July 3, 2015

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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…

Doing their homework: Avon Lake’s Brian Mihalik and Westlake’s Jake Ryan enjoy NFL Rookie Symposium in Berea

BEREA — Two hundred and fifty-four players are participating in the weeklong NFL Rookie Symposium. But only two of them grew up within biking distance of the Browns’ training facility, which hosted the NFC Play 60 youth football clinic Friday. Eagles defensive end Brian Mihalik played high school football at Avon Lake, while Packers linebacker 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…

Bay Village Presbyterian church offers options for special-needs kids

PHOTO COURTESY BETH GOLIK
Mattea Amoah and Kailee Skutt spend time with therapy dog Chloe the Chihuahua.

BAY VILLAGE – Typical peers. Intervention specialists. Inclusion classes. Special needs. These are words parents often hear at school. Many parents know firsthand what they mean because they have children with special needs who are in inclusion classes with typical peers and work with the intervention specialists throughout the day. Other parents hear the words 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…

North Ridgeville residents face off with Aurensen Drive developer

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Residents of embattled Aurensen Drive finally got the chance to confront developer Anthony Valore over his plans for a 54-unit housing development that they say will create unnecessarily heavy traffic and ruin the tranquil neighborhood they have enjoyed for years. The 90-minute, standing-room-only session ended with the Westlake-based developer telling 60-plus residents Read More…

You’ve heard of a smoking gun? Police charge pair after finding smoking car

McWilliam

WESTLAKE — Two people were charged with marijuana possession after smoking with the windows down as a police officer pulled up next to them, according to a news release. Richard Dolamore, 23, of Westlake, was also charged with obstruction of justice, while MacKenzie McWilliam, 21, of Bay Village, was also charged with child endangerment. A Read More…

NFL Draft: Veteran coach believes Westlake’s Jake Ryan has bright future in pros

Greg Mattison spent three years with the Baltimore Ravens coaching Ray Lewis, perhaps the greatest linebacker in football history. He was coordinator for one of the NFL’s best defenses that also featured Ed Reed, Haloti Ngata, Terrell Suggs and Bart Scott. Mattison, a 65-year-old with more than 40 years in the profession, coached Jake Ryan Read More…