Police Blow Whistle on Weed-Dealing Referee: 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.
No game for drug-dealing referee — If a Chardon man planned to sell marijuana after his gig as a referee at an area high school football game, he probably shouldn't have stopped to chat with officers.
Roger Ward, 22, was scheduled to work Westlake's homecoming game against Olmsted Falls last week. Before kickoff, he pulled into the Westlake Police station to ask where he should park. Instead of advice, he got arrested.
Police noticed the smell coming from his car and soon found marijuana in jars and plastic containers, cigars filled with marijuana, plastic baggies, a scale, a pipe, a knife and $1,391 in cash.
Gun threat for video games — For a Cleveland man, video games were worth shooting for — or at least pretending that he would, according to police.
Darius Anderson, 35, is accused of stealing 38 video games Oct. 2 from Super Kmart in Mentor. The games are valued at more than $2,000.
A security guard saw what Anderson was doing and followed him to the parking lot. When the guard ordered him to stop, Anderson reached behind his back and said, "I have you now," according to Mentor Police Lt. Tim Allen.
Anderson got away from the store, but police soon found him driving on Heisley Road near Route 2. He had no gun, but had four blank prescription pages.
He was arraigned the following day. Mentor Municipal Court Judge John Trebets set his bond at $120,000, which was not posted.
Power thief in North Canton — The lure of free electricity led to several charges for a North Canton man in late September.
Police said the man had been running a cord from a window of his home, into an outdoor outlet on the office of Dr. Lawrence Cohen at 1515 Portage Street NW.
Police warned him multiple times between Sept. 8 and Sept. 24, but ultimately charged him with theft, possession of criminal tools and criminal trespassing. All are misdemeanors.
House gets cupcaked — A Bath Township woman decided not to answer a 1 a.m. doorbell ring on Sept. 30. When she woke up, she found goodies at — and on — her door.
The Rock Creek Road woman found several smashed cupcakes on her porch and front door. She's not sure who the culprit was and said there was no damage. She simply wanted police to document the incident.