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4/3/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 900 block of Cordova Avenue March 20; the 1200 block of Nome Avenue Mach 27; the 100 block of South Balch Street March 28; the 1000 block of Hardesty Boulevard March 28; the 500 block of Noah Avenue March 28; the 800 block of Crestview Avenue March 30; the 800 block of Winton Avenue March 30; and the 100 block of Clemmer Avenue March 31.

A 29-year-old East Avenue man was charged with burglary after being positively identified by a witness as exiting a home in the 700 block of Shadybrook Drive during a burglary March 19.

A 39-year-old South Highland Avenue man was charged with felonious assault and resisting arrest March 25. A Portage Drive man reported the man approached him at South Highland Avenue and West Market Street and punched him in the face before running away. Officers located the man not far away, and while attempting to arrest him, he punched one of the officers in the face, according to the police report. Officers had to use force to arrest him, they noted. It was apparent the man was mentally unstable, officers said. The man was taken to a hospital for treatment before being transported to the Summit County Jail.

On March 27, a Brooklyn, N.Y., man helping his parents move from their Delaware Place residence reported seven Vicodin pills were missing from a bottle in his parents’ bathroom. He confronted the movers about the pills and told them if they were returned he would drop the matter and not call police, according to his police report. One of the movers, a 36-year-old East Akron man, confessed to the theft and told the victim and officers he had ingested them.

A 23-year-old Kenmore woman was charged with assault, criminal damaging and trespassing March 27 after officers were dispatched to the 300 block of Wildwood Avenue regarding a domestic dispute. The woman was not invited, entered without permission and would not leave, according to the victim, a Wildwood Avenue man. He reported she became angry with him and jumped on him and bit his face and then went outside and threw a microphone base at his truck, breaking the back window and denting the body.

Officers are investigating after a man was found deceased late the evening of March 29 in a vehicle fire at Yukon Avenue and Stoner Street. He was found inside a Jeep Cherokee, officers said, after the fire was put out by the Akron Fire Department. The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office was planning to conduct an autopsy, according to officers.

A West Market Street woman reported March 29 that while at a church at Crosby Street and Oakdale Avenue, she left her jacket in the coat room. When she retrieved her coat, she was missing a debit card and insurance card that had been in her pocket, according to the police report.

On March 30, a 20-year-old Laurel Avenue woman reported she was assaulted in the 800 block of Greenwood Avenue while sitting in her vehicle with another women in the passenger seat. She said a 23-year-old Greenwood Avenue man hit her in the face through an open window and threw her phone into a sewer. The man stated the woman and her passenger yelled obscenities at him while in his driveway and would not leave. According to the man, the driver charged at him and dropped her phone, but he did not hit her.

Officers initiated a traffic stop at South Hawkins Avenue and Vernon Odom Boulevard March 30 resulting in multiple charges against a 35-year-old Jason Avenue man, including for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. He had a suspended driver’s license, and officers recovered a large quantity of various pills from his pants pocket, according to the police report.

A 26-year-old Cuyahoga Falls man was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI) of alcohol when officers responded to a report of a possible drunk driver in the 100 block of South Maple Street March 30. The man, who had slurred speech and failed all field sobriety tests, has three prior OVI arrests, officers noted.

On March 31, officers responded to multiple gunshots heard in the area of South Hawkins Avenue between Courtland Avenue and Stoner Street. A 26-year-old Roslyn Avenue man on foot was found to have multiple gunshot wounds and transported to a hospital. The crime scene was located near the intersection of Roslyn and Bellevue avenues and taped off, according to officers. Officers are investigating.

A Hampshire Road couple reported March 31 they received a check for a federal tax return in the mail made out to them, but they had not yet filed their tax return, according to the police report. According to one of the victims, an unknown person attempted to have the tax refund directly deposited into an unknown bank account, but since the bank account information didn’t match the victims’ information, the third party company, an affiliate of TurboTax, sent a check in the mail.

BATH: A Rolling Meadows Drive woman reported March 21 someone used her store charge account to purchase a $649 iPhone and have it delivered to a store in Oregon. She cancelled the sale and alerted the Oregon store.

On March 21, police removed several handguns from a Rotunda Avenue residence and took them to the police station for safekeeping at the request of a family member.

Police advised a Hametown Road woman to change her security settings on a social website after she reported March 21 that she received harassing messages on the page from an unknown person.

An employee of a Medina Road medical office reported March 21 her credit card and a gift card were stolen from her wallet while her purse was in an employee area. The credit card was used to make an online purchase before she discovered it had been stolen.

Officers patrolling Medina Road March 22 stopped a driver of a vehicle with a loud exhaust system and arrested a passenger on a warrant from New Jersey. He was taken to the Summit County Jail to await extradition.

Following a registration check of a vehicle March 22, police on Interstate 77 stopped the driver and arrested him for driving under several license suspensions and having illegal license plates. The plates were confiscated and police were attempting to locate the owner.

Police patrolling Springside Drive March 24 stopped a vehicle after a registration check and arrested the driver for driving under suspension. The vehicle license plates were seized, and the vehicle was towed.

Someone broke the basement window to enter an office on North Cleveland-Massillon Road March 25 and steal a computer.

A woman reported her wallet was stolen while she was at a Montrose restaurant the afternoon of March 25 by someone who used her credit cards at area retail stores.

Officers responded to a report of an intoxicated patron in the lobby of a Medina Road pub the night of March 25 and transported him to a detoxification center.

On March 27, police were working to identify the owner of a vehicle after employees of a Montrose beauty store reported a woman stole merchandise and left in the vehicle driven by a second person.

Employees of a Medina Road bar reported March 28 two customers were creating a disturbance. The female had an altercation with a bartender and continued her disruptive behavior with officers and EMS. She was arrested for disorderly conduct and transported to her hotel.

Police responded to a report of shoplifting in progress at a Montrose clothing store March 28, when two females were observed concealing merchandise in a bag. Officers found no merchandise in their possession, but they located a booster bag in the possession of one female, who admitted she concealed merchandise in it, but changed her mind and placed it back on a display. A consent search of their vehicle revealed tools used to cut tags and security sensors from clothing and merchandise that had apparently been stolen from other stores, and they confiscated all items. The women were banned from the clothing store and charges were pending completion of an investigation.

COPLEY: On March 17, a Karl Drive woman reported an envelope containing a money order she was mailing March 14 was stolen from the mailbox.

A Hammond Boulevard woman reported March 18 she was walking her dogs on Schoolcraft Avenue when two dogs chased them. She said the dogs regularly run loose and it is an ongoing problem. Police located the owner of the dogs and explained the leash laws. She agreed to remedy the problem.

Police were called to a domestic disturbance at a Briggle Road residence March 19, when a resident reported the father of her child broke into her home. The male told police he called the female and told her he was coming, and he entered through an unlocked door. He said they exchanged words, and he took her cell phone and went to his truck. She followed him and threw a rock that broke the windshield of the truck. She said he threw her cell phone on the ground. Both parties declined charges, and police were unable to determine a primary aggressor. At the female’s request, the male was advised not to go to her residence again. Officers advised him to contact an attorney in order to set up visitation for his child.

On March 19, a woman reported her ex-husband’s wife threatened her during a custody exchange at a fire station on Medina Road. She said she did not respond to the female’s remarks.

An employee of a Medina Road gas station called police the afternoon of March 19 to report that an intoxicated female was attempting to drive a vehicle. Officers arrived and stopped her as she drove out of the parking lot. She exhibited signs of impairment and failed a field sobriety test. She was charged with DUI and released with a court summons. The vehicle was towed.

A Fairway Park Drive woman reported March 20 someone entered her apartment, gouged her furniture and kitchen cabinets and left boot prints on her carpet.

On March 21, the Akron Police Department arrested a woman wanted on a Copley Police Department warrant for failure to show up for a jail program. She was taken to the Barberton Jail to await a court appearance.

Police investigated a report that a vehicle was scratched while it was parked in a lot outside Copley High School the afternoon of March 21.

Officials at Copley High School called police March 21, when a student presented a suspicious note excusing him from class. The note contained a physician’s signature, but two different types of handwriting. Police contacted the physician, and she reportedly said she gave the student a note on which she wrote another physician’s name and contact information for referral, but she did not excuse him from school. The student admitted forging the note, but he said he did not use the physician’s signature for any other purpose. The note was confiscated, and the physician requested police only document the incident.

After receiving information that a large fight involving juveniles was to occur at the intersection of Lochraven Boulevard and Vale Drive the afternoon of March 21, officers went to the location and found two juveniles fighting on the ground. Neither of the males reported injuries, and police took them to their homes and spoke with their parents. The matter was referred to the township juvenile diversion officer, and no charges were filed at the time.

Police investigated the burglary of a house on Sunset Drive March 22, when someone entered the residence through a basement window and stole jewelry and other items.

FAIRLAWN: Employees of a West Market Street grocery store reported March 21 a Fairlawn woman took items to the wine department, concealed them in a shopping bag and left the store without paying. Employees recognized the woman from a previous incident, when she was in the store with her juvenile grandson. She was arrested for theft of merchandise worth $46 and banned from all stores in the chain.

Following a registration check of a vehicle on Interstate 77 March 21, police stopped the driver after determining the owner was wanted on a warrant for probation violation. The driver provided false information about her identity in order to avoid being arrested on the warrant. Officers confirmed her identity, arrested her on the warrant and placed her in the back seat of a cruiser while they arrested a passenger after determining he violated a court order prohibiting him from being in contact with the driver. When they went back to the cruiser, they found white powder later identified as cocaine all over the interior of the vehicle and on the clothing of the suspect, who had maneuvered her hands to reach into her pockets. The Akron woman was additionally charged with possession of cocaine and taken to the Summit County Jail, where intake deputies found a plastic bag containing cocaine residue in her bra.

On March 22, a Grayling Drive man reported he investigated a noise in his bedroom and found his ex-girlfriend, who said she entered the residence through an unlocked front door that he said had been locked. He told her to leave, drove her to her hotel and returned to find $200 had been stolen from the pocket of jeans in his bedroom and evidence that confirmed she had entered through a dining room window. Police signed a warrant for her arrest for burglary.

Security agents at a mall department store reported March 22 a woman selected merchandise totaling $384, placed it under a clothing rack and left the store. She returned, took the clothing from where she had placed it and left without paying for it. She was apprehended outside the store, arrested for theft and banned from the store. Police reportedly found merchandise stolen from five other mall stores in her possession at the time of her arrest.

Employees of a mall specialty store reported March 22 two juveniles entered the store, one concealed merchandise in her sleeve and they left. Police arrested the 13-year-old Tallmadge girl for theft and released her to her mother. The other juvenile was not charged, but both girls were banned from the store.

A Kenridge Road woman reported a white 1990 Buick LeSabre was stolen from a secured garage outside her residence between 3 p.m. March 22 and 11:49 p.m. March 23.

On March 23, two Barberton juveniles were arrested for shoplifting from a mall specialty store after they apparently concealed merchandise in their pockets and left without paying. A third juvenile who was with the two was not charged.

A Chamberlain Road woman reported March 23 the window of her vehicle was broken the previous night and a bag containing a stethoscope was stolen.

On March 24, police arrested an employee of a West Market Street discount store for felony theft after an investigation by store loss-prevention agents determined he stole a total of $2,556 from cash drawers over the course of his employment and police viewed video footage confirming the allegations. The Akron man admitted taking the money, and he was transported to the Summit County Jail.

Security agents at a Montrose discount store reported March 25 a man stole merchandise totaling $59 and fled on foot when he was confronted outside the store, dropping the merchandise. Bath officers located him outside a nearby store, and the Cuyahoga Falls man, who was wanted on warrants from three communities, was arrested for theft and released to the Brimfield Police Department on a larceny warrant.

An Akron woman who stole merchandise worth $42 from a mall department store and fled in a vehicle March 25 was stopped by police on Miller Road. She was arrested for theft, released with a court summons and advised she is banned from the store.

On March 27, police responded to reports by mall security agents that two women were passing phony $100 bills at mall stores. They questioned a 16-year-old, who gave police a $100 bill from her coat pocket that she said she got from a friend. Another bill was later confiscated from the juvenile’s wallet. When the bill was determined to be counterfeit, officers apprehended an 18-year-old companion, who denied passing any $100 bills, but eventually admitted she used them in several stores and gave police two bills, which she said she got as tips from customers at her job. Mall security agents rounded up six more bills from various stores, and police determined all 10 of them had the same serial number. The women were uncooperative with police and could not provide identification. One woman was identified as a Brooklyn, N.Y., resident and officers were working to identify the other. Both women were charged with forgery, the adult was taken to the Summit County Jail and the juvenile was incarcerated in the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.

NORTON: On March 20, police responded to a problem at a Clarkmill Road residence, where a man reported his live-in girlfriend used her vehicle to ram the front of their house after he broke the windows of the vehicle during an argument with her. After she drove the vehicle into the front of the house several times, causing damage, she drove the vehicle to the rear of the house and backed it into a sliding door. The parties declined charges against each other, but the owner of the house signed charges of vandalism against the female, and she was arrested and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A Greenwich Road woman reported March 21 someone attempted to use her debit card numbers to make a purchase in a foreign country.

Police responded to a fight in the street outside an Oak Street residence March 21, when two juveniles told officers a group of classmates from Norton High School showed up and challenged them to fight. They admitted they engaged in a physical altercation but were unable to provide names of the classmates. Police traced the license number of the vehicle they used. The driver was arrested for disorderly conduct and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after he admitted he drove his brother and others to the residence to fight. All juveniles involved in the fight were charged with disorderly conduct and given summonses to appear in Summit County Juvenile Court.

Around midnight March 23, police were called to a disturbance involving three people at a Hametown Road residence. The parties were highly intoxicated and provided conflicting information. No charges were filed, and they were advised to cease their disorderly behavior.

Police investigated a break-in at a Clarkmill Road building March 24, when a business owner reported someone entered with keys and stole four chainsaws and a backpack blower, then replaced the keys and left through a garage door.

On March 25, police were called to Norton High School, where school officials reported a group of juveniles were challenging students to fight and two of the juveniles were not Norton students. While officers were investigating, they received a call from an official at the school bus garage stating the group of juveniles were there attempting to fight. Officers sent the Norton High students back to their classes, picked up two juveniles from Barberton and Kenmore and transported them to the police station, where they were released to their parents and warned regarding trespassing on school property.

Officers investigated the burglary of a gas station on Barber Road March 27, when someone cut the locks from two gates to enter the business and steal numerous items, including sound equipment.

RICHFIELD: A Donna Drive man requested additional patrol in the area of his residence March 17 after he learned someone who might be involved in a crime in another community might come to his home.

Police patrolling Streetsboro Road March 18 observed a gas truck in a field and spoke to the driver, who said he pulled the truck off the road in order to make a phone call and was unable to get back on the road, but attempted to turn around in the field and got stuck in the mud. He said a tow truck was on the way to extricate the vehicle, and he was advised he must clean up any mud on the road, which he did.

The morning of March 20, police investigated the attempted burglary of a Streetsboro Road residence.

On March 20, police responded to a call of a reported drug overdose at a Brush Road residence. The victim was transported to a medical facility by EMS, and police confiscated drug abuse instruments from a bedroom and bathroom, according to the report.

The evening of March 22, police responded to an alarm at a St. Andrews Lane residence and found the front door had been kicked in, which shattered the door and several brass locks. Dresser drawers in the master bedroom had been removed and ransacked, and a jewelry box, along with an undetermined amount of jewelry from a second location in the bedroom, was stolen. Just after midnight on that date, a neighbor reported he came home to find the front door to his residence also had been kicked in and dresser drawers in two bedrooms had been ransacked. Jewelry also had been stolen from that residence. Police gathered evidence from both crime scenes.

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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