Elyria man charged with bring­ing knife to court

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - LOCAL NEWS - Staff re­port

An ef­fort to pay a park­ing ticket has left an Elyria man in even more hot wa­ter Oct. 11 af­ter po­lice say he tried to carry a knife into Elyria Mu­nic­i­pal Court.

Jef­frey Thomas Sr., 50, was at­tempt­ing to en­ter the court, 601 Broad St., but re­peat­edly set the me­tal de­tec­tor off at the door, ac­cord­ing an Elyria po­lice re­port.

The bailiff on duty asked Thomas to empty his pock­ets and dou­ble check if he was wear­ing any me­tal jew­elry, the re­port said.

Af­ter at­tempt­ing to en­ter once more and set­ting the alarm off, the bailiff used the wand me­tal de­tec­tor and lo­cated a black fold­ing pocket knife in Thomas’ back right pocket, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

The re­port makes note there are many signs lead­ing into the court stat­ing weapons are pro­hib­ited and it ap­peared that Thomas was be­ing de­cep­tive about pos­ses­sion of the knife.

For this rea­son, the Elyria po­lice were called to the scene, the re­port said.

When of­fi­cers ar­rived and spoke to Thomas, he said he al­ways car­ries the knife and for­got he had it, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Thomas told of­fi­cers he couldn’t feel the knife as he was check­ing his pock­ets be­cause his pants were baggy, the re­port said.

Po­lice then ar­rested Thomas and charged him with con­veyance of a deadly weapon or or­di­nance into court­house.

Thomas was jailed on a $2,500 bond. He will ap­pear in Elyria Mu­nic­i­pal Court at 2 p.m. Oct. 17 for a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing.


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