December 22, 2014

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Lorain man pleads no contest in dog feces case

LORAIN — A Lorain man who had been accused of throwing dog feces in December pleaded no contest Monday in Lorain Municipal Court to a disorderly conduct charge.

Additional charges of criminal damaging, littering and criminal trespass against Keith Whitnight were dropped, according to John Prusak, Whitnight’s attorney.

Whitnight also pleaded no contest to an unrelated open burning charge from a November incident in which he was accused of burning a stump, Prusak said.

Police arrested Whitnight, 59, in December after his neighbors called to complain that he was on the roof throwing garbage cans and loose trash to the ground.

He was also using a shovel to scrape dog feces from the roof and throwing it around, police reported. Police had been to the house earlier that night after the neighbors complained about Whitnight throwing a dog kennel from the roof of the building into a neighboring yard and yelling at them.

Whitnight was upset because his neighbors in the divided house were allowing their dogs to use the roof to go to the bathroom and weren’t cleaning it up, police reported.

Prusak said Whitnight was given a short jail sentence and fines, but the jail time was suspended and he’ll be able to perform community service instead of paying the fines.