Wednesday, February 27, 2013

best of the blotter: Batman, Gatorade, and Gospel

SUSPICIOUS SITUATION, ROYALTON ROAD: A woman at the Ehrnfelt Recreation Center’s caf was drinking a Gatorade at 12:25 p.m. Feb. 19, when she left her drink unattended and returned to find it was a different color.
An officer entered the bottle into evidence, and the case is under investigation.

PHONE CALLS, LAKE MEADOWS DRIVE: Some scam artists are creative, but few are as honest with their victims as a scam targeting a Strongsville resident reported at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 18.
The man told police he had received three calls from an unknown number, which he didn’t answer. But when he called the number back, he got a voice recording stating “it was a fraud and they want his money, but if he reports it they’ll just change the number.
The man was advised not to call the number or answer calls from it again.

POSSIBLE DUI: Dispatch received a call about a driver who looked like he was under the influence at approximately 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23. The officer discovered it was a student learning how to drive. 

WELFARE CHECK, WHITNEY ROAD: A group of children was standing on the tree lawn at the West 130th Street intersection at noon Feb. 18. But what spurred a driver to call police was one of the children, dressed in a Batman costume and holding a sign that read “Need Parents.”
Police located the children matching the description, and the boy dressed up as Batman said it was only a joke, “because Batman doesn’t have parents.”
The children were taken home, their parents were notified and the children were warned of standing in the street.

THEFT, BARTHOLOMEW DRIVE: A Middleburg Height’s man’s collection of Hawaiian girls calendars was stolen from his front porch Feb. 11. The calendars had been delivered to his house and before the man could retrieve the package, it was stolen. 

DISTURBANCE, COLORADO AVENUE: A clerk at a gas station reported two truck drivers were fighting in the parking lot on Feb. 21. The report said they were fighting after one driver cut in front of the other at the gas pump. One of the drivers brandished a window squeegee to defend himself. Both parties were advised on their actions and left the premises.

DISTURBANCE, CLARENCE AVENUE: A call was received at 5:15 a.m. on Feb. 20, complaining of a woman yelling in the boiler room in the basement of an apartment building. When officers investigated, they found the woman was not threatening anyone, and lived in an apartment in the basement. The woman told officers she was singing gospel songs. She was advised by police to keep it down. 

COMPLAINT, MADISON AVENUE: Shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 21, a man called to complain that there is an elderly woman leaving disturbing mail in his mailbox, and he wanted officers to ask her to stop. The man said she walks around everywhere, and writes on scrap paper and leaves it in mailboxes. The man said he thinks the woman believes this is a church, and that is why she writes religious propaganda and puts it in his mailbox. He said he would call back if he saw her again.


  1. I'm curious as to how disturbing this propaganda is, as long as it's not about squeegees 'cause, you know, THEY KILL.

  2. Please, Randal, give the man his pictures of Hawiaan women back. I can see if it were Wonder Woman pictures....but Hawaiian chics?

    If I were singing Gospel Music loud enough for anyone to hear, I would be arrested and have my vocal chords cut...and I couldn't blame them. The gift of music is not mine....sigh.