December 21, 2014

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North Ridgeville coach facing charges over altercation at basketball game

ELYRIA – Police have charged a North Ridgeville coach who allegedly kicked a spectator during a basketball game at Elyria Catholic High School on Sunday.

Brian Chrosniak was arrested and charged with assault on Monday after turning himself in to the police station.

Chrosniak, a basketball coach at St. Peter School in North Ridgeville, allegedly “mule kicked” and “butt bumped” a spectator during a basketball game against Our Lady of Angels School in Cleveland.

The alleged victim, Lizabeth Buescher, told police that she and her husband were watching their 13-year-old son’s basketball game at Elyria Catholic High School when she was approached by Chrosniak, who accused her of making noises during a foul shot. Buescher said Chrosniak continued to yell at her, although she denied making the noises, according to a police report.

Buesecher said Chrosniak also yelled at her son, and kicked her once in the back leg, causing her to lose her balance on the steps leading up from the playing floor. She said after Chrosniak pushed her with his buttocks, she fell down five steps, hitting her head and landing on her tailbone.

Police spoke with three people, who said they witnessed Chrosniak use his buttocks to push Buescher down the steps, according to the report.

Read Friday’s Chronicle for more on this story.