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Published: Saturday, 11/5/2005

Wood County man held in burglary in Elmore

ELMORE - A 28-year-old man Wood County man was arrested yesterday after being accused of breaking into an inn and stealing money, liquor, and cigarettes, Elmore police Chief George Hayes said.

Jacob Christman, of North Baltimore, Ohio, was charged with breaking and entering, theft, possession of criminal tools, and possession of a hypodermic needle after police said he broke into the back door of the Portage Inn, 355 Rice St., and attempted to break into Pisanellos Pizza, 351 Rice, shortly after 4 a.m.

He is being held in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, and is scheduled to appear Nov. 14 in Ottawa County Municipal Court.

Mr. Christman was arrested after tenants living in an upstairs apartment saw the crime, contacted police, and told them which direction the robber fled, authorities said.

MONROE - Southbound I-75 will be reduced to a single lane at two locations today in Monroe County while beams on overhead bridges are repaired, the Michigan Department of Transportation announced.

From 7:30 a.m. until 10 a.m., the right and center lanes will be closed at Dunbar Road in Monroe.

From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the right and center lanes will be closed at Ready Road near Newport, Mich., which is north of the I-275 junction.

Significant traffic delays are likely.

On Monday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., northbound I-75 will be reduced to one lane at Ready for pavement marking work. Lengthy delays are likely once again.

PORT CLINTON - Danbury Township police and Ottawa County sheriff's deputies are searching for a man who has exposed himself three times at two Port Clinton-area convenience stores.

Sheriff's Deputy Joe Vidal said the man was caught on videotape showing his genitals to a clerk on Oct. 23 at the Friendship gas station on State Rt. 269, and then again at the same store Oct. 27.

The same day, the man also exposed himself at the Friendship station at State Rt. 53 and State Road in Portage Township.

In each case, Deputy Vidal said, the man approached the counter of the store with a "small item" and a newspaper, which he held in front of himself.

Once at the counter, the man would then pull the newspaper away, exposing himself to the station employee.

The man was described as being in his 40s with blond hair. In each instance, he wore pajama-type pants with the front open and was driving a teal-color minivan.

In images from one of the incidents released by the sheriff's office, he is wearing a gray sweatshirt with the word "Toledo" on the front.

PORT CLINTON - A team of five divers from the Ottawa County sheriff's office recovered four guns and numerous pieces of jewelry - all of them stolen - from a Danbury Township pond on Thursday.

The Ottawa County dive team helped the Erie County sheriff's office recover the items, which were stolen from homes in the Huron, Ohio, area, authorities said.

Erie County Sheriff Terry Lyons said the items, worth at least $2,000, were dumped in the pond at the end of Kirk Road by members of a theft ring who were trying to hide evidence of their crimes from authorities.

The thefts included an armed robbery at a Huron Township home on Tuesday, he said.

Arrested on charges related to the thefts were Jason Adams, 18, of Huron Township; Nicholas Favre, 19, of Castalia, Ohio; Brian Lewis, 19, of Castalia; Steven Schenk, 19, of Sandusky, and a 16-year-old Sandusky boy, Sheriff Lyons said.



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