WEST SHORE BLUES: The Best of the Beats

Bay’s Lt. Palmer Earns Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police Honor

As a new graduate of the 14-month Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE) program, Lt. Mark Palmer of the Bay Village Police Dept. recently reached a high level of professional accomplishment.

Lt. Palmer was one of 29 CLEE’s who was honored during the Live Stream graduation ceremony that was held on Feb. 5.

The ceremonies celebrated the completion of study in a unique course co-sponsored by the Law Enforcement Foundation, Inc. and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police. A special thanks and recognition to the Ohio Department of Public Safety for their generous grant which supported CLEE XXV. The instructors include noted faculty members at universities across the Midwest and consultants to business and industry.

Participants were selected for the program by meeting set standards in experience, formal and continuing education, as well as professional-related experience. For more than a year, they received instruction in modules concerned with change management; ethics; vision, mission and guiding principles; interpersonal skills; human resources and team facilitation; practical leadership models for law enforcement executive; strategic planning; police resource allocation and budgeting; and organizational risk management. Graduates of CLEE have demonstrated their mastery of these modules through written examinations and papers.

The Certified Law Enforcement Executive Program promotes professional development, benefiting not only the individual but also the agencies, in which they work and practice, and their communities. It is designed to elevate the standards of excellence for law enforcement executives. Individuals interested in participating in future CLEE programs can access application information from the Law Enforcement Foundation website at www.lef-oh.org or email jeff.hill@oacp.org.

Asleep at the Wheel

On Feb. 10 at about 6:30PM Westlake Police were dispatched to the intersection of Columbia and Sperry Dr. for a driver that appeared to be passed out behind the wheel of a white pickup truck. Officers found the male driver asleep in the roadway with his vehicle still in drive. The 44yo North Olmsted resident appeared intoxicated when he woke up so he was administered field sobriety tests. The driver was arrested for OVI. His vehicle was impounded after he refused a breath test. The man was cited with OVI and refusing a chemical test after a prior OVI conviction.

Identity Theft

On 2/12/21 a citizen called WPD to report an identity theft. The female had received a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Social Security Administration. They informed the victim that her social security number was associated with a crime in Houston, TX involving murder and the sale of drugs. The caller asked her for the social security number to “verify” the account. He also asked for bank account information. The scammer became angry when the victim would give no further information and he threatened to issue a warrant for her arrest. Of course he also told her not to report the call to anyone to avoid further issues. The victim realized it was a scam after consulting a neighbor.

Chain Reaction

On 2/3/21 at approx. 7:30PM officers were called to Crocker at Detroit for a crash involving 3 vehicles. The driver of the vehicle that started the chain reaction rear end collision appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. The 29yo female Lakewood resident was field tested and arrested for OVI. Luckily only minor injuries were reported due to the collision. All 3 vehicles had to be towed from the scene. At the Westlake Jail, the arrested driver tested over 2 and ½ times the legal limit. She was cited for having a prohibited breath alcohol content, OVI, failure to maintain assured clear distance and possession of marijuana after a suspected marijuana cigarette was located in her vehicle. She was later released to a sober friend.

Motel Woes

On 2/6/21 at approx. midnight, Westlake Police were called to the Double Tree Hotel for a report of a disturbance on the 5th floor. The security guard added that one of the occupants of a room had a bloody hand. The officers had to interview 3 people who had been involved in the assault, one of which was transported to the hospital due to the hand injury. The 2 males who were directly involved wanted to press charges so a report was taken for prosecutor.

On 2/10/21 at approx. 3:30PM officers patrolling the area of the Double Tree Hotel on Clemens Rd checked on an occupied vehicle in the back parking lot. The owner of the car was found to have warrants out of Lorain County SO, Elyria PD and Lorain PD. The 27yo Elyria resident was arrested for his warrants and turned over to an Elyria officer.

On 2/4/21 at about 8:15AM, an officer on patrol learned that a person staying at the Super 8 on Sperry had an entered felony warrant out of Austin, Texas for a parole violation after a larceny charge. The male was found in a room and was arrested. The 31yo male who listed Arlington, TX as his hometown, was transported to the Cuyahoga County Jail to await transport back to Texas.

On 2/4/21 at approx. 1:30PM while patrolling the parking lot of the Red Roof Inn on Clemens, officers discovered that a vehicle in the lot belonged to a person with a felony warrant out of Portage County for burglary. Officers located the 21yo from Streetsboro in one of the hotel rooms. He was arrested and transferred to a Portage County Deputy.


On January 29, at 11:37am the Bay Village Police Department took a Fraud report from an Osborn Road resident. The victim reported that she received a 1099 tax form for unemployment benefits that were filed in her name. The victim, who is self-employed, did not file for these benefits. The victim was referred to the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services and the credit bureaus to monitor her accounts. The Bay Village Detective Bureau is investigating.

Theft from Auto

On January 30, 2021 at 11:39am, Bay Village Police Department took a Theft from Auto report. Officers spoke with the female victim, an East Oviatt Road, resident who reported that sometime in the overnight hours of Wednesday January 27, someone entered her unlocked auto and stole cash, identification, and credit cards. The victim was advised to cancel her credit cards and notify her bank. The Bay Village Detective Bureau is investigating.

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