Lakewood OH

Police Beats – March 9, 2011


Over the border

Officers stopped a vehicle near Eagle Cliff Road the evening of March 2 and found a quartet of occupants.

When officers questioned the group, they found all four were in the United States illegally. Bay officers contacted the United States Border Patrol, which took the entire group into custody. Officials said they likely will be deported.

No expiration on truth

A man initially stopped for expired license plates on Columbia Road March 2 is now facing drug charges as well, police said.

As the officer was writing up the paperwork for the vehicle to be towed, he said the 23-year-old driver admitted that there was drug paraphernalia in the car. The items were confiscated, the driver arrested and the vehicle towed.

Window whacked

City police and Metroparks rangers are investigating a window being broken out and the subsequent theft of a purse from a vehicle Friday afternoon from a vehicle parked at the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center.

After the resident called police to report the incident, an investigation showed purchases were made with credit cards in the purse shortly after the incident.


Drunk driving arrest

A 17-year-old Fairview Park resident was arrested around 2 a.m. Feb. 20 after police said she nearly caused an accident at West 220th Street and Lorain Road. She was charged with driving under the influence after her blood alcohol content registered .15. That’s nearly twice the legal limit of .08 for those 21 and over. The legal limit for those under 21 is .02.

Menace to society

Police received a call around 3 p.m. Feb. 27 of a man displaying a handgun in a threatening manner from a moving car. The vehicle was located near West 212th St. and Lorain Road. Police arrested a 20-year-old Cleveland man and charged him with aggravated menacing. A pellet pistol was located in the suspect’s car, said police, who obtained written statements from the alleged victims.

Drunk driving

A 51-year-old Avon Lake woman was arrested and charged with driving under the influence after a patrol officer allegedly observed her driving erratically on Lorain Road around 7 p.m. Feb. 27. The driver’s blood alcohol content was measured at more than twice the legal limit, police said.


Right person, wrong date

A woman, who police said had the wrong date when talking to them, will be going to court on alcohol and traffic-related charges stemming from a March 5 hit- and-skip accident on Country Club Boulevard.

Police said the driver of one vehicle in the incident said the driver of the other vehicle drove off despite his attempts to speak to her and get the appropriate information on the accident. Police ran the license plate number he had obtained.

One officer said he recognized the woman and noted the department had dealt with her previously. When they went to question the woman, police said she appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, which she denied. While discussing the incident, she said it was Friday, when in fact it was Saturday.

Officers said she became upset during the questioning and subsequent arrest.

Shattering experience

Officers are investigating a break-in at the Chambers Funeral Home on Lorain Road sometime March 3 in which a vehicle’s window was smashed out and a purse taken.

Police said the vehicle was parked around 6:30 p.m., with the break-in discovered at about 8:10 p.m.. The passenger side window was broken and the purse and its contents taken from underneath the passenger side seat.

Sticky problem

Officers are investigating apparent illegally-obtained license stickers for a vehicle, which has now gone missing in South Carolina.

Police said the vehicle’s owner came to them March 2, saying she had gone to get the stickers for the vehicle because its plates had expired while it was still down in South Carolina. She recently moved to Ohio from South Carolina.

However, police said she found that someone else had obtained stickers for the vehicle while it was down there, apparently using a power of attorney to do so. Meanwhile, the woman’s sister from South Carolina called. She asked if she had taken the vehicle up to Ohio because it was no longer at the South Carolina home it had been left at.


Safe return

An elderly resident of an assisted living facility on Detroit Road was reported missing on March 2, and was found outside of the home. It was estimated that the woman spent the time between 6:45 a.m. and 10:12 a.m. out in the cold. It was discovered by police and workers at the facility that the woman, in her 80s, had found out how to override the security system and was able to remove her security bracelet. She was treated for exposure at St. John Medical Center and was released.

You’ve got mail

On March 3, a man was locked inside the lobby of a mailbox store on Detroit Rd. after a push bar on the door jammed. He called police who freed the man after he slid his key under the door to the outside.

Rising tide

On March 3, an elderly Westmoor Drive woman called police after noticing water leaking into her home. Officers arrived and found that a pipe had burst in her bathroom.

Domestic violence

Later that day at 7:45 p.m., police responded to a child’s call reporting his parents fighting at their Lakeview Ave. home. Two weeks prior, the man had been given probation on domestic violence charges from the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. In November, he had also been convicted of possessing a weapon while on probation by the county. He was cited for violation of probation and domestic violence.

Cold seat

A man was found sleeping in a chair at the corner of West 210th St. and Center Ridge at about 1:38 a.m. on March 7. He was found to be homeless and was transported to St. Herman’s House of Hospitality in Cleveland.


Employee of the month

A 42-year-old female Taco Bell employee was arrested and charged with menacing after she allegedly threatened the 44-year-old manager of the Columbia Road store on Feb. 28.

According to the police report, the manager had instructed the younger woman on how to take out the garbage. The younger woman did not comply, police said, and an argument ensued, ending with the suspect’s statement that she would do violence to the older woman’s posterior. The Rocky River Municipal Court issued a protection order the next morning, and the suspect was released on her own recognizance.

Just in time for iPad 2

A North Olmsted man reported that his $850 iPad was stolen from his locker at Bally’s on Columbia Road. The theft took place Feb. 27 and was reported March 1. Police have no suspects.

Two unwanted visits

A 42-year-old Lakewood man was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct while intoxicated around 9:30 p.m. March 2 after he allegedly punched and kicked the door of a Marview Drive apartment. The man, who police said was intoxicated, threatened the occupants through the door, the incident report stated.

Following his arrest, he was advised by the residents not to come back, according to police. He had caused a disturbance earlier that day at the same apartment while sober, police said. Westlake Police escorted him off the premises in the earlier incident, according to police reports.

The mummy returns

Last week’s Police Beats included a report that a man dressed like a mummy was seen sitting in a car and smoking a cigarette at the Bay Landings parking lot shortly after midnight Feb. 25.

The same woman who made that report told police she saw him again around 2:45 a.m. March 3. This time, the mummy was not smoking, according to the report.

Despite the slow, stiff-legged gait associated with mummies, he was gone when officers arrived, said Capt. Guy Turner of the Westlake Police Department.

Prescription pills pilfered

Forty-two prescription pain pills were stolen from a Fairview Park woman’s purse on March 3 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. police said.

The woman believes the theft took place either while she was at her place of employment on Canterbury Road or at her doctor’s office located on Clague Road.


Here’s a Police Beats riddle for you. A Westhill Drive man returns home from a trip March 3 to find his home in disarray. Police find no signs of forced entry and determine that nothing was taken. However, many of his furnishings had been moved about. Police determine there was no break-in or burglary. How is this possible?

The answer: the lower level of the man’s home had flooded and the various items had floated around and had water damage, police said.



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