Food theft, debit card arrest
Two Lorain women, ages 41 and the other 18, were arrested about 4:45 p.m. April 28 for theft and attempting to use a stolen debit card to buy $233 worth of food.
A 27-year-old Warren woman was arrested for drug-related offenses April 29 after police initially stopped the car she was a passenger in at 11:22 a.m. on Interstate 90 for weaving. A drug pipe and what appeared to be drugs in a small jar were found, police said.
Homeowner’s window damaged
A Cortland Drive woman told police April 23 someone threw a rock at the front window of her home around 8:27 p.m., causing some damage, police said. No injuries were reported.
Credit card info stolen
An Avon Lake woman told police April 23 someone took $50 and a credit card from her purse at her Lake Road home between April 20 and 22 and made online purchases with the card.
Bottle thrown at home
A Bounty Way resident told police at 10:36 a.m. April 24 that someone threw a beer bottle at her home overnight, shattering a window.
Car stolen from driveway
An Orchard Park Drive couple told police at 2:03 p.m. April 26 that someone took their car while it was parked at their home sometime in the previous few hours.
Possible overdose checked
A 20-year-old Avon Point man was checked at the Avon Cleveland Clinic April 27 after police and paramedics checked a 2 p.m. call of a possible overdose at his home. The man was conscious and coherent, police said.
2 bicycles found in parks
Police are holding two bicycles that two people found. One bike was found at Weiss Park at 10:30 a.m. April 27 and the other was found at the Kopf Reservation about 5:30 p.m. April 28.
Home rental scam
An Avon Lake woman told police April 29 that she thought someone tried to scam her into renting a home that wasn’t for rent. She said there was a Facebook listing for a home in Bay Village, but a friend who is a real estate agent checked and found the listing was phony. The woman grew suspicious when the supposed landlord asked her to send a deposit through Western Union. The landlord was supposedly in Texas but used a Wisconsin phone number, police said.
2 teens arrested for drinking
A 19-year-old Bay Village man was arrested April 24 for drunk driving and related offenses and his passenger, a 19-year-old Rocky River woman, was arrested for underage consumption after police stopped the car he was driving near Lake and Columbia roads at 2:36 a.m. for driving erratically The driver was arrested after failing field sobriety tests.
A 49-year-old Bay Village man was arrested April 26 for drunk driving after police stopped a car being driven erratically on Cahoon Road at 2:38 a.m. The driver was arrested after failing field sobriety tests.
Stuck on a hydrant
A 38-year-old Cuyahoga Falls man was arrested April 28 after police checked a 12:48 a.m. call of a possible intoxicated driver near Columbia and Lake roads. Responding officers found a car stuck on a fire hydrant. The driver was arrested after failing field sobriety tests. Police said a loaded handgun, drugs and some counterfeit money was found in the car.
Not paying attention
A 48-year-old RTA bus driver was cited April 24 for not paying attention to the road while driving after police checked a 9 a.m. report of an RTA bus accident near the intersection of West 215th Street and Lorain Road. The driver hit a tree, damaging the bus. One passenger was treated for glass getting in his eye, police said.
A package with a phone in it was reported stolen at 5 p.m. April 24 from a home in the 20000 block of Westwood Avenue. Online records show the package was delivered April 22, but the homeowner never saw it, police said.
Drunk-driving, traffic arrest
A 34-year-old Fairview Park man was arrested April 27 for drunk driving and improper passing after police stopped the car he was driving near West 210th Street and Lorain Road at 1:19 a.m. A patrol officer said the man’s car improperly sped from behind a car moving into the intersection to make a turn, then drove off on West 210th, before the officer stopped it a half-mile down the road. The driver was arrested after failing field sobriety tests.
Fight at business
The city prosecutor is considering whether to file charges after police investigated a report of two women getting into a fight at the Common Threads business on Lorain Road at 1:09 p.m. April 28. One woman said a man entering the business blew smoke at her and directed racial insults at her and her children as they walked in. The man then sent his wife into the business and she continued the dispute with more insults and then slapped the woman, the first woman said. The second woman told police the first woman became violent when they met randomly in the store. Both women were checked for minor injuries, police said.
Two arrested for cleaner theft
Two Cleveland women, ages 28 and 29, were arrested April 26 for trying to steal a carpet cleaner from Walmart at 8:12 p.m. The women picked up two cleaners in the store then told clerks they were exchanging one cleaner for another and tried to leave before being stopped, security said. The 29-year-old was also cited for possession of marijuana when police found a baggie containing it in her pocket, police said.
Drunk-driving, damaging arrest
A 49-year-old Olmsted Falls man was arrested April 26 for drunk driving and damaging after police checked a report of a man throwing an object through a van window parked in the lot near Sears in Great Northern mall at 7:03 p.m. The man was found driving a different van — that he owns — near the Harry Buffalo in the back of the mall, police said. The man told police he threw a beverage container through the other van’s window because he was upset it was parked in a non-parking area before getting into his own van and leaving.
Trio arrested in theft
An 18-year-old Cleveland man and two 17-year-old Cleveland boys were arrested April 26 for theft after Walmart security said they tried to take $330 worth of energy drinks, baby formula and clothing from the store at 1:31 p.m. The older teenager is facing a theft charge in Municipal Court, while the younger two will be charged in juvenile court.
Traffic, license offenses
A 67-year-old North Olmsted man was cited April 28 for several offenses after police said he refused to stop for them around 8:25 p.m. A patrol officer said the man’s car turned left onto Country Club Boulevard while the light was still red. When the officer tried to stop him, the car went into the Great Northern mall parking lot at a high rate of speed, then parked before the officer could stop him. The officer found the man walking on a sidewalk, where he initially refused to talk to the officer. The man eventually told police his car battery was dying and he had to keep it moving or it would stop. He had a pair of jumper cables running from under his hood to a jump box in the passenger area, saying that is how the car keeps running. Police cited him for an illegal turn, driving an unsafe vehicle, not complying with an order to stop and having an expired license plate.
A 14-year-old girl was arrested April 23 for being unruly after police checked a 3 p.m. report of her getting into a fight with her 16-year-old brother at Liberty Elementary School on Jaycox Road. Police reported no major injuries.
Cited for passing a school bus
A 57-year-old Avon man was cited April 21 for passing a school bus that was unloading school children on Center Ridge Road at 3:46 p.m. The bus driver reported the incident to police.
Pressure washer found
An Elyria man turned over to police a pressure washer he found on Mills Road at 4:16 p.m. April 26.
Caught vaping in school
A 16-year-old North Ridgeville boy was referred to Lorain County Juvenile Court after he was caught vaping in the North Ridgeville High School bathroom at 10 a.m. April 29. Since it was his second offense of the year, he was turned over to the juvenile court, police said.
A 17-year-old North Ridgeville boy was arrested April 27 after police saw a car in a closed Mills Creek Lane parking lot at 8:40 p.m. Police said they found marijuana in a bookbag and several drug-smoking devices in the car.
Drunk woman parked on lawn
A 24-year-old Cleveland woman was arrested April 23 shortly after a Laramie Drive man called police at 2:35 a.m. and told them a Chevrolet Blazer was on his front lawn and someone was ringing his doorbell. Police found the car’s owner asleep in the front seat. When roused, she told police she thought she was in her driveway in Cleveland. She was arrested after failing field sobriety tests.
A customer at Fitworks on Center Ridge Road told police at 6:20 p.m. April 23 that someone forced his locker open and stole his wallet, credit cards and $50 in cash.
A Stihl backpack blower was stolen from the bed of a truck parked at Rocky River Middle School between 7:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. A blue pickup truck with a trailer seen in the lot between 10:45 and 10:55 a.m. is believed to be involved in the theft, police said.
Two arrested after tools taken
A 30-year-old Avon man and a 27-year-old North Ridgeville woman were arrested April 25 for stealing tools from the Home Depot in Westwood Town Center shopping plaza. About 2:25 p.m., an officer on patrol saw a man and woman with a duffel bag run through the Welsh Home parking lot on Center Ridge Road, then hide behind a Dumpster. When the officer identified himself, the man and woman ran, but they left the duffel bag. Police said the bag contained about $850 in tools believed to be from the nearby Home Depot. Police found and arrested the woman shortly after the two ran off. Police searching the area arrested the Avon man about two hours later on Spencer Road.
Asleep in the Taco Bell drive-through
A 27-year-old Elyria man was arrested April 23 for drunk driving and driving on a suspended license after police checked a report at 2:36 a.m. of a man asleep in a driver’s seat of a car in the Taco bell drive through. The man was roused and then arrested after failing field sobriety tests.
Tools, lawn chairs taken from shed
A Linda Lane woman told police April 24 someone went into the tool shed at her home sometime in the previous few weeks and took her tools and lawn chairs.
Car damaged in parking lot
A customer at the Discount Drug Mart on Detroit Road told police April 26 that someone apparently hit his car with a shopping cart. He found the damage after he returned from shopping at 1:15 p.m.
Woman arrested for hitting nurse
A 51-year-old Westlake woman was arrested April 26 at a Bay Landing home for hitting a nurse at St. John Medical Center on March 23. The nurse was treated for minor injuries at the time.
Driver in stolen car eludes police
Police stopped a car at 1:15 p.m. April 27 on the Crocker Road overpass on Interstate 90 for equipment and traffic violations. But when the officer got out of cruiser to speak to the driver, the driver sped off going west on I-90. The officer followed the car for two minutes but stopped the pursuit for safety reasons. A short time later, Westlake officers learned the car had been reported stolen from an apartment complex in Elyria.
Drug arrest on I-90
A 31-year-old Cleveland man was arrested shortly after police checked a call of a man walking on Interstate 90 near the Crocker Road exit at 11 a.m. April 29 When police checked, they found Parma police wanted him on a charge of possession of a dangerous drug. Westlake officers detained him and turned him over to Parma officers. Westlake also confiscated a marijuana pipe and warned him about walking on the highway.
Phony story prompts arrest
A 46-year-old Highland Heights man was arrested April 29 for theft by deception after Brunswick officers stopped him for an unrelated matter. The man persuaded one Westlake business to “loan him” $40 April 12, and another business to loan him $60 on April 27. In both instances police said he had locked himself out of his business and needed money for a locksmith and would pay the money back. He never paid either business back, police said. He also tried the same scam with another Westlake business in February, 2018, police said.
Arrest in $1,500 gift card theft
A 25-year-old Lorain woman was arrested at 7 p.m. April 30 for stealing about $1,500 in gift cards from Spa West on Center Ridge Road, where she worked at the time.
Man injures arm with chainsaw
A 30-year-old Cleveland man was treated at St. John Medical Center after police got a 911 call at 4:15 p.m.about a 30-year-old Cleveland man cutting his arm with a chainsaw while trimming a tree on Hollywood Drive. Police put a tourniquet on his arm and paramedics took over treatment as they took him to the hospital.
Hit-skip, drunk-driving arrest
A 46-year-old Sheffield Village man was arrested May 2 for drunk driving and hit skip after Westlake, Avon and Sheffield Village officers investigated an incident on Interstate 90 near the Crocker Road exit about 11 p.m. Avon police told Westlake police at 11 p.m. that they were with a 57-year-old Elyria man on Nagle Road who told them a driver left the scene of the accident because he was scared. The Elyria man was treated at St. John Medical Center and released. Meanwhile Sheffield Village police notified Westlake police about seeing a car with front-end damage a few minutes later after the report from Avon. Westlake officers used license plate information from that call and found the Sheffield Village man at his home. He failed field sobriety tests.
Several Westlake residents received letters between May 1 and 3 demanding payment in bitcoin to keep secret what the writer called the residents’ illicit online activities. The letters came in stamped envelopes with the recipient’s first name and address and no return address.The letter stated the writer had information about the recipient participating in illicit online activity. The letter demanded payment in bitcoin and included details about how to buy and send the cryptocurrency. Westlake police said no residents are known to have fallen for the scam and advised people to throw away the letter. If anyone has fallen for it, Westlake officers advise them to call their local police department or contact the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center at ic3.gov.