ELYRIA — Two Elyria men arrested Tuesday by Elyria police who were investigating a report of shots fired near an elementary school were arraigned Wednesday in municipal courts on various felony and misdemeanor charges.
Antonio M. Bailey Jr., 27, of the 100 block of Tedman Court, and Jordan A. Innes, 22, of the 400 block of Foster Ave., were arrested Tuesday, according to Elyria police.
Innes was arraigned in front of Elyria Municipal Court Judge Robert White, who set his bond at $56,450 on charges including failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony; possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony; operating a vehicle impaired and driving under suspension, both first-degree misdemeanors; possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor; and reckless operation, a stop sign violation and possession of marijuana, all minor misdemeanors.
Bailey was scheduled to be arraigned at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Lorain Municipal Court on a warrant for failure to appear/contempt of court on a minor misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.
Elyria police said it is believed the men may have fired shots Tuesday in the area of Franklin Elementary School at 446 11th St. Officers recovered four shell casings in the 1100 block of Riverside Drive, and from witness descriptions were on the lookout for a white Kia Soul that may have been involved, according to an Elyria police incident report.
Shortly after the shooting was reported, an officer driving south on West Avenue at approximately 3:38 p.m. saw the suspect Kia with Bailey and Innes inside. When she tried to stop the vehicle, it turned left onto Ninth Street, then allegedly ignored a stop sign at Ninth Street and Riverside Drive.
The Kia continued southbound until it stopped in the 1100 block of Riverside Drive, and Bailey and Innes were arrested without incident, police said. The police report did not list an estimated speed.
A search of the vehicle turned up a digital scale containing suspected cocaine residue, 1.4 grams of marijuana and a 1-inch long marijuana “blunt,” police said. The vehicle also had “a very strong odor of marijuana” coming from inside, police said.
Innes appeared to be under the influence of marijuana but declined all sobriety tests and was taken to Lorain County Jail, police said. Bailey was tested for the presence of gunshot residue in connection with the shooting and later handed over to a Lorain County Metro Parks ranger on the warrant, Elyria police said.
Franklin Elementary was put on lockdown at 3:15 p.m., and alerts were sent to parents and guardians. After the lockdown was lifted, officers remained in the area for safety reasons, school officials said.