Ex-employee charged

On March 3, ex-employee Matthew Muhic, 31, of Lyndhurst was charged with telephone harassment by making continued unwanted communication with Gilmour Academy school officials, according to the Gates Mills police report. Mr. Muhic will answer to the charges in Lyndhurst Municipal Court, police said.

Unemployment fraud

Residents of Gates Mills filed three reports of unemployment from March 1 through March 7, according to police.

Luggage found in road

On March 3, a 63-year-old Moreland Hills resident found two bags of luggage in the road on Orange Place Drive. He turned them over to Orange police for safekeeping, according to the report.

Unemployment fraud

On March 3, a 59-year-old woman of West Meadow Lane reported unemployment fraud to Orange police. She was notified of the fraudulent benefits on Feb. 11 and already filed a report with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the report states. A 71-year-old Emery Road resident and a 61-year-old White Oak Trail resident also reported unemployment fraud in the first week of March, according to police.

Identify theft

On March 3, a 36-year-old Wild Cherry Oval resident reported identity theft to Orange police. A credit card was opened under her maiden name, according to the report.

Man arrested for OVI

On March 7, Orange police stopped a car at the intersection of Lander Road and Miles Road for weaving through traffic. Larry Wright, 60, of Mayfield Heights had slurred speech and failed field sobriety tests, according to the report. He was cited for left of center, OVI and OVI prohibited BAC, the report states. He had a Bedford Municipal Court date on March 9.

Fraud report filed

On March 3, a Giles Road resident filed a report with Moreland Hills police for unemployment fraud.

Unwanted guest

On March 7, Orange police responded to the Courtyard by Marriott at 3695 Orange Place Drive for an unwanted guest. Chad Garson, 48, of Pepper Pike was sitting in the lobby of the hotel but was not a guest, according to the report. The front desk clerk said that management has asked him to leave on prior occasions and they do not want him on the property. He had a felony warrant through Hunting Valley police, who took custody of Mr. Garson, the report states.

Driver fusses with food

On March 1, a driver stopped on Chagrin Boulevard eastbound prior to entering Lander Circle in Pepper Pike. Another driver stopped behind that car. The driver of the rear vehicle reached over the front passenger floorboard to adjust a metal cooking pot containing food, according to the report. The car rolled forward and struck the car in front of it. The 67-year-old driver from Broadview Heights was cited for assured clear distance ahead, the report states.

Man charged with domestic violence

On Feb. 22, Woodmere police responded to a residence on East Brainard Road for a domestic incident in progress. The woman said that her boyfriend, a 25-year-old Woodmere man, struck her, according to the report. He was in the bedroom and the outside door handle was broken off. He later opened the door for police and resisted arrest, the report states. He appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and said that he used an open hand to “slap” the woman, police said. He was charged with domestic violence and resisting arrest pending a Bedford Municipal Court date, the report states.

Earbud discovered on Bell

On March 5, a female passer-by found an earbud device on the sidewalk near Bell Street in Chagrin Falls and turned over to village police department where it awaits its owner.

Identification of the item must be made before it is returned. Call 440-247-7321.

Unlocked jeep stolen

Over the past year, 11 vehicles have been stolen from Chagrin Falls village driveways and in every case the keys were left inside the unlocked vehicles, according to reports.

On March 4, a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee became stolen car No. 12 when a 45-year-old East Washington Street resident told police the vehicle was stolen during the early morning hours, the report states.

Police report the Jeep was parked in the resident’s driveway with the keys left inside. As of March 8, the vehicle had not been recovered.

Cell phone fraud probed

A 57-year-old North Street man came to Chagrin Falls police station on March 5 to report that someone opened a fraudulent account with a cell phone service provider and used his personal information without authorization, according to the report.

The male said that he became aware of this by receiving a collection phone call from a company representative.

The victim opened a fraudulent claim report with the service provider and was advised to monitor his credit accounts.

Billiard cue found

Missing a billiard cue? On March 6 a 67-year old resident of May Court reported finding one in his backyard.

It was turned over to the Chagrin Falls police station where it awaits the owner. Call 440-247-7321 to make a full identification of the item.

Thief scores iPhone from store

On March 5, a woman reported theft from the AT&T store at 28101 Chagrin Blvd. in Woodmere. The woman said that she went to look at phone accessories while her old phone transferred data to her new phone, according to the report. The sales associate who was assisting her went to watch a basketball game on TV while the data transferred, the report states. Surveillance video shows both phones sitting on a table. Around 7:25 p.m., a man entered the store, took the new phone and left. Police said that the iPhone 12 Pro Max was valued at $1,099 and the screen protector was valued at $45.

Unemployment fraud reported

Two Chagrin Falls village residents last week reported being subjects of fraudulent claims for unemployment compensation, according to police reports.

On March 3, a 42-year-old South Main Street female reported such a claim was brought to her attention by her employer, who received a “Request to Employer for Separation Information” notice from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

That agency was notified of the fraudulent claim and the complainant was advised to contact the credit reporting bureaus.

Such was the case again on March 6 when a 67-year-old resident of Bell Tower Court reported someone fraudulently filed an unemployment claim in his name.

He contacted the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to report the fraud as well as credit bureaus, according to the Chagrin Falls police report.

Drug abuse charges

A Solon man was charged with drug abuse March 4 by Solon police.

At 10 p.m., police observed a vehicle speeding on Aurora Road. It was clocked at 70 mph in a 25 mph zone. The car also did an illegal U-turn, police said. A search was conducted for marijuana odor. A small amount of gray powder was found in an empty cigarette box in the driver’s door pocket. It field-tested positive for heroin, police said.

Ryan Upton, 40, was charged with felony five drug abuse and cited for both traffic violations, police said.

Man faces OVI charge

A Chagrin Falls man was charged with drunken driving March 5 by Solon police.

At 9:54 p.m., police stopped a vehicle on the Route 422 freeway for speeding. It was clocked at 86 mph in a 60 mph zone, the report said.

Subsequent investigation resulted in the driver being arrested for OVI. The drive refused to take a breath test.

Thomas Bruckman, 37, was cited for speed, marked lanes and OVI, police said.

Driver cited for fleeing, OVI

A Chagrin Falls man was charged with drunken driving March 6 by Solon police.

At 4 a.m., police stopped a vehicle for speeding on the Route 422 freeway. It was clocked at 97 mph in a 60 mph zone. The vehicle continued to operate at high speed and recklessly, when the officer attempted to stop him near City Hall on Bainbridge Road. He finally stopped his vehicle in the 3800 block of Bainbridge Road. Subsequent investigation indicated OVI, however, the driver had injuries about his head and face that he could not explain, according to the police report.

He was transported by the Solon Fire Department to Ahuja Medical Center where he submitted to a urine test and results are pending.

Bradley Verbic was cited for speed, OVI and fleeing, police said.

Teen arrested by police

A teen faces charges in the city of Solon for receiving stolen property March 6.

At 5:51 a.m., police observed a vehicle weaving on the freeway with no license plate. Subsequent investigation revealed that the juvenile had no driver license and the vehicle was stolen from the city of Cleveland Heights.

The male, 16, of Cleveland, was turned over to his mother. He was cited for marked lanes and no operator’s license. Felony receiving stolen property charges were sent to Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, police said.

Man charged with OVI

A Cleveland man was charged with drunken driving on March 6 by Solon police.

At 5:53 a.m., police reported that a driver was operating recklessly on Solon Road. A stop was made, and the operator was subsequently arrested for OVI. He submitted to a breath test which registered a .146 percent BAC.

Patrick Thomas, 36, was cited for marked lanes, OVI, prohibited BAC and no driver license, police said.

Disorderly conduct charges

A Solon man was arrested for disorderly conduct on March 7 in Solon.

At 1:25 p.m., a man was found intoxicated and sleeping outside the entrance doors of Get Go, 6477 SOM Center Road.

He was unable to take care of himself, police said.

Marcelino Lopez, 23, was arrested for disorderly conduct, police said.

Criminal damaging charges

A Cleveland man was charged with criminal damage associated with the Solon jail on March 8.

At 1:08 a.m., police said a person in lockup became upset and broke the handset to the pay phone. The value was unknown.

Daniel Medina, 37, was charged with criminal damaging, police said.

Man stopped for speeding

An East Cleveland man was charged with drunken driving on March 8 by Solon police.

At 12:21 a.m., police stopped a vehicle for speed on the Route 422 freeway. It was traveling 81 mph in a 60 mph zone. Subsequent investigation led to his arrest for OVI. He refused a breath test, police said.

Anthony Shanklin, 56, was cited for speed, OVI and driving under suspension, police said.

Driver has flat tire

A Mayfield Heights man was charged with drunken driving on March 8 by Solon police.

At 1:45 a.m., a man was found operating a vehicle on SOM Center Road at a slow rate of speed, impeding traffic. The car had a flat tire and was observed pulling in and out of several driveways.

A subsequent investigation indicated he was OVI. A breath test registered a .223 percent BAC.

Denys Chernykh, 38, was cited for OVI, unsafe vehicle and slow speed, police said.

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