Child Taught to Steal, K9 Teased, Man Trying to Bail Friend Arrested: Best of the Blotter

Here are some of the weirdest and most clicked-on police reports and incidents from departments across the region.

Here are this week's most bizarre and talked about 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.


A 34-year-old North Olmsted man could have used better judgment May 11 when he went to bail out a friend who had been arrested for operating under the influence earlier that morning.

The man arrived at the police station just after 4 a.m. Westlake police found him to be under the influence and he was arrested for drunk driving as well.

Police subsequently determined that he had been drinking with the woman before her arrest. He had also been using medicine prescribed to him. Both were later released to a sober friend.


• BEACHWOOD: Woman Teaches Child to Steal Lipstick

A woman, who tried to teach a 5-year-old girl to steal lipstick from Sephora in Beachwood Place, was charged with cruelty to children, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and shoplifting. The woman was not the child's mother.

A security guard at the store told police they saw the woman coaching the child to steal the lipstick at 6:30 p.m. May 8. The child was returned to her mother by Beachwood Police.  


• KENT: Men Charged with Teasing Police Dog

Two men have been charged with teasing one of the Kent Police Department K9 officers in a span of two days.

Gage B. Daniel, 22, of 2523 Meloy Road, was arrested Sunday and charged with harassing one of the department's police dogs. Daniel was charged with a second-degree misdemeanor for allegedly teasing the dog outside Water Street Tavern.

According to Daniel's criminal complaint, he was charged with recklessly teasing or striking a police dog.

Fahad Alajlan, 21, of 185 Currie Hall Parkway, was charged with the same offense hours earlier on Saturday. He was charged with "maliciously or willfully" teasing or striking a K9 officer.


• STRONGSVILLE: Homeless Man Told to Pack Up Tent

A homeless man who was told last week to pack up his tent and leave the wooded area near the Ehrnfelt Recreation Center returned a few days later, a report said.

On May 7, police found the man had again pitched a tent behind the rec center. He was taken into custody for trespassing.

On May 3, the man's campsite was discovered when his cooking fire set the surrounding area ablaze. He was warned then to find another place to stay.


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