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Crazy Socks Day

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

World Down Syndrome Day is March 21 and Westlake Police joined in the Up Side of Downs Crazy Socks movement to commemorate the occasion. Why Crazy Socks? Why March 21? Because March 21 is a special day because Down syndrome is caused by duplication of the 21st chromosome, which look like crazy socks! Bet you didn’t know that!

Thank You, Lt. Holliday!

Congratulations and best of luck in retirement to Bay Village Police Lt. Calvin Holliday.

On Friday, February 26, Lt. Holliday retired from the Bay Village Police Department with over 37 years of service. Lt. Holliday served in many roles over his years of service and made a tremendous impact on the department and the people he had interaction with. His dedication and leadership will be missed. Best of luck Lieutenant, with all of you future endeavors.

Lt. Holliday is seen here with his wife Terry and with his family.

Congratulations Det. Sgt. Jay Elish

Bay Village Det. Sgt. Jay Elish recently completed the Supervisor Training and Education Program (STEP) sponsored by the Law Enforcement Foundation.

STEP was designed to develop newly promoted officers, or about to be promoted officers, into highly effective first line supervisors with the competency skills necessary to lead and supervise in a high performance organization.

Westlake Police Team with Community Services

Westlake Police officers helped out Westlake Community Services last week with their annual Easter food distribution (and showed off some of their drone piloting skills!).

Community Services and WPD make a great team! Thanks to all who donated time or other resources. #staysafewestlake

Bike Donation to Benefit Village Bike Cooperative

Each year, numerous unclaimed bikes are donated by the Bay Village Police Department to the Village Bike Cooperative. They then clean and repair these bikes and get them back on the road. You can see their information on their website.

To avoid having your bike donated… Register your bicycle at the police department. Its free!

If you lose your bike, make sure to call the police department to see if it has been turned in. www.villagebicycle.org/

Hotel Guest Fights with Police

Westlake Police report that on 3/20/21 at about 3:45PM officers were summoned to the Double Tree Hotel on Clemens for a report from staff of an unwanted guest and drug dealing from a room.

Staff led the officers to the problem room where 2 persons were located. During the investigation officers noted indicators of illicit drug use. The male, a 49yo Cleveland resident, fought with officers when they were attempting to detain him. A female, a 38yo who listed a Garfield Hts address, also attempted to interfere with the detention of the couple. Both were eventually arrested inside the hotel.

The male was charged with Attempted aggravated robbery, assault on a police officer and felony drug abuse. The female was charged with obstructing official business, resisting, possession of drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia. Methamphetamine and pills were located and taken as evidence. Both were later transferred to the Cuyahoga County Jail.

They’d Rather Walk

On 3/30/21 at approx. midnight, Bay Village PD ran across a disabled vehicle on the Clague Rd overpass at I90. Westlake officers responded and learned that the male with the car claimed that he had gotten into a dispute with the passengers of his vehicle including his 12 year old son. The son, another juvenile and an adult female were soon found walking in the area. They reported to the investigators that they had become uncomfortable riding from Dave and Busters with the driver because of his level of intoxication. At first the driver would not let them out which caused the dispute which became physical between the adults. They did not wish to press charges and officers stayed with them until they obtained a sober ride. The driver, a 34yo Cleveland resident, was field tested and arrested for OVI. He was also cited with driving with a license that had been suspended due to a prior OVI arrest. The driver had entered warrants for larceny and a traffic violation but the other agencies would not pick him up.

Stolen Cars Found at Hotel Lots

On 3/24/21 at approx. 5PM officers learned from Pattons Towing that they had recently towed a vehicle from the parking lot of the Hampton Inn on Detroit due to it being on property for 2 months without moving. It was learned that the vehicle had been entered as stolen out of Lorain. The vehicle was in poor shape and had flat tires. Lorain PD confirmed that the car was still missing. The owner was contacted to pick up the vehicle.

On 3/24/21 at about 8:30PM an officer on patrol at The Double Tree Hotel on Clemens discovered that a vehicle parked in the lot was entered as being stolen from Cleveland. The car was not occupied. Cleveland PD confirmed that the car was still missing. It was towed from the scene and the owner was notified of the recovery.

Gun in Car

On 3/25/21 at approx. 12:30AM an officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation at Crocker and Detroit Rds. Upon initial contact with the male operator, the officer noted a handgun in plain view in the passenger compartment of the sedan. The driver, later identified as a 27yo Antioch, TN resident, complied with the officer’s instructions to keep his hands still and in view. The gun, found to be loaded, was secured as was the male without further incident. Investigation revealed edible and plant material marijuana along with an open container of alcohol inside the vehicle. The driver was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana, Open Container and felony improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle.

Drugs and Guns Lead to Arrest

On 3/23/21 at about 12:30PM, an officer stopped a vehicle for traffic violations after it left the Super 8 Motel on Sperry. The officer noticed drug paraphernalia in plain view when talking to the operator. Investigation revealed that the 26yo female from Elyria was in possession of a loaded semi-automatic firearm as well as suspected methamphetamine and the aforementioned drug paraphernalia. She was arrested and transported to the Westlake Jail. Several felonies including carrying a concealed weapon, having weapons under disability (prior felony drug cases), possessing criminal tools and possession of drug paraphernalia were filed.

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