WEST SHORE BLUES: The Best of the Beats

Officer Ben Kitchen Named First Bay Village School Resource Officer

Bay Village Police and Bay Village City Schools are pleased to announce the placement of Off. Ben Kitchen as the first School Resource Officer in department history. Off. Kitchen will be tasked with numerous duties including giving presentations, school security and continuing to engage and protect the children of Bay Village. Ben provides years of law enforcement experience and has a great rapport with the students.

Off. Kitchen can be reached at bkitchen@cityofbayvillage.com

An Urgent message from the Bay Village Police Department

Bay Village and other Westshore communities are experiencing a rash of stolen cars and theft from autos.  To date, in Bay Village 15 cars have been stolen and 83 cars have been entered and items stolen.  ALL of the vehicles have been left unlocked.  ALL of the stolen cars (except 1) had the keys left inside the vehicle.

Bay Village Police continue to seek help from residents regarding vehicle thefts and theft from auto reports. During the past week, seventeen (17) reports were taken regarding a theft from auto. Further, on September 22nd, a vehicle was stolen from a residence on Elmwood Road. This vehicle was later recovered abandoned and damaged in the 3000 block of Project Ave. in Cleveland. The homeowner reported that a wallet with cash, credit cards and other important paperwork was left inside the vehicle. The homeowner admitted that the vehicle was left unlocked with the keys inside. Bay Village Detectives are investigating.

We cannot stress strongly enough how important it is to remember to ALWAYS to lock your vehicles and remove the keys and valuables from sight. Additionally, we urge residents to make sure pedestrian doors leading from the outside to inside the garage are locked and pedestrian doors leading from the garage to inside the house are locked. Cars that have push button starters are especially vulnerable. It is incredibly easy for criminals to reach into your car and push the starter button. If it turns on, they steal it. They don’t even have to look for the keys.

Do your part to help discourage these car thieves from coming into Bay Village. Lock your cars, homes, and don’t leave valuables out in the open!

Westlake Police Promotions

Information courtesy of the Westlake Police Department, www.facebook.com/westlakepolice

Jason Dancy and Joshua Frey were sworn in as Lieutenant and Sergeant, respectively, on Thursday, Oct. 1 at City Hall. Family, friends and colleagues were in attendance for the occasion. The officers earned these promotions through their exemplary performance on the job and extensive testing and observation.

K9 ‘Cash’ Scores Big Bust for Westlake Police

The Westlake Police Department’s K9 officer ‘Cash’ scored a big bust last week, zeroing in on approximately 2 kilos of cocaine.

Westlake Police report:

‘On 9/11/20 at about 1:37PM an officer stopped a rental vehicle for a traffic violation as it pulled into the Holiday Inn Express on Clemens Rd.

‘The occupants’ story of why they were in town from Idaho seemed suspicious as they claimed they were in Cleveland to “take pictures.”

‘A WPD K9 arrived on scene and alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle.

‘Investigation revealed that the vehicle was carrying approx. 2 kilograms of suspected cocaine.  The 4 occupants were brought back to WPD.  A 53yo Idaho Falls, ID resident was charged with trafficking in drugs with a recommendation to the county grand jury for additional charges of endangering a child as his 14yo son was in the vehicle when stopped.  The 14yo was turned over to Child and Family Services to await pick up by a family member.  A 32yo San Fernado, CA and a 41yo Mexican national were also charged with drug trafficking.

‘The adults were transferred to the Cuyahoga County Jail.’

Chicken Parts Prank Fairview Park Vegetarian

A Fairview Park vegetarian was victimized by a chicken wing prank on Sept. 27.

The W. 214th St. resident reported to police that someone had placed over 50 pieces of chicken around his yard and car, with a chicken wing wedged underneath his windshield wiper.

The caller has a large sticker on his car, “Vegan”, which he believes precipitated the event. The victim offered names of possible suspects.

A Westlake female and a Cleveland male were contacted, both 18 years old, and admitted to the incident. They voluntarily came in, were arrested, booked, processed, and released on bond, charged with Criminal Mischief.

Stolen Vehicle Saga in Bay

On September 28, at 9:57am, Bay Village Police were dispatched to the 400 block of Canterbury Road on report of a stolen vehicle. Police investigated and found that the vehicle was left unlocked with the key inside of the vehicle. The Nissan Rogue was taken from the driveway in the overnight hours. On October 2, Bay Village Police received a call from Cleveland PD reporting the vehicle was found wrecked and abandoned in the area of East 185th and Schenely Road. The vehicle was heavily damaged and was towed back to Bay Village for evidence processing. Found inside the vehicle were numerous stolen items from other thefts in the area including credit cards from residents in Mayfield Heights and Lyndhurst.

Windsurfers Saved!

On October 1, at 6:46pm, Bay Village Police received a call from a concerned resident regarding two windsurfers, possibly in distress, on Lake Erie. Bay Police arrived and found that the two individuals were having trouble in the water. Further, the sun was about to set and a rainstorm had moved into the area. Multiple agencies responded to the dangerous situation including; Bay Village Fire Department, Lakewood PD’s boat, Rocky River Police, the U.S. Coast Guard’s boat and rescue helicopter, and the Bay Village Auxiliary Police. One of the males involved was able to make it to safety at Bradstreet Landing while the other male was eventually picked up, grounded on a beach in the 24000 block of Lake Road. Both males were checked by paramedics and were released at the scene.

The Bay Village Police would like to thank all agencies and individuals who participated in the rescue. It was a coordinated effort which thankfully had a positive outcome.

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