Deputies searching for female inmate
ELYRIA - Sheriff`s deputies late Sunday were seeking an inmate who escaped while serving time for a drug offense at Lorain-Medina Community Based Correction Facility.
Sherri Baker, 30, of Elyria, was at a meeting as part of her treatment at another facility on Lowell Street when she asked to use the bathroom about 7:25 p.m., a county Sheriff`s deputy said. She never returned to the meeting.
Late Sunday, deputies had not located Baker, who had a home on Lake Avenue before being sentenced in July.
Baker was serving time for cocaine possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records. She also has prior convictions for drug possession, solicitation, theft and resisting arrest, records show.
Plate leads police to crash suspect
COLUMBIA TWP. - A license plate found near a smashed fire hydrant early Sunday led State Highway Patrol troopers to a Columbia Township man.
Troopers from the Elyria Post were called to Fairway Drive in Columbia Township about 2:15 a.m. after neighbors complained that a vehicle had struck a fire hydrant and drove off. The damage had not caused any water to spray onto the street.
Troopers ran a check on a license plate they found near the hydrant and discovered that it belonged to a black 2001 Jeep registered to a Parma address, according to a Highway Patrol dispatcher.
A woman who lives at that Parma home told troopers that the Jeep belonged to her son, a Columbia Township resident.
Randy Borling, 21, admitted his involvement after being contacted by troopers Sunday afternoon, the dispatcher said. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and failure to control.
Clerk at Lorain store held up by gunman
LORAIN - The Dairy Mart on Broadway was robbed at gunpoint Sunday morning, police said.
The lone clerk on duty at the store told police she was standing behind the counter, facing away from the aisles, when a light-skinned black male walked in about 6:30 a.m.
The male, who wore a black hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans and a black coat, said, "What`s up, sexy," and when the clerk turned around, pulled a silver gun from his left pocket, police said. The man demanded all the money in the cash register and the clerk complied, handing him about $100.
He fled the store after instructing the clerk to get on the floor and count to 100, police said. Officers arrived minutes later but did not locate anyone matching the man`s description.
Police showed camera footage of the robbery to the store`s owner, who told police the suspect had been a customer.