WEST SHORE BLUES: The Best of the Beats

Capt. Turner’s Last Call

Westlake Police Capt. Guy Turner called it a career after 33-plus years as the department’s Public Information Officer last Friday.

Just hours before his retirement ceremony, Turner issued his final press releases, including two that captured some drama fit for a TV show.

Little did the folks who were part of of the overflow crowd at Westlake City Hall know that just as the clock was ticking towards Turner’s retirement ceremony Friday, it was also winding down on a suspect holed up inside the Westlake Red Roof Inn on Clemens Road.

Turner’s last public relations epistle to the media captured the drama of the day:

“A male of uncertain identity wanted for a 1-4-18 non-fatal shooting of a woman at a North Ridgeville residence is believed to be staying in a room at the Red Roof Inn on Clemens Rd. Westlake and North Ridgeville PDs and the Westshore Enforcement Bureau are on scene.

“The suspect is believed to possess at least one handgun. The suspect and victim had been in a romantic relationship.

“No traffic is permitted eastbound on Clemens Rd. from Crocker Rd. WFD is staged nearby as a precaution.”

Then, in a final caveat that appropriately summed up the level of mutual respect Turner had forged with media through the years, he added:

“Media may assemble at 1100 Crocker Rd. (the Double Tree Inn). THE SUSPECT IS MOST LIKELY UNAWARE OF THE POLICE PRESENCE AND WE WOULD LIKE TO KEEP HIM UNAWARE.

“KINDLY REFRAIN FROM ANY LIVE SHOTS OF THE MOTEL; THOSE WOULD GIVE HIM A TACTICAL ADVANTAGE.”

As an untended tribute to Turner’s career, media members all respected Capt. Turner’s request for discretion. A short while later his final news bulletin was released:

“Suspect was arrested without incident just now. (after being told it would go badly for him if he spoiled my retirement day!) He will be taken to NRPD (North Ridgeville) to be properly identified and charged.”

The incident, according to the North Ridgeville Police Dept., arose from a Jan. 4 shooting at a Patton Drive residence. The shooting had to do with a domestic incident.

The case was referenced by Westlake Police Chief Kevin Bielozer just a few hours later at Capt. Turner’s retirement ceremony. “I am not confident that this level of trust exists everywhere between Police and the media,” he said. It was a fitting way to close Capt. Turner’s career as the Westlake Police Media Specialist.

Suspect IDed

North Ridgeville Police have identified the suspect as as 29 year old Alwin Carter King III out of Indian Trail, North Carolina. He was charged with Domestic Violence (M-1), Felonious Assault (F-2), Obstructing Official Business (F-5), Having Weapons Under Disability (F-3) and Tampering with Evidence (F-3). Mr. King was arraigned Monday morning at Elyria Municipal court and is being held at NRPD on $350,000 bond. He will be transferred to the Lorain County Jail. Mr. King has an extensive criminal history to include crimes of violence and has an outstanding warrant for theft of a motor vehicle through North Carolina Department of Public Safety. The victim has been identified as 32 year old Amber Carruozzo of North Ridgeville, Ohio.

GPS Leads Man Around ‘Road Closed’ Sign

A 29 year old Richmond Hts. man’s assiduous attention to his GPS system caused him to drive around one “Road Closed” sign on Avon Rd. and crash into another on Jan. 1. He rang in the New Year at St. John Medical Center with OVI and Failure to Control citations and was treated for minor injuries. An intoxicated 27yoa Cleveland man passenger gave false ID info and was arrested for DCI and MisID. A 19yoa Westlake woman passenger was uninjured, and an 18yoa Bay Village woman passenger declined treatment for minor injuries.

Traffic Stops Yields Heroin Bust

A 25yoa Marview Dr. man was stopped at his home for no front plate on Jan. 1. He was found to have active warrants from Fairview Park PD and the Cuyahoga Co. Sheriff. He also had hypos, a burnt spoon, cotton balls, a razor blade, and suspected heroin with him. He was arrested for Drug Possession, Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments, and Drug Paraphernalia.

Avon Woman Shot on Work Break

North Ridgeville Police Dispatch received a 911 call advising of a female sitting in a car at the intersection of Bender Rd. and Taylor Industrial Parkway yelling for medical help on Thursday, 01/04/2018 at 12:18 pm.

While enroute, police learned that the female victim had been shot and that she was going in and out of consciousness after her car rolled backwards into a snow drift.

The preliminary investigation revealed that she is a 54 year old female from Avon and was working as a temporary employee at Invacare Corp. During a break the victim was parked at the end of Bender Rd. at Taylor Industrial Parkway, which is an area frequently used by local employees during their breaks.

An unknown white male described to be in his mid-twenties approached the victim and after very brief conversation shot her several times as she sat in her vehicle. The suspect fled the scene as a passenger in a maroon SUV leaving westbound on Taylor Industrial Pkwy.

The victim was transported to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center by the NRFD and subsequently life-flighted to Cleveland MetroHealth Hospital. The victim has been identified as 54 year old Jacqueline A Dienes of Avon.

SWAT Team Called in Westlake Firearms Threat

Holiday Blues: On Dec. 23 at 12:30AM, a visiting Virginia man reported that his intoxicated 33 year old brother was acting irrationally at the brother’s 2550 Wyndgate Ct. home in Westlake and had made reference to using firearms. Westlake PD officers responded to the home and extracted the VA man and his 27 year old sister (also of VA) without incident. The suspect, Ramone BOYD’s 52yoa mother (also from VA), was too afraid to come out and locked herself in a bathroom. Residents of least two neighboring homes were evacuated also without incident.

The Westshore Enforcement Bureau Task Force (SWAT team) was activated and hostage negotiators employed to talk the mother out safely at 3:18AM. The SWAT Team made entry at 4:24AM and were met by BOYD, who gave himself up. He is under arrest for Domestic Violence (by threats, not by hitting someone, which is an M4) and is currently in the Westlake City Jail. BOYD never brandished any weapon, but the home was found in considerable disarray (broken dishware, overturned furniture, etc.).

A .22cal rifle was recovered in the home and a 9mm handgun from BOYD’s car. The last officer cleared the scene at 6:13AM.

Westlake Police Bust Counterfeit Clothes Ring

Somebody lost their New Year’s Eve finest on the night of Dec. 22 when a traffic stop by Westlake Police uncovered a clothes closet on wheels of ersatz rag.

The windfall of counterfeit concert haberdashery tallied a total of 57 unlicensed t-shirts (total value $1710) seized from a 50 year old South Carolina man (Sweet Caroline), a 42 year old California man (California Dreamin’), and a 51 year old California man (Surf City). All 3 were charged with Attempted Trademark Counterfeiting (Jailhouse Rock).

Phone Fraud Runs Up $3k Bill in Bay

On 01/04/201, at 1146 hrs, a Columbia Road resident came to the station to request a fraud report. He said when he checked his credit report he discovered that a collection agency was investigating a fraudulent AT&T cell phone account which had been set up in April 2017 using the victim’s personal information. The account has since been cancelled, but not before a total of $2,944.00 was fraudulently charged.

Lights Out (Corona-Style)

On 01/06/18, at 0146 hrs, an officer conducted a traffic stop on a Volkswagen hatchback for an equipment violation. While speaking to the driver, she admitted that she had been at a bar in Westlake drinking “Corona Lights”. The officer had the 48-year old Bay Village resident exit her vehicle in order to perform the Standard Field Sobriety tests. After she failed, she was arrested for OVI. She was taken to the station where she refused to submit to a breath test. She was released on personal bond to a sober adult.

License Plates Seized

On 01/01/2018, at 0247 hrs, an officer on routine patrol on Lake Road observed the Subaru ahead of him to be weaving and it crossed the centerline several times. The officer stopped the Subaru east of Dover Center Rd. The 52-year old female driver was unable to perform the field sobriety tests and so was arrested for OVI. Her license plates were seized due to a prior OVI conviction in 2011. At the station, she refused to submit a breath sample. After processing, the Lakewood resident was released on personal bond to a sober adult.

Dab Downer

On 01/06/2018, AT 0020 hrs, an officer conducted a traffic stop on a Honda Accord for an equipment violation. All four male occupants consented to a search of their persons. One of the passengers, a 17-year old male from Seven Hills, was found to be in possession of marijuana concentrate “dabs”. He is to be charged into Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court for Possession of a Marijuana Compound and Possession of Marijuana Paraphernalia.

Lucky to Be Alive

Two Fairview Park men are lucky to be alive after abusing substances and then venturing out in the extreme cold of last week.

The first was spotted by An officer on patrol in the area of W 227/Lorain Rd on Jan. 2. A male staggering towards Lorain Rd. with his coat frozen and snow covered appeared obviously intoxicated, showing signs of confusion, impaired speech, and lack of balance, along with the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. The only information he was able to provide was a street and his wife’s name. Police located his address in the police database and returned the 41 year old to the house, giving him a citation for Disorderly Conduct: Intoxication. The wife took custody of him but stated that he had taken their two dogs out for a walk, and they were still out there. Officers checked the area, locating the two dogs 4 blocks from the home with their leash caught on a bush and a human sized imprint in the snow, where it appears the husband had fallen. They were returned back to their residence and turned over to the wife.

The second came on Jan. 3 after an officer observed a weaving car as it entered North Olmsted. The officer could smell a strong chemical odor and it appeared the driver was impaired. The male wasn’t making sense, wandered into the traffic lane when told to stay in his car, but denied being under the influence of anything. His wife was contacted due to his bizarre behavior and she advised he had been “huffing” starter fluid lately. The male admitted such and it was under his seat. Four empty containers, a partially full container, and some rags smelling strongly of ether were located inside the car. Officers attempted to administer sobriety tests, but he couldn’t follow directions and was almost falling over, so they were discontinued for his safety. He was placed under arrest for OVI, returned to the station, and refused blood/urine tests. The 62 year old Fairview Park man was charged with OVI, Driving Under Suspension and Weaving. He was released to his wife on personal bond.

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