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Scrap Yard Scrapper

A man hit a scrap yard employee with a 10-foot pipe but was then trapped by a bunch of forklifts, police said.

A dispute over scrap metal ended with one man clubbing another with a 10-foot pipe, said.

The pipe-wielding scrap-seller, 33-year-old James Turner of 2030 Princess Court in Lockport, was apprehended after employees of Berlinsky Scrap rushed to their forklifts and boxed in his truck, police said.

Turner was at the 212 Page Ave. scrap yard about 3:45 p.m. Monday when he got into a dispute with a Berlinsky employee, police said.

Turner then fetched the 10-foot pipe out of his truck and struck the employee, police said. He reportedly connected with the employee's shoulder and succeeded in knocking off and breaking the man's glasses.

After hitting and flooring the man with the pipe, police said, Turner punched him.

That's when the other Berlinsky workers took to their forklifts and barricaded Turner's truck, cutting off his escape.

Turner reportedly told the police it was actually the worker who came at him with the pipe, and that he managed to disarm and punch him in self-defense. Surveillance video reportedly contradicted this account.

Turner was on a charge of aggravated battery. In addition to locking him up, the police seized the pipe as evidence, so Turner can't even sell it for scrap.

John Roberts July 18, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Not hard at all to get mad down at crooklinsky's....ripping people off ther weight with their chipped up chunks missing off 10lb weight they use...Giving unsuspecting people number 2 prices for number 1 material, when our founding fathers agreed that breaking weights and measurements,and counterfeiting laws should be faced with harshest punishments...
Bruce Ziech July 18, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Why do you continue to give us news that belongs in Joliet? I thought that this was the Shorewood Patch. I don't mind info on Plainfield and Minooka, but not Joliet. I guess maybe Shorewood doesn't have enough going on to report.
Flora Dora July 18, 2012 at 11:59 PM
What have you got against Joliet?
The Big Tuna July 19, 2012 at 06:22 PM
This article is in the JOLIET patch! lol
Nora Graham July 20, 2012 at 08:10 PM
James Turner will sincerely regret laying his hands on that man when he is notified that the $3000.00 bond posted on his behalf will not be returned to him (regardless of who paid his bond) and will be paid directly to me associated with his back child support. Its a shame to even admit that I ever associated with this nut, but it is bitter-sweet to know that my daughter will benefit from his backwoods behavior. At the end of the day I am grateful for his lack of child support b/cause that is what prevents him from having any visitation rights with her. Hopefully next time he looses his nut on someone he'll think twice about it.

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