Monday, April 22, 2013
The police department is hosting Operation Medicine Cabinet in an effort to collect unused or expired prescription drugs.
Got old prescription drugs lying around? Turn ‘em in. The police department is hosting Operation Medicine Cabinet in an effort to collect unused or expired prescription drugs. The event is slated to take place at Westlake Police Department from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27. The same program will run in Brecksville then as well. “It’s a way to clean out your medicine cabinet and turn this stuff in,” said Sgt. William Atsberger. “This way, nobody has access to them that shouldn’t have access.” To ensure your privacy, remove or black-out your prescription labels. Do not bring any hazardous materials or needles for disposal. According to a news release, the program “protects our children, our water and our food supplies and decreases prescription…
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Westlake Police Department has helpful tips if you encounter a coyote.
Would you know what to do if you encountered a coyote in Westlake? The Westlake Police Department has offered helpful tips for residents if they encounter the wolf-like creatures. Commonly found in Westlake, they usually roam around at night in packs of four to eight, feeding on small animals, insects and fruit. They are helpful in controlling the deer population and other animal nuisances. While they are usually frightened around humans, here are a few ideas of what to do if you come across one (See our PDF section for more information): Have you seen a coyote in the area? Tell us where in the comments section below.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Westlake Police are looking for suspects in multiple recent thefts in the city
An unlucky pizza delivery man's car was stolen from the the Detroit Road pizza parlor where he worked at about 9:30 p.m. on March 2. He had left the 1999 Toyota Camry running, according to Westlake Police. The car was found at 3:11 p.m. the next day in an apartment parking lot on Marview Drive. Other thefts in the city that police are investigating: The girl left the keys in the center console and the XG35 was stolen shortly thereafter, police said. It was found two days later parked outside of a business down the street. A thief (or thieves) stole jewelry, coins and credit cards from the house. Anyone with information on any of these thefts is encouraged to call the Westlake Police Department at 440-871-3311.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Westlake and Rocky River police officers arrested the woman and man accused of setting the teenager up and robbing him, respectively
An 18-year-old Westlake man was mugged while trying to sell his iPod. The teenager found a presumptive buyer -- a 21-year-old woman from Cleveland -- on Craigslist and agreed to meet her a few minutes before midnight on Feb. 16. The woman arrived alone in her car and conversed with the teen. Then a man on foot jumped the victim, took his iPod, threatened to kill him and ran off, according to Westlake Police. The woman drove away also as the teenager called police. Westlake and Rocky River police officers stopped the woman's car at the intersection of Clague Road and Hilliard Boulevard. When police stopped her, the woman had a passenger in her car -- a 24-year-old Cleveland man. They also had the teen's iPod, according to police. The …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Three Westlake men were the victim of cloned debit cards in the last three days
Westlake Police Department are investigating several recent, seemingly unrelated identity thefts that affected residents in the city. They are: Purchases amounting to $6,800 were made from online retailers, cable TV and cell phone providers, and much of the merchandise was shipped to Miami, FL. The victim’s son has been checking his father’s bank accounts since a similar incident occurred in January.The bank did not allow that transaction to go through and closed the account. As per these more recent thefts, the bank is in the process of closing the new account and refunding the money The police investigation is ongoing. On Feb. 28, she reported that a female suspect displaying her Visa card and an Ohio driver’s license withdrew $3,500 …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Three businesses in Westlake were broken into on a single night and all three have owners of Asian descent, according to Westlake Police
Three businesses owned by persons of Asian descent were broken into on the night of Feb. 24 in Westlake. First, the front door glass of China Wok was found broken at 4:14 a.m. by a passing patrolman. The vandal -- whoever he, she or they were -- did not enter the restaurant and nothing was taken from it, according to Westlake Police. Police checked Thai Spice, which is on the same street at, 4:30 a.m. and found, similarly, the glass from its front door had been broken out. Furthermore, money had been stolen from the second restaurant's register. Finally, a nail salon across the street from the second restaurant -- Modern Nails -- was found to have a broken window. Money had been taken from several locations inside the business, police said…
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Items from the Westlake Police blotter; where an arrest is mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction
A deer in the road, sure? Geese -- it happens. But cows? That's more Dodge City's style than Westlake. Nevertheless, on Feb. 27, Westlake Police received a complaint of calves playing in traffic on Bassett Road. Patrolmen and the Animal Control Officer were sent to the area and they bossed the bovines back to their berth nearby. And, yes, the keeper of the kine has a large enough lot to be allowed to harbor the calves within the city limits, according to Westlake Police. Other events from this week's police blotter: He had run from her car and wasn’t looking where he was going when he fell. After he came ashore, he texted a friend, who then alerted Westlake Police. He was transported to St. John Medical Center by Westlake firefighters for …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Westlake Police are looking for a man who broke into the fitness center of an apartment complex on Detroit Road
Westlake Police are looking for a man who broke into the fitness center at Sturbridge Square complex on Feb. 23 and 24. First, the man soaked in the complex's Jacuzzi. Then he slept in its workout room -- waking and leaving before anyone else found him. His break-ins were caught on security camera, police said. However, while officers have checked regularly, the man has not returned since Feb. 24. Anyone with information regarding these break-ins is encouraged to call Westlake Police Department at 440-871-3311. The complex is located on Detroit Road in Westlake.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Anthony Ashby is accused of soliciting in Westlake without a permit
A Cleveland man is accused of soliciting without a permit -- and even of driving a 72-year-old Westlake woman to the bank so she could get money to give him. On Tuesday, the Westlake woman and her adult daughter reported an incident of an unlicensed solicitor approaching the older woman for a donation. The solicitor Anthony A. Ashby -- 40, of Cleveland -- initially approached her two days earlier at her home to sell garbage bags on behalf of Veterans Outreach USA, Westlake Police Capt. Guy Turner said. The victim did not have any money and asked him to return later. When Ashby returned, the victim could not find her money so she agreed to ride with him to her bank in North Olmsted. Ashby is under seven license suspensions, according to …
Friday, March 1, 2013
Police are looking for the thief (or thieves) who stole jewelry and two frozen turkeys from a home on Hollywood Drive
Westlake Police are looking for the thief (or thieves) who broke into a home on Hollywood Drive on Feb. 16 and stole jewelry and two frozen turkeys. The rear door of the home was forced open some time between 2 and 7:15 p.m., according to police. Also, neighbors told police that they saw an unfamiliar red Ford F-150 pickup truck in the driveway that afternoon. Westlake Police received complaints about a similar truck on Carriage Park Oval earlier that day. Residents said the man and a woman who were in that truck went up to two homes in the neighborhood. At different times, they claimed to be looking for old Army buddies or a sister, police said. Anyone with information regarding this burglary is encouraged to call Westlake Police …