September 20, 2014

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Several arrested in West Avenue melee

ELYRIA — Several people were arrested Sunday after officers were sent to the scene of a large disturbance in which a woman and her child were allegedly threatened with a gun.

At 8:54 p.m., officers responded to the scene where 15 to 20 people were standing outside of 1612 West Ave.

Police said two women — Tarina and Tonya Howard — were crying hysterically about a woman pointing a shotgun in the direction of one of them while she was with her child.

The woman, identified as Shean Johnson, 38, was intoxicated and standing in the front yard of the home, according to police. Police said Johnson was having difficulty standing and her dress was disheveled.

Johnson was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated menacing, using weapons while intoxicated and tampering with evidence after police interviewed several witnesses at the scene.

Police said it was determined that Johnson walked out on her front porch and pointed a shotgun at one of the women and her child while they were visiting a friend across the street. A police report did not list what prompted the alleged threats.

The shotgun — a 12-gauge Westernfield, Model 40N — was found in a tree nearby. Officers confiscated the loaded gun and secured the weapon.

During the course of the investigation, four others were arrested for allegedly not cooperating with police officers.

Sylvester Oliver, 64, was charged with obstructing official business and resisting arrest; Demann Wilson, 34, was charged with obstructing official business and illegal use of food stamps, and Tennyson Thomas, 36, and Amber Eccelston, 18, were charged with obstructing official business.

All of the individuals were arrested at 1612 West Ave., according to the report.