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11/7/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 800 block of Fried Street Oct. 31; the 900 block of Orrin Street Oct. 31; the 1200 block of Hardesty Boulevard Nov. 1; the 1100 block of Packard Drive Nov. 1; the 100 block of Beck Avenue Nov. 2; the 900 block of Hardesty Boulevard Nov. 2; the 100 block of Goodwin Avenue Nov. 3; the 300 block of Grace Avenue Nov. 3; the 300 block of Madison Avenue Nov. 3; and the 1400 block of Copley Road Nov. 4.

Officers attempted a traffic stop at Crosby and South Balch streets Nov. 1, but the driver, a 50-year-old Brittain Road man, would not stop, according to officers. The car continued rolling slowly, and the driver failed to heed three stop signs and a red light, according to the police report. He struck another car in the intersection of Crosby Street and Oakdale Avenue and kept going, finally stopping in the 100 block of Gale Street, according to the police report. Officers found a metal crack pipe on the driver’s seat, they noted. The man was charged with willful fleeing, obstruction of business and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The same day, a 53-year-old Creston man in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant in the 1600 block of Copley Road was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and failing to inform a law enforcement officer, possession of drugs and possession of criminal tools after a gun, marijuana and foil pipe, crack and crack pipe were found in his possession. Officers also seized his cell phone after the man admitted he used the device to purchase illegal narcotics, according to the police report.

A 16-year-old Munroe Falls male was caught shoplifting at a store in the 1800 block of West Market Street Nov. 2. Store security apprehended the juvenile carrying $80 worth of merchandise, according to the police report. The juvenile was a missing person who had a warrant on file for a probation violation and was supposed to be on house arrest, according to officers.

On Nov. 2, around 5:30 p.m., three black males armed with handguns entered a home in the 100 block of Bittman Street, robbed the residents of cash and computers and fled in what appeared to be a black Cadillac, according to the Akron Police Department (APD). No injuries were reported. The first suspect is 5 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 9 inches tall, thin, and was wearing a dark blue zip-up hooded sweatshirt, dark Nike sweat pants and an American flag bandana over his face. The second suspect is around the same height, thin and was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt with writing on the front and blue jeans. No description of the third suspect was available. Anyone with information is asked to contact the APD Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.

Late the same evening, when officers arrived in the 800 block of West Exchange Street to respond to reports of a fight, the alleged aggressors were no longer on scene, according to the police report. One victim reported he was assaulted by a 14-year-old West Akron male and another unknown male. Another victim said a 24-year-old Stadelman Avenue man wanted money the victim had borrowed from a female friend of his, and when told the victim didn’t have it, he pulled out a gun and hit the victim with it, dragged him outside, went through his pockets and took $40. As the three males were leaving, they allegedly threw a bottle through the front window, breaking it, according to the police report. Charges are for aggravated robbery, assault and criminal damaging.

A 25-year-old Laurel Avenue man was charged with carrying a concealed weapon Nov. 3. He brought a handgun inside a bar in the 2500 block of Romig Road, according to APD officials.

A man working on a vacant home in the 100 block of Goodwin Avenue discovered a door covering had been torn away Nov. 3. A sink in the basement was damaged and the water was left running, according to the police report. A witness said he saw three men exit the house but was unable to give an accurate description of them due to poor lighting, officers noted.

A 52-year-old Stow man stopped for traffic violations Nov. 4 in the 1100 block of Oakland Avenue, along with his passenger, a 37-year-old Firestone Park woman, were charged with possession of methamphetamine. The man had meth rolled up in cellophane inside of a cigarette box, and the drug was also found in the woman’s purse, according to officers.

The same day, a 33-year-old Middlebury neighborhood man was charged with drug abuse, possession of drug abuse instruments and possession of drug paraphernalia after he was found in a parked car in a parking lot in the 400 block of West Market Street. Officers observed a syringe containing heroin on the passenger floorboard in plain view. Officers also found a torn pop can with a burnt underside and a cotton ball with sticky residue, according to APD officials.

BATH: On Oct. 22, a woman reported her three vehicles, parked outside a neighbor’s residence on Rolling View Drive, were scratched.

Police located a driver who passed a school bus while it was stopped on West Bath Road to drop off children Oct. 22 and charged him with passing a school bus.

Police were called to a North Cleveland-Massillon Road gas station at 2 a.m. Oct. 25 by a fuel truck delivery driver who said a man was being belligerent and refusing requests to stop smoking near the fuel tanks. Officers determined he was intoxicated and unable to care for himself. He was charged with disorderly conduct and released to a friend.

On Oct. 27, police were called to the lobby of a Medina Road hotel where two couples were fighting. Witnesses reported the females started fighting with each other over a Browns and Steelers rivalry while the parties were on a bus in Akron, and their mates joined in the fight. Officers separated and interviewed the four combatants. One man was transported to a hospital for treatment of a head laceration. Due to conflicting information, police were unable to determine a primary aggressor, and all parties were referred to the prosecutor’s office to file charges.

An Olentangy Drive man reported he observed someone in his wife’s vehicle in the driveway Oct. 27 at 4:30 a.m. The person fled from the vehicle, striking the man’s vehicle as he opened the car door, and ran south on Revere Road. Nothing was reported missing.

Police on Medina Road Oct. 27 checked the registration of a vehicle and determined it was registered to a different vehicle. The driver was stopped and charged with having fictitious license plates. She also admitted the vehicle was not insured, according to the report.

Officers shot and killed an injured deer in the yard of a Wendling Way residence Oct. 27.

A Mackinaw Circle woman reported Oct. 30 money was stolen from an unlocked vehicle outside her residence.

The evening of Oct. 30, a Foxwood Drive woman reported a black male wearing black clothing and carrying a handgun got out of a white or silver vehicle driven by another person and walked toward her residence. He ran to her backyard, and the driver sped away. Police were unable to locate the first man or the vehicle.

Fairlawn police advised officers that a reckless driver was traveling west on Medina Road Oct. 31. Police located the vehicle as the driver parked in the lot of a restaurant. He appeared intoxicated, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released with a court summons.

On Nov. 1, a Shade Road man reported he owns rental property and discovered someone has a fraudulent website advertising the property for rent, as well as a prospective tenant. Police advised him to make a report in Akron, where the property is located.

Police responded to reports of a reckless driver heading south on Interstate 77 Nov. 2 and observed the driver speeding and abruptly changing lanes without using turn signals. When he was stopped, the driver told police he has a permit to carry a weapon and stated the gun was under the driver’s seat of the vehicle. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and having a weapon while intoxicated. Police retrieved a loaded handgun, a flask and two empty vodka bottles from the vehicle.

COPLEY: The owner of a Copley Road tool rental business reported a woman rented two lawnmowers last July and paid with a check for $305, which was returned several days later for insufficient funds. He was instructed to redeposit the check, which he did, and was advised payment on the check had been stopped. After several attempts to recover the money, he reported Oct. 23 he was unable to do so.

A man called police to a domestic disturbance at a Rothrock Road motel Oct. 25, when his girlfriend reported he tore the door handle from her vehicle during an argument. He denied damaging the door handle but agreed to leave for the night. Police determined no physical altercation between the parties took place.

Following several attempts to contact the owner of a vehicle abandoned in the parking lot of a Springside Drive furniture store Oct. 26, police arranged for the vehicle to be towed to an impound lot.

On Oct. 27, a Redfield Lane woman went to the police station to report an incident where she said her husband became aggressive during an argument and pounded on her vehicle while she was inside it.

Police are investigating a report by a South Cleveland-Massillon Road pharmacist who said someone called in a phony prescription for narcotics Oct. 28.

On Oct. 29, a Copley man went to the police station to report someone contacted him and claimed to be an agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency. The person left a message for him to call back. When he called the phone number, the person said he was a police officer in Minnesota and told the Copley man there was a 2006 warrant for his arrest on a drug charge, but because it was his first offense, he could simply pay a $3,000 fine. The man responded that he had not been involved in any criminal activity, and he did not send the money. He reported the matter to police instead.

A Copley Road man reported Oct. 29 he found a girls’ bicycle in his front yard the previous day.

FAIRLAWN: Police patrolling West Market Street Oct. 25 stopped an Akron man for speeding, arrested him for driving under suspension and placed him in the back seat of a cruiser. He was additionally charged with carrying a concealed weapon when officers found a loaded revolver and ammunition in the vehicle. When police found 36 grams of cocaine in the rear seat of the cruiser, he was additionally charged with its possession, and he denied having any more contraband. He was taken to the Summit County Jail, where deputies found 15 grams of cocaine in the stitching of his sweatpants and several crumbs of cocaine in his socks.

On Oct. 26, officers responded to reports that a baby was left unattended in a vehicle in the parking lot of a Montrose discount store. Police found the nine-month-old in the back seat of the unlocked vehicle and took the child into a police car to keep warm (the temperature was in the mid-40s). The child’s mother returned to the vehicle and told officers she forgot she had the child with her. She was charged with leaving a child unattended in a vehicle and released with a court summons.

Police responded to an alarm at a West Market Street phone store the night of Oct. 27 and found the glass in the front door of the business had been shattered and someone had entered the store and stolen numerous electronics items. Police were working to identify two males recorded on video surveillance footage.

An Akron woman was arrested Oct. 27 after she allegedly concealed four jewelry items in her pocket and left a mall department store without paying for them. Security agents held her until police arrived and searched for the merchandise, which she attempted to hide. She was charged with theft and obstruction of official business, released with a court summons and banned from the store.

A resident of a Smith Road retirement facility reported Oct. 29 two rings worth $4,000 were stolen from her bedroom during the previous three weeks. There was no sign of forced entry, and numerous employees have keys to her room.

Police were called to a mall parking lot Oct. 29, when security agents and the manager of a mall shoe store attempted to apprehend a shoplifter who refused orders to stop and continued walking through the lot. Police handcuffed the Akron man and placed him in a cruiser. He denied stealing and had no stolen merchandise in his possession. The store manager and an employee identified him and said they witnessed him stealing merchandise and that the incident was videotaped. The man reportedly admitted he handed the merchandise to a female, but he refused to identify her. He also admitted misrepresenting his identity by providing his cousin’s information. He was charged with theft and misrepresentation and released to the Akron Police Department on a felony warrant.

A Copley juvenile was charged with the theft of a necklace from a mall specialty store Oct. 29 and released to his mother.

On Oct. 29, Richfield police arrested an Akron woman on a Fairlawn warrant. Police charged her with failure to appear in court and transported her to the Summit County Jail.

An Indiana woman staying at a West Market Street hotel reported Oct. 30 the outside mirror of her rental vehicle was stolen while the car was in the parking lot the previous night.

A Lenox Village Drive woman gave police a bag of marijuana found outside her residence Oct. 30.

Police were called to a West Market Street restaurant Oct. 30, when the manager reported her ex-boyfriend had been in the business several times after being told not to come back, and he threatened her and refused to leave without her. Officers arrived to find the two arguing. When police ordered the man to sit down, he refused and said they would have to kill him because he hates police. He continued to refuse orders to cease his behavior, and he ran to the back room of the restaurant and used a mop and wringer to barricade himself in the room. He continued to pound the wall with the mop wringer and threatened to go to the victim’s house. Following a short standoff, he was taken into custody, charged with menacing by stalking, criminal trespassing, aggravated menacing, criminal damaging and trespassing, and taken to the Summit County Jail.

NORTON: On Oct. 25, police went to a Johnson Road residence to search for a fugitive and received permission to search the property by a female who rents the residence. Officers did not locate the fugitive, but they found the remnants of a methamphetamine lab and arrested the female for illegal assembly of chemicals to manufacture drugs, and took her to the Summit County Jail. When police went back to the residence to question a male in connection with the meth lab, they found the fugitive, whose operator’s license had been suspended, riding a motorcycle that had been reported stolen. He was arrested for driving under suspension, receiving stolen property and carrying concealed weapons after police found two knives taped to the handlebars of the cycle. He was taken to the Summit County Jail.

Police patrolling Wadsworth Road Oct. 26 stopped a driver for running a stop sign and arrested her for driving under suspension. A K-9 officer located two syringes and heroin in the vehicle, and the Clinton woman was charged with possession of drugs and drug abuse instruments and taken to the Summit County Jail.

Officers investigated an Oct. 26 report of two suspicious bottles lying by the side of the road on state Route 21 and determined they contained waste from a meth lab. The Summit County Drug Task Force arranged for cleanup.

The owner of a Greenwich Road business reported Oct. 27 he arrived at the business and found the side door had been padlocked. When he checked the video surveillance footage, it showed the property owner installing the locks. Police contacted the property owner, who said his attorney advised him to place the locks due to suspicion of gambling activity on the property.

A Jefferson Circle man reported Oct. 28 someone used his identification to open a phone account and he was contacted regarding an outstanding bill of $217.

On Oct. 28, a Johnson Road woman reported her neighbor does not have trash collection service, and he places his trashcans beside hers to be picked up by her contractor.

A purse belonging to a Mount Vernon Boulevard woman was found in her neighbor’s yard Oct. 30 and returned to her. She said the purse was missing money and four different prescription medications.

Police patrolling Interstate 76 Oct. 30 stopped a driver whose license plates were registered to another vehicle. The Wadsworth man was charged with driving under suspension, improper registration, lane violations and having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle. Police seized his vehicle, along with four sets of license plates that were in the car. He was released with a court summons.

A Wadsworth Road man was charged with violation of open burning regulations Oct. 30 after firefighters extinguished a fire in a large pile of debris outside his residence.

Officers responded to reports of an intoxicated male at a Greenwich Road site Oct. 30 and observed a Doylestown man smoking marijuana in a vehicle. He was charged with possession of drugs and released with a court summons.

On Oct. 30, a Woodglen Avenue man reported money and a laptop computer were stolen from an unlocked vehicle outside his residence the previous night.

RICHFIELD: Police were called to a Streetsboro Road business Oct. 21 regarding a dispute between an employee and employer over a final paycheck. Officers advised the parties the dispute was a civil matter. The employee turned in her key and was advised not to return to the business.

On Oct. 21, a woman turned in a wallet containing items belonging to a Richfield woman found in a Fairlawn parking lot. Police attempted to contact the owner and placed the wallet in a property locker.

Officers responded to a 9-1-1 hang-up call made from a room of a Brecksville Road motel Oct. 21 and spoke to a woman in the room and a man standing in the hallway. The female was uncooperative with police and refused to make a report or state whether the male struck her. The male told officers the two had a verbal argument. He was arrested on a warrant and released to the Rocky River Police Department, and officers told the female to contact them if she wished to make a statement about what happened.

Portage County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man wanted on a Richfield warrant for driving under suspension. He was charged, provided a court date and released Oct. 22 on $350 bond.

A Grant Street man reported Oct. 24 that his nephew, who had been staying at his residence, stole three intake manifolds, gold rings, necklaces, bracelets, coins and watches from his residence. The victim referred to an earlier report he made regarding theft of items from his barn and said he now believes his nephew also was involved in that incident. He said he would pursue charges, but he was unaware of the nephew’s whereabouts.

On Oct. 25, officers patrolling the parking lot of a Brecksville Road motel spotted a vehicle that had been reported stolen by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and identified a female who was implicated in the theft. Police located her in a room of the motel and advised her they were there to retrieve the keys to the vehicle, which they had towed to a designated location. The female allegedly made a voluntary statement regarding her involvement in the theft of the vehicle, and she was released to deputies.

Someone entered an unlocked car and pickup truck in the driveway of a Ridgeview Drive residence the night of Oct. 26 and stole cash, CDs and sunglasses.

A Richlawn Drive man reported Oct. 27 he heard voices in the basement of his residence. Police found the caller in his residence holding a baseball bat and determined a radio in the basement was broadcasting a talk show with male voices audible from upstairs. Officers contacted EMS to evaluate the resident, who declined medical assistance and agreed to take his medication.

Employees of a Brecksville Road hotel reported Oct. 27 a guest reported noticing an odor of marijuana on the second floor. Police investigated and received permission from a man to search his room. The search revealed a tobacco smoking device and flavored tobacco, but no marijuana.

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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