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12/13/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 700 block of Stadelman Avenue between Nov. 9 and Nov. 30; the 200 block Hollywood Avenue Nov. 17; the 1400 block of Idlewood Avenue between Nov. 29 and Nov. 30; the 1000 block of Bloomfield Avenue Nov. 30; the 1200 block of Roslyn Avenue Nov. 30; the 500 block of Noble Avenue between Nov. 30 and Dec. 1; the 300 block of Elmdale Avenue between Nov. 30 and Dec. 3; the 700 block of West Exchange Street between Dec. 2 and Dec. 3; the 1200 block of Weathervane Lane Dec. 4; the 1100 block of Winton Avenue Dec. 4; the 1300 block of Garman Road Dec. 4; the 1600 block of Delia Avenue between Dec. 4 and Dec. 5; the 800 block of Greenwood Avenue Dec. 6; the 1300 block of Nome Avenue Dec. 6; and the 400 block of Auburndale Avenue Dec. 6.

On Nov. 30, a Nome Avenue man was charged with receiving stolen property and having a weapon under disability when he was found unconscious Oct. 26 after an accident and in possession of a stolen pistol.

Around 2:30 a.m. Dec. 4, police responded to a robbery in the 2100 block of East Market Street. The suspect, armed with a shotgun, threatened to shoot two female acquaintances before taking their cell phones and ordering them out of the house and into a car. When officers arrived and ordered the suspect to drop the shotgun, he complied but refused other commands. After a brief struggle, the suspect was tased and taken into custody. The Crestline Drive man was charged with aggravated robbery, kidnapping, having a weapon while under disability, using a weapon while intoxicated, aggravated menacing, disorderly by intoxication and resisting arrest. He was booked into the Summit County Jail.

Police charged a South Hawkins Avenue man with burglary Dec. 4. The man and an accomplice reportedly broke into a Nome Avenue residence in June and took a TV and jewelry.

Detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred around 3 a.m. Dec. 5 in the 1300 block of Frederick Boulevard. A resident reported he was in his driveway when a car pulled in and someone fired several shots, which struck him in the leg and grazed his neck. He was transported to the hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries. He described the occupants of the vehicle as a white female and black male. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department at 330-375-2658.

Police charged a Chalker Street man with two counts of felonious assault and one count of discharging a firearm Dec. 5 in connection with two individuals who tried to repossess his SUV. The repo men reported the Chalker Street man confronted them in the driveway with a handgun, so they left and called police. The Chalker Street man got into his vehicle, followed them and fired several shots at them before fleeing. The repo men were not injured. As the SUV owner attempted to drive away, he reportedly ran a stop sign and was involved in an accident at Chalker and Dalton streets. When police arrived, he was arrested, charged and booked into the Summit County Jail.

On Dec. 8, an East Avenue man was charged with criminal simulation after he was observed selling bootleg movies and music CDs from the trunk of his vehicle at a South Hawkins location.

BATH: Police shot and killed a deer injured in a traffic accident on Hametown Road Nov. 27.

A Westridge Road woman reported someone used her credit card numbers to make unauthorized purchases totaling $314 Nov. 28 and 29.

Police recovered an abandoned black and orange bicycle from a utility easement in the area of North Ridge and Reserve drives Nov. 28.

A driver on Yellow Creek Road Nov. 29 struck and injured a deer. Police located the injured animal and shot and killed it.

Officers responded to reports that a motorist was driving north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77 at 3:30 a.m. Nov. 30 and located the vehicle parked on the side of the highway, facing north in the southbound lanes. The driver, who apparently suffered a medical emergency, was evaluated by EMS and transported to the hospital.

On Nov. 30, Fairlawn police reported an impaired driver was heading west into Bath on Medina Road. Police located and stopped the driver, who showed signs of intoxication and failed a field sobriety test. She was charged with DUI and endangering a child, who was in the front seat of her vehicle, and released with a court summons. Her BAC tested .238.

Police recovered a broken syringe from an area of Robinwood Hills Drive Dec. 1 and disposed of it as medical waste.

An employee of a Montrose grocery store reported a man exposed himself to her Dec. 2. Police searched the area for the suspect but were unable to locate him due to a 45-minute gap between the incident and the report.

Police and firefighters responded to an alarm at a Medina Road business Dec. 2 and found a faulty detector.

Employees of a Medina Road market reported someone attempted to use a counterfeit $100 bill to make a purchase Dec. 2. Officers located the person, who had attempted to use the bill to make another purchase at a nearby clothing store. The bill was confiscated and sent to the U.S. Secret Service for evaluation.

On Dec. 3, the manager of a Montrose gas station reported a woman reached across a counter in an attempt to access a cash drawer, and when the manager confronted her, she became aggressive and threatened to punch her. The suspect admitted she went to the gas station in an attempt to use a quick-change scam to get cash. She was charged with menacing and theft by deception and banned from the gas station. She also was wanted on a warrant from the Willoughby Hills Police Department.

Police responded to reports by employees of several businesses in the Montrose area Dec. 3 stating a male attempted to scam clerks out of money by using a quick-change trick. He failed at four businesses, but he succeeded in taking $7 from one business and $60 from a gas station. Officers identified him and went to a Copley motel where he was staying. Police from Bath, Copley and Fairlawn entered his room, but he was not there. 

COPLEY: Police responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch along Copley Road Nov. 29 and found the car had hit a large rock and gone into the ditch, damaging the vehicle. Officers were unable to locate the driver but contacted the Wadsworth woman on the phone. She said she fell asleep while driving at 3:30 a.m. and called a friend to pick her up after crashing the vehicle. She allegedly admitted ownership of marijuana found in the vehicle and was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and possession of marijuana.

Officers patrolling Copley Road the night of Nov. 29 observed a vehicle that had crashed into a flowerbed on a heap of rocks. When police approached, the driver sped away across a rock, narrowly missing a utility pole. Following a traffic stop, the driver failed a field sobriety test and the Akron man was charged with DUI and failure to control his vehicle, and released with a court summons. His BAC tested .198.

Detectives investigated the theft of three vehicles believed to have been stolen by the same people. Stark County sheriff’s deputies recovered a Jeep Wrangler, stolen from the driveway of a Misty Lane residence Dec. 1, in Navarre two days later. Police believe the person also took a Nissan from the driveway of another residence on Misty Lane during the same time period and also stole a Ford Ranger from outside a Conestoga Trail residence the same night.

An Encell Drive man reported Dec. 1 someone in New York made unauthorized purchases totaling $850 using his department store charge account.

Employees of a Montrose gas station reported Dec. 1 an unknown person called the store claiming to be the regional manager. The caller said a woman would bring a key to the gas station and employees should take $500 from the cash register and give it to her. The woman showed up at the store and left when the employees refused to give her the money. They called their manager, who determined the call was fictitious. Employees of other stations in the chain were notified of the attempted theft.

Police patrolling state Route 21 Dec. 2 stopped an erratic driver and noticed an odor of marijuana in the vehicle. Asked whether there was any contraband in the vehicle, all four occupants said no. A consent search of the vehicle turned up marijuana, two marijuana pipes, a homemade smoking device and a backpack filled with drug paraphernalia. The driver failed a field sobriety test and the Akron man was charged with DUI and possession of drugs and paraphernalia. In addition, all occupants of the vehicle were charged with underage drinking.

A Fairlawn woman reported she parked her vehicle outside a Kirkwall Drive residence and returned Dec. 3 to find it had been damaged by black spray paint.

The owner of a Copley Road gas station reported Dec. 3 a vehicle with no license plate had been abandoned in the parking lot. Police determined it had been stolen from Akron and notified the Akron Police Department.

The night of Dec. 3, officers patrolling Copley Road arrested an Akron man who was walking in the lanes of travel while wearing dark clothing. He was wanted on a warrant and released to the Akron Police Department.

A Hunt Club Drive man reported Dec. 3 his father had been missing since the previous day. Following a search of area roads, hotels and businesses, police located the victim the following day. He was evaluated by EMS and transported to St. Thomas Hospital.

A South Cleveland-Massillon Road woman reported Dec. 4 her dog began barking around 8:30 p.m., and she opened the door to a mudroom at her home and found a strange man standing there. He said he had been taking guitar lessons at the house next door, where his vehicle was parked, and he needed money to get to his job in Elyria. She gave him $5 and he got into the vehicle and left. The residents of the house next door said no one had been there for guitar lessons and they did not know him.

Police are seeking someone who stole a $600 iPad from the library at Copley High School Dec. 6. Officers entered information about the device into a national database for stolen electronic items.

FAIRLAWN: Police officers responded to a domestic disturbance at a Lenox Village Drive residence Dec. 2 after a woman reported her live-in boyfriend picked her up and dropped her on the hearth, then grabbed her by the neck and took her cell phone. He left when she called police, who observed signs of injuries to her neck and other areas. She declined to make a written report and refused a motion for a protection order. Charges were pending against the male, who had a prior conviction for domestic violence involving the same victim.

An Edington Road woman reported Dec. 2 a package containing gift items totaling $40 was stolen from an area outside her front door.

Employees of a Montrose discount store reported Dec. 6 a shoplifter struck a security officer who confronted him as he ran from the store. Police apprehended the Detroit man in a nearby parking lot, arrested him for robbery and took him to the Summit County Jail.

On Dec. 8, a Kenridge Road woman called police to report her boyfriend slapped her face during an argument, injuring her lip. The victim was treated by EMS, and the Akron man was arrested for domestic violence and taken to the Summit County Jail.

An Orange Village man was arrested for the alleged theft of jeans and a T-shirt he wore under his clothing as he left a mall department store Dec. 8. He was released with a court summons, and the merchandise was returned to the store.

An employee of a West Market Street computer store reported Dec. 8 a woman entered the store, ordered five computers and four iPads and attempted to pay for them with a credit card that was declined. When the employee called the bank named on the card, he was told that bank did not issue the card. Police confiscated the fraudulent card, along with three other credit cards, which the woman said she received from a man she met online. She said he sent her the cards and asked her to make purchases for him, and that she is not being paid to make the purchases. She said she purchased a computer from a Copley store last week and sent it to the man in Malaysia. Detectives are investigating.

Security agents at a mall department store were alerted to be on the lookout for someone who used counterfeit $100 bills to make large purchases, sometimes receiving change in legitimate cash and sometimes returning the items for cash at other stores in the chain. The woman struck the Chapel Hill store last week and was recognized by a loss-prevention agent making a large purchase in the Fairlawn store Dec. 9. The agent notified police, who arrested her after she received change from a bill they confiscated and determined to be counterfeit. The suspect was carrying 13 other counterfeit $100 bills, and police recovered eight more bills from the store. Akron police reported they recovered 18 more counterfeit bills from the Chapel Hill store. Police believe members of the same group were involved with passing the bills. The woman, from Queens, N.Y., was charged with theft by deception and forgery, and taken to the Summit County Jail.

On Dec. 9, employees of a mall sunglasses store reported an employee was chasing a shoplifting suspect. Police arrived to find the man being detained by mall security agents and questioned him regarding theft of sunglasses, which he said were stolen by a juvenile companion who placed the stolen merchandise in his car and left. Police confiscated the sunglasses from the man’s car, along with another pair of sunglasses and other items stolen from three other mall stores and one Copley sporting goods store. Officers were unable to contact the juvenile suspect, whom they observed stealing the sunglasses on video surveillance footage. Employees of three of the stores identified the stolen goods, and the Lakewood man was charged with three counts of receiving stolen property. Officers were seeking the juvenile.

NORTON: Following a traffic stop on Greenwich Road Nov. 30, a Kent man was arrested for possession of heroin, marijuana and drug abuse instruments, and taken to the Summit County Jail.

Police responded to an alarm at a Wadsworth Road roofing business the night of Dec. 1 and determined a break-in had occurred. Nothing was reported missing.

Officers patrolling Dorothy Road Dec. 2 stopped a Norton man for lane violations. He admitted drinking before driving and failed a field sobriety test. He was charged with DUI and released on bond.

A Pershing Street woman was arrested for domestic violence and taken to the Summit County Jail Dec. 2 after allegedly injuring a family member who was found lying outside their residence. The person was transported to a hospital for treatment.

A Norton man stopped for lane violations as he drove on Interstate 76 Dec. 2 failed a field sobriety test. He was charged with possession of three bags of marijuana, having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle and DUI. His BAC tested .114.

Police responded to a report of fighting and use of illicit drugs at a Johnson Road residence Dec. 3. A woman at the residence said one man, who was wanted on a warrant, ran out the front door. The man’s brother was arrested on a felony warrant and taken to the Summit County Jail. The Barberton female was arrested for obstruction of official business when police found the first brother hiding in the home. The male was arrested on the warrant.

The owner of a Frontage Drive business reported Dec. 3 someone cut a padlock from a trailer and stole $1,000 in tools.

A woman gave police an envelope containing a savings bond after she found it lying on Wadsworth Road Dec. 3. Officers were attempting to contact the owner.

Police are investigating a report of theft of two motor vehicles. A man reported Dec. 4 he took the two vehicles to a Wadsworth Road transmission business for repairs in August and October and has been unable to contact the business owner. He went to the business and found it is closed and there are no vehicles there.

A deer decoy and scrap metal were stolen from the yard of a Columbia Avenue residence Dec. 4.

A Hillcrest Avenue man reported a stranger came to his door Dec. 4 and asked for some steel pipes in his backyard. He told the man he wanted to keep the items and asked him to leave his property. The following day, he saw the man and noticed pipes in the back of his truck. He returned home to find his pipes had been stolen.

On Dec. 5, police investigated a break-in at a Barber Road business, where the owner reported 150 pounds of copper had been stolen. The following day, he called police after being contacted by a man who told him a white female sold the copper to a Barber Road scrap yard.

A Holly Avenue woman reported she locked her front door and left her home at 8:55 a.m. Dec. 6. She returned two hours later to find the door open. When police arrived, she went into the house and determined a TV, laptop computer, scanner and cell phone had been stolen. Police are investigating.

A Greenwich Road man reported he observed a small, black vehicle drive behind the storage facility across the street from his residence Dec. 6. He drove to the facility and saw a white male standing outside a storage unit. The male got into his vehicle and sped away, and he found several locks had been cut from the units. Police searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

On Dec. 7, police were seeking a man who reportedly stole gas from a Wadsworth Road gas station on three recent occasions. The license plate on his vehicle was reported stolen.

RICHFIELD: The shop manager of a Congress Parkway business reported Nov. 26 someone used the company’s credit card in an attempt to make two unauthorized transactions, which were declined. There was no loss to the business at the time of the report.

Police patrolling Broadview Road Nov. 26 observed a vehicle parked under high power lines on an easement owned by a utility company, and advised the driver the company told police no one is to park there. The man said he owned the property and that he was hunting and believed he was permitted to park there. He was advised not to use the dirt road or park near the power lines.

A Richlawn Drive woman reported Nov. 26 she received notice from her credit card company that an attempt had been made to change her address on the account in September and again in October. She advised the company her address has not changed, but she recently discovered fraudulent activity on the account and purchases totaling $873 sent to an address in California. There was also a fraudulent withdrawal from her bank account, which was applied to the credit account without her permission.

An Appleridge Lane man reported Nov. 27 he has been receiving unwanted phone calls from the mother of his son’s ex-girlfriend. He said there is a pending felony case against the ex-girlfriend, and he wants no contact with her or her mother. Police advised the mother, who agreed to stop calling.

An employee of a Brecksville Road shipping business reported Nov. 29 he was involved in an altercation with a co-worker, who threw boxes at him. He said he made a report to his supervisor and asked for documentation of the incident.

A Revere school bus slid off Boston Mills Road the morning of Nov. 30 and got stuck in a ditch. The school dispatched another bus to transport students to school, and several parents picked up their children.

Police investigated a Nov. 30 report that two people were selling stolen stereo systems from a vehicle in a Brecksville Road parking lot. The two told police they buy the equipment wholesale and sell it door-to-door or out of their vehicle. They were advised of laws pertaining to solicitation and told to cease their operations until they obtain a permit.

The night of Dec. 2, police responded to a fight in the parking lot of a Broadview Road tavern and found two people on the ground and others running from the scene. One officer stayed with the females who were fighting and another ran after the people who fled. One female said the other assaulted her, and the other denied the allegation. A male said five people were hitting him for no reason. No one could identify the people who fled when police arrived, but some of their first names were provided, and police confirmed the phone number of one male. All parties at the scene declined medical treatment and the females declined prosecution. Police attempted to locate those who had fled and left a phone message for one with a man who answered the phone and said the person sometimes uses his phone.

Officers responded to reports of an erratic driver on Interstate 77 Dec. 2 and stopped the Akron man on Wheatley Road. He attempted a field sobriety test but said he could not complete it because he had a few drinks. He was charged with DUI, the vehicle was impounded and he was released with a court summons. His BAC tested .167.

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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