October 25, 2014

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Wellington, Oberlin crime: Police called for unruly teen at high school


Wellington police

1:05 p.m. Dec. 9 — Wellington High School, a guidance counselor contacted authorities in reference to a 16-year-old student who was being unruly. School officials said the student was removed from gym class because he was failing and asked to go to an area in study hall, but he refused. The school resource officer was called and took him to the guidance office, where he was told to pull up sagging pants and he responded: “When you start paying for my clothes you can tell me how to wear them.” When a principal arrived, the student said, “Just suspend me so you don’t have to put up with me,’’ and “I’m just gonna act up, you need to suspend me.’’ He was arrested and charged with a juvenile count of being unruly and sent home with his mother.

Sunday, Dec. 1

  • 4:47 p.m. — 200 block East Hamilton, officers arrived in reference to a domestic dispute between a father and son. The son said his father accused him of “smoking pot” and shoved him. The son then hit his father’s face. Officers spoke to the father who said his son covered up the smell in the bedroom using body spray. A confrontation then ensued between the father and son.

Friday, Dec. 6

  • 2:18 a.m. — 100 block Bennett St., an employee reported that his front tire was “sliced” and another reported the theft of a tool box containing $200 worth of tools.

Thursday, Dec. 12

  • 9:03 a.m. — 200 Johns S., theft of medication reported.

Oberlin police

Tuesday, Dec. 3

  • 8:52 p.m. — 200 block Woodland St., theft of money from a wallet and theft of another wallet at Phillips Gym. The men who owned the wallets told police that they were swimming when the money was taken and that they had left their items unsecured.

Wednesday, Dec. 4

  • 12:18 a.m. — 100 block N. Main St., Max Collins, 22, of Oberlin, arrested and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, prohibited blood-alcohol content and making a restricted U-turn.
  • 7:48 p.m. — 46400 block U.S. Route 20, Tosha Camel, 40, of Elyria, arrested and charged with theft, possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Police said Camel was stopped at Wal-Mart for attempting to steal several items from the store, and, when confronted by security, she told workers that she had a receipt. Police said, after Camel was unable to produce a receipt, she ran out of the store and tried to get into several vehicles for a ride. Police said Camel was found with cocaine and a lighter, which were concealed in her groin area.

Thursday, Dec. 5

  • 1:25 p.m. — 100 block Union St., reported theft of a blower from a front yard. A witness told police that a man in a gold vehicle was loading an item into his truck at the time of the reported theft. The man was described as a black male in his 40s, wearing a heavy coat. A female passenger in the vehicle was reportedly wearing a “do-rag or babushka-type head wear.” Police said the vehicle was possibly a Buick in “rough condition.”

Friday, Dec. 6

  • 8:59 p.m. — 45900 block U.S. 20, James Edd Moore, 32, of Wellington, arrested and charged with possession of drug abuse instruments, physical control under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police said Moore was “passed out,” drooling, in the driver’s seat of a vehicle parked in front of a gas pump at Certified Marathon gas station. Police said Moore appeared disoriented when he awoke, and he could not open the car door. Moore said he was “just tired from working so much,” but police said a search of the vehicle uncovered a spoon containing suspected heroin residue, several cut up cigarette filters and a large kitchen knife.

Saturday, Dec. 7

  • 12:45 a.m. — state Routes 511 and 58, Mary Jo Hawkins, 46, of Elyria, arrested and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence and prohibited blood-alcohol content. Police said Hawkins was intoxicated, initially providing an officer with her credit card rather than her driver’s license, and there appeared to be fresh damage to the vehicle’s front bumper and left side.
  • 5:20 p.m. — 400 block S. Main St., Stacy McCullough, 36, of Elyria, arrested and charged with theft for allegedly stealing a purse from Welcome Nursing Home. McCullough, who was listed as a nurse’s aide at the nursing home, told police that the alleged victim let her borrow the purse, but the woman’s daughter told police that her mother is brain damaged and cannot make decisions.

Thursday, Dec. 12

  • 1:56 a.m. — 400 block S. Main St., Tyler Gerber, 23, of Groveport, arrested and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence and blood-alcohol content over 0.17.


  • Joe Smith

    So you arrest a kid for not pulling up his pants and just saying he was going to act up? Wow, hate the baggy pants thing and kids can be a pain but to arrest him is too much.
    That is what suspension is for.

    • Nick

      Schools are constantly criticized for being lapse on disapline. I feel suspension would have been to little. He showed lack of respect for authority, and needed a stern reminder, tho I doubt it will do any good!

      • rudepplsuck

        I agree Nick! He doesnt want to be in school so suspending him isnt going to teach him anything. I know from experience with two very difficult teenagers that they need some fear in them or the situation will only get worse. Arrest him and throw his butt in the DH, if possible, so he can get a glimpes of what his future is looking like. If i could go back a few years that is what i would have done to mine and we wouldnt be were we are!!

        • Zen Grouch

          “He doesnt want to be in school so suspending him isnt going to teach him anything…”

          Sounds like nothing short of a two by four upside the head is gonna teach this kid anything. So, if he and his parents don’t care, why should I?

          Suspend him every time he acts up so that at least he won’t be a distraction to the kids who do actually want to learn something.

          Mouthy punks in school are lawsuits just waiting to be triggered. Put ‘em on the streets where they want to be and let nature take it’s course.

      • Joe Smith

        A lack of respect was not against the law, they went too far.
        Suspend him first, if that does not work you expel him if he commits an actual crime then arrest him.

        • rudepplsuck

          Why not try to prevent him from committing an actual crime!! Give him a little harsh taste of reality before things get really bad. When they act this way at school or with parents, it will probably get worse. Or not, what do i know!! Just hate to see another young kid go down a really bad road that maybe could have been prevented.

          • Joe Smith

            So you are saying people should be jailed or put in DH
            ( if thats the case) for not acting in a respectful manner even if they did not commit a crime?

            Also, a lot of people who end up in jail/DH end up a more hardened criminal than before they went in.

            Granted, he is unlikely to go to the DH for this but it is an over reaction like most of the PC zero tolerance BS

            I believe in don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time but I also believe you don’t do the time if you didn’t commit a crime and being a smarta$$ or being stupid is not against the law or most people would be in jail.

            Just an opinion

          • rudepplsuck

            I dont know these people at all but from years of experience in this particular situation i can tell you that the parents maybe at their wits end and dont know where to turn for help. Some kids are just so difficult that before he turns to drugs and prison maybe he needs a stiffer punishment while he is young enough to learn. I am sure this whole thing is not over baggy pants and be disrespectful. This is probably something that has been on going with this kid. I really doubt the school would have him arrested over those few things. Thats my opinion…. I wont be commenting on this article anymore. :)

          • MZee

            keep in mind he was told to go to study hall and refused. Being arrested for refusing isn’t right, but this kid only proved he was not going to comply with the directions of the school staff.
            Them having cops come prevented it from escalating to where he got physical, at which time this story probably would’ve been spun to say the guard was over aggressive, etc.
            Joe, the school system has rules that all the little johnny’s need to follow. Keep in mind this is a public system. When your little johnny doesn’t play by the rules, he gets benched. He wanted to keep playing (pushing), so he got what he was asking for.
            Let’s pray we don’t read about little johnny walking in with a gun to “even the score”. This young man needs help.

          • Joe Smith

            I agree, rules are to be followed or they should be punishment and the proper punishment should be a suspension not arrest and he was not making physical threats, he was saying they could just suspend him which would indicate they he would have accepted the suspension without getting physical. And if you are worried about evening the score, I would assume he would be more likely to try to even the score over an over reaction like arrest rather than the more appropriate punishment he not only deserved but even asked for.

  • Zen Grouch

    **Stacy McCullough, 36, of Elyria, arrested and charged with theft for
    allegedly stealing a purse from Welcome Nursing Home. McCullough, who
    was listed as a nurse’s aide at the nursing home, told police that the
    alleged victim let her borrow the purse…**

    What a piece of low life scum to steal from a brain damaged old lady!

    Speaks volumes about the quality and management of “Welcome Nursing Home!”

  • Nicole

    We have become a civilization of people that are producing children that are a menace. I understand that not all of the youth today are troubled, however, too many of our children today are disrespectful, anti social, and self centered. We can say that it’s because the schools are too lax, or today’s music and past time activities are teaching our children unscrupulous behaviors. But, at the end of the day, the simple fact is that we, as parents, are failing our children. It all starts at home. Times may not be the best but we as parents need to do our best to make time. Make it a priority to sit down to dinner as a family. Turn off the damn phone and TV’s and sit down and talk. Ask your kids about school and how their days went. Let them know you care and that they are valued. Somewhere along our journey as human beings we’ve become less self reliant, less apt to take responsibilty for ourselves and our actions and we are sensationally de sensitized. All of these behaviors are becoming inherent in our children. These issues are cyclical and likely never to change unless we as parents start to be just that; parents.