Spit Flies at Walmart; Death Threats Over iPod: Best of the Blotter

Here are some of the weirdest police reports and incidents from departments across the region.

Here are this week's most bizarre police calls, reports and charges. All information was provided by police reports from departments in Patch communities. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

• STRONGSVILLE PATCH: Turning lemonade stands into scrap metal

It was like stealing candy from a baby. 

A child's lemonade stand was snapped up by a trash-picker when she left it unattended for a few minutes March 10.

A report said some kids on Barton Drive set up the stand during the nice weather on Sunday.

About 5:30 p.m., a girl left the metal table on the treelawn and went into the house for a minute.

When she returned, the table was gone — apparently grabbed by a "scrapper" looking for valuable items in the trash.

• CUYAHOGA FALLS PATCH: Turkeys thrown into resident's car

A resident in the 1700 block of 11th Street told police someone threw two frozen turkeys through the back window of her car, breaking the window, sometime on March 8. Damage is estimated at $200.

• STOW PATCH: Spitting is illegal

Stow Police charged a man with disorderly conduct, a minor misdemeanor, after he allegedly spit at another man at Wal-Mart.

The man reportedly spit in a man's face inside the store, and police gave him a summons on the disorderly conduct charge. The man became upset, so police escorted him to his car.

While on the walk out the man threatened to harm the officers' families. Police also charged him March 6 with criminal trespass, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

• WESTLAKE PATCH: Craigslist + iPod = Trouble

An 18-year-old Westlake man was mugged while trying to sell his iPod.

The teenager found a presumptive buyer — a 21-year-old woman from Cleveland — on Craigslist and agreed to meet her a few minutes before midnight on Feb. 16.

The woman arrived alone in her car and conversed with the teen. Then a man on foot jumped the victim, took his iPod, threatened to kill him and ran off, according to Westlake Police.

The woman drove away also as the teenager called police.

Westlake and Rocky River police officers stopped the woman's car at the intersection of Clague Road and Hilliard Boulevard.

When police stopped her, the woman had a passenger in her car -- a 24-year-old Cleveland man. They also had the teen's iPod, according to police.

The Cleveland man is accused of commiting robbery and aggravated menacing. The woman was charged with complicity to both of these counts.


Do not pass ‘go’

Police stopped a man in the 18200 block of Detroit Avenue at around 1:30 p.m. March 6. He refused to identify himself and told police that he wanted to go to jail. Instead, police obtained his identity and released him with a citation.

Man singing too loudly

Police responded to a home in the 2100 block of McKinley Avenue to a report of a man yelling at around 3:35 a.m. March 5. Turns out, he was just singing. Police advised him of the complaint.


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