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10/31/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 700 block of Delaware Avenue Oct. 23; the 1000 block of Hemlock Hills Drive Oct. 23; the 800 block of Valdes Avenue Oct. 23; the 100 block of South Frank Boulevard Oct. 24; the 1000 block of Hemlock Hills Drive Oct. 24; the 100 block of Gale Street Oct. 26; the 800 block of Orlando Avenue Oct. 26; the 700 block of Stoner Street Oct. 26; the 100 block of Eastgay Drive Oct. 27; the 200 block of North Hawkins Avenue Oct. 27; the 1000 block of Karen Drive Oct. 27; and the 100 block of Hyde Avenue Oct. 28.

On Oct. 20, a man called the Akron Police Department (APD) and stated his daughter’s bike had been stolen from his yard and he followed the suspects to a nearby gas station. Officers located the bike and several boys at a gas station in the 1200 block of Copley Road, according to the police report. One 15-year-old boy was charged with possession of a counterfeit controlled substance after being found with a bag of counterfeit cocaine in his pocket. Another 15-year-old boy was found to have stolen cookies and honey buns in his sleeve, and he was charged with theft. Both were taken into custody. The caller recovered the bike and did not wish to pursue charges, according to the report.

On Oct. 21, a Copley Road man reported to the APD that an acquaintance has been commenting on his Facebook page that he is going to shoot him.

Late the evening of Oct. 21, officers initiated a traffic stop at North Balch Street and Fairfield Avenue after discovering the vehicle’s license plates expired last month. Officers reported they found a bag of marijuana and a crack pipe in the pockets of the driver, a 61-year-old Silver Street man, who was charged with attempted drug abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers initiated a traffic stop Oct. 23 when a driver neglected to use a turn signal when turning onto Packard Drive from La Belle Avenue. The front seat passenger, a 44-year-old Dover Avenue man, was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant and was arrested without incident, according to the police report. Also, officers found a bag containing 2 grams of marijuana in his sock, and he was charged with its possession.

A 47-year-old Whittier Avenue woman was charged with possession of crack and possession of drug paraphernalia Oct. 23. She was stopped for a traffic violation at Whittier and Norma avenues, according to the police report. She was driving on a suspended license, and officers found a rock of crack on the seat and a ceramic crack pipe in the woman’s pants pocket, according to the report.

The same day, a 22-year-old South Hawkins Avenue man was charged with having weapons under disability, tampering with evidence, carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest. Officers were at the corner of Copley Road and Seward Avenue when they heard two shots fired, according to the police report. They checked the area and noticed the man walking over to a car and throwing something inside, according to the report. When officers approached, they saw a gun in the front seat of the car, the report stated. The gun was loaded, and the man admitted to firing it in the air, according to officers. The man also had a warrant for assault and a prior felony conviction for aggravated burglary, officers noted.

A Noble Avenue man reported he was walking on his street Oct. 24 when two males approached him from behind, one wearing what he described as a Scream mask and the other dressed in all black. The masked male was holding a black semiautomatic pistol and pointed it at the victim and demanded everything he had, according to his report. The victim stated he only had a cell phone, which the males took before fleeing the scene, the report stated.

An employee of a retail pharmacy in the 1900 block of West Market Street reported Oct. 26 a woman tried to push a shopping cart containing $44 in merchandise out of the store without paying for the items, including two 12-packs of beer, paper towels and laundry detergent. She left the cart and got into a blue sport utility vehicle with a male, who drove away, according to the report.

On Oct. 27, officers initiated a traffic stop in the 1200 block of Orlando Avenue, and as they approached, they could see both driver and passenger making furtive movements toward the back seat of the vehicle, according to the police report. While inventorying the car, officers found a pistol, warm to the touch as if it had recently been fired. A 21-year-old Canton woman and a 20-year-old Noah Avenue man were charged with carrying concealed weapons, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and tampering with evidence. The man, who also had a warrant on file, was additionally charged with possession of criminal tools after a digital scale was found in driver’s side door. Both were transported to the Summit County Jail.

A 53-year-old Ruth Avenue man was charged with drug abuse Oct. 28 after being stopped for a traffic violation at Wildwood and Stadelman avenues. The man did not possess a valid driver’s license, according to officers. They found crack on the floor in front of the driver’s seat and in the center console.

On Oct. 28 around 5:30 p.m., residents in the 700 block of Noah Avenue were victims of a home invasion. One of the residents reported he was in the basement watching TV when three suspects entered the home with a shotgun and ordered him upstairs. They took his cell phone and a gold necklace. Another resident was on the second floor and heard the commotion downstairs, according to APD officials. The suspects went upstairs, took the second victim’s cell phone and ordered the second victim to walk them around the house while they took money, an iPad, an Xbox and an empty safe. The suspects then fled, according to APD officials. Neighbors reported seeing a possible gray, four-door Chevy Impala in the area during the invasion. The suspects are three black males, 17- to 18-years-old. The first suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and 145 pounds, with a birthmark on the left side of his face. The second suspect is 5 feet, 7 inches to 5 feet, 9 inches tall, 170 pounds and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a black and gray baseball hat. The third suspect is 5 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 7 inches tall with dreadlocks and was wearing a black North Face hooded sweatshirt and blue Chicago Bulls baseball hat. Anyone with information is asked to contact the APD at 330-375-2552.

BATH: After receiving a report that a shoplifter fleeing from a Fairlawn store Oct. 18 entered a vehicle that was traveling west on Medina Road, police stopped the vehicle. The driver told them he never met the woman, who ran up to his vehicle while it was stopped in traffic and jumped into the passenger seat. Police held the woman until Fairlawn officers arrived and took her into custody (see Fairlawn report).

A driver going north on Revere Road the morning of Oct. 19 struck and killed a deer that ran in front of the vehicle. The driver was not injured, but the vehicle was damaged.

On Oct. 20, an Akron man was arrested for DUI after his vehicle struck and damaged a vehicle in the parking lot of a North Cleveland-Massillon Road restaurant. The man told police he had no recollection of the accident.

Police responded to a report that a woman, who was confused and disoriented, walked away from her family’s home on Kensington Road Oct. 20. Officers located her walking a short distance away and returned her to her family. For her safety, police called EMS to transport her to a hospital for an evaluation.

Officers were called to a San Rafael Drive residence Oct. 21 for a teen who was experiencing a breathing emergency. An investigation determined the teen had run away from home. Officers located her, transported her to the police station, charged her with incorrigibility and released her with a court summons to Summit County Juvenile Court.

An Akron man was cited for following too closely behind another vehicle on North Cleveland-Massillon Road Oct. 21 when the driver of the vehicle in front stopped at a traffic light at Bath Road and the Akron man struck the vehicle, causing damage.

A Sun Valley Drive man called police Oct. 22 when his son was behaving in an unruly manner. The juvenile reportedly continued to defy his parent in the presence of police, using foul language and slamming his bedroom door. He was transported to the police station, charged with incorrigibility and released with a court summons to Juvenile Court.

The driver of a vehicle traveling south on North Hametown Road Oct. 24 lost control of the vehicle, which left the road and ended up in a ditch.

COPLEY: Police are seeking the people who entered a vacant Wright Road residence between Oct. 11 and 14 and stole copper plumbing.

A business owner reported Oct. 15 a bag containing a loaded gun was found on White Pond Drive. Police took the firearm and were attempting to locate its owner.

A Wright Road woman reported Oct. 16 an unknown person used her credit card to purchase clothing at a Fairlawn store.

Officers responded to a vehicle crash on Summit Road at 5 a.m. Oct. 17, when a driver lost control of a vehicle, which flipped and landed on its roof. Police arrived to find two males standing beside the vehicle. The passenger was evaluated at the scene by EMS and released. The driver, who allegedly had been drinking, had a head injury and was transported to a hospital, where a BAC test was performed. He was arrested for DUI and failure to control his vehicle.

Police were called to a Druid Drive residence Oct. 17 when a man reported his live-in fiancée slapped him in the face and head during an argument and locked him out of the house. The female admitted striking the male, who had visible marks on his head. He declined charges, but police arrested the female for domestic violence and took her to the Summit County Jail.

At 2 a.m. Oct. 18, officers responded to an incomplete 9-1-1 call from a Hammond Boulevard residence and heard a male and female fighting. Both parties told police the confrontation was verbal only, and the female agreed to leave for the night.

A woman reported Oct. 18 she discovered the side of her vehicle had been damaged while it was parked outside a South Cleveland-Massillon Road winery for several minutes the previous night.

On Oct. 18, a Redfield Lane woman reported her purse had been missing since Oct. 4, and she recently discovered someone has been using her credit cards throughout the Akron area. She said her Ohio driver’s license was found on The University of Akron campus and her military identification is missing.

An Encell Drive woman reported Oct. 18 an unidentified person used her credit card to open an account with PayPal and used it to make online purchases on eBay.

A Magdalyn Drive man reported Oct. 19 prescription medication was mailed to him Oct. 15 and it was lost or stolen from his mailbox.

The manager of a Medina Road restaurant reported five teenage girls left the restaurant without paying a $60 tab Oct. 20. One suspect left a cell phone behind. The manager said he would not pursue charges if someone returned and paid the bill.

A man who was driving his girlfriend’s pickup truck on Copley Road the night of Oct. 20 ran off the road and struck a fire hydrant, a large rock and a boat and trailer in the yard of a residence. He fled on foot, and police located him at his residence in Akron. He was arrested for DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to control his vehicle, and released to the Boston Heights Police Department on a warrant.

A Copley woman reported Oct. 21 her husband took his gun and went to a park to commit suicide. Police traced his cell phone and located his vehicle in the parking lot of Brandywine Falls, where they met with park rangers and Bath police, who had also responded. The victim was located and transported to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

On Oct. 23, a Wright Road man reported he observed two white males, one with a ponytail, run from his property, and he discovered a four-cylinder engine and scrap metal missing. He said the males fled in a blue PT Cruiser that was parked outside a vacant house next door.

Police investigated a report of suspicious activity in a Vale Drive parking lot Oct. 23 and discovered a syringe containing drug residue under a vehicle in the lot.

Officers responded to a vehicle crash at the intersection of Karl Drive and Copley Road Oct. 24, when a driver lost control of a vehicle and crashed into a mailbox and utility pole. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. His BAC tested .185.

A Copley Road man reported Oct. 25 a trailer was stolen from his property.

The driver of a vehicle with no front license plate was stopped on Copley Road Oct. 26, arrested on a warrant from Seneca County and taken to the Summit County Jail.

FAIRLAWN: Employees of a West Market Street medical facility called police Oct. 18, when a patient was creating a disturbance. Police determined the Parma man was highly intoxicated and advised him to cease his behavior. He became combative with officers and continued swearing at employees, and he was charged with disorderly conduct and taken to a hospital for an evaluation.

Police investigated the theft of a vehicle from a West Market Street parking lot Oct. 18 between 10:50 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.

The manager of a mall clothing store reported Oct. 18 a female took clothing into a fitting room, and employees heard a noise that sounded like security sensors being removed from merchandise. When the female opened the door of the fitting room, employees observed pliers on a bench in the room. The female fled from the store, ran from the mall, crossed the parking lot and jumped into a vehicle on West Market Street. Bath police stopped the driver of the vehicle, and he said he did not know the female and that she just jumped into the passenger seat of the vehicle. Police retrieved stolen merchandise and a pair of wire cutters from the female and charged her with theft and possession of criminal tools.

Officers patrolling a mall parking lot Oct. 18 observed a woman sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle parked in the fire lane. The female got into the driver’s seat and began to drive away. Police stopped her and observed an odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. The Akron woman surrendered a marijuana cigar to police, who charged her with possession of drugs and released her with a court summons.

A Louisville man reported Oct. 19 the driver of a vehicle struck his mother as she walked in a mall lot. The victim said she was not injured, declined medical attention and did not want to pursue charges against the Akron man who was driving the vehicle.

On Oct. 20, officers worked with Akron and Copley police officers and Summit County sheriff’s deputies to arrest a man who reportedly smashed the window of a vehicle in a Miller Road parking lot and stole an Akron woman’s purse. Copley police had been watching the suspect’s home on Lakeland Avenue in connection with an investigation of criminal activity, and deputies had been pursuing him and observed him break the vehicle window on Miller Road. Akron police retrieved the victim’s purse, and she said several items were missing. Fairlawn officers arrested the suspect for theft after he admitted taking the purse and ditching it on Schocalog Road. Copley officers obtained permission to search his home and found drugs, paraphernalia and numerous stolen items. Additional charges were pending completion of an investigation.

Cuyahoga Falls police officers arrested a Ravenna man on a Fairlawn warrant Oct. 21. He was charged and taken to the Summit County Jail.

Employees of a West Market Street grocery store reported Oct. 22 a woman wore sunglasses out of the store without paying for them. She was charged with theft and released with a court summons.

An employee of a mall kiosk reported Oct. 22 she placed her iPhone on a stool and returned five minutes later to find it had been stolen. She traced the phone, and it was still in the mall.

An Akron man stopped for a traffic violation on Sand Run Parkway Oct. 23 was arrested on a warrant and released to the Macedonia Police Department.

NORTON: A Barberton woman reported she had a fight with her boyfriend while the two drove in a vehicle from Akron Oct. 18, and he pushed her out of the car at a location on Wadsworth Road. Police determined she appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance and called EMS to transport her to a hospital.

Police patrolling Hametown Road Oct. 19 stopped a Doylestown man for speeding and lane violations. He failed a field sobriety test and refused a BAC test, despite having a prior conviction for DUI. He was charged with DUI and refusal and released with a court summons.

Following a registration check of a vehicle on Wadsworth Road Oct. 20, police arrested the driver for having an open container of beer in a vehicle and released him to Wayne County sheriff’s deputies on a misdemeanor warrant.

Police are seeking the people who pried open the side door of a plumbing business on South Cleveland-Massillon Road Oct. 21 and stole four rolls of copper worth $2,000.

Also on Oct. 21, a Weber Drive man reported he paid $600 to a contractor for home improvements he was to perform, and the contractor never showed up to do the work. He has been unable to contact the Cleveland man, who also refuses to return messages from police.

A Woodlawn Drive man reported he was visiting a friend at his home in Barberton Oct. 21 when he accidentally shot his friend with a firearm he thought was not loaded. He drove the victim to his home in Norton, and his mother put the victim in her car to drive him to the hospital, then changed her mind and called 9-1-1. The victim was transported to a hospital, and the Barberton Police Department was notified of the shooting, which took place in its jurisdiction.

A Norton High School student reported her iPod Touch was stolen while she was in class Oct. 22.

The daughter of an elderly Romestant Road man reported Oct. 23 her father has been the victim of repeated phone scams by people who call him and have him send them money. She said he is in a medical facility, and while she is at his home, she receives several of these calls per day.

On Oct. 24, a Wilbanks Road man reported someone entered a shed on his property and stole a riding lawnmower, weed cutter and leaf blower.

Police were called to a Harris Road residence Oct. 24, when a woman reported her boyfriend damaged items in the home during an argument, assaulted her and vandalized her vehicle. He was gone when police arrived, and warrants were signed for his arrest for criminal damaging and domestic violence.

A Johnson Road man reported Oct. 24 his son took his vehicle for three days without his permission, and he found the vehicle parked outside a reputed drug house in Barberton, but he had no spare key to retrieve it. When he got home, he found a window open and $100 missing from his bedroom. He said he would pursue charges for misuse of the vehicle, and police advised him he could have it towed to his residence.

RICHFIELD: Police went to a Scotswood Circle residence Oct. 14 to retrieve a bicycle after a resident reported he found it in a wooded area.

A West Streetsboro Road man reported Oct. 15 he paid a contractor a total of $3,250 to remodel a room in his home. The contractor began the work but was arrested for DUI in Wadsworth and never finished it. He requested an additional $500 and said he would return soon to finish, but gave no exact date. The homeowner declined to pay the additional $500 and said he does not want the work completed, and that he wants his money returned.

The owner of a Brecksville Road business reported Oct. 15 an unknown person has dumped thick slabs of asphalt and soil on the side of the business’ access road, between Highlander Parkway and Congress Drive. Police agreed to provide additional patrol in the area.

A Hart Road business owner reported Oct. 15 a former business associate has contacted him several times requesting he receive royalties from the business. The business owner said he does not want the man to contact him or be on his property. Police called the former associate and advised him to have no contact with the business owner, and he agreed to comply.

A woman reported she is taking care of her sister’s residence on Southern Road, and when she went to the house Oct. 17, she observed a window slightly ajar and a milk crate placed under the window. Officers responded and found no evidence of entry to the residence. The resident returned that night and said nothing was missing and no entry was gained.

Springfield police arrested a woman on a Richfield warrant Oct. 17. Police picked her up and held her in Richfield Jail for a court appearance the following morning. While in the jail, she complained of symptoms of heroin withdrawal and chest pain, and she was transported to a hospital and was to be released to the Summit County Jail.

On Oct. 19, police were called to a Townsend Road residence where a woman was reportedly intoxicated and had a gun in the house. Police found her in a state of extreme intoxication, and they confiscated a handgun from her bed stand and another one from her vehicle and took them for safekeeping. She was transported to a medical center via EMS.

The family of a Brush Road man asked police to remove him from the residence Oct. 20 because he was intoxicated and creating a disturbance. Officers transported him to a friend’s home for the night.


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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