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Bedford Bear is Back & Man Passed Out with a Sex Toy: Best of the Blotter

Here are some of the weirdest police reports and incidents from departments across the region

Here are this week's most bizarre police calls, reports and charges. All information was provided by police reports from departments in Patch communities. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Guess who's back — A Solon resident returned from a camping trip to find a large intruder — the Bedford Bear.

She saw the region's most famous bear wandering around her small farm a week ago and sent a few photos, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"bedford-bear-caught-on-camera-in-solon"} --> to her local Patch site. After taking the pictures, she saw it cross Brainard Road.

People in Solon, Bedford and Warrensville Heights have reported bear sightings for the past month. The six-foot-tall bear Sept. 4 near a Solon apartment complex.

What's in his lap? — A Stoney Ridge Road resident contacted Avon Police Sept. 9 after seeing a passed out man in white BMW that was partially parked in her garage.

When officers arrived, they and a "sexual device" in his lap. His engine was still running.

The homeowner did not know the man. Police said he had fresh scuff marks on the passenger-side window and a knocked-off mirror.

The man was transported to EMH's Avon Emergency Care Center. He was eventually charged with a carrying a concealed weapon violation.

Arrested for huffing — arrested a woman last week shortly after she passed out on a frozen yogurt shop's patio.

Melissa Primer, 33, of Solon, is accused of abusing a harmful intoxicant, a first-degree misdemeanor. Police said she huffed a can of pressurized air before passing out at the Aurora Road business.

Primer woke up by the time officers arrived on the scene.

No-contest plea in Cold Stone case — A Painesville man pleaded no contest to aggravated menacing Monday in Mentor Municipal Court after police say he threatened to shoot a man with his pants down.

A man saw 21-year-old Michael Spalsbury urinating outside Cold Stone Creamery in Mentor and decided to honk his horn. Angered by the honk, Spalsbury reached behind his back to signal that he was reaching for a gun.

Then he approached the passenger window of the man's car and threatened to shoot him in front of his 12-year-old son, who was seated in the passenger seat, police said. Spalsbury the left. Police later arrested him at his home.

He faces up to six months in jail.

Happy slugger — A woman is accused of punching a man outside Walmart in Fairlawn after he tried to prevent her from hurting an older woman.

"I'm happy I did it," the suspect said,

Brandon Baker September 17, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Thanks for all of your comments. Though it would have made for a more interesting story, the Bedford Bear did NOT have a sex toy in his lap. Your suggestions were heard and the headline has been changed. Thanks again.
Lightnapper September 17, 2012 at 03:34 PM
@ Brandon. Strange Brew wouldn't you say? As a writer, I thank the good Lord for geographic relocation and conjunctions. Well, score one for the Ohio Prudes. And to think my East West Virginia mother, bless her dearly departed soul, used to handle snakes in an act of faith-- bears being too unpredictable. Personally, I preferred the relative safety of the Mogadore Methodists, the Fundamental Baptists of Tallmadge being too touchy-feely and a bit Apocalyptic scary. Alas, Patch never ceases to amaze me, or at least the pedantic commenters. Our L.A. bears just get tranquilized and relocated-- not edited and/or censored. West Hollywood bears are another story altogether. But then that's what TMZ is for-- and the numerous DUI celebrities. Enjoy your day. It's a scorcher here, almost as hot as that headline.
Teresa K. September 17, 2012 at 06:24 PM
@karen: i will speak for myself. i am upset that the headline totally disrespects the bear. we have all been following the bear- in- the- area stories all summer. for anyone to use that headline ( whether intended or not ) in connection to the bear is upsetting.
Teresa K. September 17, 2012 at 06:25 PM
the bear said "thanks". he didnt want anyone to get the wrong idea about him and he really didnt need that kind of publicity.
AMH September 20, 2012 at 02:01 PM
THANK YOU. What cracks me up is all the people that found it distasteful, yet clicked on it! Caught ya! LOL! News is news, folks. Sometimes it's life-altering, most times it's just 'interesting.' And what may be interesting to one person may not be for the other. You don't like it - then DONT READ IT.

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