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Woman threw eggs and raccoon into abortion clinic: police

CUYAHOGA FALLSOhio (WJW) – A woman who allegedly threw eggs and a dead raccoon at a surgical Abortion clinic then later fought with police was indicted by a Summit County grand jury.

Melissa C. Strelec, 34, of French Mill Run, faces one count of assault and one misdemeanor count of criminal mischief in Summit County Court of Common Pleas. She is due to be arraigned on September 30.

Strelec is accused of driving into the parking lot of the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center along State Road on the afternoon of Aug. 15 and throwing eggs at the building, along with the cardboard, according to a police report from the city. She returned soon after to dump a dead raccoon outside the facility, police said.

Strelec walked past the facility twice and yelled at clinic escorts working outside the facility, those escorts told officers.

“It’s not uncommon,” said one woman.

They blocked the eggs by opening umbrellas kept close at hand to block projectiles thrown at clinic clients.

When officers caught up with Strelec at her home on August 25, she admitted to throwing the eggs and the dead raccoon away. Their interaction was captured by the officers’ body-worn cameras.

“I think it’s murder and they’re defending it. I got really pissed off and decided to give them a taste of their own medicine,” she told officers.

Video shows Strelec calm as officers explain his charges.

While awaiting a check-in with court officials, Strelec “became enraged and repeatedly punched officers,” the report said. She also pointed a metal utensil at an officer before throwing it and screaming.

She was arrested after becoming physical.

Strelec was charged on Tuesday, September 13. She pleaded not guilty to a lower court to his count of criminal mischief and a citation for littering, records show.

She was released from jail on August 26 on personal bail, according to court records.

FOX 8 contacted the center for a response to Strelec’s indictment.