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8/14/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 500 block of Crosby Street Aug. 8; the 100 block of South Hawkins Avenue Aug. 8; the 1500 block of Bryden Drive Aug. 9; the 700 block of Frederick Boulevard Aug. 10; the 1500 block of South Hawkins Avenue Aug. 10; the 800 block of Cordova Avenue Aug. 11; and the 300 block of South Maple Street Aug. 11.

A 24-year-old West Market Street man was charged with domestic violence Aug. 3. He allegedly assaulted his girlfriend by punching her in the head and stomach, causing a bloody lip and nose, according to officers. The man has a prior conviction for domestic violence, officers noted.

On Aug. 7, officers issued a warrant for a 42-year-old man who had been working with a construction company building the Firestone Community Learning Center. The man reportedly had been let go from his job that day, causing him to become irate. He began yelling obscenities and swung a shovel at the foreman, narrowly missing him, according to the police report. Then, he got behind the wheel of a front loader and drove through a pile of cinder blocks and mortar bags, nearly hitting several workers and causing an estimated $800 to $1,100 in damage, before fleeing the scene.

Officers are seeking information about a crime that occurred Aug. 8 at Flagpole Liquor, located in the 1600 block of South Hawkins Avenue. Sometime during the early morning, $2,000 in cash and $1,475 in cigarettes were stolen after the business was entered through a rooftop vent, according to the police report. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department (APD) Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.

Two Coventry residents, a 31-year-old woman and a 33-year-old man, were charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of drug instruments Aug. 8. Officers discovered the two in a parked vehicle in the 1600 block of Copley Road, where numerous drug arrests have been made previously, according to the police report. Three heroin rocks, along with two hypodermic needles and a spoon, were found in the vehicle, according to officers. The two suspects were transported to the Summit County Jail.

On Aug. 9, an off-duty APD officer had just arrived at his secondary police employment in the 700 block of Copley Road when he heard gunshots nearby. As the officer went to investigate, he confronted a subject with a gun, according to APD Chief of Police James Nice. The officer ordered the 22-year-old Yukon Avenue man to drop the weapon, but he refused to surrender the gun, according to Nice. The uniformed officer fired his weapon, striking the suspect, who was taken to a hospital to be treated for nonlife-threatening injuries, according to APD officials. The APD’s Crimes Against Persons Unit, along with the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office, will conduct the criminal investigation to determine if any laws were violated, APD officials said. An internal investigation by the Office of Professional Standards and Accountability also will be conducted to determine if any departmental rules or regulations were violated. The suspect, who has a prior history of felonious assault and aggravated riot, is expected to be charged with carrying a concealed weapon and having a weapon under disability, according to APD officials. He will be booked into the Summit County Jail once released from the hospital.

A Mineola Avenue man reported Aug. 9 he was walking home near Mineola Avenue and Orrin Street when a man ran up behind him and pointed a gun at him. The victim said when he saw the gun, he grabbed it and a round went off into the ground. The man and his attacker continued to fight, causing the magazine to fall to the ground, according to the police report. The attacker, after hitting the victim in the face with the magazine, fled with the victim’s watch and phone, according to the police report. The victim took the gun, which had a filed down serial number, to his home to give to police officers. Police are seeking the attacker — a black male of unknown age, 5 feet, 8 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall, between 190 and 200 pounds, who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

A 22-year-old Amelia Avenue woman involved in a crash at South Maple and Cedar streets Aug. 9 was found to have a warrant from the Fairlawn Police Department. After being transported to Ridgewood and Miller roads to be handed over to Fairlawn officers, an APD officer found a recipe for methamphetamine she left in the back of his cruiser, according to the police report.

A 24-year-old Superior Avenue man was charged with possession of cocaine Aug. 9 after he was stopped for a traffic violation at Cliffside Drive and North Hawkins Avenue. He had cocaine in his pocket and was driving on a suspended driver’s license, according to the police report.

The Akron Fire Department responded to a burning car Aug. 10 in the 1300 block of Cordova Avenue. The 2012 Honda Accord’s owner, a Cuyahoga Falls woman, said she last had seen the car at Madison Avenue and Baughman Street, where she parked it.

A 40-year-old Wakefield Drive man was charged with possession of crack/cocaine Aug. 10 after being stopped for a traffic violation at Vernon Odom Boulevard and Ruth Avenue and giving consent to search his vehicle.

BATH: A woman went to the police station July 27 to report her live-in boyfriend would not allow her to leave and threatened to harm her. Police stopped the man on Ira Road, arrested him for domestic violence and took him to the Summit County Jail.

Police stopped a driver for lane violations on Ira Road July 28 and noticed an odor of marijuana in the vehicle. A passenger surrendered two marijuana cigarettes to officers, who charged him with possession of drugs.

A Yellow Creek Road man reported July 29 he received a suspicious call from a man who claimed he was an IRS agent and was collecting on back taxes. The man said he was current with his taxes and hung up on the caller. When he attempted to call back the number, it went to an automated system.

On July 29, police investigated the burglary of a Medina Road residence where a neighbor reported seeing a blue Ford Ranger pickup truck outside a residence. Police determined someone entered the home and stole copper pipes.

A Yellow Creek Road man reported a window of his residence was broken July 30. Nothing was reported missing.

Police investigated a report that the driver of a pickup truck went around a chain and a no-trespassing sign into an access road on Glengarry Drive July 31. Officers located the truck and found two men fishing in a pond. They admitted they did not have permission to be on the property, and they were arrested for criminal trespassing and released with court summonses.

A North Cleveland-Massillon Road business owner reported Aug. 1 she was unable to contact a woman whose checks were returned to the business for insufficient funds. Officers contacted the woman, who agreed to make payment for the services within a week.

Officers patrolling North Cleveland-Massillon Road the evening of Aug. 2 stopped a driver for lane violations and noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver said he lost his license after a DUI charge the previous week. A search of the vehicle revealed four doses of oxycodone and a digital scale. The driver was arrested for driving under suspension, felony drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A Mallard Point Drive man reported Aug. 2 someone put glue in his mailbox and threw eggs at his house.

A driver who backed his vehicle out of a driveway on Smith Road Aug. 3 continued backing up on the road, and police stopped him. He exhibited signs of alcohol intoxication, failed a field sobriety test, and his BAC tested .114. He was arrested for DUI and released with a court summons.

Police are seeking a white male who wore an orange T-shirt and work boots when he stole three bottles of a sports drink from a Medina Road gas station Aug. 3 and fled in a black Jeep Wrangler.

COPLEY: The property manager of an apartment complex reported July 21 someone climbed a fence, entered a garage and office and stole maintenance and household items.

Two umbrellas and an umbrella table were stolen from outside a business on Ridge Park Drive July 21.

A man reported July 22 he gave his friend his car keys while he went into a Springside Drive business for a job interview. When he returned, his friend and the car were gone. Police stopped the friend driving the car on Brookwall Drive later and arrested him for driving under six license suspensions. He was released to the Barberton Police Department on a warrant.

Police responded to a physical altercation between a father and son at a Mina Avenue business July 24. Officers were unable to determine a primary aggressor, and no action was taken.

A pink girls’ mountain bicycle found on Schocalog Road July 26 was taken to the police station.

The owner of a Commerce Drive business reported July 26 a backhoe bucket and scrap metal pieces were stolen from the business.

Police responded to a vehicle accident on Copley Road at 3:30 a.m. July 26, when a driver went off the road, hit a fire hydrant, ran into a ditch and came to rest against a utility pole. The driver was transported to a hospital and later released with a court summons for failure to control her vehicle. Charges for DUI were pending results of a BAC test.

The afternoon of July 31, police responded to reports that an intoxicated man was at a Montrose vehicle rental business. Officers determined the man had been drinking, as he was unable to remain on his feet to complete field sobriety tests, and he had driven a pickup truck to the business. Officers determined he had a permit to carry a gun and removed a loaded pistol from the center console of his vehicle. His BAC tested .244, and he was charged with DUI and having a weapon while intoxicated, and released to a family member.

Employees of a Medina Road home improvement store reported Aug. 1 a male and female concealed small hand tools in the female’s purse and attempted to leave without paying for them. Police charged both with theft and additionally charged the female with possession of drug abuse instruments when she surrendered hypodermic needles and allegedly admitted she used them to inject heroin.

At 3:30 a.m. Aug. 2, police on Interstate 77 attempted to stop a driver for lane violations. He continued driving, exited the highway and parked at a Springside Drive motel. He exhibited signs of intoxication and smelled of alcohol, but refused to take a field sobriety test or a BAC. He was charged with DUI and traffic violations and released with a court summons.

Police responded to a report that goats belonging to a Knox Boulevard man were on a neighbor’s property eating flowers and making a mess Aug. 3. The neighbor said it was an ongoing problem. Officers spoke with the animals’ owner, who agreed to come and corral the goats and fix a hole in his fence through which the goats were leaving his property. The neighbor was satisfied with the resolution of the problem.

FAIRLAWN: An employee of a mall store reported July 28 her vehicle was damaged while it was parked in an employee lot near the front doors. She said the damage occurred between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Employees of a mall department store reported a man concealed a $40 tie in a bag from another store July 31 and left without paying. Police searched the mall, located the Fairlawn man in the mall concourse, recovered the merchandise and arrested him for theft. He was released with a court summons and banned from the store indefinitely.

On Aug. 1, the manager of a mall department store reported a theft in progress. Police responded and learned a woman selected items from a shelf, concealed them in a bag and left before officers arrived. She was located in the mall and arrested for theft of merchandise totaling $726. The Akron woman was charged with theft and released with a court summons, and she was advised she was banned from the store. The merchandise was returned to the store.

Following a traffic stop on Bancroft Road Aug. 2, police arrested the driver for driving under suspension. A tow inventory was conducted on the vehicle, and the Fairlawn man was additionally charged with possession of marijuana when officers found the substance in his possession during his arrest.

A Stanley Road woman reported Aug. 4 that silverware worth $5,000 was stolen from her home and replaced with stainless steel tableware she has never seen before. Police went to the residence to investigate.

NORTON: Police responded to a domestic dispute involving a Wadsworth Road couple July 31. The male agreed to leave for the night, and no charges were filed.

Police reviewed video surveillance footage of a Hametown Road business Aug. 2 in an attempt to identify two males who broke into five trucks between 3:14 and 3:50 a.m. and stole $8,000 in tools.

A Wadsworth Road man called 9-1-1 Aug. 2 stating he was extremely intoxicated and needed help. His BAC tested .280, and he was transported to a hospital.

A Barberton man stopped for speeding on Johnson Road Aug. 3 was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia found in the vehicle.

Officers responded to reports that a man was walking through backyards in the area of Rosebay Boulevard and Monteray Drive the night of Aug. 4 and found an intoxicated, shirtless man walking in the roadway. He was uncooperative and belligerent with officers, who arrested him and placed him in a holding cell. He kicked and damaged the cell. The Norton man was transported to a detoxification facility and charged with disorderly conduct and criminal damaging.

Police are seeking the persons who threw a white powder, possibly flour, on vehicles in the area of Foch Street the night of Aug. 4.

The owner of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road ice cream business reported $250 was stolen from the cash register between 11 and 11:55 a.m. Aug. 5. She said this is the third such incident in the past two weeks.

Officers responded to reports of possible drug activity involving two vehicles at an Eastern Road gas station Aug. 5 and stopped the driver of one vehicle. A K-9 unit from Doylestown police responded, and the Norton man was arrested for possession of a drug pipe found in the vehicle.

A South Cleveland-Massillon Road man reported the burglary of his residence and theft of money Aug. 6. Police investigated and found no signs of forced entry.

A Wadsworth Road man reported Aug. 7 his ex-wife was at his residence and refused to leave. Police advised her to leave the residence and not return. Officers advised the man to have her legally evicted from the property.

RICHFIELD: On July 22, a woman went to the police station to report fraudulent activity concerning an insurance payment on her vacation home. Her insurance company is investigating and requested a report.

A Fawn Trail resident reported July 24 someone spray-painted obscene images on her driveway and poured applesauce on her front door. Police observed similar images in the same color paint on the roadway and contacted the Richfield Service Department to remove the graffiti.

Brecksville police officers requested assistance in their search for a missing juvenile July 24. Officers searched a Brecksville Road gas station and surrounding area but were unable to locate her. She was later located at an area near Interstate 77 and taken into custody by the Brecksville Police Department.

Police patrolling Brecksville Road July 26 found a 21-speed mountain bike that apparently fell off a vehicle and took the bike to the police station.

An employee of a delivery service reported July 27 he delivered a package to a Tall Timber Drive residence the previous day and was bitten by a dog. He went to a medical facility, where he was given antibiotics. Police advised him to report the incident to the county dog warden.

Also on July 27, police were called to a Brush Road residence where a woman reported her son locked her and her other son out of the house and threatened to kill both of them. Officers found the victims sitting in a car outside the residence. They arrested a male for domestic violence and menacing and took him to Summit County Jail. The victim filed a motion for a protection order.


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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