High school administrators couldn't account for the packages, so they called Kent Police to make sure the packages weren't some kind of threat.
Canine units responded and students, who were arriving for the start of school at about 7 a.m., were directed away from the school entrance.
Ultimately, school officials learned that the packages were used as props in a holiday play by students at the elementary school and they were dropped off at the high school after hours Monday.
CLOWN SIGHTING, BASSETT LANE: With Halloween a couple weeks in the past, a clown dressed in a neon outfit caught the attention of a resident at about 2 p.m. Dec. 14.
Officers responded to the report of a female in a clown suit, who was unable to get residents, at three different homes, to answer their doors.
It took about 30 minutes, but police finally found the clown. The woman, who lived in the neighborhood, explained that she was getting ready to go to dinner with a friend and decided to wear the clown outfit. Unfortunately, she was unable to zip up the back of the outfit, which led her to seek help from her neighbors.
POSSESSION OF DRUGS, MARMORE AVENUE: A 22-year-old North Olmsted man was arrested at about 1:50 a.m. Dec. 12 after police reportedly found him with psychedelic mushrooms and a substance he called “napalm.”
Police saw the man in a car parked in front of a Marmore home. When police returned an hour later, the man was still there.
Then someone crossed the street and approach the car’s passenger-side window. The officer activated his cruiser’s overhead lights to investigate.
The man told police he was sitting in his car because his parents had kicked him out of their house. He said he was trying to contact his cousin, who lived in the Marmore home.
The license plates were expired, so police cited the man. The man said he did not have drugs or weapons but he allowed police to search his car.
Police believe the man might have been sniffing the “napalm.”
SUSPICIOUS, LAKE AVENUE: A resident reported Dec. 20 seeing a vehicle driving four to five miles-per-hour on the street. He said the vehicle went northbound on Erie Cliff Drive. The people were just looking at Christmas lights not casing the neighborhood.
SUSPICION, WARREN ROAD: Police were called when a woman and two men were taking items from a house and loading them into a white truck. The caller did not recognize any of the people. Everything was okay, the woman was moving out of the residence and the men were helping her.
DISORDERLY CONDUCT, CEDAR ROAD: After running full-speed through Nordstrom in Beachwood Place with a Batman mask and red sunglasses on his face and a hood covering his head, a Northfield boy, 17, was arrested Dec. 23 for alarming shoppers.
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF, BRADLEY STREET: Someone spray painted a blue donkey on the
side of a man’s house. The incident was reported on Dec. 22.
INDUCING PANIC, INWOOD ROAD: Two boys, 15, trying to “out-rap“ one another when a disagreement spilled over into social media, may now face not only disciplinary action at Solon High School but possible juvenile charges as well, after police were called in Dec. 19. Apparently, one of the boys made a rap song via Facebook that was disrespectful to the other boy, which caused the other boy to make his own rap song, which was not only disrespectful but threatening in nature.
The recipient of this forwarded it to several friends’ media sites, which ultimately caused students to come forward and alert school administration. The issue will be dealt with internally by the school, as well as forwarded to the Solon Police Juvenile officer for review.
SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE, WALKER ROAD: A caller reported about 7:40 a.m. Dec. 14 that a suspicious black car was stopped behind a bank, and the occupants apparently were watching something. It was the second complaint police received about the suspicious behavior of the car’s occupants. Police spoke to the car’s owner, who explained she goes there to feed the birds every morning.
UNDERAGE POSSESSION, HOLLAND ROAD: A student at Ford Elementary School was taken into custody Dec. 20 after he brought alcohol into the school and attempted to sell the liquor to other students.
The child made threats against a teacher. He said he did not care if officers arrested him and said he hated police.
He has been suspended from school while the school board makes a decision on his case. Charges will filed with Juvenile Court.
Parma police are looking for a would-be shoplifter who might be advised to lay off the energy drinks.
At about 4:30 p.m. Dec. 21, the man tried to leave Acme Fresh Market, 1225 West Pleasant Valley Road, with a cart full of Red Bull, crab legs and sea scallops. The total value of the merchandise was $400.
A security guard noticed that the man did not pay for the items. He confronted the man outside. The man started wrestling with the guard and the two fell to the ground.
During the struggle, the man threatened to stab the guard, although he did not show a knife. The guard let the man go and the man ran away without the merchandise.
SOLICITOR COMPLAINT, DETROIT ROAD: A resident reported on Dec. 20 that the “cleaning fairy” came to her house and said she needed money and was looking for work. The resident investigated online and learned that the woman has been charged with breaking into homes and cleaning them.
SOLICITATION, MARLOWE AVENUE: Several residents reported a group of teenage Christmas carolers coming to their homes Dec. 19 and asking for money. Police caught up with the carolers on Roosevelt Avenue. The family of four was advised and sent on their way.
Just say ‘no’ to drugs
A man knocked on the door of a home in the 1300 block of Beach Avenue and asked the resident if he wanted to buy some heroin at around 9 p.m. Dec. 28. The man told the would-be dealer that he had the wrong house, and the resident called police. Officers were unable to locate the suspected dope dealer
ALIEN ENCOUNTERS: A woman, who had called Mayfield Heights police on several occasions in 2011 to report a variety of incidents, called once again Jan. 11. This time she complained somebody had been tampering with her mail as she had found the address label torn off her Allure magazine. She believed either her husband or the postman was responsible. She also told police aliens are watching her and reporting their findings to her half-family.
A ‘PLAYFUL’ DEER: A deer roaming around Highland Heights was seen with some interesting objects lodged between his antlers.
On Feb. 5, police were told a deer was found on Longspur Road with an entire swing set on his head. Eight days later, a resident reported the deer was seen with a single swing between his antlers. The deer didn’t stop there. He was spotted Feb. 17 with a playground slide crowning his head.
Every time police were notified of the deer’s whereabouts, they failed to find him. Though the antler decorations were not pleasant for the animal, they were a sight to see.
DISORDERLY CONDUCT, AURORA ROAD: While officers were handling the physical control arrest about 8:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at Solon Square, one noticed two individuals walking through the parking lot swearing loudly and kicking construction barrels around in the presence of others and near businesses and a children’s dance class. Arrested was a Cleveland man, 49, as well as a Solon woman, 41, who had an active arrest warrant through Twinsburg. She was taken to the Solon Jail to await transport to their custody.
FIGHT, PEARL ROAD: Police cited four men for disorderly conduct and a fifth for obstructing official business following a fight at 12:19 a.m. Dec. 15 at Dick Hoover Lanes. The bowling lanes manager told police that the four men, who were at the facility during open bowling hours, began yelling obscenities at her regarding lane maximums. The fight broke out when a league bowler stepped in to defend the manager.
MISCHIEF, INDIANHEAD LANE: A man had had enough of neighborhood children’s mischief at 9:15 p.m. Dec. 15.
He followed three youngsters who rang his doorbell and ran to a home, and when he spoke to a woman in the home she denied his accusations. The man wanted an officer to respond to advise the woman.
The officer did so, and also gave the three boys an "educational session on mischief."
MISCHIEF, FAIR ROAD: Police were told of five or six kids hiding behind a fence in a front yard throwing snowballs at passing cars and houses at 9 p.m. Dec. 26. Officers found the kids, who admitted to throwing snowballs and said they would stop.
THEFT, MAYFIELD ROAD: A Cleveland woman, 22, was arrested at Party Place around 11 a.m. Dec. 11 when she was caught placing items in her purse and bra. She paid for approximately $50 in merchandise but stole $55.42 worth of other merchandise. That afternoon, some of her family returned to the store and tried to return the merchandise she bought. They were told by store employees that the merchandise could not be returned because a theft was involved. The family became upset and began hassling the employees, reportedly calling them “dumb white people.”
DISTURBANCE, MARSOL ROAD: A man was assaulted Dec. 9 in a laundry room at the Marsol apartments by another tenant who pushed him against a wall. The assailant, a 39-year-old man, said the other man disrespected him by taking his clothes out of the washer and placing them on a counter. The victim claimed the clothes were left in the washer for three hours.
SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE, FOLTZ INDUSTRIAL PARKWAY: A man called police after he saw two vehicles parked at the dead end of the street at 4:45 p.m. Dec. 26, with tracks leading into the woods.
One of the trucks had a “roadkill plate” on the back, and it appeared there was a track from a sled. When people finally came out of the woods, they were just pulling their kids on a sled.
DISTURBANCE, ATLANTIC ROAD: A woman told officers she came home at 12:20 a.m. Dec. 24 to “a mess” and found a vial of an unknown substance she wanted Strongsville police to analyze.
When an officer arrived on the scene, the vial of the unknown substance turned out to be an unopened bottle of beer, and the woman told officers the mess was from her husband who frequently trashes their home.
The officer advised the woman that it’s his house too.
SUSPICIOUS SITUATION, CAMDEN CIRCLE: A family of 11 walking around in black robes caused some concern for a resident at about 10:40 p.m. Dec. 23.
An anonymous caller told police about the family, and that she was concerned the group belonged to a cult. Officers spoke to the family, which was actually throwing a Christmas party. The black robes were tuxedos.
Officers responded to the same home at 11:57 p.m. that day after a noise complaint that they were blasting music in the street. The officer found some guests packing their cars up and heard nothing but someone saying merry Christmas.