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1/24/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 200 block of Grove Street between Jan. 9 and 16; the 500 block of Mineola Avenue Jan. 11; the 900 block of Memorial Parkway Jan. 13; the 100 block of North Pershing Avenue Jan. 13; the 500 block of South Hawkins Avenue between Jan. 13 and 14; the 1000 block of Seward Avenue between Jan. 13 and 14; the 1600 block of West Sunset View Drive between Jan. 13 and 14; the 200 block of South Balch Street Jan. 14; the 1200 block of Hartford Avenue between Jan. 14 and 15; the 1200 block of Juneau Avenue Jan. 17; the 800 block of Work Drive Jan. 17; and the 1500 block of Artman Avenue Jan. 18.

A 24-year-old Payne Avenue man was charged with receiving stolen property Jan. 9. The man reportedly was in possession of stolen jewelry and sold it to a Merriman Road business.

On Jan. 14, a 49-year-old Zahn Drive man was charged with domestic violence. Officers noted the man has a prior conviction for domestic violence from May 2010.

A 53-year-old woman was charged with aggravated robbery and kidnapping for an incident that occurred Jan. 16. The woman reportedly approached the victim as he was getting into his vehicle at a West Market Street grocery store and demanded money from him. She then made the man drive to an ATM and withdraw money before having him drop her off at her apartment building on North Hawkins Avenue.

A 41-year-old Birdwood Road woman was observed by a West Market Street convenience store employee shoplifting a six-pack of beer Jan. 17. The reporting officer noted the woman appeared intoxicated and smelled like alcohol, and the woman admitted attempting to steal the beer. The report also noted the woman had made previous attempts to shoplift beer. The woman was transported to St. Thomas Hospital for treatment and evaluation.

Officers charged a 21-year-old Barberton man with carrying a concealed weapon and weapons under disability Jan. 16. During a traffic stop in the 300 block of Hillwood Drive, the man was a front-seat passenger who was found to have two warrants. He also was in possession of a revolver.

Also Jan. 16, a 33-year-old Greenwood Avenue woman was charged with theft and forgery for offenses that occurred from August through December 2012. During that time, the woman was working at the victim’s West Akron home and stole several checks and used the victim’s debit card in the amount of $17,250.

On Jan. 18, officers responded to a call from the 1600 block of Rocky Brook Drive regarding a physical altercation with injuries. When they arrived, a 30-year-old man from the residence was standing outside, and he stated that his roommate, a 24-year-old man, started an argument with him while he was lying in bed and jumped on him and started to hit him. Officers found the younger man in his bedroom with a laceration on his head, and he claimed the other man started the argument. Officers were unable to determine the physical aggressor.

A 21-year-old Northampton Road man was charged with receiving stolen property Jan. 18. He was found to be in possession of a Honda Accord at East Market Street and Goodyear Boulevard.

Officers charged a 40-year-old Seward Avenue man with domestic violence and weapons under disability Jan. 21. Officers noted the man has a prior conviction for domestic violence.

Shortly before 6 p.m. Jan. 21, two males driving in a 2013 Hyundai Sonata pulled into a gas station in the 200 block of East Market Street to get gas. According to the report, the driver walked into the gas station to pay for gas while the 26-year-old male passenger stayed in the car. The passenger then reported that an older male jumped into the driver seat, pointed a gun at him and demanded directions. The suspect allegedly told the male passenger that he would not get hurt if he gave him directions to go north. After driving around the city, the passenger was dropped off near Interstate 77 and the Vernon Odom Boulevard exit. The suspect then continued in the stolen vehicle until it ran out of gas at I-77 and Ghent Road. The suspect fled on foot from the vehicle and was later apprehended by the Bath Police Department with the assistance of a police K-9 unit after he forced entry into a home in the 2900 block of Northshore Drive in Bath. The 54-year-old Winchester, Ky., man was charged with aggravated robbery and kidnapping by the Akron Police Department and aggravated burglary by the Bath Police Department. He was booked into the Summit County Jail.

BATH: Police responded to a report of a shoplifter at a North Cleveland-Massillon Road home improvement store Jan. 7 after a manager reported a male entered the store carrying an empty infant seat and placed the seat in a shopping cart. He then placed several rolls of wire mesh on the seat and covered the merchandise with a blanket. When confronted by loss prevention agents, he surrendered the merchandise and admitted to police he intentionally concealed it. He said a female friend was waiting for him in a vehicle in the parking lot. Police located the vehicle and interviewed the female. She was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and released to the Highland Heights Police Department on a warrant. The male was arrested for theft and released with a court summons. Police searched the vehicle and recovered more drug paraphernalia and wrappers from several more rolls of wire, similar to the ones recovered from the suspect, who denied knowledge of the wrappers. The female admitted possession of the wrappers and drug paraphernalia. Additional charges against her were pending completion of an investigation.

A woman reported her juvenile daughter left home without permission and went to a high school athletic event Jan. 8. Police went to the event, located the juvenile and returned her to her residence.

Police went to the Cuyahoga County Jail Jan. 8 after a woman, who was wanted on a Bath Police Department warrant, was being released after serving time on an unrelated charge. She was charged on the warrant and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A Ranchwood Road man reported Jan. 8 he found evidence an intruder had been in his home when he saw a half-smoked cigarette in a toilet. No one in the home smokes. Police found no signs of forced entry.

On Jan. 9, police were called to an elementary school, where two custodial employees were involved in a verbal confrontation. Police spoke to the parties, a witness and a school official. The employees were placed on suspension pending completion of an investigation.

A Derrwood Drive woman reported she heard her garage door open and close around 5:30 p.m. Jan. 11, and she assumed her husband came home, but she discovered he was not there. Police found no signs of forced entry and no tracks in the snow and advised her to keep all the doors to her residence and garage locked.

Officers investigated a report by a woman who said she received a call from someone claiming to represent Medicare Jan. 11, stating they needed to verify her personal information for processing of a new card. The person was in possession of the woman’s bank account number and current check numbers. The victim checked with the Medicare Fraud Office and was advised to file a police report and told she might have been a victim of identity fraud.

The manager of a Montrose office-supply store reported Jan. 12 two women attempted to purchase gift cards worth $2,000 using a fraudulent credit card and fake identification. The transaction was denied, and the suspects left the store with the fraudulent cards. Police are investigating.

A Sanctuary Drive man reported Jan. 12 a string of holiday lights on a fence outside his residence had been intentionally cut during the past two days.

Police patrolling Interstate 77 Jan. 12 located a vehicle partially blocking the left lane of state Route 21, just after the I-77 split. Copley police located the owner, who said the vehicle was disabled, and police had it towed, as it was a safety hazard. It was to be released to the owner.

Officers were reviewing video footage at a Medina Road gas station to identify a man who entered the station just before 5 a.m. Jan. 13 and placed grocery items on the counter and asked a clerk for two cartons of cigarettes. The clerk placed the cigarettes with the other items and the man asked for another item. When the clerk went to retrieve the item, the suspect took the cigarettes, worth $55.90 each, and fled. He was last seen on Medina Road driving a vehicle with a temporary tag.

Following a registration check of a vehicle on Bath Road Jan. 13, police stopped a driver whose operator’s license was under a DUI suspension. He was charged with driving under suspension and released with a court summons.

A deer injured in a vehicle accident on North Cleveland-Massillon Road the night of Jan. 14 was found to be alive and suffering. Police shot and killed it and called the county to remove the carcass.

Police responded to a fight call at a North Shore Drive residence Jan. 14 and spoke to two people, who advised there had been no physical confrontation. One person was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

COPLEY: A Copley woman reported she is president of a women’s club that meets in Fairlawn, and she received a call Jan. 11 from a man who said he wanted to join the club. She explained that it was for women, and he said he belonged to a New York men’s club that was forced to let women join and informed her he would be at the next meeting. She said she was apprehensive because he mentioned that he had a gun. Copley police are investigating the call, and Fairlawn officers said they would patrol the meetings.

An employee of a college on White Pond Drive reported Jan. 11 a $500 iPad belonging to the college was stolen from his office between 1 and 1:30 p.m. The victim said the college would provide the serial number so police can log the item on a national database for stolen electronics.

On Jan. 11, a Schocalog Road woman reported she lost her bank debit card Dec. 30 and she asked the bank to cancel the card and send a new card to the local bank for her to pick up because she did not want it sent to her address. When she did not receive the card, she called the bank, and an employee told her the card did come to the bank and they mailed it to her address instead of calling her to pick it up. She discovered numerous transactions had been made with the card within the past two weeks.

Police responded to a call from a Green Gable Trail woman, who said her husband threatened her during an argument at their residence Jan. 11. Officers arrived and spoke to both parties, who said there were no threats and no physical violence. A mutual friend arrived to assist the family.

A Kibler Road woman reported Jan. 12 she went to a bank to open an account and discovered another woman has been using her Social Security number.

On Jan. 13, police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Glenhaven Avenue residence where a woman reported her adult son threw things at her, broke household items and struck her in the shoulder as she tried to lock him out of the residence. He left before police arrived. Officers have been attempting to locate him and interview him about the incident.

A King’s Court man reported Jan. 15 an unknown person turfed grass and landscaping outside his residence.

Police investigated a report of theft at a Wyndham Way residence Jan. 15 after a man reported a handgun, shotgun and rifle were stolen from his residence. He said the firearms have been missing since July and he thought his father took them, but he recently discovered he does not have the weapons. Police were unable to log the firearms into a national database for stolen weapons because the owner could not produce the serial numbers.

An Encell Drive man reported Jan. 15 representatives of his bank notified him that an unknown person, who was in possession of his bank account information, attempted to open two credit accounts in his name. The accounts were declined.

A woman reported her Coach wallet and its contents were stolen while she was at a charity store on Springside Drive at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 15. Police interviewed a manager and employee, who said they had no knowledge of the wallet, and officers are investigating the incident.

On Jan. 15, police were called to a Schocalog Road landscaping business where the owner reported someone entered by breaking a $2,000 metal door. Once inside, they stole industrial tools worth $20,000.

A Betula Avenue man reported Jan. 16 a former employee has been making harassing calls regarding $300 he is owed from his last construction job. When the employer explained he is unable to pay the former employee for last summer’s job until he receives payment from the client, the Akron man threatened to come to his business and slash the tires on his truck. Police advised the employer to call them if he sees the former employee on his property.

An employee of a Brookwall Drive restaurant reported Jan. 16 he was assaulted by a co-worker’s boyfriend after she took a sick day because her boyfriend was ill, and he admonished her for doing that. He said the Akron man showed up in the parking lot and punched him in the head twice. The victim declined medical attention and requested police document the incident.

FAIRLAWN: An Akron man arrested by Akron police on a Fairlawn warrant Jan. 14 was charged by Fairlawn officers and taken to the Summit County Jail.

Security agents in a mall department store reported Jan. 14 a woman concealed clothing worth $214 and left the store without paying. The items were recovered and returned to the store, and the Streetsboro woman was arrested for theft, released with a court summons and banned from the store.

Police responded to a report of an assault Jan. 14 after an employee of a mall store reported a co-worker grabbed her arm as she was ringing up a sale, injuring her arm, and crushed her hand, injuring her fingers. The customer left without completing the sale, and the co-worker was gone when police arrived. He was interviewed at a later time, when he denied assaulting the woman. There were no witnesses and conflicting information, and no charges were filed.

On Jan. 14, officers responded to a fight at a Sand Run Parkway group home, where a staff member reported one resident threw an item at another resident and threatened to kill him. The suspect was transported to St. Thomas Hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

Employees of a mall department store reported Jan. 16 a man who had been banned from the store was there, and he concealed perfume sample containers and left the store. Police located him as he was crossing Ghent Road and apprehended him behind a building. The Maple Heights man was charged with criminal trespassing and taken to the Summit County Jail on a warrant for theft.

An employee of a mall store reported she placed her purse under a counter Jan. 17 and used her wallet around 3:45 p.m., after which she placed it back into her purse. Her husband called her to say her credit card had been used to charge merchandise worth $618 at a Fairlawn discount store at 6:30 p.m. and at a Montrose gas station at 6:45 p.m. She realized her wallet had been stolen and she learned another of her credit cards was used for purchases in Brookpark and Cleveland. Police are investigating.

On Jan. 19, an Akron woman was charged with theft after security agents at a Montrose discount store reported she concealed items worth $53. The items were recovered and she was released with a court summons.

An employee of a West Market Street discount store reported Jan. 19 the window of her vehicle was shattered while she worked.

Loss prevention agents at a West Market Street discount department store reported Jan. 20 three suspicious females were in the store and one was observed concealing merchandise and getting into a Chevy van. Police located the suspect, whose vehicle was illegally parked in a space designated for the handicapped. Officers recovered a stolen purse from her, and one was recovered from a passenger, who admitted there were stolen items inside the purse she stole. The third female was in the store and was seen concealing merchandise, which police recovered when she left the store. The three Akron women were arrested for theft, and the driver received a parking ticket.

The manager of a West Market Street grocery store requested that police remove a man from the store Jan. 20 because he had been frequently spending the night in the business. He was arrested on a warrant and released to the Akron Police Department.

NORTON: Police and the owner of a trailer park went to a Norton Avenue trailer Jan. 11, and police determined a male and female in the residence were operating a methamphetamine lab. The two were arrested for illegal manufacture of drugs, illegal assembly of chemicals and endangering the female’s unborn child. They were taken to the Summit County Jail.

An unknown driver ran a vehicle off Hametown Road Jan. 11 and turfed a yard and ran over a mailbox. There was evidence at the scene that indicated the vehicle was damaged.

The window of a Hametown Road office was broken the night of Jan. 11. Nothing was reported missing.

Police responded to a Jan. 13 report by a woman who said there was a bag containing equipment used to make methamphetamine lying along Grenfall Road. Officers determined the items were used in a meth lab, but a county task force determined they were not hazardous. They were taken to the police station and destroyed.

An Easton Road man reported Jan. 13 that an unknown person entered his garage and stole two chainsaws, a portable saw and air nailer totaling more than $800. He said a neighbor noticed his garage door was open about two weeks ago and called him. He asked the neighbor to close the door, but he did not check inside when he got home.

Officers were called to a Watkins Road residence Jan. 13 when a woman reported her two sons were fighting. Police were unable to determine a primary aggressor, neither party was injured and both declined prosecution. One man agreed to leave for the night.

A Loyal Oak Drive man reported Jan. 13 he heard his dogs barking during the night and woke to discover the door to his attached garage had been opened by someone, who also ripped plywood away from a free-standing garage on his property and stole a $250 grill.

A Pleasant Drive woman reported she is being evicted and has agreed to be out of the house by Jan. 30. On Jan. 14, her landlord entered her residence without prior notice. Police contacted the landlord, who agreed to comply with the agreement.

A Barberton man who was stopped for driving across lane lines and tailgating another vehicle on Eastern Road Jan. 15 failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released with a court summons. His BAC tested .125.

The owner of a Wadsworth Road automotive business reported Jan. 15 a Russells Point man paid for repairs of a vehicle with a check that was written on a closed account. Police determined the vehicle he had repaired had been reported stolen from a Lewistown location, and they were attempting to contact him.

An employee of a Wadsworth Road construction business reported he arrived at work at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 16 to find a window to an office had been broken. The owner determined currency, blank checks and other items had been stolen from the office. Police were reviewing video surveillance footage in an attempt to identify the person who used a key to enter the building and exited a back door carrying a duffel bag.

RICHFIELD: Police assisted officers from the Broadview Heights Police Department in the pursuit of a reckless driver on Interstate 77 Jan. 5. The suspect headed south on Interstate 271. Police from Montville Township and the Ohio State Highway Patrol joined in the pursuit, and police were able to stop the driver, who was taken into custody by Broadview Heights police officers.

Officers investigated a burglary at a Broadview Road residence Jan. 7, when a man reported a pick-up truck loaded with miscellaneous tools, tool boxes, concrete tampers and pressure washers was stolen from his barn. The suspect broke into another barn on his property and removed some equipment, used in the victim’s concrete business, which also was loaded into the stolen truck.

A maintenance worker at a Revere Road school called police Jan. 8 after finding a nylon stocking containing a substance that appeared to be marijuana duct taped under a sink in a restroom. Police photographed the scene and submitted the substance for testing.

A Maple Drive man reported Jan. 9 he just moved into a residence and the former tenant came to the residence to remove items. When the resident told him to have his things out by the following Monday, the former tenant threatened to harm him. Police contacted the former tenant, who denied making threats, and police told him not to go to the property without notifying police, who would escort him to retrieve his things.

On Jan. 9, an Aviemore Way man reported he was approached by an individual who offered him a discount on a full year of service from his Dish Network. He was instructed to purchase a prepaid credit card, which he did. He provided the credit card numbers to the suspect, and later learned the suspect did not use it to pay the bill, which was past due. Police are investigating.

Police responded to a report of a theft at a Brecksville Road care center Jan. 10 when an employee reported she saw a co-worker rifling through another worker’s purse. When she reported the incident to a supervisor, another co-worker checked and found her wallet was missing. Police interviewed the suspect, who first denied taking the wallet, but after being told the victim would not pursue charges if she returned the wallet but she would be arrested if she did not return it, she returned the wallet. She was fired and released to the Stow Police Department on a warrant.

Officers patrolling Broadview Road at 2:30 a.m. Jan. 12 observed vehicles parked in the lot of a closed restaurant and heard a loud party in an apartment across the street. Police questioned several people who ran from the apartment and determined they were underage and had been drinking. Officers provided traffic patrol to ensure that no one who was intoxicated drove away, and they wrote several citations to people who were leaving the party. Police said they would follow up with the owner of the restaurant and the apartment.

After being notified of a suspicious backpack on a bench near a culvert pipe on Deer Path Trail Jan. 16, police photographed graffiti on the culvert walls in an area which appeared to be a gathering place for suspicious activity. The backpack was taken to the police station.

The Akron police reports were compiled by Ariel Hakim, 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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