Lakewood OH

Police Beats – June 22, 2011


Sour note
Bay officers responding to a 3:34 a.m. alarm Thursday at the Bay Presbyterian Church found an unsecured door.

When a key holder and officers checked the building, nothing obvious was missing or out of place. However, later in the day, a piece of band equipment was found to be missing.

He was trashed
A man who drew complaints for allegedly picking through Oakmoor neighborhood trash Friday will be facing traffic- and alcohol-related charges after being stopped by police.

An officer responding to a complaint about the trash picking shortly after midnight found the van being driven by the man. After checking, police said they found the man had a suspended driver’s license. A field sobriety test also showed evidence he had apparently been drinking, prompting the arrest.

No place for chit-chat
A teenage couple is facing curfew-, alcohol- and drug-related charges after police said they found them talking at a Cahoon Park picnic table shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday.

The officer initially checked the area because he saw a car parked in the lot by the walking trail. Shortly afterward, he saw a man woman, both 18, at the table talking. When questioned, the man admitted drinking, and a check of the woman’s vehicle netted drug-related materials, police said.


Purchase on hold
An officer on patrol June 16 arrested a man he said was staggering near West 221st Street and Lorain Road. The man, who police said was under the influence of alcohol, reportedly told the officer he was heading toward Giant Eagle to purchase vodka. The man was held by police until sober and released.

Falling down
A 51-year-old Cincinnati man allegedly became combative with a police officer who stopped to assist him after he fell off his bicycle on West 227th Street June 17. The man’s backpack contained an opened fifth of vodka, police said.

The suspect was arrested and charged with public intoxication, menacing and assault on a police officer.


Double trouble
Two female relatives are facing theft charges after Macy’s security stopped them Friday for allegedly taking clothing from the business.

Security said they were monitoring video and saw the duo go into the same dressing room with seven pieces of clothing, valued at about $211. When they came out without the clothing, security checked the area and stopped the duo. The clothing was found in a purse and the duo arrested, police said.

Bad picture
Police are investigating the apparent theft of three TVs from the Radisson Hotel in recent weeks.

Officers were alerted to the situation when housekeeping staff found two TVs missing June 13. Hotel and police investigated in a search for clues as to when the items were last used and when they might have gone missing.

Since the investigation began, hotel officials said another TV has been reported missing.

Family issues
A father-son dispute June 13 at the Westbury Apartments led to the son being arrested on disorderly conduct charges, police said.

Police were called to the scene when the father called, saying his son was drunk and causing problems. When officers arrived, they said they found the son leaning against a wall, apparently intoxicated.

Both men indicated there had been an argument and wrestling match. Police arrested the son and took him to jail – where he went to sleep peacefully, officers said.


Illegal alien
On June 17, officers stopped a vehicle on Wagar Road and a passenger in the car was discovered to be an illegal alien from Mexico. The man was turned over to the border patrol.

Sixth time not the charm
Officers stopped a driver at 5:30 p.m. on June 17 at Beachcliff Boulevard and Avalon Drive after observing some suspicious behavior. The man was found not only to be under the influence, but was discovered to have five prior DUI convictions. This sixth time made it a felony, and the Westlake resident is currently being held in the Rocky River jail.

Mixed-up message
A Yacht Club Drive resident reported a vehicle stolen on June 18 at 6:30 p.m. only to find out that it had been borrowed without his knowledge. A neighbor had received permission to borrow a car from another resident, and took the wrong car after finding the keys in the ignition. The misunderstanding was cleared up and the car returned to its rightful owner.

Temper tantrum
An employee of a Detroit Road coffee shop became angry after being informed on June 19 that working hours were going to be cut, police said.

Police were notified at about 8 a.m. after the employee allegedly threw coffee on the floor and broke a glass display jar. No charges were made, and no one was injured, but it is uncertain whether the employee still has a job.


Bicycle stolen
On June 14, a 49-year-old Primrose Lane resident reported that a red and blue boy’s BMX-style bicycle with a gel seat was stolen from his garage overnight.

The owner last saw the bicycle during the late afternoon the previous day. He stated that his garage door had been closed overnight.

The investigating office did not find any signs of forced entry into the garage. The value of the bicycle is between $100 and $150, police said.

No soda
On the night of June 14, the front desk clerk at the Super 8 Hotel reported that an attempt to steal cash from their outdoor soda machine had been made.

The machine was damaged sometime between 5 and 9:30 p.m. The mechanism where customers feed dollar bills was heavily damaged.

Not so friendly
The manager of Friendly’s Restaurant at 25600 Center Ridge Road reported a rock had been thrown through a window on the east side of the building. The vandalism took place sometime between 11:30 p.m. June 15 and 6:30 a.m. June 16, police were told.



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