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Suspicious package leads to brief Stevenson lockdown

Stevenson Elementary School's afternoon Halloween parade stayed on schedule last Thursday, Oct. 31, after the bomb squad was called to inspect a package left outside a nearby restaurant that morning.

Grandview Superintendent Ed O'Reilly said a small bag was found outside Marshall's restaurant, located at 1105 W. First Ave. across from the school. As a precaution, the Grandview Heights Fire Department, in cooperation with the Columbus Bomb Squad, investigated.

Stevenson students were kept inside the building for the duration of the investigation, O'Reilly said, adding district leaders consulted with safety officials on-site and determined there was no need to evacuate the building.

The package was found to contain personal property, including several pill bottles, Grandview police reports said. The district was given the all-clear signal by city officials at 11 a.m. Oct. 31.

The owner of the bag was notified and the property was placed into evidence, according to reports.

In other recent Grandview police reports:

* A resident of the 1100 block of Broadview Avenue reported her car was stolen overnight Oct. 30. She told police the car was locked, but the keys were in the ignition. Reports said there were tire marks on the driveway, indicating the car may have been towed from its parking spot.

A baby stroller, a car seat, a work identification card and key fob, a cellphone charger and headphones were stolen along with the car, reports said.

* Officers were dispatched Oct. 29 to the 700 block of Timberman Road on a theft report. After arrival, officers made contact with the suspect, who reportedly threatened to kill himself. He was handcuffed and placed in a cruiser. En route to a mental-health facility, the suspect reportedly began to strike his head and face against the plastic divider in the cruiser. Officers gained control of the man and took him to the Franklin County jail, where he was charged with disorderly conduct, reports said.

* A bicycle was reported stolen Oct. 26 from the field at Grandview Heights High School, 1587 W. Third Ave. A Westwood Avenue resident told police her son left his bike there around 3 p.m. that day, and when he returned around 7 p.m., it was gone.

* A Broadview Avenue resident told police a man exposed himself to her daughter via video phone call Oct. 25. The caller reportedly exposed his genitals to the daughter after she answered the call, which came from an unknown number.

* Five charging stations for recreational vehicles were reported stolen around 4 p.m. Oct. 23 in the 1400 block of Dublin Road. The victim, who is renovating the building, said the chargers went missing after they were removed from the building and placed outside.

* Police stopped a vehicle on Goodale Boulevard around 5 p.m. Oct. 23 for traveling over the center line. Reports said the driver appeared nervous and showed signs of chronic drug use. After the driver refused to consent to a search, a K-9 unit was called to the scene and gave a positive indicator on the driver's-side door, according to reports. The car subsequently was searched and 10 grams of synthetic marijuana was found next to the driver's seat, reports said. The driver was issued a traffic citation and a citation for drug abuse before being released.