Local News Bulletin

Man Brings Paraphernalia to Court

Oberlin man Arvis Townsend was arrested on Feb. 10 for bringing drug paraphernalia into the Elyria Municipal Court. He was stopped by an officer working at the court’s front metal detector, which sounded after Townsend passed through with a spoon, needles and a tourniquet. He was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments and the items were turned over to the Elyria Police Department as evidence. Townsend currently faces a felony charge. He has previously been arrested on multiple drug charges, burglary and disorderly conduct by intoxication.

Car Strikes Pedestrians in Hospital Parking Lot

A driver struck four pedestrians in the Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain on Feb. 16. The driver, who has yet to be identified, drove onto the sidewalk between the building and a pole, crashing into two empty parked cars. The driver then hit a “Do Not Enter” sign, sending it flying 20 feet, before the vehicle finally came to a stop in a flowerbed in front of the entrance. Two of the four pedestrians required medical attention, with one man in serious condition.

Sheriff’s Office Investigating Crash

The Lorain County Sheriff ’s Office is investigating a snowmobile crash that sent three people to the hospital on Monday. The three were riding two snowmobiles around 5 a.m. through an open field when they crashed into a ditch. It is believed that alcohol played a role in the crash, but the Sheriff’s Office is still investigating. It is also unclear whether the riders had permission to be on the land and who owned the snowmobiles. The Sheriff’s Office is seeking charges.