Napping at an Intersection & Flinging Feces: Best of the Blotter

The most bizarre police reports from departments throughout Northeast Ohio.

Her call, her arrest: Tara Lynn Silk's incomplete call to led to officers finding drug paraphernalia at a home in the 4100 block of Stow Road.

Silk had essentially on herself.

Police arrested Silk upon arrival because she had a failure-to-appear warrant out for her arrest, stemming from a May 17 court date for driving under suspension. She also received charges for a glass marijuana water bong, a used marijuana pipe, a black plate with white powder, residue and a straw.

Officers also found a 22-inch hunting knife with a 7-inch blade, according to the report. Silk was released on bond.

Flinging feces: A Strongsville woman called police a week ago to report that her neighbor threw dog feces at her.

The woman's neighbor had come onto her property to because the woman's dog had left it on the neighbor's yard. The incident didn't lead to any arrests. Instead, the neighbor was warned and the caller agreed to do a better job cleaning up after her dog.

A nap at an intersection: The intersection of Ira and Raintree roads in Bath Township looked too comfortable for a drunken motorist to pass up on June 4.

said 27-year-old Dustin Halsted was found his steering wheel that morning with the car running. He admitted to drinking too much and not being able to drive home once police woke him up. In a breath test, he blew a 0.149. The legal limit is 0.08.

Police charged Halsted with physical control, a lesser charge than drunk driving. He was released to a friend.

Tag switchers: After seeing a couple in his store for nearly four hours, the owner of knew something wasn't right.

Police said Wing Chaun Lau, 58, and Chan M. Deng, 47, had been for hours on June 1, removing packaging and switching tags in an attempt to pay less for the items. While waiting in the checkout line, one of the parties went to the back to try to steal some faucets.

Both were cited for the incident and are scheduled to appear in Stow Municipal Court.

The "I'm in jail" hoax: You can't believe everything you hear — even if you hear that your grandson is in a Peru jail in need of bail money.

A Westlake man in three transactions May 25 because he believed that the voice on the other end of the phone was that of a troubled grandson. Westlake Police continue to investigate the matter.

Another grandfather in Westlake also wired $1,900 to Mexico City in May for the same purpose, but was able to stop the transaction once he learned it was a hoax.

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James Murphy July 08, 2012 at 06:15 PM
while I myself have thrown the dog stuff back at the owners (and I am also a big fan of those who do) I have to agree that throwing it in the street is not the answer come on chris a little planning goes a long way just wait till garbage day and just throw it in the garbage when its on the tree lawn, and it does not take long to find the owner of the dog thats leaving you gifts, and when you catch them (give them something to catch)
Paxton Crenshaw July 08, 2012 at 06:17 PM
what's my opinion got to do with my upbringing (or lack of?) - i side with picking up and proper disposal of dog waste. your upbringing apparently didn't involve much reading, did it?
Paxton Crenshaw July 08, 2012 at 06:18 PM
richard hollis = smart chris (kit) myers =
James Murphy July 08, 2012 at 06:22 PM
paxton your posting suggests that its NOT the dog owners job to pick up after their own dog, and if that is true than I agree with Kim about your lack of upbringing and disrespect of others property
Paxton Crenshaw July 08, 2012 at 06:22 PM
risk disease? obviously you're senile. and you're welcome to dispose of bagged dog waste in my trash containers anytime you'd like chris (kit).
Chris (Kit) Myers July 08, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Well, Mr. Murphy, I am not going to leave it on my lawn to stink and draw flies until trash day, and I am not going to pick it up and keep it around. Some dog owners are just couth challenged. Mr. Crenshaw, I can assure you that I am not senile.
Paxton Crenshaw July 08, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Paxton Crenshaw July 08, 2012 at 07:05 PM
i've re-read my post many times, james - what part suggests that dog owners should not pick up after their dogs? i only state that owners have no control over "when" a dog goes to the bathroom whilst on a walk and never mention an owner's obligation to clean it up (which should be assumed by my statement, "most owners pick-up, thankfully"). apparently you cannot read either.
Jean Williams July 08, 2012 at 07:10 PM
chris are you saying that it smells less and attracts less flies in the street ?????
Chris (Kit) Myers July 08, 2012 at 07:32 PM
No, but it's not in my yard. MY yard; not the dog owner's yard. I invite you to come pick it up from my yard and dispose of it as you desire. May I call you?
Ed Fisher July 08, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Here's the deal: I pick up after my dog. I have small, specially made plastic bags for that purpose. But my dog, as well as everyone else's, urinates (or "wee-wee" to you verbally challenged individuals) in about every 3rd or 4th yard. Doesn't hurt a thing, and can't be prevented. All dogs do it. And I'm sure you don't expect that dogs should "wee-wee" on the sidewalk, to preserve your precious yard.
Chris (Kit) Myers July 08, 2012 at 10:29 PM
There was an article in the paper the other day about how dog urine leaves a dead spot in the lawn that takes a long time from which to recover. Frankly, I think you're a very inconsiderate person, as are most dog owners who walk their dogs, to let your dog do that in someone else's yard. You should keep your dog at home. It's not about your dog, Mr. Fisher; it's all about YOU, totally uncaring about the lawns and rose bushes of other people. You care about noone but yourself. You are as bad as the people who spray graffiti on the sides of buildings.
Paxton Crenshaw July 09, 2012 at 01:12 AM
a considerate person walks their dogs many blocks, every day and an inconsiderate one cares about dog pee on the tree lawn in front of their home (which, by the way, is not your property to begin with). you've pretty much defined what kind of a person you are with that last post. i hope all patch readers make the time to walk past your home with their dog(s).
Jean Williams July 09, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Chris lost all sympathy when he started to complain about dog pee. Chris keep this in mind I can stand on your treelawn with 8 dogs and let them pee all day and every single day, and as long as they are on the treelawn there is nothing you can do about it, ever
Chris (Kit) Myers July 09, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Ms. Williams & Mr. Crenshaw, although I don't own the tree lawn I have to maintain it. Mr. Crenshaw, a person shows consideration for his/her dog by exercising it. This same person often shows a lack of consideration for his/her neighbors by letting it do its business in their yards. If I had a dog I would not exercise it where it could do its business in YOUR yard. Why? Because although you have no concern for me, I still have respect for something you own. Sad to say, I have little to no respect for someone who hopes all patch readers make the time to walk past my home with their dog(s).
Evan Hammersmith July 09, 2012 at 11:52 AM
I've followed the comments here. I tend to agree with Chris. I've tossed piles into the street many times because owners dont pick up. I don't own a dog partly because I dont want to pick up steamy piles of crap with my hand. Call me crazy. I also hate when dogs piss in my yard. Dogs tend to sniff out the spot the previous dog pissed on and piss there. Consequently, my grass has large brown spots where urine has killed the grass. I'm not around to witness the perpetrator, so I'm unable to confront them. Keep your stupid dogs on the tree lawn. Private property is private property.
Ed Fisher July 10, 2012 at 01:42 PM
You are more full of it than the dogs you moan about. If dog urine killed grass, every dog owners back yard would be dead. Why don't you speak from some position of intelligence instead of regurgitating some old myths ? I walk my dog because I'm a good, responsible pet owner. And you, Myers, are spouting crap, and as stated already, clearly care more about yourself and your plants than for God's animals.
Tom Tucker July 10, 2012 at 01:46 PM
"I don't own a dog partly because I dont want to pick up steamy piles of crap with my hand." Did you ever hear of a scoop? Or gloves? Or plastic bags?
Chris (Kit) Myers July 10, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Ah, Mr. Fisher, sad to say, your venom speaks volumes about you. I have not spoken ill about dogs, merely about irresponsible owners. Interestingly, you have not accused Mr. Hammersmith of "spouting crap" for his comment regarding dog urine killing grass. Why is that?
Ed Fisher July 10, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Did I not address Hammersmith clearly enough for you ? His "regurgitating some old myths" regarding dog urine on grass didn't get through to you ? As stated previously I am a responsible dog owner who picks up after my dog. The rest of you obsessing about where dogs urinate is just inane. And if my "venom" tell you something about me, then so be it nancy.
Evan Hammersmith July 10, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Regurgitating old myths? are you serious? I lost a bush due to my tennant letting her dog piss on it each morning. And there's a single brown spot next to the sidewalk where green grass once grew due to other dogs pissing in the same spot. a few times here or there wont kill the grass, but repeatedly in the same spot does and has killed my grass. If people kept their dogs to the tree lawn, I wouldnt care so much. That grass isn't as important to me. They even make products to help neutralize the urine to help your grass grow back. I'm tempted to purchase, except other people's disrespect shouldn't cost me money.
Evan Hammersmith July 10, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Tom, bag or gloves, I'm not picking up dog turds. I change my kids diapers and that's plenty for me. when I throw the crap in the street, I always use a shovel. Then I hose off the shovel. If I knew who left the crap in my yard, I would deliver it back to their yard.
Robert Goldthwaite July 19, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Don't bother talking to the dog owner. They know the rules. Either they havn't the means to clean up the mess,( this happens) or they havn't the courtesy. Anyway, this brings me to that old Texas rule we all learned from our old beloved x- president, George W. Bush. "Fool me once................shame on you?................if you fool me..ya just can't fool me again"..................What I think you should do is covertly follow the dog owner home and find where he lives. Obviously he or she is not concerned about the sanitation , ecological , or common decency of the act. So just gather a large bucket of excrament and make a deposit near or on the offenders front.........I think you all know what I'm getting at. Sincerely, Robert Goldthwaite
melissa August 28, 2012 at 08:41 PM
I have read all the above comments. They are something else. I came on this site because my neighbor went crazy, cussing at me because he found animal waste in his driveway. Turns out it wasn't even my dogs as he admitted this dropping was from a bird. But since our dog sometimes goes in tree lawn, (please note our tree lawns are connected and we always clean up waste immediately) he by default had to yell at someone. His complant is that the dog walks in his grass, tree lawn or not, period. This is completely unreasonable. My dog does not need a fence. She does not run away or wander off. She simply can't tell the difference between our 25 feet of tree lawn and the 8 feet of his that connects to ours. Lastly, a responsible dog owner realizes how important it is to walk a dog. They need exersise. But you should always clean up after your pet. You are being a good neighbor. Unlike the guy who comes out cursing at you.
Chris (Kit) Myers August 28, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Your dog may not know it is his tree lawn, but unless you are stupid, you do. You are inconsiderate as are so many dog owners. You should not own a dog that you can't keep in your own yard. You like your dog; your neighbor likes his yard. You are shameless.
Traci Monroe August 29, 2012 at 12:58 AM
If dog urine leaves a dead spot, then how come I have to keep mowing mine, my dog goes all over my yard, no dead spots.
William B Budner ESQ. August 29, 2012 at 02:27 AM
you lost a bush? the inhumanity!
William B Budner ESQ. August 29, 2012 at 02:28 AM
kit's off his meds again everyone! calm down and breath dude. i hope you don't own a dog, (for the dog's sake)
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