Sign run down

A Chagrin Falls police officer, while on patrol on March 9, found that someone had run down the “Do Not Enter” sign posted at Falls Road and North Street and reported it to the village service department, which will repair or replace the sign.

Cash found on street

A 46-year-old female visitor from Moreland Hills found currency on North Franklin Street in Chagrin Falls on March 12, and turned it over to village police.

The owner is asked to contact Chagrin Falls police, 440-247-7321, with specific description of the money.

Identity theft in Chagrin

On March 12, a North Main Street business owner in Chagrin Falls reported to police information concerning an identity theft. That information is being used to further investigate and the case remains under review by Chagrin Falls police.

More identity thefts

In Chagrin Falls last week, six more residents reported receiving notification of unemployment benefits filed using their personal information. None were unemployed, according to police.

Victims were both males and females and ranged in age from 39 to 79. One man reported his deceased wife’s name was used for the same purpose.

All parties were advised to report the fraud to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the credit reporting bureaus, to report the fraud.

Caller is fraud

On March 9, a 70-year-old resident of Nob Hill in Chagrin Falls reported receiving a phone call from someone representing themselves as a representative from the Department of Justice and informing her that there were warrants for her arrest.

She told police she was convinced the call was legitimate and gave the caller her Social Security number.

Police assisted the victim by having her contact the Social Security Administration and the credit reporting bureaus.

Residents report fraud

Three more identity theft reports involving fraudulent unemployment claims were filed with Chagrin Falls police between March 15 and 18.

The victims, all males, ranged in age from 63 to 81 and were either retired or still employed. They were advised to report the fraud to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Police take man home

Chagrin Falls police were called to River Street on March 15 where an intoxicated male was preparing to get into his car and drive.

Witnesses remained with the man until police arrived.

The male, 21, was given a courtesy ride to his Solon Road home where he was turned over to a relative. No charges were filed.

Wallet returned

Staff at the Chagrin Falls Library turned over a wallet that was apparently left behind by a patron on March 16. Police were able to identify the owner, a 16-year-old Solon male, and the wallet was returned to him.

Truck snags electrical wires

A truck making a delivery on Orchard Street in Chagrin Falls on March 18 apparently pulled down low hanging electrical wires and caused damage to a home.

The police report states that an electrical conduit mast arm and downspout were involved in the accident and the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company was contacted to eliminate the hazard.

Chagrin Falls police also took the delivery driver’s insurance information, which was provided to the homeowner for insurance purposes.

Branch falls on cars

Chagrin Falls police took a report for insurance purposes on March 18 after a tree branch fell on two vehicles parked on Hamlet Hills Drive.

One of the cars sustained disabling damage when both front and rear windshield were smashed. The other exhibited minor body damage.

Suspended license charge

On March 19, a Chester Township man was pulled over on North Street by Chagrin Falls police for a traffic lane violation and was found to be driving with a suspended license.

Maximillian Brencic, 45, was to have appeared in Bedford Municipal Court earlier this week.

House sitter locked out

On March 16, a house sitter locked herself out of a Berkshire Road residence in Gates Mills while stopping over to walk the dog. A village police officer responded and assisted the woman with re-entry into the house, the report states.

Unemployment fraud

On March 18, a Chartley Road resident reported identity theft unemployment fraud to Gates Mills police, according to the report.

Neighbor sets off fireworks

On March 21, a Gates Mills Boulevard resident reported hearing possible gunshots in the area. Gates Mills police found that a neighbor was discharging a few fireworks and was advised of the ordinance, the report states.

Complaint over droppings

On March 17, a Deep Creek Lane resident contacted Moreland Hills police because a neighbor’s dog defecated on his property, according to the report.

Fraud reported

On March 19, a Giles Road resident reported unemployment fraud to Moreland Hills police, according to the report.

Woman reports fraud

On March 16, a 65-year-old Brainard Road resident reported fraud to Orange police. She received a US Bank ReliaCard in the mail for unemployment benefits that she did not file, according to the report. The woman also received three fraudulent letters. The first letter said that someone opened a PayPal credit account with a limit of $3,900, the report states. Another letter from Citibank said they needed more information to process her application and she did not apply for anything, police said. The third letter from Discover said that her application was not approved and she did not request an application. Each incident was determined to be fraudulent.

Counterfeit bills at checkout

On March 16, Orange police responded to Whole Foods at 50 Wall St. for a report of counterfeit bills. A man purchased $150 worth of Visa gift cards with multiple $20 bills totaling $160, according to the report. The cashier accepted the bills that later were determined to be fake by testing them with a counterfeit detector pen, the report states.

Man arrested for DUI

On March 18, Orange police observed a car traveling at 57 mph in a 35-mph zone on Brainard Road. The driver, Craig Seaborn, 40, of Cleveland appeared confused and did not successfully perform field sobriety tests, the report states. He was arrested for DUI and was transported to the Solon jail, according to the report. Police said that Mr. Seaborn was cited for speed, operating without a license, DUI and prohibited BAC.

Unemployment fraud

On March 17, a 56-year-old resident of Hemlock Circle reported unemployment fraud to Orange police.

Stolen property case

On March 19, Orange police responded to Whole Foods at 50 Wall St. for a stolen vehicle that was reported by Garfield Heights police. The driver was walking near Whole Foods and did not respond to police commands to stop, according to the report. She said that she was lightheaded so an ambulance transported her to University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center. The driver was identified as Janice McCoy, 36, of Cleveland, and the car was registered to a different person, the report states. An iPhone 11 was found in the front seat and it belonged to the registered owner. Police said that other items found in the car belonged to Ms. McCoy. She left the hospital without treatment and walked back to Whole Foods. The key to the car was found with her property. Ms. McCoy was charged with receiving stolen property and was transported to the Bedford jail, according to the report.

Woman arrested for OVI

On March 20, Orange police responded to Extended Stay North at 3625 Orange Place Drive for an OVI investigation. Carrie Patey, 52, of Shaker Heights attempted to put her vehicle in gear but exhibited signs of intoxication, according to the report. She failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for OVI and transported to the Solon jail, the report states. Police said that Ms. Patey was cited for OVI and OVI refusal and she had a Bedford Municipal Court date on March 23.

Driver slows drive-thru line

On March 15, Woodmere police responded to Starbucks at 28053 Chagrin Blvd. for a report of an intoxicated woman in the drive-thru. She was driving slowly and impeding other drivers from going the posted 25 mph, according to the report. Two headlights and two brake lights were not activated. The driver got on the entrance ramp for Interstate 271 and police conducted a traffic stop. Amanda Currence, 39, of Woodmere was cited for physical control, driving under suspension and impeding traffic pending a Woodmere Mayor’s Court date, the report states.

Man tickles the ivories

On March 18, Woodmere police responded to Solich Piano at 27730 Chagrin Blvd. for an unwanted guest. The complainant said that a man came into the store on March 17, sat down at a piano valued at $100,000, and tried to play while he appeared to be intoxicated, according to the report. He did not attempt to make a business transaction and left the store when asked. The same man returned the next day twice. The complainant said that he did not want to press charges but the man is no longer welcome on the property, the report states. The man may face criminal trespassing charges if he returns.

Trash dispute

On March 16, a Newbury Township resident contacted the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office seeking advice on how to handle a situation with his neighbor. According to the report, the neighbor was piling trash in the man’s yard and made comments that he deemed threatening and menacing after asking the neighbor to clean the mess up. The Newbury man plans to file a complaint with the township Zoning Department and was advised by deputies to look to the county’s website for filing a civil protection order.

Suspicious vehicles in park

On March 16, an Auburn Township man reported that he saw two vehicles pull into the back of Auburn Community Park which was closed at the time. According to a report from the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office, the parties met up to park one vehicle and drive to another location. No criminal activity was observed, and the parties were advised by deputies to move along.

Online fraud

On March 16, a Chardon Township man called to report an online fraud incident that occurred sometime last year. According to a report from the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office, the man was scammed out of $40,000 on the internet by providing gift cards to females.

Injured person

On March 15, a 65-year-old Auburn Township male called the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office to report an injury and possible broken ankle that occurred at 17290 Munn Road. According to the report, the male was unloading a truck when a jack fell on his leg. The man was reported to be conscious and breathing.

Reckless vehicle

On March 15, a Middlefield Village woman reported that a blue Chevy 4-door vehicle nearly struck her child and friends in the parking of the park. According to the report from the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle left the area traveling southbound at a high rate of speed down Lake Avenue and the woman lost sight of the vehicle at Georgia Road. MPD units and GCSO checked the area with negative results.

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