Massage parlor open, cited
Two female workers, ages 48 and 46, from the Asian Body Massage Parlor on Detroit Road, as well as a 24-year-old Avon Lake man who was their customer, were cited March 24 for violating Gov. Mike DeWine’s order for non-essential businesses to close. Police got an anonymous tip that the business was open, and officers found the man getting a massage from the women. Police said nothing else appeared to be going on besides the massage. The citations could lead to a fine of up to $750 and/or three months in jail.
Theft, drug arrest
A 39-year-old Lorain man was arrested March 24 for theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and related offenses after Target security said he tried to take a TV at 1:25 p.m. Officers stopped him in a car outside the business and said he had drug-related paraphernalia with him, as well as a baggie with a white rock-like substance, which was sent for testing.
Porch pirate strikes
A Conrad Street man said March 20 a package with a gallon of anti-bacterial wash was stolen off his front porch during the day.
A Vanda Avenue couple said March 17 checks were stolen from their home sometime during the previous few weeks.
Suspended license, speeding violations
A 32-year-old Lorain man was arrested at 2:23 a.m. March 18 for driving on a suspended license and speeding after he was stopped for speeding on Moorewood Avenue. He was wanted by Elyria police for offenses related to the suspension and turned over to that department.
Didn’t stop after accident
A 32-year-old Avon Lake woman was cited for leaving the scene of an accident at 3:53 a.m. March 18 on Lake Road. Police said her car struck another car, then left without stopping. Sheffield Lake officers stopped the car a few minutes later at the Speedway on East Lake Road, where Avon Lake officers cited the driver.
A juvenile male was seen diving into a ditch on Mull Avenue at 1:16 a.m. March 19 and was found to be carrying two small chocolates apparently infused with marijuana. His father was called and the boy was turned over to him with no charges, police said.
Prescription drugs stolen
A Burton Street woman said March 19 an undisclosed amount of money and prescription drugs were stolen from her home the previous day.
Two teenage boys were given warnings after police checked a 12:30 p.m. March 20 report of a backpack left in woods near Bay High School. Investigating officers found the backpack with lacrosse balls and gloves and two cell phones inside. Police used the phones to identify the owners, who were found in a car nearby. The teens said their parents use their phones to track them, so they left them in the backpack near school to fool their parents. The two said they went to get food and didn’t want their parents to worry about them possibly being exposed to the coronavirus.
Got to close up
The owner of the Great Lakes Martial Arts on Dover Center Road was told at 7:38 p,m. March 23 to close up shop after police checked a report of someone practicing inside. The owner said he was just cleaning up and had until that night to finish.
A .22-caliber rifle in its case found in the 20700 block of Lorain Road was turned over to police at 6 p.m. March 19. The owner came to the police station the next day to see if it had been turned in. He said he had put it on the roof of his car, then forgot about it.
Gift card scam
The niece of a Fairview Park woman said March 22 someone scammed her aunt out of $4,500 in two days by convincing her to buy gift cards for an unknown reason. The calls came from a Dallas area code.
A 62-year-old Cleveland woman was arrested March 19 for theft after Giant Eagle security said she took three packages of crab legs at 3:55 p.m.
Couple arrested for food theft
A Berea husband and wife, both 45, were arrested March 21 for theft after Giant Eagle security said they took an assortment of food valued at $71.
Car into pole
A 29-year-old North Olmsted woman was arrested March 22 for drunk driving after police investigated a 2:59 a.m. report of a car hitting a pole on Fairlawn Drive. The woman was not injured in the crash and was arrested after police investigated the crash.
Car not near a grocery store
A 60-year-old North Olmsted man was arrested at 1 a.m. March 23 for driving under the influence after police stopped him for erratic driving on Lorain Road. The man said he was looking for breakfast food at Giant Eagle, but said he must have passed it up. An officer noted that he had passed the store and that it closed at 10 p.m. because of COVID-19.
Weaving causes trouble
A 43-year-old Berea woman was arrested March 21 for drunk driving after police investigated reports of a car weaving on Bagley Road.
Stopped car leads to arrest
A 31-year-old North Ridgeville man was arrested March 25 for drunk driving, driving on a suspended license, and related traffic offenses after police investigated a car found half off the roadway on Case Road at 12:32 a.m.
Passed out a problem
A 58-year-old Avon man was arrested at 2:40 p.m. March 16 for driving under the influence after officers investigated reports of a man passed out behind the wheel of a truck on Endsley Drive.
Drinking party busted up
A 55-year-old Rocky River man was cited at 4:20 p.m. March 17 for keg law violations for hosting a drinking party for about 20 college-age students in the back yard of his home. The students were between 18 and 20 and received warnings about underage drinking.
Mail carrier bitten
A mail carrier on Beachwood Drive said he was bitten March 20 on the back of the leg by a terrier after it pushed the door open at its home and lunged at him. The animal control officer is investigating.
Spraying bystanders with Lysol
A clerk at Sam’s Club complained March 23 of a woman in line taking a can of Lysol and spraying the register and around several customers saying she wanted to protect against coronavirus. The clerk said the spray irritated her asthma. Officers said no crime was committed, but warned the woman to be careful and said they would keep a record.
Need to keep moving
Police received several complaints March 18 about a Norfolk Southern train stopped on the tracks on Lake Breeze Road after 4 p.m. An officer had dispatchers call the railway company and the train began moving again. Officers said a summons would be issued for the company for blocking the roadway.
‘Thyme’ to search for missing ring
Police are checking security cameras after an engagement ring was reported lost in the parking lot of Fresh Thyme in West Bay Plaza.
Over the limit
A 19-year-old Lorain man was arrested at 2 a.m. March 23 for drunk driving and related traffic offenses after police stopped his car at Dover Center Road and Hilliard Boulevard. He was arrested after failing field sobriety tests.
Cooking fire stopped
A cooking fire on a stovetop March 26 prompted the evacuation of the Sturbridge Square Apartments on Westford Circle. Police and fire were called to the scene at 11:30 p.m. All the residents were safely evacuated from the three-story building with no injuries. Investigation showed the cooking fire spread to the rest of the kitchen and dining room. Firefighters cleared the scene at 2:10 a.m. The Red Cross is helping residents displaced by the fire.