Assault: East Bagley Road
Three girls staying at OhioGuidestone, 202 E. Bagley, face criminal charges after they punched and kicked a staff member at about 9 p.m. May 22.
Two of the girls, ages 14 and 11, had torn pieces of a gutter off one of the buildings and shaped the metal into weapons. Staffers at the behavioral health treatment center confiscated the gutter pieces, which angered the 14-year-old. She spit in the face of one staffer.
Meanwhile, the 11-year-old tried to jump over a fence surrounding the courtyard, but a staffer pulled her back. The girl punched the staffer on both sides of his head and punched a facility manager several times in the face.
While the staffer held down the 11-year-old, the 14-year-old tried to push the staffer off her and kicked the staffer in the stomach and legs.
A 16-year-old girl joined the attack, punching the staffer several times until other workers intervened.
Improperly handling a firearm in motor vehicle: Arden Avenue
An Arden man, 18, was cited at about 4:30 a.m. May 20 after police found a loaded Mossberg International 715 rifle in a car he had been driving. The car had been left illegally parked in front of the man’s house overnight.
Police noticed the rifle on the floor of the car’s back seat as they were writing a parking ticket.
The man said he had found the rifle in East Cleveland and decided that he wanted to keep it. He told police they would be surprised at how many guns were left lying around. Police confiscated the rifle.
Improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle: Ohio 237
A Berea man, 32, faces criminal charges after police found a loaded Ruger 9mm handgun in his car at about 3:45 a.m. May 24.
Police had stopped the man’s car because he was driving 43 mph on North Rocky River Drive. He also drove outside of marked lanes. Police stopped the car on Ohio 237 north of Sheldon Road.
Police saw the weapon in plain view inside the car. The man had no permit to carry a concealed weapon.
Operating a vehicle under the influence, marijuana possession: Emerson Avenue
A Cleveland woman, 25, was arrested at about 3:30 p.m. May 22 after police found her sleeping in a disabled Toyota Camry on Emerson.
Police woke the woman, who repeatedly apologized. She said fell asleep because she was tired from making DoorDash food deliveries. She also admitted damaging her car after falling asleep while driving and hitting a curb on the Front Street bridge.
Police checked the car and saw that one front tire was flat and the rim was bent. Also, the side-view mirror was broken and the fender was scraped.
The woman said she had earlier taken an anti-anxiety medication and believed it had caused drowsiness. She then added that she had consumed a shot of whiskey a few hours earlier in a bar.
Police found marijuana oil in the woman’s backpack. She failed field sobriety tests.
Operating a vehicle under the influence: North Rocky River Drive
A Cleveland woman, 32, was arrested at about 2 a.m. May 23 after police saw her Chrysler 200 hit and drive over the center median on southbound North Rocky River.
The woman pulled into a gas station, and police questioned her there. She apologized for driving over the median, blaming it on encephalitis and having a bad reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Police smelled alcohol on the woman, who admitted drinking three glasses of wine at about 5 p.m. the previous day. She failed field sobriety tests.
Fraud: Emerson Drive
An Emerson woman lost $1,740 through a Facebook scam.
A supposed Facebook friend had sent the woman a direct message saying she had won money. The friend provided a phone number and advised the woman to call.
The woman was told she had won a new car, but needed to pay taxes and fees before receiving it. She complied when told to buy gift cards, take pictures of the cards and card numbers, and text the images to the scammer.
The woman was also warned that she would be reported to the FBI if she didn’t send the money. She later realized she had been scammed.
Misdemeanor criminal investigation, drug abuse: High Street
A Cleveland man, 42, may face misdemeanor criminal charges after police found a packet of suboxone, which is illegal to possess without a prescription, in his Chevrolet Trailblazer.
Police had stopped the man’s vehicle on High after checking the registration and learning it had expired. Also, one of the brake lights was broken.
Police noticed a marijuana cigarette in the Trailblazer’s center console. Then they learned that the man was wanted in Lakewood for an offense in 2006. When contacted, Lakewood police said they didn’t want the man.
The man said the suboxone, a drug used to wean addicts off opioids, belonged to another man who had just entered an addiction rehabilitation center. He provided the man’s name, but was unable to provide his contact information.
License forfeiture, marijuana possession: Front Street
A Lakewood man, 19, was cited at about 5 a.m. May 22 after police caught him driving with a suspended license on Front near West Grand Street.
Police smelled marijuana in the man’s BMW. The man admitted having a small amount of marijuana in his pocket and handed it over to police. Officers found and confiscated a digital scale with marijuana residue from the car.
Overdose: West Fifth Street
A Berea man, 48, was taken to a local hospital at about 7:30 a.m. May 23 after he overdosed on fentanyl in a West Fifth apartment.
The man had overdosed several times previously on fentanyl in the same apartment. When police arrived, the man was sleeping and snoring on a couch and his breathing was labored. Paramedics administered Narcan, a heroin-overdose antidote, and the man revived.
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