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1/23/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 500 block of Nome Avenue Jan. 14; the 1400 block of Redbush Road Jan. 16; the 1700 block of Cromwell Drive Jan. 17; the 100 block of Grand Avenue Jan. 17; and the 1700 block of West Waterford Court Jan 20.

Felonious assault charges were filed Jan. 15 against a 51-year-old Firestone Park neighborhood woman who allegedly used an edged weapon to cut a victim’s face and neck Jan. 9 during an incident on Sheffield Drive.

On Jan. 16, a Treetop Trail woman reported that while her vehicle was parked in a lot at her apartment complex, someone slashed all four tires.

The same day, a Noble Avenue man reported he went to retrieve a space heater he lent to a Grand Avenue man, and the man answered the door with his hand on his gun, and he became irate and did not put the gun down.

A 26-year-old Work Drive man was charged with drug trafficking, drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana Jan. 16. He was the front seat passenger in a vehicle stopped at St. Michaels Avenue and Copley Road, according to the police report. There was a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside of the car, and the driver gave consent to search the vehicle, according to officers. Officers found a large bag of marijuana and a digital scale near his seat, and the man admitted the drugs were his, according to the police report.

On Jan. 17, officers charged a 53-year-old Apple Creek man and a 21-year-old Lodi woman with possession of heroin after they were observed in a vehicle in the 1300 block of Vernon Odom Boulevard with the drug in plain sight.

Officers responded to the 700 block of Copley Road for a civil dispute over money Jan. 18, and a 29-year-old Hartford Avenue woman was charged with possession of heroin after officers found it in her possession.

A 26-year-old Barberton woman reported Jan. 18 that her vehicle, which had been left idling to warm up, was stolen from the 500 block of Hoye Avenue.

A 43-year-old Romig Road man was charged with domestic violence with a previous conviction and domestic violence menacing Jan. 19. He was allegedly driving around West Akron trying to wreck a car while his wife and son were in it and threatened to kill her.

A 41-year-old East Akron woman was charged with robbery and misrepresenting identity Jan. 20 at a discount store in the 1100 block of West Market Street after a loss prevention officer stopped her. The woman had concealed four pairs of shoes, two purses and a belt valuing $261 in her large purse and tried to exit the store without paying, according to the police report. She grabbed the loss prevention officer’s genitals in an attempt to escape from him during the struggle and was recorded on store security video, according to the report. The woman also gave a false name, officers reported.

Officers responded to two shootings Jan. 20, one of which occurred in West Akron. Around 3 p.m., a 26-year-old man was found in the 200 block of Noble Avenue with multiple gunshot wounds. A 1995-2000 silver Dodge Durango with tinted windows occupied by three black males was observed leaving the area, according to officers. The victim, whose name is being withheld pending positive identification and family notification, was transported to the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. Officers have not determined a motive. Anyone with information on the silver Dodge Durango or its occupants is asked to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490; the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-866-4-WANTED; the Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at 330-434-COPS; or text TIPSCO with tips to 274637 (CRIMES). Tipsters can remain anonymous.

BATH: On Jan. 7, a Farmstead Road woman reported she has been receiving unwanted, harassing messages from a woman she believes is her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend. Her boyfriend filed a similar complaint involving the female.

Police investigated a Jan. 8 report filed by a man who said after he moved out of a residence on Sparrow Pond Drive, a check for more than $2,300 was mistakenly mailed to the old address, and an unknown person cashed it.

Officers investigated a report of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a Springside Drive motel Jan. 8 and found two people sleeping in it. Neither of them owned the vehicle, and police could not determine whether the vehicle had been stolen or used without permission of the owner. Police took several items from the vehicle for safekeeping and had it towed and held for the owner to pick up. The two people in the car were identified and released.

On Jan. 12, police contacted a former employee of a Medina Road restaurant who had been fired for bringing a firearm to work and advised him not to go to the restaurant or he would be charged with criminal trespassing. He agreed to stay off the property.

After employees of a Montrose clothing store reported a man concealed a pair of jeans in his jacket and left the store without paying Jan. 13, police searched the area for the man and a vehicle driven by another person but were unable to locate them.

Officers are seeking the person who kicked an outside mirror off a vehicle outside a Medina Road business Jan. 13. The same day, someone stomped on and destroyed landscaping lights outside a North Cleveland-Massillon Road business.

A man reported Jan. 13 his jacket was stolen from the locker room of a Medina Road fitness center.

A Pebble Beach Drive woman reported Jan. 14 a man she met online claimed to be a U.S. serviceman and sent her fraudulent requests for money. She realized it was a scam and did not send any money.

On Jan. 14, an Appian Way woman reported someone used her credit card account to make a fraudulent $217 online purchase.

Police reviewed video surveillance footage of an incident at a Montrose grocery store the evening of Jan. 15, when a tall, white male with a scar on his left cheek and a web-like tattoo on his right hand loaded a shopping cart with energy drinks and pushed it out of the store without paying. Employees recovered the merchandise outside the store, and the suspect entered the passenger side of a black Toyota Corolla and left the area before police arrived.

COPLEY: On Jan. 5, detectives were investigating damage to five mailboxes on Paxton Road. Police reviewed video surveillance footage provided by one resident that showed a male get out of a vehicle and strike the mailbox with a ball bat or pipe. Police suspect the male also damaged the other mailboxes.

Police responded to a car fire in the driveway of a Stafford Drive residence Jan. 6 and arrived to find the vehicle engine on fire. Firefighters extinguished the blaze, and the vehicle was towed from the scene.

A former Fairway Park Drive resident reported Jan. 6 the family moved to Washington and discovered jewelry had been stolen from their residence sometime during the move.

On Jan. 7, a driver reported she was backing out of a parking space in a Brookwall Drive lot when another driver backed his car out and struck hers. Officers determined the male was backing out of a space that was not designated for parking, and the female admitted she was backing out of a space when she realized it was designated for handicapped drivers. Both parking spaces were snow-covered. Officers examined the damage on the female’s vehicle and completed an accident report.

Police were called to a traffic crash on state Route 18 Jan. 8. A driver was traveling east in the left lane, and a second driver entered the road without yielding right-of-way and struck the first vehicle on the passenger side door, causing disabling damage to both vehicles. Both were towed from the roadway. There were no injuries reported.

Officers responded to a vehicle crash on Interstate 77 Jan. 15, when a driver reported he sneezed while driving, struck the trailer of a truck beside him, crashed into a guardrail on the right side of the highway, swerved across three lanes of traffic and came to rest on the left side in the median. There were no injuries reported.

FAIRLAWN: A woman reported Jan. 12 her wallet, containing cash, a debit card and two gift cards worth more than $300, was stolen from a shopping cart at a West Market Street discount drugstore. She said she turned away for a moment and turned back to see the wallet was gone and a heavy-set woman was near the cart. When she asked the woman about the wallet, she quickly left the store.

Security agents at a mall department store reported Jan. 12 a shoplifter left the store with merchandise in her purse. Police and an off-duty county deputy stopped the woman and retrieved two shirts worth $147 from her purse. The Brecksville woman was charged with theft, released with a court summons and banned from the store.

A New London man reported Jan. 12 his $400 cell phone was missing after he sat in a chair outside a mall store. His son received a text message from an unknown person who was using the stolen phone. The message said the phone would be returned to the mall store, but employees said it was never turned in. Police are investigating the theft.

On Jan. 12, police were called to a mall department for a theft in progress. A camera operator said two females selected merchandise worth $564, and one female concealed the merchandise while the other went to a vehicle. The female with the clothing left the store, entered the passenger side of the vehicle, and the vehicle drove away. Police stopped the vehicle, retrieved the merchandise, arrested both Akron women for theft and advised them they are banned from the store.

A Pennsylvania man was arrested for theft, released with a court summons and banned from a West Market Street grocery store Jan. 12 for taking a $14 magazine.

On Jan. 15, employees of a West Market Street discount department store reported a woman concealed 25 DVDs worth $679 in her purse and attempted to leave without paying for them. She cooperated with security agents initially and surrendered the merchandise, but she refused to wait for police and left in a vehicle driven by a man. Police stopped the vehicle, and the driver admitted taking the woman to the store, but he said he was unaware she was there to steal. She agreed he was not part of the plan, and he was released with no charges. The Akron female was arrested for theft and banned from the store.

Police arrested a Cleveland man for theft and advised him he is banned from a mall department store Jan. 16 after he reportedly concealed pants worth $254 under his jeans and left the store without paying for them.

NORTON: A Streetsboro man reported Jan. 10 he was following a truck on Wadsworth Road when a rock flew from it and struck his vehicle, damaging the outside mirror.

A property manager for the owner of a vacant house on Manila Drive reported Jan. 10 six windows on the home’s second floor were broken.

On Jan. 10, a woman reported she was driving behind an asphalt truck on Wadsworth Road when an object flew from under the truck and struck her vehicle, damaging the outside mirror.

An Akron man was charged with theft, released with a court summons and banned from a Greenwich Road store Jan. 11, after employees observed him load a shopping cart with groceries and push it out of the store without paying.

A Norton woman reported Jan. 11 that after seeking a job on Craigslist, she began receiving checks from people who instructed her to cash them and return some of the money to them. She learned from her bank that one of the checks was fraudulent after she cashed it, and she said she wants nothing more to do with anyone who is sending her checks. She is fearful her information will be used to scam other people.

A tow truck driver reported a Johnson Road resident called him Jan. 11 to tow a junk vehicle away. The ground was wet and muddy, and he was unable to extricate the vehicle. He advised the resident he owed a $25 service fee for the tow truck coming to the property, but the man refused to pay, got into a vehicle and left. On Jan. 13, officers signed warrants against the resident for theft and driving under suspension.

Police investigated a suspicious vehicle circling the block on Wadsworth Road around 1 a.m. Jan. 11 and spoke to a female, who told a story that did not make sense, according to the report. Officers observed a hypodermic syringe in her pocket, and she admitted she used heroin before driving. Police deployed a K-9 officer, which indicated there was contraband in the vehicle. The Wadsworth Road woman admitted she had heroin in her purse and in the vehicle, and stated she planned to sell it. Police confiscated 11 small bags and one large bag of heroin, syringes, drug abuse instruments and other items of contraband and arrested the woman for felony drug abuse, trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs and drug abuse instruments, and took her to the Summit County Jail.

A Manila Avenue man reported someone broke his kitchen window while he was sleeping Jan. 11. He described two males he saw running away, and police confiscated a glove left at the scene.

Officers patrolling Wadsworth Road Jan. 11 stopped the driver of a motorbike with no license plates. Police were unable to identify the vehicle or find a serial number, and they noticed the ignition had been replaced. The driver said he purchased the bike from someone he didn’t know in South Carolina. Officers charged him with driving without a license and having no license for the bike, and they impounded the vehicle, disassembled part of it and found a serial number that proved the bike had been reported stolen from Myrtle Beach, S.C. The driver was charged with receiving stolen property and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A Norton man reported Jan. 12 someone removed locks from two of his storage units at a Whipple Drive facility and stole furniture and other items totaling $30,000.

Police patrolling Wadsworth Road at 2 a.m. Jan. 15 stopped a Doylestown man for speeding. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI, driving under suspension and refusal to take a BAC test. He had a prior DUI within the past 20 years. He was released with a court summons and transported to a hospital for evaluation of an unknown problem.

RICHFIELD: An employee of a Highlander Parkway business reported Jan. 6 a woman who has been banned from the business was on the property in a vehicle, and she was driving aggressively. The woman was gone when officers arrived. Police reviewed video footage of the incident Jan. 10 and went to her home to arrest her on a warrant for criminal trespassing, but she was not home. She surrendered at the police station later that night, was released on bond and taken to a hospital for evaluation.

On Jan. 8, police responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Everett and Brecksville roads. One driver admitted he had been drinking and that he smoked marijuana earlier in the day. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and failure to control his vehicle. A consent search of the vehicle revealed a marijuana cigarette, and he was additionally charged with drug abuse.

Two Brush Road residents reported Jan. 9 unknown individuals have been riding on their property and property owned by the Metro Parks, Serving Summit County and East Ohio Gas Co. One resident said a game camera that was mounted at the rear of the property in order to photograph them was stolen. The victims gave police a photo of a white male with a mustache and beard who was on the property when the camera was stolen, and officers are investigating. Officials of the park and utility company were notified of the problem.

Officers responded to a vehicle accident at the intersection of Deer Creek and Humphrey roads the night of Jan. 9 and found a male and female standing outside the vehicle that had slid off the road. The female provided an Illinois identification card, and police determined it was not hers. She was identified as a woman for whom police had been searching in connection with a prior incident involving the vehicle involved in the accident. Police confiscated the Illinois ID, a suspicious pill, a dollar bill containing drug residue and a bracelet the suspect left in the cruiser when she attempted to squirm out of handcuffs, according to the police report. She was held pending identification and criminal charges, and the vehicle was towed from the scene.

Akron Police Department officers arrested a man wanted on a Richfield warrant Jan. 11. Police charged the man, issued him a court summons to appear in court and released him on $275 bond.

At 4 a.m. Jan. 12, police patrolling Interstate 77 stopped a driver of a vehicle with a loud exhaust system. She exhibited signs of alcohol intoxication, and she admitted having several drinks while working at a Cleveland cabaret, according to the report. She was arrested for driving under three license suspensions and additionally charged with DUI after she failed a field sobriety test. Her BAC tested .148.

A Richfield man reported Jan. 12 someone in New York opened a credit account in his name and made purchases of more than $8,000.


The Akron police reports were compiled by Ariel Hakim, and the remainder were compiled by Maggie DeMellier.

Editor’s note: The police reports provided here are a sampling of those filed with each community’s police departments. For questions related to the reports we’ve included or others we have not, call the West Side Leader at 330-665-9595. To provide information on an alleged criminal act noted in this week’s report, call the local police department.

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