August 31, 2015

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Man arrested for misconduct during Westlake hotel evacuation

Jonathan Simpson

WESTLAKE — A Tennessee man is currently in the Westlake City Jail awaiting a bond hearing after his arrest overnight for misconduct during a hotel evacuation for a bomb threat. Jonathan Simpson, 39, of Kingsport, Tenn., was allegedly refusing to move away from Westlake Fire trucks and firefighters as they investigated a bomb threat at the Courtyard Read More…

Westlake police seek attempted robbery suspect

Robbery-WEB

WESTLAKE — Police are seeking a man who tried to rob the BP station at the corner of Detroit and Columbia roads Tuesday night. The man, as seen in surveillance photos, walked into the station around 9:44 p.m. Tuesday, claimed he had a gun and demanded the cash in the register. The clerk said he didn’t Read More…

Police use of spike strips varies by department

Spike-strips-SLIDE

Tire deflation devices known as Stop Sticks or spike strips can end police pursuits, but deploying them puts officers at risk. Since their use began in 1996, at least 26 officers have been killed after being hit by cars while deploying the devices, according to FBI statistics. The deaths don’t include a Houston police officer Read More…

Westlake detective indicted

WESTLAKE — A Westlake police detective was indicted last week for using excessive force on a suspect and then trying to cover up the incident, according to a press release from the state attorney’s office. Robert Toth, 48, a 23-year-veteran of the Westlake Police Department, was placed on unpaid administrative leave from the position after Read More…

Thirsty worker held at gunpoint

Michael Testa

WESTLAKE — A Sheffield Lake man never thought he’d be held at gunpoint for taking a drink from a water spigot, but that’s what he told police happened Monday. As a result, Michael Testa, 67, of Walden Drive, was arrested on charges accusing him of abduction, aggravated menacing and using weapons while intoxicated. He posted Read More…

Westlake man points gun at worker

WESTLAKE — A Sheffield Lake man never thought he’d be held at gunpoint for taking a drink from a water spigot, but that’s what he told police happened Monday. As a result, Michael Testa, 67, of Walden Drive, was arrested on charges accusing him of abduction, aggravated menacing and using weapons while intoxicated. He posted Read More…

Westlake Police seek two in breaking and entering

Faces

WESTLAKE — Police are seeking a man and woman they believe broke into a Crocker Road medical office and stole seven laptop computers. After viewing security camera footage, police believe the pair forced their way into the hallway around 7:20 p.m. Saturday, and took seven Hewlett-Packard laptops, with an estimated value of $9,100. Anyone with Read More…

Police called for altercation involving Cavs player

WESTLAKE — Police were called to an altercation near Crocker Park involving a Cavs player Wednesday morning. A woman called 911 at 9:37 a.m. to report that a man and woman were fighting by a sport utility vehicle on the side of Crocker Road near Hilliard Boulevard. Police went to the scene and information was Read More…

Westlake runaway found Monday in Toledo

WESTLAKE – Missing teenager Domenic Dover was found in Toledo by the Toledo Police Department around 6 p.m. Monday. According to a press release issued by Westlake Police Capt. Guy Turner, Westlake Police picked Dover up and transported him to MetroHealth because he had admitted to recent drug and alcohol use. From there Dover was Read More…

Escaped Missouri convict wanted for slew of charges runs from local authorities

Convict

An escaped convict was seen in Avon recently and police are asking the public for its help in finding a 23-year-old wanted for kidnapping, domestic violence, rape, burglary and violating a temporary protection order charges in Missouri. Early in the morning on Sept. 3 a Westlake Police officer tried to question a man sleeping in his Read More…