November 25, 2014

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Roundup: Sept. 30

School bus driver cited for running red light

ELYRIA — A First Student bus driver carrying at least six students was cited for running a red light on Abbe Road, a sheriff deputy’s report said. Stephen Sopko, 63, of Lorain, was pulled over by a sheriff’s deputy at 8:10 a.m. Sept. 17 after he drove a First Student bus through a red light at Colorado Avenue and Abbe Road, the report said.

The deputy was at the intersection when he saw Sopko’s bus headed south on Abbe. The deputy suspected the bus was speeding and watched it travel through the intersection after the light turned red.

Sopko told the deputy he may have been operating the bus faster than he should have and said he wasn’t paying attention to the red light, the report said.

Just a few days after that incident, another First Student bus driver — a 71-year-old man — accidentally ran into a parked car in the parking lot of Murray Ridge Center on Infirmary Road. A sheriff deputy’s report didn’t specify if the man would be cited for that incident. 

Man with BB gun charged with inciting panic 

LORAIN — A Lorain man playing with a BB gun while sitting in a parked car outside a Lorain bank on Thursday was charged with inducing panic, a Lorain police report said.

Police say James Jackson, 21, was sitting inside a car parked at Chase Bank on Fairless Drive when someone in the parking lot noticed him handling a handgun inside the car, the report said.

Police arrived and quickly detained Jackson, who said that his friend was inside the bank cashing a check and he was just playing with the gun while waiting for his friend, the report said. Customers thought Jackson was going to rob the bank and called police. Jackson’s friend — the owner of the car — was not charged, the report said.

Mom reports boy leaving school with unknown man

LORAIN — The mother of a 5-year-old Lorain boy told police Wednesday that her son walked home from school with an unknown man.

She later found her son with the man and a group of children, a Lorain police report said.

The woman contacted police at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday, more than six hours after the initial incident, the report said. 

The woman said she went to Washington Elementary School on West 23rd Street to pick up her two sons, and only one of the boys showed up at her car. The woman asked her son where his brother was, but he didn’t know, the report said.

The mother then asked a woman at the school about her son’s whereabouts, and the woman told the mother that her boy “left with his uncle,” the report said, though it didn’t specify if the woman was a teacher or school employee.

The mother got a description of the man who left with her son and also found out that the man left with a group of children whom he said he was related to as well, the report said. 

She later found her son and the man walking with a group of children near West 22nd Street and Lowell Avenue. The woman asked the children if the man was an uncle to them, and the children confirmed he was, the report said.

The woman said she returned to the school to file a report, but the school didn’t file a report — so she called police.

Police asked the woman why she didn’t call them immediately after the incident, and she explained that she was in shock and may have passed out when she got home. 

The police report said that no other parents had reported that their children left with the man that day.

Police did receive a separate report earlier that day — at 8:23 a.m. — from a woman whose
12-year-old daughter said a suspicious, bearded white man approached her on Cleveland Boulevard while she was walking to school.

The man said something unintelligible to the girl and then left, a report said.

That description doesn’t fit the description of the man who was with the woman’s son, police said.