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11/1/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 1500 block of Delia Avenue Oct. 15; the 1000 block of Lawton Street Oct. 25; the 400 block of Greenwood Avenue Oct. 26; and the 1700 block of Tanglewood Drive Oct. 26.

Officers from the Akron Police Department Traffic Reconstruction Unit are investigating a serious accident that occurred Oct. 26 shortly after 7 p.m. in the 1300 block of Diagonal Road. The accident occurred when a 1993 Chevy Blazer attempted to pass a 2005 Cadillac Escalade left of center. The Blazer then struck a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee head-on. The driver and passenger of the Blazer were transported to a local hospital, where they were listed in serious condition. The driver and passenger of the Jeep Cherokee were transported to a local hospital with minor injures. The driver of the Cadillac Escalade was treated on scene. Responding officers recovered two loaded guns and several shell casings inside of the Chevy Blazer. The accident remains under investigation.

On Oct. 29, around 3:30 p.m., a bank in the 1600 block of Merriman Road was robbed at gunpoint. Employees reported the suspect entered the bank, demanded money from the teller and fired a shot into the wall behind the teller counter. The teller gave the suspect an unknown amount of money, and the suspect fled in an unknown direction. The suspect was described as a black male, 5-feet, 8-inches to 5-feet, 10-inches tall, of medium build, with a deep voice and who was wearing a black ski mask, black boots, a bright yellow rain suit and a yellow reflective vest with “Visitor” printed on the back. He was armed with a black semi-automatic pistol and carrying a drawstring bag. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department’s Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490, the Akron Bureau of the FBI at 330-535-6156 or the Cleveland Bureau of the FBI at 216-522-1400.

BATH: A woman reported she came to Akron for her son’s soccer game and stayed at a Montrose hotel, along with several other parents, who also stayed at the hotel. After she got home, she discovered Oct. 16 that an unknown person used information from the credit card she used at the hotel to attempt numerous unauthorized purchases in the area of the hotel.

Police on North Cleveland-Massillon Road stopped a vehicle with two occupants suspected of shoplifting from a Copley home improvement store Oct. 17. A consent search of the vehicle revealed no stolen merchandise, but officers found a narcotic tablet, which both parties said they knew nothing about. The male and female eventually admitted they attempted to shoplift from the Copley store and that they are heroin addicts.

Employees of a Ghent Road restaurant reported a patron was highly intoxicated and creating a disturbance Oct. 17. He left before the arrival of officers, who spotted his vehicle on North Cleveland-Massillon Road and stopped him for erratic driving. He failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for DUI, released with a court summons and sent home in a cab.

Police went to a North Cleveland-Massillon Road business Oct. 18 and arrested a man on felony warrants for domestic violence, issued from the Elyria Police Department and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. He also was wanted on a warrant for drug abuse by The University of Akron Police Department. He was taken to the Summit County Jail.

Around 3 a.m. Oct. 18, police responded to a hold-up alarm at a Montrose gas station. Copley officers also responded. Police determined an employee activated the alarm when an intoxicated male became irate because he could not buy alcohol and became aggressive. Police located him walking on Medina Road, returned him to the gas station to be identified, charged him with disorderly conduct and drove him to his Copley home.

The night of Oct. 19, police responded to reports of an erratic driver on Interstate 77, observed the driver and stopped him for lane violations. He appeared intoxicated, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. A tow inventory of his vehicle revealed marijuana and cash, and he was charged with trafficking in and possession of marijuana and taken to the Summit County Jail. His BAC tested .099.

A woman reported the rear window of her vehicle was damaged while it was parked in a Ghent Road lot Oct. 19.

Police observed an erratic driver enter I-77 the night of Oct. 20 and stopped him. He exhibited signs of intoxication, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released with a court summons. His BAC tested .196.

Someone cut down a wooden post and stole a metal sign from a Medina Road location Oct. 20.

An Oxbow Road resident reported a yard and shed were toilet-papered the night of Oct. 20.

On Oct. 21, officers on Medina Road stopped a driver of a vehicle with expired plates and arrested him on a Copley Police Department warrant. A search revealed a container of Xanax, for which he admitted he had no prescription. A search of the vehicle revealed a drug pipe, containing marijuana residue, and he was charged with possession of drugs and paraphernalia and released with a court summons.

An employee of a Medina Road grocery store was charged with theft for reportedly pushing a cart filled with merchandise out of the closed store and loading the items into his car Oct. 22. He admitted taking the items and was released with a court summons.

An Autumn Leaves Drive man reported Oct. 22 that three unauthorized charges were made in Los Angeles using his bank debit card.

COPLEY: An employee of a Montrose West Avenue restaurant reported Oct. 17 that her father was at her place of business, and there was a protection order in place prohibiting him from contacting her. Police verified the Portage County order, observed the man in the restaurant and arrested the Michigan man for violation of a protection order. He was taken to the Summit County Jail.

On Oct. 18, a woman reported she is staying at a Rothrock Road boarding house, and another tenant stole items from her room. She and other tenants said the male often harasses them and that the landlord has been notified. Police attempted to contact the suspect and left a message for him to call them.

The owner of a Copley Road business reported Oct. 18 that an unknown caller said he had information about a female employee and threatened to “go to the authorities” unless the business owner paid him for the information. When he was asked for more information, he hung up.

The manager of a Flight Memorial Drive restaurant reported Oct. 19 that two women and three children ate at the restaurant and fled without paying the $39 tab. They ran across the parking lot toward Rothrock Road. Employees of the restaurant said the two women have eaten there on other occasions that week, and they are staying at one of the motels on Rothrock Road.

Police responded to a domestic dispute at a Colon Drive residence Oct. 21, when a woman reported her brother assaulted her. Her boyfriend said he witnessed the attack. The victim was transported to Akron General Medical Center by Copley EMS, and police located the male at a Lakeland Avenue location, arrested him for domestic violence and took him to the Summit County Jail.

A Copley man reported Oct. 21 he loaned his laptop computer and debit card to his daughter, and when he contacted his ex-wife to retrieve the items, she said she was leaving the following morning at 6 a.m. and she would leave the items outside. He said he needed the debit card to fuel his car and get to work. Police went to the residence, and the woman gave the items to officers, stating her ex-husband was swearing at her, so she hung up on him. Officers delivered the items to the man and advised him not to loan things to his daughter without making arrangements for their return.

A Cottswold Drive woman reported Oct. 22 that a registered sex offender sent her daughter a message via a social website. Officers contacted the Stow man, who said the message must have been sent accidentally by one of his children. He was advised the incident would be documented and told not to contact the female again.

FAIRLAWN: Security agents at a mall department store reported Oct. 19 that a woman concealed two clothing items in her purse and attempted to leave without paying for them. She admitted to police she took the items, along with a necklace, and the Canal Fulton woman was charged with theft and released with a court summons.

The manager of a child care center on Smith Road reported Oct. 19 that the steel skeleton of an umbrella, weighing between 300 and 500 pounds, was stolen from an outside storage area. The umbrella canopy was not taken. Employees speculate the item was taken for its value as scrap metal.

On Oct. 20, security agents at a mall department store observed a store employee conceal merchandise in a shopping bag and attempt to leave the store. She admitted taking the items, and police charged her with theft and released her with a court summons. The merchandise was returned to the store, and the suspect was instructed to call the Human Resources Department on Monday.

A Grayling Drive man reported an unknown person used a brick to smash a window of his vehicle between 3 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Oct. 21 and steal money and cigarettes. The car was parked in a lot surrounded by a 6-foot-high fence.

An Akron man who reportedly loaded merchandise into a shopping cart at a Montrose discount store and pushed it out the door without paying Oct. 22 was confronted outside the store. He admitted stealing the items, worth $230, and he was charged with theft and released with a court summons.

An Akron woman surrendered to police on warrants for forgery and receiving stolen property Oct. 22. She was charged and taken to the Summit County Jail.

Police responded to a disturbance at a Park Hill Drive residence Oct. 25, when a woman reported she had a verbal altercation with her husband, who had been drinking. He admitted the two of them argued, and he agreed there had been no physical contact but refused to cooperate with police and would not answer any other questions. He agreed to leave the residence for the night.

NORTON: Police conducted Operation Safe Home at a Greenwich Road pharmacy Oct. 20, when they collected 82 pounds of medication, 26 pounds of ammunition and one pellet gun. The items will be destroyed in the proper manner.

A man reported his car was parked at a Hazlewood Street location Oct. 21, and someone threw a large rock through a window of the vehicle, causing $1,500 in damage.

Police arrested an Akron man for theft Oct. 21 after the suspect concealed three bottles of wine in a backpack and left the backpack outside the store. The manager took the bag back into the store, and the suspect came back and asked for his backpack, at which time police arrested him and returned the bottles of wine to the store.

On Oct. 21, police were seeking unknown people on charges of criminal damaging and cruelty to animals following a report by a Dal Drive man who said the window of his residence was shot with a pellet gun Oct. 21, and his cat was injured. A veterinarian found several pellets in the animal.

A Norton Avenue woman called police to her residence Oct. 22, when she said her ex-boyfriend, who was moving out, assaulted her. When she ran outside, he allegedly grabbed her car keys and threw them into some weeds, injuring her hand. He was arrested for domestic violence and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A man reported Oct. 22 he took his car to a Barber Road car dealer to have it appraised, and he left his wallet inside a cup holder. An employee took the vehicle next door, and when the vehicle was returned, his wallet was missing.

On Oct. 23, a woman was sitting in front of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road library, with her belongings in several bags. She said she had no place to go and agreed to go to a shelter. Police arranged for a place, but she reportedly changed her mind and became belligerent and combative. She was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A clerk at a Wadsworth Road gas station reported Oct. 23 that a Barberton man used a counterfeit $20 bill to purchase gas for $10 and receive $10 change.

A Parkview Drive woman reported Oct. 23 she contacted an ad on Craigslist to purchase a sofa, and gave $650 to a man named Joe, who showed up at her residence to collect the money and said he would return with the sofa. He never came back, and his cell phone has been disconnected.

Police responded to a report of aggravated robbery at a South Cleveland-Massillon Road residence Oct. 23, when a man reported two males entered his home through a back door and stole cell phones from two juveniles. He said the males assaulted all three residents, pointed a gun and demanded money, but they fled when his girlfriend came downstairs with their dog.

The night of Oct. 23, officers responded to reports that an erratic driver was heading into Norton from Medina. Police spotted her on Interstate 76 and observed her driving in the center of two lanes, straddling lane lines. When she was stopped, she denied drinking before driving but said she used synthetic marijuana. The Parma woman failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for DUI, given a drug-screening test and released on bond.

Police responded to a report of road rage and found the two drivers’ vehicles in Norton Plaza Oct. 24. Both drivers were out of their vehicles, and one man reported the other was following him in his vehicle, blowing the horn and flashing headlights, in an attempt to get him to stop. The suspect then used his vehicle to block the victim in a parking space and asked him if he was “the cop he has a problem with.” The victim was uncertain what he meant. The suspect told police four different stories about why he was harassing the victim, then he said it was a road rage incident and he made a mistake. The Barberton man was arrested for unlawful restraint and menacing.

PENINSULA: On Sept. 2, two Peninsula police officers received a radio assignment in reference to a reckless operator on Riverview Road. A caller to the police station stated an orange Jeep was weaving all over the roadway. The officers located the vehicle and observed it crossing over the white fog line six times. A traffic stop was made at Riverview Road and Main Street. The driver was identified and arrested for marked lanes, OVI, drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. Additional charges of BAC for alcohol and drugs were pending the results of a blood test.

Two Peninsula officers and National Park Service rangers were dispatched to Lock 29 Sept. 3 to meet with the parents of a missing 12-year-old boy. One officer stayed at Lock 29 while the other officer went down to the area of Hunt Farm. The juvenile was found by his father when the boy returned to Lock 29. No further police action was taken.

On Sept. 5, an officer received a radio assignment to an Oak Hill Road address in reference to an incomplete 9-1-1 call. Upon arrival, the officer located two juvenile females, who admitted to making the call. The juveniles were advised about 9-1-1.

An officer was dispatched to Akron-Cleveland Road Sept. 8 for a complaint of goats on the roadway. The officer asked dispatch to contact the goats’ owner. When dispatch called the owner, the owner’s family reportedly hung up the phone. The officer located the goats along the edge of the roadway and secured them in the back of the fenced-in area. No further police action was taken.

On Sept. 10, two officers were dispatched to Keenan Road in reference to a female who was threatening to hurt herself. After speaking with the woman, an officer determined the female needed emergency psychiatric evaluation. Valley Fire District EMS was summoned, and the woman agreed to go with them for evaluation.

Two officers were dispatched for a report of a family lost on Truxell Road Sept. 10. The officers arrived and transported the family members back to their car at the Octagon lot.

On Sept. 10, two officers were sent to a Main Street residence in reference to a male who was sitting in his ex-girlfriend’s driveway. The officers spoke with the male, who said he was depressed about the break-up, and he would leave. An officer asked the male if he felt like he would harm himself, and the male said he would not and that he just wanted to leave.

An officer was dispatched to Keenan Road Sept. 11 for a disturbance call. Two teenage sisters were involved in an argument that allegedly became physical. Charges were declined, and no police action was taken.

On Sept. 16, an officer noticed a baggie filled with an unknown substance laying on the roadway while making a traffic stop on Riverview Road. After picking up the baggie, the officer discovered it contained marijuana. The baggie was entered into the department’s property.

Two officers responded to a Richfield Police Department call for assistance Sept. 17 in reference to an attempted breaking-and-entering incident on Boston Mills Road. Two suspects had been in the middle of the alleged act when the homeowner arrived. One suspect fled westbound in a small white pickup truck. The other suspect (described as a 20- to 30-year-old white male in blue jeans, a baseball cap and a blue-gray T-shirt) fled eastbound through the wooded area by foot. Tracking dogs were requested and sent by two other departments, but they were unable to track the suspect. The perimeter of the area was patrolled, and nearby buildings were checked to no avail.

A man came to the Peninsula police station Sept. 17 and advised of a white car in a Main Street parking lot that was unattended with the engine running. Inside the vehicle was a baby sleeping in a car seat. Upon arrival, an officer located the vehicle and observed the sleeping child. A man and a woman walked up to the officer and stated that they were on the deck eating where they could watch the car. They were advised that they could not leave a child unattended in a vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to a school in Peninsula Sept. 19 to take an assault report. On the previous day, a student had allegedly spit in his teacher’s face. Charges were pending.

On Sept. 24, two officers were requested to assist Boston Heights Police Department officers with a disturbance on Akron-Cleveland Road. Upon arrival, the officers stood by with the Boston Heights officers as a female removed her property from a hotel room. No further police action was taken.

A woman came to the Peninsula police station Sept. 26 and reported that while she was shopping at a store on Hudson Drive, she discovered that another person’s name was on her account with her home address. She had the store rectify the records. The woman said she also has received mail at her address with this person’s name on it. In addition, she said her name was used on a false address on an account she had with a phone company. The woman provided written copies of these incidents.

RICHFIELD: Police responded to a report of a missing juvenile at a Scottswood Circle address Oct. 14, when the juvenile’s mother said the two of them drove in separate vehicles to visit a relative in Shaker Heights, and on the way home, her son said he was going to refuel his vehicle and did not come home. At 6:45 the following morning, police located him in his vehicle, parked along Interstate 271. He said the car ran out of gas and he waited in the vehicle until morning to walk to a gas station or home.

An employee of a Brecksville Road motel reported Oct. 16 that a maintenance worker found numerous bags of clothing, bearing price tags and security sensor devices, outside one of the rooms. The clothing appeared to have been stolen. A motel employee said a New York man, who had been staying in the room, checked out early and said he would be back for his belongings, including a laptop computer and a passport belonging to a Puerto Rican woman. Police took five bags of clothing and the other items to the police station, and they were holding them as evidence and investigating the incident. Officers attempted to recover two leather jackets and other clothing items, which the maintenance worker’s girlfriend said she placed in a recycling bin.

Also Oct. 16, police were called to a location on Chapleton Court, where a resident was using his SUV to block the street, to prevent construction workers from parking there. Officers spoke to a construction foreman, who said there were two construction projects ongoing in the neighborhood, and some workers were parking their vehicles there. Officers advised them they could park along the main roads, but not on Chapleton Court. The resident was advised to move his vehicle, and that he was not permitted to block the road, preventing emergency vehicles from having access.

The driver of a tractor-trailer was backing into a parking space at a Brecksville Road travel center Oct. 18, when his truck struck the front of another truck, causing minor damage. Police filed a report for the drivers, who were from North Carolina and Pennsylvania. An hour later, at the same truck stop, another truck driver, backing into a space, struck a parked truck and awoke the driver, who was sleeping in a cab. Both trucks sustained minor damage.

On Oct. 19, police shot and killed an injured deer, and extricated it from a fence along Interstate 77, where it had become trapped.


The Akron police reports were compiled by Ariel Hakim, and the Peninsula reports were compiled by Sean Patrick. 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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