December 21, 2014

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North Ridgeville police chief’s wife jailed

Elaine Freeman, shown in November 2012

Elaine Freeman, shown in November 2012

ELYRIA — Elaine Freeman, the wife of North Ridgeville Police Chief Mike Freeman, was ordered jailed for 10 days on Tuesday for her September shoplifting arrest.

Avon Lake Municipal Court Judge Darrel Bilancini also ordered Elaine Freeman to remain on house arrest for 30 days following her release from custody. She was also fined $250 after she pleaded no contest to theft during a court appearance Tuesday.

Defense attorney J. Anthony Rich said Freeman, 42, is undergoing counseling and has repaid the Kohl’s store in Avon for the clothing and shoes she was caught stealing.

“She’s taken responsibility for this,” Rich said. “She obviously feels terrible for what she’s put her family through.”

The Sept. 16 arrest at Kohl’s was Freeman’s second in less than a year. She was first charged with theft on Nov. 19, 2012, when she was caught shoplifting health and beauty products at the Avon Target.

In both instances, Avon police reported that Freeman’s young son was with her when she was caught.

After his wife’s arrest last year, Mike Freeman drove to the Avon Police Department and became upset that his wife was booked, Avon Police Chief Richard Bosley has said.

Mike Freeman has denied he was upset because of his wife’s arrest, but rather that Avon police kept his wife and child together in a holding area. North Ridgeville Mayor Dave Gillock determined the chief’s reaction was unbecoming conduct and reprimanded Freeman, ordering him to undergo anger management counseling.

Elaine Freeman pleaded no contest to theft in March for her November arrest and was fined $250.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.