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3/27/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 1700 block of West Waterford Court March 18; the 1500 block of Bryden Drive March 19; the 200 block of North Hawkins Avenue March 19; the 1100 block of Roslyn Avenue March 20; the 1700 block of West Market Street March 21; the 100 block of North Rose Boulevard March 21; the 800 block of Work Drive March 21; the 1500 block of Berendo Avenue March 22; the 100 block of Elmdale Avenue March 23; the 2200 block of West Market Street March 23; and the 800 block of Mark Drive March 24.

Officers are investigating a shooting that occurred March 18 around 10 a.m. near Downtown Akron, at West Bartges Street and South Rhodes Avenue. A Noah Avenue man reported he was shot in the shoulder as he was standing outside his car arguing with another man over a past debt. Detectives signed warrants for felonious assault for Timothy Anderson Jr., 31, of Stoner Street. Anyone with information is asked to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.

The same day, a 23-year-old man with no permanent address was driving on a suspended license on Copley Road when officers stopped him in a driveway in the 600 block of Noble Avenue and found 1 gram of cocaine and 2 grams of heroin in his possession. He was charged with possession of and trafficking in both drugs.

Officers also responded to an aggravated robbery report March 18 in the 1100 block of Dover Avenue. According to their report to police, a Kenmore couple was standing in a driveway when three unknown males approached them. One demanded money, and after the woman said she had none, another pulled out a gun and shot a round into the garage, according to the police report. Officers found a .32-caliber shell casing in front of the garage and tagged it into evidence.

A couple living in the 700 block of Glendora Avenue fended off intruders March 20. The woman reportedly answered a knock at the back door, when two unknown men forced their way inside. One man allegedly brandished a small sledgehammer, which he dropped after he attempted to hit the male resident. The male resident then retrieved it and used it to hit one of the men so hard the weapon’s handle broke, according to the report. The intruders then fled, taking nothing.

As officers attempted to follow up on a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 1100 block of Copley Road March 20, a passenger fled on foot. Police issued a warrant for a 25-year-old Kenmore neighborhood man charged with receiving stolen property, carrying a concealed weapon, obstruction of business and possession of drug paraphernalia after investigating officers found a pistol, digital scale and a small bag containing an unknown white substance inside the vehicle. The driver, a 21-year-old Frederick Boulevard man, was cited for driving under suspension, and a backseat passenger was not charged. Following testing, officers determined the unknown white substance was not cocaine.

Officers made a traffic stop around the 1300 block of Copley Road March 20 to check on an obstructed license plate and reportedly observed a 52-year-old Wadsworth woman trying to conceal something behind her. She allegedly admitted she concealed objects belonging to her son, including two burnt spoons and a syringe, because she did not want him to go to jail. She stated she was with her son, the front seat passenger, on a trip to buy heroin, though she does not use the drug. She was charged with tampering with evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of drug abuse instruments and transported to the Summit County Jail. Also, the driver, a 22-year-old Rittman man, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers approached a vehicle sitting in a parking lot in the 1300 block of Vernon Odom Boulevard March 20. Officers reported they observed the driver, a 23-year-old Cuyahoga Falls man, holding a syringe cap and bottle cap containing clear liquid. Officers also found a small rock of heroin, along with a burnt spoon, cotton and syringe in the car, they noted. The driver and a passenger, a 30-year-old East Akron man, were charged with possession of drugs, drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia and taken into custody.

The same day, a 40-year-old Crosby Street woman was charged with felonious assault after she allegedly stabbed another woman living on her street multiple times.

A Fernwood Drive woman reported March 21 she purchased a car on eBay, paying $1,800 via Western Union, and never received the vehicle. The seller’s eBay account has since been deleted, according to her report.

On March 21, the ex-wife of a man living in the 200 block of Madison Avenue was charged with domestic violence and felonious assault after the 36-year-old East Akron woman allegedly stabbed her ex-husband with a kitchen knife.

A 21-year-old Peerless Avenue man was the victim of a shooting March 23, around 1 a.m. in Goodyear Heights, the result of an argument over a woman, according to the police report. The victim was listed in serious condition following a shot to the abdomen, and officers arrested two East Akron men, 19 and 22, on felonious assault charges and booked them into the Summit County Jail.

BATH: Following a registration check of a vehicle in a Montrose parking lot March 14, police arrested a Copley man for driving without a license, confiscated the vehicle license plates at the request of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) and had the vehicle towed.

Police patrolling Smith Road March 15 stopped the driver of a vehicle with no front license plate, arrested her on a warrant and released her to the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department. A passenger drove the vehicle away.

Also on that day, police stopped a vehicle on North Cleveland-Massillon Road after a registration check revealed he was driving under suspension. The man was charged and released with a court summons, and the vehicle was towed after the license plates were confiscated by order of the Ohio BMV.

A Kemery Road man reported he had a guest at his home March 16, and when he went upstairs to take a shower at 9 p.m., the female took his vehicle without his permission and left. Police authorized charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, but they were unable to enter information about the vehicle into a database for stolen vehicles because he did not have the VIN number. The charges were dropped when the female returned the vehicle at 11:45 that night.

Police patrolling North Revere Road around 2:30 a.m. March 17 stopped a driver who failed to dim the high beams of his vehicle in the presence of oncoming traffic after pursuing him while he drove at a high rate of speed to a driveway on Bath Country Drive. He exhibited signs of intoxication, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released with a court summons. His BAC tested .152.

The evening of March 17, police stopped an erratic driver on North Cleveland-Massillon Road. He appeared intoxicated and failed a field sobriety test. He was arrested for DUI and possession of marijuana that was found in his vehicle during a tow inventory.

Officers are seeking the person who stole a catalytic converter from a vehicle in the parking lot of an Embassy Parkway business March 17.

A driver stopped for traveling 20 miles over the speed limit on Medina Road at 1:30 a.m. March 17 failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released to a friend. Her BAC tested .143.

The evening of March 17, police on Medina Road stopped a driver for lane violations and arrested him for drug abuse after a search of his vehicle revealed two marijuana cigarettes. He was released with a court summons.

A Granger Road woman reported March 18 someone filed a fraudulent federal tax return using her husband’s personal information.

On March 18, a Foxwood Drive woman reported a pistol was stolen from her home during a party at her residence. Police entered information about the weapon into a national database for stolen firearms.

Police investigated a March 18 report by a North Cleveland-Massillon Road man who said his niece stole his credit card and used it to incur more than $1,900 in fraudulent charges.

An Aspenwood Way man reported March 19 that cash and gift cards were stolen from an unlocked vehicle in his driveway the previous night.

COPLEY: Police patrolling Jacoby Road the night of March 2 observed a vehicle sitting in the roadway and spoke to the driver, who appeared intoxicated. She failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia that was found in the vehicle.

On March 2, police responded to a report by a Medina Road car dealer who said a male took a new pickup truck for a test drive and returned a key to the salesman, who discovered after the male left the business that the key was not for the vehicle he had driven. The vehicle was moved from the lot to the inside showroom, and police are working to identify the male who drove it.

A woman reported her wallet was stolen from her purse while she watched a movie at a Medina Road theater the evening of March 3.

Police responded to an alarm at a Rothrock Road restaurant March 9 and discovered someone entered the building through a window. Nothing inside had been disturbed, and nothing was reported missing. Officers secured the window.

Employees of a Montrose home improvement store reported two males stole merchandise from the store March 9. Police located the males standing outside a nearby motel and recovered the merchandise. Employees identified them, and police charged them with theft. An acquaintance driving a vehicle for the males was released after police determined he had no direct involvement in the crime.

Officers found a man slumped behind the steering wheel of a vehicle outside a Medina Road bar March 9 and determined he had been pursued for erratic driving earlier in the evening. He failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for DUI and released with a court summons. His BAC tested .211.

The Akron Police Department arrested a man on a Copley warrant March 9. He was charged and taken to the Barberton Jail.

On March 10, police officers investigated a report filed by the mother of a Copley High School student who reported her son was assaulted by another student.

A Schocalog Road man reported March 11 a trailer and four excavating buckets were stolen from the driveway of his residence.

Police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle at a Hunt Club Drive apartment complex March 11 and spoke to a resident who said he saw the vehicle with two unknown occupants parked by a trash receptacle, and when he returned to his apartment, he found two packages missing from outside his door.

On March 11, officers responded to a fight at a Fairway Park Drive apartment where a resident said two female guests had a physical altercation. One woman requested medical attention for a head injury, and she was treated by EMS, but she refused transport to a hospital. The victim was transported to her home by the resident, and police took the other female to a nearby motel. Both women were advised the male did not want them at his residence, and he was advised to call police if either of them returned.

Police responded to a vehicle crash on Copley Road March 14, when a vehicle slid off the road and struck several objects, causing heavy damage to the vehicle. The driver appeared confused and failed a field sobriety test. He was charged with DUI and released with a court summons. His BAC tested .173.

The night of March 16, police patrolling Plainview Drive found a 15-speed Roadster Mount Fury mountain bike lying near the road and took it to the police station when the owner could not be located.

FAIRLAWN: A Fairlawn woman was arrested for the theft of $56 in beer from a West Market Street drugstore March 12 after security agents reported she placed four six-packs in a shopping cart, paid for other items in the cart and told a cashier she purchased the beer at a nearby grocery store. Employees recognized her from prior thefts of beer from the store. Police stopped her outside the store, retrieved the stolen merchandise and advised her she is banned from all stores in the chain.

On March 13, police were seeking a male and female in connection with the theft of two art kits from a West Market Street hobby store. The two returned the stolen kits for store credit gift cards.

A Morewood Road man reported a vehicle in his driveway was damaged between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. March 14.

Police responded to a disturbance at a Morewood Road group home March 15, when a resident who reportedly became physically abusive with staff members and threatened other residents was transported to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

Employees of a mall specialty store reported two juvenile females concealed merchandise in their purses and left the store without paying March 15. Police arrested the females for theft and released them to their mother.

An Akron woman stopped for a traffic violation on Interstate 77 March 15 was arrested for driving under suspension and charged with having an open container of beer in a vehicle. She was released with a court summons and the vehicle was towed.

On March 16, employees of a Montrose discount store reported two women loaded shopping carts with merchandise and each one pushed a cart out of the store without paying. Police detained one woman in the parking lot, charged her with theft of merchandise totaling $562 and released her with a court summons. The second woman ran to a vehicle driven by someone else and left the parking lot. Police traced the license plate of the vehicle and contacted a 16-year-old male, who told them the woman, whom he said he didn’t know, ran up to him and said she was being chased by a man (who was actually a security agent), and he gave her a ride to a Copley Road location. Police are working to identify her.

Police arrested an Akron male and female for shoplifting clothing from a mall department store March 18, when security agents recorded the two concealing the merchandise in a store bag the male removed from his backpack.

Following a request that officers check on the welfare of a Winchester Road man, police went to his residence March 19 and knocked on the door. They heard movement inside the house, but no one spoke, so officers entered through the unlocked door and found the resident lying on the floor, bleeding from a head laceration. He said he invited four unknown males to come to a party the night before, and they began to argue with him and assaulted him. He was transported to a hospital via EMS.

An Akron woman was arrested for theft of merchandise totaling $45 from a Montrose discount store March 19 after employees observed her conceal the merchandise and confronted her as she left the store. She was released with a court summons and advised she is banned from all stores in the chain.

NORTON: A Wadsworth Road woman reported she returned from vacation March 14 to find jewelry totaling $1,800 had been stolen from an armoire in her bedroom. There was no sign of forced entry into the home.

Employees of a Greenwich Road business reported March 14 a homeless man had been loitering in the business. He told police he has been looking for a job but has had no luck, and he has been sleeping outside. Police arrested him on a warrant and released him to the Barberton Police Department.

On March 14, police responded to a report that a vehicle was sitting in the intersection of Hametown and Johnson roads around 2 a.m. Police found a woman slumped over the steering wheel of the vehicle and were unable to wake her and did not observe her breathing. Officers broke a window to enter the vehicle, put it in park and turn off the engine. The female awoke and appeared intoxicated. She failed a field sobriety test, and her BAC tested .161. She was charged with DUI, released on a signature bond and driven to her home in Barberton.

Police responded to a report of a fight at a Greenwich Road restaurant March 15 and stopped the driver of a vehicle leaving the location. A passenger in the vehicle had mud stains on his shirt and grass in his lap. Police drove the passenger back to the restaurant, where another officer was with the other combatant. The males provided conflicting information regarding the altercation they had outside the restaurant and both parties declined assault charges. Both men were charged with disorderly conduct and each was released with a court summons.

A Doylestown man observed walking on Hametown Road the night of March 15 was arrested on a warrant and released to Wayne County sheriff’s deputies.

A Weber Drive man called police to his residence the night of March 16 to report his girlfriend had been drinking and attempted to prevent him from leaving the residence. Police advised the female regarding domestic violence laws, and the male left the residence. When he returned later that night, the female was gone, and he found numerous household items had been smashed and the mattress on his bed had been slashed. At 7 a.m. the following day, the female was pounding on the door, and when he opened it, she allegedly held a razor and threatened him. She was gone when police arrived, and they signed a warrant for her arrest for domestic violence. She was arrested a short time later and taken to the Summit County Jail.

On March 17, a Pinwood Circle woman reported a collection agency is attempting to collect a bill for $309 for a utility at a house where she never lived.

A Reimer Road woman reported March 17 an antique clock, fishing poles, tools, a guitar and other items were stolen from her residence.

A Sheridan Street man reported the license plates were stolen from his vehicle while it was parked in his driveway March 17.

Police responded to a disturbance at a Swain Drive residence March 19, when a woman reported she had a fight with her live-in boyfriend. She declined charges and left the residence for the night.

Charges are pending against a Norton man who reportedly took his ex-girlfriend’s debit card and attempted to withdraw money from her bank account March 21.

RICHFIELD: A Streetsboro Road woman went to the police station March 10 to report that there were three fraudulent charges on her credit card account by someone in Salt Lake City.

Police responded to a March 11 report by the driver of a tractor-trailer who stated she saw a male run from her truck in the parking lot of a Brecksville Road motel and into a nearby wooded area. She discovered a window of the truck’s cab had been smashed, but she reported nothing missing from the truck. Officers were unable to locate the male.

At 5:15 p.m. March 13, police responded to a call from a motorist on Interstate 271. The caller said he was heading south behind a vehicle that was swerving across lane lines and at one point had gone off the road and sideswiped several mounds of snow. Police entered the highway from Brecksville Road, got behind the motorist and attempted to stop the vehicle with lights and sirens. The motorist continued south on I-271, and his driving became increasingly erratic and dangerous to himself and other drivers, according to the report. Other officers attempted to maneuver around traffic behind the pursuit to assist in stopping the driver. When the officer behind the motorists learned there had been a traffic crash several miles ahead and the road had been closed, he feared the erratic driver, who continued driving with no attempt to slow down or stop, would slam into the crash scene and there could be injuries or fatalities. He received permission to attempt to drive his cruiser in front of the motorist’s vehicle and get him to stop. The driver did not initially slow down and nearly struck the back of the cruiser, but the officer eventually got the driver to slow down behind him and stop. Police converged on the vehicle, put it in park and shut off the engine. The driver appeared highly intoxicated and attempted to reach for something in the vehicle. He was taken to the ground and handcuffed. He was arrested for DUI, fleeing police and failure to control his vehicle, and released from the Richfield Jail on $400 bond.

A Robert Burns Drive woman reported she found footprints in the snow outside her residence March 13. Officers investigated and found large boot prints that circled the house. Family members reported seeing a strange vehicle drive up to the garage and turn around. When they approached the vehicle, the driver took off.

Police responded to a disturbance at a Dakota Drive residence the evening of March 15, when a man reported his estranged wife was at his house and she wanted to leave, but she was intoxicated. After police arrived, the female agreed to allow her husband to transport her to her apartment.


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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