POLICE REPORTS


• July 3 at 11:14 p.m.: Victor Perez, 45, of Elyria, was arrested on a warrant through the Parma police department for contempt of court stemming from a traffic charge.

• July 3 at 11:23 p.m.: April Esquilin, 40, of Lorain, was arrested on a warrant through the Elyria police department on an original charge of larceny.

• July 4 at 5:22 a.m.: Jennifer Dingess, 46, of Lorain, was arrested on a warrant through the Amherst police department for failure to appear in court on an original charge of criminal trespass.

• July 4 at 7:34 p.m.: Brent Pete, 43, of Amherst, was charged with disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct by intoxication. Matthew Opel, 29, of Amherst, was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The charged stemmed from a reported fight on Crownhill Avenue.

• July 5 at 2:23 a.m.: Jesse Washington III, 37, of Bedford, was arrested on a warrant through the Erie County Sheriff’s Office for failure to appear in court.

• July 5 at 7:32 a.m.: Police towed a vehicle from the parking lot of Motel 6 because its temporary tag had expired Aug. 12, 2015.

• July 5 at 6:47 p.m.: Officers investigated an incident in which a group of young men thought a firearm might have been present near The Junction on Milan Avenue. They learned no gun was involved and parties were advised to go their separate ways.

• July 6 at 8:48 a.m.: Steven Ross, 50, of Lorain, was charged with trafficking in marijuana and possession of marijuana. He was arrested after a routine vehicle registration check revealed Ross was wanted on a first-degree felony extradition warrant.

• July 7 at 3:21 p.m.: Rachel Opheim, 28, of Lorain, was arrested on a warrant for contempt of court through the domestic relations court.

• July 7 at 4:33 p.m.: Officers responded to Jackson Street for a report of an unwanted person at a residence. An investigation determined the situation was a civil issue.

• July 7 at 4:58 p.m.: Jose Torres, 29, of Cleveland, turned himself in on a warrant through the Amherst police department for failure to appear in court on a traffic charge.

• July 7 at 11:29 p.m.: Larry White, 49, of Amherst, was charged with domestic violence, disturbing the peace, and disorderly conduct. He allegedly assaulted his wife and stepdaughter while intoxicated.

• July 8, time undisclosed by police: Andrew Kessler, 34, of Willard, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear at jail.

• July 8 at 2:30 a.m.: Kelly Schaal, 33, of Elyria, was charged with having physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, blood alcohol content over .17, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• July 8 at 11:54 p.m.: Michael Balut, 45, of Amherst, was charged with aggravated burglary and assault. The charges stemmed from an alleged break-in on Cleveland Avenue. The resident said Balut had attacked her, then fled, returning minutes later to force open the door of the home.

• July 9 at 3:11 p.m.: A Mercury Cougar caught fire in the parking lot at AutoZone on Cleveland Avenue. Owner Tyra Harris, 18, of Lorain, was nearby and appeared uninjured. She told police she had been driving when smoke started to come from the engine compartment. Shortly after she pulled over, the Mercy burst into flames. Amherst firefighters extinguished the blaze. Vaughn’s Towing pulled the burned vehicle away.

Editor’s note: Though charged, defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.