Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Walgreens leery after Parma store held up
Employees at Walgreens, 19980 W. 130th St., asked police to stand by Jan. 24 after getting a phone call from someone asking for the prescription painkiller Opana. The employees feared the caller was checking to see if the store had the drug in stock before robbing it. A Walgreens in Parma was robbed of prescription drugs Jan. 20. Police in Parma believe the same man may also be responsible for a robbery at a Rite Aid store in that city on Jan. 4. In the Walgreens robbery in Parma, the suspect wore a hooded sweatshirt with the hood up and held out a blue plastic bag while demanding specific pain medications.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Dispute started over parking space
Witnesses called police to a fight outside Westfield SouthPark mall about 6 p.m. Saturday after one man pulled a gun on another driver. The man with the gun, 45, of Brunswick, was arrested while still at the mall. He faces an assault charge. Police said the man did not fire the gun, but hit the victim in the head with it. Detective Lt. John Janowski said the dispute started when the suspect, driving a pickup truck, overshot a parking space and tried to back up. The victim, 30, driving behind the truck, refused to back up far enough and instead beeped his horn. The suspect then got out of his truck, pulled out a gun and hit the victim in the head with it. Witnesses ran into Coldwater Creek to ask employees to call 911, a report said. The …
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Incident took place Nov. 26 on Valley Parkway
Cleveland Metroparks rangers have arrested two people in connection with an armed robbery Nov. 26 on Valley Parkway in Strongsville. Diana Kall, spokeswoman for the department, said one adult and one juvenile have been arrested. Both will be charged with felonies, she said. Kall said the incident is still under investigation and detectives are not yet releasing any more details. A police report from that day said three armed robbers stole a man's wallet in the parking lot on Valley Parkway at Pearl Road. The robber who was holding the gun fired it in the air when they left. One of the victims called police about 9 p.m. and said he and his friend were sitting in the lot when the three robbers drove up. He said they pointed a gun at them …
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Blazey Trail man to face felonious assault charge
A Blazey Trail man is in county jail facing a felonious assault charge after allegedly shooting his son during an argument early Sunday morning. Danis Arthur, 57, was arrested about 3 a.m. after police were called to 12290 Blazey Trail by a woman who said someone had been shot. The son, 23, who lives at the home, was shot in the leg, Detective Lt. John Janowski said. He was at MetroHealth Medical Center early this week. Janowski said he did not know what started the argument, other than that the son wanted to go out to get cigarettes. Danis Arthur is claiming he shot his son in self-defense, Janowski said. A report said police received a 911 call about 2:35 a.m. from a male who said he was dying. Dispatchers were able to call back and …
Monday, September 12, 2011
Arrests made before any merchandise is stolen
Two men were tossed out of Dillard's Sept. 2 for stealing. Not clothes, not jewelry. Plastic bags. It's a frequent shoplifting method, especially at malls like Westfield SouthPark, police say -- would-be shoplifters grab bags from a store and then fill them with merchandise at other shops. "They look for stores with open (cashier) kiosks, rather than at Sears, where the cashiers stand in an enclosed square," Detective Lt. John Janowski said. "You can just walk right past and grab the bags." On July 8, when a man was spotted stealing plastic bags from behind a counter at Dillard's, employees called police, who apprehended the man in the mall. The bags contained no merchandise, but the store said it would prosecute for the theft of the bags…
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Store that carries 'incense' and 'bath salts' entered for fourth time in a year
Twilight Boutique, 11025 Prosepct Road, was broken into eary Monday morning -- for the second time this week and the fourth time in a year. A report said an alarm went off shortly before 5 a.m. Police arrived to find the back door pried open. On Aug. 28, someone smashed the front glass of the business and took items from inside. The store sells products like K2 and K3, marketed as "herbal incense," but often rolled into cigarettes and smoked by teens and young adults for what they call a "legal high." The leafy material in the packets is treated with chemicals that produce a marijuana-like high when smoked, authorities say. Also available there are the so-called "bath salts," which also provide a high when snorted. Someone also threw a …
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Wife remains hospitalized with severe injuries after Aug. 21 incident on Hollo Oval.
A Hollo Oval man has been charged with attempted murder and felonious assault in an Aug. 21 domestic dispute that sent his wife to a trauma unit and daughter to the hospital. Aco Simonoski, 51, 13257 Hollo Oval, is in jail in Cleveland on $500,000 bond, Detective Lt. John Janowski said. The bond was originally set at $100,000, but was raised today. Simonoski was arrested about 8:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, after a neighbor called 911 and reported a man at the address was beating his daughter. Ryan Miday, spokesman for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason, gave these details: Aco Simonski and his wife, Milka, 51, got into an argument Sunday morning about whether Aco should continue to live in the home. He left the residence. Milka and her …
Saturday, August 20, 2011
The following information was provided by the Strongsville police department
Police are looking into a break-in at Gas & Food, 8952 Pearl Rd., early Aug. 15. A report said an alarm went off just before 3 a.m. An officer arrived to find someone had thrown a rock through the front door glass. Detective Lt. John Janowski said a complete list of items taken was not yet available, but it appears cigarettes were stolen. A case of cigarettes was found on the sidewalk in front of the store, he said, apparently dropped by the thieves. It was a "quick in, quick out," Janowski said, with the intruders in the store for only a minute or two.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Police called to Albion Road
An Albion Road woman called police about 10:30 p.m. July 25 after she smelled cigarette smoke outside her bedroom window. When she looked outside, she saw someone using a flashlight on her patio. The patio doors were open at the time, a report said. Police checked the area, but could not locate the trespasser.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Husband and wife team face felony after grab-and-dash
A husband and wife have been indicted for stealing a $9,000 ruby-and-diamond necklace from Macy's at Westfield SouthPark May 5. Sean and Sarah O'Connor, both 28, were charged with grand theft, Detective Lt. John Janowski said. The pair was identified after police released a surveillance video taken at Macy's that showed the suspects in the theft. "We got a lot of tips from people who knew who they were," Janowski said. "It turned out, they'd been arrested the night before for a theft in Richmond Heights." The necklace has been recovered. Janowski said the couple admitted to pawning it in Avon, and it was still at the shop. Police said the couple went into Macy's about 5 p.m. and hung around the jewelry counter, telling the clerk they were …