How an accident changed his life forever!

Officer Marty Dunn first met 85 year old Wayne Lasch at Heinen’s in Shaker Heights, and immediately recognized he was a special person.  Somehow Marty always knew there was a story behind the passion Wayne displays on his job.  Today Marty heard Wayne’s story.

It was 69 years ago today that Wayne was a passenger in a car driven by one of his good friends.  Wayne explained that vehicles at that time did not have seat belts to wear, so neither person was prepared for what was about to happen.  The car they were in was suddenly struck from behind, causing both Wayne and his friend to be propelled from the car. Wayne describes being hit so hard that each of them were ejected from the vehicle, both literally coming out of the shoes they were wearing.  Tragically Wayne’s friend died, but Wayne miraculously escaped with almost no injury.

Wayne often thinks about how that accident would have changed his family’s lives forever.  He credits his incredible faith and positive attitude towards life to that day he miraculously survived.  So when you see Wayne at Heinen’s make sure to think about how fortunate we all are to be here.   We are sure Wayne would tell you to make sure to wear your seat belt.  Even if he doesn’t, we will!  Thanks for sharing your story today Wayne!

“Hoppin” is not what you think!

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We recently arrested two Cleveland residents who were caught entering unlocked cars after dark. Their explanation for what they were doing in Shaker Heights reinforced a common request we provide the public!  (Lock your car doors!)

They called it “hoppin” or “car hoppin”, as if it was a game kids play for fun.  Sadly their explanation reinforced an obvious fact that “hoppin” is common knowledge among young men and women with criminal intent.  They explained that “hoppin” is the practice of going car to car looking for one that is unlocked.  The belief is that residents of the suburbs do not lock their cars, often leaving items of value ripe for the taking.  One of them bragged about his group of friends making hundreds of dollars a week taking money, credit cards, and other valuable items from unlocked cars.  Remarkably they even talked about how kids will routinely switch what city they target to avoid police scrutiny.  Until being caught by Shaker Heights Police, one of these young men boasted that almost half the cars he attempts to enter in a night will be unlocked.  So why do we tell you this story?

Both of these kids told us that they would never break into a car if it was locked.  They explained how that would increase the chance of leaving evidence behind to catch them. They knew the added time and commotion to break into a car also significantly increased their risk.    It seems even criminals understand risk, and often do simple things because they can!

Without knowing they were saying it, these two men provided our residents the simple answer to preventing a significant amount of crime in our city.  Lock car doors, secure your valuables, and shut the garage door at night!

Call us if you need us, we will be here!

 

Shaker Heights Police Now Recruiting!

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Beginning July 9th, candidates may obtain an application to become a Shaker Heights Police Officer!  Applications may be obtained online at http://www.shakeronline.com or in person at Shaker Heights City Hall.  All applicants must have a valid physical agility certification from Tri-C when the application is returned.  Details on how to complete the physical agility testing can be found at:  https://tinyurl.com/y9wh73j8 .  The physical agility exam can still be completed on the following dates:

July 16th, 2017

July 23th, 2017

Only the first 80 completed applications will be accepted.  They should be returned on:

Saturday, August 12th, 2017 (8:30 am – 12 Noon)

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 (8:30 am – 12 Noon)

Please call (216) 491-1427 if you have any further questions!

Police lobby dedicated to Chief D. Scott Lee.

IMG_0018In an ceremony held at the Shaker Heights Municipal Court, Mayor Earl Leiken dedicated the police lobby to former Chief of Police, D. Scott Lee.  A proclamation and plaque will greet guests as they enter the building to conduct business.  Chief Lee served as Chief from 2008 until 2016, and had a 33-year career in law enforcement.  Chief Lee lost a courageous battle with Gliobastoma, a form of brain cancer, in 2016.