Complaint filed about raccoons
BRUNSWICK — Police received a complaint filed at the station Thursday from James Slane, 1602 Scarborough Drive, about his backyard neighbor, Lou Barta, 1609 Wiltshire Drive, concerning raccoons.
Slane told police that Barta has been feeding raccoons for the past 15 to 20 years and that the animals have been a nuisance and posed health and safety concerns. Slane said several neighbors have asked Barta to stop feeding the raccoons.
The report said police visited Barta at home and told him the neighbors had complained about the raccoons.
According to the report, Barta told police he had stopped feeding them and would not feed them again. He added that he only feeds birds now and limits the food so he won’t draw raccoons.
Dan McMillen of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife, said there is no state law that addresses feeding wildlife but that raccoons can pose a danger if handled and they are carriers of various diseases including, possibly, rabies.
McMillen said animals like raccoons are best left wild.
Wednesday, June 5
12:50 a.m. — Brittany M. Babura, 26, 4281 Beverly Hills Drive, Brunswick, cited for marijuana possession after a traffic stop in the 200 block of Judita Drive.
1:57 a.m. — Arthur Collins, 58, Cleveland, charged with marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop at Garfield Avenue and Center Road.
1:04 p.m. — Police assisted a person locked out of her vehicle in the 4400 block of Laurel Road.
6:40 p.m. — Theft reported at the Brunswick Community Recreation and Fitness Center, 3637 Center Road.
Thursday, June 6
4:15 p.m. — Theft from vehicle reported in the 1600 block of Scarborough Drive.
6 p.m. — Identity theft reported in the 1400 block of South Carpenter Road.
6:03 p.m. — Theft from vehicle reported in the 3000 block of Edgebrook Drive.
7:35 p.m. — Joseph W. Thomas, 28, Cleveland, turned himself in at the station on a warrant for rape and was transported to the Medina County Sheriff’s Office.
Friday, June 7
8:21 p.m. — Theft from vehicle reported in the 4000 block of Skyview Drive.
Saturday, June 8
2:55 a.m. — Darnell Lumpkin, 36, Euclid, arrested on a failure-to-appear warrant from Cuyahoga County after a traffic stop at Sonic, 3280 Center Road.
7:39 a.m. — Crystal G. Mapuda, 29, 4283 Beverly Hills Drive, Brunswick, arrested at her residence on warrants out of Strongsville and Middleburg Heights police departments.
Sunday, June 9
12:04 a.m. — Michael A. Herman, 29, 275 Sturbridge Place, Medina, cited for lights, seat belt and possession of marijuana after a traffic stop at state Route 18 and Interstate 71 in Montville Township.
9:48 a.m. — Disorderly conduct reported in the 3400 block of Hanover Drive.
Monday, June 10
12:02 a.m. — Criminal damaging reported in the 4400 block of Southwick Boulevard.
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