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3/7/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 200 block of South Maple Street between Feb. 13 and 16; the 1300 block of Hardesty Boulevard Feb. 23; the 1100 block of Dover Avenue Feb. 26; the 1700 block of Karg Drive between Feb. 26 and 27; the 900 block of Bellevue Drive Feb. 27; the 500 block of Grace Avenue between Feb. 27 and 28; the 200 block of Westwood Avenue Feb. 28; the 1200 block of Hardesty Boulevard March 1; the 100 block of South Balch Street between March 1 and 3; the 300 block of South Portage Path between March 2 and 3; and the 1900 block of West Market Street March 3.

Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects involved in 11 reported thefts involving cartons of cigarettes, including at stores on the 1300 block of Copley Road Jan. 4, the 1600 block of West Market Street Feb. 1 and the 1900 block of West Market Street Feb. 5. According to police, in all of the thefts, the suspects have entered a store and attempted to purchase large quantities of cigarettes. As the clerk rings up the sale, the suspects grab the cigarettes and run. During one of the thefts, one of the suspects jumped over the counter, shoved the clerk and ran out of the store with the merchandise. Investigators are asking anyone who can identify the suspects involved to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490; the U.S. Marshals Service at 866-4-WANTED; Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at 330-434-COPS; or leave an anonymous tip on the Akron Police Department website at akronohio.gov/asp/tip.html. Callers also can remain anonymous.

On Feb. 25, a 56-year-old Hartford Avenue woman visiting a drugstore in the 1900 block of West Market Street allegedly concealed eight bottles of lotion and bath oils in her purse and attempted to leave the store but was stopped by store employees.

Detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred Feb. 26 around 11:30 p.m. in the 900 block of Dover Avenue. The victim, a 34-year-old male, was found in a backyard with multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead on the scene. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau, U.S. Marshals Service, the Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. or leave an anonymous tip on the Akron Police Department website.

On Feb. 27, officers pulled over a 45-year-old Middlebury man at West Market and Aqueduct streets for not having an operating license-plate light. The man was placed under arrest when officers observed an open container of alcohol in the vehicle. Officers also discovered the man’s driver’s license was expired, and during the tow inventory, crack cocaine was found on the driver’s seat.

A Mull Avenue woman reported Feb. 28 that she received a phone call from a local credit union stating there was a pending transaction for $1,800 for a laptop computer from an online store. The woman reported she was able to call and have the transaction stopped.

Wanted fugitive Dontay Taylor, 22, was arrested March 1 in DeKalb County, Ga. Taylor, with a last known address on Eva Avenue in East Akron, was 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. According to police, Taylor will be extradited back to Summit County following a Rule 4 hearing.

On March 2, a 36-year-old Storer Avenue man was charged with violation of a civil protection order, aggravated menacing and unlawful restraint. He reportedly entered the victim’s Arlington Street home, threatened her and physically blocked the doorway so she could not leave. According to the police report, he was found in the basement underneath the stairs. The man has a prior conviction for violating a protection order from December 2012, officers noted.

A 17-year-old Rose Boulevard male was driving the wrong way on South High Street when he was stopped March 3. According to officers, the odor of marijuana was present in the vehicle, and he admitted to having smoked the drug before driving. Officers also reportedly found 8 grams in the glove box. They also noted the vehicle had damage to its right mirror, which the man admitted was from hitting another vehicle. He was cited for driving the wrong way on a one-way street and hit-skip.

Officers were called to South Hawkins Avenue and Courtland Avenue March 3 to respond to a traffic accident. When they arrived, they found the vehicle of a 38-year-old Tandy Lane woman in the grass at the intersection with severe front-end damage. The woman allegedly was at fault for rear-ending another vehicle and had a BAC of .208.

Officers responded to a call reporting a male with bolt cutters near a business on South Frank Boulevard on March 3 around 9 p.m. When they arrived, they noticed fresh footprints in the snow near an 8-foot chain-link fence. Officers followed the footprints through a wooded area, across a creek and into a business area, finally ending up in a residential neighborhood. They then found a 30-year-old Kenmore man inside a trash receptacle and took him into custody. The man was treated on scene by paramedics for possible hypothermia. A second suspect, a 36-year-old Springfield Township man who was reportedly driving a getaway vehicle, also was arrested for driving on a suspended license. The Kenmore man was charged with breaking and entering, possession of criminal tools and obstructing official business, while the Springfield man additionally was charged with complicity to commit breaking and entering. They were both booked into the Summit County Jail.

A 50-year-old man with a last known address on Edgerton Road was arrested following the morning robbery of a South Main Street bank March 4. Bank employees reported the man entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding money. He then fled southbound on Main Street with an unreported amount of cash and a dye pack, which exploded. The man reportedly continued southbound to Buchtel Avenue, where he boarded a bus. The bus was later stopped, and the man was taken into custody, charged with aggravated robbery and booked into the Summit County Jail.

BATH: Police assisted firefighters at the scene of a structure fire at a Shade Road residence Feb. 21.

An Akron man who reportedly concealed merchandise and left a Montrose store without paying Feb. 22 was charged with theft, released with a court summons and driven to a bus stop.

Police patrolling North Cleveland-Massillon Road Feb. 22 stopped the driver of a vehicle with no license plates and arrested him for possession of a marijuana pipe that was found in the vehicle during a consent search. He was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and released with a court summons.

On Feb. 23, officers arrested a man for concealing merchandise in his jacket and leaving a Medina Road clothing store without paying. He was charged with theft and released with a court summons.

Police are seeking the person who stole a sign from outside a Ghent Road school Feb. 23. The sign was white with black lettering that stated, “Please use new entrance.”

A Cleveland man released from Cuyahoga County Jail Feb. 25 was charged on a Bath warrant and transported to Akron Municipal Court.

An employee of a Medina Road phone store reported Feb. 25 that a male and female said they were shopping for a phone. The employee showed them his personal cell phone and went to the back of the store to retrieve an item. When he returned, the couple had gone and his two personal phones were missing.

A township resident took a 75-millimeter bomb shell to the police station Feb. 26. He said a friend found the object while excavating at a Cuyahoga County location. The Summit County Bomb Squad destroyed the shell.

Police responded to a domestic dispute at an Aegean Road residence Feb. 27, when a woman reported she was moving out and her estranged husband became confrontational with her and the movers she had hired. Police advised the man to stay in the basement until the movers were finished and advised both parties to contact their attorneys regarding their property.

Copley police reported an erratic driver was on North Cleveland-Massillon Road Feb. 27. Bath officers located the driver and stopped him for lane violations. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released to the Barberton Police Department on a warrant.

The owner of a Jeep Wrangler reported the spare tire and wheel rim were stolen from the vehicle while it was parked in a Medina Road lot Feb. 27 between 4 and 6 p.m.

A Shaw Road woman reported Feb. 27 she received a call from a man who said she had won $2.5 million and instructed her to go to her bank to meet a representative. She recognized the call as a scam and reported it. Police called the phone number and spoke to a man who used vulgar and profane language.

On Feb. 27, an Oxbow Road man reported an unknown person in Texas used his name and personal information to file a fraudulent federal income tax return and receive a refund.

COPLEY: Police responded to a domestic dispute at a Jacoby Road residence Feb. 22 and searched for a woman who had left the residence on foot before officers arrived. A relative said the woman struck and bit her before leaving. Officers located the woman and arrested her for domestic violence and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia that was found in her purse. She was taken to the Summit County Jail.

A guest at a Montrose West Avenue hotel reported Feb. 23 she received a call from a man who said he was the front desk clerk and stated their computer malfunctioned and lost her information. He said the hotel would provide her a 30 percent refund, but he needed a credit card number in order to apply the refund. She provided her credit card information, and he said the transaction failed and asked for another card number, which she provided. She later learned the front desk had not called her. The clerk told police the call originated from within the hotel because no outside calls had been transferred to her room. Police are investigating.

On Feb. 24, officers patrolling Rothrock Road determined the driver of a vehicle in a motel parking lot was wanted on a warrant. Police went to his room, arrested him on the warrant and released him to the Wadsworth Police Department.

Police responded to a report that there were suspicious people with flashlights trespassing on property at a Hametown Road farm Feb. 25. A property owner also reported someone cut hair from a horse’s tail and said other suspicious events occurred recently. Officers advised the property owners to call when they see anyone trespassing.

Two men reported they dined at a Montrose West Avenue restaurant the evening of Feb. 25 and returned to their vehicle in the parking lot to find a window had been broken and their bags were stolen. One man reported his bag contained a laptop computer, wireless device and personal documents. The other man reported his wheeled carry-on bag, containing a laptop computer, wireless device, iPod, shoes and clothing, was stolen.

A Meadow Creek Lane woman called police Feb. 25 after hearing a loud noise outside her sliding glass door and looked out a window to see a man by her front door. When the man saw her, he fled. Police searched the area but were unable to locate him.

A Reserve Avenue business owner reported Feb. 27 scrap items were stolen from his property.

Also on that day, the manager of a Medina Road movie theater received cash found on a movie seat and gave it to police, who secured it.

Police investigated a Feb. 27 report filed by the manager of a Copley Road medical insurance business stating an employee stole 19 laptop computers during a one-month period.

The mother of a Copley High School student reported Feb. 27 a case containing $300 headphones was stolen from the student’s backpack during lunch.

Police patrolling Rothrock Road Feb. 28 checked the registration of a vehicle in a motel parking lot and determined the license plates had been reported stolen from Akron. Officers located the owner, who told them she reported the plates stolen but got them back and forgot to inform the Akron Police Department. Officers confirmed her information, but they confiscated the plates because her driver’s license had been suspended.

On Feb. 28, police, officers from the Medina County Drug Task Force and officials from the Ohio Board of Nursing investigated a report that a former employee of a Ridgewood Road health care facility falsified her nursing license in order to obtain employment.

A Creekledge Lane woman reported March 2 that there had been two attempts to open fraudulent cell phone accounts using her personal information. The requests were declined due to a flag on her Social Security number.

FAIRLAWN: Security agents at a mall department store reported Feb. 20 a woman concealed merchandise in a large purse and attempted to leave without paying. When an agent confronted her,  she refused to go back into the store and a struggle ensued. The woman fled after the employee grabbed the purse, which reportedly contained stolen merchandise totaling $90. Officers found an identification card belonging to the Akron woman, who was arrested for theft.

An Akron man who reportedly concealed a $95 shirt in his pants and left a mall department store without paying for it Feb. 21 was arrested for theft and released with a court summons.

Utility workers at an electric substation near South Cleveland-Massillon Road reported Feb. 22 that a section of fence surrounding the property had been cut by someone who entered the property and stole 54 copper cables, totaling $1,620. Police are investigating the incident, which placed the workers in danger and threatened to interrupt electric power to the surrounding area.

A Kenridge Road woman reported Feb. 22 she discovered there has been an unauthorized withdrawal of $30 from her checking account on the 15th of every month, and this has been occurring since last June. The victim said she has never patronized the website and she did not authorize the withdrawals.

Security agents at a Montrose discount store reported Feb. 22 an Akron man concealed items in his pockets and attempted to leave the store without paying. He was charged with theft and released with a court summons.

An employee of a West Market Street salon reported Feb. 25 she has filed for a protection order to prevent her ex-boyfriend from contacting her, but he repeatedly calls her place of business and sends her text messages. He told her there is nothing she can do about it, because the order has not been served to him yet. Police contacted the Atwater man and advised him to cease all contact with the victim.

Police are seeking a black male in his 20s, who was wearing glasses, who punched a security agent in the chest and fled from her Feb. 25 when the guard attempted to stop him from shoplifting a pair of jeans worth $64. The man had entered a red, four-door Kia Spectra, with yellow lettering on the driver’s side rear door.

On Feb. 26, a Norton woman gave police a laptop computer she found in her daughter’s backpack after they returned from a Columbus cheerleading convention. She said she attempted to locate the owner and when she was unsuccessful, she took the computer to the Fairlawn Apple store, where she was told to take it to the police station.

A Sunridge Drive woman reported Feb. 27 she received calls from two banks whose representatives asked her to approve a New York woman as a second person on her accounts with those banks. She said one account had a $17,000 credit limit, but she did not open the account nor did she have an account at the other bank.

NORTON: A Wilbanks Road man reported Feb. 23 that an unknown driver ran over his mailbox, causing $50 damage.

Police responded to a vehicle crash on Clarkmill Road Feb. 23, when witnesses reported a car crashed into a fence and the driver fled on foot. Officers were unable to locate him in the area, but they later found him in the garage of his residence. He admitted he had been drinking, panicked after the accident and fled. He failed a field sobriety test and his BAC tested .135. The Norton man was charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident, released on bond and transported to a hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash.

A Hillcrest Avenue woman reported someone threw nails and screws in her driveway Feb. 23. Police observed the items and made a report.

Officers patrolling South Cleveland-Massillon Road Feb. 24 stopped a Barberton man for traveling 54 mph in a 35-mph zone. He failed a field sobriety test and his BAC tested .201. He was arrested for DUI and released on bond.

An Alberta Drive woman reported Feb. 24 a motorist drove through her yard and struck a metal pole.

A woman walking her dog on Barber Road Feb. 24 reported she found a bag containing suspicious items. Police determined they were remnants of the production of methamphetamine, and the Summit County Drug Unit was called in to take possession of the items. Police are investigating the incident.

A Frashure Drive man reported Feb. 25 a $50 propane tank was stolen from his patio, possibly by his ex-wife.

A Holly Avenue couple reported Feb. 26 a relative of the husband has been filing federal income tax returns in the husband’s name and has received refunds for the past three years. The refunds have been mailed to a Fairlawn address, where the relative lives.

Police responding to several reports that shots were fired at a Johnson Road residence Feb. 26 heard shots coming from the location and arrived to see a man firing a weapon from a rear deck of the residence. No one at the residence admitted shooting a gun, despite police advising one male that they saw him shooting. Eventually an Akron man and a Fairlawn man admitted they fired the weapon. They were charged with discharging a weapon inside the city limits, and police confiscated a semi-automatic handgun.

The owner of a Barber Road tool rental business reported Feb. 28 a man rented a $2,000 electric plumber’s snake, failed to return it by Feb. 14 and has not returned phone calls from the business owner. Police called the man and left a message for him to return the item or face charges of felony theft.

PENINSULA: An officer and Valley Fire District personnel were sent to Pine Hollow Park Jan. 1 in reference to a reported leg injury. The officer assisted Valley Fire as necessary.

A woman reported Jan. 1 that she had found a gray poodle with no dog collar or dog tags. The reporting officer advised her that Summit County Animal Control was closed for the day and the National Park Service did not have a ranger on duty to take the dog to a kennel. The woman agreed to keep the dog overnight and contact Summit County Animal Control in the morning.

On Jan. 2, a man filed a stolen snowboard report with a business on Riverview Road. The man said his snowboard, valued at $620, was stolen between 7 and 8 p.m. Dec. 28. In addition, a woman said her son’s snowboard (valued at $420) was stolen from the same location between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. On Dec. 30, a man said his snowboard (valued at $600) was taken Dec. 30 between 3:05 and 3:10 p.m.; another man said his snowboard (valued at $800) was stolen Jan. 3 sometime before 7:45 p.m.; a woman said her snowboard (no value listed) was taken Jan. 3 between 7:30 and 8 p.m.; and another woman said her skis (valued at $750) were stolen Jan. 19 between 3 and 7:45 p.m. A man also reported the theft of his phone at the same location Jan. 27 between 7:15 and 10:30 p.m. Investigations are pending.

Three officers received radio assignments to report to Quick Road at Pine Hollow Jan. 3 in reference to a possible suicide attempt. The officers were unable to locate the male in question, so they asked the Norton Police Department to do a GPS search for the man’s cell phone. The Norton department advised that the cell phone was showing a location in Akron and the officers cleared the scene.

On Jan. 11, an officer received a request for mutual aid from the Boston Heights Police Department to assist officers in a robbery case at a motel. The officer assisted as necessary.

On Jan. 15, an officer was on routine patrol on Stine Road when she noticed a white mailbox lying on the grass by the tree line. The box and post were smashed, and there were three pieces of mail in and around the box. The officer took the mail in to the receptionist at the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad office, and the receptionist said she hadn’t noticed the box was down. The officer said she had seen the mailbox the day before and it had been standing normally at that time. The officer took a report and cleared the scene.

An officer was sent to a business on Mill Street Jan. 18 in reference to a couple who said they were soliciting for electrical service for an energy provider. The couple, who were found on Main Street, were advised to secure a permit from Peninsula. They agreed to do so and left the area.

RICHFIELD: Officers went to a Wheatley Road location Feb. 15 to pick up a man arrested by the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP). The man was charged on a Richfield warrant and released on bond.

Police responded to a call from a resident of a Brecksville Road facility Feb. 15, when the woman said a strange man had been in her room, and she felt the employees did not take the matter seriously. Staff members confirmed there had been a recent incident involving a man in her room. Police advised the woman the matter would be investigated.

On Feb. 16, police responded to a disturbance at a Brecksville Road truck stop and arrived to find about 20 people arguing. Officers determined they had been traveling on a party bus when a fight broke out, allegedly due to a female’s lewd dancing. Brecksville police assisted officers in controlling the crowd and learned of an assault on a man who had a cut on his hand. The man said he had been stabbed, and police found a knife in a nearby garbage can. Because the assault happened while the bus was on the Ohio Turnpike, the investigation was turned over to the OSHP, and the person responsible for the assault was handcuffed and placed inside a cruiser. When his friend repeatedly interfered with the investigation and opened the cruiser door to let him out, he was charged with disorderly conduct by intoxication. The suspect’s girlfriend, who had gone inside the truck stop, began arguing with the female who had been dancing and failed to stop on police orders, and she also was charged with disorderly conduct by intoxication. The woman who had been dancing was also highly intoxicated and creating a disturbance, and was also charged with disorderly conduct. The stabbing suspect and the knife were released to an OSHP officer.

On Feb. 18, police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Harold Drive residence, where family members were arguing and a man reported his son, with whom he was arguing, might have a weapon. Police determined the son did not have a weapon and no physical violence had occurred, and several family members left the residence for the night.

The Akron police reports were compiled by Ariel Hakim, and the Peninsula reports were compiled by Sean Patrick. 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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