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11/21/2013 - 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 Nov. 12; the 300 block of Noble Avenue Nov. 12; the 1300 block of Bellevue Avenue Nov. 13; the 200 block of Madison Avenue Nov. 13; the 300 block of North Hawkins Avenue Nov. 14; the 1000 block of Winton Avenue Nov. 14; the 100 block of South Meadowcroft Drive Nov. 15; the 700 block of Crosby Street Nov. 16; the 1000 block of Monmouth Drive Nov. 16; the 1700 block of Rock Hill Lane Nov. 16; the 500 block of Crosby Street Nov. 17; and the 600 block of West Exchange Street Nov. 17.

A 35-year-old Fess Avenue man was charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor Nov. 6 for an August incident in which he allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with a 15-year-old female in West Akron.

On Nov. 12, two homeless individuals were charged with breaking and entering in the 600 block of Orlando Avenue. The 26-year-old woman and 29-year-old man allegedly entered a garage and removed items.

Officers attempted to stop a vehicle on Vernon Odom Boulevard Nov. 14 after they ran the license plate and discovered the owner had a warrant on file. According to the police report, four teenagers exited the car at Curl Street and Dover Avenue and attempted to flee on foot. Two West Akron boys were apprehended after a brief foot chase, according to officers. One of the boys said they found the vehicle near Crosby Street with keys inside and took it for a joy ride.

An employee of a group home in the 1100 block of Garman Road reported Nov. 15 a 28-year-old female resident of the home was missing. According to the employee, the woman has a developmental disability but is highly functional and independent. According to Akron Police Department (APD) officials, she was located by Stow police officers that evening.

On Nov. 15, a 21-year-old woman reported she was standing near a restaurant in the 800 block of West Market Street around 3 p.m. when she was approached by a black male, shoved against a building and robbed. The suspect stole her iPhone and fled on foot, according to the police report. The suspect is between 13 and 15 years old, 5 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 8 inches tall and 130 to 140 pounds. He was wearing a red hoodie, khaki pants and flip-flops with white socks, according to the report. There was at least one other male with the suspect, according to APD officials. Anyone with information is asked to contact the APD Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.

The same day, a Kent woman reported she was the victim of an aggravated robbery at Copley Road and Noah Avenue. According to the police report, a male approached her, pulled out a gun and demanded money, fleeing with $400 and her cell phone.

A 17-year-old West Akron male was charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia Nov. 16 after police officers stopped him based on his behavior. He was observed loitering in a parking lot at Copley Road and Noah Avenue, went behind a trash receptacle and came out seconds later, according to officers. Officers then found a bag of marijuana and a scale behind the trash receptacle, according to the police report. The boy was charged and released to his mother.

On Nov. 17, shortly after 1 a.m., a Gaylord Drive woman was shot in the arm following an argument with her live-in boyfriend at their residence, according to APD officials. She was transported to a local hospital, where her injuries did not appear to be life threatening, according to officers. Her 32-year-old boyfriend was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Summit County Jail. He was charged with felonious assault, tampering with evidence, having weapons while under disability and domestic violence.

A 53-year-old Hollinger Avenue man was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia Nov. 18 when officers responded to a call regarding a suspicious person and found the man hiding in a garage in the 100 block of Hollinger Avenue. Officers found a crack pipe in his pants pocket, according to the police report.

BATH: A Sourek Road man reported Nov. 6 someone attempted to purchase an iPad using his credit card account, which he had closed.

Police investigated the burglary of a Lake Point Drive residence between 6 and 8:30 p.m. Nov. 7, when someone took a statue from the yard and threw it through a sliding glass door to gain entry and steal silverware, jewelry and other items.

Following a registration check of a vehicle on Ghent Road Nov. 7, police stopped the driver, arrested him on a warrant and released him to the Brecksville Police Department.

A deer, whose legs were broken when it was struck by a vehicle on North Cleveland-Massillon Road Nov. 8, was shot and killed by an officer.

On Nov. 12, officers investigated reports of vehicle break-ins outside two residences on Medina Line Road. One man reported two vehicles outside his home were entered, but nothing was stolen. A neighbor across the street reported four vehicles outside her residence were entered and a wallet, jacket, checkbook and money were stolen from three vehicles. Police tracked footprints in the snow to determine the same perpetrator was involved in incidents at both addresses.

The manager of a North Cleveland-Massillon Road business reported Nov. 12 a check for $39,650 was issued to a payee, and the recipient never received the check, which was forged and cashed by an individual in Michigan after the name of the payee was fraudulently changed.

Police were called to a North Cleveland-Massillon Road construction site Nov. 14, when a motorist reportedly struck a road worker and threatened to come back and shoot him. Officers located the motorist and attempted a traffic stop, but he sped away at 80 mph in a 45-mph zone, then stopped his car abruptly, exited and confronted the pursuing officer, who took him into custody following a struggle. During his arrest, he continued to struggle with officers and threatened to shoot up the police station and kill all the officers, according to the report. He was charged with assault, aggravated menacing, resisting arrest and failure to comply with police orders, and taken to a juvenile detention center.

A Ghent Road resident reported Nov. 16 someone entered a partially open garage door and stole three Persian rugs.

Police investigated a vehicle accident outside a North Cleveland-Massillon Road home improvement store at 2:30 a.m. Nov. 16, when the driver of a pickup truck drove off the road, up an embankment and over a retaining wall, leaving the truck perched on the wall. The driver fled before police arrived, and a bottle of whiskey was found at the scene. Charges are pending completion of an investigation.

COPLEY: Police responded to reports of an erratic motorcycle driver on state Route 21 Oct. 30 and observed the driver swerving across lane lines and off the road. He was stopped, and he denied drinking before driving. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and traffic violations and released with a court summons. The motorcycle was towed.

A man reported he went to check his brother’s residence on Westmont Boulevard Oct. 30 and discovered a door handle had been broken and two window screens had been cut, but no one had gained entry to the residence.

A Lochraven Boulevard woman reported Oct. 31 her car was scratched and an unknown substance was poured into the gas tank while the vehicle was parked in the lot the previous night.

A Plainview Drive woman reported Nov. 1 she found a mountain bike in her front yard.

At 1:30 a.m. Nov. 1, police responded to a call from a Jacoby Road woman, who said a man was running around outside her house screaming for help. Police arrived to find a vehicle in a ditch and a man running in circles in the yard. He ran to officers and said he had taken a bad drug and muriatic acid was rotting his brain. Officers called EMS and placed him in a cruiser for his safety, but he struggled with them and became extremely combative when EMS arrived. He was transported to a hospital, and he continued his behavior in the ambulance, threatening to kill officers, spitting and calling them the devil until hospital personnel sedated him, according to the report. He was charged with DUI, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

A Middlebush Circle woman reported Nov. 2 her husband damaged their bedroom wall during an argument. He denied causing the damage, and the parties agreed there had been no physical confrontation or threats.

Police responded to a fight in the parking lot of a Ridgewood Road medical facility Nov. 3 and spoke to a woman who said she and her brother were arguing over care of their father, who was a patient in the facility. They agreed to resolve the issue the following day, and police advised them to leave the property for the night.

The manager of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road business reported Nov. 4 an unknown motorist struck a mailbox in front of the building and destroyed it.

An employee of a Copley Road restaurant reported Nov. 5 two males dined, left $5 on the table and hurriedly left without paying a $22 tab.

Officers responded to a report that a driver abandoned a vehicle on state Route 21 the evening of Nov. 5 and was walking along the road. The vehicle, which was blocking the lanes of travel, was towed. Police were unable to locate the driver.

A Copley Road man reported Nov. 6 someone opened a bank account in his name and it was overdrawn by $1,700. He said the fraudulent account was opened using a forged bank account number and that he has an account at the same bank, but it is not overdrawn.

A Knox Boulevard woman reported Nov. 9 her estranged husband is violating a protection order by calling her from the Summit County Jail, where he is incarcerated. Police advised her to report the matter to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

A Copley Road man reported Nov. 10 someone broke into a barn on his property and stole a 1984 Honda dirt bike.

FAIRLAWN: Loss prevention agents at a West Market Street grocery store reported Nov. 11 two women concealed merchandise in their purses and left the store without paying. One female, who works as a home care provider at a Montrose business, paid for several items, but not the ones in her purse. The other female, who is disabled, did not pay for any merchandise. The Akron women were arrested for theft and both were released to the Medina Police Department on felony warrants. The merchandise, totaling $221, was returned to the store.

An employee of a West Market Street business reported she locked her iPad in her desk when she left at 5 p.m. Nov. 11 and returned the following morning to find it had been stolen.

A mall security officer called police Nov. 12 after a department store loss prevention agent and a shoplifter were involved in a physical confrontation. The shoplifter and another man concealed merchandise and left the department store without paying, and the agent confronted them outside the store, struggled with one man, and both the agent and shoplifter fell to the ground. Neither party reported injuries. The two males, from Rittman and Wadsworth, were arrested for theft and released with a court summons.

Police reviewed video surveillance of an incident at a Montrose shopping club store Nov. 13, when an employee witnessed a man steal two security systems totaling $658 and leave the store. A second employee in the parking lot observed the man drive away and provided a description of him and his vehicle.

A North Royalton man working at a Miller Road business reported Nov. 13 he placed his wallet on the counter of a West Market Street bank, made a deposit into his account, went to his car and realized he did not have the wallet. When he went back to the bank, his wallet was gone.

On Nov. 13, a Parkhill Drive man reported a catalytic converter was stolen from his SUV outside his residence, causing a loss of $1,280.

NORTON: Police investigated the burglary of a Golf Course Drive residence between 8 a.m. and noon Nov. 4, when someone broke into the home and stole a $3,500 grandfather clock, $1,000 antique sewing machine and other furniture and antiques. The victim said more than one person was involved in the incident due to the weight of some of the items.

On Nov. 5, officers confiscated two $50 bills, two $20 bills and a $10 bill that were determined to be counterfeit and were passed at a Greenwich Road restaurant by an unknown person over a period of time.

A South Cleveland-Massillon Road man reported Nov. 6 two motor vehicle titles were stolen from his apartment. He said there was no sign of forced entry, but he found two extra keys that fit his door lock. One was sticking in the lock and the other was in the laundry room of the apartment complex.

Employees of a Greenwich Road specialty store reported Nov. 7 two males entered the store, loaded beer and wine into their duffel bags and left without paying for the merchandise. The incident was caught on a surveillance camera.

A Mamie Street couple reported Nov. 8 a neighbor’s dog entered a fenced area in their yard and killed one of their goats. Another goat was seriously injured. The dog owner was charged with having a dog at large, and a report was made to the county animal warden.

Police patrolling Interstate 76 Nov. 8 stopped an erratic driver and arrested her for driving under suspension. She failed a field sobriety test and was additionally charged with DUI and two counts of child endangering when officers determined there were two small children in her vehicle who were not properly restrained.

A Barberton man stopped for a traffic violation on Wadsworth Road Nov. 9 was arrested for drug abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia when police found marijuana and a drug pipe in his possession.

Officers patrolling Wadsworth Road Nov. 9 stopped a Norton woman for speeding. She failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for DUI and driving under suspension and released on bond.

A motorist reported he was driving on Norton Avenue Nov. 9 when one of four juveniles walking on the road struck his vehicle’s passenger side mirror as he drove by.

A Johnson Road woman reported she came home at 1:15 p.m. Nov. 9 to find her patio door open, and she discovered a steel hatchet, two swords and video games had been stolen from her son’s bedroom.

On Nov. 10, officers on Greenwich Road stopped a Barberton woman who was driving partially off the road. She failed a field sobriety test and her BAC tested .162. She was charged with DUI and released on a signature bond.

A Norton man was charged with criminal damaging after he admitted kicking the side of a vehicle as it passed him Nov. 11 while he walked along South Cleveland-Massillon Road, causing a large dent in the vehicle.

Police investigated the burglary of a Valley Drive residence between 1 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 13. A woman came home to find the garage door and a door leading to the house standing open. Several rooms had been ransacked and a pistol was stolen.

RICHFIELD: A director of a Broadview Road residential facility reported Nov. 5 money was stolen from a resident’s room.

A woman gave police three credit cards she found on Medina Line Road Nov. 5. Officers contacted the owner, who said her purse was stolen over the weekend and she made a report in her home community. The following day, she reported 10 unauthorized charges had been made using the cards at locations in Green and North Canton.

A Boston Mills Road woman reported she came home at 4 p.m. Nov. 7 to find the garage door and door to her residence were open and items were missing from the kitchen. She went back outside and called police, who determined no one was in the house or on the property. Detectives are investigating.

Police investigated a report of theft by deception at a Brecksville Road gas station Nov. 7, when employees reported a female purchased items by swiping a credit card. She cancelled the transaction before it went through, took the items and left in a vehicle driven by a second female. While police were investigating, they were called to a Wheatley Road gas station, where a similar theft involved the same women and vehicle. An employee at the second station obtained the vehicle license number, and Bath police stopped the women as they drove south on Interstate 77. The driver was arrested for driving under suspension and the passenger was arrested on two counts of theft and released on a cash bond.

At 1:30 a.m. Nov. 8, officers responded to a motor vehicle accident on I-77, where a driver went off the road, into a ditch, struck a guardrail and took out 25 feet of it before striking another vehicle, and kept driving north. Police found the driver, whose vehicle had stopped due to front-end damage. He appeared disoriented but said he had not been drinking. He also denied using drugs, but police noticed white residue around his nostrils. He failed a field sobriety test and provided blood and urine samples, which were sent to a lab for drug testing along with a white pill found in the vehicle. He was charged with DUI and failure to control his vehicle, and released on $400 bond.

A Pine Lake Circle man reported Nov. 8 he lost his prescription medication in Las Vegas and didn’t realize it until he got home. He reported it to Nevada police, who told him to file a report in his home community.

An employee of a Richfield business reported Nov. 8 her ex-boyfriend has been making unwanted calls to her and he placed a photo of her and her current boyfriend on her business’ web page. At her request, police called the ex-boyfriend and advised him not to contact the complainant or her boyfriend and to stay away from her place of employment.

The owner of a house under construction on Boston Mills Road reported Nov. 8 a yellow box truck was stolen from his driveway the previous night. Police entered information about the truck into a national database for stolen vehicles.

A woman reported her wallet was stolen from the parking lot of a Brecksville Road restaurant at 2:30 a.m. Nov. 9, when she went into the restaurant for a few minutes and later found some items that had been in her wallet lying in the parking lot. Employees said no one turned in the wallet, but they saw people in a maroon vehicle throw items in the parking lot where the victim found her belongings.

A man reported he is caring for his brother’s home in Rainbow Acres and went to the residence Nov. 10. He found some of the windows were open, and they had not been open the last time he was there. Police agreed to provide additional patrol in the area.


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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