February 11, 2016


Police: Woman’s identity stolen; cell phones bought


WESTLAKE – Police are investigating how a suspect obtained a woman’s personal information and then purchased four cell phones using her name. According to police, the woman received a $639 bill in the mail on Jan. 30 documenting the purchase of the cell phones through a fake Verizon account opened in her name. The phones Read More…

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Westlake police seek woman who ran up $5,000 bill on stolen credit card

Westlake police say this woman used a stolen credit card to make more than $5,000 in purchases.

WESTLAKE — Police are looking for a woman who used a stolen credit card to run up more than $5,000 in charges. According to a news release, a woman dining at the Yard House on Union Street had her wallet stolen from her purse Dec. 18. Police said a credit card from the wallet was Read More…

Westlake police seek man allegedly using stolen credit cards


WESTLAKE — Police are seeking a man accused of using a stolen credit card at two Strongsville stores. A woman working on Health Campus Drive reported her wallet was stolen from her desk Dec. 28. That day, according to Westlake police, a man used one of her credit cards at the Petco and Best Buy, both Read More…

Former Avon man sentenced to life for molestion charges

A former Avon man was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without parole for molesting three young girls over a seven-year period, according to a news release from Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty’s office. William Waters III, 39, was living in Westlake between 2007 and 2014 when he was sexually abusing the girls, including one Read More…

Bailiff charged with DUI after Westlake crash

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Raymond Ewers’ bailiff was arrested on a DUI charge earlier this month after a crash in Westlake. A Westlake police report said that Ildiko Szucs drove a 2015 GMC Terrain into landscaping boulders and a brick sign about  9:20 p.m. Nov. 3. The report said Szucs lost control while she Read More…

Most wonderful time of the year: High school basketball starts today with Lorain County Holiday Tournament

Forget about Halloween or Thanksgiving. For many people, today is their favorite day of the fall as the 2015-16 high school basketball season gets underway. The girls season tips off tonight with a number of a big games, with the highlight being the Lorain County Holiday Tournament. This year’s event will be played at Elyria Read More…

Westlake man charged with police impersonation, drug possession

Stephen Salem

  WESTLAKE – The man driving what appeared to be an unmarked cruiser patrolling Center Ridge Road on Monday afternoon had two problems when he was pulled over by officers. He wasn’t a real police officer — and police said he had drugs stuffed into his sock. Officers say they noticed the vehicle, a Chevrolet Read More…

UH takes control of Westlake’s St. John Medical Center


WESTLAKE — University Hospitals is now the sole owner of St. John Medical Center. The Cleveland-based hospital system and the Sisters of Charity Health System signed an agreement in August to transfer sole ownership of the Westlake hospital to UH. The medical center has been co-owned by UH and SCHS since 1999. St. John is Read More…

Westlake police charge ‘Midnight Rider’ with stealing golf cart

Michael Taylor

WESTLAKE – Police say an Avon Lake man was a “Midnight Rider,” stealing a golf cart and going on a joyride shortly after midnight this morning. Michael Taylor, 26, allegedly stole the golf cart from Crocker Park and drove it down a delivery driveway past security guards and headed west on Detroit Road toward Bradley Read More…