October 24, 2014

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Police briefs: Aug. 19


Gun incidents keep Lorain police busy

LORAIN — Lorain police responded to at least four calls involving gunfire or handguns in the past few days, though nobody was shot in any of the incidents, police reports said.

About 5:30 a.m. Thursday, officers were called to an East 29th Street address where a woman said her children’s estranged father, George English, 40, of Lorain, drove past her house several times, a police report said.

The woman said English slowed his vehicle when he passed her house and fired a handgun into the air, and later yelled out the car window, “How do you like my new car, I know you saw me!” the report said, adding that English was arrested at his mother’s house on G Street and charged with domestic violence.

Hours before that incident, police were called to a Herbert Drive apartment, where a husband and wife said a man they knew broke into their home and robbed them at gunpoint, stealing a prescription bottle of OxyContin, a report said.

The suspect, Josh Ison Jr., 28, of Lorain, was arrested during a traffic stop and charged with burglary and robbery.

Police also responded to a call about 2:25 a.m. Wednesday at Highland Grill on East 28th Street, where people reported hearing gunshots. Police found a 29-year-old man who a bartender said was struck by a vehicle that fled the parking lot, a police report said.  The man appeared uninjured, the report said.

The bartender told police someone in the vehicle fired three shots into the air, the report said. Police recovered three spent 9mm shell casings from the parking lot.

A fourth incident occurred on Victory Avenue at about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, where a woman said she got into an argument with another motorist, who fired five to seven shots before fleeing the scene, a report said.

Police recovered a single “projectile” at the scene, the report said.

Husband accuses soon-to-be-ex of theft

ELYRIA TWP.  —  An Elyria Township man told deputies on Aug. 8 that his soon-to-be ex-wife stole more than $72,000 from a business account belonging to his basement water-proofing business, a sheriff deputy’s report said.

Sheriff’s deputies registered his complaint and referred the man to civil court,.

The man, 51, told deputies that he and his wife are in the process of divorcing, and she was only permitted to write checks for his business but not sign them, the report said.

The husband told deputies his wife forged his name on bank papers, which allowed her to gain access to the business bank account, the report said.

The man said the woman quit working for him in September 2006, but not before she allegedly wrote more than 150 checks that she made payable to herself, the report said.

All told, the man said the woman took about $72,141 from the account from early 2004 to late 2006.  

Copper wire stolen from Invacare 

ELYRIA — Roughly $14,000 worth of copper wire was stolen from an Invacare Corp. substation on Taylor Street sometime between Aug. 8 and Aug. 13, an Elyria police report said.

Police were called to 1200 Taylor St. about 11 a.m. on Thursday, where Invacare employees said someone cut the lock to an entrance gate at the substation and stole 350 to 400 feet of copper wiring, the report said.

Three arrested in scrap metal theft 

LORAIN — Lorain police arrested three suspects allegedly in the middle of a scrap-metal theft at a recycling company on East 32nd Street on Tuesday afternoon, a Lorain police report said. Lorain residents Matthew Garza, 18, James Mauricio, 19, and Canaan Watson, 19, were all charged with theft, possession of criminal tools and breaking and entering.

Police were called to A-1 Welding about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday after receiving reports of a burglary in progress. When officers arrived, a group of vehicles and people had blocked the three suspects’ van in the driveway, the report said.

Police searched the men’s vehicle and found four pieces of steel worth about $400 each, the report said. Officers also found marijuana in the vehicle.

Candle triggers Nord Center evacuation 

LORAIN — A burning candle that kicked up too much smoke was to blame for an evacuation of Nord Center on South Avenue late Thursday, Lorain firefighters said.

Firefighters were called to Nord Center at 9:23 p.m. after building occupants reported smelling smoke. More than a dozen people were evacuated from the building as firefighters responded with at least six engines, searching for the source of the smoke. 

No one was injured, and the employees and others returned to the building just after 10 p.m., firefighters said.