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Police investigate alleged active-shooter threat at Berea-Midpark High School; woman high on heroin nods off in parked car: Berea police blotter

November 15, 2018

Police investigate alleged active-shooter threat at Berea-Midpark High School; woman high on heroin nods off in parked car: Berea police blotter

Active shooter threat, East Bagley Road: Police are investigating alleged threats by a 14-year-old Brook Park boy to “shoot up” Berea-Midpark High School, 165 East Bagley.

Berea and Brook Park police received anonymous tips about the alleged threats Nov. 5. At least one Berea-Midpark pupil told police that he overheard the boy tell classmates that he would “shoot up the school” during a scheduled active-shooter drill Nov. 9 at the high school. The boy allegedly made the comment during class time.

Police drove to the boy’s house. He said he had no intention to harm anyone. He said two classmates had been teasing him for weeks, saying that he looked like an active shooter, and repeatedly asked him when he would “shoot up the school.” The boy said he ignored his classmates at first, but they persisted. Out of frustration, the boy finally told them he would shoot up the school, hoping his classmates would stop teasing him, but they did not.

On Nov. 8, police received an email from the Ohio Department of Public Safety, saying it had received a tip from a concerned mother about a Berea-Midpark pupil who had been suspended. According to the email, the boy continued to hang around the school and harass pupils, threatening to “beat them up, cut their throats, shoot them and many other horrible things.”

However, it’s not clear whether the Nov. 8 email referred to the 14-year-old Brook Park boy.

Possession of narcotics & narcotic equipment, North Rocky River Drive: A Berea woman, 29, was arrested at about 10:15 p.m. Nov. 8 after police caught her with several bindles of heroin.

A driver had called police after the seeing the woman’s Dodge Neon swerving and moving slowly on Ohio 237. The driver followed the Neon into Speedway, 880 North Rocky River, where the woman parked. The driver said the woman was “nodding off” in the vehicle.

The woman initially denied being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but police noticed several hypodermic needles on the Neon’s front passenger seat. The woman then admitted injecting heroin about an hour earlier, and that she had more heroin in her wallet. She said she had just bought the heroin in Cleveland, and believed it was mixed with fentanyl.

Police found rubber tie-off bands, used for heroin injections, near the Neon’s gear shifter. Several additional hypodermic needles, and two brown bags containing unused hypodermic needles, were scattered throughout the vehicle.

The woman said she buys about $70 in heroin a day, and that she has been using heroin on and off for about seven years.

Failure to drive in marked lanes, North Rocky River Drive: A Berea man, 46, was arrested at about 1:20 a.m. Nov. 9 after he refused to sign a traffic ticket for police.

Police had stopped the man’s Cadillac after seeing the car turn widely out of the parking lot of Circle K on North Rocky River. The car then drifted out of its lane. Police checked the license-plate number and determined that the driver’s license of the car’s owner had expired.

The man yelled at police for stopping him. Police told the man why they pulled him over, but he denied committing any violation, and continued to yell at and belittle police. When police asked him for his license, the man initially refused to provide it, but eventually handed them his New York driver’s license.

As police wrote the citation, the man continued to yell at them. Then he refused to sign the ticket. Police told him that if he didn’t sign, they would arrest him. The man encouraged them to do so, and said he would sue police.

Operating a vehicle under the influence, Front Street: A Berea woman, 51, and her stepson, 22, were arrested at about midnight Nov. 12 after police saw them driving on Front.

Police recognized the stepson, a passenger in the woman’s Toyota Camry, and knew that a warrant had been issued for his arrest. Police noticed the Camry’s rear license plate wasn’t illuminated, so they pulled over the car.

Police smelled alcohol in the car. The stepson falsely identified himself as his brother, but police knew his true identity, which was confirmed by his stepmother.

The woman denied drinking but failed field sobriety tests. Police found a small bindle of what appeared to be crack cocaine in the stepson’s wallet.

Operating a vehicle under the influence, Front Street: A Berea man, 36, was arrested at about 11:50 p.m. Nov. 9 after police saw him driving 41 mph on Front near Depot Street, a 25-mph zone.

The man’s Hyundai Elantra was also weaving. He abruptly slowed down and made a wide right turn onto Fillier Street, nearly hitting a curb. The man drove left of center on Fillier.

Police activated their overhead emergency lights, but the man didn’t stop on the side of the street. Instead, he pulled into a driveway off Fillier.

The man smelled like alcohol. He admitted consuming “a couple” alcoholic drinks earlier in a bar. He failed field sobriety tests.    

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