October 24, 2014


Elyria blotter: Woman threatens to kick officer who asks for her name

Tuesday, Oct. 1:

  • 8:15 p.m. — 100 block Ridge Circle, a woman said her purse was stolen from her car.
  • 11:15 p.m. — 1300 block East Ave., a woman said her live-in partner grabbed her and slapped her in the face.

Wednesday, Oct. 2:

  • 10:25 a.m. — 600 block Hilliard Road, a woman said someone broke a window in her home.
  • 11:58 a.m. — 3300 block Midway Mall, Betty Jo Oliver, 45 was charged with robbery, resisting arrest and possession of criminal tools after she walked out of JC Penney with a purse full of unpaid items. When employees told her to come back she yelled, “Nope I’m not going to!” and pushed them out of the way.
  • 1:45 p.m. — 700 block Abbe Road, a woman said her brother pushed a door in her face, chipping her tooth.
  • 3:42 p.m. — 200 block Market Drive, a man said someone stole his wallet from his pocket outside of Target.
  • 10:40 p.m. — 300 block East Ave., Norma Wilkerson, 20, was charged with obstruction of official business, resisting arrest, intimidation and assault on a police officer after police approached her on Tuesday night and asked for her name. Wilkerson threatened them and kicked one officer.

Thursday, Oct. 3:

  • 2:30 a.m. — 200 block Marseilles Ave., a woman said her uncle was attacked with a baseball bat while walking to Walgreens by someone they knew.

  • Phil Blank

    You do not have to tell the police your name, plead the 5th Amendment.

    Taking the Fifth n. the refusal to testify on the ground that the testimony might tend to incriminate the witness in a crime, based on the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution which provides that “No person….shall be compelled to be a witness against himself,” applied to state courts by the 14th Amendment. The term became famous during televised Senate committee hearings on organized crime in 1951, when a series of crime bosses “took the Fifth.”

    And they can’t search you, your body or your things either!

    The 4th Amendment; The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

    • Bill

      That all goes out the window when you threaten and then assault a police officer.

      • tim

        I agree. I don’t care who you are, if a law enforcement officer has a reasonable belief that you are violating a law, they have the right to investigate and ask questions! Those who quote the bill of rights or constitution need to re-read to educate themselves. The right of “free speech” does NOT give anyone the right to “cry” fire in a crowded public area. Come on people! Get your facts straight and understand what you are talking about before you speak! Quit being a “fanatic” and educate yourself.

  • John

    There is one exception to your right to silence: According to Ohio law since April 2006, if you are in a public place and under certain circumstances, you must give your name, address and date of birth to an officer. If you fail to provide this information under such circumstances, you will be committing a fourth-degree misdemeanor and may be arrested.

    Also, if you are only being stopped, you can refuse to give your consent for an officer to search your person, vehicle or home. Your refusal will force the police officer to legally justify any search made without your consent. Be aware, however, that Ohio law does permit some limited searches (such as patdowns) in “stop” situations in order to search for weapons.