Western Cuyahoga County blotter


Woman scares off men

A Bradley Road woman told police Sept. 25 that she heard noises in her driveway about 11:30 p.m. and when she looked out a bedroom window, she saw two men trying to break into cars parked in the driveway. She yelled at them that she was calling police, prompting the pair to get into a car and drive west on Lake Road. Police did not find any suspects when they checked the area.

Driver cited for passing school bus

A 50-year-old Avon Lake woman was cited Sept. 26 for passing a school bus on the west end of Lake Road at 7 a.m. while its flashers were on and the driver was preparing to pick up students. The school bus driver gave the information to police, who contacted the driver and cited her.

Drunk-driving arrest

A 28-year-old Rocky River man was arrested for drunk driving at 1:11 a.m. Sept. 26 near the intersection of Wolf and Columbia roads. The car was initially stopped for traffic violations, but after speaking with the driver, an officer thought he had been drinking. The driver was arrested after failing field sobriety tests.

Date left phone in car

An Osborn Road woman got an unexpected visitor at 2:20 a.m. Oct.2 when she heard someone knocking on the doors and window to her home. She called police, who found it was the man she had been on a date with earlier that night. They had stayed up late talking in her car and he had left his cell phone in it, so he was trying to get her attention and retrieve the phone. The phone was returned and he left for the night.

Phone scam fails

A Lincoln Road man called police at 2:56 p.m., Oct. 2 saying he had gotten an apparent scam phone call from a man saying he was a public defender named David Miller, who was representing his nephew. The caller claimed the man’s nephew had been in an auto accident and needed bail money. He told the man to go to Giant Eagle and get four $500 Google Play cards, which the man did. However, the man realized on the way home it could be a scam. A call to his nephew showed he was fine and at school. The man returned the cards to Giant Eagle.


Fraudulent purchases

A West 229th Street man told police Sept. 25 that three charges totaling $180 had been made on his eBay account. He contacted eBay, which canceled the charges but would not give him additional information. Detectives are investigating.

Car thefts net credit cards

Credit cards and a small amount of cash were taken from two unlocked cars on West 213th and 214th streets overnight Sept. 28. One victim reported someone tried to make a $500 charge on a Discover card taken from her car, but the company denied it. That woman reported $20 in cash taken from her car. The owner of the second car reported an $800 purchase was made on a stolen credit card at the same Lakewood business where the culprit tried to use the first card, police said.

Dog at large

Police are investigating a Sept. 30 report that a pit bull was running loose near 4300 West 210th St. about 12:45 p.m. A woman told officers that the dog owner threatened her because she was going to videotape the incident as he captured his dog. Officers said that they had handled similar calls previously at that home The prosecutor is reviewing the case.


Drunk-driving arrest

A 40-year-old North Olmsted man was arrested Sept. 26 for drunk driving and given related traffic citations after police stopped the car he was driving on Country Club Boulevard at 1:03 a.m. The car was initially pulled over because it had no front license plate and one headlight was out. The driver was arrested after failing field sobriety tests, police said.

Credit card mistake

A North Olmsted man told police Sept. 26 that after eating dinner with his wife at the 70 Chinese & Sushi Restaurant on Lorain Road in mid-August, he was charged $631 for six meals he never ate there. On Sept. 27, the man called police and said restaurant workers called him, said he had been charged the other meals by mistake and refunded his money.

Noise complaint leads to arrest

A 56-year-old North Olmsted man was arrested Sept. 27 for disorderly conduct for the second time in two weeks after police checked a noise complaint at a Columbia Road apartment. A woman at the apartment said the man had called her names, including using racial and gender-related slurs. His outburst stemmed from the first incident on Sept. 13 when police cited him after a similar problem, officers said.

Family dispute

A 50-year-old North Olmsted man was arrested Sept. 28 for disorderly conduct while intoxicated after police checked a report about possible domestic violence on Fleharty Drive. The man’s son had dropped him off shortly before 10 p.m. after they had a few beers. Then the man began pounding on his home’s door to get in because the door was locked. This upset him, causing him to yell and push his brother when he opened the door, police said. The brother was not injured and the man spent the night at a friend’s home.

Clothing, tool theft averted

A 46-year-old North Olmsted man was arrested for theft Sept. 26 after Sears security said he took six shirts, a pair of shoes and a drill bit.

Drunk-driving arrest

A 56-year-old North Olmsted woman was arrested for drunk driving Sept. 30 after police stopped the car she was driving on Driscoll Lane at 4:16 p.m. The car had swerved left of center several times, prompting police to stop it. The driver was arrested after failing field sobriety tests.

Fight broken up

Police checking a Sept. 29 report of a fight at the Westbury apartments on Brookpark Road cited two North Olmsted women for disorderly conduct. The two had been exchanging punches and pulling each other’s hair. After they refused to stop when told, police separated them and handcuffed them before citing them.


Attempted break-in

A Pease Drive woman said Sept. 25 someone tried to break into her Mini Cooper the night before. The rubber around the door was pulled up and car paint scraped, police said.

Clothes taken from church

A woman took clothing and other items from the Rocky River United Methodist Church on Detroit Road Sept. 25. Church staff said she had been in the church before and was warned not to return because she was taking clothing. Police could not find her.

Man taken to hospital

Several callers alerted police about 7:30 a.m. Sept. 27 of an apparently intoxicated man stumbling and falling near the intersection of Northview and Center Ridge roads. Police and paramedics found the man and took him to a hospital for treatment.

Theft, drug arrest

A 44-year-old North Olmsted man and a 40-year-old Cleveland man were arrested Sept. 27 for theft, receiving stolen property and possessing drug abuse instruments after Giant Eagle security said they took beer and small items. Westlake police stopped the car with the two suspects about 1:50 p.m. near the intersection of Clague and Wolf roads.

Money, CDs taken

A small amount of change and compact discs were taken from an unlocked car on Wagar Road overnight Sept. 28. Another unlocked car on Forestview Avenue also had a small amount of change taken.


3 frauds reported

Police checked three unrelated fraud incidents in five days. On Sept. 19, a Westlake woman reported that she received an email from Sea Level Experience that asked her to deposit a check into her personal account so she would have money to buy gift cards at local companies that she would evaluate for their performance. She followed the request and sent the activation codes to the employer’s contact information. But after she bought the cards, her bank said the check the employer gave her was phony.

In a separate incident, a Westlake man told police Oct. 2 that someone in California sent him a check well over what he was asking for a bicycle on Craigslist. He was told to give the excess money back via a certified check. The Westlake man realized it was a fraud and did not cash the check or ship the bike.

On Oct. 3, a caller told a Westlake woman that he was from the IRS and that she owed $5,000. He said the IRS would file charges if she did not call back. They also asked who would take care of her children if she was in jail. She then bought gift cards and gave the caller access codes, which they used before she checked the story.

Lost and driving drunk

A 46-year-old North Olmsted woman was arrested for drunk driving Sept. 30 after a Royal Forest Drive man told police at 12:22 a.m.that he saw a woman urinate on a lawn before getting back in a car, hitting a curb and then parking the car. When police responded, they said the woman was under the influence of alcohol and that the lower half of her dentures were on the driver’s seat. When questioned, the woman told police she thought she was in Avon or Avon Lake.

Smell leads to arrest

A 25-year-old Lorain man was arrested Oct. 1 for a warrant for failure to appear in court. The man was one of two people police found in a car in the Red Roof Inn parking lot at 1:19 p.m. Officers were checking a report that the two had been smoking marijuana. Police found no evidence of that, but they arrested the man after the warrant came up in a records check.

Out of gas and in trouble

A 25-year-old Fairview Park man was arrested for drunk driving Oct. 4 shortly after police checked a car with its hazard lights on at the corner of Clague Road and Hilliard Boulevard at 2 a.m. The car’s occupant told police it was out of gas, but he had help coming from Sandusky. Police said his speech was slurred, prompting them to give him field sobriety tests. They arrested him for having physical control of a car while intoxicated.

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