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5/8/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 400 block of McPherson Avenue April 29; the 900 block of Delia Avenue April 30; the 500 block of Glendora Avenue April 30; the 300 block of Noble Avenue April 30; the 1200 block of Diagonal Road May 1; the 1700 block of Dominion Drive May 1; the 200 block of Grace Avenue May 1; the 100 block of South Highland Avenue May 1; the 1000 block of Seward Avenue May 1; the 1600 block of Copley Road May 2; the 600 block of Megglen Avenue May 2; the 1800 block of Amber Hills Drive May 3; the 100 block of Oakdale Avenue May 3; the 1800 block of Sheffield Drive May 3; the 500 block of Bastogne Drive May 5; and the 700 block of Nome Avenue May 5.

On April 29, a 61-year-old Hartford woman was charged with theft and misrepresenting identity after officers were called to a convenience store in the 1900 block of West Market Street regarding a shoplifter. A security officer detained the woman after witnessing her take the sensors off personal care products worth $26 and place them in her purse. She gave a false identity when questioned, and her true identity was determined by fingerprint, according to the police report.

Officers stopped a 33-year-old Bloomfield man April 29 at Crosby at Bittman streets for an equipment violation, and officers discovered he was driving under suspension. The man admitted he had marijuana in the vehicle, and after officers found it, he was arrested for possession of marijuana and issued a court summons.

A 22-year-old Grace Avenue man was stopped in the 500 block of Glendora Avenue April 29, and he also was driving under suspension, according to officers. During a tow inventory, officers found a bag of marijuana hidden in an empty can of baby formula, and he was charged with possession of marijuana.

On May 1 shortly before 4 p.m., a 56-year-old man was shot while waiting for the bus in the 300 block of West Market Street. The victim reported he was approached by three teenage males demanding money. When the victim told them he didn’t have any money and turned his back to them, one pulled out a handgun and shot the victim in the neck before all three fled on foot, according to officers. The victim was transported to a hospital, where his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. A 17-year-old West Akron male was apprehended following a brief foot chase and charged with felonious assault, aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon. Officers also recovered a .22-caliber revolver.

Very early the morning of May 2, a 34-year-old man reported he was shot in the leg outside an apartment in the 1700 block of Dominion Drive following a verbal altercation. The victim, whose injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, jumped into a vehicle with a female, and she drove him to a hospital, according to officers. Officers issued a warrant for felonious assault for a 28-year-old man with a last known address on Deering Drive. That man turned himself in to police May 3 and was booked into the Summit County Jail.

On May 2, two 23-year-old Roslyn Avenue women were charged with drug abuse (crack) and drug paraphernalia. Officers responded a report of shots fired, and when they arrived, they observed digital scales with cocaine and marijuana residue on them in plain view. A search warrant was conducted, and officers recovered crack cocaine, cash, a cell phone and a pill bottle containing trace amounts of marijuana.

A 45-year-old Crosby Street man was charged with OVI and receiving stolen property May 3 after officers responded to a call for a vehicle accident in Goodyear Heights. The man was the driver of the vehicle and was impaired by alcohol, according to officers. It was later discovered that the vehicle was reported stolen.

A 47-year-old Tanglewood Drive woman was held by security after being caught for shoplifting toiletries and food worth $93 at a grocery store in the 1800 block of West Market Street May 4. She admitted she had been caught before and that she came to steal this time because she had no money, according to officers. Officers found two warrants for her arrest also related to shoplifting. She was transported to the Summit County Jail.

Officers issued a warrant for a 32-year-old Packard Street man May 5, the day after he was involved in an altercation with his son. He was charged with domestic violence, domestic violence menacing and endangering children after allegedly punching his son in the face and threatening to beat him up the next time he saw him.

BATH: Officers responded to an anonymous call of a domestic disturbance at a Hametown Road residence April 24. The parties involved stated the altercation was verbal, and they agreed to stay in separate rooms for the night. A friend arrived to stay with the family for the remainder of the night.

A Raintree Road woman reported April 24 someone used her personal information to open an online bank account.

Police responded to a report of a child left unattended in a vehicle outside a Montrose grocery store April 24 and found a 1-year-old sleeping in the back seat of a vehicle with its windows open and doors unlocked. About 10 minutes later, the child’s father returned to the vehicle and was charged with leaving a child unattended in a vehicle and released with a court summons. His wife was wanted on warrants from the Richfield and Brunswick police departments.

An Ira Road man reported April 25 that his barn was vandalized by someone who kicked in a door, pulled down insulation and broke two windows. He said the barn was vandalized again the following day, when a wooden beam was used to break down the door.

On April 25, a Yellow Creek Road man reported his ex-wife violated the terms of a court-ordered visitation with his child and she refuses to provide the child’s medical records to him, as ordered by the court.

Police are seeking the person who threw rocks at a vehicle parked in the lot of an Ira Road nature preserve between 2:30 and 2:45 p.m. April 26.

The night of April 27, police investigated a report of a suspicious vehicle in the driveway of a vacant Crystal Lake Road residence, found three males in a barn on the property and noticed an odor of marijuana. One male was the grandson of the property owner. All three denied using marijuana. Police found a cigar containing marijuana on the ground, and the three were charged with drug abuse. Each was released with a court summons.

Officers went to Westlake April 28, picked up a man on Bath warrants for theft and obstruction of official business and took him to the Summit County Jail. He also was charged on a Fairlawn Police Department warrant.

COPLEY: Summit County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man wanted on a Copley warrant April 6. He was released to the Copley Police Department, which charged him and took him to the Barberton Jail.

The morning of May 1, police responded to a report that a man walking in the area of Copley Road and Sunnyacres Drive might be planning to harm himself or others. Officers located the man, who was disoriented and confused. He was evaluated by EMS and transported to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation. Police confiscated several knives and held them for safekeeping.

Police are seeking the driver of a white Honda following an accident on the entrance ramp to Interstate 77 north from state Route 18 east at 6 p.m. May 2. The driver of the Honda reportedly accelerated and forced another driver to run off the ramp and crash in a grassy area. The victim sustained injuries, and the other driver fled and was unable to be located.

Two drivers were cited for following too closely following a three-car crash on South Cleveland-Massillon Road near Commercial Drive May 3. No injuries were reported, and all three vehicles sustained minor damage. The previous day, another rear-end collision occurred in the same area.

FAIRLAWN: The manager of a Montrose hobby store reported April 23 he was unable to contact two customers whose checks were returned unpaid. One $365 check was written Dec. 3 by an Akron man and was returned for insufficient funds. A second check written Dec. 11 was returned because it was written on an account that had been closed.

Employees of a mall department store reported April 25 a woman concealed merchandise in her jacket and left the store without paying. Police stopped her in the parking lot, retrieved the $351 in merchandise, charged her with theft and advised her she is banned from the store. After officers determined she was wanted on two theft warrants, they transported her to Akron Municipal Court.

Police arrested a Cuyahoga Falls man on a theft warrant April 25 after he was released from the Summit County Jail, in connection with an unrelated charge. He was charged on the warrant and returned to the jail.

An Akron woman who allegedly concealed a hat and scarf in a shopping bag and left a mall department store without paying April 26 was arrested for theft, banned from all stores in the chain and released with a court summons. She was additionally charged with possession of marijuana found during her arrest.

On April 27, police were seeking the person who entered a Morewood Road church through a basement window the previous night and stole two laptop computers, a projector and toaster totaling $2,500. Three lights outside the building also were damaged.

Following an internal investigation of an employee at a Montrose store, loss prevention agents reported she stole a total of $2,600 from cash registers during March and April. On May 1, police arrested the Akron woman, who reportedly admitted taking $1,000. She was charged with felony theft and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A Moorfield Road woman reported she left her home at 3:55 p.m. and returned at 4:42 to find the front door of her residence had been forced open and some drawers and closets in her bedroom had been ransacked. It was unknown at the time whether anything had been stolen.

NORTON: Police were called to Norton Middle School April 25 after an official reported a 13-year-old student had marijuana in his locker. Officers confiscated the drug, charged the student with its possession and released him with a summons to Summit County Juvenile Court.

Also on April 25, a Sheridan Street man reported his son used his grandmother’s personal information to open two cell phone accounts in her name and incur a bill of $247. He asked police to advise the youth he is not to be on his grandmother’s property. Police attempted to contact the son at his place of business in Akron.

Officers responded to a report of a suspicious male looking into a garage of a Sandy Lake Drive residence around 2:30 a.m. April 26, but they were unable to locate the male. They found footprints in the grass outside the residence and located a digital camera lying on the ground. Police canvassed the area and found several vehicles had been ransacked, but they were unable to find the owner of the camera, and they took it to the police station.

A Hametown Road woman was transported to a hospital via EMS April 26 after her husband reported she overdosed on heroin.

On April 27, a Golf Course Drive man reported a checkbook was stolen from his house between 3 and 6 p.m. by an Akron couple that forged and signed three of the checks and cashed them for a total of $867.

Police responded to a traffic crash on Interstate 76 west April 28 and found a vehicle in a ditch. Witnesses said the driver of the vehicle had been operating it recklessly and struck another vehicle from behind before he lost control of his vehicle and went into the ditch. He reportedly admitted he had a lot to drink before driving and failed a field sobriety test. He surrendered a flask containing alcohol found in the vehicle. The Cuyahoga Falls man was charged with DUI, reckless operation of a vehicle and having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle, and released on a signature bond. His BAC tested .181.

Two juveniles were charged with theft of two bottles of soda from a Greenwich Road store April 28 and each was released with a summons to Juvenile Court.

Following a traffic stop on Barber Road April 28, a Norton woman was arrested for driving under three license suspensions and released to the New Franklin Police Department on a warrant.

Also on that day, a Berry Road man reported someone cut the lock on a trailer in his yard the previous night and stole a $12,500 motorcycle. Police found indications the vehicle was pushed through several yards before entering the roadway.

Police arrested a Norton man on a bench warrant April 29 and placed him in a cruiser. He requested to speak to his girlfriend, and while officers went to knock on the trailer door, he bolted from the cruiser and ran. He was apprehended, charged with obstruction of official business and transported to Barberton Municipal Court.

A Norton man was stopped for speeding on state Route 21 April 30. A passenger in the vehicle was charged with possession of marijuana found in her purse.

Employees of a Barber Road business reported April 30 a man loaded four 80-pound brake drums into a pickup truck and drove off. Police stopped the man, who allegedly admitted taking the items and placing them in his storage unit. He returned them to the business and was charged with theft and criminal trespassing and released with a court summons.

PENINSULA: A Peninsula police officer responded to a reported assault at a Whaley Road location March 1. The caller said his ex-girlfriend had attacked him, stole his keys and left the scene. The officer met the man and observed several minor injuries to his face and arm. The victim declined to sign assault charges, and the officer advised him an incident report would be created. No further police action was taken. Then, on March 7, the same man told police he was assaulted with a plastic fork by the same woman while driving home from Northfield and the assault/argument continued inside his home on Whaley Road. The officer reported the man had multiple minor scratches on his face, neck and chest, as well as bruises on his upper body. The woman, who was lying on the kitchen floor, was unresponsive to the officer’s attempts to communicate. The woman, who had a small cut on her chin, immediately became conscious when paramedics arrived and claimed the man beat her. However, a statement by a witness concurred with the events as told by the man, who expressed no desire to press charges. The officer reported that the man, the woman and the witness all appeared to be intoxicated, with the man and the witness both admitting to being intoxicated. The woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment and evaluation. No further police action was taken.

On March 4, an officer received a radio assignment to report to a business on Riverview Road in reference to three vehicles that had been broken into. Upon arrival, the officer spoke to a woman, who said the right rear window of her vehicle was smashed and a black backpack containing an iPod, miscellaneous papers, cash and a credit card was stolen. A second victim said the rear hatch window of his vehicle had been broken into and a black backpack containing a laptop computer, a cell phone, a calculator and miscellaneous papers had been taken. The third victim said the left rear-door window of his vehicle was broken into and a black backpack containing a laptop computer and miscellaneous papers was stolen. All three vehicles were parked in the main parking lot of the business. An investigation is pending.

A woman reported she was parked on South Locust Street March 7, and while she was in church an unknown vehicle struck the left-rear corner of her bumper, causing damage. Her car was unoccupied at the time of the damage, and there was no paint transfer on her vehicle. A police officer advised her to contact her insurance company.

On March 14, a police officer reported to the Towpath Trailhead parking lot in reference to found currency. The man who called in the report said he found a small black bag containing $115 near his parked vehicle in the lot. The money and the bag were inventoried and placed in a police department gun locker. The National Park Service was notified of the found property, but the park service had no reports of any missing currency.

An officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation March 16 in the parking lot of a restaurant on Main Street. The officer asked the driver for his license and proof of insurance. The man produced a license that had expired in May 2013 and could not offer valid proof of insurance. The man was cited for speeding and for an expired operator license. The vehicle was towed, and the driver and a passenger were transported to Stow.

Officers were dispatched to speak with a complainant March 22 regarding a male juvenile using a dirt bike on Stine Road. The complainant said the male rides the dirt bike on the roadway, and a number of vehicles have had to stop because of the dirt bike. The complainant said the male rides the same dirt bike on Stine every spring and complaints have been made to the police department in previous years, but the male has never been observed riding on Stine Road by any officers. The complainant gave officers an address of where he believes the dirt bike rider lives, but the officers were unsuccessful in an effort to make contact with the male. The complainant was advised to contact the police department again if he observes the male riding the dirt bike on Stine Road again.

On March 22, officers were dispatched to a trailer park in Boston in reference to a stolen vehicle. The officers met with a woman who appeared to be intoxicated and repeatedly told the officers she had been drinking. The woman said her boyfriend also had been drinking and he took her car without permission. No further police action was taken.

An officer took a theft report by phone March 22. The victim said a toolbox worth approximately $10,000 had been stolen from his place of employment. An investigation is pending.

Two officers responded to a Main Street business March 23 in reference to a fight between two subjects. An officer spoke to an employee of the business to receive information and the description of one person who fled the scene. An attempt to locate the person in the area was unsuccessful. The report states the other person was too intoxicated to give an accurate description of the series of events. The manager of the business played a video of the fight that showed one of the men refusing to pay his bill, but the business refused to press charges. The intoxicated man was brought to the police station, where he was issued a citation for disorderly conduct (intoxication).

On March 24, officers received a report that a person had jumped out of a moving vehicle on Interstate 271 northbound at the Cuyahoga River bridge. Two officers responded and located the male laying face down on the berm at the 15.25-mile marker. The man was bleeding from the head and yelling in pain. An officer spoke to the driver of the vehicle, who said her boyfriend was sitting in the right-rear seat when he started to open and close the car door until he jumped out of the car while it was still moving. Two witnesses in another car verified the woman’s description of the events. Valley Fire responded to treat the man and Life Flight was called due to severe medical issues. A helicopter landed on the roadway and transported the patient.

An officer took a report of a compromised debit card March 25. The victim said her bank had advised her of a suspicious debit from a Wal-Mart in Cincinnati in the amount of $316.32, which she did not authorize. She said the debit card was not physically stolen, as she was still in possession of the card at the time of the fraudulent purchase. The officer advised the woman to follow up with her bank. No further police action was taken.

RICHFIELD: Employees of a Henry Road shipping business reported they opened a suspicious package April 22, and they believed it contained illegal drugs. Police took the package for investigation.

Police received a report from a Maple Drive couple April 22 stating credit cards had been opened in their names without their permission, and more than $20,000 was charged on the cards.

The afternoon of April 22, police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Brecksville Road motel and spoke to a couple who said they had been arguing over the use of a car the female bought, and the male needed to drive to his job. Officers determined the altercation was verbal, and the couple resolved the issue of use of the vehicle when the male gave the female the car keys so she and the children could go to the store.

Following a registration check of a vehicle on Interstate 77 April 22, police stopped the driver, charged him with driving under suspension and released him to Summit County sheriff’s deputies on a felony warrant.

On April 23, police were requested to check on the welfare of juveniles at a Richlawn Drive residence. Officers found nothing out of the ordinary at the home. Two days later, two adults that were present at the residence on that occasion were arrested on warrants. One was released on bond and the other was taken to the Summit County Jail.

Following a registration check of a vehicle at a Brecksville Road gas station April 23, police arrested the driver on a felony warrant and released her to the Brook Park Police Department.

Police responded to a Southern Road residence April 23 regarding an ongoing problem with barking dogs.

Officers patrolling I-77 at 4 a.m. April 24 stopped a driver for traveling 82 mph in a 65 mph zone. He appeared intoxicated, reportedly admitted drinking before driving and failed a field sobriety test. He was charged with DUI and possession of methamphetamine after police found a bag of it in his pocket during his arrest, and he was taken to the Summit County Jail.

A Southern Road man reported his 15-year-old daughter left home without his permission April 24 and was staying with a friend. Police went to her friend’s home in Bath and drove the juvenile back to her home. Officers advised her father to contact them if there were any more problems.

Police signed a warrant for the arrest of a Richfield man on a theft charge April 25 after his friend reported the man stole money from the console of his vehicle while he was giving him a ride. The victim had called the man and asked him to return the money, but he failed to do so.

On April 27, officers responded to a report that a man was standing outside his vehicle yelling. Police located the man outside a parked vehicle in Kinross Lake Park and observed him get back into the vehicle and drink a beer. A passenger in the vehicle said the man picked her up after work, and the two took a ride and began to argue. She was charged with possession of marijuana found inside the passenger door of the vehicle and released with a court summons. The male was arrested for having physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated and having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle, and released on $404 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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