BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio
Drug abuse, I-77: On Sept. 12, police observed a speeding black Toyota Corolla traveling northbound on I-77.
The officer noted the Toyota’s registration expired in June. While talking to the driver, who said he was going a little too fast to pass other vehicles, the officer smelled marijuana.
In plain sight, the officer saw a glass jar containing residue. When the driver exited the Toyota, the officer observed shake on his lap.
When asked about the odor and the shake, the driver had no idea and stressed there was nothing inside of the Corolla.
During a search of the Toyota, police found marijuana and a scale. Due to the fact the driver didn’t show any signs of impairment, he was released from the scene.
However, the driver did get cited for speeding, expired plates, drug abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Fraud, Cranberry Ridge: On Sept. 10, a Cranberry Ridge resident came to the police station to report they were the victim of fraud.
The man said two days earlier he received a supposed call from Amazon saying he qualified for a credit card.
The only thing was he needed to go to Walgreens and purchase $500 in Google Play cards. The caller, who had an accent, instructed the resident specifically not to tell the clerk the cards were for Amazon.
The man purchased the cards and told the caller the codes on the back. At that point, the caller forwarded the resident to another supposed Amazon employee, who told him he needed to buy another $500 in Google Play cards to get the minimum credit limit of $3,000.
The resident did as he was told. It was only the next day when yet another supposed Amazon rep called back and asked him to repeat the $500 gift card purchase that he realized it was a scam.
Police are investigating.