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Local briefs: Sept. 19, 2007


15-year-old Elyria boy again charged with BB gun attack

ELYRIA — One day after police charged a 15-year-old boy with cruelty to animals for shooting his mother’s dog with a BB gun, the teen was back at it again — this time hitting a 19-year-old woman in the leg, a police report said.

On Tuesday evening, officers met with the 19-year-old victim at the emergency room at EMH Regional Medical Center, where she said the teen shot her in the leg as she walked in front of an apartment on the 300 block of Oberlin Road shortly before 8 p.m. Monday.

The woman told police she had not provoked the teen in any way and was shot by the teen for no apparent reason, the report said.

The high-powered BB gun left a dark welt the size of a dime on the victim’s inner thigh area near her left knee, the report said. She was treated with antibiotics and a tetanus shot. An X-ray of the injury did not show that the BB pellet penetrated the skin.

The teen was not at his Oberlin Road home when officers went there to arrest him, but he later was found walking on Linwood Court and was taken into custody. He was charged with assault in the most recent incident.

Police believe the same firearm was used a day earlier when the teen reportedly shot the family dog. The teen has also caused damage to his mother’s car with the weapon, the report said.

The BB gun has not been located.

Teen turns herself in after allegedly hitting child with car

ELYRIA — A teenage girl is in the county detention center after police said she hit a 2-year-old girl with her car while the toddler played in her driveway and then left the scene of the accident.  Keesia Blue of Infirmary Road spent a few hours in the hospital Monday night after she was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. She was treated and released, said a hospital spokeswoman.

The 17-year-old girl of Portia Court told police she didn’t see the youngster when she pulled into the driveway on the 700 block of Infirmary Road shortly before 9:30 p.m. Monday, said police Lt. Andy Eichenlaub. The teen stopped short of completely running the girl over and backed up when she realized she had struck the child.

The toddler was conscious and crying when help arrived. By that time, however, the teen had someone else move her car to another driveway and left the area, police said. Eichenlaub said she denied to officers she was driving the car but later came to the police station and confessed that she had been behind the wheel.

She was charged with driving under suspension, reasonable control, obstructing official business and leaving the scene of an accident. She was certified to county juvenile court.

Eichenlaub said a charge of aggravated vehicle assault was not filed but is being reviewed by a prosecutor and could be added at a later time.

Firefighters search for boy in state Route 57 sewer pipe

ELYRIA — Elyria firefighters were called to a stretch of state Route 57 on Monday afternoon after receiving reports that there was a young boy who may have been trapped or playing in a large storm-sewer pipe.

Police were called by a passing citizen who said he saw a young boy enter into a large sewer hole on the north side of state Route 57 between Gulf and Abbe roads. The arriving police officer discovered that a large steel grate had been removed, and he made verbal contact with the boy before the child took off running into the pipe, which was about three feet in diameter, firefighters said.

Firefighters arrived on the scene and crawled down into the storm sewer pipe, searching the area for about 30 minutes before concluding that the child must have exited at one of two large holes at either end of the pipe.

Bascule bridge to reopen today

LORAIN — The Charles Berry Bascule Bridge was expected be open for traffic today after being closed for repairs Tuesday.

The East Erie Avenue bridge was closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for inspection and routine maintenance by the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The 1,052-foot bridge, named after Lorain native and World War II hero Cpl. Charles Joseph Berry, was built in he late 1930s. When it opened, it was the largest bascule bridge — a type of drawbridge — in the world. 

Cornhole tournament Saturday

ELYRIA — A cornhole tournament will be at noon Saturday at St. Jude’s Church pavilion, 590 Poplar St., Elyria.

The event will feature food, spirits and cash prizes to top teams. To register or for more information, call Bryant at (440) 371-3722.