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Avon Mayor: Police Acted Correctly in Arrest of Ridgeville Chief’s Wife

North Ridgeville police chief reportedly upset after wife arrested.

UPDATED NOV. 27, 4 p.m. (see bold)

Avon Mayor Jim Smith issued a few brief comments regarding how his police department handled a situation involving the wife of North Ridgeville Police Chief Mike Freeman.

Elaine Freeman, 41, was accused of shoplifting food and other personal items from Target at the Avon Commons on Detroit Road just after noon on Nov. 19.  Freeman was with her 2-year-old son at the time and Avon police handcuffed Freeman and placed her and her son in a holding cell, according to Newsnet5.

Fox 8 News reported Mike Freeman “was upset that his wife and child were in booking.”

Smith said his officers did what “should have been done” when discussing the issue at the Nov. 26 Avon City Council meeting.

““This basically is the end of it,” Smith said.  “There were some questions about some things.”

Chief Freeman told Fox 8 he was not upset over his wife’s arrest but how she and their son were treated.

Smith, noting that the incident was heavily covered by local media, including television stations noted, “It was kind of hectic for a couple of days.”  

Freeman was charged with petty theft, a first-degree misdemeanor, in Avon Lake Municipal Court on Nov. 21. On Nov. 27 she pleaded not guilty. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Dec. 18.

Donna Heckman November 28, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Shopifting with her 2 year old, what an example. Maybe CPS should be called into investigate what kind of home the child is being raised in.
James Baker November 29, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Mayor Smith - I appreciate you want to support your police officers and I applaud you for that. I hope that you told them in private that they could have handled that situation better. This woman did not need to be in a holding cell in the booking area. This was a minor misdemeanor. It would have hurt no one for her to sit in the police chiefs office while her husband was notified and responded. Im sure she is a decent woman and probably would have been 15 minutes of polite conversation and a cup of coffee to avoid this whole situation. I'm sure her and her husband have been dealing with some emotional issues, I don't think she stole food because she was hungry. I agree she broke the law and needs to be responsible, but a locked holding cell was obviously the wrong choice. I hope everyone can shake hands and move on. Mayor smith - in the future when you try to explain something - try not to use this statement again "““This basically is the end of it,” Smith said. “There were some questions about some things.” - that just sounds stupid.

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