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6/27/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 1000 block of West Exchange Street June 15; the 1700 block of Cromwell Drive June 18; the 1700 block of East Waterford Court June 18; the 1200 block of Courtland Avenue June 20; the 1300 block of Hartford Avenue June 20; and the 600 block of Noble Avenue June 20.

The Traffic Bureau of the Akron Police Department (APD) is investigating a hit-skip accident that occurred June 15 around 2:30 a.m. A 42-year old-male was driving a motorcycle southbound in the 2100 block of Akron-Peninsula Road, as a black SUV-type vehicle was traveling northbound and drove left of center, striking the motorcycle, according to officers. The driver of the SUV fled the scene, while the motorcyclist was transported to a hospital, where his injuries were not life-threatening, according to officers. Police need the public’s help in locating the hit-skip vehicle, possibly a black Jeep Laredo with damage to the front, left side of the vehicle. Anyone with pertinent information is asked to call the APD Traffic Bureau at 330-375-2506.

On June 18, shortly after noon, a resident in the 1200 block of Nome Avenue reported shots were fired. One shot struck her front door, traveling through her microwave and lodging into a wall, according to her report. An 18-year-old man also reported he was standing outside of the residence when a silver vehicle drove by and shots were fired at him. A vehicle possibly involved in the incident was recovered in the 700 block of Fleming Drive, officers noted, and detectives are following up on the shooting. The suspect is a black male, 30 to 40 years old, between 5 feet, 7 inches and 6 feet tall, weighing 250 to 300 pounds, and he was wearing a black shirt and long black shorts. Anyone with information is asked to contact the APD at 330-375-2552.

Three people — a 19-year-old Alhambra Way man, an 18-year-old South Hawkins Avenue man and a 23-year-old West Waterloo Road man — were each charged with two counts of aggravated burglary and one count of burglary June 18. While detectives were following up on a felonious assault, officers observed the three men forcing their way into two apartments on Roselawn Avenue, according to officers.

Officers stopped a vehicle at Elmdale and Mull avenues for a stop sign violation June 18, resulting in charges against a 55-year-old Ivy Court man for drug abuse. As officers approached his car, the man appeared to be shoving something in his pants pocket, according to officers. After officers asked him to step out of his car, they recovered 0.5 gram of cocaine, according to the police report.

On June 19, a Brookshire Road resident reported that a bicycle was stolen out of his garage, and another bicycle was left in his front yard.

A 31-year-old Noble Avenue man was charged with possession of cocaine and open container June 19 after running a red light. The man was stopped at East and Longview avenues, and officers observed an open container of beer in the center console, according to the police report. After placing him under arrest, officers recovered cocaine wrapped up in a dollar bill in his pocket, according to the report.

A 22-year-old Wright Road man was charged with possession of heroin and possession of marijuana June 19. While stopped at Copley Road and Roslyn Avenue for a traffic violation, officers could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside of the man’s car, according to the police report. After placing him under arrest, officers found marijuana and heroin inside of the car, according to the report.

Officers apprehended a 19-year-old Noble Avenue man when he was found hiding in the closet of a house in the 800 block of Bye Street June 19, charging him with carrying a concealed weapon and tampering with evidence. The man reportedly had been involved in an altercation in the 400 block of Wildwood Avenue, and officers were attempting to conduct an interview when the man fled on foot, according to officers. He also allegedly threw a handgun in the middle of the street at Wildwood Avenue and Peckham Street.

Detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred June 20 around 11 p.m. in the 1000 block of Peerless Avenue. The victim, a 40-year-old East Lods Street man, was shot in the abdomen. He was transported to a hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. No additional information was available on the shooting, according to officers. Anyone with information is asked to contact the APD.

Officers apprehended a 48-year-old Everton Drive man June 22, charging him with aggravated robbery and possession of drug paraphernalia. The victim, a Rhodes Avenue man, said he was standing outside in the 400 block of West Market Street when he was approached by the man, who brandished a razor knife, demanded money and fled on foot. The Everton Drive man was apprehended a block away, and the money was recovered, according to officers. The man also was in possession of the knife and a crack cocaine pipe, according to the report.

The same day, a Copley Road woman reported tires on three separate cars at her residence had been slashed.

On June 23, officers responded to reports of a burglary in progress in the 1300 block of Weathervane Lane. When officers arrived, a security guard was holding a 25-year-old Ellet man down on the ground, according to the police report. A maintenance worker for the apartment complex said he saw the man dump a trash can on the ground in front of him, and when confronted, the man entered the garage, grabbed a ladder and threw it on the ground, the report noted. Also, an apartment resident said the man attempted to enter his apartment by kicking the door in, left for five minutes and returned to kick the door again, causing visible damage to the doorframe. The man, who was intoxicated during the incident, stated he didn’t do anything wrong and was just trying to get back to his girlfriend’s apartment, according to the police report. He attempted to direct officers to his girlfriend’s apartment; however, the location of the apartment he described belonged to the man whose door had been kicked, officers noted. The man was charged with breaking and entering, burglary and assault.

BATH: Police were called to a Fairway Drive residence June 12 by a man who said his girlfriend slammed his hand in a door during an argument. An investigation determined the male was the primary aggressor, and he was arrested for domestic violence and taken to the Summit County Jail. The female’s injuries were evaluated by Bath EMS.

At 11 p.m. June 15, police patrolling North Cleveland-Massillon Road observed a suspicious vehicle in a park and saw the driver exit the vehicle and begin yelling. He told police he had been in a fight in Akron. A Richfield woman in the vehicle said the fight had been with her and she agreed to allow police to drive her to her residence. Both parties stated the argument was verbal only. The woman changed her mind about getting a ride home and began running around the male’s vehicle, attempting to get in. Once inside the vehicle, she refused police orders to exit. Police removed her from the vehicle, charged her with obstructing official business and drove her home.

A Mallard Point Drive man reported June 17 someone smeared human feces on the windows of a vehicle in the driveway of his residence. Police are seeking two juveniles seen running from the residence around 1 a.m.

Employees of a Montrose clothing store reported June 17 two males were in the store stuffing merchandise into a booster bag lined with duct tape. The males fled to the parking lot, where they dropped the bag of merchandise and left in a vehicle. Officers stopped the driver of a vehicle fitting the description of the suspects’ car and charged them with theft and possession of criminal tools, and the driver was additionally charged with driving under suspension.

Police patrolling Interstate 77 June 19 stopped the driver of a motorcycle and charged him with driving under suspension. Another motorcyclist traveling with him was arrested for possession of a marijuana blunt, which she surrendered to officers.

Officers are investigating a June 19 report filed by a Sun Valley Drive woman who stated her ex-boyfriend has been stalking her at home and at public places.

Also that day, police patrolling Medina Road observed a passenger throw a cup out of the window of a vehicle, stopped the driver and charged her with driving on a learner’s permit without a licensed driver in the vehicle. The passenger was charged with littering.

Employees of a Montrose shoe store reported June 19 someone used counterfeit travelers checks to purchase three handbags and return them to a New Jersey store in the chain for a cash refund.

Police photographed graffiti spray-painted on the I-77 Bridge over Ira Road June 20 and notified the Ohio Department of Transportation of the damage.

At 2:20 a.m. June 22, police responded to a noise complaint and located a driver who was attempting to extricate a vehicle that had gone off Crystal Lake Road. He failed a field sobriety test, and he was charged with DUI and released with a court summons. The vehicle was towed.

A driver stopped for a traffic violation on North Cleveland-Massillon Road June 22 was released to the Richfield Police Department on a warrant.

A Roberts Ridge Road resident reported June 22 two males dressed in tan suits went to his residence while he was at work. His 12-year-old daughter answered the door, and the men flashed badges to her, claimed to be police officers and asked if her father was home. They said they would return. Witnesses described one male as short, chubby, bald and in his 40s, and the other was said to be in his 50s with gray hair and glasses. Police are providing additional patrol around the residence.

A guest at a Springside Drive motel reported June 23 a desk clerk gave his girlfriend a key to his room without his permission, and she entered the room and woke him up at 2 a.m.

COPLEY: Police patrolling state Route 18 June 7 stopped a driver who made a left turn into a parking lot without using a turn signal. She was arrested for driving under suspension and held on an Akron warrant for driving under suspension. Her vehicle was towed to an impound lot.

On June 8, a Millstream Court man reported he returned from a trip to find several credit cards, for which he did not apply for, in his mailbox. He learned one credit card account had a balance of $1,900 in purchases of gift cards.

A guest at a Montrose West Avenue hotel reported June 10 that $2,750 in cash was stolen from his room. Police spoke to the hotel manager, who said a new key card was made for an unknown white male who had an old card for the room, but it was not active. The new card was used to enter the room at 8:05 a.m. that day. The victim said headphones, clothing and shoes also were taken from the room.

Also on that day, officers patrolling the southbound lanes of state Route 21 stopped a driver of a vehicle with an expired registration. He was arrested for driving under several license suspensions, and his vehicle was towed. The plates were seized by order of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

FAIRLAWN: An Akron woman was arrested for shoplifting clothing worth $178 June 14 after security agents at a mall department store reportedly observed her take clothing into a fitting room several times and emerge without all the items. Police stopped her as she left the store, retrieved the stolen merchandise, charged her with theft and released her with a court summons. She was banned from the store.

A multi-colored purse with a symbol on it was found in a city park and placed in a property room June 15 after police were unable to identify the owner.

An employee of a mall department store reported June 15 a man stole a watch and ran to a nearby mall store, where he attempted to put it on his wrist. Security officers confronted him, and he fled to a vehicle. Police stopped him as he entered the vehicle, but he did not have the watch, which the employee found near a mall kiosk. The Akron man was charged with theft, released with a court summons and banned from the store.

A Bancroft Road man reported a $600 grill was stolen from his driveway between midnight and 6 a.m. June 16.

Police were reviewing video surveillance footage and interviewing witnesses in an attempt to identify two women who went into a mall lingerie store June 16, swept numerous items from a display into their large purses and fled from the store. They were described as black females, of medium height, weighing 160 pounds and carrying large, black purses. They fled in a black Jeep Liberty. Loss to the store is more than $600.

On June 17, a Park Hill Drive man reported the catalytic converter was stolen from his vehicle while it was parked in a lot outside his residence. He discovered a problem the morning of June 12 and took the vehicle to a mechanic, who advised him of the theft.

Police patrolling West Market Street June 18 stopped an Akron man for a traffic violation and noticed an open container of beer and an odor of marijuana in the vehicle. The driver admitted there was a bag of marijuana in the vehicle. He was charged with possession of drugs and an open container of alcohol in a vehicle, and released with a court summons.

Employees of a mall department store reported June 19 two females took clothing into a fitting room, where they concealed items in their purses and then left without paying for them. Employees confronted the suspects as they left the store, but the two refused to come back and got into a vehicle. Police stopped the vehicle, retrieved the merchandise, totaling $214, from the victims’ purses, charged them with theft and released each with a summons, and advised them they are banned from the store. One woman was from Akron and the other from Wooster.

NORTON: A Key Boulevard man reported June 14 his vehicle was damaged while it was in his driveway the previous night. Police observed words scratched into the vehicle and nails placed under the tires.

Police patrolling Eastern Road June 15 observed a driver traveling east in the westbound lane and stopped him. He appeared to be intoxicated, admitted drinking before driving and failed a field sobriety test. The Cleveland man was arrested for DUI and released on bond. His BAC tested .156.

Also on June 15, officers found an abandoned vehicle, which had crashed into a pillar in a covered parking lot on South Cleveland-Massillon Road. Police found a driver’s license in the vehicle and located the driver in his apartment. He was intoxicated and told officers he parked the vehicle and went home and drank several beers. He said the vehicle must have rolled into the pillar, and officers advised him it was going to be towed because it was causing an obstruction. When officers left, the man went outside his residence and began arguing with his girlfriend. Officers instructed him to calm down and he refused and became aggressive with police, who arrested him for disorderly conduct.

A Barberton man stopped for lane violations as he drove on Interstate 76 the night of June 15 told police he had taken a narcotic before driving. He also admitted smoking marijuana that evening. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and given a urine test. He advised officers there might also be heroin in the sample. He was additionally charged with possession of marijuana, which was found in his pocket, and two drug pipes, which were found in the vehicle during a tow inventory.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Hillier Road residence June 17 after a woman reported her husband threw her to the floor during an argument, but she said she did not want to get him into trouble. Police observed broken household items and an injury on the victim’s forehead, for which she declined medical treatment. The male was in the backyard in a camper, and he refused police orders to come out. Officers removed him from the camper, arrested him for domestic violence and resisting arrest and took him to the Summit County Jail.

A Holly Avenue woman reported June 17 two $50 wooden chairs were stolen from her front porch the previous night.

A woman reported June 21 her ex-boyfriend threatened to kill her while she was attending a service at a Johnson Road church the following Sunday. Police advised her to call them if she sees him at any time or if he contacts her again.

RICHFIELD: On June 9, a Harold Drive woman reported she received a harassing text message from her brother’s ex-girlfriend regarding a theft warrant for her brother’s arrest signed by police the previous day.

The driver of a tractor-trailer reported June 10 he parked the truck at a Brecksville Road travel center June 4 and returned to find two tractor parts had been stolen from the vehicle.

On June 11, a man went to the police station to file a report that his vehicle was damaged at a tow lot. He said the vehicle was towed June 9 following a traffic stop, and when he retrieved it, he noticed the glove box was damaged. He said he found chocolate had been smeared on the floor and rubber gloves were left inside the vehicle.

Officers are seeking the persons who stole copper pipes from a vacant residence on Streetsboro Road. The house is owned by the village, and it was being stripped June 12 in order to prepare it for use in firefighter training. A Richfield Village Service Department worker said the copper pipes had been removed and placed in an area to be picked up for salvage, but they are missing.

Police responded to a call that three juveniles were on the roof of a building that houses restrooms at Richfield Woods Park on Broadview Road June 13. Officers observed and photographed the boys on the roof and stopped them as they ran toward their bikes. Witnesses said the juveniles were tearing shingles from the roof and throwing them off. Police had the youths call their parents to the scene, and officers explained to all parties that the juvenile division would be notified and charges of criminal damaging were pending completion of an investigation.

A Richlawn Drive resident reported June 15 she discovered drug paraphernalia while she was moving her daughter’s belongings to the lawn. She said her daughter is a recovering heroin addict. Police took the syringe and other items and placed them into an evidence room.

Police are investigating a June 16 report of theft filed by a Sawbridge Drive resident who said jewelry was stolen from a locked box in her bedroom. She said the box is always locked, but the key is kept in the lock. She suspects the jewelry was stolen in May, but she did not miss it until a friend told her she suspected her cleaning woman of stealing jewelry from her.

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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