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8/15/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 1500 block of Berendo Avenue July 30; the 1000 block of Greenwood Avenue Aug. 6; the 1500 block of Berendo Avenue Aug. 7; the 400 block of Kathleen Street Aug. 7; the 900 block of Mull Avenue Aug. 7; the 1500 block of Berendo Avenue Aug. 10; the 1500 block of Bryden Drive Aug. 10; the 1100 block of Copley Road Aug. 10; the 1500 block of Delia Avenue Aug. 10; the 100 block of Elmdale Avenue Aug. 10; the 700 block of Greenwood Avenue Aug. 10; the 900 block of Mull Avenue Aug. 11; and the 100 block of Hollinger Avenue Aug. 12.

The owner of a flower shop reported Aug. 7 two women purchased a peace lily, and after she helped them carry it to their car, she realized her wallet was missing. As she called her bank to cancel her credit cards, she found they had already been used at a nearby grocery store to purchase gift cards, according to the victim’s report. The women also tried to use the credit cards at a nearby shopping mall after the account was closed, she said.

On Aug. 8, an apartment resident who lives in the 700 block of West Market Street discovered damage to his vehicle — the inside passenger seat was “burned up,” and all four tires had been sliced, according to the police report.

The same day, police officers took statements from three people whose vehicles had been damaged while in a parking lot in the 1300 block of Weathervane Lane. All four tires were slashed on one vehicle, which also had several scratches, another had a broken mirror and a flattened tire, and a third vehicle also had a flattened tire.

A 25-year-old East Akron man was arrested Aug. 9 on burglary charges after being found walking between houses in the 100 block of Elmdale Avenue. The man, whose face was bleeding, was identified by the victim, who said he broke out a window in her home and climbed in. The man received six stitches at a hospital and was transported to the Summit County Jail.

On Aug. 10, officers stopped a vehicle at West Exchange Street and Dodge Avenue for a stop sign violation and could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Upon searching the vehicle, they found a sandwich bag which contained 19.7 grams of marijuana and a digital scale in the center console, according to the police report. The driver, an 18-year-old Zahn Drive man, was cited for the stop sign violation and issued a court summons for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. One passenger, a 19-year-old Dominion Drive man, also was issued a court summons for the same drug-related charges, and a 17-year-old Idlewood Avenue male was transported to a juvenile detention facility on similar charges.

Also Aug. 10, a taxi cab driver reported he attempted to drop off two 16- to 18-year-old males in the 100 block of South Rhodes Avenue, but as they exited the vehicle, they drew a shotgun to his face through the driver’s window and demanded all of his money. According to the victim’s report, he tried unsuccessfully to pull the shotgun away. The suspects fled on foot with the shotgun and no money, according to the victim’s report.

On Aug. 11, a 26-year-old Roslyn Avenue man was charged with possession of drugs. He was stopped for failing to use a turn signal at the intersection of Nome Avenue and Copley Road. When the man, who was driving on a suspended license, exited the vehicle, a baggie containing 3 grams of marijuana fell from his lap, according to the police report.

On Aug. 12, around 11:30 p.m., a 28-year-old man walking home from work was attacked in the 600 block of Copley Road. The victim reported two males jumped him and demanded his cell phone, which he refused to give up. Officers in the area observed the assault and attempted to break up the fight, when the suspects took off running. One suspect, a 16-year-old Peerless Avenue male, was apprehended and charged with robbery and obstructing and placed in the custody of the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center. The second was not apprehended. The victim was treated on scene by paramedics.

BATH: On Aug. 1, police investigated a report filed by a Springside Drive motel manager who said a man checked in July 28, claimed he worked for the government and flashed a badge, but had no photo identification. He received a discount on his room, used a Visa to pay his bill and employees became suspicious when he sent an email and the address did not match that of the cardholder.

Following a registration check of a vehicle on North Cleveland-Massillon Road Aug. 1, police stopped a driver, arrested him for driving under suspension and released him with a court summons.

Police were called to a vehicle accident involving a pedestrian at a Yellow Creek Drive residence Aug. 2. They arrived to find a man who had sustained a leg injury. He told officers his wife attempted to leave the garage following an argument, and her vehicle struck him, pinning him between the vehicle and the garage door. She left in a different vehicle, which had been parked in the driveway. Police attempted to locate her on her cell phone and traced the phone to a Copley motel, where she was staying. She refused to open the door for police, who entered the room and arrested her for domestic violence and felonious assault. She was taken to the Summit County Jail.

On Aug. 2, officers responded to a domestic disturbance in a vehicle on Medina Road and determined the altercation was verbal. The female was arrested for driving under five license suspensions and released with a court summons. The male was arrested on two warrants and released to the Akron Police Department after he was transported to a hospital for treatment of an asthma attack.

Officers responded to a report that an erratic driver was heading north on Interstate 77 into Bath Aug. 3. Police observed the vehicle swerving and stopped it at a rest area. The driver admitted he had been drinking, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI, and released to his girlfriend. His BAC tested .192.

On Aug. 3, employees of a Montrose cosmetics store reported a shoplifter stole items and left the store. Police were reviewing surveillance video footage of the incident.

Police shot and killed a sick raccoon at a Granger Road location Aug. 3.

Officers stopped a driver on Medina Road Aug. 4 and arrested her for driving under suspension. A passenger was released to the Richfield Police Department on a warrant.

A North Shore Drive resident reported a man was soliciting residents for money Aug. 4 by saying he was in rehabilitation and needed money. Police located the man, who was uncooperative with officers and said the resident lied about his stating that he was in rehab. He was arrested for illegal panhandling. Officers located two more panhandlers in the neighborhood and advised them to leave.

COPLEY: A driver who sped past police at a traffic stop on Ridgewood Road July 28, nearly striking the officer and cruiser, was stopped. She said she was unaware she did anything wrong. She admitted drinking before driving, failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for DUI, and released to a family member. Her BAC tested .137.

Police responded to a report of an intoxicated man being disruptive in the parking lot of a restaurant on Flight Memorial Drive July 30 and located him in a Springside Drive parking lot. He was disoriented and unaware of his location. He was transported to a detoxification center.

A Vale Drive man reported July 30 he had five boxes of promotional and medical educational material delivered, and they were left outside his residence July 27. When he returned July 28, the boxes, worth $1,800, had been stolen.

Police patrolling Copley Meadows Drive at 4 a.m. July 31 observed a vehicle with the door open and saw a juvenile male standing outside the car. He reportedly lied to police about his identity several times and had been warned about curfew violations by Fairlawn police officers a week ago. He allegedly was uncooperative and disrespectful with police, and he was arrested for a curfew violation.

A Salisbury Way woman reported July 31 her daughter drove her car to a sports event at Copley High School, and two tires were slashed while it was parked in the lot.

Police assisted Akron police officers in serving a warrant to a custodial employee at a school on South Cleveland-Massillon Road July 31. He was arrested without incident.

A group of juvenile females waiting for a ride from a Montrose movie theater around midnight Aug. 1 reported they were standing in front of the theater when a male identified himself as a federal employee and asked them if they wanted a ride. They declined, and he left but returned minutes later. One female called her grandmother, who spoke to the man and assured him her husband was on the way to pick up the girls. An adult woman came out of the movie theater and called police, who stopped the man in the parking lot and verified his credentials. He was a federal employee who said he was concerned for the girls. Police were investigating.

On Aug. 2, a Terrier Drive man reported he returned from a trip to find golf clubs, an air compressor and other items had been stolen from his garage.

The manager of a Montrose office supply store reported Aug. 2 a group of males from Michigan attempted to use stolen credit cards to purchase prepaid credit cards. They made two purchases of $206 each using the cards and another purchase of $496 using a check. Police were investigating.

Police located a juvenile runaway from Doylestown at a South Cleveland-Massillon Road residence Aug. 2 and released her to Wayne County sheriff’s deputies.

The manager of a Medina Road phone store reported Aug. 3 a male and female entered the store and stole five smart phones. Police were reviewing store video footage of the incident.

A woman reported Aug. 3 she took her vehicle to an automotive business on Medina Road for repairs and accidentally left her credit card in the vehicle. She discovered the card was used to make unauthorized purchases totaling $300.

A Sunridge Drive woman reported her 15-year-old son took her vehicle without permission Aug. 4. He was charged with driving without a license.

FAIRLAWN: Employees of a mall department store reported Aug. 3 a juvenile male concealed a shirt and left the store without paying. He was charged with theft and transported to a juvenile detention center.

Police patrolling South Cleveland-Massillon Road at 11:35 p.m. Aug. 3 observed a male skateboarding north in the southbound lanes and questioned the Cuyahoga Falls man regarding the odor of marijuana on his clothing. He surrendered a bag of marijuana and was charged with its possession and released with a court summons.

A Sand Run Parkway man reported he saw a group of males place a red book bag containing earphones in bushes on Crawfis Boulevard Aug. 4. Officers took the bag to the police station.

Employees of a Montrose discount store reported Aug. 4 a woman loaded a shopping cart with merchandise totaling $559 and pushed it out of the store without paying. She was stopped in the parking lot, charged with theft and released with a court summons. An hour later, employees at a West Market Street grocery store reported she stole a four-pack of wine coolers. Police found the Akron woman sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot, and she was again arrested for theft.

Police patrolling West Market Street at 2:30 a.m. Aug. 4 stopped a driver for speeding and noticed he had a new 40-inch TV with security sensors attached in the back seat of his vehicle, and he could provide no receipt of payment for it. Police charged him with driving under suspension and took the TV, pending proof of ownership. Officers checked with employees of a Montrose discount store and learned a 40-inch TV had been stolen and the incident had been captured on video, which officers reviewed. The store manager identified the suspect and police arrested him for theft. The TV was returned to the store.

On Aug. 4, officers investigated a domestic disturbance at an Abington Road residence and saw a man storm out the front door, yelling angrily. Officers noticed he was covered with blood, but he had only minor scratches. He said he had been fighting with his brother at their residence. Police interviewed his brother, who had a large cut under his eye and facial contusions. He said there had been a fight, but then recanted and said he had been injured when he fell. His mother and father were uncooperative with police, and no one would make a written statement. His brother was arrested for domestic violence and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A pink Disney Princess bicycle was found near a trash receptacle in a Smith Road parking lot Aug. 5 was taken to the police station.

Police responded to a report from a Sunridge Road woman who said her 16-year-old son and two friends took her husband’s car without permission Aug. 6. Police reached the males by cell phone, and they returned to the residence at 1:30 a.m. The juvenile who was driving was charged with driving on a learner’s permit without a licensed driver in the vehicle, and all three were charged with curfew violations.

Mall security agents reported Aug. 6 a highly intoxicated woman walked out of a mall restaurant without paying her tab and fell into the bushes. When security agents found her, she got up and stumbled into a ditch. She was uncooperative with police and reportedly called them obscene names. She was charged with disorderly conduct and taken to a detoxification center. Her BAC tested .193.

NORTON: On Aug. 1, a Gardner Boulevard woman reported $300, an iPod and cigars were stolen from two vehicles in her driveway. The same night, a Gardner Boulevard man reported he saw a juvenile male with a flashlight looking into his vehicle. The male ran off when confronted, and police were unable to locate him. When later apprehended by Barberton police officers, he admitted acting as a look-out while a friend stole items from vehicles. Police located stolen items in the yard of a residence where he lives and where his accomplice, who is homeless, stays with him. He was arrested for theft, and officers were seeking his accomplice. Some items were returned to victims, but the iPod was not found.

The owner of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road business reported Aug. 1 two political signs urging people to vote no on Issue No. 2 were stolen from his property.

Police responded to a call from a Swain Drive man, who said his girlfriend kicked and damaged the stereo in his truck Aug. 4. He declined charges, but both parties were arrested for walking on the road while carrying open bottles of hard lemonade.

A Wadsworth Road man reported Aug. 4 the license plate was stolen from his vehicle, which had been damaged in a flood.

Police investigated the theft of two dirt bikes totaling $1,600 from a Collier Road residence the night of Aug. 5. The following day, Copley police found one bike at a different location of Collier Road, and the other bike was found in a nearby ditch.

A Greenwich Road man reported Aug. 7 his neighbors called him at work to tell him his ex-girlfriend entered his apartment and left after several minutes. He returned home to find his cell phone and $280 missing. He said she was at his residence Aug. 4, and when she left, his wallet was missing.

On Aug. 8, a Wadsworth woman said she parked her vehicle outside a Barber Road storage facility, left the engine running and got out to open the gate. The vehicle then rolled backwards across Barber Road and into Wolf Creek. When it was retrieved from the creek, workers said a beverage can was against the gearshift, preventing the vehicle from being placed in the park position.

Police responded to a crash on Grenfall Road near South Cleveland-Massillon Road in the early hours of Aug. 8 and found a utility truck lying on its side in a ditch. The driver could not be located. Police determined the truck had been reported stolen from the Ohio Department of Transportation earlier this year, and police officers believe it was being towed by another vehicle when it crashed. Officers interviewed an employee of a gas station located near the accident scene and learned that a male came into the station, asked to use the phone and called a man, who arrived to pick him up minutes later. Officers traced the number he called, and they are working to identify both suspects. A cell phone was found in the front seat of the truck.

RICHFIELD: Police investigated a report that a toddler was left alone at a Broadview Road residence July 24 and arrested a woman for child endangering. She was released on bond, and several days later she was taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation and released.

Around 1 a.m. July 30, officers responded to a report that an intoxicated juvenile was at a church on Everett Road and located an 18-year-old who was highly intoxicated and went to the church to seek help. He refused to be transported to a hospital for evaluation, and EMS performed an evaluation that determined he was intoxicated. He was uncooperative and combative and was arrested for underage drinking and booked into Richfield Jail for the night.

Officers investigated a report of domestic violence at a Forest Brooke Court residence the morning of Aug. 1, when a woman went to the police station to report her husband grabbed her by the neck and put his hand over her face during an argument the previous night. Police spoke to the male, who denied grabbing her neck, and officers found no visible injuries on the victim’s neck. No charges were filed, but the male agreed to leave the residence temporarily.

The manager of a Brecksville Road motel called police Aug. 1 when a tenant broke a window to gain access to her room. Officers observed a male, who also shares the room, asleep on the bed. He said he came home from work and fell asleep, and the female broke the window because she was locked out. Both parties were asked to vacate the motel room. The manager declined charges provided they did not return. The female was transported to a hospital due to her level of intoxication.

Police responded to a report of shots being fired at a Revere Road residence Aug. 3 and spoke to a woman, who said she was practicing planking, which is riding a horse and firing blanks at targets. She was advised that firing weapons inside the village is illegal, even if shooting blanks.

On Aug. 3, a Burrwood Drive resident reported finding several marijuana smoking devices in an atrium that is in a common area of a residential complex. Police confiscated the devices, along with some drug pipes.

The owner of a Brecksville Road business reported Aug. 5 an anonymous caller has been making reports of fire safety violations at the business, and the Richfield Fire Department has investigated the complaints and determined they were unfounded. He said the person making the reports might be a disgruntled employee.

The evening of Aug. 5, police investigated a suspicious vehicle parked outside a closed elementary school on private property that is posted with “no trespassing” signs. Police located a female and a male, who said he went to the building to take photos. Officers advised him it is clearly posted as private property and he had no right to be on the property for any reason. Officers contacted the property owner, who declined charges provided both parties write a letter of apology.

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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