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Copley has cluster of identity theft reports

1/24/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

Eight cases of identity theft have been reported from one Copley Township neighborhood.

Copley Police Chief Michael Mier told the Board of Trustees at the Jan. 16 meeting that it appeared residents of the Hillside neighborhood have been targeted by identity thieves. Mier said victims of the eight reported cases live on two streets in the neighborhood.

The victims learned of the crime when they were contacted by bill collectors, Mier said. Other residents of the neighborhood were encouraged to check their credit reports for unauthorized activity, he added.

Mier said a similar cluster of identity thefts was reported in Berea. Both the Copley and Berea neighborhoods were developed by the same builder, Mier said. However, there is no indication the builder is involved, he added. The U.S. Secret Service is assisting in the investigation, Mier said.

In other business, trustees continued a public hearing on a new section of the zoning resolution to Feb. 6. The new section outlines regulations for landscaping, buffering and screening. Its purpose is to encourage attractive streets, soften the transition between zoning districts of different use, obscure view of outdoor storage and rubbish areas, reduce impact of large parking areas and address privacy and soil erosion issues.

Resident Ron Hine, who objected to the text amendment because he said it was “over-regulation,” was the only citizen who spoke at the public hearing.

Trustees deferred action so they could consider how the text amendment would affect function of the newly appointed Architectural Review Board (ARB).

Trustees later adopted the policy and application process for the ARB, whose first meeting is Feb. 4.

Trustees also approved sending a letter of intent to participate in the Summit County Engineer’s Office’s 2013 road program. The program combines projects from participating Summit County communities to obtain lower costs.

Service Director Mark Mitchell also received approval to have the Engineer’s Office prepare plans, specifications and estimates for the township asphalt repaving program, seal coat program, concrete paving program and pavement marking.

In addition to projects to be bid through the county road program, Mitchell received permission to have the Engineer’s Office prepare plans, specifications and estimates for repaving roads in the Arrow Lake Estates Allotment, including Belle Meade Road, Kindig Spur and Arrowhead Trail.

In other business, the board:

• gave permission to donate three portable radios to Sharon Township for use in mutual-aid situations;

• granted a six-month leave of absence to part-time Fire Capt. Karen Becker, effective Jan. 1 through June 30;

• approved sending contractual firefighter/paramedic Jeff Dudley to a pediatric life-support training class at a cost of $250;

• approved $7,480 for a dispatch computer maintenance contract with Sundance Systems;

• approved an additional $505 for township participation in the Metro SWAT program for a total of $5,505; and

• accepted the resignation of Zoning Commission appointee James Phelps, whose term expires Feb. 6; and

• appointed Tim Couch to the Zoning Commission for a five-year term ending Dec. 31, 2017.

The next regular Copley Board of Trustees meeting will take place Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Copley Township offices, 1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

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