Feb. 22, police charged an Akron man with aggravated
robbery after he and another man allegedly entered a
Case Avenue apartment and robbed an inhabitant at gunpoint.
The victim followed the suspects to a location on Laird
Street and called police, who found the two with stolen
items and arrested them.
A grand jury indicted an Akron police officer for tampering with evidence, disrupting a public service, domestic violence, aggravated menacing and obstructing official business in connection with a Jan. 6 incident at the suspect’s home on North Hawkins Avenue.
Police arrested a Dayton Street man for burglary of an apartment in his building Feb. 25. Officers found the suspect, who admitted entering the residence, outside his apartment.
On Feb. 26 at 1 a.m., police responded to calls that shots were fired outside a Greenwood Avenue residence and found two males standing in the street. One suspect was arrested. Following a brief foot chase, officers apprehended the other in the back yard of a residence on Crestview Avenue and found a loaded handgun laying in the street. The males, ages 14 and 15, were arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, discharging a firearm in the city, tampering with evidence, obstructing official business and curfew violations.
A clerk at a downtown gas station reported Feb. 26 that two males entered and asked the price of an item, then pistol-whipped the employee, causing injuries to his back and head, and fled with an undetermined amount of money. Police located the suspects’ vehicle on South Main Street and arrested the two, ages 15 and 17, for aggravated robbery and participating in a criminal gang.
BATH: Police searched an area around a Ghent Road residence for suspects who reportedly placed four threatening phone calls to a family member inside Feb. 9. The caller said he had a gun pointed at the victim and he would kill him. Police did not locate the suspect but ordered extra patrol in the area.
On Feb. 18, officers were called to a North Cleveland-Massillon Road restaurant, where a patron’s vehicle was stuck in a snow bank. Police arrested the driver after he failed a field sobriety test and wrote an accident report after they determined his car had struck another vehicle in the parking lot.
A homeowner who is in the process of remodeling an unoccupied house on Autumn Lane reported suspects stole a new sink, kitchen cabinets and a large quantity of construction material.
A driver stopped for a vehicle equipment violation at the intersection of Medina Road and Springside Drive Feb. 19 was arrested when police determined she was under numerous license suspensions. The vehicle’s owner, who was a passenger, was charged with unlawful entrustment for allowing the woman to drive the vehicle, knowing her license had been suspended.
Copley police alerted officers that an erratic driver was entering Bath from state Route 18 Feb. 21. Officers observed the driver swerving off the road as he attempted to enter Interstate 77, and they stopped him. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released to Cuyahoga County deputies on an outstanding warrant.
On Feb. 21, a manager of a Medina Road salon reported a suspect wrote two checks on a closed account early this month. The checks were returned, unpaid, to the business. Police contacted the suspect, who agreed to make restitution.
A man reported suspects smashed a window of his vehicle while it was parked in the lot of a Montrose grocery store Feb. 22 between 7 and 7:30 p.m.
COPLEY: An Akron man reported Feb. 18 that he was invited to a house by a Sunnyacres Road man, who assaulted him when he arrived and robbed him of $150. The assault also involved the suspect’s male accomplice. The victim’s wife, who accompanied him to the residence, attempted to drive away to escape and struck the suspect’s vehicle. Police are investigating. Due to conflicting stories regarding the incident, no charges were filed, and police made no accident report.
Police were called to a Wyndham Way residence Feb. 18 and arrested a 15-year-old male for reportedly assaulting his guardian, causing facial injuries.
Police investigated a report that people were screaming in a Rothrock Road motel room Feb. 18 and arrested a male guest on a warrant from Cuyahoga County.
FAIRLAWN: A shopper at a Fairlawn discount store reported Feb. 16 that her cell phone was stolen from her coat pocket while the coat was in a shopping cart.
Suspects smashed the window of a vehicle parked outside a West Market Street golf supply store Feb. 16.
An employee of a West Market Street record store reported he arrived at work the morning of Feb. 18 and found the glass in the front door had been broken. Employees provided a list of items that were missing.
On Feb. 20, police investigated a report of menacing that was filed by a man who said the mother of his child called him and threatened to stab him and his female acquaintance.
Police stopped to assist a motorist who was standing in front of a van that was stranded on Interstate 77 Feb. 24. As officers approached, they observed the man throw a plastic bag into the snow. State troopers assisted police in finding the bag, which contained 126 grams of powdered cocaine. The suspect and a passenger in the vehicle were arrested for trafficking in cocaine, and the suspect was additionally charged with tampering with evidence.
NORTON: Officers were called to Norton High School Feb. 21 when two female students were fighting. Police interviewed the suspects and learned one reportedly has been harassing the other, who confronted her. Both girls were arrested for disorderly conduct.
An employee of the Norton Branch Library on Cleveland-Massillon Road reported Feb. 21 that two males went to the copy machine and one dropped his pants, sat on the machine and made an image of his bare buttocks. The two left before police arrived. A Cleveland-Massillon Road pharmacist reported four suspects have purchased large amounts of pseudoephedrine, an over-the-counter decongestant that also is used in the manufacture of methamphetamines. He said their purchases were within legal limits but large enough to raise suspicion.
Police stopped a driver for a traffic violation on Johnson Road Feb. 24 and arrested him for DUI. He was additionally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia when a tow inventory revealed a marijuana pipe and bowl in the vehicle.
The manager of a Cleveland-Massillon Road pizza restaurant reported Feb. 24 that a former employee deliberately ran over a mailbox and sign outside the business.
An Easton Road woman reported Feb. 25 that suspects entered the garage of her house and stole a mountain bike that was hanging on the wall.
RICHFIELD: Police officers responded to a traffic accident on Interstate 77 Feb. 10 and found a Honda that had been significantly damaged in the median strip with the driver trapped inside. The driver of the other vehicle, a Chrysler station wagon, was attempting to help the driver of the Honda. Police called EMS and assisted at the scene until workers arrived and extricated the driver. The driver of the Chrysler failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for DUI.
Police investigated a report of grand theft Feb. 12 when a man reported suspects reported his department store credit card stolen and had the address changed and a new card issued. The victim does not use the card and didn’t realize the change had been made until he received a call from a collection company attempting to recover $12,000, which the suspects had charged on the card.
On Feb. 13, a Richfield man reported two suspects gave him checks that were returned for insufficient funds. Police contacted one suspect, who agreed to make restitution, and were tracking the other suspect.
Detectives investigated a Feb. 14 report filed by a Wadsworth man who said suspects used his debit card numbers to make purchases totaling more than $260 in Pennsylvania and via the Internet. He believes the numbers were stolen when he used the card to pay for fuel at a Brecksville Road gas station.
Police patrolling Brecksville Road Feb. 14 observed three adult males riding snowmobiles on the road and attempted to stop them. The drivers sped away, past another officer at the scene of a disabled tractor-trailer and continued to elude police, who pursued them along Briarwood Drive and Whitethorn Circle. One driver struck a police car in an attempt to get away and was thrown from the vehicle. He got back on and darted away while officers managed to stop and arrest the other two drivers, who were from Cuyahoga County. The third, a Richfield man, turned himself in at the station later.
A Richfield man reported his ex-wife used his identity to open an account with a cable company and has had cable services provided to her residence and billed to him since June. Officers contacted a representative of the cable company, and the outstanding bill was transferred to the proper party, who paid it in full.
— 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.