Van stolen in Cleveland recovered

A van belonging to Miller Cable Co. of Green Springs, Ohio, that was reported stolen in Cleveland earlier in the day March 6 was found at 6 p.m. in a Nagel Road parking lot. The steering column had been tampered with. Cable company employees retrieved the van.

Building materials theft

A 68-year-old Lorain woman was arrested March 9 for theft after Home Depot security said she took $1,200 in assorted items. Another woman was with her but left the store before she could be stopped, security said. Police said they would issue a warrant for her.

Weaving teen driver arrested

A 17-year-old Brook Park boy was arrested March 9 for driving under the influence and driving on a suspended license after police stopped him on Chester Road for weaving.

Speeding leads to arrest

A 41-year-old Westlake man was arrested at 9:30 p.m. March 11 for having an open container of alcohol in the car he was driving on Nagel Road. He was initially stopped for speeding, and police saw the container when they spoke to the man, they said


Tire tracks lead to suspect

A 20-year-old Avon Lake man was cited Feb. 27 for failing to maintain control after his car struck a mailbox on Pondside Drive in the early morning, police said. Police followed tire tracks in the snow to a car parked in the driveway and cited the man at 4 a.m.

Expired plates lead to arrest

A 20-year-old Avon Lake man was arrested Feb. 28 for driving on a suspended license and having expired plates after police stopped him after going through a stop sign at Moorewood Avenue and Canterbury Road.

Motorcycle parts missing

A Beachwood Avenue man said March 11 that motorcycle parts he ordered online in mid-February had apparently been stolen sometime after he ordered them.

Lights out

A 28-year-old Avon Lake man stopped for riding a bicycle without lights on Beachwood Avenue at 8:55 p.m. March 5 was also cited for not giving his real name to police. A records check showed he was wanted by Avon Lake for an unrelated traffic offense.

Dispute could lead to charges

The city may pursue charges after police received a complaint at 8:49 p.m. March 6 about a disturbance at a Burton Street home. The woman in the home said she had gotten into a dispute with the man who was staying there. He left before officers arrived because he thought he was wanted by other police departments. The Avon Lake prosecutor is investigating possible charges.


Two arrested after traffic stop

A 28-year-old Cleveland man was arrested March 3 for drunk driving and his passenger, a 24-year-old Cleveland man, was arrested for possession of marijuana after police stopped the car they were in on Dover Center Road at 1:18 a.m. for a traffic violation. The driver failed field sobriety tests and later became combative with a family member who came to pick him up at the police station. The man was taken for an evaluation at UH St. John Medical Center in Westlake. The passenger was wanted by Fairview Park police for similar offenses. He was turned over to Fairvew after Bay police finished their arrest process.

Issues at office building

A 37-year-old Bay Village woman was arrested March 7 for disorderly conduct while intoxicated after police checked a midnight report of a woman passed out near an office building on East Oviatt Road. The woman was combative with police and was taken to UH St. John Medical Center in Westlake for evaluation after banging her head repeatedly against the squad car’s partition.

Underage drinking, curfew violations Four Westlake teenagers, two boys and two girls, ages 15m were cited for curfew violations with three of them also being cited March 8 for underage drinking after police checked a 12:26 a.m. report of cars pulling in and out of a Bassett Road driveway. The car the youths were in was stopped in the CrossRoads Church parking lot on Bassett. The two girls tried to run but were stopped. The 18-year-old driver who the teens called for a ride before being stopped by police, was told about the problems with the others by police before being released. The cited teens were released to their parents.


Editor’s note: Blotter items from the Cleveland Metroparks are six to eight weeks old because Metroparks officials require West Life reporters to file monthly requests to access the department’s public records of police activity. The reports sent by the Metroparks lack much information, including the time when incidents occurred.


Juvenile facing multiple charges

A juvenile male was arrested Feb. 3 for driving on a suspended license, obstructing, tampering with evidence and being in the park past closing hours.

Under the influence

A man was arrested Feb. 5 for driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia and not having a rear license plate lit.


Nothing found

Officers responding to an alarm at the BAYArts building Feb. 15 found a door ajar but nothing amiss inside.


Suspicious person

Officers checking a Feb. 5 report of a suspicious person at the stables did not find any suspects.

Shell casings found

Three .45-caliber shell casings were found in the Cottonwood Picnic area Feb. 14 after police investigated a report of shots being fired.


Marijuana, pipe found in lot

A woman going to her car in a parking lot in the 21500 block of Lorain Road found a bag with two small containers of apparent marijuana and a drug pipe in the lot. Police took the items and planned to destroy them. Officers have not determined who they belonged to.

Two thefts at Kohl’s

Security at Kohl’s reported two separate theft incidents March 5. At 12:47 p.m., a woman took clothing, refused to go to the security office when stopped, then drove off. In the second incident, a man cut security tags off Fitbits. He then put them in a pocket and left at 8:32 p.m. before security could stop him, police said.

Drunk outside Gunselman’s

A 52-year-old Cleveland man was arrested March 6 for public intoxication after police investigated an 11:30 p.m. report of a drunken man leaning against the Gunselman’s Tavern building. Police found the man couldn’t stand without help and had already fallen once. He was arrested and held until sober.

Asleep at the wheel

A 58-year-old Fairview Park woman was checked for possible injuries after an accident on Lorain Road at 4:24 a.m. March 8. Police said the woman fell asleep and her car went off the road and hit a utility pole. Alcohol did not appear to be involved, police said.


Identity fraud

A Lakewood woman told police March 8 someone used her personal information to make purchases she didn’t authorize sometime during the previous few days.

Painting stolen

A woman in the Berkshire Condominiums on Edgewater Drive said that a few minutes after she set a painting in the hallway outside her door on March 8 at 12:30 a.m. it was gone.

Hit-skip incident

A Halstead Avenue resident said someone damaged his car around midday March 9 while it was parked on the street.


Gun found in bag in car

A 31-year-old North Olmsted man was arrested March 3 for improper handling of a firearm and driving on a suspended license after police stopped the car on Lorain Road at 10:24 p.m. for crossing lanes and having a license plate light burnt out. Police said there was an odor of burnt marijuana in the car, prompting them to search the car. The man said his brothers use the car and that they smoke marijuana. The search found a book bag containing a handgun on a back seat.

 DVD theft excuse: Can’t afford Netflix

A 51-year-old Cleveland woman was arrested for theft at 10:32 a.m. March 4 after Target security said she tried to hide DVDs in her shopping cart and leave. She told officers she took the DVDs because she can’t afford Netflix or to use YouTube.

No lights lead to trouble

A 22-year-old North Ridgeville man was arrested March 7 for drunk driving after police stopped him at 1:11 a.m. for driving without headlights on. He was arrested after failing field sobriety tests.

A timely arrest

A 75-year-old Olmsted Township man was arrested at 11:59 p.m. March 8 for theft after Target security said they stopped him outside when he took a watch, two four-packs of cocktails and a small folding table.


Drunk-driving arrest

A 56-year-old Elyria woman was arrested March 1 for drunk driving after police investigated a minor accident at 7:32 p.m. on Center Ridge Road.

3 cited for passing stopped bus

Three drivers were cited for passing stopped school buses on March 4. A 62-year-old Cleveland man was cited at 3:57 p.m. for passing a bus on Bagley Road; a 31-year-old Lakewood man was cited for passing a bus on Chestnut Ridge Road at 4:05 p.m.; and a 36-year-old Elyria woman was cited for passing a bus on Avon Belden Road at 4:04 p.m.

Erratic driving prompts arrest

A 28-year-old North Ridgeville man was arrested March 9 for drunk driving after police stopped a car being driven erratically on Root Road at 9 p.m.

Sugar in gas tank

A Wallace Boulevard woman said she found sugar had been poured into her car’s gas tank the morning of Feb. 24.


Teen snagged with beer

A 19-year-old Elyria man was arrested March 5 for taking two cans of beer and putting them in his boots before being stopped by an officer at 6:15 p.m. as he was leaving Discount Drug Mart. He told officers he took them because he wasn’t old enough to buy them.

Speeding leads to arrest

A 28-year-old Sheffield Village woman was arrested for drunk driving at 1:29 a.m. March 7 after police stopped her for driving 57 mph on Abbe Road.


Teen carjacking, robbery suspects caught

A group of Cleveland juveniles suspected of robbing a woman at gunpoint in the Mulberry Garage at Crocker Park at noon March 8 were arrested in Cleveland. A member of the group also carjacked a man’s SUV at the Bee Clean Car Wash at Dover Center and Detroit roads at 12:30 p.m., said Westlake Police Capt. Jerry Vogel. Neither victim was injured. The group is also suspected of being involved in two robberies in Lakewood and a car theft in Beachwood on March 8, Vogel said. No ages or further information on the suspects was available from Cleveland police.

Man victimized online

A developmentally disabled man and his mother told police that he lost several thousand dollars online the night of March 8 after friending people he had talked to through Hangouts, Facebook and Facebook Messenger. The friends convinced the man to buy gift cards and give them the serial numbers, police said.

Car owners reminded to lock doors

A Beaver Creek man reported at 7:30 a.m. March 11 that a home security video showed intruders rummaging through an unlocked car parked in his driveway during the night. Nothing was missing. The intruders were unable to enter a locked car parked nearby, the video showed. A few minutes later, patrol officers found that an unlocked car on Winged Foot Drive had been entered, but nothing was taken.

Wanted her out

A 19-year-old Lima, Ohio, woman was arrested March 12 for not having control of a car after police investigated a report of a dispute at 5 p.m. between a Cedarwood Drive man and a woman he said he wanted out of his home. The man told police the woman took personal items belonging to him, which he recovered. He said he did not want to press charges since he got the items back. However, police said the woman appeared to be under the influence of something, so they told her not to drive. After she got behind the wheel, they arrested her and found she had several Xanax pills with her.

Shoplifting suspect caught

A 15-year-old Westlake girl was arrested at 7:35 p.m. March 12 for taking several items from Sephora in Crocker Park.

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