WEST SHORE BLUES: The Best of the Beats

Vehicle Dies, Man Arrested

On 6/30/23 at approx. 11:45PM a male called WPD to report that his vehicle just died in the intersection of Dover and Hilliard. He also self reported that he had a warrant out of Ottawa County. Officers arrived and confirmed that the 26yo Westlake resident indeed had a felony warrant for drug possession. The man was arrested and turned over to Ottawa Co Deputies. The vehicle was towed out of the intersection.

One Car, Three Utility Poles

On 7/1/23 at about 1:30AM several 911 callers reported a crash on Detroit Rd where one vehicle had struck a utility pole. Officers arrived and found a Ford Edge actually struck 3 poles before coming to final rest. The female driver was already out of the car being tended to by bystanders. The investigators noted the driver was conscious and showed signs of intoxication. It was estimated that the vehicle was traveling at approx. 40 mph before simply driving off the roadway. The Westlake Fire Department treated the driver for non-life threatening injuries and transported the Westlake resident to UH St. John Medical Center for further evaluation. The female was cited with failure to control and OVI.

Expensive Smoke

On 7/1/23 at approx. 10:30AM an officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on Columbia at I90. The operator admitted he did not have a valid operator’s license. While speaking with the 32yo male, the officer noted drug paraphernalia sitting out in plain view. Investigation revealed that the Cleveland male had cut straws with residue along with a small amount of white powder folded up in US Currency. The suspected fentanyl was sent to the lab for verification. The male was arrested and charged with felony possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without a license.

Double OVI

On 7/2/23 at about 1:40AM WPD received a 911 call reporting a car crash on Crocker Rd at Hummingbird. Officers arrived and found 2 vehicles had collided sending one into the nearby tree line. 2 passengers were transported to the hospital with injuries that were listed as minor. Investigation revealed that the 2 involved vehicles had been traveling together and were most likely speeding when the crash occurred. When one vehicle attempted to pass the other, it clipped the rear of the 1st car. Both drivers appeared intoxicated and were field tested. The at fault driver, a 20yo from Westlake, was arrested and charged with OVI, failure to maintain assured clear distance and underage consumption of alcohol. He submitted to a breath test and was found to be over 2 and ½ times the legal limit for someone 21 or over. The other driver, a 19yo Westlake male, was also field tested and arrested for OVI. He refused a breath test at the Westlake Jail and was immediately placed under a license suspension. He was charged with OVI and underage consumption of alcohol.

Grandparent Scam

On 6/23/23 at about 4:45PM a citizen responded to the WPD station to report a fraud. The elderly female had received a phone call from a person purporting to be an officer with the Atlanta Police Department. The caller told the victim that her grandson was incarcerated after being caught in a car with a gun and drugs. Of course the grandson needed bond money which the Atlanta PD would gladly accept with E-Bay gift cards. Unfortunately, the victim bought the cards and provided the numbers to the scammers. She soon discovered it was a fake when she called her grandson and confirmed he was not at all in trouble. E-Bay indicated that they would try to stop the payment on the cards.

Hit-Skip

On 6/24/23 at approx. 1:30PM a caller reported that they had been involved in a hit-skip traffic crash at Porter and Center Ridge Rds. The suspect vehicle, described as a white Chevy Aveo, fled the scene. An alert officer observed a white Chevy Sonic with front end damage on Crocker north of Hilliard Bl. The vehicle was traffic stopped. The male operator admitted that he had left the scene of the crash after striking the other car from behind. He rationalized that the person ahead of him “brake checked” his vehicle. The 26yo Lorain resident had multiple license suspensions. Also, the plates on the vehicle were supposed to be on a pick-up truck. The Sonic was towed and the driver cited with driving under suspension, fictitious plates, hit-skip and failure to maintain assured clear distance ahead. He was released from the scene. No one was injured in the collision.

Theft at Business

On 6/27/23 at approx. 11AM, the manager of a business in the 24000 block of Sperry called WPD to report a theft at the business. A female, described as a white lady with her hair in buns, wearing black Nike shoes, blue jeans and a pink crop top, was seen entering the property at about 6:45 the previous evening. She picked through an ash tray outside the building then unlawfully entered the building and office area. After using a flashlight to search through some drawers, she walked out with some small items. Investigators are looking to identify the female. If anyone recognizes her they are asked to call WPD at 440-871-3311. Ptl. Hartranft is investigating this break and enter case under case number 2316135.

Arrest at Red Roof Inn

On 6/28/23 at about 10:15PM officers on patrol learned that a male with felony warrants was staying at the Red Roof Inn on Clemens Rd. Officers made contact with the man at his hotel room and confirmed that he was the same person wanted out of Lorain County for aggravated trespass and possession of dangerous drugs. The 59yo Avon Lake resident was arrested without incident and transferred to a Lorain County Deputy.

“Everybody Drinks Nowadays.”

On 6/29/23 at approx. 4:45PM a concerned citizen on I90 called WPD to report an erratic and reckless driver. The blue SUV was all over the road and almost struck the caller. As officers were looking for the dangerous driver, it was noted that the described plate hit on a license plate reader by the Promenade shopping center. An officer found the vehicle parked in the US Bank lot. He noted that the driver was slumped over in the vehicle and that the SUV had struck a parked car in the lot. The 36yo Lakewood female in the operator’s seat appeared intoxicated when she woke up. When officers commented that they could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath, the driver replied “Everybody drinks now a-days.” The female was field tested and arrested for OVI. Investigation revealed that she was also in possession of open containers of brandy, suspected marijuana as well as a glass pipe that appeared to be a crack smoking device. The driver refused a breath test. She was charged with OVI, driving under a suspension as well as possession of drug paraphernalia and open containers.

Scam Averted

A resident came to the WPD last to pay $8000 to take care of her “warrants.” She had received a call from a Capt. Davenport from the Lorain County Sheriffs Office who let her know about the warrants. The calls were from a blocked caller ID and were completely fictitious. The fake officer wanted her to pay with gift cards. Luckily she checked before losing any funds. Spread the word – no government agency will call you and tell you to pay for ANYTHING with gift cards. If someone is telling you to buy gift cards it is a SCAM.

Stolen Car Epidemic
  • On 7/1/23 at approx. 7:30AM WPD received a call from a resident on Sleepy Hollow Dr reporting that they woke up to find their pickup truck had been stolen out of their driveway overnight. A report was taken.
  • At about 8:39AM the same morning, a resident on Hummingbird Cir called to report that their Lexus SUV was missing from the residential driveway. Another stolen auto report was taken.
  • At around 10AM a third stolen vehicle was reported. This time another pickup was taken out of a driveway on Adams Ln.

All of the vehicles had unfortunately been left unlocked with the keys inside.

It Just Isn’t the Same

On 7/5/23, WPD detectives found the stolen Sleepy Hollow Dr. truck, damaged and riddled with bullet holes, parked unoccupied on E. 143rd St in East Cleveland. The vehicle was towed and processed for evidence.

Stolen Car Before & After

Cars that are stolen usually don’t come back the way they were found.

That’s why Westlake Police encourage a 9 p.m. routine – check to make sure your vehicles are locked each night.

“We had 3 vehicles taken out of driveways on 7/1/23,” report Police. “All unlocked with keys inside. This is what the vehicles look like when we recover them in a day or 2. Yes, those are bullet holes in recovered vehicles. DO NOT ALLOW this to happen to your hard-earned car! These stolen cars/trucks are also being used in other crimes. Do not be an easy victim. Protect your property. Our officers are using patrol techniques and technology to seek out those who want to victimize Westlake citizens. Please help out by removing the reason these groups come out to Westlake.”

I-90 Worker Seriously Injured

A 43 year old male employee of A and A Safety, working in an active construction zone on I-90 westbound in the area of Columbia Rd for ODOT was struck the morning of June 20. The collision happened just before Police received a call for help at 1:56 a.m. The victim was transported by Westlake Fire to Metro Hospital with serious injuries.

The vehicle that struck the male fled the scene westbound. The damaged suspect vehicle, a Toyota FJ Cruiser, has been recovered. A 50 year old Avon Lake male was charged with Aggravated Vehicular Assault as well as Hit-Skip. Both felonies in this case. He will be transferred to the Cuyahoga County Jail under a $200,000 Cash/Surety bond.

Solicitors Beware

On 07/02/2023, at 1536 hrs, a Hurst resident called to report a solicitor had knocked on the front door even though they had a “No Solicitors” sticker posted on the door. Officers were dispatched to the area, but were unable to locate the solicitor.

Stolen Purse

On 07/08/20232, at 1908 hrs, a visitor of the Cahoon Park Walking Path called BVPD to report her purse had been stolen from her vehicle while she was on a walk. When she returned to her vehicle she discovered a window had been smashed out and her purse was taken. Police are investigating. BVPD reminds residents if you must leave valuables in your vehicle to put them in the trunk, or conceal them so they can not be seen through a window.

Business Scammed

On 07/08/2023, at 2218 hrs, a business in the 600 block of Dover Center was scammed out of $1,000. Police are investigating.

OVIs

On 07/09/2023, at 0228 hrs, a BVPD officer stopped a vehicle on Lake Rd. near Porter Creek for a traffic violation. After speaking with the male driver, the officer suspected the driver had been drinking. Field sobriety tests were administered, and as a result, the driver was arrested for OVI. The 26-yoa Lakewood resident will face charges at RRMC.

On 07/09/2023, at 0017 hrs, a BVPD officer stopped a vehicle on Lake Rd. near Vineland for a traffic violation. After speaking with the male driver, the officer suspected the driver had been drinking. Field sobriety tests were administered, and as a result, the driver was arrested for OVI. The Bay Village resident will face charges at RRMC.

Wolf Road OVI

On 06/26/2023, at 0200 hrs, a BVPD officer stopped a vehicle on Wolf Rd. near Dover Center for multiple traffic violations. After speaking with the male driver, the officers suspected the driver had been drinking. Field sobriety tests were administered, and as a result, the driver was arrested for OVI. The 48-yoa North Carolina resident will face charges at RRMC.

Bay Days Intox

On 06/30/2023, at 1612 hrs, a BVPD officer who was patrolling Bay Days reported that a highly intoxicated patron had walked up to him asking for assistance in locating his misplaced bike. Officers located the bike. Due to his level of intoxication, the 47-yoa male was arrested for DC-I. The Bay Village resident will face charges at RRMC.

Business Theft

On 06/30/2023, at 1550 hrs, a business in the 27000 block of Wolf Rd. reported a theft of almost $500 in merchandise. The incident was captured on video. Police are investigating.

Illegal Fireworks

On 06/30/2023, at 2216 hrs, a resident reported fireworks being dispatched in the area of West Oakland and Sutcliffe. Responding officers located the house in question and advised the owner of the complaint. BPVD reminds residents that it is illegal to discharge fireworks within city limits.

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