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Elyria woman charged after false stabbing report


ELYRIA — A 55-year-old woman who lied to police about a stabbing at her home and later admitted to making the story up has been charged.

Late Thursday, police charged Mary Joanne Palange of 430 Longfellow St. with two counts of making false alarms and falsification. All three are misdemeanors that will be handled by the Elyria Municipal Court.

Police Capt. Chris Costantino said in a press release that Detective Donald Moss was the officer to crack the case. He was the one who Palange eventually confessed to, admitting that her initial report was fabricated and did not occur.

The injuries she had were self-inflicted.

Palange told police she was in her garage at 430 Longfellow St. shortly after 6 p.m. Monday when a stranger came up behind her and punched her on both sides of the face. The blows knocked her to her knees, she told police, and he then, he proceeded to get behind her and slash her on the left side of her chest and left forearm with a knife.

Palange told police a tall, dark-skinned male in an off-white T-shirt committed the offense.

She was taken to EMH Elyria Medical Center for treatment of her injuries to her chest and arm.

Costantino said Palange was issued a summons to appear in Elyria Municipal Court. Her court date is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or

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