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Police help firefighters extinguish fire; intoxicated man damages roadside memorial: Brook Park police blotter

September 21, 2018

Police help firefighters extinguish fire; intoxicated man damages roadside memorial: Brook Park police blotter

Fire, Grosse Drive: Police assisted firefighters as they extinguished a house fire at about 12:55 a.m. Sept. 11 on the 6400 block of Grosse.

No one was home at the time of the fire and no one was hurt. The fire destroyed the rear section of the house. Garages on the two neighboring houses also caught fire and were damaged.

Criminal mischief-disorderly conduct, Holland Road: An intoxicated Brook Park man, 29, was arrested at about 2:40 a.m. Sept. 13 after he defaced and damaged a memorial made of Styrofoam cups on Holland near Interstate 71.

The memorial was for an 8-year-old girl who was hit and killed by a vehicle Sept. 8 in Brook Park.  The man removed and damaged the cups. Police don’t know if the man damaged the memorial intentionally or why he may have done so. A witness saw it happen and called police.

When police arrived, they saw the man walking on the sidewalk. Earlier this week, he was sentenced to 550 days in jail for violating a protection order.

Attempted burglary, West 130th Street: A burglar tried to break into a West 130th house but a neighbor chased him away.

It happened at about 3:30 p.m. Sept. 7. The burglar opened the home’s rear sliding-glass door by banging on the door with a pipe. Before he entered the house, the neighbor confronted him, and the burglar ran away. Police found a Newport cigarette butt on the scene.

Suspicion, Paulding Boulevard: Someone called police at about 12:20 a.m. Sept. 8 and said two males were tampering with vehicles parked in driveways.

The males were trying to open the vehicle doors. When police arrived, the males ran. They were last seen northbound near Paulding.

Theft, Smith Road: A Parma man, 48, was arrested at about 12:10 p.m. Aug. 29 after he stole $260 from a woman’s purse inside Shell, 5918 Smith.

Security cameras showed the man reaching into the woman’s purse. He then used the stolen money to buy lottery tickets in the store. The man later turned himself into police. It’s not clear how police identified him.  

Operating a vehicle under the influence, Snow Road: A Cleveland man, 47, was arrested at about 4:20 a.m. Sept. 8 after police found him passed out behind the steering wheel of his vehicle, which was parked outside Rally’s, 14911 Snow. He had been drinking.

Neighbor dispute, North Gallatin Boulevard: A Gallatin resident called police at about 1:20 p.m. March 11 and said his neighbor was acting in a disorderly manner toward his home.

The neighbor pulled down his pants, showed his rear end to the man’s security camera and made an obscene gesture. Police said the man and his neighbor have a history of disputes. Police wrote a report but took no action.

Theft, Snow Road: An unidentified female stole steak at about 9 p.m. Sept. 12 from Giant Eagle, 14650 Snow.

A store worker saw it happen. The worker recognized the female from a previous shoplifting incident. The female drove away with the steak. Someone wrote down her license-plate number.

Marijuana possession, Brookpark Road: A Garfield Heights man, 35, was arrested at about 5:10 a.m. Sept. 10 after finding him in possession of marijuana.

Police had stopped the man for driving 54 mph in a 35-mph zone. His driver’s license had been suspended and several warrants had been issued for his arrest.
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