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1/31/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 800 block of Elmore Avenue between Jan. 1 and 21; the 900 block of Frederick Boulevard between Jan. 3 and 21; the 1400 block of Hartford Avenue between Jan. 10 and 14; the 100 block of Rhodes Avenue between Jan. 13 and 27; the 700 block of Grace Avenue Jan. 18; the 100 block of Grand Avenue Jan. 19; the 300 block of Hillwood Drive Jan. 19; the 1100 block of Madrid Drive Jan. 20; the 300 block of Crestwood Avenue between Jan. 23 and 24; the 100 block of West Exchange Street between Jan. 23 and 24; the 1200 block of Seward Avenue between Jan. 23 and 25; the 1300 block of Frederick Boulevard Jan. 27; the 300 block of Grace Avenue Jan. 27; and the 900 block of West Market Street between Jan. 27 and 28.

A 19-year-old Noah Avenue man was charged with burglary Jan. 18. According to police, a Work Drive resident returned home Jan. 17 and found the man was inside. The suspect reportedly fled with electronic items.

Officers charged a 30-year-old Norton man with theft, assault and criminal damage Jan. 18 for an incident that occurred in the 900 block of West Exchange Street. The man allegedly punched the victim in the face, stole the victim’s child’s medication and ransacked the victim’s living and dining rooms.

On Jan. 22, a 39-year-old South Walnut Street man and a 26-year-old East Buchtel Avenue man were charged with receiving stolen property. The men were in a stolen vehicle with the younger man driving when stopped by officers at Crosby and Gale streets.

On Jan. 25, officers apprehended a 19-year-old Hardesty Boulevard man and a 21-year-old Kenmore man who were traveling at high speeds and running red lights. The men were stopped at East Avenue and Perkins Park Drive, and the Hardesty Boulevard man, who was driving the vehicle, was charged with tampering with evidence, trafficking, drug abuse and drug paraphernalia, while the Kenmore man was charged with tampering with evidence. According to officers, a scale was thrown from the vehicle and recovered in the roadway. Also, when officers apprehended the pair, the men reportedly had switched seats.

The same day, officers were notified of an assault victim at a local hospital. The victim, a 30-year-old Firestone Park neighborhood man, reported he got into a fight with another man in the 100 block of South Maple Street. During the fight, the suspect allegedly bit the victim’s ear, almost separating it from his head. According to officers, the suspect has been identified; however, no charges had been filed at presstime.

Sometime during Jan. 25 or 26, a motor vehicle was stolen from a Weathervane Lane resident by unknown means. The vehicle was locked, and there was no broken glass in the parking lot where the vehicle was parked, according to the police report.

Around 10:30 p.m. Jan. 25, a 21-year-old Rosyln Avenue man was shot in the left ear. The victim reported he was walking near the intersection of Raasch Avenue and West Cedar Street when two men approached him. One man allegedly pulled out a handgun and fired a shot at the victim, striking him in the ear. The victim went to a local hospital, where his injuries were minor. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department at 330-375-2552.

A 46-year-old Warrington Road man was charged with felonious assault and domestic violence Jan. 26. The man allegedly assaulted the victim after the victim refused to give him the keys to a vehicle. According to police, the victim suffered lacerations to his head and was transported to a hospital.

Officers responded Jan. 27 to the 1300 block of Frederick Boulevard in reference to a burglary in progress. The caller found a male in the house and was able to restrain him, according to the report. Once on the scene, officers observed the suspect lying on the ground with his hands and legs taped together and bleeding from the head. Officers also found a crack pipe in the suspect’s front left pants pocket.

A 23-year-old Peckham Street man and a 31-year-old Goodyear Heights man were charged with obstructing official business, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a defaced gun Jan. 29. The men were stopped near the intersection of West Lowell Avenue and North Howard Street in North Hill. According to officers, one gun had the serial number plate pried off.

On Jan. 28 around 5:30 p.m., a restaurant in the 2500 block of Romig Road was robbed. Employees reported two male suspects entered the restaurant, fired shots into the ceiling and demanded money. According to the police report, one suspect then forced the manager into the back room, fired another shot and demanded money from the safe. The suspects then fled with an unreported amount of cash. No employees were injured. The suspects are two white males, 25 to 35 years old. The first suspect is 6 feet to 6 feet, 2 inches tall and was wearing an orange hunting outfit and a camouflage bandana covering his face. The second suspect is around 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with no further description available.

BATH: On Jan. 15, officers responded to a 9-1-1 call at a facility on North Cleveland-Massillon Road, where emergency responders assisted the nursing staff after a man suffered a medical emergency.

Police patrolling Smith Road the evening of Jan. 19 stopped the driver of a vehicle with no license plate and noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver was charged with possession of marijuana and released with a court summons after a search of the vehicle revealed 1 ounce of marijuana, which police confiscated.

Akron police were searching for the person who carjacked a vehicle the evening of Jan. 21. A North Shore Drive woman called Bath officers after she observed a man kick in the door in her garage. The man fled when he saw the woman. Officers followed his footprints to an adjacent neighborhood with assistance from an Akron police K-9 unit. Police determined he fled on foot from the stolen vehicle, which ran out of gas near the North Shore Drive neighborhood. The K-9 unit located the suspect hiding under a wheelbarrow. He was charged with burglary, arrested by Akron police officers and taken to the Summit County Jail.

An Aegean Road resident reported a motor vehicle accident occurred Jan. 22, damaging the property. Police were unable to locate a vehicle or driver, and officers determined a vehicle had been driven on a section of the property, but no accident had occurred.

Employees of a North Cleveland-Massillon Road gas station reported Jan. 23 the driver of an older model red pick-up truck pumped gasoline worth $47 into the vehicle and drove off without paying for it.

An Akron woman staying at a Medina Road hotel was arrested for driving under suspension Jan. 24 and released with a court summons.

COPLEY: A woman reported Jan. 17 she was driving north on Interstate 77 at state Route 21 when another driver tailgated her vehicle, passed her and threw a soda can at her vehicle, striking the windshield. Police were attempting to identify the suspect.

A Misty Lane woman reported Jan. 18 her estranged husband came to her home to pick up their child for visitation and he assaulted her when she attempted to prevent him from entering her home. Charges against the Wadsworth man were pending completion of an investigation.

Police investigated a report that someone broke the windshield and side window of a vehicle parked outside a Knox Boulevard residence the night of Jan. 18.

Employees of a Flight Memorial Drive restaurant reported Jan. 19 nine people dined at the business and four of them left without paying their tabs, which totaled $30. Police identified the five people who paid and are seeking the others.

Police patrolling South Cleveland-Massillon Road at 1 a.m. Jan. 19 drove north through a rocky pass near Stimson Road, where an oncoming driver swerved into the cruiser’s lane, nearly striking it. The driver continued driving erratically after police turned to pursue him. The Copley man was unsteady on his feet and failed a field sobriety and BAC test. He was charged with DUI and released with a court summons.

On Jan. 20, police officers responded to a domestic disturbance at a Fairway Park Drive apartment where a man reported his wife threw household items at him during an argument. Police found the woman sitting on the floor and items scattered on the kitchen and living room floors.  Both parties were highly intoxicated. The man was transported to a hotel for the night.

Officers are seeking the person or persons who cut the lock from a shed on St. Clair Drive the night of Jan. 21 and stole a $1,300 riding mower, pressure washer and push mower. Police determined the mower was pushed to the street.

A Rothrock Road woman reported Jan. 21 her roommate was intoxicated and threatened to kill her, so she locked her out of the motel room they share. Police found the roommate at the motel’s rear door and observed her drinking beer. She denied threatening her roommate, but reportedly was loud and agitated and refused several orders to be quiet. She was arrested for disorderly conduct and taken to a detoxification center.

Officers assisted Medina police officers in their search for a missing 15-year-old girl who was last seen with her 23-year-old boyfriend, a Hunt Club Drive man. Police located the man’s brother, who said he had not seen his brother for two weeks. He was advised to call police if he hears from him.

FAIRLAWN: The manager of a West Market Street children’s restaurant reported someone was smoking marijuana in a vehicle near the exit door the evening of Jan. 21. Police approached the vehicle and detected the odor of marijuana, and the driver admitted smoking it and surrendered a marijuana cigar before providing a false name. Police determined her identity, and the Akron woman was charged with possession of marijuana and misrepresenting her identity.

A woman selling jewelry at a mall kiosk reported around 4:45 p.m. Jan. 21 that a female asked for assistance with merchandise and she left her booth to help her, leaving an $800 iPad on the counter. When she returned, she noticed the device was missing. Police reviewed surveillance video and saw another female approach the kiosk after the first who asked for help. When the proprietor left the booth, the second female was seen walking away while carrying what appeared to be the stolen iPad. The female who asked for help is seen leaving quickly as the victim discovers the theft. Officers are working to identify the suspects.

Security agents at a West Market Street discount store reported Jan. 23 a woman walked from one department to another concealing merchandise in her pocket. She placed several items in a grocery cart, paid for those items and left without paying for the concealed items. The Akron woman was charged with theft and released with a court summons. The merchandise was recovered and returned to the store.

On Jan. 23, a man staying at a Wyant Road facility reported a packet containing documents, an ATM card, identification and medical cards was missing from his laundry when it was returned to his room. The following day, he called to say his property had been recovered.

An Akron man who left a West Market Street grocery store without paying for beer Jan. 24 was stopped on West Market Street and arrested for driving under suspension and DUI after he failed a field sobriety test. He was taken to the Summit County Jail on a warrant for parole violation.

NORTON: Police investigated the theft of a temporary license tag from a vehicle parked outside a South Cleveland-Massillon Road restaurant around 9 p.m. Jan. 18.

An employee of a Norton Avenue car wash reported for work Jan. 22 to find a coin machine had been damaged the previous night, and $200 had been stolen from it.

Also on that day, employees of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road restaurant reported they left the business at 9:30 p.m. A maintenance worker arrived three hours later to find a glass windowpane and the rear door to the business had been broken and someone damaged 13 candy machines and stole coins from them.

A Reimer Road man reported Jan. 23 he has been receiving unwanted text and phone messages from the husband of his child’s mother. Police contacted the suspect, who said he wants no contact with the man. Officers advised the parties to have no contact with each other.

A Barberton man was stopped on Greenwich Road Jan. 23 for driving a vehicle with an expired license plate. Officers noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, and the driver surrendered a small amount of marijuana and was charged with its possession and released with a court summons.

The manager of a Norton Avenue bowling alley reported an attempted break-in during the early hours of Jan. 23, when a rear door was damaged and a side window was shattered, but no entry occurred. Total loss to the business is $1,000.

Police responded to an alarm at a Gardner Boulevard restaurant the night of Jan. 23 and determined the back door to the business had been pried open, causing $500 damage. Detectives were reviewing video surveillance footage of the area.

The manager of a Gardener Boulevard restaurant reported Jan. 23 a Norton man wrote a check to the business for $8.26, and it was returned for insufficient funds. Detectives agreed to send a letter to the man requesting restitution.

RICHFIELD: The evening of Jan. 16, police questioned the driver of a van after several children reported he was driving around the area and opened his window to speak to them. The man told police he was looking for a nearby farm.

Police requested assistance from Brecksville and Euclid police K-9 units Jan. 17, when officers searched a Brecksville Road business after the owner reported possible illegal drug activity. The K-9 units alerted police to the presence of contraband in several employee lockers, but a search of the lockers produced no contraband.

A Brush Road man reported Jan. 19 someone pried open a box that was chained to a tree on his property and stole a deer camera.

Following a registration check of a vehicle on Wheatley Road Jan. 20, police stopped the driver and charged her with driving under suspension. She was additionally charged with possession of two partial marijuana cigarettes found in the vehicle.

On Jan. 23, a man reported the FBI locked his computer, and he was told he would be charged with downloading music and child pornography unless he wired money to an address. Police advised him that he has been a victim of a scam and a computer virus.

Police responded to a report from a motorist on Interstate 77 Jan. 23 after he reported his pick-up truck became disabled the previous day and he left it along the highway overnight. He returned to find the tailgate of the vehicle was missing and the bumper was damaged. 


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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