Sunday, April 28, 2013
Here are some of the weirdest police reports and incidents from departments across the region.
Here are this week's most bizarre police reports. All information was provided by police reports from departments in Patch communities. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction. Crafty Scam Nets Thief Cases of Beer A man has hit two Giant Eagle stores in Fairlawn with a scam that allowed him to walk out with several cases of free beer. The man identified himself to the store manager as a Tramonte Distributing employee who had come to inventory the shelves for outdated beer, a police report said. He went into the cooler and loaded six cases of Miller Lite and a six-pack of Miller Lite into a shopping cart, then wheeled it out to his car and left. The manager realized it was a scam when the other Giant Eagle …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The following was obtained from a Feb. 16 Fairlawn police report. It does not indicate a conviction.
A Radio Shack clerk alerted Fairlawn police on Feb. 16 after he reportedly watched Eugene R. Chamberlain leave the store with over $1,000 in stolen merchandise. Chamberlain -- a former employee of the Radio Shack in Alliance -- was also allegedly caught stealing at a Radio Shack in Stow earlier in the day. According to the Fairlawn police report, he was confronted by an employee, handed back the stolen items and was allowed to leave. Chamberlain was caught in Alliance on Feb. 17 after an arrest warrant was issued. He was transported to Summit County Jail, was released on bond, and is awaiting trial. Chamberlain, 42, of Alliance, is charged with theft, a fifth-degree felony.
Friday, February 15, 2013
William F. Johnson, 53, of Stow, is being held in Summit County Jail.
A small-time theft quickly turned into a felony drug arrest after a man was found with stolen merchandise, heroin and a hypodermic needle at the Fairlawn Walmart on Feb. 7. Security reportedly spotted William F. Johnson, 53, of Stow, stealing a pair of boots from the men's shoe department, and stopped him as he tried to flee the store. Officers arrived on scene, searched Johnson's pockets and found three small packets of powder that tested positive for heroin, according to the Fairlawn police report. When police searched his car, they found a syringe loaded with drugs. Johnson was charged with possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; theft, a first-degree misdemeanor; and possession of drug abuse instruments, a fourth-degree …
Sunday, May 20, 2012
The most bizarre police reports from departments throughout Northeast Ohio.
It seems there's no alleged crime too bizarre to occur in Northeast Ohio. Here are some of this week's weird calls and charges. All information was provided by police reports from departments in Patch communities. Threatening Words: Though an Akron man returned the clothing he tried to steal from Walmart, he still ended up in a Fairlawn Police cruiser. He also had some threatening words for the arresting officer. Derek Sampson, 50, tried to walk out of Walmart in Fairlawn on May 13 with three pairs of shorts. When a security officer confronted him, Sampson returned the items. Officers arrested him for theft when he tried to exit again. Once in the cruiser, Sampson told the officer, "You're a dead man … I don't talk to dead men." Read more …
Sunday, May 13, 2012
The week's strangest police reports from departments throughout Northeast Ohio.
There's no shortage of bizarre police calls and charges in Northeast Ohio. We'll gather the zaniest of the region each Sunday in this Best of the Blotter column. All information was provided by police reports from departments in Patch communities. Questioned in the Nude: Twinsburg Police didn't learn much about a stolen-money accusation on May 3, but they were exposed to a naked man. The unexpected showing occurred during officers' second trip to the Warren Parkway residence that day. Police came earlier because a woman was screaming for help outside. She was being chased by the naked man's roommate, who believed the woman had stolen $1,000 from the apartment. When police returned with questions, the garment-free man said no one had taken …
Friday, August 5, 2011
On hot days your pet is safest at home.
Never, never, never, leave your dog in your car. Not even for 5 minutes. If you see a dog in a hot car, get help immediately. When I read that a K-9 police dog died last month after being left in a hot patrol car in New Castle, PA (east of Youngstown), I was outraged. The police are who we call for help when we see dogs in distress, and here a poor K-9 officer died at the hands of one. The officer knew enough to keep the car on with the air conditioner running, but at some point during the three-plus hours the dog was trapped, the air stopped working and the dog died of a heat stroke. If that's not shocking enough, I learned that many K-9 officer dogs die this way. Just a few of the many incidents include: According to PETA, even on a mild…