Sunday, May 19, 2013
Here are some of the weirdest and most clicked-on police reports and incidents from departments across the region.
Here are this week's most bizarre and most talked about police reports. All information was provided by police reports from departments in Patch communities. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction. • WESTLAKE: Drunk Man Tries to Bail out Woman for Drunken Driving, Promptly Arrested A 34-year-old North Olmsted man could have used better judgment May 11 when he went to bail out a friend who had been arrested for operating under the influence earlier that morning. The man arrived at the police station just after 4 a.m. Westlake police found him to be under the influence and he was arrested for drunk driving as well. Police subsequently determined that he had been drinking with the woman before her arrest. …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Check Patch Saturday to find out the exact location of the checkpoint.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the checkpoint it announced earlier this week was will be in Portage County Saturday evening. The exact location of the drunken driving checkpoint will be known Saturday morning. The checkpoint is funded by federal grant funds and is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers, according to a press release from the Ravenna post. "Based on provisional data, there were 452 OVI-related fatal crashes in which 494 people were killed last year in Ohio," Lt. Christopher Heverly, commander of the Ravenna Post, said in a prepared statement. "State troopers make on average 25,000 OVI arrests each year in an attempt to combat these dangerous drivers. OVI checkpoints are designed to not only deter impaired …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Here's a hint: It's the same as previous years
Royalton Road remains Strongsville's accident hotspot, with 320 collisions reported in 2012. But overall crashes decreased last year, as did the number of injuries reported, according to the Strongsville Police Department's annual report. Royalton Road accounted for about 47 percent of the city's accidents last year, with many taking place near the I-71 ramps, the report notes. But the number on Route 82 dropped a little last year -- from 360 in 2011 -- which is a good sign, according to Police Chief Jim Kobak. "It's hard to make a determination about what caused the decrease," Kobak said. But he said a re-timing of signals, coupled with aggressive traffic law enforcement, may have led to a somewhat safer road. Of the 320 accidents …
The following information was provided by the Strongsville Police Department
A Glendale Avenue man reported hearing a man screaming about 9:45 p.m. May 6. Police were able to locate a man screaming from an upstairs bedroom of a house, but no one would come to the door. Neighbors said a man does live in the house. Burglary Attempt A Greenbrier Drive resident came home from work about 6:30 p.m. May 7 to find someone had tampered with the screens on his front window. No entry was made, but neighbors have reported similar incidents, he said. Odd Situation Police found a car in the parking lot in front of Pier 1 with both passenger doors standing open about 5:45 p.m. May 7. Officers checked in the store, but couldn't locate the driver, and also tried calling the owner on the phone. The officer finally closed the doors…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The following information was provided by the Strongsville Police Department
A homeless man who was told last week to pack up his tent and leave the wooded area near the Ehrnfelt Recreation Center returned a few days later, a report said. On May 7, police found the man had again pitched a tent behind the rec center. He was taken into custody for trespassing. On May 3, the man's campsite was discovered when his cooking fire set the surrounding area ablaze. He was warned then to find another place to stay. Strange Find Underground Police were called to Royalton Road May 7 after someone found a suspicious bag in an underground vault, a report said. Police found an old gym bag containing a birth certificate, Social Security card and dirty towel. It belonged to a Virginia Beach, VA man. Suspicious Walker A Kelsey …
Monday, May 13, 2013
The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward for information which would lead to the capture of fugitive Dontez White.
Dontez White is wanted by the U.S. Marshals and the Lakewood Police for drug trafficking and firearms offenses, according to Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force. White, 38, has a significant criminal history, officials said, and should be considered armed and dangerous. White is a black male standing approximately 5’06” and weighing 400 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. White is suspected to be hiding out somewhere in the Cleveland area. He also had a previous address near the 600 block of Willow Dr. in Euclid. If you have any information in reference to Dontez White, call the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED or text keyword WANTED and tip to 847411 (tip411). Tipsters can remain anonymous and …
The county where the checkpoint will be set up will not be announced until the day prior to the operation.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol sent out a press release Monday morning notifying the public that state troopers will conduct a drunken driving checkpoint sometime this week. The county where the checkpoint will be set up will be announced the day before and the exact location will be announced the morning of the checkpoint. "If you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before you drink. Don't let another life be lost for the senseless and selfish act of getting behind the wheel impaired," the patrol said in a prepared statement. Additional support for the checkpoint will be provided by local law enforcement agencies. Check Patch for updates when they are available.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Here are some of the weirdest police reports and incidents from departments across the region
Here are this week's most bizarre police reports. All information was provided by police reports from departments in Patch communities. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction. STRONGSVILLE: Man Found Living in Woods A May 3 fire led officials to discover someone has been living in the woods. Firefighters were called to smoke on the east side of the Ehrnfelt Recreation Center about 9:40 a.m. and reported to police that there was someone living there. Officers located a man walking to the area, who admitted to having a fort and cooking. The said he believed he had gotten permission to camp there. He agreed to gather up his belongings and move on. That same day, a witness reported a homeless man washing his…
Friday, May 10, 2013
Strongsville police officers recover truck, but suspects flee on foot
Someone rammed a truck into the front of the Convenient food store, 22933 Sprague Rd., early May 7 and stole an ATM, according to police. A similar incident took place about the same time at a BP station in Westlake, police said. Strongsville police said the pickup backed through the front window of the store about 4:25 a.m. and someone loaded the ATM into the back of the truck. The truck took off south on Marks Road, but had suffered a flat tire in the collision with the store. The suspects abandoned the truck on Christopher Court and ran away. Police found the truck still running and called in a police dog to track the suspects. The truck had been stolen from Cleveland, Detective Lt. John Janowski said. Police aren't sure how many people…
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Officers take oath of office
The Strongsville Police Department promoted two officers to the rank of sergeant Monday. Mayor Tom Perciak administered the oath of office to Robert Kustis and Ronald Nettles during Monday's City Council meeting.