Thursday, July 25, 2013

police blotter: and so it goes


TRAFFIC COMPLAINT, HARTLEY DRIVE: A caller reported an elderly woman driving her handicap scooter in the middle of the street with two children on her lap about 11:30 a.m. July 21.  She was gone when officers arrived.

THEFT, EDSAL DRIVE: A man got off his bicycle about 7 p.m. July 19, grabbed a woman's bike and rode away, leaving his own bicycle behind.  The woman gave a description, but he was not located.

EXPLODING GATORADE, STRONGSVILLE: A man reported at 4:20 a.m. July 18 that someone threw a Gatorade bottle, which then exploded, at his house.  He said it was not the first time it's happened.

MISCHIEF, BENNINGTON DRIVE: A resident informed police at 2:15 a.m. July 16 that a group of youths were toilet papering a house across the street.  An officer stopped one of the cars the youths were driving, and found out they were initiating new choir members.  They had finished for the night, and the officer didn't see any damage in the area.

DISTURBANCE, CLIFTON BOULEVARD: Police received reports July 16 that two men were arguing near the Shell gas station.  One of the men was pushing a dog in a shopping cart.  According to police, the men were arguing about the dog being tangled in the cart.

DRUNK MAN, BROOK PARK: Monday mornings can be brutal.  The one saving grace is the routine you find yourself suddenly embracing.  Roll out of bed, punch your alarm clock until it shuts up, brush your teeth, shower, get dressed, head downstairs, say good morning to the hung-over man at your table, and pour yourself a bowl of cereal.  For one Brook Park family, that routine was their reality July 15.  A drunk Cleveland man had stumbled into the family's home at some point during the night.  He apparently fell asleep at their kitchen table. The family found him sleeping there the next morning.  They called police, who escorted the man, still reeking of alcohol, from the house.

DISTURBANCE, BELLE AVENUE: Callers told police July 13 that a car alarm was going off in the 1300 block of Belle.  According to reports, police arrived and found a resident inside a parked vehicle near his home.  The man told officers he had stepped outside to smoke a cigarette and fell asleep with his head on the vehicle's horn.

LITTER, ADMIRALTY DRIVE: A man was advised about his garbage dumping habits July 11 after an officer found three cases worth of beer cans in the street.  How did they track the garbage to the man? In addition to the beer, the officer found a pizza box with his name and phone number on it.

THEFT, PEARL ROAD: Someone stole a Middleburg Heights woman's load of laundry on July 10.  The woman estimates the total value at $50.

TRAFFIC COMPLAINT, INTERSTATE 90: A caller reported seeing a naked driver traveling about 90 mph eastbound on July 9.  Officers were unable to locate the driver and advised Westlake police about the complaint.

MENACING, NORTH ROCKY RIVER DRIVE: Police arrested a man on a motorcycle after he followed an off-duty police officer into a local gas station, took off his shirt and challenged him to a fight.  The victim called police from the gas station at 12:50 a.m. in the July 9 incident.  The suspect, found in a nearby parking lot, said the other driver cut him off and he wanted to confront him about it.  The girlfriend became upset over the incident and defended her boyfriend.  The suspect was cited for menacing.

NEIGHBOR DISPUTE, MORRISON AVENUE: A man told police July 9 that he suspected a neighbor was tampering with his water supply while he was taking a shower.  Police arrived at the residence and urged both parties to try and get along.

STAR GAZING, ROYALTON ROAD: A truck parked in the driveway across from Serpentini Chevrolet seemed suspicious to one caller at 12:20 a.m. July 6.  The driver of the vehicle explained that he was watching the stars with his girlfriend.  The two agreed to leave the area.

YELLING, NORTH COURT: Police were called to a restaurant at about 6:20 p.m. June 15 upon a report that a group of juveniles was making a disturbance.  When officers arrived, they found a large group of juveniles, wearing fake mustaches, yelling at vehicles driving past the restaurant.  Officers warned the boys about using inappropriate language.  No citations were issued.

BOYFRIEND BUSTED, MEDINA: A man busted the boyfriend of his 24 year-old daughter trying to sneak into the family's West Homestead house at 1:07 a.m. May 28.  The father called police.  No arrests were made, but officers settled the disturbance.

VULGAR NOTE, BROOKPOINT: A vulgar note was taped to a vehicle May 27 while it was parked at a home on the street.  The car owner found the note at about 7 p.m.  The note had been written in crayon and was addressed to a name that was not the name of the car owner.  Police made a report of the incident.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT, MEDINA: A manager at Denny's called police when a customer became disorderly after receiving the wrong change May 18.  After the problem was corrected, the customer continued to be disruptive and profane.  When he was asked to leave he went outside and started making faces at customers inside.  He claimed he wasn't being disorderly.  He was cited for trespassing, ordered to leave and informed that he would face criminal charges if he returned.

INDECENT EXPOSURE, OHIO TURNPIKE: Police have received numerous reports of a white male in his 20s exposing himself to motorists along the Ohio Turnpike.  Between May 16 and July 12 police received reports that the man, who has short brown or reddish hair, was seen along the westbound lane of the turnpike.  Most of the incidents have taken place in the grassy area near mile marker 168, between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

GOATS ON THE RUN, MEDINA: A group of goats broke loose at a Lake Road home and was grazing in the front yard at 7:50 p.m. April 22.  The owner herded the goats back into the backyard.  Police warned the goat owner regarding a city ordinance, but did not cite the resident.

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