September 18, 2014

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Police roundup: Oct. 1

Man accused of exposing himself

LORAIN — A Homewood Drive resident told police that her neighbor was harassing her and had exposed himself to her, a police report said.

The woman, 26, said the man, 49, approached her on at least three occasions Tuesday evening, and at one point he had actually exposed himself while asking the woman for sexual favors, the report said.

Police warned the man after the second incident Tuesday, but the woman went to the police station shortly after that and said the man returned and exposed himself. The woman said she feared the man may try to harm her, the report said.

Bathroom bomb threat empties county JVS

PITTSFIELD TWP. — A bomb threat scrawled on a bathroom stall Wednesday inside the Lorain County JVS forced a brief evacuation of the building, according to a sheriff deputy’s report.

A teacher at the school reported the threat just after 10 a.m. Wednesday, prompting seven deputies to arrive at the school and search the building. Deputies found nothing, and staff and students returned to the school shortly after, sheriff’s Capt. Rich Resendez said.

Pair accused of using baby stroller to steal

LORAIN — Police say a Lorain woman and a 15-year-old girl used an infant and baby stroller to conceal $153 worth of clothes they tried to steal from Kohl’s department store.

Kristie Howard, 18, was charged with theft, endangering children and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, while the 15-year-old girl who was with her during the incident was also charged with theft, the report said.

Police were called to the Lorain Kohl’s just before 3 p.m. Sept. 22 by store security guards, who witnessed the theft.

The guards said they watched as Howard and the teenager selected a number of clothing items from the store and then entered the fitting rooms, but exited the room apparently without the clothes, the report said. Security guards stopped Howard and the girl as they left the store, and discovered the merchandise was stuffed in a diaper bag and baby stroller where Howard’s infant was resting, the report said.

Concealed weapon found in traffic stop

LORAIN — When police pulled over a Lorain man for failing to signal a turn on Thursday night, they found a .38-caliber handgun loaded with hollow-point rounds, a police report said.

Police pulled over Brandon Randolph, 28, at East 32nd Street and Dallas Avenue just after 8:30 p.m. for failing to use his turn signal, the report said. When police learned his license was suspended, they had him get out of the car for a search, during which they found the loaded gun in his front pocket.

Randolph has past felony convictions and was barred from carrying a firearm, so he was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, having weapons under disability, no driver’s license and failure to signal a turn.