Lakewood OH

Police beats – Dec. 15, 2010


Prisoner pickup

            A Painesville man stopped by Bay Village officers Sunday morning for an alleged traffic violation on Naigle Road soon found he had additional legal troubles, police said.

            Further checks showed the man had an active warrant with the Geauga County Sheriff’s Department. When contacted, deputies made arrangements to come pick up the prisoner.


Prescription problems

            Police are investigating the apparent theft of several bottles of prescription medicine from an Elmwood Road home Dec. 8.

            Officers said the homeowner discovered the medicine was missing when he returned home after being away most of the day.


More than traffic trouble

            A Lake Road traffic stop on a 48-year-old area man on Friday led to the man being charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, police said.

            After talking with the driver, police said they suspected he was under the influence of alcohol. Police said he failed subsequent field sobriety tests, prompting them to arrest him.




Driving a ‘loaner’

            Police responded to Fairview Centre around 9:30 a.m. Dec. 4 on a report of a car driving around in circles. Upon spotting the car, police checked the license plate numbers and learned the vehicle had been stolen in Cleveland.

            Police followed the car to West 214th Street, where it pulled into a driveway. At this point, police said they apprehended three men from the car and placed them under arrest for felony-level charges of receiving stolen property.

            The three Cleveland men – Ashlev Olszko, 25; Robert Carlisle, 42; and Joe Wiley, 44; appeared to be intoxicated, police said. They also reportedly admitted to have recently taken hits of crack cocaine. Police said they also found evidence of crack inside the car.

            According to police, the three said the car was not stolen but a “loaner,” slang on the street for a vehicle that is loaned out in return for drugs or sex. The owner reports it stolen if it is not returned, police said. The three reportedly told police they were not the original recipients of the vehicle and that several people had used the car before they got it.

            Police transferred the three to the county jail.





Cutting caper

            Police investigated the theft of catalytic converters from three vehicles in the area of Columbia and Brookpark roads between Dec. 6 and 7.

            In each incident, the device was cut off a vehicle parked in a lot outside an apartment complex. A 1997 Buick Skylark had its converter taken at the Clairshire Court apartments, while a 2001 Chevy Venture was struck at the Jamestown Apartments. Another Chevy Venture at the Northernview Villa Apartments had its catalytic converter cut off, police said.


Tire troubles

            Police are investigating the tires being slashed on two vehicles owned by a Delmere Drive family Dec. 6 as well as one member of the family being punched in the nose three weeks earlier.

            In the tire incident, police said the family discovered it when one member attempted to leave the parking lot and found the tires had been slashed. When he went back and checked the other vehicle, he found its tires had also been slashed.

            Police are checking the incident for possible links to another incident about three weeks ago when the man was punched in the nose during an argument about money he owed to another man. Police said the victim had borrowed several hundred dollars from another man during the summer. He told police he had made two $100 payments, but had been unable to pay anything back recently because he had been laid off from work. When the lender came to collect the funds, he and the victim got into the disagreement, apparently leading to the punch.


Multiple problems

            An area man is facing alcohol, resisting arrest and traffic-related charges after police said he was stopped in his vehicle on Great Northern Boulevard shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday.

            Officers said after he was stopped for a traffic light violation, they smelled alcohol on the driver when they spoke to him. Officers said he failed a field sobriety test, prompting them to arrest him. While one officer was attempting to put him in a police cruiser, they said the man attempted to spin away from the officer, then spat at him.

            After officers stopped that attempt at struggle, they said the man continued to be combative, calling the police names and saying he could beat them in a fight.




She’s no Browns fan

            On Sunday, officers were called to a Wooster Road home at 9:30pm to investigate a domestic violence call. They found a man wearing jeans and no shirt with lacerations on his body. Offiers also observed broken glass in the living room and dining room of the apartment. The man said he went to a bar to watch the Browns game, and when he returned home, his girlfriend started throwing objects at him and screaming, accusing him of cheating on her. Although he denied the accusations, she continued to follow him around the apartment, throwing objects, including a glass-topped table. The man said he had to fall to the ground to avoid being hit by more projectiles.

            Upon reaching the kitchen, the woman then opened the fridge, and poured iced tea on the man’s head. He claimed he did not fight back, but assured officers that he and his significant other “argue regularly,” a statement supported by neighbors. He declined medical attention and did not press charges against the girlfriend, who took off before police arrived. A phone call to a number that allegedly belonged to the woman was answered by a male, who stated that this was a wrong number. A warrant is out for the woman on charges of domestic violence, and police also confiscated drug paraphernalia from the residence.


Could it be the Grinch?

            Police were called to a Detroit Road home on Sunday, at 2 p.m. to investigate a burglary. The homeowners said they had been away from home between 10am and 1:30 p.m., returning to find the front door unlocked. Upon further observation, a window in a walk-out basement was found to be broken, leading officers to believe that the thieves entered through the window, then let themselves out the front door. The homeowners reported silver pieces and jewelry missing.




Urban shoplifter

            On the afternoon of Dec. 6, an employee of Urban Outfitters at Crocker Park reported a 55-year-old Sandusky woman was taken into custody for shoplifting.  Store employees said the woman stole five items valued at $148.71, including a makeup brush kit and cat calendar. She was caught after setting off the store security alarm.

            According to the police report, the woman admitted to stealing the items, saying she wanted to give them to her daughter for Christmas. 


Ex-girlfriend with credit card

            On Monday, Dec. 6 at about 5:00 p.m., a 39-year-old Olmsted Township man reported his ex-girlfriend, a 24-year-old Avon Lake woman, used his Discover Card three times without his authorization.

            Police said the card on Nov. 26 at Dick’s Sporting Goods for $191.77 and Verizon Wireless for $576.16, and on Nov. 29 at the Express for $889.28. The man gave the card to the suspect in early November but told her on Nov. 23 she did not have authorization to use it, police said. The victim said he has e-mail proof of the notification.    

Threatening voicemail

            On Monday, Dec. 6 at about 5:30 p.m. a 14-year-old Westlake High School student reported receiving a threatening voicemail message on her cell phone. Police said the suspect is a 17-year-old boy who also attends the school. 

            Officers responded to the suspect’s home and arrested him without incident. The suspect faces aggravated menacing charges in juvenile court, police said.      


Missing cash

            A member’s wallet was reported stolen from a locked locker Dec. 8 at Bally’s Total Fitness, 1255 Columbia Road. The manager said the lock was still secure on the locker when the member retrieved his belongings. The manager later found the wallet in a trash can in the men’s locker room, but without the cash.

            The victim, a 55-year-old North Ridgeville man, told police he had $500.00 in cash in the wallet.



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