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Police Beats – Sept. 7, 2011

WESTLAKE

Hunting leads to arrest
A 68-year-old Bay Landing man had warrants for prohibited hunting and illegally discharging firearms issued for him following an Aug. 27 incident in which he allegedly shot at ducks and geese in a nearby pond with a BB gun. Investigating officers confiscated the weapon after he admitted shooting at the waterfowl, police said. He turned himself in on Aug. 30 and was released on his own recognizance that same day.

International intrigue
A 22-year-old Moldovan woman and a 25-year-old Russian man were arrested at 7:40 p.m. Aug. 30 after shoplifting at five stores in Crocker Park, police said.

The two admitted stealing the $1,793 worth of clothing they had with them at the time of their arrests, police said. Each faces five counts of theft, receiving stolen property (stolen items police allegedly found in their hotel rooms) and possession of criminal tools (the bags and backpacks used to conceal the stolen items).

The Moldovan and Russian embassies were notified of the arrests. The two were transported to the Cuyahoga County Jail the next day. Their passports indicated that they were in the U.S. on student visas that will expire Sept. 10, police said.

The honeymoon’s over
A 43-year-old Westlake woman was arrested and charged with domestic violence the night of Aug. 30. According to police, her 44-year-old husband received cuts and bruises on his face after the pair argued at their Dominion Drive residence about how to spend their first anniversary.

The man was treated at St. John Medical Center and released. The woman was released the next day after a temporary protective order was issued.

Restaurants targeted
An employee of a Detroit Road restaurant startled a burglar around 2:20 a.m. Sept. 1, police said. The suspect, described as a black male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 190 pounds, was wearing blue jeans and a dark-colored hoodie pulled up over his head. He reportedly forced open the back door but fled when he saw the employee.

A second Detroit Road restaurant reported that its rear door had been forced open the same day. Its cash register, with $437 in cash, was stolen. Cleveland police later located the cash register behind a vacant house on E. 50th Street. Police believe the two break-ins are related.

BAY VILLAGE

Double trouble
A 49-year-old woman and her 43-year-old male passenger both face alcohol-related charges after police stopped their vehicle on Lake Road following an alleged traffic violation.

Officers suspected the duo was under the influence, prompting field sobriety tests and the subsequent arrests.

FAIRVIEW PARK

Ecstasy trip ends at hospital
A 24-year-old Cleveland woman called 911 Aug. 26 to report she needed assistance after taking ecstasy. Although she was not sure where she was, police located her at a bus stop near West 229th Street and Lorain Road. The woman was transported to Fairview Hospital.

‘Just take me to jail’
On Aug. 29, police arrested a 21-year-old Fairview Park man on a charge of disorderly conduct after they observed broken lamps, mirrors and pictures at a Lorain Road apartment. The man, who was allegedly intoxicated, was responsible for the destruction, police concluded.

When confronted by officers, the intoxicated man reportedly said, “Just take me to jail.” The man later told police he was upset because he had been “jumped” earlier in the evening on West 150th Street.

NORTH OLMSTED

Speeding into trouble
An area man is facing alcohol and traffic-related charges after North Olmsted Police said they stopped the motorcycle he was driving east of Great Northern Boulevard Aug. 30.

Police said the incident started shortly before 11 p.m. when a patrolman saw a motorcycle headed east on Lorain Road at a high rate of speed.

The officer said he got a reading on his radar gun of 50 miles per hour in the 35 mph zone. After stopping the motorcycle a short time later, the officer said the driver appeared wobbly while trying to stand. After the man failed field sobriety tests, police arrested him on the charges.

Helping out
A member of the building association board at Clague Towers reported the theft of tires, a battery and damage to a resident’s vehicle sometime in late August.

Police said the man was told by others that the damage had been done to a resident’s vehicle while she was in the hospital. When an officer checked, he said he found the vehicle up on milk crates and the tires missing. Under the hood, he found wires cut and the battery gone.

Speeding and swerving
An area woman is facing driving under the influence charges after police were alerted to her vehicle being driven erratically on Interstate 480 Aug. 28.

Police took a phone call shortly after 10 p.m. from a driver noting the vehicle was having problems. Officers said when they stopped it a short time later on Great Northern Boulevard, the driver’s movements appeared slow. Police said the driver failed field sobriety tests, prompting her arrest.

 

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