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Resident tussles with snow removers; police find marijuana in woman’s car: Berea police blotter

January 25, 2019

Resident tussles with snow removers; police find marijuana in woman’s car: Berea police blotter

Assault, Nobottom Road: A Nobottom man, 32, called police at about 12:35 p.m. Jan. 20 and said his 64-year-old father had just been assaulted by a private snowplow driver.

When police arrived, the snowplow driver, 40, was parked several houses away on Nobottom. He said that he and his son, 17, had just plowed snow from a driveway across the street from the 64-year-old man, pushing some of the snow onto his tree lawn.

That angered the older man, who was outside at the time. He swore at the snowplow driver, saying he had blocked his driveway with snow. The snowplow driver then drove to another house and plowed there while his son remained in the driveway across from the 64-year-old man.

The older man walked across the street and started pushing the teen. The snowplow driver ran and tackled the older man. No punches were thrown.

The older man told police the snowplow driver was correct in his account of the event but added that the teen had provoked him by swearing at him and challenging him to cross the street.

The older man asked that next time, the snowplow driver should leave enough room on the tree lawn for him to place his garbage cans. The snowplow driver agreed, and no one wanted to press charges.

Marijuana possession, West Bagley Road: A Lakewood woman, 38, faces criminal charges after police found marijuana and a pill, possibly an opioid, in her Nissan Altima at about 1:30 p.m. Jan. 17.

Police stopped the woman’s car after randomly checking the license-plate number and determining the plates had expired. The inside of the car smelled like marijuana. When asked if marijuana was in the car, the woman initially said, “No, I swear,” but eventually admitted having marijuana.

In the car, police found a jar with several plastic baggies, all containing a small amount of marijuana. Marijuana stems were also in the jar. Police also found a glass pipe containing burned marijuana in the car.

Also inside the jar was a pill that police initially identified as hydrocodone bitartrate and ibuprofen, a prescription painkiller. Possession of the drug without a prescription is a felony. The woman said the pill was prescribed to her boyfriend. Police told the woman they would investigate and gave her a summons to appear in court for the marijuana.

Operating a vehicle under the influence, West Bagley Road: A Columbia Station man, 58, was arrested at about 2:45 a.m. Jan. 18 after police caught him driving drunk on West Bagley near Front Street.

Police stopped the man’s Ford Ranger after checking the license-plate number and determining that his driver’s license had been suspended. A strong odor of cologne emanated from the vehicle, a sign that the driver might have been trying to hide another odor.

The man’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy. When asked for his license and proof of insurance, the man rifled through several pockets and mumbled. He then tried to hand police cash and lottery tickets.

Police asked the man if he had consumed alcohol. The man said, “No, but . . . ”, then paused for several seconds, seemingly losing his train of thought. Police then spotted a 24-ounce can of Mike’s Hard Lemonade in the car. The man said the can “was from two, three, four days ago.” But the can was cold.

The man failed field sobriety tests. On the man, police found a straw, which had been cut to about 4 inches in length, containing white residue.

Marijuana possession, West Bagley Road: A North Ridgeville man, 23, was cited at about 10:15 p.m. Jan. 18 after police found a bag of marijuana, a marijuana vaporizer, a bag of burned and vaporized marijuana, a pill bottle with marijuana residue, a marijuana pipe, a marijuana grinder and a Juicy Fruit gum wrapper with marijuana residue in his Nissan Altima.

Police pulled the man over after he drove through a red light at North Rocky River Drive and West Bagley Road.

Marijuana possession-driving with a suspended license, Valley Parkway: A North Olmsted man, 23, was cited at about 8:30 p.m. Jan. 18 after police caught him driving with a suspended license.

Police stopped the man’s Nissan Altima after noticing the car had no front license plate, and the rear plate wasn’t illuminated.

Police asked the Nissan’s rear passenger, a 26-year-old Olmsted Falls man, to step out of the car. He immediately handed police a jar containing marijuana and a glass pipe with burned marijuana.

Inside the car, police found rolling papers, along with a plastic baggie and plastic film container, both containing marijuana residue. Marijuana shake was scattered throughout the vehicle. The Olmsted Falls man was cited for marijuana possession.

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