Police Blotter: Text from a Drug Dealer; Man Living Behind Animal Hospital

The following information was provided by the Strongsville police department


An East Bend Drive woman is being harassed by a drug dealer who is threatening her by text to buy his products.

The woman told police Oct. 12 she got a text asking if she wanted to buy bath salts. She responded by saying he had the wrong number.

The texter wrote back, saying he wasn't law enforcement. She again said wrong number.

Now, the person is sending threatening texts, saying she'd better buy the bath salts.

The woman just wanted police to be aware, but said she'd ignore the texts if they continue. 

Vagrant Found

Employees at St. Francis Animal Hospital told police last week they thought someone was living behind their Pearl Road business, and it turns out they were right.

Police discovered a man sleeping there about 2 a.m. Oct. 14.

He is wanted by Garfield Heights police, but that city could not pick him up at that time because its jail was full.

Officers here told the man he could not sleep behind the business, and if he was found sleeping anywhere in Strongsville he would be arrested.

He told police he has family in Cleveland and would head that way.

No Sweet Talk at DQ

Employees at Dairy Queen at SouthPark Mall reported Oct. 13 that a man keeps calling and saying obscene things to the girls who answer the phone.

Parma police said the same thing was happening to DQ employees in that city. The caller said his name was Jim.

Officers spoke with the owner of the phone, whose name is not Jim and who denied making the calls. However, Parma police learned another man at the house is named Jim and said they would follow up.

Early Visitor

A Saratoga Trail man said someone was knocking at his door at 6:30 a.m. Oct. 14.

He couldn't see anyone and asked police to check out the area. 

It's not the first time an early morning visitor has knocked, a report said.

Mischief -- Sort Of

Callers reported a group of about 10 kids dressed in black running through yards on Stoney Point Drive and Trapper Trail shortly after midnight Oct. 14.

Police found they were toilet-papering houses, but it wasn't a crime -- it was a sanctioned event for the high school volleyball team.

The girls' parents were with them.

Front Door, Please

A Gate Post Road man came home the afternoon of Oct. 13 and found a man with a backpack on his rear patio.

The visitor was at the front door, then went around back and looked in the window, a report said.

Police found the man was from Working America, doing political solicitation. He was warned to knock only on front doors.

Hit and Run

Someone plowed into a light pole on Deer Path Drive early Oct. 13.

Tire tracks showed someone apparently made a wide turn from Bear Creek, stopped to check the damage, then peeled out northbound on Stag Thicket.

The vehicle should have extensive damage to the hood, windshield and roof, a report said.

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