Police find loaded revolver, marijuana cigar in car; man totes sword in backseat: Berea police blotter

February 1, 2019

Police find loaded revolver, marijuana cigar in car; man totes sword in backseat: Berea police blotter

Improper handling of a firearm-marijuana possession, West Bagley Road: A Garfield Heights man, 20, a Cleveland man, 21, and a Cleveland man, 20, were arrested at about 2:30 a.m. Jan. 26 after police found a .357-caliber revolver – containing five live rounds and one round that had been fired – in their car.

Police had stopped the men’s Chevrolet Malibu after seeing the car turn right at a red light without stopping from North Rocky River Drive to West Bagley. The car was also traveling 38 mph in a 25-mph zone.

Police saw a marijuana cigar in the rear passenger door compartment, next to the 21-year-old Cleveland man. The driver, the Garfield Heights man, denied that anything illegal was in the car. When police asked all three men to exit the car, the marijuana cigar was gone. Police asked the men what happened to it. The 21-year-old Cleveland man removed the marijuana cigar from behind his ear and handed it to police.

Police found the loaded revolver under the car’s rear seat. All three men denied owning the weapon so all three were arrested.

Marijuana possession, North Rocky River Drive: A North Ridgeville man, 73, was arrested at about 8 p.m. Jan. 26 after police caught him with a container of marijuana.

Police had stopped the man’s Nissan Rogue after seeing the vehicle turn from Wesley Drive to North Rocky River without signaling. After stopping, the man tried to hide something in his car. Police noticed a sword in the backseat, so they told the man to place his hands on the steering wheel.

When police sought permission to search the driver’s Nissan, the man said no. Police asked dispatchers to send a K-9 to the scene. Before the K-9 arrived, the man handed over the marijuana. The man said no weapons, aside from the sword, were in the car. However, police found a firearm, wrapped in a T-shirt inside a reusable shopping bag, in the car’s backseat.

The man said he had purchased the firearm “from someone” outside a Fin Feather Fur Outfitters store. Police determined that the man was “transporting the firearm properly” so they placed it back inside the car.    

Shoplifting, Prospect Street: A Berea man, 19, was arrested at about 5 a.m. Jan. 26 after he stole a 12-pack of beer from truenorth Shell, 20 Prospect.

A truenorth cashier called police after seeing the man leave the store without paying for the beer. While driving southbound on Valley Parkway, police saw the man emerge from the woods. He started running northbound. Police turned around as the man darted across West Bagley Road. They caught up with him as he was walking on Barrett Road.

The man was wearing a hood and toting a backpack. He denied being at the gas station earlier, but police found the stolen beer in his backpack.

Shoplifting, West Bagley Road: An Olmsted Falls woman, 51, faces criminal charges after she was caught stealing a $105 love plaque Jan. 23 at Karen’s Hallmark Shop, 413 West Bagley.

A Karen’s Hallmark worker called police and said she had noticed the plaque missing. The worker checked security video, which showed the woman sneaking the plaque into her purse. The woman then used a Hallmark rewards card to buy other merchandise before leaving the store with the stolen plaque.

Police, after using the rewards card to identify the woman, visited her home. The woman initially denied stealing the plaque, then asked police if she could return the plaque to the store and pay for it. She said she has a medical condition that causes her to do things and not remember.  

Marijuana possession, Depot Street: A Berea woman, 20, received a summons to appear in court after police found a marijuana nugget in her Saturn Ion.

Police pulled over the woman’s car at about 10:25 a.m. Jan. 25 because she was driving 35 mph in a 25-mph zone. After she stopped, the woman started exiting the car, but police ordered her to stay inside, and she complied.

Meanwhile, the car’s passenger, a 20-year-old Bronx woman, seemingly tried to hide something inside the vehicle. When police walked to the car’s passenger-side window, they saw the woman searching on her cell phone, “When is a police officer allowed to search my car?”

Marijuana possession, Crescent & Edgewood drives: A Lorain man, 39, was cited at about 5:30 p.m. Jan. 28 after police found a marijuana pipe, containing “green vegetable matter,” under the seat of his Ford Fusion.

Police had stopped the man’s car after seeing him drive through a stop sign at Crescent and Edgewood.

Criminal damaging, Wyleswood Drive: A Berea boy, 15, faces charges in juvenile court after he discharged a fire extinguisher at about 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24 inside Ombudsman school, 535 Wyleswood.

Someone called Berea firefighters about possible smoke in a hallway of the school. When firefighters and police arrived, they determined there had been no fire, but that someone had sprayed a fire extinguisher.

Parents of children playing basketball in the school gym told police that two teenagers were in the building. Police found the teens. The 15-year-old, after initial denials, admitted discharging the fire extinguisher and was taken home to his mother.
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