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Pair raises courtroom ruckus

Courtney Astolfi • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

A Sandusky couple showed up to court intoxicated Wednesday, causing problems with their former landlords and alarming others nearby, according to a Sandusky police report.

Jerry Cronk, 53, and Rose Burlingame, 52, both of the 1000 block Hancock St., were charged with disorderly conduct intoxicated. After he was arrested, Cronk landed an additional charge of misuse of 911.

When Cronk and Burlingame went to City Hall at about 1:30 p.m. to appear for a civil case against the man and woman who were previously their landlords, Cronk began hurling insults at the woman, the report said.

The woman and her husband went down to the police station and reported the incident. Officers walked across the hall and into the lobby, finding a defiant Cronk and Burlingame smelling of alcohol, slurring their words and unsteady on their feet, the report said.

“Can’t a guy drink a bottle of Cobra beer at 10 a.m. then come to court at 1 p.m.?” Cronk said to officers.

Police handcuffed the two and hauled them back to the police station. In a holding cell, Burlingame slammed a phone against the wall and began to yell, the report said.

“I could have kicked your gun out of the holster; I know tae-kwon-do,” she said to one officer.

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Burlingame then asked to go to the hospital because she was suicidal, the report said. In two earlier alcohol-related arrests last week, Burlingame had complained of breathing problems and also asked to go to the hospital, according to those police reports.

On Wednesday, officers were less indulgent.

“It seemed like a ruse,” an officer’s report said. “After further conversation, she admitted she did not need to go.”

Meanwhile, Cronk used his holding cell’s phone to dial 911 — he wanted Burlingame to go to the hospital, the report said.

Both Cronk and Burlingame were taken to the Erie County jail and held without bond. On Oct. 4, Sandusky Municipal Court Judge Erich O’Brien added the two to the city’s “no bond” list, given their recent drunken behavior, the report said.

On breathalyzer tests, Cronk’s blood-alcohol content registered 0.163 percent, while Burlingame’s was 0.154 percent. Officers only tested Burlingame after she demanded it, the report said.

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