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11/15/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at: the 1000 block of Bellevue Avenue between Oct. 25 and Nov. 5.; the 200 block of Storer Avenue between Oct. 25 and Nov. 6; the 300 block of Grace Avenue Nov. 1; the 800 block of Delia Avenue Nov. 2; the 600 block of West Market Street between Nov. 2 and Nov. 5; the 200 block of Noble Avenue between Nov. 3 and Nov. 4; the 1000 block of Seward Avenue Nov. 5; and the 1000 block of Whittier Avenue between Nov. 7 and Nov. 8.

A White Street woman was charged with forgery, tampering with records, misrepresenting her identity, driving under suspension and failure to restrain a child Oct. 27 during a traffic stop.

On Nov. 6, a Stadelman Avenue man was charged with tampering with evidence and obstructing official business regarding an Oct. 30 incident in which a Stadelman man was shot and killed. The suspect allegedly lied to police about who was present at the scene, removed the gun from the vicinity of the body and directed his son to take the gun from the scene and hide it.

A Rocky Brook Drive man was charged with theft after he reportedly stole a gun while visiting a friend Nov. 9.

Detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred around 5 p.m. Nov. 9 in the 600 block of East Avenue. A Christie Street man reported a black man, age 25-33, 6 feet, 2 inches to 6 feet, 5 inches tall, weighing 190 to 200 pounds and wearing all black clothing, approached him armed with a handgun and demanded money. The suspect reportedly struck the victim in the mouth with the butt of the handgun, fired one shot into the ground and one into the man’s buttocks, and then took a cell phone and $280 in cash before fleeing. The victim drove to a hospital for treatment.

A Hillwood Avenue man was charged with receiving stolen property (a gun), having a weapon while intoxicated and discharging a firearm after police responded to a call for a man with a gun Nov. 12. The suspect came out of the house upon orders and told officers where to find the gun. Two guns were recovered.

A Cornell Street woman stopped for improper registration Nov. 12 was charged with possession of drugs, paraphernalia and instruments after three kinds of pills were found in her purse, along with syringes and digital scales between the front seats of her vehicle.

BATH: Police assisted firefighters the afternoon of Oct. 31 while they extinguished a fire in a vehicle in the parking lot of West Market Plaza.

On Nov. 1, officers were seeking the driver of a pickup truck that passed a school bus as it was stopped on West Bath Road to board passengers.

Employees of a Montrose beauty supply business reported Nov. 3 that three females with a small child entered the store and filled a black bag with merchandise, then fled. Officers were unable to locate the suspects, and they are checking video footage of the incident.

Police were called to a Medina Road bar around 1 a.m. Nov. 3, when employees called to report a male became disruptive and caused other customers to leave. When a bartender went to tell him to leave, he found the suspect sleeping on a patio outside the business. Police arrested the man for disorderly conduct, advised him he is not to return to the bar and drove him home.

On Nov. 3, officers were called to a vehicle crash in the parking lot of a Montrose grocery store. Several people were standing outside the vehicle, but none of them admitted driving it, and they told police they did not know who was driving. A witness identified the driver, who failed a field sobriety test and admitted she had been driving the vehicle. She was charged with DUI and released with a court summons. Her BAC tested .113. A female passenger was charged with obstruction of official business for lying about not knowing the driver.

A woman reported she got into her vehicle in the parking lot of a Bath Road church following services Nov. 4 and a woman she did not recognize tapped on her window, said she knew her and asked for $40, then entered the vehicle and sat in the passenger seat. The woman gave the stranger $15, and she left. The driver said she was not threatened and she gave the money voluntarily, but she felt it was under suspicious circumstances and decided to report it.

Police were reviewing video footage at a Medina Road gas station Nov. 5 for a man who reported he left his wallet on the counter and returned to find it was gone.

The manager of a North Cleveland-Massillon Road business reported Nov. 5 a recent audit determined a cell phone had been stolen from the business.

A woman arrested by the Akron Police Department Nov. 6 was charged on a Bath warrant for failure to appear in court and taken to the Summit County Jail.

COPLEY: Police are seeking the person who entered a vacant house on Kendall Road Oct. 31 and stole 25 feet of copper pipes.

An Akron man stopped for a traffic violation at the intersection of Interstate 77 and South Cleveland-Massillon Road Oct. 3 was charged with driving under suspension and taken to the Summit County Jail on an outstanding warrant.

A Fairway Park Drive man reported he went out for the evening Oct. 31, and when he returned, he found that his ex-girlfriend had damaged his home and stolen his passport and clothing.

Police are investigating the theft of two bank deposits totaling $1,657 from a Montrose West Avenue restaurant following a Nov. 3 report filed by the manager regarding the deposits that went missing Sept. 28 and Oct. 29.

Around 4:30 a.m. Nov. 4, police observed a vehicle running in the parking lot of a Medina Road gas station and noticed the driver was slumped behind the steering wheel and his foot was on the vehicle’s brake pedal. Officers awoke the driver, who was disoriented and confused as he exited the vehicle, which reportedly smelled of alcohol. The Akron man failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and driven home.

Officers patrolling South Cleveland-Massillon Road Nov. 6 stopped the driver of a vehicle with a broken tail light and determined she was driving under seven license suspensions and wanted on a warrant in Cleveland. The Cleveland woman was again charged with driving under suspension, and police in Cleveland were notified of her arrest.

On Nov. 7, police responded to a report by a King’s Court Drive man who said his live-in girlfriend was damaging items inside and outside his home. Police spoke to the woman, who said she observed him being intimate with another woman, and she became upset and started throwing and breaking things. The male declined charges for criminal damaging, but police charged the female with disorderly conduct and issued a court summons to her. She was released to her ex-husband, whom she called to pick her up.

FAIRLAWN: Security agents at a Montrose discount store reported Nov. 5 that two Akron women concealed merchandise and left the store without paying for it. Police retrieved items worth $27 from one woman and items worth $28 from the other. Each was charged with theft and released with a court summons.

Police are seeking a woman who had a small child with her Nov. 6 when she entered a mall children’s clothing store, distracted a clerk, went into a stock room and stole a wallet from the employee’s purse. She used the victim’s credit card to make purchases at gas stations and stores in Fairlawn and Cleveland. Police were reviewing video footage of the incident.

An Akron man was charged with theft and banned from a mall department store Nov. 7 after security agents observed him leaving the store without paying for $50 jeans. He denied concealing merchandise, but finally admitted to police he was wearing the jeans under his clothing.

Security agents at a Montrose discount store reported a woman loaded items into a shopping cart Nov. 7, placed them into bags and left without paying for them. She was arrested for theft and released with a court summons.

On Nov. 8, Wooster police notified officers they were holding a woman wanted on a Fairlawn warrant. Police picked her up, charged her on the warrant and took her to the Summit County Jail.

An Akron woman arrested for shoplifting children’s clothing worth $368 from a mall department store Nov. 9 was charged with theft and released to the Copley Police Department on a warrant for theft.

A witness reported observing a white male drive away from an address on Sand Run Parkway at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, just before the mailbox outside the residence exploded. Police are seeking the suspect, who drove a white SUV with a decal on the passenger window that read “Yingling.”

Police patrolling West Market Street Nov. 9 stopped a driver of an Oldsmobile with a license plate that was registered to an Audi. The Akron woman provided a false name and Social Security number to police, who determined she had no driving privileges and was wanted on warrants from Garfield Heights, Shaker Heights and Boston Heights, where she was released to police after being charged with misrepresenting her identity.

Akron police arrested a woman on a Fairlawn warrant for failure to appear in court on a theft charge. She was charged on the warrant Nov. 10 and taken to the Summit County Jail.

NORTON: On Nov. 2, a Rittman man stopped for a traffic violation on state Route 21 was released to the Rittman Police Department on a warrant.

Police patrolling Greenwich Road Nov. 3 at 2 a.m. stopped a Columbus woman for a vehicle equipment violation. She appeared intoxicated, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released on bond. Her BAC tested .122.

On Nov. 3, a man reported he sold a Norton Avenue trailer to a woman Nov. 1 and told her he would return for lawn equipment he left there. When he came back, the items were gone.

Police are seeking the person who stole gasoline from two delivery vans parked in the lot of a Hametown Road business.

An Akron man stopped for traveling 91 mph in a 60-mph zone of state Route 21 was arrested for DUI and having an open container of beer in a vehicle after he reportedly stumbled out of his vehicle and was unable to perform a field sobriety test Nov. 3. He was released on bond. A Canton man, who was a passenger, was charged with having an open container of beer in a vehicle and released with a court summons.

Officers responded to a noise complaint at a Houston Road bar at 4 a.m. Nov. 3 and advised people at the location to keep the noise level down. Officers were called back to the location around 6 a.m., but they heard no noise at that time. The owner said the band was playing during a charity drive to collect food and promised to reduce the noise level in the future.

An Akron woman stopped for lane violations on Interstate 76 and Easton Road Nov. 4 failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. Her BAC tested .169.

A Wadsworth Road woman reported Nov. 4 her ex-boyfriend’s sister hacked into her email account and changed the address and password. Police advised her to check her banking and credit information to be certain her personal information was not compromised.

A Rittman man stopped for lane violations as he drove on I-76 Nov. 4 failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for DUI. His BAC tested .113.

The owner of a Clark Mill Road business reported Nov. 7 a man came to his business and threatened to harm him, blaming him for an investigation conducted by the county. The Uniontown man denied making threats and was advised not to contact the business owner or be on the property.

RICHFIELD: Police patrolling Interstate 77 near the Ohio Turnpike ramp Oct. 19 observed a driver speed to run a traffic light and drive erratically across lane lines. When officers stopped him, they observed a substance, which later tested positive for marijuana, in the vehicle console. A consent search of the vehicle revealed a scale, rolling papers and more marijuana. The driver was charged with illegal possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Around 7 a.m. Oct. 21, police responded to reports of an erratic driver on I-77 southbound and observed the driver cross lines on all three lanes. When she was stopped, the Akron woman said she was returning from a party in Cleveland and reportedly admitted drinking tequila before driving. She failed a field sobriety test and was driven home by Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers.

Following a report from an employee at the drive-through window of a Wheatley Road restaurant Oct. 21, police investigated a possibly impaired driver who reportedly drove through a grassy area and parked behind the business. Police found the driver asleep behind the wheel of the vehicle, which was running. The Akron man was disoriented and told police different stories about where he had been. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with having physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated.

A motorist on I-77 Oct. 22 reported a vehicle struck something in the roadway and became disabled. Police located the vehicle, spoke to the driver and determined the Copley woman’s vehicle struck a wooden fence post. A tow truck was on the way to the scene when police arrived.

Police responded to a vehicle accident on I-77 Oct. 23 and arrested a passenger in one vehicle on a warrant. The Massillon man was released to Perry Township police.

Officers responded to a report of a disabled vehicle on Broadview Road Oct. 23 and assisted a woman whose vehicle had a flat tire. Police followed her from the scene for safety and called EMS when they noticed her driving was erratic and she seemed to be suffering a medical emergency. She was treated for a diabetic issue.

On Oct. 28, employees of a Brecksville Road travel center reported a motorist stole several snacks from the store and drove away. Police located a vehicle fitting the description of the suspect’s car and stopped the driver on I-77. He admitted taking the snack items, which were in his car. The business manager said she wished to file charges, and the Brecksville man was charged with theft and released on $154 bond. 

The Akron police reports were compiled by Maria Lindsay, and 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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