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House fire is suspected arson; woman says boyfriend told her he set fire to her house: Cleveland Heights police blotter

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — Arson: Roanoke Road

At 8:40 p.m. Oct. 10, police were called to the scene of a house fire. Police kicked in the home’s door and found that no one was inside the home. While at the scene, a firefighter notified police that the fire appeared to be a case of arson.

The report of the fire was called in by a woman. Police spoke with that woman who said that, at 10 a.m. that day, she had been involved in a physical altercation with her boyfriend at her home, the home that was set afire. Rather than call police, the woman called her sister to pick her up. The woman was afraid to return to the home, fearing the man may still be there.

Just before the fire was reported, the man called the woman and told her that her house was no longer a home and that he set it on fire.

The woman, in recent days, had been in contact with Cleveland Heights detectives about a felony assault matter in which she received injuries, cuts to her neck and wrist. She had not told detectives who it was who injured her but, because of the fire, she went on to name her boyfriend as the person who assaulted her.

Detectives are investigating the fire. The boyfriend has, thus far, not been charged.

Indecent exposure: Noble Road

At 1:30 p.m. Oct. 9, police were called to Ron’s Noble Shell, 2603 Noble Road, on a report of a man exposing his genitals. Officers arrived to find the man in question standing outside on the gas station lot, his pants pulled up. Police talked with the suspect, 44, who spoke slowly and appeared to be intoxicated.

When asked why he was standing in the gas station lot, the man replied that he worked there. Police asked a gas station employee if the suspect worked there and were told he did not. The employee said that the man was standing outside with his pants pulled down, “flashing everybody in public.” The employee said he was made aware of the man when customers complained.

A male witness said he saw the suspect masturbating and, when two children came out of the gas station, the witness approached the suspect and told him to pull up his pants. The witness said that the suspect appeared not be aware of what he was doing. Police administered sobriety tests to the suspect.

The suspect was found to be intoxicated and was charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct. He was then taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Disorderly conduct: Quilliams Road

At 9:45 p.m. Oct. 10, police were called to a home where a disturbance was taking place. Officers arrived to find several family members standing outside of the house, shouting at each other.

Police spoke with a man who said he was arguing with his mother when she threw at him a water bottle. The man responded by throwing a broom at his mother, the bottom half of which struck her in the side of the head.

The woman was irate and refused to cooperate with officers. The mother had a knot on the side of her head, but refused medical treatment, or to sign a complaint against her son.

The mother’s daughter, the home’s owner, said her brother and mother threw several items at each other. Police charged the son with disorderly conduct.

Discharge of firearm: Eddington Road

At 12:10 a.m. Oct. 11, police were called to Eddington Road on a report of several gunshots being fired, and of several people gathered in a front yard, possibly fighting. Officers arrived to find 30-40 people dispersing. When officers inquired as to what had happened, the people were uncooperative.

It was learned that a woman who lives at the house had a party for her birthday. The woman denied that gunshots had been fired. As an officer spoke with the woman, however, he saw a bullet casing in the next-door driveway. Officers took note of the license plate numbers of cars parked in the area, made a report, and turned the matter over to the detective bureau.

Domestic violence: Belmar Road

At 3:45 a.m. Oct. 11, police were called to an apartment on a report of a disturbance. On the scene, a woman told officers that she had been involved in a physical altercation with her boyfriend of 11 years. The woman had a minor scratch on her neck.

The boyfriend told officers that the couple had been drinking alcohol and that he was trying to help his girlfriend into bed when she grabbed a bat and struck him in the head. The man had on his head a baseball-sized knot and bloody lips. When asked how the man received his injuries, the woman replied, “I don’t know.”

Police arrested the woman and charged her with domestic violence and assault. The man did not want charges to be filed.

After her arrest, the woman said she has a medical condition that makes it difficult for her to move her legs in a normal way. When put in a seat, the woman nearly fell over. She then complained of a heart condition and said she was going to die while in jail. Police took the woman to the hospital for evaluation.

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