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Couple Arrested On Wedding Night

October 10, 1988

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) _ Newlyweds were booked into the Lorain County Jail on their wedding night after being arrested in a drunken fight with each other, a bystander and police, authorities said Monday.

Roger McGee, 28, and Tamara Lynn McGee, 19, were married Saturday afternoon.

About 10 hours later, early Sunday, the Lorain Police Department says it received a report that Mrs. McGee had been assaulted.

When police arrived at the couple’s home, they discovered McGee fighting with Miles Burch, 28, also of Lorain, said patrolman Raymond West. According to a police report, Burch said he was attempting to help Mrs. McGee.

When police tried to break up the fight, both McGees fought with officers and had to be handcuffed, police said. Once in a police car, McGee tried to kick out the rear window, the police report said.

Mrs. McGee had an asthma attack at the jail and was taken to St. Joseph Hospital and Health Center, where a hospital spokesman said she had to be put in restraints before she could be treated. She was returned to the jail after treatment but was taken to the hospital again because of another asthma attack, police said.

McGee was released from jail Monday after pleading no contest to resisting arrest, said municipal court clerk Cindy Paysor. Charges of disorderly conduct and disorderly conduct while intoxicated were merged into that count, she said.

Municipal Judge V. Paul Timko sentenced McGee to 10 days in jail and ordered him to pay $250 and court costs, but suspended the jail time and all but $50 of the fine and the court costs, Ms. Paysor said.

Mrs. McGee was released Sunday on $700 bond, Ms. Paysor said. She was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct while intoxicated. Reached by phone Monday, she declined comment.

Burch was released on $50 bond Sunday and pleaded innocent to charges of disorderly conduct and persisting in the conduct after police told him to stop. He is not listed in the telephone directory and couldn’t be reached for comment.

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