CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — Carrying a concealed weapon: Silsby Road
At 7:45 p.m. March 21, a caller requested police check on two suspicious vehicles stopped in the area. Both cars contained multiple occupants. A witness overheard one of the occupants speaking about forcing entry into a home. Some of the suspects, the witness stated, wore gloves and surgical masks.
Police located the two cars. In one, there were three teens, one a girl. They were identified and released.
In the other car were three boys, 17, 17 and 11. Police questioned the youths, none of whom wore gloves or masks, and were permitted to search the car. Under the passenger seat, an officer found a gun. The 17-year-old who sat in the passenger seat was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon, a felony, and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle.
The 17-year-old in the driver’s seat was also charged with improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle. The teens were turned over to juvenile authorities and their guardians notified of their arrests.
Identity theft: Lecona Road
At 12:30 p.m. March 19, a woman went to the police station to report that someone filed a tax return using her personal information. The tax refund was deposited into her bank account. All of the money in her account, plus an additional $1,000, was then withdrawn, causing her account to be overdrawn. The matter is under investigation.
Disturbance: Woodridge Road
At 7:55 p.m. March 20, police were called to a home where two teen girls argued and then began to wrestle. A woman said that the girls were her foster children and one had been brought to the home just two days earlier. The new girl, according to the police report, had been “an issue” since her arrival, as she argued with others in the home.
Police separated the girls. The new girl will be found a new home and the girl with whom she wrestled was to stay at a relative’s house until the other girl’s new home is found.
Disturbance: Yorkshire Road
At 2 a.m. March 20, police were called to a home where four family members were found on the front porch yelling at each other. A male was seen atop a female, restraining her.
An officer spoke with the girl being restrained. She said her family had accused her of stealing a cell phone. The girl said her father ripped off the t-shirt and shorts she wore but found no phone. The girl told police she just wanted to go to a friend’s house to get away from her family.
The father told officers all had been drinking alcohol that night and when his daughter was accused of stealing the phone, she became upset and attacked her sister. That sister was intoxicated and uncooperative with police, only yelling that police should arrest her sister for attacking her.
Police had been called to the home several times before about the accused daughter. Officers told the father to allow her to leave and to advise her not to return to the house. Police also informed the man about getting a restraining order against her.
Domestic violence: Quilliams Road
At 7:50 a.m. March 21, police were called to a home where a man and woman had been involved in a dispute. While speaking with the two parties, officers learned that after the man and his girlfriend argued, the man left in her car to try and clear his head. He said he then returned to the home and went to sleep. The woman woke him while packing his belongings, as she wanted him to move out.
As the two again argued, the man threw at the woman a piece of a previously broken drawer. The woman said she then took out a pocketknife to defend herself. The man, who had approached the woman in an aggressive manner, then took the knife from the woman.
Hearing the argument, the woman’s son, 16, ran to their bedroom. The man allegedly took the boy by the neck and threw him aside, against a wall. Police saw multiple scratches on the woman’s left shoulder and neck.
The man was arrested and charged with domestic violence, assault and child endangerment. The man was found to have a prior domestic violence charge on his record, dating to 2014. Because of this prior arrest and charge, the March 21 incident was elevated to a felony charge of domestic violence.
Breaking and entering: Noble Road
At 11:35 a.m. March 21, police were dispatched to Goodfellas BBQ, 2847 Noble Road, where a brick had been thrown through the front-door glass. Someone entered the store and took $100 from the cash register.
When asked if he knew who might have stolen the money, the owner told police that his his former girlfriend, in December, threw a brick at his car and broke the windshield. There is also an active protection order against the woman stemming from an incident that took place in Bedford.
While on the scene, police noticed that the back door to the neighboring business, Serenity Styling Salon, looked to have been damaged as if someone may have tried to break in. The salon’s owner was called to the scene. She said nothing was missing, but that a drawer that had been closed the night before was found to be open. An officer took fingerprints from the drawer.
Police are investigating the two matters.
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