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Drunk man caught with gun in coat, gun in car; wandering repairman steals snow blower: Berea police blotter

January 12, 2018 GMT

Drunk man caught with gun in coat, gun in car; wandering repairman steals snow blower: Berea police blotter

Fleeing & eluding-operating a vehicle under the influence, I-X Center Drive: A Berea man, 57, faces several felony charges after police caught him driving drunk with a revolver in his coat and a handgun in his car.

At about 5:50 p.m. Jan. 6, police driving southbound on North Rocky River Drive saw the man’s Ford Ranger stopped in the northbound lane of North Rocky River near Nancy Drive. By the time police turned around, the Ranger was gone.

Police continued north and spotted the Ranger again. It was stopped in front of a green traffic light on North Rocky River at Sheldon Road. Police activated their overhead lights and sirens to make a traffic stop, but when the light cycled green again, the Ranger proceeded northbound.

The man turned north onto Ohio 237, traveling about 40 mph, then turned onto Kolthoff Drive toward the I-X Center. The Ranger stopped on IX Center Drive near Riverside Drive.

Police, using their public-address system, ordered to man to place his hands outside the Ranger. The man slowly complied, but then drew his hands back in. Police shined a spotlight on the Ranger and saw the man had fallen asleep.

Officers continued ordering the man to show his hands. He woke up and complied. Then police told the man to step outside the vehicle and walk backward toward them. He did so, and officers handcuffed him.

The man told police that a loaded revolver was in his coat pocket. Police also found a loaded 9-mm handgun on the Ranger’s front passenger seat and a bottle of vodka on the backseat.

Theft by deception, Janice Drive: Police are looking for a man named Zak who allegedly stole a snow blower, after promising to repair it, from a Janice resident.

The victim said that about 10 a.m. Oct. 20, he was removing old, unwanted items from his garage and placing them on the curb. A stranger, who later identified himself as Zak, started rummaging through the discarded items.

Zak told the victim that he repairs and sells equipment with small engines. The victim said he owned a snow blower that needed repairs. Zak said he would take the snow blower, prepare an estimate and get back to the victim. He gave the victim his phone number.

Zak did take the snow blower, but the victim has not heard from his since. The victim tried contacting Zak several times but didn’t receive a response. Police also called but Zak didn’t call back.

The snow blower is an Ariens single-stage snow thrower. The part number is 438033.

Driving with a suspended license, Sheldon Road: A Cleveland man, 39, was arrested at about 9:30 p.m. Jan. 8 after police caught him driving with a suspended license.

The man was driving a Ford Escape westbound on Sheldon near Bryant Avenue when police randomly checked his license-plate number. They learned that the number was registered to a Ford station wagon, and that the registration had expired. They stopped the car on Sheldon near Arden Avenue.

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