Rocky River Police Blotter: Child, Crossing Guard Nearly Hit By Car

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  • On 10/30/2019 at abut 8:10 AM a caller reported a white Range Rover passed a stopped school bus and nearly hit a child and a crossing guard. Bus drivers were able to block the vehicle in until police arrived. Cali Lynch, 27-years-old from Rocky River, was cited for reckless operation of a motor vehicle. No one was injured.

  • On 10/31/2019 at about 2:50 PM police responded to a Yacht Club Dr. residence to investigate the theft of two inflatable paddle boards. The paddle boards were last seen the day before and were locked up.

  • On 10/31/2019 at about 7:40 PM a man flagged down an officer on Whittlesay Ln. to report someone had entered his girlfriend's home. Investigating officers determined a squirrel entered the house through the chimney and was exploring inside. The squirrel was removed from the home. 

  • On 11/01/2019 at about 6:00 PM police responded to several calls that a car crashed into a utility pole at the intersection of Wagar and Westway Rds. The driver, 39-year-old Harley Dennison from Rocky River, was cited for impaired driving, driving outside marked lanes, and driving over the curb. He was transported to hospital for treatment.

  •  On 11/02/2019 at about 3:50 AM police responded to Valley View Dr. after a resident reported at least two people in the area smashing pumpkins. The two fled when confronted by the homeowner and responding police were unable to locate them. 

  • On 11/02/2019 at about 5:45 AM police responded to an apartment building at 21021 Westway Dr. after a caller reported a fight in the parking lot. Responding officers found guests were leaving after a card game and an apartment there and an argument ensued after one man hugged another man's wife. There was no assault or threats. All parties declined a police report. 

  • On 11/02/2019 at about 6:45 AM police responded to a South Bend Dr. apartment when the resident called reporting an unwanted guest. The resident reported he had a woman friend staying with him for the past several months and her husband showed up unexpectedly this morning. The woman gathered her properly and left the apartment with her husband without further incident. 

  • On 11/02/2019 at about 6:25 PM an employee of Panera Bread 19705 Center Ridge Rd. came to the police station to report an altercation he had with another staff member there. He had scratches on his face as a result. Officers determined that 70-year-old Earl Dittman from North Olmsted had a physical altercation with his co-worker, a 35-year-old Lakewood woman. After investigating, an assault charge was filed for Mr. Dittman. The victim suffered minor injuries and was treated by Rocky River Fire Department medics but declined transport to hospital.

  • On 11/04/2019 at about 11:30 AM police responded to a report of an abandoned motorcycle at the Presidential Apartments 3410 Wooster Rd. The caller reported the motorcycle had been there for several weeks. The license plates on it indicated they had expired in 2010 and the listed owner of the plates had died in 2015. The validation sticker on the license plates was reported stolen to Parma Police and belonged on a different license plate. The investigating officer was unable to determine who left the motorcycle there and it was impounded for further investigation.

Also, applications for the 10th class of the Rocky River Citizen Police Academy are now available. Some key info for the class includes:

 The Academy will be held at the Rocky River Senior Center, 21014 Hilliard Blvd., from 6:30 p.m.

until 9:30-10:00 p.m. for fourteen Tuesdays starting January 7, 2020 and ending with a graduation

ceremony on April 7, 2020.

 Topics will include RRPD Special Services, an overview of the Municipal and Common Pleas

courts, crime prevention, Internet safety, domestic violence and stalking, firearms, use of force,

police legitimacy and procedural justice, crime scene investigations/processing, drug abuse, and


 The goals of the Academy are to provide a basic understanding of the operation of the RRPD,

provide insight into police work, provide a clearer understanding of citizens’ role in assisting law

enforcement, help citizens feel comfortable communicating with police and City officials, and

strengthen the partnership between the police and the community.

 Applicants must be 21 years of age or older, have a high school diploma or GED, be a resident of

Rocky River or work in the City, have no pending criminal charges or civil cases, no felony

convictions, and have personal character consistent with community standards.

 Applications will be available beginning Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at the Rocky River Police

Department (20325 Center Ridge Rd., driveway access off of Linden Rd.), Rocky River City Hall, or

via email by request to Lieutenant George Lichman at Applications are due

no later than Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Space at the Academy is limited.

 Questions can be directed to Lt. Lichman via email at, via telephone at 440-

799-8208, or at the Rocky River Police Department, 20325 Center Ridge Rd.

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