Alleged line-jumper charged with assault
ELYRIA - A 66-year-old Elyria man was charged with assault after attempting to cut in line at an area check-cashing establishment.
Columbus Brock of Bradford Drive was charged after he grabbed a 45-year-old Elyria woman who was waiting in line at Ace Check Cashing on North Abbe Road. The victim told police the line was quite long and when it was her turn at the teller, Brock came in and attempted get in front of her to ask the teller a question.
However, the victim told police she told Brock to get in the back of the line. Police said the man then grabbed the woman, pushed her against the corner and began screaming in her face.
Others in the business pulled Brock off the woman and he left the store. Police met him in the parking lot. He was taken to the Lorain County Jail, where officials said he had treatment for mental health problems.
Drunk driver claims others were in car
ELYRIA TWP. - An accident that was thought to involve multiple injuries or a fatality on state Route 113 just west of Murray Ridge Road turned out to be a single driver that had too much to drink.
Elyria Township firefighters and troopers from the Elyria post of the Ohio Highway Patrol responded to the scene early Saturday morning and found a single car that had rolled down an embankment. A man, later identified as Michael Burgess of Elyria was at the top of the hill.
He told troopers there were others inside the car with him, but when firefighters searched the car and the immediate area, no one was found. The 33-year-old eventually admitted to authorities that he was driving. He was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and failure to control.
Man still critical after shooting self
CLEVELAND - A Lorain man remained in critical condition Saturday after allegedly shooting his girlfriend in the face and then turning the gun on himself.
According to a hospital spokeswoman, Rayshaun Campbell remains hospitalized at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. He was taken there early Friday morning after police say he pointed a gun at his 22-year-old girlfriend and pulled the trigger.
Raven Montanez was hit by a bullet in the jaw but fled her Shaffer Drive apartment after being shot. She ran to her mother's apartment in the same complex. Montanez was treated and released from Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain.
Campbell was found inside the apartment by police after officers tried unsuccessfully to contact him and called in the SWAT team. He was discovered with a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.
Pandy's to host annual festival
ELYRIA - Pandy's Christmas Wonderland, 41600 Griswold Road, will have its annual "Candy Cane" festival 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today for children of all ages.
The festival will include the making of candy cane ornaments for trees to be donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland.
The Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for families whose seriously ill children are receiving medical care at Cleveland-area hospitals.
The home recently lost its Christmas decorations, which were damaged in storage.
Santa will help with a special delivery of the handmade ornaments and donated trees early next week to the Ronald McDonald House.
For information, call J.R. Pandy at (440) 324-4314.