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2/20/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 100 block of Sand Run Road Feb. 11; the 1200 block of Dearborn Drive Feb. 12; the 600 block of Mull Avenue Feb. 12; the 100 block of Aqueduct Street Feb. 13; the 1300 block of Hardesty Boulevard Feb. 13; the 900 block of La Belle Avenue Feb. 14; the 500 block of Moreley Avenue Feb. 14; the 200 block of Wildwood Avenue Feb. 14; and the 100 block of Melbourne Avenue Feb. 17.

On Feb. 12, a 53-year-old South Hawkins Avenue man was charged with possession of drugs and tampering with evidence. He was pulled over for making an improper turn from Bellevue Avenue onto South Hawkins Avenue, and he was slow to stop, according to officers. Officers observed him putting something in his mouth and taking a drink to wash it down, and when they looked inside his mouth, they saw flakes of marijuana and white chunks on his tongue, they said. Officers also found crack on the driver’s seat and floor of the vehicle and marijuana in the man’s jacket pocket, according to their report.

The same day, an 18- to 23-year-old woman was observed by security personnel at a discount store in the 1800 block of West Market Street placing numerous items in a shopping cart. She then placed her jacket over the items and exited the store without paying, according to store officials. Security was able to recover the items, which valued $225, but the woman fled on foot across the parking lot and got away, according to the police report.

On Feb. 13, shortly after 7 p.m., Akron Police Department (APD) officers responded to a report of a stabbing in the 200 block of Cole Avenue. The victim, an East Avenue man, said he was involved in an argument with his girlfriend when he spat in her face and she stabbed him in the neck. A juvenile female witnessed the incident, according to the police report. The man was transported to a local hospital, where his injuries were not life threatening, according to officers. The 43-year-old Cole Avenue woman was arrested, charged with felonious assault and tampering with evidence and booked into the Summit County Jail. The knife used in the stabbing was recovered in a nearby trash receptacle, according to the police report.

On Feb. 14, a 29-year-old Crosby Street woman was charged with domestic violence and felonious assault and booked into the Summit County Jail. The woman went to her mother’s house allegedly to steal Dec. 20, and when she was confronted by her brother, she reportedly stabbed him twice. The brother was transported to a local hospital, where his injuries were not life threatening, according to the police report.

A 37-year-old Himelright Avenue man was arrested Feb. 14 for crimes that occurred Jan. 31. He was one of two men wanted for the robbery of a South Akron man who had been walking at Baird and Hammel streets when two men grabbed him from behind and took his credit card, according to officers. The Himelright Avenue man was charged with robbery, forgery and assault and booked into the Summit County Jail.

On Feb. 14, around 3 a.m., a cab driver was robbed after he picked up a man in the 1200 block of Everton Drive and transported him to East and Wildwood avenues. When the cab arrived, the passenger leaned forward, choked the cab driver and demanded his money, according to the police report. The cab driver handed over a small amount of cash, and the passenger fled on foot, according to the report. The suspect is a 20- to 25 year-old black male, 5 feet, 9 inches to 6 feet tall, weighing 170 to 200 pounds and was wearing all black clothing. Anyone with information is asked to call the APD Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.

A 33-year-old Norton woman was charged with possession of heroin and possession of crack Feb. 14 after she was stopped at Courtland Avenue and Roslyn Street for a traffic violation. She gave officers consent to search her vehicle, and they found heroin and crack inside her coin purse, according to the police report.

On Feb. 16, a 27-year-old South Hawkins Avenue man was charged with possession of oxycodone after he was stopped in the 1600 block of Frederick Boulevard driving on a suspended license.

The same day, a 38-year-old Noble Avenue woman was charged with felonious assault and domestic violence. She allegedly assaulted her cousin by striking him in the face with a glass, causing a laceration.

A 24-year-old Dorchester Road man with a prior felony conviction was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and having weapons while under disability Feb. 16. He was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped at Hartford Street and Stoner Avenue for having an expired registration and driving without headlights. According to the police report, he gave officers consent to search him, and they found a handgun in his jacket pocket.

A 37-year-old Noble Avenue man was charged with possession of crack and having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle Feb. 17 after officers stopped him for a traffic violation at Diagonal Road and Noble Avenue. The man, who had an open beer in his vehicle, did not have a valid driver’s license, according to officers. After he was asked to step out of his car, officers found a small rock of crack in his sweatshirt pocket, according to the police report.

A 33-year-old Thorndale Drive man was charged with drug abuse (crack/cocaine) and possession of drug paraphernalia Feb. 17. The man was sitting inside of his car in the 1800 block of West Market Street with the dome light on, and as officers approached the car, they observed drug paraphernalia in plain view, according to the report.

The same day, a 34-year-old South Rhodes Avenue woman was charged with drug abuse, tampering with evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia after being stopped at Crosby and Hall streets. Officers found her in possession of crack/cocaine. She also had a crack pipe inside her bra, which she attempted to destroy, according to officers.

BATH: Police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Pebble Beach Drive residence Feb. 9 and determined it was a verbal argument and there was no need for police action. One of the parties left for the afternoon.

On Feb. 10, a Yellow Creek Road man reported a handgun was stolen from his bedroom. Police entered information about the weapon into a national database for stolen firearms.

A Rock Creek Road man reported Feb. 10 he received a fraudulent 1099 income statement from a company from which he never had an account. A representative of the company informed him a person used a fake driver’s license containing the victim’s personal information to open the account, which generated money that was paid to the imposter but reported to the IRS as the victim’s income. Police provided him with an identity theft packet and advised him to contact the IRS fraud unit, monitor his credit report and contact them with any additional information.

Police searched the Montrose area Feb. 12 for a shoplifter who reportedly stole items from a Medina Road beauty supply store. When employees confronted her, she took the items, fled from the store and entered a white Chevy Impala driven by a second person that sped away from the scene.

A motorist on North Cleveland-Massillon Road reported an injured deer on the side of the road at 11:30 p.m. Feb. 13. Police located the animal near Ira Road and shot it.

Employees of a Montrose office supply store reported around 3 p.m. Feb. 13 a man removed 16 color printer ink cartridges from boxes, leaving the black ink cartridges in the boxes, concealed them in his pants and left the store without paying for them.

The evening of Feb. 13, police on North Cleveland-Massillon Road stopped the driver of a vehicle with no front license plate and arrested her on two warrants for felony theft. Her vehicle was secured in a parking lot, and she was released to the Akron Police Department.

COPLEY: On Feb. 5, a man reported his cell phone was taken to a Rothrock Road electronics store for repair and when he went to retrieve it, he was told the phone was missing.

Police were called to a Montrose West Avenue restaurant Feb. 6, when a woman reported she went to the location to meet her boyfriend, who owes her money. When she arrived at the restaurant, he met her at her vehicle, grabbed her purse, punched her in the face and went back into the restaurant. The victim declined prosecution, and police advised both parties that a report would be filed.

On Feb. 6, Summit County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man wanted on a Copley Police Department warrant. Police took him to Barberton Municipal Court for an appearance and later transported him to the Summit County Jail.

Officers patrolling the intersection of Knox Boulevard and Collier Road Feb. 7 questioned a driver who was sitting in a vehicle, arrested him for driving without a license and released him to the Wooster Police Department on a warrant.

A Moreview Drive resident called police the afternoon of Feb. 7 to report two small children who live near her residence came to her home and asked to come in because they could not get into their home. Police found that the doors to their residence were locked, no one appeared to be home and the outside temperature was 10 F. Several minutes later, the overhead garage door was opened, and the children’s mother came out of the residence. Officers determined there was a third child in the home and that the mother was wanted on two warrants for drug charges. The homeowner arrived and identified herself as the woman’s mother and the children’s grandmother. Police arrested the mother on the warrants and released her to the Macedonia Police Department. The children remained with their grandmother.

A Meadow Run Drive woman reported Feb. 7 someone in an SUV passed her residence and her car alarm was activated. She believes it was her estranged husband who had the keys to the vehicle, and she asked the incident to be documented.

On Feb. 8, an employee of a Copley Road gas station reported two males entered the gas station and one of them laid several bills on the counter and asked for change. He continued to shuffle the bills while she was making change, then he grabbed all the bills and the change and left the station. The two males left in a vehicle.

Police went to a Rothrock Road motel the morning of Feb. 8 to investigate a drug complaint. Officers located a woman who was wanted on warrants in Wayne and Summit counties staying in one of the rooms. She was arrested on the warrants and taken to the Summit County Jail.

Officers were called to an altercation at a Rothrock Road motel Feb. 8 and spoke to a highly intoxicated woman, who said her boyfriend was going to harm her. She said he left in a red pickup truck. Police stopped his truck nearby, and he exhibited signs of intoxication and admitted having several drinks, according to the police report. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI, released with a summons and taken back to the motel. He denied threatening the female and said they argued and he left because he did not want the argument to escalate.

A Glenmoor Drive couple reported they were away from home for two hours Feb. 8 and returned to find the doors were open. Police located two sets of footprints in the snow outside the residence and determined the persons entered through a window with a broken lock. The house had been ransacked, and several electronic items had been stolen.

Just before midnight Feb. 9, police responded to a vehicle accident on Jacoby Road and found a vehicle had gone off the road and was partially blocking the road. The driver appeared intoxicated and failed a field sobriety test. The woman was charged with DUI and released with a court summons. The vehicle was towed from the scene. 

FAIRLAWN: An officer responding to a vehicle accident in the parking lot of a Montrose discount store Feb. 12 observed an unoccupied vehicle with its motor running parked in a fire lane in front of the store. A small child was sleeping in the back seat of the unlocked vehicle. Police stayed with the vehicle until the driver returned with merchandise she had purchased in the store. She said the child was her daughter. She was charged with leaving a child unattended in a running vehicle and released with a court summons.

Police arrested an Akron man for concealing a $113 watch and leaving a mall department store without paying for it Feb. 13. During his arrest, officers found a ring, which he reportedly admitted stealing from another mall department store. He was charged with theft and banned from the stores.

Security agents in a mall department store reported Feb. 13 a man took 18 pairs of jeans totaling $1,891, left the store without paying and got into the passenger side of a vehicle whose license plates were covered with plastic. Police stopped the driver of the vehicle and arrested her and the passenger for felony theft. The male was additionally charged with possession of criminal tools and the two, both from Akron, were taken to the Summit County Jail.

Employees of a Montrose grocery store reported Feb. 14 a man concealed lobster tails worth $35 in his coat and left the store. When they confronted him outside the store, he gave back the merchandise and walked away. Police located him outside a nearby store, charged him with theft and released him with a court summons.

Police are investigating a report of passing bad checks and theft by deception filed Feb. 14 by employees of a Ghent Road bank who stated an Avon Lake woman opened a business checking account and deposited a $35,000 check into it in January. On Feb. 13, she wrote a check for $21,000 to another party and an $8,000 check to herself. She also made a $1,500 cash withdrawal. The following day, the $35,000 check was returned to the bank for insufficient funds. Bank employees learned the $8,000 check had been deposited into a new account at another Fairlawn bank, and police advised employees of that bank to place a hold on the check. The $21,000 check and cash withdrawal have not been recovered.

On Feb. 14, employees of a mall department store observed a woman take merchandise into a fitting room and emerge without all the items, which were not located in the fitting room. She was confronted when she left the store, and she admitted stealing merchandise totaling $334, which was returned to the store. The Akron woman was charged with theft, released with a court summons and banned from the store.

A Sagamore Hills woman was arrested for shoplifting eight items worth $67 from a West Market Street grocery store Feb. 14. She was charged with theft and released with a court summons.

Employees of a mall department store reported Feb. 14 a woman took two full-price items and several clearance-priced items into a fitting room, switched the price tags and paid $23.25 for items totaling $148, causing a loss to the store of $125.25. The Rittman woman reportedly admitted switching the price tags, and she was charged with theft by deception, released with a court summons and banned from the store.

Police investigated the burglary of a Fieldcrest Drive residence Feb. 14, when a woman reported she locked the doors and left the residence at 2:30 p.m. and returned that evening to find the door open. Police determined someone pried a screen from a window, pushed the window open and entered the residence. A camera, jewelry and other items were stolen from an upstairs bedrooms. The person left through a rear door, and police found two sets of footprints outside the residence.

NORTON: On Feb. 6, Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Massillon woman on a Norton warrant for failure to complete a correctional program. She was transported to the Barberton Jail and incarcerated.

Police responded to a report of a vehicle accident on Grenfall Road Feb. 6 and found a pickup truck in a ditch. The driver exhibited signs of impairment, failed a field sobriety test, and his BAC tested .206. He was charged with DUI and released on bond.

Barberton police officers arrested an Akron man on a Norton warrant Feb. 7. Police charged him and released him on bond.

A Holiday Drive woman reported Feb. 7 a house next door had water coming from the second story. Police found a large volume of water leaking from the rear second story and contacted the fire department to remove the electric meter in order to stop the water pump from producing water.

On Feb. 9, police investigated a report of burglary in progress at a Johnson Road residence, where a man reported he came home at 4:15 a.m. to find a vehicle in his driveway and an electric heater and bundles of flooring taken from his residence lying beside the vehicle. He used his vehicle to block the parked vehicle and told police he believed the burglar was still in the house. Police found a rear sliding door open and no one in the home. Officers followed footprints and searched for more than two hours before locating the man, who was hiding in a tree in a heavily wooded area off Hametown Road. The Barberton man was transported to Summa Barberton Hospital for evaluation of a medical condition. Upon his release, he was charged with burglary and resisting arrest and taken to the Summit County Jail.

Police patrolling Limestone Mine Drive the night of Feb. 9 observed a gate open and a vehicle backed up to the door of a building owned by a utility company. Two males in the vehicle quickly closed the door when police approached. Officers found footprints leading into and out of the building and scrap metal in the vehicle. The Akron men admitted they went to the property to steal scrap metal because one of the men needed money to pay for the release of an all-terrain vehicle that was impounded after he fled from the Barberton Police Department in the vehicle. They were charged with breaking and entering and theft, and taken to the Summit County Jail.

RICHFIELD: Police went to a Columbia Road business Feb. 3 to investigate a report by a Cleveland man who said he received a letter from the business welcoming him as a new employee, but he does not work there. He believed someone was using his identity. A representative of the business told police a computer glitch caused the problem and provided a letter explaining the mistake. Police advised the complainant.

A Southern Road man reported someone tampered with two vehicles outside his residence the night of Feb. 4 but did not gain entry. A neighbor reported Feb. 7 someone opened the passenger door of his truck and stole a folder containing personal documents.

A Deer Creek Trail woman reported Feb. 5 she would be away from home and her parents would be staying at her residence. She asked that police be certain her estranged husband, who is prohibited from being at the residence due to a restraining order, does not go to the residence while she is away. Officers agreed to provide additional patrol in the area.

Officers investigated a Feb. 6 report by a Forestridge Drive woman who said a representative from her bank notified her that someone in New York charged $672 on her credit card.

A Carroll Drive woman filed a report of theft and fraud Feb. 6. She stated she made a down payment of $2,000 to a Canton man to purchase a car that was advertised for sale on Craigslist and gave him an additional $1,800 for repairs to make the vehicle operable. The two met at a shopping club store, where she purchased new tires for the vehicle, and he gave her the title to the car, but he said it needed additional repairs and she has not received the vehicle. Police determined the vehicle was registered to a woman, and the title he gave her had not been transferred to her, but to someone else. The matter is under investigation.

On Feb. 7, officers responded to a report of a vehicle accident on Interstate 271 and arrived to find a man lying outside the vehicle at the bottom of an embankment. The crash, which occurred in Granger, was being handled by police and EMS from that community and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Richfield police assisted in locating two guns that were in the vehicle and secured them.

Police investigated a Feb. 7 report that someone entered an unlocked vehicle in the driveway of a Streetsboro Road residence and stole valuables.

At 5:20 a.m. Feb. 8, police and EMS responded to a medical emergency at a Deer Creek Trail residence, where a male said his friend collapsed and he was unable to wake him. The victim was transported to a hospital and police confiscated drug abuse instruments and suspected heroin belonging to the victim.


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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