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2/13/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 1000 block of Himelright Boulevard Feb. 4; the 300 block of Noah Avenue Feb. 5; the 200 block of West North Street Feb. 6; the 1500 block of South Hawkins Avenue Feb. 7; the 500 block of Noah Avenue Feb. 7; the 2300 block of Burnham Road Feb. 8; the 200 block of Metz Avenue Feb. 8; the 900 block of North Portage Path Feb. 9; and the 500 block of Noah Avenue Feb. 11.

A fugitive wanted for aggravated murder and aggravated robbery was arrested in North Akron by the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force Feb. 4. Following several tips and hours of surveillance, Ronald Bishop Jr., 27, of Atlanta, was arrested and taken into custody on Linden Avenue, according to police officers. On Jan. 20, shortly after 3 p.m., a body was found in the roadway on Noble Avenue with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was later identified as 26-year-old Marshall Jones, of Grand Avenue. Two other men, Devante Scurry, 19, and Charles Fortson, 37, both of Brighton Drive in South Akron, were taken into custody Jan. 21 for their alleged participation in Jones’ death. Bishop was booked into the Summit County Jail Feb. 4.

On Feb. 4, neighbors reported people were shooting at each other in the 500 block of Fairfield Avenue as they chased each other up the street. No suspects or victims were located, but officers collected a 9 mm shell casing and 9 mm round from a restaurant parking lot in the 100 block of Merriman Road, according to the police report.

A 49-year-old Orrville woman was charged with possession of crack/cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and open container in a motor vehicle Feb. 4. Officers stopped her for a traffic violation in the 1500 block of Frederick Boulevard while she was driving on a suspended license and had an open container of beer in the car, according to the police report. When she got out of the car, she left a crack pipe and a rock of crack on the driver’s seat, according to officers.

A 24-year-old Cleveland man was unconscious in his car at the scene of a motor vehicle accident Feb. 5 at Mull and Greenwood avenues. Once awake, the man told paramedics that he had taken 12 pain pills and said he had Percocet, Vicodin and THC in his system, according to the police report. He was transported to a hospital, where he was reportedly uncooperative with medical staff and ultimately refused treatment, though he did provide a urine sample while under supervision, according to the report. He was charged with DUI and failure to control.

A Hampton Ridge Drive woman reported Feb. 6 she received a fraud alert from her credit card company that someone attempted to use her card at discount stores and a convenience store near Cincinnati, charging $865. The victim contacted one of the store’s managers, who provided a description of the person who used the card, according to the victim’s report. Officers noted it appeared someone somehow duplicated the victim’s credit card.

A 66-year-old Frederick Boulevard man was stopped near his home after making a short visit to a known drug house Feb. 7. The man admitted to buying a $10 bag of marijuana there and stated he has colon cancer and this helps with pain, according to officers. He was charged with possession of drugs and issued a court summons.

The same day, a 28-year-old Artman Avenue man was driving on West Market Street without any working headlights and was pulled over near Rose Boulevard. The man stated he just bought the car without working headlights. He consented to a search, according to officers. The man had an open bottle of liquor in his pocket and a $1 bill with cocaine inside in the vehicle’s ashtray. He was charged with possession of drugs and an open liquor container and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A 37-year-old Bath man was charged with possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia Feb. 8 when officers responded to a call about an intoxicated male smoking drugs in his vehicle at a gas pump in the 1500 block of South Hawkins Avenue. The man did not have a valid driver’s license, and officers found a metal crack pipe and a rock of crack cocaine in the center console, according to the police report.

On Feb. 8, a Burnham Road woman arrived home with her husband and found a 58-year-old Timber Trail woman’s vehicle was stuck in their driveway, she reported. The husband went into the attached garage to get a shovel to assist the stranger and found a back door to the garage open and glass broken, though nothing was stolen, according to the police report. The woman’s car got stuck again in the 300 block of Romney Road, and she was intoxicated, according to officers, who arrested her for open container and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The woman stated she saw someone break into the Burnham Road home, but she wouldn’t give the person’s name, according to the police report. Later, her story changed, and she said she heard a window break as two unknown males were helping her get her car unstuck. Officers noted they suspected the woman was confused about her whereabouts while in the driveway, and they were unable to compare her shoes to a set of prints going and coming from the back garage door.

Two religious congregations who share space in the 900 block of North Portage Path reported Feb. 9 someone forced open doors to two literature closets and ransacked them, as well as forced open two filing cabinets used to store church records and a lockbox containing files. A VCR used for security monitoring also was stolen.

Also Feb. 9, two Fairlawn men, a 24-year-old and a 27-year-old, sitting in a vehicle in a parking lot of a fast food restaurant in the 1600 block of Copley Road were charged with drug abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia and taken into custody. Heroin and items with the drug’s residue on them were found in the vehicle, according to the police report.

BATH: A driver who fled after reportedly being involved in a hit-skip accident at the intersection of Medina and Crystal Lake roads Jan. 31 was located on Rothrock Road. He failed a field sobriety test, and his BAC tested .192. He was charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and running a red light, and released with a court summons.

Police confiscated a stolen iPad found in the locker of a Revere Middle School student Feb. 2. The student reportedly admitted stealing it, and charges were pending an investigation.

Following reports of an injured deer in the area of Bath and Hametown roads Feb. 3, police located the animal, which had a broken leg, and shot it.

On Feb. 4, police investigated reports of an erratic driver on Interstate 77 and located her in a rest area. She was not intoxicated or impaired, but she was arrested on a warrant and released to the Wadsworth Police Deprtment.

Employees of a Montrose clothing store reported Feb. 4 a suspicious female left the store, got into a vehicle and left the parking lot. Police stopped the vehicle and questioned a female who fit the description. She was wanted on several warrants from other communities, and while officers were verifying the warrants, she reportedly admitted stealing merchandise from the clothing store. Police located the stolen clothing, worth $108, and two pairs of pliers in the female’s purse. The clothing was returned to the store, and the female was charged with theft and possession of criminal tools, and released to the Jackson Police Department.

Police investigated a Feb. 6 report filed by a Granger Road man who said $1,000 cash was stolen from his apartment.

Officers patrolling North Cleveland-Massillon Road at 2 a.m. Feb. 7 stopped a driver who failed to dim the high beams of his vehicle in the face of oncoming traffic. He was arrested on a warrant and released to a park ranger. Police contacted the parents of a juvenile who was a passenger in the vehicle, and all other passengers arranged for rides home. Police confiscated marijuana and drug paraphernalia from the vehicle, and additional charges were pending an investigation.

Police are seeking the person who vandalized a North Revere Road church Feb. 7 by spray-painting 666 on a wall and a large cross on a door.

Someone broke the rear window of a vehicle parked outside a North Revere Road residence the night of Feb. 7.

The next day, officers responded to a disabled vehicle on I-77 at Ghent Road and arrested the driver for driving under suspension and underage drinking. He was released with a court summons.

COPLEY: Police investigated a report of theft of money from a resident’s room at a Montrose residential facility Jan. 28.

The afternoon of Jan. 29, police were called to a fight at a Medina Road home improvement store, where a male was reportedly attempting to spray mace on another male. Police arrived to find two store security agents detaining a man who allegedly took two tools out of the store without paying for them and struggled with employees who confronted him. Officers recovered the merchandise and arrested the male for theft, and EMS transported him to a hospital for a medical complaint.

A woman reported she parked her vehicle outside a Rothrock Road restaurant at 12:44 p.m. Jan. 29, went inside to pick up an order and returned to find her car window had been smashed and her purse stolen from the front seat.

Police were called to a Keystone Boulevard group home Jan. 29, when workers reported a client damaged items in the home, threw food around and broke glass. When an employee attempted to subdue him, the suspect charged at the worker and struggled with him. The client was charged with criminal damaging and assault and transported via EMS to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

On Jan. 31, police went to a Jacoby Road residence where a woman reported her boyfriend had assaulted her, causing visible injuries. She said the assault occurred at his residence on Summit Road, and she left after the altercation. Officers went to the man’s home, and he told them they had both been drinking and then fought. He also had minor injuries. Following an investigation, police arrested the male for domestic violence, which was a felony due to a prior conviction involving the same victim. He was taken to the Summit County Jail.

A Cypress Court man reported Feb. 1 someone in New York and New Jersey used his American Express card numbers to make unauthorized purchases.

Police patrolling South Cleveland-Massillon Road at 2:30 a.m. Feb. 1 stopped the driver of a vehicle with an expired license plate and arrested him for DUI and having an elevated blood alcohol concentration. A passenger in the vehicle was charged with underage drinking and having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle. Both males were assigned court dates and released.

Officers patrolling South Cleveland-Massillon Road Feb. 3 stopped a vehicle when they recognized a passenger who was wanted on a felony warrant in Colorado. A female who was driving the vehicle was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, and the male was held on the warrant. Both were taken to the Summit County Jail.

Following reports that a driver was heading west in the eastbound lanes of Medina Road at 3 a.m. Feb. 4, officers located the vehicle sitting at an intersection where the traffic light was green. The vehicle was on the wrong side of the double yellow line, and the driver was asleep. When officers woke her, she failed a field sobriety test, and her BAC tested .127. She was arrested for DUI and released with a court summons.

A Hillside Drive woman reported Feb. 4 she learned her American Express card was used for a fraudulent $642 purchase in Florida.

Police responded to a report of a pickup truck in a ditch on Copley Road the night of Feb. 4 and arrested the driver for DUI. He was released with a court summons.

FAIRLAWN: Police were called to a mall store Jan. 30 by employees who said a woman concealed merchandise in a bag lined with a metallic substance to prevent store sensors on clothing from activating a security alarm. When confronted by an employee, the woman said she had no merchandise in her purse and left the store before the theft of merchandise was confirmed. Mall security followed her, but lost sight of her. Police located the woman, but she no longer had the bag, and they took her to the store, where employees identified her. The merchandise and bag were found in a mall restroom, and the Kenmore woman was charged with theft and possession of criminal tools, She was released with a court summons and banned from the mall and all stores in the chain.

The manager of a West Market Street restaurant said she arrived at work Jan. 31 to find $80 had been stolen from a safe the previous night. She said an employee who was recently fired threatened to return to the store and vandalize and steal from it.

A Cleveland Heights woman was arrested for theft and possession of criminal tools Jan. 31, when an employee of a mall store reported she stole sweatpants and fled. Police arrested her for theft and possession of criminal tools after they found her in possession of a large magnet used to defeat security sensors. The pants could not be located, but employees identified the woman, whose actions were recorded on video surveillance footage. She was banned from the mall and released. Less than an hour later, mall security agents spotted her in a department store, and police were called. They located her at a Ghent Road business and advised her she is banned from all mall property indefinitely. Several minutes later, police located her in a mall parking lot, where she had thrown the stolen pants under a vehicle. Officers retrieved the merchandise and arrested her for trespassing and tampering with evidence, and took her to the Summit County Jail.

On Jan. 31, an employee of a West Market Street business reported his ex-girlfriend would not stop calling him at his workplace. Police contacted the Massillon Road woman and told her to stop calling the business.

An employee of a South Miller Road medical office reported she arrived at work the morning of Feb. 2 to find the glass in the front door had been smashed by someone who had attempted to pry the door open but failed to gain entry to the business.

A Cleveland woman reported Feb. 2 a credit card was mistakenly mailed to her at her old address in Fairlawn, and someone used it to charge $289 at a Montrose discount store and make purchases at two Copley gas stations.

On Feb. 3, an Akron juvenile was charged with theft for shoplifting four belts worth $203 from a mall department store.

Security agents at a mall department store reported Feb. 4 a woman took two purses from a display, went into a restroom, emerged without them, and the purses could not be located in the restroom. Police located her in the mall concourse and found the purses concealed in a stroller she was pushing, Officers also located merchandise stolen from another mall store. The merchandise, totaling $473, was returned to the stores. The Brunswick woman was arrested for theft and banned from the stores.

Employees of a mall restaurant reported Feb. 6 a man who had been drinking at the bar became highly intoxicated, fell off a bar stool and was lying on the floor. Police and EMS responded, but the man was uncooperative, refusing to answer questions or provide health information. He refused a medical evaluation and reportedly shoved a police officer, and they took him to the police station. He was charged with disorderly conduct by intoxication and released to a relative, who said he has been despondent over a recent death in the family.

NORTON: A Norton High School student reported her car was scratched while she was at a dance the night of Feb. 1.

A Reimer Road man reported Feb. 2 a temporary license plate was stolen from a vehicle outside his residence the previous night.

At 1 a.m. Feb. 2, police patrolling Greenwich Road observed a vehicle with front-end damage in a parking lot and noticed the driver asleep behind the steering wheel. When officers woke her, the driver provided three different explanations of where she had been and she could not remember how her vehicle had been damaged. The Norton woman failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released with a court summons. Police were unable to locate a vehicle crash site.

Police went to an Oak Street residence Feb. 4 to investigate reports that four juveniles were walking in the street on Hartzell Drive and spit on a motorist through a vehicle window. A woman at the residence said her son had just come home with three of his friends, but they were no longer at the residence.

On Feb. 4, police investigated the theft of a 16-foot, $1,800 trailer stored behind a building on Wadsworth Road.

Officers responded to a vehicle in a ditch at the intersection of Eastern and Taylor roads around 4 a.m. Feb. 5 and found the driver had sustained minor injuries. The North Canton woman was transported to a hospital and charged with DUI following a BAC test.

A Clarkmill Road man reported Feb. 5 someone attempted to steal an all-terrain vehicle parked behind his residence. He said he found footprints in the snow that indicated the person parked a vehicle in the lot of a nearby church. The person had damaged the starting mechanism on the vehicle but was unable to steal it.

Employees of a Barber Road nightclub called police Feb. 6 when an intoxicated female caused a disturbance at the business and refused to leave. Police advised her to call someone to take her home, but she was unable to make a phone call. She was arrested for disorderly conduct, and police drove her to her home in Akron.

RICHFIELD: A resident reported Jan. 27 he found some property lying along Brecksville Road and attempted to dispose of it at the service garage, but there were no trash receptacles, so he left it lying on the ground. Police located the property, determined it belonged to a dental lab on Brecksville Road and returned it to the business.

Police investigated a report of theft of a motorcycle from the garage of a Richlawn Drive residence Jan. 30. A resident stated someone entered the garage through an unlocked side door and apparently pushed the bike out that door. There were many footprints in the snow outside the garage, but they did not lead in any one direction. Officers interviewed a neighbor, who said she knew nothing about the bike and allowed officers to look in her garage and on her property. The motorcycle was not located.

The foreman of the Norton Road Department found an Ohio license plate and part of a vehicle bumper at the intersection of Emerald Boulevard and Broadview Road Jan. 30. Police traced the plate to the vehicle owner and spoke to his father, who agreed to come to the police station and pick up the property.

On Feb. 2, police responded to a call of trespassers at a Robin Hill Drive residence and questioned two males who were walking in a wooded area on the private property. The two said they were taking a shortcut while walking from Hawthorne Drive to a nearby store. Police advised them to remain on the sidewalks and roadways and avoid trespassing on private property or they could face charges. Officers drove them to their destination.


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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