Bedford Bear is Back & Man Passed Out with a Sex Toy: Best of the Blotter
Here are some of the weirdest police reports and incidents from departments across the region
Here are this week's most bizarre police calls, reports and charges. All information was provided by police reports from departments in Patch communities. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
Guess who's back — A Solon resident returned from a camping trip to find a large intruder — the Bedford Bear.
She saw the region's most famous bear wandering around her small farm a week ago and sent a few photos to her local Patch site. After taking the pictures, she saw it cross Brainard Road.
People in Solon, Bedford and Warrensville Heights have reported bear sightings for the past month. The six-foot-tall bear climbed up a tree Sept. 4 near a Solon apartment complex.
What's in his lap? — A Stoney Ridge Road resident contacted Avon Police Sept. 9 after seeing a passed out man in white BMW that was partially parked in her garage.
When officers arrived, they found a concealed gun and a "sexual device" in his lap. His engine was still running.
The homeowner did not know the man. Police said he had fresh scuff marks on the passenger-side window and a knocked-off mirror.
The man was transported to EMH's Avon Emergency Care Center. He was eventually charged with a carrying a concealed weapon violation.
Arrested for huffing — Solon Police arrested a woman last week shortly after she passed out on a frozen yogurt shop's patio.
Melissa Primer, 33, of Solon, is accused of abusing a harmful intoxicant, a first-degree misdemeanor. Police said she huffed a can of pressurized air before passing out at the Aurora Road business.
Primer woke up by the time officers arrived on the scene.
No-contest plea in Cold Stone case — A Painesville man pleaded no contest to aggravated menacing Monday in Mentor Municipal Court after police say he threatened to shoot a man who caught him with his pants down.
A man saw 21-year-old Michael Spalsbury urinating outside Cold Stone Creamery in Mentor and decided to honk his horn. Angered by the honk, Spalsbury reached behind his back to signal that he was reaching for a gun.
Then he approached the passenger window of the man's car and threatened to shoot him in front of his 12-year-old son, who was seated in the passenger seat, police said. Spalsbury the left. Police later arrested him at his home.
He faces up to six months in jail.
Happy slugger — A woman is accused of punching a man outside Walmart in Fairlawn after he tried to prevent her from hurting an older woman.
"I'm happy I did it," the suspect said, according to a police report.
Another shopper saw the woman, in her 20s," yelling loudly at her child. The older woman suggested that she should not speak to the child that way. The young mother responded that she would be waiting outside for the older woman and continued yelling.
At that point, a man tried to intervene but ended up getting punched in the face. The woman drove away, but also hit her child, another witness said.
The victim got her license plate number. When police headed to the woman's Akron home, a man said the she was not there and that he lent his car to his son. An officer called the son's phone. He said was at Walmart with a woman, but knew nothing about the punch.
Police are still looking for the suspect.