Joint probe results in major drug arrest 

A Painesville man was arrested this week and charged with trafficking in drugs after an investigation by three Northeast Ohio law enforcement agencies.  Isaiah S. Schultz was charged with the fourth-degree felony by the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office, the Portage County Drug Task Force, and Chardon Police.

Mr. Schultz is a suspect in a fatal overdose investigated by The Portage County Drug Task Force, with the case originating in Mantua Township. On April 27, Mr. Schultz was actively trafficking heroin and suspected fentanyl pills (labeled as the prescription medication Percocet) in the Chardon area, according to the report.

Following an unrelated narcotics sale, investigators took Mr. Schultz, Gillian Waters and Michael Tapia into custody for multiple drug offenses. Investigators seized approximately (3) grams of heroin, (40) suspected Fentanyl pills labeled as Percocet 30mg, a digital scale and US currency.

Mr. Schultz was transferred into the custody of the Portage County Drug task Force. Mr. Schultz’ case in Geauga County will be presented for additional trafficking related charges to a Geauga County Grand Jury, according to officials. Ms. Waters and Mr. Tapia were taken into custody for drug possession, with additional trafficking related charges pending against Ms. Waters.

Sheriff Hildenbrand said the  partnership with the Portage County Drug Task Force is another great example of area law enforcement working tirelessly to pursue and hold accountable those responsible for trafficking dangerous narcotics throughout Geauga County and its surrounding areas.

Curfew offense in Solon

Three Solon juveniles were charged with curfew and drug offenses on April 25.

Solon city police stopped a car on a side street in Signature of Solon at 2:03 a.m. There were three juvenile males in the car, all 17, of Solon. Suspected marijuana was confiscated and a grinder.

The males were released to their parents and charged with possession of a controlled substance and curfew, police said.

Domestic violence charge

A Solon man was charged with domestic violence on April 26.

At 8:33 p.m., police responded to Cheswick Drive in Solon for the report of a verbal argument that turned violent, according to the report.

A man grabbed a gun, police said, and during the course of the argument, a woman, 49, was pushed into the stairs, police said.

The man, 49, of Solon, was charged with domestic violence in the incident.

Vandalism report filed

On April 23, a Gates Mills police officer filed a vandalism report stating that an unknown person spray painted a small area of road pavement on Old Mill Road near Cardinal Lane. Special attention will be given to the area, according to the report.

Flowers stolen from store

On April 24, the Heinen’s loss prevention official at 30849 Pinetree Road advised Pepper Pike police that a man left the store with three bouquets of flowers without paying for them, according to the report.

Man snacks on stolen food

On April 21, Orange police responded to True North at the Shell gas station at 27010 Chagrin Blvd. for a suspicious person. A 35-year-old Cleveland man made a coffee and took a banana then went to the restroom, according to the report. There was a banana peel and an empty coffee cup when he left the restroom, the report states. Police said that he also picked up a case of water, but employees were watching the man and he returned it to the shelf then left the store. Prior video footage shows the same man taking several items without paying, the report states. Orange police left a message with the man’s mother.

Assault against man with special needs

On April 23, Orange police spoke to a witness about an alleged assault she observed outside the University Hospitals Minoff Health Center at Chagrin Highlands, 3909 Orange Place Drive. A woman was pushing a 59-year-old man in a wheelchair and struck the man in the back of the head, then tried to get him into a van, according to the report. Police spoke to an employee in the blood lab, who said that the women kept telling the man to “shut up and to stop bothering her,” the report states.

The woman in the lab said that it was unprofessional because the man had special needs. Police later found out that he is a resident of the REM group home on Jackson Road, which is operated by the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, according to the report. Police said that the 63-year-old Euclid woman did not admit to striking the man but was sent home from work. The county board will complete an investigation, the report stated.

Man cited for criminal mischief

On April 23, Orange police responded to the Beachwood Inn at 3795 Orange Place Drive for a criminal mischief report. A caller reported that there was a broken window and the man staying in the room with the broken window was walking down Orange Place. Police identified James Garrett, 33, of Maple Heights on the road, according to the report.

He said that the father of his girlfriend’s child threw something through the window and broke it, the report states. Mr. Garrett said that he did not know what it was but threw it back out the window. Police observed glass shards outside but not in the room, according to the report. Police said that Mr. Garrett was cited for criminal mischief and has a Bedford Municipal Court date on May 8.

Man receives threatening calls

On Friday, Orange police responded to a residence on Capital Hill Circle for a menacing report. The 48-year-old man said that he received 26 calls in the last two days from the same man, who is yelling and making threats on the phone, according to the report. The Orange resident said that the man is threatening him on behalf of his friend because of an insurance settlement. The man making the threats, a 53-year-old Moreland Hills resident, said that he had no intention of taking action on the threats, the report states. Police advised the man to stop making threats.

Dilapidated car in drive

A Chagrin Falls resident called village police on April 24 to report an abandoned vehicle parked in his recently deceased neighbor’s yard. The vehicle was described as “very old and dilapidated with expired license plates.”

According to the report, the officer was informed the deceased man’s son now owns the property but has not returned voicemail messages left by the department.

Complaint resolved

On April 22, a Carriage Stone Drive man, 62, contacted Chagrin Falls police to report receiving a death threat from a 69-year-old Painesville man. Officers followed up with the complainant, a witness and the subject and the situation was resolved.

Unknown car in lot

A North Main Street business owner advised Chagrin Falls police on April 20 of an unknown vehicle that was parked on his property and wanted to know if it was stolen before he had it towed.

Police found it was not on the stolen car list and called the owner who said he would have it removed.

Kids sneaking onto fields

On April 20, Chagrin Falls police received a report that five to 10 juveniles were playing on the high school football field which was closed to the public during the coronavirus pandemic.

Police responded to the location and informed the juveniles they were not allowed to be there.

In a separate incident on April 25, a group of juveniles was seen sneaking through the gate at the Spillway property on Cleveland Street.

Police responded and advised the group they were trespassing, and they left.

Stolen vehicle recovered  

A vehicle stolen from Olive Street in Chagrin Falls last week was recovered by Warrensville Heights police on April 22, according to Chagrin Falls police. The vehicle was found unoccupied.

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