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2/21/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 100 block of Dodge Avenue between Feb. 11 and 13; the 800 block of Peckham Street Feb. 11; the 100 block of Dodge Avenue Feb. 13; the 1200 block of Hardesty Boulevard Feb. 14; the 700 block of Valdes Avenue Feb. 14; and the 1100 block of Winton Avenue Feb. 14.

Two 24-year-old men — one a North Hawkins Street resident and the other from the Summit Lake area — were charged Feb. 12 with obstructing justice and tampering with evidence. The men allegedly took a van from Akron General Medical Center (AGMC), preventing police officers from locating evidence from a shooting victim. The vehicle was located several hours later abandoned in the 600 block of Garfield Avenue in the Elizabeth Park Valley neighborhood.

Officers were called to Timber Trail Feb. 13 around 2 a.m. in reference to a female who was knocking on doors, yelling and throwing things around the parking lot of an apartment complex. When they arrived, officers observed the woman, 20, wearing a robe with nothing underneath. According to the police report, she was uncooperative and refused to give officers her name or address. Officers also noted she seemed disoriented. The woman was taken to a hospital for evaluation. Later, officers were able to learn her name when she gave it to the staff at the hospital. When an officer went to her address on Akron-Peninsula Road, other residents said they had not realized she had left the apartment. Her boyfriend stated they fell asleep together around midnight, according to the report.

A 56-year-old Bye Street woman was charged with domestic violence and domestic violence menacing Feb. 13. The woman has a prior conviction for domestic violence from 2010, noted officers.

Detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred Feb. 13 around 1 p.m. in the 2500 block of Romig Road. The victim, a 21-year-old Maple Heights man, was helping a woman move out of her apartment when her boyfriend arrived at the apartment with another man, according to investigators. The victim was reportedly shot in the left arm following a physical fight inside the apartment. The suspect, the female’s boyfriend’s friend, is a black male with a teardrop tattoo near his right eye, 40 to 50 years old, between 6 feet and 6 feet, 2 inches tall, 180 pounds, and was wearing a red sweat suit. The victim was transported to a hospital, where his injuries were not life threatening. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department at 330-375-2552.

Also Feb. 13, a 35-year-old Merriman Road man was charged with breaking and entering, criminal damage and resisting arrest. According to the police report, the man, along with a 33-year-old woman, attempted to break into a Dodge Avenue residence. They were apprehended at Payne and Beck avenues, and the man was found to be in possession of a hammer, photos of damage to a different Dodge Avenue residence and Social Security numbers and debit cards belonging to two other males, according to officers.

A 26-year-old Stabler Road man reported Feb. 13 that he realized, while going through bank statements, that a new debit card he was supposed to have received had been used at numerous places for purchases totaling $2,800.

During the evening of Feb. 13, windows were broken on four vehicles on Cliffside Drive. Officers noted it appeared the windows were shot with a BB gun and nothing appeared to be taken from any of the vehicles.

A 29-year-old Diagonal Road female reported Feb. 14 that a contracted caregiver has been asking for money and the use of her Ohio Direction Card. The caregiver also solicited the client to return stolen merchandise to a toy store to receive cash back, according to the police report.

Officers charged a 24-year-old West Exchange Street woman with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug instruments Feb. 15. The woman was the passenger in a vehicle that was stopped at Brown Street and Lovers Lane in South Akron. Officers noted the woman admitted she had hidden the drug in her clothing, and they could see syringes in plain view on the seat.

The same day, a 22-year-old Frederick Boulevard man was charged with domestic violence. According to the report, the man slapped the victim in the face repeatedly. Officers noted the man has a prior conviction for domestic violence.

The U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) announced Feb. 15 it is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect involved in a recent homicide. Dontay Antonio Taylor, 22, with a last known address on Eva Avenue in East Akron, is wanted for murder and felonious assault stemming from an incident that occurred July 23, 2012, at the Embassy Lounge, 2200 Romig Road. According to officers, Taylor was refused entry into the lounge and fired several shots through the windows, killing Rahsaan Price, 38, and injuring two others. Taylor is a black male, 5 feet, 9 inches tall and 145 pounds. According to officers, Taylor should be considered a dangerous individual and should not be approached by the general public. If anyone has information concerning his location, they are encouraged to contact the Akron Police Department’s Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490 or the NOVFTF toll-free at 866-4WANTED or text keyword WANTED and a tip to TIP411 (847411). Tipsters may remain anonymous.

Officers stopped a 32-year-old Rosamond Avenue man Feb. 17 at the intersection of Peerless and Courtland avenues for a traffic violation, resulting in charges for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence. According to police, the man attempted to dump the drug outside the car window, and marijuana was found inside and outside the car.

Also Feb. 17, a 37-year-old Oakdale Avenue man was charged with felony theft, receiving stolen property, carrying a concealed weapon, weapons under disability, identity fraud, misrepresenting identity, possession of criminal tools and criminal mischief. Officers responded to a car break-in on Dennison Avenue in Ellet, and after following footprints in the snow, located the man on Forest Park Boulevard. According to officers, the man had a loaded .380 handgun in his waistband, along with items taken from several other cars in the area.

BATH: On Feb. 7, police responded to a Medina Road location where a woman reported she had been assaulted by an unknown male near her home in Akron. Police summoned EMS to transport the victim to a hospital and notified the Akron Police Department.

Richfield police advised officers that a reckless driver was heading into Bath on Interstate 77 Feb. 7. Officers located and stopped the driver, who received numerous traffic citations. A male passenger was released to Stark County sheriff’s deputies on a warrant.

Officers were called to the parking lot of a Montrose bookstore Feb. 8 when a couple argued over a custody exchange. The female produced court documents granting her custody of the child, and the male was advised to comply and release the child to her. Both parties left without incident.

An employee of a North Cleveland-Massillon Road gas station reported Feb. 8 a driver pumped fuel worth $40 into his vehicle and left without paying for it.

A Medina Road man reported Feb. 9 someone entered his home through a large-screen panel and spray-painted obscenities on his bedroom walls and threw eggs at the bed. Nothing appeared to have been disturbed in any of the other rooms.

Police responded to a vehicle accident on I-77 Feb. 9 and killed a suffering deer that had been injured by a vehicle.

On the morning of Feb. 9, motorists reported an erratic driver at the junction of I-77 and Interstate 271. Police located the driver and stopped him as he exited I-77 on Ghent Road. He appeared to be intoxicated, was unable to stay on his feet to complete a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. He was released with a court summons. Police later discovered he left the summons and paperwork in the lobby of the police station.

A juvenile driver, who was stopped for a traffic violation on North Cleveland-Massillon Road Feb. 9, was charged with underage possession of alcohol after police found a bottle of vodka in his possession.

Police were called to the parking lot of a Montrose grocery store the morning of Feb. 10 by a man who said his wife was being harassed and threatened by two panhandlers. The suspects denied the allegations, and the male panhandler was uncooperative with officers. At the request of the store manager, police advised both suspects they were banned from the property, and they left.

Officers stopped a Copley woman in a Medina Road parking lot Feb. 10 and charged her with driving under suspension and having an improper child restraint in her vehicle. She was released to the Copley Police Department.

Workers cutting trees along Sourek Road Extension Feb. 11 found a purse and gave it to police, who attempted to locate the owner.

An employee of a Medina Road business reported he accidentally left his vehicle unlocked after his break at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 11 and returned to the vehicle at 7 p.m. to find his wallet and laptop computer had been stolen. His debit card had been used for seven unauthorized transactions at area locations.

On Feb. 12, a Melody Drive man reported his wife threw items during an argument in their home, placed his clothing on the floor and asked him to leave. Both parties agreed there were no threats and no physical violence. The two agreed to sleep in separate places for the night.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Bath residence Feb. 13 and a juvenile in the home was transported to a local hospital for an evaluation.

COPLEY: Employees of a Copley Road gas station reported Feb. 6 two juveniles stole liquor from the shelves while another juvenile waited outside. At the request of the store manager, police went to the Mull Avenue homes of the suspects to advise them they are banned from the property.

Police went to a Rothrock Road motel Feb. 6 and arrested a woman on a felony warrant and released her to Portage County sheriff’s deputies.

On Feb. 8, police were dispatched to a Mull Avenue residence regarding a stolen vehicle. A woman reported she drove her daughter to a Canton location the previous night and parked the car outside her residence. When she went outside later that evening, the car was gone. Canton police reported the vehicle had been involved in a hit-skip accident, and they were in possession of the vehicle. The woman admitted her daughter, whose license has been suspended, had taken the car and crashed it. Police charged her daughter with unauthorized use of a vehicle. Additional charges were pending in Canton.

A Devereux Drive woman called police when she came home at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 8 to discover a glass door to her residence had been shattered. Police determined items had been stolen from several rooms, and they are investigating.

Around midnight Feb. 9, police stopped an erratic driver in the parking lot of a closed business on Medina Road. The Akron man failed a field sobriety test, which was stopped for his safety when he was unsteady on his feet. He was charged with DUI, released with a court summons and sent home in a cab.

Following a registration check of a vehicle on Ridgewood Road Feb. 11, police charged an Akron man with driving under suspension and possession of marijuana and released him to the Akron Police Department on a misdemeanor warrant.

Police investigated the burglary of a Westwick Way residence Feb. 9 when patrol officers noticed a door had been broken and the home had been ransacked. Officers contacted the homeowner, who said jewelry, computer equipment and other items had been stolen.

On Feb. 9, officers patrolling South Cleveland-Massillon Road observed a vehicle in the parking lot of a professional office and saw a man standing outside of it arguing with a woman who was partially in the car. The two agreed their argument was verbal only. The female left in the vehicle, and the male got a ride from a friend.

A Mull Avenue woman called police Feb. 11 when her son attempted to break into her home and reportedly struck her with his shoe. Domestic violence charges were pending against the juvenile, who left before police arrived.

FAIRLAWN: A man reported a Bancroft Road man answered an ad he placed on Craigslist and inquired about purchasing an Audi he was selling. The prospective buyer asked if he could take the vehicle to his shop in Cleveland to be checked, and the seller gave permission, but the Fairlawn man never returned the vehicle. The buyer agreed he would purchase or return it by Feb. 5, but the vehicle was still in his driveway, blocked by another vehicle Feb. 10. The seller said he was unable to contact the man about returning the vehicle. Police went to the Bancroft Road residence Feb. 11 and advised the man they were there to recover a stolen vehicle. The man said there had been miscommunication between him and the vehicle owner, and the vehicle was returned to the owner, who declined charges.

An Akron woman was arrested for theft of five polo shirts from a mall department store Feb. 10 and released with a court summons.

Police are investigating a Jan. 11 report filed by a woman who said she withdrew $4,000 from her savings account between Jan. 1 and Feb. 9 and placed the cash in two envelopes in a locked filing cabinet in her apartment at a Smith Road residential facility. When she went to retrieve the money, she discovered the envelopes had been stolen and the $4,000 cash was gone.

Security agents at a mall department store reported Feb. 11 an Akron woman concealed shirts and pants in a bag and left without paying for them. She was stopped, arrested for theft and released with a court summons. The merchandise was returned to the store, and she was banned indefinitely.

An Akron man at a West Market Street technical school was arrested on a warrant Feb. 14 and released to the Medina Police Department.

Police patrolling Rosemont Commons Feb. 15 stopped the driver of a vehicle with an equipment violation. The Akron man was arrested for violation of a protection order when officers discovered his estranged wife was in the vehicle, and they confirmed that a court order prohibited him from being in contact with her.

An off-duty Summit County sheriff’s deputy, who was working security at a children’s restaurant on West Market Street the afternoon of Feb. 16, called police when he approached a man who smelled of marijuana and asked him to leave the building. As the suspect left, he threw a bag in the trash. Officers determined the bag contained individual packets of marijuana that were packaged for sale, and the suspect had other packets of marijuana in his clothing along with $360 cash. The contraband was confiscated, and the Akron man was charged with trafficking in marijuana and taken to the Summit County Jail.

The manager of a West Market Street electronics store reported Feb. 16 a former employee of the chain’s Alliance store was in the store several times and when he left, the manager discovered he had stolen merchandise totaling more than $1,000. The victim provided video surveillance footage that reportedly clearly depicted the theft, and police signed a warrant for his arrest for felony theft. The following day, Alliance police arrested the man on the Fairlawn warrant, and he was charged and taken to the Summit County Jail. He is suspected of stealing from other stores in the chain.

A Miller Road man reported he came home at 5:30 a.m. Feb. 17 and his live-in girlfriend struck him numerous times, causing injuries. Police arrested her for domestic violence and took her to the Summit County Jail.

Employees of a mall children’s clothing store reported Feb. 17 two females concealed items and left the store. Mall security officers confronted them, and one female fled into the parking lot, where police apprehended her and recovered stolen merchandise from a bag lined with aluminum foil. Both Cleveland women were charged with theft and possession of criminal tools, and the second female was released to the North Olmsted Police Department on a warrant.

NORTON: An Akron man who was stopped for speeding on Wadsworth Road Feb. 7 was charged with DUI and released to the Copley Police Department on a warrant.

Police worked with the Medway Narcotics Task Force Feb. 7 and stopped a driver for lane violations on state Route 21. A K-9 officer alerted police to the presence of contraband in the vehicle, and officers recovered crack cocaine, a loaded handgun and $1,300 cash. The Akron man was released to narcotics officers and the vehicle was seized.

A Reimer Road woman reported she saw an unknown male peering through her upstairs bedroom window while she was dressing Feb. 8, and looked outside to see a man crouched on the roof under her window. When he saw her, the suspect jumped off the roof and ran through the backyard. Police tracked footprints and recovered the man’s glove from the roof.

A money clip containing cash was found on the floor of the post office on Greenwich Road Feb. 9 and turned over to police.

A bartender at a 31st Street bar reported two men used a credit card to run a tab Feb. 10, and when he tried to process the card to pay the $88 tab at the end of the night, it was declined. The man who presented the card, which bore the name of a woman, had gone. The other man said he met the suspect at another Norton bar and he offered to pay for drinks for the two of them for the night. 

An Akron man who was stopped for lane violations on Wadsworth Road the night of Feb. 10 failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. His BAC tested .136.

Police investigated a report of a robbery Feb. 12 when a man staying at a 31st Street motel said a male acquaintance punched him in the face and stole his cell phone and $137. He said the suspect also broke the window of his vehicle and stole medication. Police determined the window had been broken on a previous occasion.

RICHFIELD: Police were called to a Streetsboro Road bar Jan. 26, when an intoxicated female reportedly drove off in a vehicle. Officers located the driver traveling on Broadview Road at a speed of 20-25 mph and stopped her. She failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released on bond the following morning.

A Shetland Trail man reported Jan. 28 that an unknown person transferred $61,000 from his savings account at a credit union in Chicago, placed it in a checking account, then wrote and cashed a check for $61,000.

On Jan. 31, police assisted Ohio State Highway Patrol officers in locating a driver who struck an Ohio Department of Transportation salt truck on Interstate 77, abandoned her vehicle and fled into a wooded area. Police found her walking along the highway and detained her at the Richfield Jail until the state police picked her up.

Police were called to a fight at a Streetsboro Road tavern Feb. 2, when a man reported another man at the bar hit him in the face and kicked him, and he wanted to file charges.

A Richfield man reported Feb. 5 an unknown person made multiple withdrawals from his checking account without his permission.

On Feb. 5, an Appleridge Lane man reported unauthorized charges appeared on his credit card account Feb. 2 and on a different card account Feb. 5.

Police responded to a 9-1-1 call of a reckless driver on I-77 Feb. 6 and located the vehicle traveling north on the highway. The driver swerved across lane lines several times and police stopped her. She failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and placed in a jail cell. She reportedly became verbally abusive toward police, and she was held in the jail until her court appearance the following morning.

Officers are seeking suspects who spray-painted an image on the Everett Road Bridge over I-77 Feb. 7. The same image has been painted on doors at Richfield Commons and other locations around the village.

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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