Suspected junkie butts heads with law, cruiser: Orange Police blotter


Drug abuse, assist fire department (ambulance), warrant

Police responded to the Extended Stay South around noon on Nov. 19, after housekeeping reported witnessing a drug deal in one of the rooms with the door open. Management wanted those occupants evicted after similar activity was suspected over the past three days, as well as in another room, but the original occupants had already checked out.

In the other room, police found empty needles and cut straws on the nightstand and desk and stopped a couple now walking toward Pinecrest. A Lakewood man, 29, had a felony warrant for a parole violation, as well as several misdemeanors, and told police he had COVID-19 and wanted to kill himself, starting by hitting his head on the bumper of a cruiser.

He was restrained in the back of the cruiser after he kept banging his head on the divider between the front and back seats, with a rescue squad called in for a medical evaluation, leading to his transport to a local hospital.

At that time, the Cuyahoga County Adult Parole Authority decided not to pick him up on the warrant, which had contained an extradition clause that remained in effect and he was turned over to medical staff.

A Sheffield woman, 22, had a misdemeanor warrant from Summit County, where officials also declined to pick her up, leading to her release.

Suspicion: Beacon Hill Drive

A caller leaving for work about 4:50 a.m. on Nov. 20 reported seeing two males clad in all dark clothing last seen walking in the 500 block on Beacon Hill and thought it was suspicious, asking for an officer to check it out. Any suspects were not immediately located.

Seat belt law, improper or fictitious plates, marijuana possession: Brainard Road

The driver of a southbound 2013 silver Buick Verano was stopped on the afternoon of Nov. 18 after an officer noticed the driver was not wearing a seatbelt and a registration check showed the plates belonged to a red 2009 Pontiac.

Police also noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from inside, where a Shaker Heights man, 23, said he had a bill of sale for the car he had bought in July, then put the plate from his mother’s Buick on it. But the car was towed after police found that the vehicle identification number (VIN) was not on file. About 1.8 grams of suspected marijuana in the driver’s door compartment was also seized.

Speeding, failure to reinstate license, fleeing and eluding (misdemeanor); warrant: Brainard Road

After an officer patrolling near the Lakes of Orange development clocked a southbound Dodge SUV going 54 in a 35-mph zone around 9:45 p.m. on Nov. 21 that did not pull over initially, the driver, a Bedford Heights woman, 27, said she was hurrying to get home to a baby with a fever.

Although she had a warrant out of Lakewood, police there would not take custody due to COVID-19 concerns, so she was cited and released, with the car being turned over to a valid driver.

Trespassing: Wall Street

An off-duty officer working security at the Pinecrest development found a Garfield Heights man, 30, sleeping on a bridge connector to the parking garage around 2 a.m. on Nov. 23. The ex-Silverspot Cinema employee was still under a no trespassing order, violated most recently in October when he was discovered living behind one of the movie screens in the theater for an unknown period of time. He was escorted off of the property.

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