WEST SHORE BLUES: The Best of the Beats

Flat Tire Driver

On 9/17/21 at about 11:30PM officers stopped to help out a motorist who appeared to have a disabled vehicle on I90 by Clague Rd. They noticed that the operator had driven on a flat tire so long that one of the front tires was down to the rim. The female operator appeared to be unsteady on her feet and showed indicators of being intoxicated. She was field tested and arrested for OVI. Her vehicle was towed and the 38yo Lorain resident was transported to the Westlake City Jail. She tested 2 times over the legal limit and was later released to a sober relative.

Fraud to a Disabled Person

On 9/17/21 at approx. 4:45PM a citizen came to WPD to report a fraud. She indicated that her disabled adult son had been “befriended” by a person online who indicated she was a female by the name of Alexa Kaufman. After continued correspondence online, the victim was led to believe they were in a loving relationship. This turned into the need for money by “Alexa.” The man bought gift cards for the suspect before his mom discovered he was being scammed. A report was generated.

Drug Use and Concealed Weapon

On 9/18/21 at approx. 3PM an officer stopped a vehicle on I90 W/B at Crocker for license and equipment violations. The officer observed signs of drug use and the 28yo Cleveland driver had an entered warrant for a prior traffic violation. Investigation revealed that the driver was in possession of a firearm and ammunition. He was arrested and transported to the Westlake jail. Charges of carrying a concealed weapon and improper handling will be presented to the county Grand Jury.

Utility Pole vs Car

On 9/19/21 at approx. 8AM officers responded to a report of a vehicle into a utility pole on Cahoon Rd. There were also power lines on the ground due to the crash. The driver admitted that they dropped a vape pen and lost control of the vehicle when trying to retrieve it from the floorboard. Luckily the 23yo only reported minor injuries and no one else was hurt. The roadway was closed for a time to clear the damage. The driver was cited with failure to control.

Drug Overdose in Local Restaurant

On 9/23/21 at about 8PM officers were dispatched to Bar Louie for a reported drug overdose. A female in the bathroom was found to be “out of it” but was conscious and breathing when officers arrived. While awaiting paramedics, she admitted that she had used what she believed to be heroin. The 22yo was transported to UHSJMC for treatment. Officers and a detective collected evidence. Charges are pending further investigation and lab analysis of suspected narcotics seized.

Cup of Coffee with a Cop

Mark your calendar now! Stop by Starbucks at the Promenade to chat with officers from the Westlake PD. Bring your questions or just say hello! 10/6/21 from 7AM-10AM.

Welcome Officer Mike Filiaggi!

On Wednesday September 15, Michael J. Filiaggi was sworn in as the newest Bay Village Police Officer. He is seen here with his fiancé Tricia and being sworn in by Mayor Paul Koomar. Mike will now begin an intensive

14 week field training program before he is set out on his own. Please help us congratulate Mike and wish him best of luck in his future career! — Chief Robert Gillespie

Call if You See Something Suspicious

On 09/21/2021, at 1921 hrs, a resident in the 27000 block of Knickerbocker called to report a front door standing open on a vacant house. Officers checked the house and determined the house was currently being remodeled, and the open door appeared to be an oversight on the contractor’s part. Officers secured the door. BVPD reminds residents to please call BVPD when you see something suspicious.

Handwritten Note Left on Windshield

On 09/22/2021, at 1659 hrs, a resident on Longbeach reported finding a disturbing note on her vehicle. She found the note when she came out to her car in the morning. The handwritten note was sexually suggestive in nature and was placed under her windshield wiper. Detectives are investigating.

Construction Site Tampering

On 09/26/2021, at 0132 hrs, a BVPD officer noticed suspicious circumstances at a residence that was under construction in the 300 block of Glen Park. There was a vehicle backed into the construction site with the rear hatch open and all the vehicle lights turned off. The officer turned around to return to the construction site, but the vehicle was gone. The officer observed it leaving the area at a high rate of speed, and was able to stop it on Lake Rd. near Cahoon. The driver had no good reason for backing into the construction site, and officers could see tools consistent with breaking into locked doors in plain view in the rear of the vehicle. The driver also had a suspended license and an active warrant with the Columbus, OH, Police Department. After confirming the warrant, the male was taken into custody on the strength of the warrant, and cited for Driving Under Suspension. After conducting an investigation, officers determined the male was attempting to break into a tool trailer on the property. The 38 yoa Columbus resident will be charged with Criminal Mischief, Possessing Criminal Tools, and Attempt. He will face charges at RRMC, and will be picked up by Columbus Police Department on the strength of their warrant. A 39 yoa female passenger, also from Columbus, was cited at the scene for Wrongful Entrustment. She will face charges at RRMC.

Buyer and Seller Beware

On 09/26/2021, at 1556 hrs, a resident in the 600 block of Bayfair Dr. called BVPD to report he sold some electronic equipment to an individual using the Offer Up app. The sale was done the day before, and at the time, the seller attempted to show the buyer how to use the equipment but the buyer declined assistance. The buyer was now back at the house demanding his money back because the item did not work. The male was gone when police arrived, but officers later spoke with him and determined the item was functional. It was an issue with the software the buyer was using. The buyer was advised to cease and desist all contact with the seller or face criminal charges.

Reese Park Vandalized

On 09/27/2021, at 0808 hrs, the Bay Village Service Department called BVPD to report someone had vandalized the bathrooms at Reese Park over the weekend. Police are investigating.

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