Lakewood OH

Police beats – Jan. 12, 2011



Fibbers never prosper

            A woman who initially told police officers she had been robbed at the bus stop on Wolf Road near Bradley Thursday is facing a falsification charge after later admitting to police she made the story up.

            Officers were called to the scene at 7:27 a.m., with the woman giving descriptions of suspects and a vehicle. However, officers became suspicious, and after further interviewing, police said she admitted making the story up and had not been robbed.


Border  issues

            Two men are facing charges after police said they stopped a vehicle near the railroad tracks on Dover Center Road Jan. 5 for a traffic violation.

            Police questioned the authenticity of the ID given them by the driver, with further checks eventually showing it was false. Police said there were warrants for him in another county. Meanwhile, officers said a passenger admitted he was in the country illegally.

            The driver was charged with falsification and the passenger turned over to the Border Patrol.


Traffic trouble

            After stopping a vehicle for an apparent traffic violation Thursday on Bradley near Willoway, police said they suspected the driver had been drinking.

            Police gave the 49-year-old driver field sobriety tests, which he failed. He then was arrested on alcohol and traffic-related charges.





Shoplifter fights back

            Police responded to Giant Eagle grocery story on Lorain Road on a report that security agents were scuffling with an alleged shoplifter in the parking lot.

            When officers arrived, they said an off-duty Rocky River police officer was helping the security guard subdue the suspect. Once police got the suspect into custody, police said they discovered $80 in stolen merchandise stuffed in his clothing.

            The 17-year-old Rocky River boy was arrested and charged with felony-level robbery because he allegedly fought with the security guard in an effort to flee. He was taken to the county juvenile detention facility.


Wrong-way driver

            At about 3 p.m. Jan. 4, North Olmsted and Fairview Park police departments received calls of a car heading eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-480.

            A Fairview Park officer who heard the radio call attempted to intercept the vehicle. As he entered the freeway, he saw vehicles swerving out of the high-speed lane. The officer positioned his car in the high-speed lane and saw the wayward vehicle heading right at him. He activated his emergency lights hoping the car would stop, which it did.

            Police said the 73-year-old Westlake woman apparently entered the freeway Stearns Road in North Olmsted and somehow got across four lanes of westbound traffic and continued the wrong way for six miles until stopped on the bridge over the Rocky River.

            According to the police report, the officer asked the driver why she didn’t pull over or try to exit at the Great Northern exit. She reportedly told the officer she had to pick up her granddaughter from Hopkins Airport.

            The woman was cited for willful/wanton disregard of safety. She will be sent to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to be retested on her driving skills, police said.





Round and round

            An area man is facing alcohol and traffic related charges after  police said they checked a report of a Walter Road resident hearing a crash near Buckeye Lanes at about 1:45 a.m. Thursday.

            Officers checking the area found a vehicle with extensive damage in the back of the lot. The apparent driver initially told officers he was run off the road, but when officers noticed inconsistencies in his story, he began changing it.

            Officers checking a fluid trail emanating from his vehicle found that he had apparently been driving in circles while also apparently crashing through a fence by the Walter and Lorain roads cemetery site. The driver admitted this was a crash site, failed field sobriety tests and was arrested.


Bad barter

            A man who police said apparently offered $5,000 and a 1958 Chevrolet to a towing service to get another vehicle out of  a ditch  on Fitch Road at 4 a.m. Friday, is now facing charges.

            Police found that the man had apparently gone to the two business and banged on the door seeking help. He then made his offer of trade, but the tow driver told officers he told the man about 10 times a tow would be $125.

            The tow driver said because of the way the man was acting he called Olmsted Township officers, who notified their North Olmsted counterparts. The man failed field sobriety tests and officers eventually found he had multiple DUIs and other offenses on his record.


Covers caper

            Police and fire officials are investigating the theft of five brass covers for hose fittings from the Radission Hotel in the last few weeks.

            A hotel employee showed officers the covers had been taken from fire enclosures on the second, third, fourth, five and sixth floors. There are no witnesses, police said.





Stop bugging me

            On Jan. 6, at about 7:30 a.m., a woman came to the police station claiming a GPS tacking device had been installed on her vehicle. She said she suspected her family of planting the bug, and asked officers to help her remove her belongings from her family home. Once at the Orchard Grove residence, police encountered other family members who admitted to attaching the device, only because they were concerned with the 24-year-old woman’s welfare. They said she was known to leave home for days at a time without giving a clue to her whereabouts. The GPS was confiscated until the family feud was worked out.


Can’t you smell that smell

            At about 8:20 p.m. on Jan 6, an officer stopped a vehicle for a red light violation at Center Ridge and Wooster Roads. Detecting the odor of burnt marijuana emanating from the car, occupied by four juveniles, the K-9 officer and his dog searched the car finding a large quantity of “shake,” or loose leaves on the floor. Marijuana was also found in the vehicle ashtrays. Figuring the jig was up, one of the juveniles pulled another bag of pot from his pants. The youths’ parents were contacted.


Busted for a move

            An officer stopped a car on Jan. 9 at 2:20 a.m. at Lake and Wagar Roads due to a broken taillight. A rear seat passenger was noticed to be leaning down, and was patted down due to furtive movements. The juvenile was found to have drug paraphernalia stuffed in his boot, and the vehicle smelled of marijuana. The 18-year-old driver was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, and the juvenile taken to the station. His parents were notified.



Home break-ins

            Two homes were broken into on Dec. 30, police said. Two-hundred dollars was stolen from a Margaretta Drive residence. Entry was gained by forcing open a first floor window, police said. The residents had left around 4 p.m. and reported the burglary when they came home.

            The second break-in occurred on Westwood Road between 3:45 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. The rear door was forced open and $130 in cash was taken.

            A Bryandale Drive home was reported burglarized on the afternoon of Dec. 31. A housesitter found the patio door had been broken out, police said. Cigarette butts and a plastic bottle were collected as evidence, police said.


Domestic violence

            A 51-year old Westlake man was arrested and charged with two counts of felony domestic violence against his 47-year-old sister and 22-year-old nephew at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 4.

            The suspect, who police said was intoxicated, allegedly punched both victims in the face after an argument at their Canterbury Road home. The sister had a red mark on her face, police said. Both victims refused to sign complaints or request a protection order; neither required medical treatment.

            The suspect, who police said had previously been convicted of domestic violence, was turned over to Cuyahoga County deputies that evening. As he left the city jail, he threw all his personal property into a trashcan, police said.


Suspect fiancé

            On Jan. 4, a Crocker Road business reported the theft of $2000 in computer equipment. Surveillance video showed a man, who police said was later identified as the 42-year-old Westlake fiancé of an employee, entering the office with a key at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 with an empty hand cart. He left a few minutes later with the cart heavily laden, according to the police report.

            Two pieces of stolen property, valued at $210, were recovered at the suspect’s home, police said.   

            The suspect turned himself in to Westlake Police the afternoon the incident was reported. He was turned over to the Cuyahoga County Sheriff based on charges of breaking and entering, possession of criminal tools, and two counts of receiving stolen property.



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