Improperly handing a firearm, drug abuse: West Street
An Elyria man, 37, and a Strongsville man, 35, were arrested at about 10:30 p.m. Feb. 7 after police found a weapon and illegal drugs in their car, which was parked near Three Girls Cupcake Shoppe, 127 West St.
Someone had called police about a suspicious vehicle and possible trespassing. It was common knowledge that renters living in an upstairs apartment had been evicted and that no one was supposed to be there.
When police arrived, they found four people in the parked car. The Elyria man was in the driver’s seat. The front-seat passenger, later identified as the Strongsville man, refused to identify himself.
Police ordered everyone out of the car. As the Elyria man stepped out, a loaded handgun magazine fell to the ground from his clothes. Police ordered him to place his hands behind his back. They found a Smith & Wesson handgun in the car.
Police also found substances that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, what appeared to be a crack cocaine or meth pipe, and two Oxycodone pills in the car.
Then, a man and woman appeared, having stepped out of the apartment building. They said they had been evicted from the upstairs apartment, but were there to retrieve property.
With the scene turning chaotic, police ordered the man and woman to leave and not return until officers were able to determine whether they were allowed to be there. The man and woman agreed.
Suspicious person: West Street
A landlord called police at about 8:20 a.m. Feb. 8 and said that a former tenant he had evicted was inside his apartment building on West Street.
The former tenant was a 39-year-old Berea woman. Police knew her from previous incidents and knew she was wanted for felony drug possession.
Police surrounded the apartment building. The landlord provided a key to the main entrance, but didn’t have a key to the woman’s former apartment. He gave police permission to force their way in. The woman wasn’t there.
Drug abuse: East Bagley Road
A 16-year-old pupil at Berea-Midpark High School, 165 E. Bagley, was taken to Southwest General Health Center in Middleburg Heights after school officials determined that he was under the influence of a drug.
School officials called police about the boy at about 11:30 a.m. Feb. 10. His speech was slurred, his eyelids were droopy and he was unable to answer simple questions correctly. The school nurse found that his vital signs were elevated.
Police called paramedics. The boy admitted smoking marijuana before heading to school that day. Police found a vaping cartridge that, according to the label, contained 93 percent THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. They also found an empty cannabis oil package used for vaping and several additional vape cartridges.
Theft by deception, tampering with records: Front Street
A manager at Staffworx Search Group, 105 Front, called police at about 3:50 p.m. Jan. 12 and said that one of the company’s employees had filled out time sheets for hours he had never worked between Jan. 12 and Feb. 2.
The worker, a 54-year-old Cleveland man, stole more than $9,000 from Staffworx. The company tried unsuccessfully to have the man repay the money. Now the company wants to press charges.
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