AKRON: Suspects entered a Delia Avenue residence through a window Oct. 2 and stole a TV, DVD player and DVDs, video games, vacuum cleaner and jewelry.
Detectives, along with officers from the U.S. Marshal’s Office, arrested an Internet child predator who reportedly posed as a 14-year-old boy during conversations via the Internet with a 12-year-old girl to lure her into a meeting. Once the two met, the suspect had sex with the victim on two occasions. He was charged with rape of a child under 13 years of age.
Police responded to an alarm drop at a Portage Path location Oct. 4 and found a man inside. He was arrested for breaking and entering and additionally charged with arson when police determined he had set two fires inside the building.
Officers arrested a man Oct. 4 after they determined he had broken into a Portage Path church.
Suspects armed with handguns forced their way into a Kenmore residence Oct. 5 and stole cash, electronic games, a BB gun, a sword and knives.
The Gun Violence Reduction Team, comprised of officers from the Akron police patrol and SNUD (Street Narcotic Uniform Detail); the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the U.S. Marshal’s Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force; and the Adult Parole Authority, conducted a sweep in the Hawkins Avenue and Crosby Street area. Officers arrested 22 people on 44 charges and confiscated weapons, drugs and cash.
BATH: Police were called to a Spring Valley Road residence Sept. 30 to interview a woman who allegedly was the victim of domestic violence. The woman said she had fled there from her neighboring residence after an argument with her boyfriend escalated into a physical altercation. She declined to make a written report and wanted no medical treatment beyond an evaluation by EMS. Due to conflicting statements, no charges were filed.
A postal employee reported suspects damaged a coin machine in the lobby of the post office branch on Cleveland-Massillon Road during the evening Oct. 1.
Officers investigated tire tracks made by a vehicle whose driver turfed the yard of a Springside Drive business the evening of Oct. 2.
A woman reported she returned from shopping at a Montrose grocery store Oct. 4 to find her wallet, containing cash, credit cards and identification, was missing.
Revere High School officials called police to the school Oct. 6 saying an illegal operation involving drugs was occurring in the restroom. Several juveniles were arrested in connection with the incident.
On Oct. 6, Bath EMS workers called police to a Montrose hotel, where a woman who was complaining of severe back pain reported an unknown male had assaulted her. Police were unable to get any more information from her and she was transported to Akron City Hospital for treatment.
COPLEY: A customer at a Cleveland-Massillon Road store detained a shoplifter Oct. 1 until police arrived and charged her with theft of several items.
According to an Oct. 1 report, suspects forced open the garage door of a Magdalyn Drive residence. On another occasion, suspects entered the residence through a window and vandalized the inside by spray-painting obscene words and expletives on the walls, carpeting and ceiling.
On the night of Oct. 2, suspects broke into an outbuilding on Earhart Avenue and stole a retractable leash and a can of dog food.
A manager of a medical facility on Chestnut Chase reported a shortage of a cough syrup containing codeine. She reported the matter to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy and the facility is conducting an internal investigation.
Police are reviewing surveillance videotape outside Copley High School to identify suspects who scratched five cars in the student parking lot Oct. 3.
The manager of a Cleveland-Massillon Road hardware store reported Oct. 3 a woman returned an item for which she did not have a receipt and received cash. When she left, he determined she had taken the item from the shelf. The suspect, a white female in her 50s, attempted to do the same thing at a nearby store, but the transaction was refused and she fled.
Officers investigated a suspicious person in the parking lot of a Rothrock Road motel Oct. 3 and determined he provided false identity when his date of birth was inconsistent with his age. Police determined his identity and arrested him for falsification and possession of four bags of marijuana, which were found during a personal search.
Police are seeking a man who has been passing fraudulent American Express traveler’s checks at Montrose area restaurants. The suspect struck at a restaurant on Montrose West Avenue Oct. 3, presenting a fraudulent $100 check and receiving change. Managers of two Cleveland-Massillon Road restaurants reported he had pulled the same scam on them, and the manager of a Springside Drive restaurant reported the suspect also attempted the forgery there, but the check was declined when he produced what appeared to be a homemade Georgia identification card. Police determined the suspect made another attempt at a Montrose West restaurant three weeks earlier, but that transaction also was denied due to the fake Georgia ID. The suspect typically enters a restaurant, has a drink at the bar and uses a fraudulent $100 check to pay his tab. Anyone with information is asked to call Copley police at (330) 666-4218.
FAIRLAWN: Officers shot and killed a deer that was injured in a traffic accident on Burnsdorph Road the evening of Sept. 30.
An Akron woman reported Oct. 2 two women distracted her while she shopped at a discount drug store. One of them engaged her in conversation, and when they left, she realized a credit card was missing from her purse. When she called to cancel it, she was told it had been used at two Fairlawn stores.
On Oct. 3, police charged an Akron man with theft for concealing merchandise, worth $590, in a shopping bag and exiting a department store without paying for it.
Officers called to the scene of a vehicle accident on West Market Street Oct. 3 arrested a passenger for providing false identification.
A Bunker Drive man reported a ring, worth more than $3,000, was stolen between Oct. 4 and 5.
A security agent at a discount drugstore reported a woman placed several items in her purse Oct. 6 and attempted to leave without paying. Police arrested her for theft and released her with a summons.
Police are investigating a report filed Oct. 6 by the manager of a West Market Street business who stated a former employee used her debit card numbers to make an unauthorized payment of $230 to his cell phone provider.
A department store security agent gave police a bag of marijuana he found in a parking lot Oct. 7.
NORTON: On Oct. 1, police arrested a Jane Avenue man for telephone harassment, making false alarms to a law enforcement agency and disorderly conduct, after he admitted he made repeated calls to police regarding a wild party on Jane Avenue. Officers investigated his first call and found no loud party. He continued making calls and used obscene language with dispatchers. After he logged 10 calls within a short period of time and refused orders to stop calling, police went to his home and found him to be intoxicated. He admitted making about six of the calls and was taken into custody.
An employee of PPG Industries reported suspects cut several chains and locks the night of Oct. 3 to enter a storage building where heavy equipment is stored. Numerous items, including keys to some of the vehicles, were stolen. Police are investigating.
Suspects smashed all the windows and crushed the roof of a Ford F-150 pickup truck parked outside a building on Wadsworth Road the night of Oct. 3.
Police investigated an Oct. 4 report, filed by a Norton Avenue woman, who said a female who was arrested for assaulting her in September and is awaiting trial has been leaving threatening messages on her voicemail. Officers advised her to record the threats and speak to the prosecutor handling the case.
Officers patrolling a Greenwich Road shopping center at 11:45 p.m. Oct. 4 observed the driver of a pickup truck load several pallets into the bed of the truck from behind a grocery store. After the suspect drove away, police stopped him, determined the pallets had been stolen and arrested him for theft and driving under suspension. The pallets were returned to the store.
An Akron man, arrested for driving under suspension Oct. 5, was also charged with carrying a concealed weapon after officers found a steak knife in his coat pocket.
Detectives are investigating the theft of a bag of cafeteria money from a primary school. The bag, which contained $255, was last seen in an office Sept. 18.
RICHFIELD: During August and September, police investigated ongoing reports of menacing filed by a Southern Road man who said a friend’s husband has threatened and attacked him on several occasions because he believes the victim had an affair with his wife. The suspect was charged with disorderly conduct after reportedly attacking him at a bar in Macedonia and was told to stay away from the victim. On Sept. 14, the victim reported he was working at a site on Grant Street and the suspect began harassing him. Police warned the man to stay away from the victim, but the suspect returned to the scene and again menaced the victim, who said he fears the suspect would not stop until he kills him. The suspect reportedly drove his vehicle straight toward the victim, then drove away. Police stopped the suspect, arrested him for menacing by stalking and advised the victim to obtain a protection order.
Following a two-car crash on Interstate 77 Sept. 20, police determined both drivers had been injured and arranged for transport to hospitals. One driver provided false identification. A tow inventory of his vehicle revealed a white powder (which tested positive for cocaine) and marijuana. He was carrying more than $7,000 in cash. Following his release from the hospital, he was charged with felony possession of drugs and falsification.
Officers are seeking suspects who broke into a house under construction on Broadview Road the night of Sept. 21 and stole a microwave oven, stereo speakers, a fax machine and other items.
On Sept. 22, police observed a 2-year-old child alone in a vehicle outside a Brecksville Road bar. Officers located his mother, who appeared to be highly intoxicated, leaning against the bar. Police escorted the woman outside the bar and arrested her for child endangering and cruelty to the child and held her on $250 bond, which was paid by her husband.
— Compiled by Maggie DeMellier