November 24, 2014

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Robson Road standoff cost county $10,000

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CARLISLE TWP — The approximately 17-hour standoff on Robson Road on Aug. 12 to 13 cost taxpayers $10,241, according to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

A sheriff’s deputy outside the command post on Robson Road during a 17-hour standoff. (Chronicle File Photo)

A sheriff’s deputy outside the command post on Robson Road during a 17-hour standoff Aug. 12-13. (Chronicle File Photo)

Besides Sheriff’s Office deputies, the cost included paying Amherst, Avon, Avon Lake, LaGrange, North Ridgeville and Oberlin police officers as well as Avon and Avon Lake firefighters. The standoff began when deputies said Kelly Boros barricaded himself with a shotgun in a shed behind his father’s home at 11851 Robson Road off Grafton Road. Deputies were attempting to serve Boros with warrants for drug possession, domestic violence and identity theft.

The 42-year-old Boros — whose extensive criminal record includes convictions for resisting arrest, drug possession and theft — eventually surrendered peacefully. Boros was charged with resisting arrest, carrying a weapon under disability, obstructing official business and two counts of felonious assault. Boros was being held Monday at the Lorain County Jail in lieu of a $550,000 bond and is due back in Elyria Municipal Court on Nov. 8.

Chief Deputy Dennis Cavanaugh said the Sheriff’s Office will request to a judge through the county prosecutor’s office that Boros pay the standoff costs if he is convicted. However, Cavanaugh said full restitution is unlikely.

“He’s living in a shed,” Cavanaugh said.

Cavanaugh said the standoff was longer than most, but all are different and police tactics are not influenced by cost.

“There’s actions you could do to get them over in five minutes,” he said. “But I don’t think (people) would be happy with the results.”

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.