tried to evict him. The resident, who fled, was charged with assault and menacing, but police didn’t identify him.

10:09 p.m. — 1300 block East Ave., a resident, who said he doesn’t believe in banks, said someone stole $1,060 from his apartment that he was holding for his elderly mother. The man, who was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Oberlin in an unrelated case, said he locks his door, but the deadbolt sticks. There were no signs of forced entry, police said.

Wednesday, June 19

12:35 a.m. — 200 block Oberlin Road, a man was found walking while bleeding from the head, police said. The man told officers his roommate hit him with a metal pipe after the victim tried to get him to leave the home permanently. The man said the roommate, whom police wouldn’t identify, drove away in a truck. The roommate has been charged with felonious assault, but remained free Wednesday night.

1:15 a.m. — 200 block Foster Ave., Lori Makuch, 42, 100 block Erie St., Elyria, arrested and charged with trespassing and resisting arrest. Makuch refused to leave the home and pulled her arm away when a police officer tried to handcuff her, police said.

10:26 a.m. — 1100 block Garden St., a woman reported that her mother’s boyfriend cut the tire of her vehicle.

6:40 p.m. — 300 block Wesley Ave., Philip Trafis arrested and charged with felonious assault. Trafis’ neighbor said Trafis intentionally hit her with his car as she was crossing the street because he was upset about her taking his dog back, which she reported was malnourished. Trafis denied striking the woman and said she hit the back of his truck with a large item when he asked about the dog.

10:06 p.m. — Furnace and Louisiana streets, officers were investigating a report that a man forced a female into a red pickup in the area. Police spoke to the couple involved, who told police they were husband and wife and had gotten into an argument, so the woman took a walk down the street. The man told police he did not hit his wife, but he “made her” get into his vehicle for her own safety.

11 p.m. — 200 block Brunswick Drive, Juan Ruffin, 29, same address, arrested and charged with domestic violence. Police were called to Ruffin’s apartment for a loud disturbance and spoke with Ruffin’s wife, who was crying and had scratches on her neck and throat. The woman refused to press charges on Ruffin and said the injuries were caused by a cat, but Ruffin was charged because of the woman’s injuries and Ruffin’s admittance that he may have hurt her when he was pushing her away during an argument.

Thursday, June 20

1:57 a.m. — 100 block East Ave., reported theft of keys from Ely’s Inn.

Lorain police

Tuesday, June 11

2 p.m. – 100 block W. 31st St., theft of several shotguns, rifles and handguns during a home burglary.

Tuesday, June 18

3:30 a.m. — 1600 block E. 31st St., a woman reported that someone threw a Molotov cocktail through her car window, catching the vehicle on fire. The woman told police she believed a drug dealer, who provided her heroin in exchange for the use of her car, was responsible.

6:39 a.m. — 3700 block Ashland Ave., theft of a laptop from a vehicle. Police said entry was gained by breaking the vehicle’s window with a brick.

6:52 a.m. — 1800 block W. 36th St., theft of a Bible from a vehicle.

8:10 a.m. — 2400 block Reeves Ave., a woman reported that the tires of her minivan were punctured.

9:42 p.m. — 1300 block W. 18th St., Malik Islam, 24, arrested and charged with possession of cocaine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and obstructing official business. Police were sent to a home to handle an unruly child and saw Islam allegedly trying to conceal a bag of cocaine.

11:58 p.m. — 500 block Kansas Ave., theft of a television during a home burglary.

LaGrange police

Wednesday, June 12

6 p.m. — 100 block Commerce Drive, complaint of a vehicle being damaged in parking lot.

Friday, June 14

6:40 a.m. — North Center Street, Jason Milam, 29, Oberlin, charged with driving under suspension.

10:58 a.m. — North Center Street, McDonald’s, complaint of a former employee making threats.

Saturday, June 15

1:29 p.m. — IGA parking lot, report of small children and a dog left in a vehicle. By the time officers arrived, the vehicle was gone.

Sunday, June 16

6:20 a.m. — 200 block Loperwood Lane, dog bit a person.

Wednesday, June 19

1:20 a.m. — North Center Street, Brittany Slone, 27, LaGrange, charged with driving under suspension and expired plates.

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