Police Beat

Information provided by the Richfield Police Department compiled by Ken Miles

A former employee at a local truck stop showed up inebriated and agitated and commenced screaming at the manager. While constrained by police, he head-butted the police cruiser, which seemed to have a calming effect. Public intoxication, open container, disorderly conduct, and criminal trespass – he went to jail.

A resident on Dunheath Drive reported his mailbox had been destroyed for the second time in four months. A strike mark at the rear of the mailbox suggested it was an act of criminal damaging. The homeowner posited it might be an act of retribution because of his role as HOA president.

On Southern Road a memorial featuring a firefighter’s boots and helmet and an American flag was taken from the end of the driveway. The display was in honor of the resident’s father, a firefighter, and victims of 9/11. It would be nice if it were returned.

A black Honda was traveling west on Route 303 at a high rate of speed. Just before the blind curve at the top of East Hill, it drifted left of center, rounded the curve, hit a truck head-on, and landed on its side. A police officer removed the windshield to gain access to the unconscious driver and caught a strong smell of alcohol emitting from his person. He was life flighted to Akron General. Time 1:50 p.m.

At a gas station on Wheatley Road, a customer found a loaded magazine for a Glock 9mm pistol at one of the pumps.

On Roberts Drive, a debate continues over whose dog is pooping on whose lawn.

A Hyundai Elantra was stopped on I-77 NB at 2:36 a.m. Interesting aspects of the arrest included: speed – 88 in a 65 zone, driving under suspension, convicted felon with gun, possession of stolen gun, improper gun storage under dash, 7.4 grams of marijuana hidden under genitals.

Officers checked a suspicious vehicle near the foot of East Hill and found a deceased male in the passenger seat. Time 12 a.m.

Nurses at a long-term care facility on Brecksville Road said a female patient had become aggressive and scratched another patient. She continued her aggression toward officers and medics while berating everyone involved. She was forcibly removed from her wheelchair for transport to the hospital.

On Glencoe Road, a resident stated his neighbor had been complaining about contracting work being done at his home. He told the neighbor the work should be completed by the end of the year. The neighbor replied, “We are leaving for Florida next week. If you are not finished by the time we return there will be trouble.”

At a business on Brecksville Road, a terminated employee left behind a suitcase containing a loaded 45-caliber pistol. The employer had been trying to contact the man for a month. Police took possession for safekeeping.

At a local bar and grill, a couple complained about the pizza they ordered, then ate most of it and left without paying.

At a fast food restaurant, a man walked up to the drive-thru window and started screaming about the amount of time it was taking. He left when informed the police had been called.

Using a gel ink pen reduces the chances of someone altering and forging your check.

Meanwhile, back at the motel:

One morning the police assisted the fire department, state fire marshal and building inspectors with an admin/fire inspection. Illicit substances in plain view were collected from two rooms.        

A man booked two rooms for six nights using fraudulently obtained Choice Hotel Points. His ID was not verified at check-in. Therefore, the hotel suffered the loss.

A woman stated her ex-baby daddy was harassing her about having sex with another man. Returning to her room after work she found her ex standing in the bathroom holding a knife. He stated, “if you would have been with someone, I was stabbing you both.”  ∞