Dreams of new inground pool dry up; Seven Hills couple duped out of $21,000 by Cleveland contractor: Seven Hills Police Blotter

SEVEN HILLS, Ohio

Theft, Vezber Drive: On Nov. 9, Vezber Drive residents came to the police station to report a theft.

An officer talked to the couple, who said in May they had a Cleveland man at the house to discuss installing an in-ground pool in the backyard.

After a contract was signed, the residents gave the contractor a down payment of $21,000 in cash. The man said the work would be finished by the middle of September.

After learning a sundeck was no longer available, the couple selected another option in anticipation of the work starting in August.

Over the next two months the couple contacted the contractor 15 times. He always had a different excuse for the delay.

In October, the residents talked directly to the pool supply company, which said the kit was waiting for payment and pickup.

That’s when the couple told the contractor they wanted

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Storm causes suspicion at resident’s homes: Gates Mills Police Blotter

GATES MILLS, Ohio



a car parked in a parking lot: Gates Mills police


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Gates Mills police

Suspicion: Berkshire Road

A resident returned home around 9 p.m. Nov. 15 and found a basement door was open. Responding officers checked inside the home and found everything normal. The door was believed to have been blown open by the wind from a storm.

Alarms: Chartley Road

A resident reported around 10 p.m. Nov. 15 that her home alarm was sounding, and she wanted her property checked. Officers found everything was OK and believed it was a malfunction due to a storm.

General assistance: Mayfield Road

Officers responded to St. Francis School at 8:20 a.m. Nov. 19 for a possible custody dispute between parents. They stood by but the mother did not show up to remove the child from the school as was concerned.

Found property: SOM Center Road

A license plate was found on the roadway Nov.

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Smithtown Police Blotter: 2 Homes Burglarized

SMITHTOWN, NY — Curious about what’s going on in your neighborhood? Check out the recent crimes reported in the area.

The Suffolk County Police Department posted the following information. All charges are accusations and do not signify guilt.

  • Nov. 21: Burglary (second-degree) was reported on Oak Street in Smithtown from Nov. 13 at 8:30 a.m. Someone broke into a home by damaging the sliding back door and stole cash and gold coins, police said.
  • Nov. 20: Burglary (third-degree) was reported on Nesconset Highway in Nesconset at 12:50 a.m. Three men entered King O’Rourke Buick GMC using a crowbar to break the glass of a side door, police said. They stole two vehicles — a 2016 GMC Sierra and 2019 GMC Yukon — from inside the store, police said.
  • Nov. 19: Grand larceny (fourth-degree) was reported on West Main Street in Smithtown at noon. A woman left her pocketbook unattended in
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