Bike vs car
Police investigated a report June 28 by the Avon Hospital that a car had struck a bicyclist in Avon Lake. Police discovered an intoxicated cyclist had struck a curb. The man was transferred to Fairview Hospital in Cleveland for assessment.
Taking a bite out of crime
Police are safeguarding a partial denture turned in July 3 by a person who said they found the item on a tree lawn on Mulberry Lane.
You can’t ‘makeup’ this stuff
On July 4 police arrested a North Olmsted woman for stealing $327 worth of beauty products at the Giant Eagle on Lorain Road. The woman worked at the supermarket and was sent home early and later returned. Her manager caught her stuffing makeup into her purse. Police found 27 items in her purse. She was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Rocky River Municipal Court.
On July 5, North Olmsted police arrested a woman for drunk driving on Brookpark Road after she refused a field sobriety test. Police found bottles of vodka, whiskey, beer and tequila as well as various bottles of pills in her car. The woman was cited for drunk driving and swerving in between lanes.
An 88-year-old man showed up at St. John Westshore Hospital just after midnight July 5 with what he called an accidental gunshot wound to the hand. No charges were filed.
An Elyria man, 41, was arrested for drunk driving and resisting arrest July 4 after police received a report of a suspicious and possibly intoxicated man in the 7300 block of Avon Belden Road.
OVI and possession
A Cleveland man, 33, was arrested July 2 after police found him passed out in a car parked on Chestnut Ridge Road. The man failed a field sobriety test and was charged with drunk driving, possession of cocaine and driving without a license. Police later released him to a sober driver and advised him to appear in Elyria Municipal Court.
A 20-year-old North Ridgeville man was charged with aggravated menacing and assault July 3 following an incident in the 6100 block of Paula Boulevard. Police transported the suspect to the Lorain County Jail, where he was held without bond until he could appear before a judge.
One splinter second
A 62-year-old Lakewood man was arrested July 3 by Lakewood police for drunk driving in a heavily damaged car that had a large piece of wood sticking out from the passenger side. The Rocky River Police Department was notified after a witness said the man crashed into a pole on Wooster Road. He was cited for leaving the scene of a crash and failure to control his car.
Police are investigating a series of car break-ins over the Fourth of July weekend. About 17 cars were broken into on Bates Road, Endsley Avenue, Beverly Hills and Sunny Hill Drive. Items stolen included golf clubs, credit cards and a leaf blower. Additionally, police are investigating the theft of an $800 bike from an Endsley Avenue home.
Out for a smoke
An employee at the Circle K on Center Ridge Road reported on July 4 that a woman entered and asked for three cartons of cigarettes. While the clerk was distracted, the woman grabbed the cartons and fled without paying.
A man accidentally shot himself with a shotgun on July 5 at the Sonesta Suites on Clemens Road. Officers arrived to find a 39-year-old Lorain resident with a gunshot wound in his leg. The man was treated and released and is expected to make a full recovery.
Tools, truck stolen
A business on Canterbury Road reported on July 6 that a work truck and its attached trailer were entered overnight. Landscaping tools were missing. While evidence was being collected, a nearby business reported that one of its work vans had been stolen from the parking lot. The stolen Ford van was found burned out in Lorain. Police are investigating.
Drunk-driving arrest, suspicious powder
After a report of a possible drunk driver, police on July 6 police stopped the described vehicle on Dover Center Road at Detroit Road. The car hit a street sign before coming to a stop. The 33-year-old Westlake driver appeared lethargic and intoxicated, police said. He was field tested and arrested for operating a vehicle while impaired. Officers also found a white powdery substance in the car, along with drug paraphernalia. The man refused a drug test and was charged with reckless operation along with the OVI. The powder was sent to the lab for analysis.
A resident reported that on July 8, after paying for a bicycle he found on Facebook Marketplace, he discovered he had been given a fake address for pickup. The buyer did some research and discovered there were several other victims of the same advertisement.
Illuminating phone scam
On July 9, a resident reported she took an unsolicited phone call from a person claiming to be from the Illuminating Co. The caller said the woman was behind in her payments and power would be disconnected within an hour if a payment was not made. The fraudster talked the victim into going to a local Sam’s club to use a payment kiosk with a provided QR code. The payment did not go to the power company and the victim was out several hundred dollars.