Mom-to-Be Packs 9mm Handgun in I-90 Traffic Stop

During an I-90 traffic stop on May 22, Westlake Police discovered that a pregnant 23 year old Lorain woman tried to hide a loaded 9mm semiautomatic handgun under the car she was riding in.. The weapon belonged to the driver (a 32 year-old Lorain man) who may not possess firearms due to his past felony convictions. The gun also turned out to have been stolen in West Virginia. The driver was charged with Weapons Under Disability and RSP; she was charged with RSP and CCW.  A 10 yoa boy and 11 yoa girl from Cleveland (brother and sister) were passengers in the car and were turned over to their mother; it is unknown what if any relationship they have to the suspects. Children’s Services was notified about the incident.POLICE_Westlake_Disclaimer

Funny Money

A 19yoa Avon Lake man tried to pass a counterfeit $50 bill at a Detroit Rd. gas station on May 25. The eagle-eyed clerk refused it and obtained his license plate number. When contacted by officers, he claimed to have received it as (choose one only) a birthday gift from a friend or from the friend’s grandma or someone planted it in his room. When asked where the bill was, he claimed to have (choose one only) thrown it away or the clerk kept it or (final answer) he still had it. He surrendered it to WPD.

More funny money surfaced twice at local restaurants. A Detroit Rd. beanery received a counterfeit $20 on May 20; a phony $10 and $20 were found by the bank in deposits from there earlier in the week. A Crocker Pk. Bl. hash house received a bogus $20 on May 22; it had the same serial number as the earlier bill.

Drunk Out

Two men (26yoa from Strongsville and 30yoa from Bay Village) pounded on the door of a closed Dover Center Rd. cafe on May 20, alarming the cleaner. CCTV later showed them mooning a passerby and falling down; both had been drinking and denied going up to the door. The City Pros. will rule on potential Criminal Mischief, Trespass, and other charges.


A 16yoa Lakewood boy threatened staff members at a Crocker Rd. school on May 20. He was arrested for Menacing and was released to his mother. He also faces possible expulsion.

Miscellaneous Mayhem

A Center Ridge Rd. firm mailed a paycheck to the wrong residence in Cleveland. A female suspect from that house deposited it into her account; she faces potential forgery charges.

An 18yoa Westlake man TP’ed a house on Stonegate Cr. just as a patrolman drove by. He was arrested for Trespass and Criminal Mischief.

A 26yoa Cedarwood Dr. man got liquored up and passed out in the vestibule of his building. A female neighbor was unable to enter due to his supine posture and called WPD. He was arrested for DCI.

A male was reported looking in the windows of a Stonehedge Dr. house on May 22. The 34yoa suspect lives in NV and was staying nearby with his mom. He was arrested for Trespass.

Tools and building materials were stolen from a house under construction on First St. Two unskilled masons hired from an Internet website are suspects in the May 22 incident. They were fired.

Tools were also reported missing from a West Essig jobsite on May 23, although they could have been stolen as early as May 19. An inventory was being compiled.

A bay window on a Beethoven Dr. home was cracked sometime May 21-22. A piece of metal was found on the grounder underneath it.

A May 23 traffic stop on I90 yielded a loaded .380 semiautomatic handgun inside the glove box of a 25yoa Lorain man’s 2000 Nissan Maxima. He was arrested for CCW.

A Center Ridge Rd. woman’s debit card account was used to buy a $105 pair of shoes online on May 23. She closed the account and found out that two more purchases had been declined by her bank.

A purse was taken from a Richmar Dr. woman’s 2015 Toyota Sienna after the passenger front window was broken out. She reported it on May 24, and the purse (sans $30 cash) was found nearby on Georgetown Dr.  An unlocked 2004 Chevrolet pickup had a camera and flashlight (total value $285) taken out of it on the night of May 23. It was parked at a Dover Center Rd. home. Nearby, a 2008 Ford van parked at a Dellwood Dr. home had $4600 worth of tools taken out of it. No forced entry was noted.

A 6th grade Dover Elem. School student was waiting for her bus at the Bassett Rd.-Farmington Turn intersection. An older male with white hair driving a gray car pulled up on Farmington and told her that her skirt was too short, then drove off. She reported the matter to school staff.   

An 87yoa Hummingbird Cr. man’s identity was used to open up a credit card account; the bills have never been paid. The victim received a call from the issuer on May 24 advising that the account would be sent to a collections agency, prompting a report to WPD. A relative is suspected.

A male used the restroom at a Detroit Rd. business on May 25. The staff thought he might have been using drugs in there and called police. The 43yoa Rocky River man was found down the street in possession of a crack pipe and crack cocaine. He was arrested for Drug Possession and Drug paraphernalia.JOSEPH BURKE  jpg


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