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2/14/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 1100 block of Hartford Avenue between Jan. 30 and Feb. 6; the 1100 block of Seward Avenue between Jan. 30 and Feb. 6; the 700 block of Peerless Avenue between Feb. 3 and 4; the 700 block of Orlando Avenue Feb. 4; the 200 block of Norma Avenue Feb. 5; the 1300 block of Hartford Avenue between Feb. 6 and 7; the 400 block of Grace Avenue between Feb. 7 and 9; the 700 block of Seward Avenue Feb. 8; and the 700 block of Frederick Boulevard between Feb. 10 and 11.

A 20-year-old Dover Avenue man was charged Feb. 1 with aggravated burglary, domestic violence and criminal damage for an incident that occurred in the 400 block of Douglas Street in the Lane-Wooster neighborhood. Police officers noted the man has a prior conviction for domestic violence from Sept. 2010.

A 23-year-old West Market Street woman was charged with burglary for an offense that occurred Feb. 4. According to officers, the woman entered the victim’s home on 19th Street Southwest in Kenmore through an unlocked window and took three bags of clothing and personal items. She then poured bleach over some of the victim’s property, according to the police report.

Detectives are continuing to investigate a double shooting that occurred on the 600 block of Madison Avenue Feb. 5 around noon. One man, 27-year-old Jarrell Cunningham, was found dead, while the other, 20-year-old Terrell Patterson, was critically injured and taken to a local hospital. On Feb. 7, detectives arrested Bryan Giles, 19, of Blanche Street in the Lane-Wooster neighborhood, for aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery. Giles allegedly entered the residence, shot the two victims, took property and fled the scene. Giles was booked into the Summit County Jail, and additional charges are expected, according to officers. Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding the shooting to call the Akron Police Department’s Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.

A 27-year-old female victim told police that after filling prescriptions at a pharmacy in the 1300 block of Copley Road Feb. 6 while waiting for a bus, two young boys approached her and demanded her possessions. She stated that when she refused, they pushed her down and took an unknown amount of oxycodone, along with her purse.

On Feb. 7, a 23-year-old Diagonal Road man was charged with domestic violence and domestic violence menacing. The man got into an argument with the victim and reportedly grabbed and hit her several times during an incident near Peerless and Storer avenues. Officers noted the victim is eight months pregnant.

A 38-year-old Hayden Avenue man was charged with domestic violence and child endangering Feb. 8 for an incident that occurred at his residence. Officers noted the man has a prior conviction for domestic violence from August 2000.

Charges for receiving stolen property were filed Feb. 8 against a 23-year-old Peckham Street man who was found to be in possession of a stolen Glock pistol.

On Feb. 10, sometime after 10 p.m., a house in the 800 block of Hardesty Boulevard was egged. Residents of the home told officers a group of girls posted their intentions to throw eggs at the home on Instagram.

A man and woman from West Akron reported Feb. 11 that after they dined at a fast-food restaurant in the 100 block of South Hawkins, the bankcard they used to pay for their bill was not returned to them. They reported that after a long wait, they were told their card had been returned to the wrong customer. According to the police report, the two later received a letter from the restaurant’s vice president stating that he would only release information regarding the whereabouts of the card to police. At the time of the report, a detective had attempted to call the vice president but only reached his voicemail.

Officers responded to the 100 block of Oakdale Avenue in reference to a shooting Feb. 11. Once on scene, officers found the victim, a 21-year-old West Market Street resident, sitting on the porch with a gunshot wound to his left hand. The victim told officers an unknown male shot him at the corner of Crosby Street and Oakdale Avenue and fled the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital.

Following a 15-minute car chase, officers arrested a 35-year-old Orlando Avenue man Feb. 11. The man led officers on a car chase that started in West Akron, continued into the North Hill community and ended in the 1500 block of Maxen Drive. The man was charged with possession of oxycodone, trafficking in oxycodone, willful fleeing and two counts of attempted felonious assault on a police officer. According to officers, the man tried to ram a police cruiser at York and Dayton streets while eluding the police. According to officers, they recovered oxycodone pills and more than $5,000 in cash in the man’s possession once the chase ended. Officers then also executed a search warrant at the house on Maxen Drive, resulting in the additional arrests of a 29-year-old Maxen Drive man and a 39-year-old Canton man. Officers reported they recovered 56 grams of heroin, more than 50 grams of marijuana and a loaded .380 handgun. The Maxen Drive resident was wanted for discharging a firearm, weapons under disability and aggravated menacing for an incident that occurred Nov. 24, 2012, at a used car lot in the 1100 block of South Arlington Street, when the man allegedly drove into the car lot and fired shots at the building. The victim reported the man was upset for being fired the week prior and because the owner didn’t lie to his caseworker about his employment. Officers signed additional charges of weapons under disability, trafficking in drugs, possession of heroin, possession of marijuana and possession of criminal tools. The Canton man was charged with possession of marijuana and occupying a drug premise. All three suspects were booked into the Summit County Jail.

Detectives are also investigating a shooting that occurred Feb. 11 around 11 p.m. near the intersection of Garth and Madison avenues. The victim, a 21-year-old Palmetto Avenue woman, was allegedly shot by another passenger while riding in a 1997 Chevy van. She was transported to a local hospital in critical condition, and the shooting remains under investigation.

BATH: Police patrolling West Market Street the morning of Jan. 31 stopped a driver in a Montrose parking lot and arrested her for driving while on a DUI suspension. She was released with a court summons and a friend drove the vehicle away.

A Shade Road resident reported Feb. 1 a table saw was stolen from the attached garage of her residence.

On Feb. 1, police responded to a report of burglary at an Olentangy Drive residence, where they found a rear window had been forced open.

Employees of a Medina Road clothing store reported Feb. 2 a male and female walked out of the store without paying for 12 designer purses. They left the parking lot in a vehicle driven by a third person. Police were unable to locate the vehicle and were reviewing store video surveillance footage in an attempt to identify the shoplifters.

Officers patrolling state Route 18 at 2:17 a.m. Feb. 2 stopped an erratic driver who turned onto Crystal Lake Road. She appeared intoxicated but refused to take a field sobriety test, and she was charged with DUI and released to a family member. The vehicle was towed to an impound lot.

An employee of a Montrose gas station called police to report fraudulent activity Feb. 3 after a man attempted to collect money for plowing snow from the parking lot. The employee knew the station hired another person, who had plowed the snow, but the plow driver presented an invoice and insisted on being paid. Police determined the person was wanted on warrants involving similar activity in Solon and Lakewood, and arrested the person for attempted theft and released him to the Solon Police Department police on a warrant.

The evening of Feb. 4, police stopped an erratic driver on Yellow Creek Road and observed a marijuana pipe in plain view in the back seat of the vehicle. The driver exhibited signs of intoxication, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and possession of marijuana and a syringe, which was found in his pocket during his arrest. A passenger reportedly admitted possession of the marijuana pipe and was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Each was released with a court summons, and the vehicle was towed.

Officers reviewed video surveillance footage at a Medina Road grocery store Feb. 4 after a customer reported her wallet was lost or stolen while she shopped.

A Pin Oak Drive resident reported Feb. 4 the driver of a snowplow ran over and destroyed a mailbox outside the home.

Fifty yard markers were stolen from the yard of a residence on West Bath Road Feb. 4.

The manager of a Montrose beauty supply store reported Feb. 5 an unknown female concealed items, left without paying for them and drove out of the parking lot in a tan vehicle, which police were unable to locate.

COPLEY: Police investigated a report of grand theft filed by the manager of a Rothrock Road motel Feb. 1, when he discovered a $3,500 water tank, which had been delivered and stored in the front lobby, had been stolen.

A Hillside Drive man reported Feb. 2 he has been receiving threatening phone calls from an unknown person, and the calls began after he placed his phone number in an ad on Craigslist.

A resident of a Heritage Woods Drive facility reported Feb. 2 he returned from a hospital stay to find items had been stolen from a locked nightstand in his room.

Barberton police arrested a West Park Avenue man on a Copley warrant Feb. 3. Officers picked up the man and held him in a cell until his court appearance the following morning.

An employee of a Brookwall Drive video store reported Feb. 3 the mother of his child showed up at his workplace, began yelling at him and threw merchandise from the shelves. He convinced her to leave and declined to file charges, but asked that police document the incident.

On Feb. 5, an Akron man arrested by Fairlawn police on a Copley warrant was transported to the Barberton Jail.

A Ledgerstone Court man reported he received his credit card statement Feb. 6 and discovered two unauthorized charges totaling more than $8,700. Both charges were made at stores in Indiana Nov. 28.

Orville police arrested a Marshalville man wanted on a Copley warrant Feb. 6, and Copley police picked him up, charged him and took him to the Summit County Jail.

A Hillside Drive woman reported Feb. 6 someone used her Discover card to make four unauthorized purchases totaling more than $1,000.

Norton police arrested an Akron man on a Copley warrant Feb. 7. He was charged and released on bond.

FAIRLAWN: An Akron man was charged with theft and released with a court summons Feb. 1 after allegedly shoplifting lotion worth $13 from a mall store.

Employees of a Montrose discount store reported Feb. 1 a man paid for items in his cart but left the store without paying for two six-packs of beer. The Akron man was charged with theft and released with a court summons. The beer was returned to the store.

A Clinton man was arrested for concealing jeans worth $158 and leaving a mall store without paying for them Feb. 2. Officers also found items stolen from a mall lingerie store in his possession. He was charged with theft and released with a court summons.

On Feb. 4, an Akron woman who concealed $90 jeans in a booster bag (a bag that has been lined with tape or other material to block store security sensor devices) and left the store without paying for them. She was charged with theft and possession of criminal tools and released with a court summons. Police confiscated the bag.

Police investigated the theft of silver coins and large-print currency from a desk drawer in a Smith Road professional office Feb. 5.

Security agents at a mall department store reported Feb. 5 they observed a man who had been banned from the store in the men’s department. Police located him, determined he had been banned due to a previous incident and arrested the Akron man for criminal trespassing. He again was advised he is indefinitely banned from the store.

On Feb. 7, police were called to a Montrose discount store where employees reported a man stole $35 boots and left the store. Police arrested the Akron man for theft of the boots and a cell phone that was found in his sock during his arrest. He was additionally charged with possession of drugs and drug abuse instruments when officers found a container of heroin and a syringe in his possession. He was taken to the Summit County Jail.

Mall security officers called police Feb. 7 to report a shoplifter was leaving the mall after stealing items from a store. Police located the Akron man in the mall food court, charged him with theft of items that totaled $118 and advised him he is banned from the mall for five years.

Police are investigating a Feb. 10 report of forgery filed by a Chamberlain Road woman who said she filed her federal income tax and learned another person used her W-2 form to file a return and receive a refund.

An Akron woman who went into a restroom of a mall department store and concealed clothing in her purse Feb. 10 was arrested for theft and released with a court summons.

NORTON: On Feb. 1, police went to a Norton Avenue business and arrested a Barberton woman wanted on a Norton warrant for failure to pay $259 in fines. She was released after she posted a $95 bond.

A Wadsworth Road man reported Feb. 1 he found several large trash bags on his property, and he discovered they contained remnants of a methamphetamine lab. The Summit County Drug Task Force confirmed the items in the bag had been used to manufacture meth, and a county disposal unit responded to take possession of the items.

Police investigated the theft of a $3,000 black Majestic car-hauler trailer that was stolen from behind a Valley Drive residence Feb. 1.

A Wadsworth Road man reported Feb. 1 he went to a nearby bar and his neighbor began to harass him, and he was asked to leave the bar. He said he fears for his safety because the man lives next door. Police went to the bar and spoke to the neighbor, who said he had no argument with the man. A bartender told police the two had drinks together, there was no altercation and no one was asked to leave the bar.

The manager of a Wooster Road trucking company reported Feb. 2 a battery was stolen from a trailer, which was parked in front of the business.

A Uniontown woman was arrested by Akron police on a Norton warrant Feb. 3. She was charged and released with a court summons.

Police patrolling state Route 21 at 2:40 a.m. Feb. 3 stopped a North Lawrence man for driving across lane lines. He appeared to be intoxicated, failed a field sobriety test, was charged with DUI and released on bond.

Around midnight Feb. 4, an Akron man was stopped for lane violations as he drove on Interstate 76. He failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for DUI and possession of an open container of beer in a vehicle and released on bond.

Officers investigated the burglary of a Johnson Road residence Feb. 5, when someone entered between 7:20 a.m. and 6 p.m. and stole a flat-screen TV and DVD player.

The U.S. Marshall’s Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested an Akron woman on a felony warrant Feb. 5 and released her to the Norton Police Department, which charged her and took her to the Summit County Jail.

RICHFIELD: On Feb. 1, police investigated a report filed by a Rainbow Acres Drive woman who said she has been receiving threats.

A man reported Feb. 1 he took possession of a residence on Southern Road and determined his ex-wife had taken items from the residence and damaged the inside of the home.

Police responded to an incident on the Wheatley Road exit ramp from Interstate 77 Feb. 2, when a woman said her husband pushed her out of a moving vehicle during an argument and drove off in a silver Kia Sportage. Police searched for the vehicle and were contacted by Macedonia police officers, who also were seeking the vehicle.

Officers responded to a report that a vehicle was parked on private property outside a Grant Street temple Feb. 2. The driver was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia observed in plain view inside the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed more drug paraphernalia, and a female was charged with its possession.

A patron of a Streetsboro Road bar called police Feb. 2 to report that another patron assaulted him but left before officers arrived. Detectives are investigating.

On Feb. 3, police patrolling Brecksville Road saw a restaurant’s doors open and no one around. Officers contacted the owner, who said it was closed due to the Super Bowl. When the owners arrived, they determined the cash drawer was missing.

Two Richfield residents went to the police station to file reports of identity theft Feb. 5, and an Appleridge Lane woman reported unauthorized charges on her credit card account.

Around 1:15 a.m. Feb. 6, police responded to reports of an erratic driver northbound on I-77 and located her vehicle in a ditch. The driver was charged with DUI, and the vehicle was towed from the scene. 

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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