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3/6/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 100 block of South Balch Street Feb. 26; the 700 block of Nome Avenue Feb. 26; the 100 block of Harcourt Drive Feb. 27; the 1300 block of Roslyn Avenue Feb. 27; the 100 block of South Balch Street March 3; and the 1000 block of Copley Road March 3.

On March 1, around 11 p.m., a delivery driver for a restaurant in the 800 block of West Market Street was robbed. The victim told officers he delivered food to two men near the intersection of Grove and South Balch streets, and they asked for change and then pointed a gun at him and ordered him to give them his money. The men took the food and money and fled through backyards, according to the police report. The suspects are two black men ages 20-21. According to the victim, one suspect was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, and the second suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. Anyone with information is asked to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.

A 44-year-old West Salem man was charged with possession of cocaine after he was stopped for a turn signal violation at Roslyn Avenue and Stoner Street March 1. Officers reported they found a gram of cocaine in folded paper in his pocket. His passenger, a 46-year-old West Salem woman, was charged with possession of crack, possession of drugs (lorazepam and alprazolam) and possession of drug paraphernalia after officers recovered a bag of crack from her pocket, drugs that did not belong to her in her purse along with a digital scale and several crack pipes in another pocket.

A 31-year-old Kent man was found passed out in the driver’s seat of a vehicle at Diagonal Road and Noble Avenue March 1. Officers reported they observed a burnt spoon with heroin on the passenger seat. The man was transported to a local hospital, where he was later charged with drug abuse, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug abuse instruments and operating a vehicle while impaired.

Two Cuyahoga Falls men, 27 and 29, were sitting in a vehicle in a parking lot at West Market and Valley streets when officers approached March 2. Officers found a syringe, heroin and a spoon inside the vehicle, and the older man, the passenger, admitted he also had a syringe and spoon in his possession. Officers reported they also found heroin in the passenger’s wallet. Both men were charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of drug abuse instruments.

Officers were investigating a report of shots fired when they stopped a driver, a 45-year-old Orlando Avenue man, along with his passenger, a 56-year-old Ivy Court man, at Roslyn Avenue and Stoner Street March 2. The driver got out of the car and approached officers while the passenger was making furtive movements, according to officers. Bags of cocaine and heroin were found under a seat in the vehicle, and both men were charged with possession of cocaine, trafficking in cocaine, possession of heroin and trafficking in heroin.

On March 3, a 21-year-old South Akron man was charged with willful fleeing, resisting arrest, tampering with evidence, possession of marijuana and open container in a motor vehicle. Officers reported they attempted to stop the man in the 200 block of Castle Boulevard while investigating a shots fired call, but the man led them on a pursuit around the city, during which he threw a bag of marijuana out the window on Alden Avenue. Eventually the man bailed from the car, and at the end of the chase, officers located him under a parked motor vehicle and had to drag him out, they said. They also found an open bottle of vodka in the car he had been driving.

BATH: On Feb. 21, officers patrolling Medina Road stopped a driver for running a red light, arrested him for driving under suspension and released him with a court summons.

Police assisted officers from the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force in serving a felony warrant at a Highlands Drive residence Feb. 21. The person was taken into custody without incident.

Officers patrolling North Cleveland-Massillon Road Feb. 21 stopped the driver of a vehicle with a loud exhaust system and a cover over the license plate validation sticker. Police determined the vehicle’s registration expired in 2011, and the validation sticker was registered to another vehicle, which the driver also owned. He was charged with having fictitious license plates and an expired registration and released with a court summons.

Police are seeking the person who spray-painted racial remarks on the driveway of an Autumn Leaves Drive residence the night of Feb. 21.

Following a registration check of a vehicle on North Cleveland-Massillon Road Feb. 22, police stopped the driver and charged her with driving under license suspension stemming from a DUI charge. She was released with a court summons and the vehicle was towed to an impound lot.

A Hametown Road man reported Feb. 22 he received a phone call from a woman who mentioned some of his relatives’ names and said she was his cousin and she needed a ride to Ashland to visit a sick infant and she had no money. She asked that he meet her at a Montrose gas station. He did not recognize her name and he called police instead of meeting her. Police attempted to contact the female, and they went to the gas station and spoke to an employee, who said a woman had been loitering at the station every day, and he last saw her talking to an elderly couple and heard her mention the Ancestory.com website. Police in Bath and Copley, where the gas station is located, are attempting to identify the woman, whom they believe is getting information from the Internet and using it as part of a scam.

At 2:45 a.m. Feb. 22, police on Medina Road stopped a driver for crossing the centerline and driving on the wrong side of the road. The driver and passenger were charged with drug abuse and possession of paraphernalia after officers noticed an odor of marijuana in the vehicle and the driver surrendered the contraband.

Employees of a Medina Road business reported Feb. 24 an unknown customer passed a counterfeit $20 bill. Police took possession of the bill.

Police responded to a dispute between a contractor and customer at an Ira Road residence Feb. 25 and stood by while the contractor removed his tools from the residence and made an agreement with the customer to retrieve the remainder of his tools at another time.

On Feb. 27, officers assisted Fairlawn police in the pursuit of a shoplifter who fled on foot from a mall department store. The person was apprehended and released to the Fairlawn Police Department to be charged.

Police patrolling Everett Road Feb. 28 stopped the driver of a vehicle with an expired license plate, charged him with driving under two license suspensions and released him with a court summons. The vehicle was towed.

A Pleasant Hill Drive woman reported March 1 someone entered her residence, possibly through an unlocked rear door, and stole a safe and its contents.

Around 2 a.m. March 1, police observed a driver traveling 75 mph on Medina Road and saw him swerve abruptly into another lane to avoid hitting a vehicle in front of him. When officers stopped him, he exhibited signs of impairment and failed a field sobriety test. He told police he was speeding because he thought another driver wanted to race him. He was charged with DUI, change-of-course and speeding, and released with a court summons.

COPLEY: Police responded to a traffic crash on Copley Road at 2:30 a.m. Feb. 16 and found the vehicle had heavy front-end damage from striking a guardrail at the state Route 21 exit ramp to Copley Road. The driver told police she had not been drinking before driving, but she exhibited signs of alcohol intoxication and failed a field sobriety test. She declined medical attention and was charged with DUI and released with a court summons.

On Feb. 18, snowy road conditions caused several traffic crashes, including an incident on Interstate 77, where a driver lost control of her vehicle as she entered the highway. The vehicle spun around and was hit by another vehicle traveling north on I-77. No injuries were reported. Around the same time, a driver traveling south in the same area of I-77 lost control of her vehicle, which spun out and struck another vehicle. Several hours later, just south of the area, a vehicle traveling south on state Route 21 slid into another vehicle. There were no injuries reported.

A contractor was loading a bulldozer onto a truck at a location on Wright Road Feb. 21, when the bulldozer fell off the side of the truck and landed on its side in the yard of a Wright Road residence. The contractor was able to remove the heavy equipment from the yard and secure it on the truck.

On Feb. 22, officers assisted Bath police in searching for a woman suspected of perpetrating scams on area residents by obtaining information from a website and contacting them, claiming to be a relative and asking for money.

FAIRLAWN: Security agents at a mall department store reported Feb. 23 two juveniles were preparing to steal items by removing security sensors from the items. The juveniles were banned from the store indefinitely and released to their mother. When she arrived to pick them up, police determined she was wanted on a warrant and released her to the Norton Police Department. The juveniles were released to their father.

On Feb. 24, employees of a mall department store reported two females took dresses into a fitting room, concealed three of them and left the store without paying. The merchandise, totaling $132, was retrieved, and an Akron woman was charged with theft and released with a court summons. A Cuyahoga Falls woman was charged with theft and released to the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department on a warrant for larceny.

Employees of a Montrose discount store reported Feb. 25 a man loaded items into a shopping cart and pushed it out of the store without paying. When he was confronted outside the store, he fled with the shopping cart. Police located him outside another store and arrested him for theft. The merchandise was returned to the store, and the Akron man was released with a court summons.

Police responded to a report of a theft in progress at a Montrose discount store Feb. 25, when employees reported a man placed a pressure washer in a shopping cart, pushed it out the door without paying, got into a vehicle driven by another person, leaving the washer behind, and fled to West Market Street. Police pursued the vehicle with lights and sirens activated as the driver turned on Trunko Road. Police observed the vehicle traveling through a backyard on Elia Circle and stopped the driver, who was arrested for driving under suspension and reckless driving. The front seat passenger, the owner of the vehicle, was aware the driver had no license and was charged with wrongful entrustment of a vehicle. Both men were from Canton. The back seat passenger was charged with theft after he reportedly admitted taking the merchandise. The Akron man was released with a court summons.

On Feb. 27, employees of a mall department store reported two Akron men selected clothing items and made several trips into and out of fitting rooms. They left the store and placed the stolen merchandise behind a bush by the store entrance, then went back into the store and separated. Police retrieved the merchandise and located one man in the men’s suits department and he fled on foot and ran into a mall restaurant, where officers apprehended him, arrested him for theft and obstruction of official business, and released him with a court summons. Police are seeking the second person.

NORTON: A man reported he was sent to a vacant residence on Clarkmill Road to perform repairs Feb. 19, but he was unable to work due to weather conditions. When he returned Feb. 22, he observed a window open and determined copper pipes had been stolen. He said an air conditioning unit and furnace were stolen, but he was unsure when they were taken.

An Akron woman reported Feb. 23 her husband left their home with their 18-month-old daughter and the two are staying with his parents in Norton. She asked police to intervene so she can retrieve her child. Officers advised her they are unable to compel a parent to relinquish a child, and she said she would go to the home and get the child herself. Police advised her to contact them if she goes to the home.

Police investigated the burglary of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road home Feb. 24, when a woman reported she returned from a weekend trip to find the door had been kicked in and jewelry and a hand-held safe containing a passport, vehicle title and other personal documents had been stolen.

Police patrolling Barber Road Feb. 24 stopped the driver of a vehicle with a broken taillight and arrested him for driving under suspension. He failed a field sobriety test and was additionally charged with DUI and refusal to take a BAC test despite having a previous conviction for DUI within the past 20 years. He was released with a court summons.

Officers responded to a vehicle crash with injuries on Eastern Road Feb. 25 and found both drivers were trapped in their vehicles. Norton and Chippewa EMS extricated a male and female from their vehicles and transported them to area hospitals. The male’s vehicle apparently crossed the centerline and struck the female’s vehicle head-on. The male was charged with driving under suspension and DUI following results of a urine test performed at the hospital. Police contacted the vehicle owner, who said she was unaware his license was suspended when she allowed him to use the vehicle, but police had charged the man with driving under suspension on a previous occasion when she was present, and they knew she was aware of his suspension, according to the report. She was charged with wrongful entrustment of a vehicle, and the following day, the male was charged with aggravated vehicular assault.

Following a report that an Akron man stole scrap metal from a Clarkmill Road location Feb. 26, police stopped his vehicle to question him. He admitted taking the metal and was charged with theft and released on a signature bond.

PENINSULA: A police officer arrived at an Akron-Cleveland Road business Jan. 2 to investigate a claim of theft by an employee. The officer talked to an employee, who said he had been checking activity on the company’s bank account when he noticed several checks had been written for petty cash within a short time frame. An investigation is pending.

On Jan. 3, a man requested officers do a welfare check on his 5-year-old grandson. The man said his son and the boy’s mother had been in a fight earlier and the woman had struck the man’s son in the head with a pistol. The man also said the woman has an ongoing drug problem. Two officers performed the check and found the child, who was going to a relative’s residence for the rest of the weekend, to be fine. The woman in question said the boy’s father had been drunk earlier and there was a struggle over a 9 mm handgun. She said he left with the gun and she refused to make a police report about the incident. No further police action was taken.

An officer responded to a business on Riverview Road Jan. 4 in reference to an assault. The officer spoke with both parties involved and neither wanted to sign charges. Both parties agreed to leave the premises.

On Jan. 5, an officer observed a blue pickup truck and a white male in camouflage clothing armed with a rifle at an abandoned house on Hines Hill Road. After an investigation and consultation with the National Park Service, it was determined the man was legally hunting on the property.

Two officers were sent to the area of West Mill Street Jan. 5 in reference to a male “beating up” a female. The call stated the man ran toward a business when he found out the police were called. When the officers arrived, they were waved down by a pedestrian and alerted the suspect was in the parking lot of the business. The officers located the suspect hiding in the lot. The man was placed in a police cruiser and transported back to the West Mill Street location where the incident allegedly happened. The victim told an officer nothing had happened, but three witnesses told the officer they saw the suspect allegedly smack the victim in the face and pull her hair after she fell to the ground. The officer got witness statements from all three witnesses, and the victim got a ride home from a friend. The suspect, who was transported to the Peninsula Police Department, where he was picked up by his sister, was cited for disorderly conduct.

On Jan. 10, a Keenan Road man reported an unknown person had walked on his deck, as evidenced by footprints in the snow.

An officer responded to an alarm for a business on Akron-Cleveland Road Jan. 15. The officer found the front door of the business to be smashed in and a large stone on the floor inside the building. The outside audible alarm was sounding, but there was no one on the premises. The officer contacted the building’s owners, as well as the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI). A BCI agent arrived and processed the scene. Temporary repairs were made to the door. An investigation is pending.

On Jan. 21, a man arrived at the police station to report a breaking and entering that had occurred some time between Oct. 13, 2013, and Jan. 17, 2014. The man said he has a couple of people watching the house, but he just recently noticed the items were missing.

On Jan. 28, an officer was dispatched to a Riverview Road address regarding a complaint of telecommunications harassment. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with a man, who said he and his son had received a threatening phone call from a debt collections representative. An investigation is pending.

RICHFIELD: On Feb. 18, police were working with detectives from Michigan to investigate a report that a juvenile in that state was having inappropriate online sexual contact with a Richfield man.

Officers responded to a call for help by a Grant Street woman Feb. 19 and called EMS to transport her to a hospital.

An employee of a Wheatley Road gas station reported Feb. 20 a man pumped fuel worth $59 into his vehicle and drove off without paying for it. Police traced his license number and contacted him, and he said he did pay for the fuel, but the card he used might not have been authorized. He returned to the station the following day and paid for the fuel.

The manager of a Broadview Road grocery store reported Feb. 20 he had work done on the store’s cooling system, and he learned that copper had been stolen from the air conditioning system. The contractor said he worked on the system two weeks ago and the copper was intact. Police are investigating.

On Feb. 26, police responded to a disturbance involving two truck drivers at a travel center on Brecksville Road. The parties apparently had a verbal disagreement over parking issues. Both parties declined charges, and one driver agreed to move his vehicle.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Brush Road residence Feb. 27, arrested a man for disorderly conduct by intoxication and held him in the Richfield Jail after he was evaluated by EMS due to extreme intoxication. The following day, he was released with a court summons. That night, he returned to the Brush Road residence after being told not to be on the property, and he was again highly intoxicated. Police transported him to an overnight detoxification center, but the center would not accept him when he refused to provide a breath sample for a BAC test. Officers transported him to a hospital and contacted a relative, who said he would attempt to make hotel arrangements for the subject when he was released from the hospital.

Officers patrolling Brecksville Road Feb. 28 checked the registration on a vehicle in a motel parking lot and determined the driver was wanted on a warrant from Belmont County. The man was arrested on the warrant, taken to the Richfield Jail, and when deputies from Belmont County advised they could not pick up the man until the following day, he was released on $250 bond.

The Akron police reports were compiled by Ariel Hakim, and the Peninsula reports were compiled by Sean Patrick. 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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