Man fined $250 on reduced count

When employees caught 55-year-old Richard L. Panton stealing scrap car parts behind Greg Ellinger’s Collision, he told them he had to "make a living," according to the witness statements the employees gave to law enforcers.

Panton, of 7235 Stokes-Westernville Road, Western, was ordered by City Court Judge John C. Gannon Friday to pay a $250 fine, and he was granted a one-year conditional discharge, on one count of trespass, reduced from petty larceny.

Police said at 1:03 p.m. Dec. 9, Panton tried to steal a car door and two fenders from a scrap pile behind Greg Ellinger’s Collision on Rome-Taberg Road. In statements they made to police, two employees said they were outside and saw Panton, then asked him if he had permission to take the scrap metal. According their statements, Panton responded, "I have to make a living."

Also in City Court:

¿ The case of David C. Morgan, 38, of 113 Ringdahl Court, charged with disorderly conduct, was adjourned in contemplation of dismissal to June 16.

Police said at 7:41 p.m. Nov. 3, Morgan refused to stop shouting obscenities in the common hallway of the apartment building.