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5/29/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 1100 block of Nome Avenue May 20; the 1300 block of Roslyn Avenue May 20; the 2100 block of Smith Road May 20; the 100 block of Elmdale Avenue May 22; the 1000 block of Orlando Avenue May 22; the 700 block of Ardmore Avenue May 23; the 100 block of Elmdale Avenue May 23; the 1100 block of Greenwood Avenue May 23; the 500 block of North Portage Path May 23; the 1300 block of Hardesty Boulevard May 24; the 1000 block of South Hawkins Avenue May 24; and the 300 block of Noah Avenue May 24.

A 23-year-old Peerless Avenue man was charged with possession of cocaine and Percocet May 20 after officers conducted an investigative stop at South Hawkins and Jason avenues and found the drugs. Also during the traffic stop, a 25-year-old East Akron passenger was charged with possession of drugs after officers saw him reaching into the rear of the vehicle. Officers recovered a cigarette pack containing Dilaudid and found additional pills in his shoe.

A 62-year-old woman who works with adults with disabilities in the 300 block of Fernwood Drive confessed to stealing from one of the home’s residents, according to a May 20 police report. According to the report, the care provider admitted to stealing $700 by using someone else’s debit card and PIN to withdraw money. The woman stated she had been taking money since March, thinking she would pay it back, but she had so far been unable to repay the debt.

A 59-year-old Summit Lake man was stopped for a traffic violation at Dover and La Belle avenues May 21, and he reportedly gave officers consent to pat him down for weapons. Officers found a crack pipe and crack/cocaine in his possession, and he was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of drugs.

Burglary charges were filed May 22 against a 28-year-old Deering Drive man. The man allegedly broke into a house in the 1200 block of Diagonal Road May 1 and stole a television and jewelry. He was identified by prints left at the scene.

A 29-year-old Frederick Boulevard woman was charged with drug abuse May 22. She was the front seat passenger in a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation at Diagonal Road and La Belle Avenue. During the search incident to arrest, officers found three Adderall pills in her purse, for which she did not have a prescription.

On May 23, shortly after 1 a.m., an Oakdale Court woman and her three children were victims of a home invasion robbery. The victim reported two black males armed with handguns and wearing all black clothing forced their way inside and ransacked the house. The males took a Kindle Fire tablet and fled the house, according to the police report. No injuries were reported. Anyone with information is asked to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.

The same night, shortly after 2 a.m., an 84-year-old woman living in the 1300 block of Weathervane Lane was awakened by a man banging on the sliding glass door on her balcony. The man threw her patio furniture over the balcony and broke her screen door and then shattered the patio door window, according to the police report. Responding officers found a 21-year-old Copley man on the balcony and took him into custody. He was charged with burglary, disorderly conduct, intoxication, criminal damaging and attempted burglary and booked into the Summit County Jail.

Also May 23, a man living in the 700 block of Ardmore Avenue reported his residence was burglarized. According to his report to officers, someone entered by unknown means and cut the electrical cords on his washing machine, toaster and blender. An investigation is pending.

The same day, a 33-year-old Bloomfield Avenue man was charged with domestic violence, aggravated menacing, having weapons while under disability and using weapons while intoxicated. The previous day, he was involved in a verbal argument with his live-in girlfriend, according to the police report. During the argument, he allegedly smacked her in the face and grabbed her around the neck. He then went upstairs and grabbed a handgun. Once back downstairs, he pointed it at his girlfriend and threatened to kill her, according to the report. The man hid the gun before officers arrived, the report stated, but officers were able to recover it. Also, the man was intoxicated when they arrived, officers noted.

After he was stopped at South Rhodes Avenue and Crosby Street May 22, a 24-year-old North Hill neighborhood man driving on a suspended license was charged with possession of crack/cocaine and possession of marijuana. During a search, officers found a small bag of marijuana in his pocket. Officers then found a small bag containing crack/cocaine inside the vehicle.

BATH: Police were called to a Medina Road restaurant May 12, when an employee reported her estranged boyfriend showed up at the business, protested her leaving him, grabbed her apron and shoved her into the kitchen. The manager told him to leave, and he was gone when officers arrived. Police were unable to contact him, and they advised the victim to call if he returns.

A man called police to say his ex-girlfriend was bothering him while he was at an athletic event at Revere High School May 13. The woman said she was there because her son was playing in the event. Officers advised the parties to avoid contact with each other during the event.

Police went to the Cuyahoga County Jail May 13 to pick up a woman who was released after serving time on an unrelated charge, arrested her on a Bath warrant for failure to appear in court on an assault charge and took her to the Summit County Jail.

On May 13, police responded to a report of a drug overdose at a North Cleveland-Massillon Road gas station and called EMS to transport a man to a hospital for treatment. A male who drove the victim to the gas station and a female passenger provided permission for a search of the vehicle, which revealed a rock of heroin. The driver, passenger and victim (who recovered and was released from the hospital) were charged with felony drug abuse and taken to the Summit County Jail.

Following a registration check of a vehicle on North Cleveland-Massillon Road May 16, police stopped the driver and arrested him for driving under suspension. He was released with a court summons and the vehicle was towed.

Police responded to a report of an erratic motorist nearly causing an accident on Medina Road May 16 and observed the driver texting while driving. He reportedly admitted to police he was texting and was arrested for driving under suspension and released to the Akron Police Department on a warrant.

Officers on Medina Road May 17 checked the registration of a vehicle and stopped the driver, who was wanted on a felony warrant. He was charged with having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle and possession of a drug pipe and released to the Kent Police Department on the warrant.

The manager of a Montrose restaurant reported a driver was asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle in the drive-through lane at 1 a.m. May 19. Officers woke the man, who failed a field sobriety test. He was charged with DUI and released with a court summons. His BAC tested .154.

The manager of a Montrose fabric store reported May 20 two sewing machines were stolen from the store between April 26 and May 15.

Fire department employees reported a disturbance between a man and woman in the driveway of the fire station May 20. Police interviewed the parties, and the female told them the male threatened her. The male refused to talk to police, and he was arrested for domestic violence and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A woman reported someone stole her wallet while she was at a Medina Road restaurant May 21. The person used her credit card to make a large purchase at a Massillon store and attempted a second transaction of $2,000, which was declined.

COPLEY: On May 15, police investigated a report filed by a Cobblestone Drive woman who said a diamond tennis bracelet and a cell phone were stolen from her residence between March 20 and May 7.

Police responded to a report of dogs running loose May 16 and found the dogs confined in the yard of a Lawnshire Drive residence, where a woman reported she corralled the loose dogs, which appeared to be friendly, and her daughter was feeding one dog a treat when its tooth scraped her hand, breaking the skin. Officers located the dogs’ owner, who said her dogs had been confined in her yard and she was unaware they were gone. She was advised that, due to the child’s injury, the dog that was involved must be quarantined and she should contact her veterinarian.

Officers were called to a Mull Avenue residence May 16, when a woman reported her boyfriend assaulted her, dragged her by the hair and ripped her blouse off after she invited two of his female friends to her residence in order to confront him about his relationship with one of them. The two females broke up the assault and protected the victim from the male, who left before police arrived. None of the three females would make a written statement about the incident, and the victim refused prosecution.

An employee of a Montrose West Avenue restaurant reported May 17 someone stole $65 from her wallet, which was in an employee women’s restroom while she worked. She said other employees have had money stolen and have not made reports.

A female approached officers on patrol at a Medina Road parking lot May 17 and told them she used her credit card to rent a vehicle for a friend. The vehicle was to be returned May 9, but he has not returned it.

Following a registration check of a vehicle in the parking lot of a Montrose West Avenue hotel May 18, police located the owner in the hotel, arrested her on a felony warrant and took her to the Summit County Jail.

A Texas man staying at a Montrose West Avenue hotel reported May 18 his license plate was stolen while the vehicle was parked in the lot.

On May 19, a Medina Line Road man reported someone used his Social Security number to file a fraudulent federal income tax return and obtain a refund.

The property manager for a bank that owns a vacant house on Alexander Court reported May 19 the house was to be vacated, but he found the back door open. Officers searched the house and found no one inside but noticed some of the former residents’ belongings were still there and the plumbing, appliances, cabinets and other items had been removed. The complainant was advised of the situation.

Police responded to a report of a suspicious male standing outside a vehicle at a location on Minor Road May 20 and located him in his vehicle along state Route 21. He was arrested for driving under suspension and additionally charged with possession of drugs and paraphernalia found in the vehicle during a tow inventory. He was taken to the Summit County Jail.

FAIRLAWN: On May 15, employees of a West Market Street computer store reported two females and a male used numerous credit cards in an attempt to make large purchases. All the transactions were declined, and the three left the store and entered a vehicle. A Bath officer followed them and reported the vehicle description, and Fairlawn officers stopped them as they entered Interstate 77. The driver consented to a search of the vehicle, which revealed a box containing numerous credit cards bearing the names of all three individuals and a crack pipe, which one woman admitted was hers. The 76 cards were determined to be fraudulent and police confiscated them, along with computer equipment they purchased with the cards at a Pennsylvania store. The three were charged with forgery and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A Sand Run Parkway woman reported she returned from vacation May 16 to find jewelry that had been hidden had been stolen.

After reviewing video footage at a residential complex on Court Drive May 17, police were seeking four white females, two blondes and two brunettes between the ages of 12 and 15. The girls are wanted in connection with criminal damaging and trespassing in a community center and pool area of the complex the previous night.

On May 18, police responded to a scuffle at a Bancroft Road residence where a pit bull entered a yard and attacked a German shepherd that was tied in the yard. The dog owner attempted to stop the fight, and her husband and several neighbors joined in an attempt to rescue her dog. The crowd managed to stop the fight, and the owner of the pit bull arrived and took the dog home. The shepherd sustained puncture wounds to the neck and ear. Police charged the Nye Drive man with having a vicious dog and having a dog at large, and he was advised the dog would have to be quarantined due to bites sustained by the victim’s husband and three neighbors. The victims were treated at the scene by EMS.

Police patrolling a park on Trunko Road May 18 found a set of keys on a picnic table and took them to the station for safekeeping.

Two Barberton women were charged with theft and released with a court summons May 19 after they reportedly concealed merchandise in their purses and left a West Market Street store without paying.

On May 20, the manager of a Montrose hobby store reported video footage revealed a woman took art supplies, concealed them in a bag and took the bag to a cashier for a refund. She presented identification and was given a store gift card for $70. Police used the photo from the store video to identify the woman and interviewed her at her home in Akron. She reportedly admitted participating in the crime, was charged with theft and released with a court summons.

An Akron woman reported May 20 she had an electronic reader with her while at a shopping club store on West Market Street. When she got home, she noticed the reader was missing and she received a message from her service provider that games were being downloaded on the reader and charged to her account.

A Parma woman reported her daughter’s $1,050 phone was stolen from under her chair while she attended class in a modeling agency on West Market Street May 20. She said the phone was traced to an address she believes is the home of another student in the class. An official at the agency promised to assist her the following day.

Employees of a mall department store reported May 21 a juvenile attempted to leave the store with a pair of sweatpants protruding from his clothing. He relinquished the merchandise, and the 14-year-old was charged with theft and taken to a juvenile detention facility because police were unable to locate a parent or guardian.

NORTON: Police on state Route 21 May 11 stopped a Clinton man for traveling 116 mph in a 60 mph zone. He was arrested for DUI, driving under suspension and having an open container of whiskey in the vehicle and was later released on bond to a friend. His BAC tested .128.

On May 12, police investigated a report filed by a woman who said she and her husband have been living at a 31st Street motel and the previous night they argued and he kicked her face, causing visible scratches, and threatened to kill her. She said she didn’t want him arrested, but she wanted a restraining order against him.

Officers responded to an alarm at a Dutt Drive residence at 10 a.m. May 13 and found the frame had been pried off a door. The homeowner reported furniture and other items totaling more than $6,500 missing from the residence. Police confiscated a knife found near the scene.

A Wadsworth Road woman reported May 13 jewelry worth more than $2,000 is missing from her home. It was last seen the previous day.

Police patrolling Greenwich Road at 4 a.m. May 13 observed a vehicle being driven recklessly through the Norton High School parking lot and stopped the driver. The driver refused to comply with police orders, and the Norton man was charged with criminal trespassing, obstruction of official business and carrying a concealed weapon after police found a knife in his pocket.

Also on May 13, police investigated a report that a man was trespassing in a vacant house on Clarkmill Road and living there with his dog. Police found the dog in the residence and confiscated two marijuana pipes. The owner of the residence was contacted to secure the residence. Charges against the man, who was not there, were pending.

After a Norton High School student reported May 13 a classmate threatened that he and his girlfriend were planning to assault her, police contacted the student’s father. The male said he was angry with the female, but neither he nor his girlfriend planned to harm her.

A student at Norton High School was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia May 13 after a school official reported he requested the student empty his pockets and a marijuana pipe with drug residue was found.

Police are working to identify a man who was photographed by security cameras as he illegally dumped trash from an SUV into a large trash bin outside a professional office on Norton Avenue May 14.

A Norton woman stopped for erratic driving on state Route 21 May 14 told police she was taking over-the-counter pain medication while driving. Officers found a vial of crushed white pills and sent it to a lab for identification. Charges were pending the results.

A Pleasant Drive man was arrested May 14 for stealing his neighbor’s credit card and using it at numerous gas stations to purchase gas, which he told police he sold for money to buy heroin. He was charged with theft and taken to the Summit County Jail.

Police are reviewing video footage to identify the person who broke into a Houston Road bar during the night May 16 and stole $500 and two-liter bottles of liquor.

A Norton High School student was arrested for assault and suspended from school May 16 following an unprovoked attack of a classmate in the presence of witnesses, who intervened to protect the victim. The incident was recorded on video surveillance footage.

On May 16, officers recovered a vehicle stolen from New Franklin the previous night parked in the lot of a Johnson Road church.

Police patrolling Barber Road May 18 stopped the driver of a vehicle that ran off the road and nearly struck a pole. He appeared to be intoxicated and failed a field sobriety test. He was charged with DUI and possession of an open container of beer in a vehicle after six empty beer cans were found in the vehicle. The Norton man was released on a signature bond and driven home. His BAC tested .233.

RICHFIELD: Police patrolling Interstate 77 at 2:40 a.m. May 14 stopped a driver for speeding. He exhibited signs of intoxication and said he had two beers before driving. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and having a BAC over .170, and released on $400 bond.

On May 15, police went to a Mill Street residence to serve a warrant to a man and spoke with his father, who said his son was not there and he is not permitted to be there due to his heroin abuse. He agreed to call police if his son shows up at the residence.

Officers responded to a disturbance at a Brush Road residence May 15 involving two brothers who were involved in a physical altercation and both sustained injuries. Each man said the other started the fight, and the mother said she did not see who started it. After talking to them, police told one brother he would be charged with domestic violence and taken to the Summit County Jail, and his mother told police she recently had surgery and she needed him to stay at the residence to care for her and her dog. Police agreed to allow both brothers to remain at the residence provided they stay on different floors and have no contact with each other. They were advised that charges could be filed at a later date.

Police were dispatched to a Macdonald Circle residence May 16 after a male who had been arrested for DUI in Fairlawn earlier that evening began fighting with his girlfriend at the residence, where they both live with her family. All parties agreed there was no physical altercation and the male went to his parents’ home for the night. The following morning, police were called back to the home when the female reported the male returned to the residence and assaulted her during an argument. The man was gone when police arrived, and the victim said she wanted to file charges of domestic violence against him and obtain a restraining order.

At 11:45 p.m. May 16, police stopped a 16-year-old female for traveling 99 mph on Brecksville Road. Three juvenile passengers in the vehicle were transported to their residences and the driver’s parents were called to take the vehicle home. The driver was charged with speeding and violating probationary license restrictions (driving after 11 p.m.), and she was advised the matter would be handled through Summit County Juvenile Court.

A Paula Drive man reported May 17 two incidents of criminal damaging occurred at his residence and he believes they are related. On one occasion, someone threw eggs at his garage door and, most recently, a bag of trash was thrown in his driveway.

Police responded to a disturbance at a Scotswood Circle residence May 17 and determined there was no need for police action.

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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