Few problems reported on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day revelers caused remarkably few alcohol-related problems in the city Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. There were no reports of any bar disturbances. Police patrolling the streets pulled over dozens of drivers during the 48 hour period, but arrested just two people for suspicion of driving under the influence.

A brief recap:

Wednesday began like many other days in Lakewood — a few residents woke-up to discover property had been stolen overnight from their unlocked cars. Later in the day, a couple of smash and grabs were reported. The one in the parking lot behind Aladdin’s netted the criminal an iPod and GPS unit. The other episode, near Cove and Clifton, also involved a GPS device.

An unfortunate suicide was reported around 11:00 a.m. in one of the apartments above the Phoenix Coffee House building at 15114 Detroit Ave.

At about 3:30 p.m., a female on her way home from Lakewood High School said that somebody tried to force her inside of a house, but she was able to escape.

Narcotics detectives observed a drug buy somewhere in the western half of the city at 4:00 p.m., and made a trafficking arrest.

In an usual twist, the prime hours for St. Pattie’s Day drunken debauchery — from midnight to 3 a.m. — were not recorded in the police activity log (see for yourself, checkout the updated crime calender). Wednesday’s activities end at about midnight, and Thursday’s transactions don’t begin until 3:42 a.m.

The discrepancy would have gone unnoticed, except there were a couple of events I was familiar with that couldn’t be located anywhere in the log.

A review of the radio traffic for the missing three hours and 42 minutes doesn’t reveal much of note. In addition to one of the aforementioned DUIs, a visitor to the city was arrested at 1449 Woodward for disorderly conduct, and another person stiffed a cab driver near Edwards and Detroit. There were also a few loud disturbances on Robinwood, Delaware, and Cedarwood.

A more serious incident happened on Thursday night. At 9:36 p.m., an employee at Georgio’s  Oven Fresh Pizza, near Bunts and Detroit, told police a man with a gun robbed the store.

The employee said the suspect was a Hispanic male wearing sunglasses, a blue jacket, and blue shorts. He had a black handgun, possibly a .38 and was picked up by a white car (maybe a Pontiac) headed eastbound on Detroit.

You can hear the police dispatch radio call here (.mp3 – edited for brevity). The suspects were not immediately apprehended.

On a more satisfying note, later that night a Ferndale resident caught two males rifling through his truck and chased after them. He called police who tracked the suspects to a garage at 1665 Lincoln and arrested them. One of the suspects was juvenile who had been reported missing out of Cleveland. The other suspect was an 18-year-old with a Massilon address.

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