Light Northern Ohio Blue – Police Week, May 11-18, 2019

President John F. Kennedy designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day in 1962. Since then, cities and departments across the United States have taken this week every year to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The Cleveland Division of the FBI, with the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Division of Police, Greater Cleveland Police Officers Memorial Society and the FBI Cleveland Citizens Academy Alumni Association invite you to participate in the 2nd Annual Light Northern Ohio Blue as a way to honor those in law enforcement. Join Law Enforcement by lighting your home or place of business blue and sport your blue attire during Police Week, May 11-18, 2019.Police Week


Media Update: Officer Involved Shooting

Media Update: Officer Involved Shooting

Today at approximately 9:15am, Cleveland police officers responded to a call for an aggravated robbery of a motor vehicle at 2408 E. 83 (19-117453). The female victim reported that her black Ford Taurus was taken at gunpoint by a black male. The vehicle information was broadcast over police radio. At approximately 11:10am, officers responded to another call at the laundromat at 6207 Fleet Avenue for a male threatening with a gun who was driving a black Ford Taurus (19-117517). A short time later the vehicle was spotted by officers and a short vehicle pursuit commenced. Members of the Bureau of Traffic, the Fourth District, the Canine Unit and the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Police Department were involved in this incident.

The stolen vehicle sustained damage due to the suspect’s manner of driving and caught on fire. The suspect bailed from the vehicle and a foot pursuit began. The suspect produced a handgun and began firing at officers. Officers returned fire and the suspect was hit multiple times. The suspect was taken to University Hospital for treatment where he is currently in surgery. The suspect is a male age 40. No officers were injured.

Per protocol the investigation relative to the shooting incident will be conducted by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office.

The officers will be placed on administrative leave with pay for at least three days.

Saturday is Drug Take Back Day: ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County, City of Cleveland, Shaker Heights Fire and CVS Pharmacy Join Forces to Take Back Unwanted Medications

ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County, City of Cleveland, Shaker Heights Fire and
CVS Pharmacy Join Forces to Take Back Unwanted Medications


CLEVELAND – The ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County has teamed up with the City of Cleveland, Shaker Heights Fire and CVS Pharmacy to help support the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s efforts on Drug Take Back Day, April 27, 2019.


“We know the DEA and many law enforcement and community partners host prescription drug drop off sites,” said Scott S. Osiecki, ADAMHS Board CEO. “However, not everyone can make it out with their prescriptions on that day or during the drop off hours. That’s why in addition to drug drop off sites and to ensure that as many unused prescriptions as possible get safely disposed of, the ADAMHS Board and its partners are making 5,000 Deterra Drug Deactivation and Disposal Bags available to community members.”


Deterra Bags are easy to use – dump unused or expired medications in the bag, add warm water, close shake and toss in the trash. The bags allow residents to safely dispose of unwanted medications right in their own homes. Click here to watch this video created by Cuyahoga County. The bags deactivate the medication, so there are no environmental concerns with the disposal of the bags.


Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 17th opportunity in nine years to prevent opioid/other prescription misuse and abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted medications. Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of unwanted drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked, and Deterra Bags will be available until the supply is gone.


This year Cuyahoga County residents will have two options:

  1. Bring your pills for disposal to any drop-off site (Sites cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) or CVS Pharmacy locations at:
    • 2007 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, OH 44109
    • 3728 Pearl Road, Cleveland, OH 44109
    • Cleveland Police Headquarters, 1300 Ontario Street (donated by CVS)
    • CVS Pharmacy is adding a third location in May at 840 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland
  1. Pick up Deterra Drug Deactivation and Disposal Bags (work for pills, patches and liquids) from:
  • ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County, 2012 W. 25th Street, Cleveland, 44113               Open Weekdays, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Special Hours for Deterra Bag pick up only, April 27, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Cleveland City Hall (Citizen Center), 601 Lakeside Ave., Cleveland Open Weekdays, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Any City of Cleveland Police Station or Health Center
  • Shaker Heights Fire Station 1, 17000 Chagrin Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44120

Last fall, Americans turned in nearly 460 tons (more than 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 16 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 11 million pounds—nearly 5,500 tons—of pills.


This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Medication disposal is especially important in light of the opioid epidemic affecting Cuyahoga County. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office reported that 551 individuals died from drug overdoses in 2018, and there have been 129 deaths from overdoses so far in 2019.


If you or someone you know is struggling with substance use disorder, please call the 24-Hour Mental Health and Addiction Crisis and Referral Hotline at 216-623-6888 for help.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Police Seek the Public’s Help in Locating Missing Girls: Tamani McCalla age 2 and Talisha McCalla age 4. Girls are with mother, Caryann Sewell who was ordered to turn them over to social workers.

Police are seeking the public’s help in locating missing girls Tamani McCalla, age 2 and Talisha McCalla age 4.  The mother of the girls, Caryann Sewell, was ordered by the court to turn them over to the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services and has since taken them and not complied with the order.  Anyone with information relative to the whereabouts of Tamani and Talisha is asked to call 911 or 216-621-1234.

MISSING ELDERLY FEMALE ENDANGERED Bertha Harn, suffers from dementia. Call 911 if seen.



Missing: Bertha Harn, black female age 79.


Ms. Harn suffers from dementia. She was last seen by family at approximately 10:30am today at her home in the 11400 block of Abelwhite.  Ms. Harn is known to frequent stores in the Glenville Plaza and she also frequently visits with neighbors in the area, but usually returns home within a short time.  A witness reported seeing a woman matching her description walking westbound on St. Clair from the Glenville Plaza.  Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Bertha Harn is asked to call 9-1-1 or 216-621-1234.imagejpeg_0imagejpeg_1