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2/16/2017 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported in the 100 block of Gale Street Feb. 7; the 900 block of Hamlin Street Feb. 8; the 1700 block of Rock Hill Lane Feb. 9; the 1400 block of Bellevue Avenue Feb. 10; the 500 block of Merriman Road Feb. 10; and the 300 block of Kenwood Avenue Feb. 13.

A 23-year-old Barberton man was arrested Feb. 7 on charges of aggravated vehicular assault, speed and reckless operation of a motor vehicle. According to officers, he was responsible for striking another vehicle that was pulling out of a driveway in the 2500 block of Romig Road last November. A 4-month-old child was ejected from the vehicle and suffered severe head injuries, officers said.

A 49-year-old Twin Oaks Drive man was charged with obstructing official business and violation of a protection order Feb. 7. Officers went to his residence to respond to a domestic incident, but he hid in a closet. Officers found the man, who had several warrants out for his arrest, and took him to the Summit County Jail. His wife told officers the two had been fighting, but it was not physical.

Two women, a 37- and a 38-year-old with no permanent addresses, were charged with breaking and entering after being found inside a vacant house on Gale Street Feb. 7.

An employee of Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority reported Feb. 8 someone stole 50 to 60 confidential files belonging to the agency from her unlocked car while it was parked on Bacon Street.

An 18-year-old Mull Avenue man was charged with receiving stolen property and possession of marijuana Feb. 8 after he was stopped at Hardesty Boulevard and Courtland Avenue while operating a stolen car. The man, who does not have a valid driver’s license, was booked into the Summit County Jail.

A 21-year-old Winton Avenue man was arrested Feb. 10 on warrants for aggravated robbery and felonious assault. He allegedly robbed and shot another man Jan. 24 in the 900 block of Fried Street.

A 22-year-old Akron-Peninsula Road man was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and possession of marijuana Feb. 10. He was pulled over in the Chapel Hill neighborhood and ordered out of his vehicle. The man had a loaded handgun on the front seat of the car and marijuana in his shirt pocket and was placed under arrest, officers said.

On Feb. 11, a North Portage Path man was robbed of his car at gunpoint while inside his garage. The victim said he was setting up wireless technology in his car when a juvenile male approached him, pulled out a handgun and demanded he exit the vehicle. The victim got out of the car and stepped toward the young man, who pulled the slide back on the handgun, jumped into the car and drove away, according to the police report. Officers later located the car in an empty lot in the 200 block of Gordon Drive. They also found the 14-year-old Garfield Heights boy who had stolen it and charged him with aggravated robbery, theft and carrying a concealed weapon and placed him in the custody of the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center. Officers also recovered the gun.

Officers pulled over a 24-year-old South Akron man Feb. 11 after he failed to stop completely at a stop sign at Delia Avenue and Noble Street. He refused to cooperate and was charged with obstructing official business, patted down and placed into a patrol wagon, officers said. The patrol wagon driver later discovered the man tried to conceal a bag of fentanyl in a vent while en route to the jail, and he was additionally charged with possession of drugs and tampering with evidence.

A 29-year-old Delia Avenue man who was wanted for a homicide that occurred Aug. 1, 2015, in the 1200 block of Copley Road, was apprehended Feb. 12. Officers were responding to a fight in South Akron, and after they heard a woman inside an apartment yell for help, they forced open the door, they said. The man attempted to flee using a back door, but he was apprehended by officers, charged with aggravated menacing and his warrants for murder, abuse of a corpse and felonious assault and booked into the Summit County Jail.

A 19-year-old Cordova Avenue man was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and possession of marijuana Feb. 12. He was stopped for a traffic violation in the Summit Lake neighborhood while driving on a suspended license, officers said. When he was asked to step out of the car, his pants fell to his knees because of the weight of a handgun inside his pant leg, they said.

Early Feb. 14, an Akron man went to a West Market Street hotel to meet a woman he had communicated with online. When he went inside the room, he was robbed of $150 in cash, officers said. Police are seeking a black woman who is 22 to 28 years old, 5 feet, 9 inches tall and 170 to 180 pounds and a black man who is 22 to 28 years old, 5 feet, 9 inches tall and 140 to 150 pounds. Officers are asking that anyone with information call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.

BATH: Police responded to a report that two women concealed items and left a Montrose store without paying for them Feb. 1. Police stopped their vehicle and observed stolen merchandise in plain view, as well as items stolen from three other Montrose stores and one Summit Mall store. All the items were recovered and the women were charged with receiving stolen property. One was additionally charged with a misdemeanor and the other was charged with a felony.

A North Cleveland-Massillon Road man reported Feb. 1 a reporter and cameraman from a TV news station were trespassing on his property. He told them to leave, and they were gone when police arrived.

On Feb. 1, officers reviewed video footage during an investigation into theft by two women who reportedly loaded merchandise into two shopping carts and left a Medina Road store without paying. They fled in a silver Lincoln.

Following a registration check of a vehicle on West Market Street Feb. 2, police stopped the driver, arrested her for driving under suspension and released her with a court summons. The vehicle was towed.

Police responded to a report of a shoplifter in a Medina Road store Feb. 3 and located her entering a vehicle driven by a man. When police ordered the shoplifter to exit the vehicle, she told the driver to go, but officers ordered the driver to turn off the ignition. The woman turned it back on, then exited the vehicle after police said she would be pulled out. She reportedly admitted shoplifting and provided a false identity. Police identified her and determined she was wanted on multiple warrants. She was arrested for theft, obstruction of official business and felony forgery and released to the Solon Police Department on an outstanding warrant.

Officers on Medina Road Feb. 3 stopped an erratic driver and determined that prior to the stop a man had been driving the vehicle and had switched places with the female driver. The man was arrested for driving under multiple license suspensions and released to the Ohio State Highway Patrol on a warrant.

A Farmstead Road man reported Feb. 3 his girlfriend stole his credit card and cellphone and went to Canada.

A driver who nearly struck a police cruiser in the parking lot of a Montrose bar Feb. 4 and drove erratically on Medina Road was stopped after he drove into the parking lot of a closed business. He failed a field sobriety test and after four tries was unable to produce enough breath for a BAC test. He was charged with DUI and released with a court summons. A urine sample was sent to a lab for testing.

A motorist on Interstate 77 reported Feb. 4 an occupant of another vehicle flashed a gun at a motorist following a road rage incident. Police stopped the suspect’s vehicle but were unable to locate a weapon. The occupants denied flashing a gun or other object and stated they were not involved in a road rage incident.

Police stopped a driver for lane violations on Medina Road Feb. 5 and observed signs of intoxication. She failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released with a court summons. Her vehicle was towed.

Officers responded to a disturbance at a Sun Valley Drive residence Feb. 7. Family members stated there was an argument, but no physical confrontation took place.

On Feb. 9, police assisted the Ohio State Highway Patrol in a vehicle pursuit that began in Akron. Units from several other agencies participated in the apprehension of the driver following a short foot pursuit. [For more, see related Police note item below.]

COPLEY: Police on state Route 21 Jan. 23 stopped a driver for failure to move over or slow down for emergency vehicles. He exhibited signs of impairment, failed a field sobriety test and his BAC tested .156. He was arrested for DUI and released with a court summons.

A driver stopped for lane violations on Medina Road Jan. 23 reportedly lied to police about his identity and told officers he was upset about a family member, who died two days earlier. Officers determined the person was alive and well. The man allegedly told several other lies, failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for driving under suspension and DUI and released with a court summons.

Summit County sheriff’s deputies arrested a woman on a Copley warrant for theft Jan. 23. Police took her to Barberton Municipal Court for arraignment and released her to the Wadsworth Police Department on a warrant.

A man arrested by the Fairlawn Police Department on a Copley warrant Jan. 23 was taken to Barberton Municipal Court for arraignment.

On Jan. 23, police patrolling Interstate 77 at the state Route 21 split stopped a driver for multiple traffic violations and arrested him for driving under suspension. He was additionally charged with possession of drugs after police noticed an odor of marijuana coming from his vehicle and recovered a bag of the substance from the center console. He was released with a court summons.

Police investigated the theft of earphones and money from a resident at a Heritage Woods Drive facility Jan. 24. Another resident filed a report Jan. 28 stating money was stolen from her room, possibly on the same date. On Jan. 31, a third resident reported money missing from her room.

Officers patrolling Rothrock Road Jan. 25 observed a driver attempt to elude police and executed a traffic stop. The driver refused several orders to exit the vehicle, which had been reported stolen. When he exited, he provided an Ohio operator’s license with a photo that did not match his description. Police identified him and determined he also had a credit card belonging to the license owner and a checkbook belonging to a woman. He was arrested for three counts of receiving stolen property, driving under suspension and falsification and taken to the Summit County Jail.

An abandoned, inoperable vehicle outside a Queens Court residence was tagged for removal after officers were unable to locate the owner or contact anyone at the residence. The vehicle was towed Jan. 25.

Following officers’ review of video surveillance from a South Cleveland-Massillon Road veterinary clinic Jan. 25, an employee was fired. The employee was advised that criminal charges were pending completion of an investigation into the theft of 10 narcotic tablets from the clinic.

On Jan. 27, police on I-77 stopped a driver for lane violations and arrested him for driving under suspension. He was additionally charged with having 6 grams of marijuana found in the vehicle during a tow inventory and released with a court summons.

A Magdalyn Drive woman reported Jan. 27 jewelry was stolen from her home.

Police investigated a report of a lime green substance in a creek in the area of Misty Lane Jan. 27. Following contacts with the EPA, the township service department and other agencies, it was determined that the substance was sewer dye.

A Clifford Drive man reported Jan. 27 a package that was delivered to his residence was stolen.

A shoplifter arrested for taking items from a Medina Road store Jan. 27 was additionally charged with possession of a hypodermic needle and silver spoon found during his arrest. He was released with a court summons.

At 3 a.m. on Jan. 28, police observed an ATV with no headlights on Copley Road and attempted to stop the driver, who fled. Officers later recovered the vehicle, a helmet and a jacket, which had been abandoned in a parking lot, and investigated the matter to determine whether the vehicle had been stolen.

Following a traffic stop on Rothrock Road Jan. 28, a driver was arrested for driving under suspension and possession of drug paraphernalia and released with a court summons.

Police performed a welfare check on a person at a Montrose West Avenue hotel Jan. 29 and determined the man was intoxicated and had crashed his vehicle near a pond on the hotel property and fallen into the pond. He failed a field sobriety test and his BAC tested .154. He was arrested for DUI and released with a court summons.

Several police agencies and K-9 units assisted police in a drug sweep at Copley High School Jan. 31. No contraband was located.

FAIRLAWN: The manager of a West Market Street store reported a man was lying on the floor of the restroom Feb. 3 following an apparent drug overdose. Police administered naloxone and EMS transported the Akron man to a hospital. Officers confiscated heroin and drug abuse instruments from the scene.

Police investigated a suspicious vehicle in the rear of a West Market Street parking lot at 2 a.m. Feb. 4 and found a disoriented man in the vehicle. He stated he smoked marijuana and drank Jack Daniels. Another man approached police from the bushes and admitted he drank several beers. Both were arrested for underage drinking, released with court summonses and transported to a detoxification facility.

A Lodi man stopped for a traffic violation on Lake of the Woods Boulevard Feb. 4 was arrested for driving under suspension and released to Medina County sheriff’s deputies on a felony warrant.

An Akron woman notified police she found a 4-year-old boy walking at the intersection of Shiawassee Avenue and West Market Street the morning of Feb. 6. Police received a report from the child’s grandfather on Shiawassee Avenue and determined the boy wandered away from the residence and went to look for his mother. He was returned to his grandfather.

On Feb. 7, a Fort Island Drive woman reported her debit card was stolen from her purse while she worked at an assisted living facility and someone used it to charge merchandise totaling more than $4,700 at a location in Northfield.

Police investigated a report of theft of a credit card filed Feb. 7 by a woman who said she used it to make a purchase at a West Market Street drugstore and later learned the card was missing and had been used to make two more purchases at the drugstore and one purchase at another drugstore across the street.

Officers responded to a disturbance in the parking lot of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road church Feb. 7. A man and woman had a verbal confrontation during a custody exchange. The man reported the woman intentionally moved her car while he was partially inside it, and the woman stated he forced his way into the car and she feared for her safety. The parties were referred to the prosecutor’s office for charges.

On Feb. 8, police investigated a report filed by a Park Hill Drive woman who stated her estranged husband has been harassing her by posting messages on social websites.

NORTON: On Feb. 1, employees of a Wadsworth Road gas station reported a man concealed a bottle of vodka and attempted to leave the store. When an employee confronted him, he refused to stop. Police went to the man’s house and advised his mother to have him go to the police station for a charge of theft.

The owner of a house on Monterey Drive reported Feb. 1 a lock box containing a key to the residence was stolen. Several days later, the victim learned someone attempted to collect rent for the property by advertising it on Craigslist.

Police patrolling Wooster Road Feb. 1 stopped the driver of a vehicle with a loud exhaust system and arrested him for driving under suspension. He was additionally charged with possession of drugs and released with a court summons after a tow inventory of the vehicle revealed a narcotic tablet.

The owner of a residence on Pleasant Drive reported Feb. 1 a tenant who was evicted from the property stole items and caused damage totaling several thousand dollars.

The driver of a vehicle with no front license plate was stopped on South Cleveland Massillon Road Feb. 2. Police questioned the driver about an odor of marijuana in the vehicle and he reportedly admitted he smoked it earlier and surrendered a marijuana pipe containing 1/2 gram of marijuana. He was arrested for possession of drugs and paraphernalia and released with a court summons.

On Feb, 2, police patrolling Greenwich Road stopped the driver of a vehicle with a fictitious license plate and arrested him for driving under multiple suspensions. He was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments after a tow inventory of the vehicle revealed hypodermic needles and a digital scale. Additional charges were pending identification of a pill found in the vehicle.

A Helmick Street woman reported Feb. 3 a neighbor’s dog ran into her yard, attacked her dog and bit her knee when she intervened. She declined charges and police advised the dog owner that Summit County Public Health would follow up and an animal bite report would be submitted.

Officers patrolling Wadsworth Road Feb. 5 observed an erratic driver and stopped him. As an officer approached the vehicle, the driver sped away, reaching 80 mph on Collier Road and speeding on Copley, Jacoby and Wright roads and traveled more than 70 mph on Summit Road, with the vehicle headlights off, according to the police report. In the interest of public safety, the pursuit was called off and police issued a bulletin with the vehicle description to surrounding agencies. Copley officers located the vehicle at a Sue Lane residence and a woman at the address answered the door and refused to let police into the house. The homeowner allowed officers to enter and said he wanted the suspects out of the house. The woman attempted to block police from entering and became combative with officers, who handcuffed her and placed her in a patrol car. She was charged with obstruction of official business and released with a court summons. One man who had been driving the wanted vehicle told police he and a passenger were at a Wadsworth Road gas station and the passenger attempted to sell counterfeit methamphetamine. That man was charged with possession of a counterfeit controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and released to the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department on a warrant. The driver was arrested for failure to comply with a police officer, traffic violations, driving under suspension and reckless operation of a vehicle, and taken to the Summit County Jail.

Officers arrested a Jane Avenue juvenile for theft Feb. 7 after she reportedly admitted she stole her boyfriend’s cellphone. She stated she wanted to look at the information stored in his phone because she didn’t trust him. She was released with a court summons to Summit County Juvenile Court.

At 2 a.m. Feb. 7, police observed a suspicious man loitering outside a Wooster Road nightclub. Officers identified the man and determined he had an extensive history of drug use. A consent search revealed a tourniquet and a small tube containing a substance he admitted was methamphetamine. He was charged with felony possession of drugs and drug abuse instruments and criminal trespassing and taken to the Summit County Jail.

Police reviewed video surveillance from a car wash on Krancz Drive Feb. 7 to identify the person who drove an SUV to a payment machine, damaged it and stole more than $750.

RICHFIELD: Police responded to a disturbance at a Southern Road residence Jan. 30. A father and his stepson had had an altercation and both sustained minor injuries. The stepson was transported to a hospital for an evaluation as requested by his parents. No charges were authorized at the time.

Workers at a utility pumping station reported Jan. 31 someone cut the battery cables to a generator at the station. According to a previous report, a turbocharger was stolen from the same station earlier this year.

Officers went to a Brecksville Road bar Feb. 1 after an intoxicated man reportedly returned to the bar after being told he was not welcome. Police drove him home and went back to the bar later to secure his vehicle. When they arrived, they found a minivan registered to the man’s father parked beside his vehicle and the man standing there. He admitted he drove the minivan to the location. He failed a field sobriety test and his BAC tested .177. He was arrested for DUI and released on $404 bond.

A Richlawn Drive woman reported Feb. 2 her brother was on house arrest and staying at her home and he left the residence. She also stated he stole her medication while he was staying there. She and her husband wanted him out of the residence, and police contacted his corrections officer and took him to a motel for the night. The couple paid for the room. The following day, the brother called police and stated he wanted to surrender on a warrant for manslaughter. Police took custody of him at the motel.

Police responded to a Thistle Court residence Feb. 3 after a woman reported she and her husband argued and he shoved her. The man stated she hit him on the head and he pushed her away. The parties had no signs of injuries and declined charges.

Police investigated a Feb. 3 report by a St. Nicholas Drive woman who said a man called her, claimed to be her grandson and stated he had been in an accident and was arrested for DUI. Another man took the phone and stated he was a lawyer and he could get her grandson released for $4,000. He instructed her to go to Target, purchase two $2,000 credit cards and call him back with the numbers, which she did. Later, she called him to ask whether her grandson had been released and he said he needed another $4,000. She refused and learned her grandson was not in an accident. She contacted her bank and reported the matter to Target’s fraud unit.

On Feb. 5, police responded to a disturbance at a Brecksville Road facility where two residents reportedly had a physical altercation. Police spoke to both parties and staff members and determined no physical altercation took place.

 

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

Editor’s note: The police reports provided here are a sampling of those filed with each Summit County community’s police departments and the Medina County Sheriff’s Office. For more information on a report or to provide information on an alleged criminal act noted in this week’s reports, call the local police agency.

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