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4/18/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 300 block of Fernwood Drive between Feb. 18 and April 5; the 1500 block of Bonita Drive between April 4 and 6; the 800 block of Nome Avenue April 8; the 500 block of Bacon Avenue between April 8 and 9; the 1200 block of Frederick Boulevard between April 9 and 10; the 400 block of Grace Avenue April 10; the 700 block of Cordova Avenue April 11; the 800 block of Storer Avenue April 11; the 100 block of South Portage Path between April 11 and 12; the 1500 block of West Market Street April 12; and the 1600 block of Wiltshire Road April 14.

On April 3, a 30-year-old Brice Road woman allegedly stole jewelry, cash and silver coins valuing $15,000 from her father and sold it to a pawnshop. Theft charges were filed April 6.

A warrant was issued for a 38-year-old Goodyear Heights woman April 9 on charges of theft without consent. According to the police report, the woman visited a car dealership in the 300 block of West Market Street under the guise of being interested in purchasing a vehicle. She allegedly drove away in a 2013 model when a salesman went inside to obtain a gas card needed for a test drive. The vehicle was recovered the same day in the 400 block of Edgewood Avenue.

An investigation is pending after the home of a Frederick Boulevard woman was reportedly entered sometime April 9 or 10. The victim’s report stated someone kicked in a rear door, broke a flat-screen TV, poured bleach all over the residence and took food out of the refrigerator, causing it to spoil.

Burglary charges were filed April 10 against a 44-year-old man whose last known address is on Greenwood Avenue. He allegedly stole items from a home in the 800 block of Crouse Street March 25.

Between the close of business April 10 and reopening April 11, several items were stolen from the sidewalk outside an antiques shop on the 400 block of West Market Street, including four tables, a sewing machine and four marble boxes.

An 18-year-old Dover Avenue man was charged with receiving stolen property and drug abuse April 11. The man, who was stopped in the 400 block of Crestwood Avenue, was found to be driving a stolen vehicle and in possession of marijuana, according to the police report.

Davon Irvine
Photo courtesy of the Akron Police Department
Detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred April 12 around 2 p.m. in the 700 block of East Avenue. The victim, a 30-year-old Goodyear Heights man, was shot in the face and transported to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, according to officers. A warrant for felonious assault has been signed on Davon Irvine, 19, of Copley Road. Irvine is 6 feet, 2 inches tall and 165 pounds. He should be considered armed and dangerous, according to officers. Anyone with information on Irvine’s whereabouts should contact the Akron Police Department’s Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490; the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-866-4-WANTED; or Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at 330-434-COPS. Callers can remain anonymous.

A 21-year-old Bluff Street man was charged with breaking and entering April 12. The man allegedly was observed on video entering a coffee shop in the 1500 block of West Market Street and taking money from the cash drawer, then eating a sandwich. According to the police report, the man was a former employee of the business fired for giving away free drinks to friends, but he still had keys.

Police officers were called to a nightclub in the 2500 block of Romig Road April 12, resulting in weapons-related charges against a 28-year-old man and 19-year-old woman, both from Wooster. The man allegedly refused to be patted down prior to entering the bar and was ejected. The couple, who were sitting in a vehicle afterward, were intoxicated and had a loaded pistol in plain view, according to officers. Both were charged with carrying a concealed weapon and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, while the man was additionally charged with having weapons under disability.

Officers charged a 20-year-old Valdes Avenue man with disrupting public service and assault April 13 following an incident in Ellet during which the man allegedly assaulted a woman and prevented her from calling 9-1-1.

On April 14, officers charged a 55-year-old Goodhue Drive man with domestic violence and menacing. Officers noted the man has a prior conviction for domestic violence from May 2006.

An 18-year-old man and his 56-year-old father, both Pershing Avenue residents, were charged with breaking and entering April 14. The men were caught stealing plastic tubing from a Downtown Akron manufacturing business, according to the police report.

Officers are investigating what appeared to be several bullet holes in the front wall and window of a home on Rainbow Drive, which struck the residence the evening of April 14.

BATH: On April 5, police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Lake Point Drive residence where an estranged couple argued over property. Both parties stated no physical confrontation took place and there were no threats by either party. The two agreed to separate for the night and consult their lawyers regarding the property dispute.

A woman reported April 6 her wallet was stolen from a locker at a Medina Road fitness center around 9 a.m. She said she cancelled her credit cards and has been advised there have been no unauthorized charges on the accounts.

Police were called to a Burr Oak Drive residence April 6 and interviewed a woman, her husband and her son regarding a physical confrontation. Officers arrested the son for domestic violence and took him to the Summit County Jail.

Officers investigated an April 6 report by a Bath Township man who said an unknown person used his son’s name on an Instagram website account and sent obscene photos to his son’s elementary school classmates. The victim does not have an Instagram account. Police and school officials are investigating the incident.

On April 7, officers confiscated a counterfeit $20 bill passed at a Montrose restaurant by an unknown customer. The bill was forwarded to the U.S. Secret Service for investigation.

Police responded to a report that a man was fishing in a restricted area on Crystal Lake behind an Embassy Parkway building where “no fishing” signs are posted April 7. The man was arrested on a warrant from Coshocton County and taken to the Summit County Jail.

Officers responded to a traffic crash at the intersection of Bath and Bonnebrook roads April 9. A driver told officers he lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree. He also admitted he had too much to drink before driving. He failed a field sobriety test, and his BAC tested .155. He was charged with DUI, released with a court summons and driven to his residence.

COPLEY: The owner of a Copley Road medical facility reported April 11 that a patient at the facility who is recovering after a drug overdose has frequent visitors who behave suspiciously. She said staff members believe the visitors might be taking drugs to the patient or participating in other clandestine activities. Police informed her that she has the right to ban the visitors from the property, and they advised she do so if she suspects criminal activity. She also was advised to keep police informed of any suspicious activity.

Copley officers assisted Fairlawn police officers with the pursuit of a vehicle on West Market Street April 11. A Fairlawn officer released a bulletin that he was calling off the pursuit of the vehicle in the interest of public safety because the driver increased his speed and began driving erratically. As the officer turned off lights and sirens, the Copley officer spotted the suspect swerving between lanes on West Market Street. The officer’s dashboard camera recorded the suspect as he swerved off the road, struck a curb, hit a tree and flipped the vehicle in front of a hotel. Fairlawn police assisted a female exiting the vehicle, and a Copley officer and a citizen assisted the male, who had been ejected through the vehicle’s windshield and was lying under the vehicle. Both people were treated and transported to area hospitals. [See related Case note item below.]

A Sunnyfield Drive resident reported April 11 someone changed a password on an outside cable router to an obscene phrase. The victim said a vehicle outside the residence was recently damaged and he suspects his daughter’s friend, who stayed at the residence for a short time, might be involved. He requested additional patrol around the residence.

Police responded to reports of a reckless driver on Interstate 77 April 12. One motorist reported the driver struck two walls along the highway and cut across three lanes to exit the highway on state Route 18, nearly striking a stationary police cruiser positioned along the exit ramp. The driver was confused and unable to stand without stumbling. He stated he was unable to take a field sobriety test due to a knee injury. His BAC tested .169, and the Canton man was charged with DUI and released to a friend. His vehicle was towed from the scene.

On April 13, officers patrolling a cul-de-sac on Heritage Center Drive observed a large amount of wood shavings dumped from a wood chipper. Police also observed other piles of lawn debris and trash, and they determined more than one person was dumping in the area. The debris partially covered the roadway. Police are investigating.

A Crestmont Court man reported April 14 he returned home to find his disabled son was missing from their apartment. Police assisted in the search for the youth, and they determined a family member had taken him to church.

Police patrolling Ridgewood Road around midnight April 14 observed a vehicle with sparks and smoke coming from its passenger side. The driver swerved between lanes, and both tires on the vehicle’s right side had been destroyed. The driver refused to answer when police asked what happened to his vehicle. He was disoriented and he failed a field sobriety test. He was charged with DUI, and released with a court summons.

FAIRLAWN: On April 9, Akron police arrested an Akron man on a warrant for failure to pay fines on a theft charge. Police retrieved the man, charged him and took him to the Summit County Jail.

An Akron man arrested April 9 on a theft warrant was charged and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A Morewood Road woman reported April 10 she suspects her ex-husband has been tampering with her property. She said the man claims to live in Seattle, but she knows he is in town. She discovered a sliding glass door and screen door at her residence had been opened after she closed them several times.

Ohio State Highway Patrol officers arrested an Akron female on a Fairlawn warrant April 10. Police picked up the woman, charged her with failure to pay fines on a theft charge and took her to the Summit County Jail.

Police patrolling South Cleveland-Massillon Road April 11 observed a suspicious vehicle outside a grocery store in Rosemont Commons. The driver left the parking lot, and police stopped him for several traffic violations on Brookwall Drive. Officers determined the vehicle had been reported stolen by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office that day. The driver admitted stealing the vehicle from Green earlier in the day. The Akron man was charged with driving under suspension and traffic violations and was taken to the Summit County Jail on charges of receiving stolen property. A passenger in the vehicle was released.

The manager of a mall store reported April 12 three females were in the store and two of them were concealing merchandise. Mall officers stopped the two Akron females as they left the store, and the third female left. Police found stolen merchandise and booster bags in the possession of both females, and each was charged with theft and possession of criminal tools, released with a court summons and banned from the mall. Police signed a warrant for the arrest of the third female on charges of criminal trespassing, as she had been banned from the mall.

An employee of a West Market Street business reported April 13 her wallet, containing cash, credit cards and identification, was stolen from an unsecured locker while she worked the previous day.

A Kenridge Road woman called police April 14 to have her live-in boyfriend removed from her residence because he allegedly threatened to harm her. Police arrived to find the man on the sofa listening to loud music. He refused officers’ requests to turn down the music and talk to them. The male began screaming at police and refused to cooperate with them or obey verbal commands. He was arrested for domestic violence, menacing, resisting arrest and obstruction of official business and taken to the Summit County Jail, where he reportedly continued to be uncooperative and was placed in a padded cell.

NORTON: A Doylestown man stopped for speeding 90 mph in a 65-mph zone of Interstate 76 April 6 failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. His BAC tested .151.

A South Cleveland-Massillon Road business owner reported April 6 she received a call from an unknown male who began by asking questions about her store, then asked sexually explicit questions and used obscene language.

Wadsworth police requested assistance in arresting a Creekside Drive man on a warrant April 6. Police located the suspect at a South Cleveland-Massillon Road gas station and took him into custody without incident. He was released to Medina County sheriff’s deputies.

The manager of a Columbia Woods Drive apartment complex reported April 6 two $700 flat-screen TVs were stolen from the clubhouse. One TV was in an exercise area and another was padlocked in a laundry area. The manager was in the process of locating serial numbers of the TVs.

On April 6, a Wadsworth man reported someone entered his house, which is under construction, at a location on Hametown Road. He asked police to provide additional patrol in the area.

A Hametown Road man reported his dirt bike was stolen from an area in front of his garage April 7.

Following a traffic stop on Wadsworth Road April 7, a K-9 officer alerted police to the presence of contraband in the vehicle, and police arrested an Akron woman for drug abuse after they found a bag of marijuana in her purse.

Police responded to reports that someone was firing a weapon in a wooded area off Wadsworth Road April 7. Officers located a Barberton man and some of his friends. The man admitted firing a weapon at a target in the woods. Police confiscated two rifles, an automatic shotgun and ammunition and arrested the man for discharging a weapon within city limits.

A South Cleveland-Massillon Road man reported April 9 an Akron woman removed his debit card from his wallet while he was sleeping and used it to withdraw money from his bank account and make unauthorized charges, causing a $443 loss to his account.

On April 10, police arrested a McCoy Road man for domestic violence and took him to the Summit County Jail for allegedly assaulting his sister and destroying household items.

A Barber Road car dealer reported unauthorized use of a motor vehicle April 10. He told police a Barberton woman took a Cadillac she was planning to purchase, saying she was taking it to her mechanic for an inspection. She failed to return the vehicle, and attempts to reach her have been unsuccessful.

Police were called to a Jane Avenue residence four times during the week regarding a man who was trespassing on the property. On April 10, police confiscated a firearm for safekeeping and told the man to stay away from the property. On April 12, a resident reported the man, who is her mother’s ex-boyfriend, was again at the residence and he dumped horse manure on the front porch. He admitted dumping debris, and police arrested him for criminal mischief and trespassing.

A South Cleveland-Massillon Road woman reported April 13 an unknown driver ran over her mailbox and sheared it off at the post.

Police responded to a domestic dispute at a Wadsworth Road residence April 13. A Texas juvenile who was reportedly staying with his grandmother after his mother had problems disciplining him reportedly was being unruly and making death threats. He was arrested for incorrigibility.

A woman called police April 14 to report she was driving on I-76 and her daughter opened the car door and attempted to jump out. The woman pulled the car to the side of the road, where police found it. The daughter admitted her actions, and she was transported to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.

RICHFIELD: On March 29, police patrolling Brecksville Road performed a registration check on the license of a tractor-trailer that had been parked in the lot for several days and determined it had expired in November. The trucking company had been placed out of service. Police determined the truck was not occupied, the driver had not stayed at the motel and all electronic items, such as the CB radio and TV, had been removed. Officers removed the license plates, impounded the truck and had it towed to an impound lot. Efforts to locate the owners of the truck, trailer and cargo were unsuccessful.

Police were called to a Brecksville Road gas station April 1 when a truck driver reported he was sleeping in his truck when the driver of another truck attempted to back into a space and struck his truck, causing damage to his vehicle.

Officers responded to a request to check the welfare of a Ridgeview Drive man April 2 and found the man was highly intoxicated. He told police he was seeking help for his addiction, and police contacted a detoxification center and called EMS to transport him to it.

On April 2, police were called to a Brush Road residence for a report of possible trespassing and assault. Officers spoke to the victim, who said his neighbor had been behaving erratically, and the previous night the neighbor came to his home uninvited, rushed inside and sat on a recliner. When he asked the neighbor to leave, he refused and reportedly grabbed the victim’s head twice. The victim shoved the man out the front door, and he reportedly ran off screaming obscenities. Police spoke to the neighbor, who admitted he had been intoxicated and he went to see the victim. He said he only touched his head to keep him away while he was being shoved out of the house. The victim’s daughter told police she fears the neighbor could hurt her father. Police advised the parties to avoid contact with one another while they complete an investigation. No charges were filed at the time.


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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