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12/12/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 1000 block of Orlando Avenue Dec. 4; the 700 block of Storer Avenue Dec. 4; the 1600 block of Delia Avenue Dec. 5; the 1300 block of Hardesty Boulevard Dec. 5; the 1300 block of Copley Road Dec. 6; the 800 block of Elmore Avenue Dec. 6; the 500 block of Noble Avenue Dec. 6; the 500 block of Storer Avenue Dec. 6; and the 100 block of Hollinger Avenue Dec. 8.

On Dec. 3, shortly before 6 p.m. Akron police officers responded to a traffic accident in the 1400 block of East Avenue. The driver, Michael Smith, 32, of Yukon Avenue, drove off the corner of the intersection and struck a tree, according to officers. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor, according to officers. The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office planned to conduct an autopsy.

The same day, a 50-year-old Peckham Street man was charged with possession of crack/cocaine and possession of marijuana after he was stopped for a traffic violation at Cadillac Street and Winton Avenue. The man was driving on a suspended license, officers noted, and a search revealed drugs on and near the driver’s seat.

On Dec. 4, a 14-year-old Buchtel High School male student admitted to breaking into his grandfather’s house in the 1000 block of Orlando Avenue, stealing a laptop and selling it to a business on Copley Road for $25.

A 23-year-old Schocalog Road man was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and improper handling of a firearm Dec. 4. Officers responded to a report of a fight with a gun at the man’s address and located a gun inside his car.

Also Dec. 4, a 21-year-old Hoye Avenue woman was charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia after being pulled over at Copley Road and St. Michaels Avenue. She admitted to having 1 gram of marijuana and a digital scale in her jacket pocket, according to the police report.

The same day, a Peerless Avenue man reported a car was stolen while it was outside running with the keys in it. The vehicle, a rental car, was recovered from a backyard in the 600 block of Glendora Avenue later that day.

A Weathervane Lane bar owner called police Dec. 5 after a 19-year-old Bedford woman used a forged driver’s license to gain entry to and order alcohol at the bar. The woman allegedly admitted she was underage and that she bought the fake license online for $125. She was charged with possession of alcohol by a minor and having fictitious identification.

Several West Akron residents called police Dec. 6 to report windows of their vehicles had been broken and items stolen, including in: the 2000 block of West Market Street (two calls); the 900 block of Mull Avenue (two calls); and the 1900 block of White Pond Drive. Officers responding to one of the calls noted a set of bicycle tires were visible in the newly fallen snow leading up to a victim’s car.

A business owner in the 600 block of West Market Street reported Dec. 7 an aluminum sign from the front of his building had been stolen.

On Dec. 8, when officers responded to a report regarding two men fighting in the street at the intersection of Morningside Drive and Weber Avenue, they found a 42-year-old North Hill neighborhood man laying in the middle of the street. The man, who smelled like alcohol, had slurred speech and was barely able to stand on his own, refused medical treatment and became hostile toward emergency responders, according to the police report. The man was transported to a hospital for medical attention and charged with disorderly conduct.

A 30-year-old Fried Street man was charged with aggravated burglary and drug abuse Dec. 9 after he forced entry into a woman’s Claudia Avenue home because he thought someone was chasing him and trying to shoot him. The man admitted to forcing entry into the victim’s house to try to escape his pursuers, according to the police report. The man also admitted he was snorting methamphetamine before the burglary occurred, though he thought it was powder cocaine, according to the police report.

BATH: Police patrolling Medina Road Nov. 29 stopped the driver of a vehicle with tinted license plate covers that obscured the numbers and dark tinted windows that prevented officers from seeing the occupants. A K-9 officer at the scene alerted police to the presence of contraband in the vehicle, and officers recovered a glass jar and plastic bag, both containing marijuana, and a drug pipe. A passenger was arrested for possession of the items, and the driver was charged with vehicle equipment violations.

Around 12:30 a.m. Nov. 30, officers investigated a suspicious vehicle behind a West Market Street business and found a man sitting in the vehicle with the engine running. He failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for having physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated. He was released to his girlfriend and the vehicle was towed to an impound lot.

On Nov. 30, employees of a North Cleveland-Massillon Road residential facility reported a patient’s husband arrived at the residence in a cab, gathered the patient’s belongings and took her from the facility in the cab, leaving her medications in her room. Officers contacted family members, and the patient’s son said the family would decide whether their mother’s safety was at risk and contact police if they needed intervention.

Police responded to reports of a reckless driver heading south on Interstate 77 around 12:45 a.m. Dec. 1 and observed the vehicle swerve across lane lines and off the road, nearly striking the median. Following several attempts, police stopped the vehicle and observed that the driver was confused and disoriented and unable to produce insurance documents or easily provide his identification. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. He was released to a detoxification facility after his BAC tested .2.

Officers were called to a vehicle crash on North Revere Road the night of Dec. 8, when a driver stopped abruptly due to a chicken crossing the road, and another driver traveling behind her struck her vehicle. The second driver was charged with following too closely.

COPLEY: Between 5 p.m. Nov. 26 and 4 p.m. the following day, someone broke the glass in the front door of a vacant Ridgewood Road residence to gain entry to and steal a shotgun from a bedroom closet.

A man staying at a Rothrock Road motel reported Nov. 27 his car was stolen from the parking lot the previous night. Police found no signs of forced entry into the vehicle. Officers assisted him in obtaining a rental vehicle.

Police observed two males wearing dark clothing walking on Copley Road at 1:15 a.m. Nov. 28 and noticed an odor of marijuana coming from one male. He surrendered a smoking device to officers, who charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia and released him with a court summons.

At 3 a.m. Nov. 28, an officer patrolling South Cleveland-Massillon Road observed a driver speeding in the other direction and stopped him. He exhibited signs of intoxication, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released with a court summons.

A Copley Road man reported Nov. 30 an unknown driver ran off the road the previous night, causing turf damage to his yard, struck a pole, damaged two mailboxes and ran over a large rock. Police collected a vehicle part from the scene and are investigating.

The manager of a Montrose West Avenue restaurant called police to the location Dec. 1, when a couple left without paying a bill of $134. The waiter said he went to get the check and returned to find they were gone. He saw them leave the parking lot in a vehicle, and he provided the license number to police, who agreed to contact them and tell them to come back and pay the bill.

A driver traveling north on state Route 21 the evening of Dec. 7 struck a deer that crossed the road, damaging the vehicle.

FAIRLAWN: A Virginia man reported Nov. 29 his vehicle was damaged while it was parked in a mall lot.

A patient at a South Cleveland-Massillon Road residential facility reported she arrived at the facility following knee surgery Nov. 29 and was disoriented. She didn’t know where she was or what happened to her, so she called 9-1-1 several times. She said an employee came into her room and took her room phone and cell phone. The employee said he did take the room phone, but he did not see her cell phone, nor did he take it.

Police were called to parking lot outside a Montrose discount store Dec. 1 by employees who reported a person suspected of shoplifting was sitting in a vehicle with Maryland license plates. Following a search of the vehicle, police arrested an Akron woman for possession of drug paraphernalia. No stolen merchandise was located.

Employees of a mall specialty store reported Dec. 1 two juveniles concealed merchandise in their pockets and left the store without paying. One Akron female was arrested for stealing merchandise totaling $23 and another was arrested for stealing merchandise worth $36. Both juveniles, ages 13 and 14, were charged with theft and released to one girl’s mother.

On Dec. 3, a woman reported she dropped her wallet while she was shopping at a mall department store. Employees found the wallet and returned it to her, and she determined four credit cards were missing.

Security agents at a Montrose discount store reported Dec. 3 a man took a tote bag from a display, filled it with merchandise and left the store without paying for the merchandise or the bag. The Detroit man was arrested for theft of merchandise totaling $267 and released with a court summons.

Police went to Stark County to pick up a man who was arrested on a Fairlawn warrant Dec. 3. He was charged and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A woman reported she was shopping in a South Cleveland-Massillon Road grocery store Dec. 5 when her wallet was stolen from her purse. Police reviewed video surveillance footage that showed someone removing the wallet from the 80-year-old victim’s purse. Officers are working to identify the person.

NORTON: Following a traffic stop on South Cleveland-Massillon Road Nov. 24, two Barberton men were arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia found in the vehicle.

A 3-year-old Norton Avenue child was rushed to a hospital via EMS Nov. 25 after he unlocked an upstairs window of his home, climbed on the roof and fell to a first floor deck.

A Wadsworth Road man reported he observed a male stealing scrap metal from behind his house Nov. 26. Police stopped the Doylestown man, recovered the scrap metal and charged him with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, which were found in his possession.

Officers responded to a disturbance at an Easton Road residence Nov. 27 and found a man lying on the porch. He was bleeding from several injuries, and police called EMS to evaluate him. He began swinging and kicking at first responders, and he said his brother, who lives next door, attacked him. He was transported to a hospital. Police interviewed his brother, who said he was the one who was attacked and he defended himself. He had cuts on his hands and arms, and his wife said she was going to drive him to a hospital for treatment. An intoxicated female at the residence reportedly provided false information to police and was extremely uncooperative. She was arrested for falsification, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Police investigated the burglary of a Caroline Street residence during the day Nov. 28, when someone broke in through a basement door and stole a digital camera and pistol. A pry bar found at the scene was taken as evidence.

On Nov. 28, police were seeking the person who entered a Houston Road residence the previous night and stole purses belonging to an elderly woman and her disabled daughter.

A Barberton man who drove off Clarkmill Road and into a ditch Dec. 1 was observed swaying and staggering next to his vehicle. He exhibited obvious signs of impairment and failed a field sobriety test. He was charged with DUI and released on bond.

Police are investigating the theft of an iPod from a Norton Middle School student, who said another student took her backpack Dec. 3 and refused to return it. When she got it back, the iPod was missing. Her mother later received text messages from the iPod stating they were from her daughter, asking for passwords. The sender attempted to make a deal with the family for the return of the device, but they refused.

A Berry Road woman reported Dec. 3 someone entered a locked vehicle in her driveway the previous night and stole a leather coat, cash and a $25 gift card.

A 92-year-old woman reported her wallet, containing cash, identification and credit cards, was stolen from her purse while she shopped at a Greenwich Road grocery store Dec. 4.

The owner of a Barber Road business reported Dec. 4 he has been unable to contact an Akron man who paid for service with a $160 check, which was returned.

An Alliance man was charged with disorderly conduct Dec. 5. The man was a passenger in a vehicle driven by another man who was arrested for DUI, and he was taken to the police station to await a ride home. He reportedly began yelling obscenities while in the lobby and banging on a door. He was placed in a holding cell, where he continued his behavior, and he was arrested, assigned a court date and released with a court summons.

Charges are pending against a Norton Middle School student who stole a teacher’s cell phone from her desk Dec. 5. The student admitted taking the phone after a school official observed the incident on video surveillance footage and found the phone in the student’s possession.

Around midnight Dec. 5, police stopped a Canal Fulton man for lane violations on state Route 21. He exhibited signs of intoxication, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released on bond. He told officers he has a permit to carry a gun, but he didn’t have the gun with him. During a tow inventory, police found the gun in the vehicle. Additional charges are pending completion of an investigation into the presence of the firearm in the vehicle when the man was intoxicated.

Employees of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road gas station reported Dec. 5 a man stole a case of candy bars, got into a black SUV driven by another man and left. Police in surrounding communities were advised to be on the lookout for the vehicle, and Barberton police stopped the driver, who said he had no knowledge of the shoplifting, and he was released. The passenger admitted stealing the candy from the gas station, but said he paid for four other boxes of candy with his food stamps, but he couldn’t remember where he purchased them. Police determined the candy had been stolen from a Greenwich Road specialty store. The passenger was charged with theft and receiving stolen property, and all the candy was returned to the victims. After he complained of chest pain, he was transported to a hospital for evaluation.

A Norton High School student reported his cell phone was stolen from a locker room Dec. 5.

Police responded to a report of a reckless driver on Interstate 76 Dec. 6 and observed a Kent man driving 30 mph in a 65-mph zone, impeding traffic. Officers observed his vehicle swerve off the road several times and stopped him. He exhibited signs of impairment and provided several vials of medications he was taking. He failed a field sobriety test and admitted he had taken cocaine and heroin in addition to his prescribed medications. He was charged with DUI, driving under several license suspensions and traffic violations and taken to the Summit County Jail.

RICHFIELD: Police investigated a Nov. 25 report that an unknown male made several calls to a Brecksville Road business stating the business does not support the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment (which grants the right to keep and bear arms).

A Deer Run Road man reported Nov. 25 someone tampered with his mailbox. Officers determined the $200 mailbox had been removed from the ground and turned so that the back of the mailbox was facing the road.

On Nov. 25, a Black Road woman reported an attempted phone scam by a man who called her seven times and sent her several text messages claiming he found a dog she lost two years ago and requesting a finder’s fee to get the dog back. The man was calling from Massachusetts, and he could not describe the dog nor would he send her any photos of the dog in its current condition, but he knew the dog’s name, probably because the owner published information about her lost dog when it went missing. The caller gave her a deadline to send the money, and she recognized the scam and discontinued contact with him. Police are following up with possible criminal charges against the caller.

A Maple Drive woman reported Nov. 25 her son was being harassed while riding his school bus.

Police investigated a Nov. 25 report by a Revere Road woman who said several jewelry items worth $3,500 were missing from her bedroom. Police advised her to follow up with service people who have been in her home recently and keep the remaining jewelry in a safe.

Officers from the juvenile division were investigating a Nov. 27 report that a Scotswood Circle juvenile was missing from his home the previous night. He was spotted walking to school the following morning, and police went to Revere Middle School and found him there. He did not say where he was the previous night.

Employees of a Highlander Parkway business reported Jan. 27 receiving a cryptic email via their public address. They said there were concerned because the communication referenced violence. Police and the company’s technology department are investigating.

At the request of Lodi police, officers went to a Gelding Road address Nov. 27 to investigate vehicle parts that were advertised for sale on Craigslist after a Lodi man reported his Chevy Colorado was stolen and the parts advertised were for a vehicle of the same make and model. The resident told police he purchased the parts from a Marshallville man and provided the man’s phone number. Another Chevy Colorado at the Richfield address did not match the stolen vehicle.

A county services worker asked police to escort her to a Broadview Road home Nov. 27 to do a home visit following a report that a woman with three small children was growing marijuana at the address and there was no heat in the home. Police and the agency worker inspected the home and found the heat was on, there was a bedroom with three beds and there was plenty of food in the kitchen. No marijuana plants were located. The caseworker said there would be additional follow-up conducted.

An executive with a Brecksville Road business reported Nov. 27 contract negotiations between the company and its union workers have been unsuccessful and the workers have targeted several of the business’ management employees for picketing outside their homes on holidays and weekends. She provided a copy of a flier that is being circulated in the neighborhood and wanted to make police aware of the potential for protesters in the area until contract negotiations are resolved.

On Nov. 29, a woman and her father went to the police station to file domestic violence charges against the father of her child and to file for a protection order for an alleged assault at his sister’s home on Dakota Drive the previous day. The woman said the man punched and choked her, then pushed her to the ground, causing visible injuries. The victim’s father said he went to the home to pick her up and got into a confrontation with the man when he saw his daughter’s injuries. Police went to the Dakota Drive residence, but the man was not there. Officers spoke to him on the phone and advised him to come to the police station to make a report about the incident. He was advised that a warrant would be issued for his arrest if he failed to come to the station to make a statement.


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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