Saturday, May 18, 2013
Police will give tickets — not warnings — for those not wearing seatbelts
If you are caught not wearing a seatbelt in the next two weeks, don't expect to get off with a warning. The Mentor Police Department has announced that it will adopt the national "Click It Or Ticket" campaign during traffic stops between Monday and June 2. "Local motorists can expect to receive tickets, not warnings, if officers find them out on the road unbuckled," Mentor Police Lt. Dan Molnar wrote in a news release. Molnar vowed that police would be out "in force" on these dates, both day and night. According to Mentor Municipal Court, the waiver amounts for no-seatbelt violations are $110 and $100 for drivers and passengers, respectively. "Seatbelts help save lives. Spread the word to friends and family to buckle up," Molnar said.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Police said Kevin Walsh also had syringes, a spoon and prescription pills.
Mentor Police on Tuesday night arrested a man who they say used drugs in the bathroom stall of a major retailer. A KMart security guard told police he found 22-year-old Kevin Walsh using heroin in a bathroom stall. The guard then contacted the police department, who then arrested the Mentor resident, according to department's Facebook page. Walsh was arraigned Wednesday in Mentor Municipal Court on the following charges: Judge John Trebets set Walsh's bond at 10 percent of $16,000, which was not posted. His preliminary and pre-trial hearing is at 8 a.m. on May 23.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The woman whose image was posted on the department's Facebook page has been charged with grand theft
Mentor Police have arrested the woman accused of stealing a wallet at a local grocer and credit the department's Facebook fans for their help. According to The News-Herald, police arrested 69-year-old Mentor resident Judith Warix on Monday. Tips from Facebook users prompted police to ask to speak with Warix, who later came to the police department. The wallet was taken from Mentor Family Foods. Earlier this month, the police department posted three surveillance photos of Warix on its Facebook page. Mentor Police Lt. Tim Allen told the newspaper that Warix admitted to taking the wallet, but only did so because she thought it belonged to her husband. She said she threw it away once she found it out was not his. The wallet contained $285 in …
iWatch Northeast Ohio allows Mentor residents to report crime tips to dozens of police departments through texting, a phone call, and more — all in one app
The Mentor Police Department now has one more avenue to receive crime tips from residents. The iWatch Northeast Ohio mobile app, free on iPhone, Blackberry, Windows and Andriod platforms, allows users to submit crime tips to Mentor Police, Lake County Sheriff's Department and dozens of other police departments — in multiple formats — from a single platform. "It just seemed like a great, progressive way to get the community involved in reporting crimes or tips or suspicious behavior," Mentor Police Capt. Ken Gunsch said. The app was developed by the Northeast Ohio Fusion Center, a partnership organization to fight large-scale crime that includes local county sheriff's departments, the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Cleveland branch of the FBI…
Friday, May 10, 2013
Robert Ester's charges include felony burglary, reckless operation and fleeing the scene of a crash
For the second time in one week, a Willoughby man was arrested in Mentor after fleeing the scene of crash. According to the Mentor Police Facebook page, Robert Ester Jr. was arrested for felony burglary, misdemeanor unlawful restraint and misdemeanor obstruction of official business Thursday after fleeing a crash on Tall Oaks Drive. A passenger in one of the vehicles, Ester ran into a home on Seneca Trail after the crash. According to police, a resident of the home then came back, but Ester would not let her leave. Ester ran away from officers who responded to the home, but soon gave up. He will be arraigned at 8 a.m. Friday at Mentor Municipal Court. Police also arrested Ester on May 3 after he fled the scene of a pair of crashes at the …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Michael D. Rossi also faces felony drug charges for dextroamphetamines
A Concord Township man was arraigned in Mentor Municipal Court this week on felony drug possession charges for having stimulants on him. Michael D. Rossi, 22, appeared before Judge John Trebets on Tuesday after police found amphetamines and dextroamphetamines on his person. Each is a fifth-degree felony, punishable by up to a year in prison. Trebets set his personal bond at $5,300. Rossi's preliminary and pretrial hearing is at 8 a.m. on May 16.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Lee Davis told police he did not know who the drugs or money belonged to
Mentor Police arrested a Cleveland man in April following a traffic stop resulting in drugs, a loaded gun and $100,000. According to the department's Facebook page, an officer pulled over a 2007 Cadillac Escalade traveling westbound on Route 2 around 3:30 a.m. on April 27 for unnamed traffic violations. As officers spoke to Lee Davis, Mentor Police K9 Bo alerted the police to the scent of drugs coming from the car. Police found a loaded .40 caliber pistol in the driver’s door along with half a kilogram of heroin and three-quarters of a kilogram of cocaine. The officers also found $100,000 they believe are from drug sales. Davis was charged with drug trafficking (with gun specifications), carrying a concealed weapon and possession of …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Police hope somebody in the community can identify the woman accused of stealing a wallet at Mentor Family Foods.
Police are looking for a woman accused of stealing a wallet from a Mentor business. The Mentor Police Department posted the above photo and two similar ones on its Facebook page in hopes of finding the unknown woman. She is pictured at Mentor Family Foods, where officers say she took another person's wallet while waiting in line on April 27. Anybody who can identify her is asked to call Ptl. Swindell at 440-974-5760 or send the department a private message via Facebook, referencing report No. 13-7763.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Police say Gerald Stokely also pushed a Great Lakes Mall security guard
Mentor Police say a drunk man pushed security guard Tuesday afternoon and spit on a police officer. According to the department's Facebook page, officers responded to calls from Great Lakes Mall about a "belligerent" man who was causing a disturbance in the eastern portion of the mall. Before police arrived, a security guard approached 46-year-old Gerald Stokley of Painesville near Firestone. Police say he pushed the guard and began yelling obscenities. Responding officers arrested him for disorderly conduct and assault. When he got back to the police station, he threatened to kill an officer and spit on another, according to the report. Those actions landed him charges of aggravated menacing and felony harassment by inmate.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Anthony Iaconianni pleaded guilty to an attempted concealed carrying of a weapon charge
The man involved in a six-hour standoff with Mentor Police last summer was granted an ample amount of leniency Monday. Lake County Common Pleas Judge Richard Collins sentenced Antonio Iaconianni to an additional 45 days in Lake County Jail and a subsequent two-year community control period. He will receive credit for the 37 days he has already been in jail. Iaconianni pleaded guilty to one count of attempted carrying of a concealed weapon Monday afternoon. According to Prosecutor Karen Kowall, Iaconianni ran from Mentor Police on Aug. 16, 2012 after officers responded to an argument at Mentor Square Apartments that he wasn't even a part of. It remains unclear why he ran, but police found a loaded .357 magnum on him — after he hid under the…