December 19, 2014

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Oberlin man charged with shooting house

SPENCER TWP. — Elisa Kazek was reading a book on her living room couch. Her husband, Andrzej, sat near her, and her 16-year-old daughter was upstairs.

It was a normal Saturday afternoon, until a 9 mm bullet shattered the Kazeks’ living room window at 13231 Old Mill Road.

No one was injured, but that didn’t stop the panic from setting in.

“We were right there in the room,” Elisa Kazek said. “I called 911, and I must’ve sounded like a little girl. I kept saying, ‘What do I do? Where do I go?’ ”

Police said the shooter was 38-year-old Joshua D. Hewlett, of Oberlin, who was firing a pistol at a plywood target from his friend’s lawn in the 6800 block of Firestone Road on Sept. 28. Hewlett’s friend also was shooting, police reported, but his guns didn’t fire 9 mm rounds like the one found in Kazek’s home.

The two houses are about 1,000 feet apart through woods and open clearings.

Hewlett, who police said had completed gun safety classes to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon, was charged with disorderly conduct, a minor misdemeanor. He’s set for arraignment in Medina Municipal Court Friday.