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8/21/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 100 block of Edgerton Road Aug. 11; the 1200 block of Bellevue Avenue Aug. 12; the 500 block of Diagonal Road Aug. 12; the 100 block of Westwood Avenue Aug. 12; the 1400 block of Crestview Drive Aug. 13; the 1700 block of Cromwell Drive Aug. 13; the 4600 block of Mars Road Aug. 14; the 900 block of Mercer Avenue Aug. 15; the 2000 block of West Market Street Aug. 15; and the 100 block of Dodge Ave. Aug. 15.

A 30-year-old Orlando Avenue woman was charged with burglary and possession of crack/cocaine Aug. 12. According to officers, she and an unidentified man forced entry into an apartment in the 600 block of Sherman Street Aug. 7, taking a TV, tablet and the victim’s credit cards. Officers located the woman on West Market Street after she attempted to use the victim’s credit cards. She also had crack/cocaine in her possession.

After being stopped for a traffic violation in the 1300 block of Roslyn Avenue Aug. 12, a 54-year-old Greenwood Avenue man was charged with possession of cocaine. The man was driving on a suspended license, and officers found crack/cocaine on the floorboard.

An 18-year-old Noble Avenue woman was charged with theft Aug. 12. She allegedly used her mother’s credit and debit cards to make nearly $11,000 in purchases during a nine-month period.

A 30-year-old South Akron man was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia Aug. 12 after he was stopped for a traffic violation at Storer Avenue and Stoner Street. As officers approached the car, the man appeared to be concealing something in his pants, they reported. They recovered a bindle of methamphetamine and aluminum foil from his wallet.

On Aug. 13 around 1:30 a.m., a female resident in the 1400 block of Crestview Avenue was awakened by an unknown man turning on her bedroom light. The man directed her to put a pillow over her face, while another unknown man brought in the woman’s 6-year-old grandson, who was ordered to get into the bed next to his grandmother. One man reportedly held the victims at gunpoint while two others ransacked the house. The men took a cell phone, laptop computer and keys. The victims were not injured. The suspects were described as three black males. One suspect was wearing a black sweatshirt and black bandana over his face. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.

Also Aug. 13, a 27-year-old Summit County Jail inmate, formerly an East Avenue resident, was charged with intimidation of a crime witness after he reportedly called and wrote a letter to a female witness threatening her.

A Harter Avenue man said he went into a West Market Street bar for a drink Aug. 13 and tied his pit bull dog to a pole outside. When he came out about two hours later, he could not find the dog.

A backpack on the ground next to a California woman eating outside a West Market coffeeshop was stolen Aug. 13. The pack was found nearby shortly afterward with the woman’s iPhone and $140 missing. Three credit cards and a checkbook were still in the backpack.

A Ravenna woman stopped for making an improper right turn onto Vernon Odom Boulevard Aug. 14 was found with a bag filled with needles containing heroin residue. as well as spoons with residue. The woman was charged with possession of drugs, drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia.

The owner of a vacant home in the 1300 block of Nome Avenue reported Aug. 14 someone broke out a window on the south side of the home. Nothing was reported missing.

A Mayfield Road woman reported Aug. 14 she was riding a bicycle on the Towpath by the canal when a someone described as a black male in his early 30s, around 5 feet, 5 inches tall, weighing 130 to 140 pounds, with short black hair and glasses and wearing black jeans and a black hoodie yelled “white bitch” at her and spit in her face.

A Thurmont Street man reported a window was broken and a security camera was ripped off a wall Aug. 14. He told police he has been having problems with a man who had recently been evicted and police had been called to the home several times. A man working in his backyard nearby told police he saw a man arrive at the home, load his items from the curb into his car and then proceed to damage the home. Police issued a warrant for the man’s arrest on charges of criminal damaging.

An employee of a Copley Road garage reported Aug. 14 someone drilled holes in gas tanks on two vehicles overnight and stole gasoline.

Police arrested a West Market Street man Aug. 14 after responding to a call about a domestic situation and a reported robbery, both involving a gun. The West Market Street man took $14 from one person at a Stadelman Avenue home by gunpoint and tried to rob another, but the person did not have anything on his person. Police found the man with the stolen cash in his pocket, and the two victims identified the man as the one who robbed them. The West Market Street man was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, carrying a concealed weapon, having a weapon under a disability, tampering with evidence (throwing the gun into a bush before officers arrested him) and obstruction of official business for running from police when ordered to stop. The man has a prior conviction for trafficking in drugs, according to the police report. He was transported to the Summit County Jail.

A purple gazing ball was reported stolen from the side yard of a Garman Road home Aug. 15.

BATH: Employees of a Montrose clothing store reported a woman concealed merchandise worth $123 in a purse and when she was confronted, she dropped the purse and ran. Police located the owner of the purse Aug. 4, and she stated it had been stolen and she was not at the clothing store that day. Officers are reviewing video footage in an attempt to identify the shoplifter.

Police investigated a suspicious vehicle with two occupants sitting along Ira Road the night of Aug. 5 and arrested an Akron man on a warrant. He was released to the Akron Police Department.

At 12:30 a.m. Aug. 6, police responded to a vehicle crash on Granger Road and arrested a 19-year-old driver for DUI after he failed a field sobriety test. His BAC tested .131, and he was released with a court summons.

Officers patrolling North Cleveland-Massillon Road the night of Aug. 7 stopped a driver for speeding. He failed field sobriety tests and was arrested on suspicion of DUI and released with a court summons.

A driver stopped for lane violations on Ira Road Aug. 7 was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana after a K-9 officer alerted police to the presence of contraband in the vehicle.

Police stopped a driver for speeding on Yellow Creek Road Aug. 8 and arrested the driver and several passengers for drug abuse after finding marijuana in the vehicle. The driver was additionally charged with possession of a marijuana grinder.

On Aug. 8, officers investigated the burglary of a Medina Road residence. Someone smashed a basement window to gain entry and steal copper pipes.

A Harmony Road resident reported a gooseneck trailer was stolen from the property the night of Aug. 9.

Following an Aug. 10 report by employees of a Medina Road gas station, police stopped a driver who left the gas station and observed signs of intoxication. The woman failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI, released with a court summons and transported to a hotel. Her BAC tested .131.

On Aug. 11, employees of a Montrose hotel requested assistance in evicting occupants from a room for smoking marijuana. The occupants were not in the room when police arrived, but they returned later and produced documentation that they were permitted to use marijuana for medicinal purposes. Police advised them that Ohio laws did not recognize their permit and destroyed the marijuana. The occupants were permitted to stay in the room until morning.

Officers responded to reports of a reckless driver on Interstate 77 Aug. 12 and stopped a North Carolina man after determining his license expired in 2012 and the vehicle registration expired in 2008. He was arrested for driving under two license suspensions and the vehicle was towed.

COPLEY: A Fairway Park Drive man reported Aug. 4 he was contacted by a Kentucky hospital regarding payment of bills totaling more than $900 incurred by someone who used his personal information to obtain medical care.

On Aug. 4, the owner of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road business reported his employee had been drinking all day. When he told him to leave, the employee punched him, and he grabbed the employee by the throat, he said. The business owner was treated by EMS and released. Both parties declined charges, and police transported the employee and his fiancée to a location to get a ride home.

Police are seeking three white males in connection with breaking and entering and felony theft of landscaping equipment and tools totaling more than $3,000. The males entered a Copley Road business at 10:44 p.m. Aug. 6 and left at 10:59 p.m. with the equipment. They fled in a white late 1990s SUV believed to be a Mitsubishi Montero Sport or an Isuzu Rodeo.

The owner of a Copley Road restaurant gave police a bicycle he found in the weeds behind his business Aug. 7.

Police contacted a woman Aug. 7 and advised her to stop calling the front desk of a Rothrock Road medical facility or she would be charged after employees reported the woman, who was intoxicated, called the facility 20 times. She refrained from calling for the rest of the evening.

On Aug. 7, officers patrolling Jacoby Road observed a vehicle at a gas station and recognized the driver as a person whose license had been suspended. Police located the vehicle near the driver’s residence on Gaycroft Court and arrested him for driving under suspension. He admitted he had marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle, and he was charged with their possession.

FAIRLAWN: A woman reported Aug. 9 she left her $630 cell phone at the checkout of a West Market Street store Aug. 7, and when she went back to get it, she learned it had mistakenly been given to another customer. She tracked the phone to a location on Mill Street in Akron and had it deactivated.

On Aug. 12, police arrested an Akron man for theft, released him with a court summons and advised him he is indefinitely banned from a West Market Street store after he concealed electronics items totaling $248 in his pants and attempted to leave without paying for them.

Employees of a mall store reported Aug. 13 a juvenile shoplifted a $10 novelty item from the store. Police charged the 15-year-old with theft, issued a court summons to Summit County Juvenile Court and released her to her mother.

Loss prevention agents at a Montrose store reported Aug. 13 an internal investigation of an employee concluded he stole $1,119 from cash registers between Aug. 1 and Aug. 11. When agents approached him about the matter, he left the store. Police located him walking in an adjacent parking lot and asked him to talk to them regarding the matter. He fled on foot, and officers pursued him. With the assistance of an off-duty Strongsville police officer, the man was apprehended, charged with felony theft and resisting arrest and taken to the Summit County Jail. Video surveillance footage of the theft incidents was logged as evidence.

A Rosemont Boulevard woman reported Aug. 14 someone used her credit card information to incur fraudulent charges in Michigan. She said the creditor closed the account, but they sent a new card to an unknown person at a post office box in Bronx, New York, and the company refused to give her any information about why the new card was sent to that address, but she was assured the account had been closed.

NORTON: Following a traffic stop on state Route 21 the night of Aug. 8, police arrested a Massillon man for having an open container of liquor in a motor vehicle and released him with a court summons.

On Aug. 8, a driver stopped for lane violations on Interstate 76 failed a field sobriety test, and the Barberton man was charged with DUI and refusal of a BAC test despite a prior conviction for DUI. He was released on bond.

A Sheridan Street woman reported Aug. 8 someone ransacked six or seven mailboxes along her street after the mail was delivered the previous day. She said her bank statement had been opened. It was unknown whether any mail was missing.

Police stopped an Akron man for driving 99 mph on Interstate 76 Aug. 9. He was arrested for driving without a license, having open containers of alcohol in a vehicle and released to the Macedonia Police Department on a warrant.

Neighbors of a house on Holiday Drive reported Aug. 9 two women were at a house the Summit County Drug Unit had boarded up following dismantling of a methamphetamine lab. Officers found a vehicle outside the residence and observed one female sitting in the car and another woman leaving the house. The woman said she had permission to be at the house to remove her clothing. She was told no one was to be on the property and if either of them returned, they would be arrested.

Officers on Barber Road Aug. 10 stopped a driver for lane violations. She failed a field sobriety test, and her BAC was .115. She was arrested for DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia, and released with a court summons.

A Summit Road man reported he returned to his residence Aug. 10 to find prescription medication and $300 had been stolen.

A Wadsworth Road woman reported Aug. 11 she sold some furniture to a Texas man via a website, and the buyer said he had to wire her extra money so she could pay his mover to get the items to Texas. She sold the furniture for $550, and the buyer sent her a check for $1,985 and told her to wire the remaining $1,435 to a person in Pennsylvania. She deposited the check in her bank account and waited three days for it to clear before wiring the money. Several days after she wired the money, she learned her checking account was overdrawn because the check was fraudulent and it had been returned.

Police were called to a domestic disturbance at a Hametown Road residence Aug. 11 by a woman who reported her ex-boyfriend was being assaulted by his current girlfriend, with whom he lives at the residence. An investigation determined the man had been assaulted multiple times within the past two days, and officers arrested the girlfriend for domestic violence and took her to the Summit County Jail.

An Easton Road man reported Aug. 12 he sold a vehicle to a man via an ad on Craigslist and the buyer sent him a check for an additional amount to be sent to a man who was to move the vehicle to his home. The victim deposited the check into his checking account and wired the money to the mover before he learned his bank account was overdrawn because the buyer’s check was returned as fraudulent.

RICHFIELD: On July 28, police reviewed two phone messages on the village’s voicemail and contacted the brother and mother of a man who made the calls. Officers were told the man was upset about an arrest for possession of marijuana, and police went to his home in Cleveland to discuss the matter with him. When officers were satisfied he had no intention of harming himself or anyone else, they advised him to contact them with any concerns rather than leaving phone messages.

Police investigated damage to village property at a location on Humphrey Road July 28 after the driver of a vehicle struck a sign and a memorial, damaging both.

A Streetsboro Road woman reported July 29 a collection agent contacted her in an attempt to collect a $4,378 debt for a cell phone account she never opened or used.

Employees of a Wheatley Road gas station reported July 29 a man drove off without paying for fuel worth $22.37. Police traced the vehicle license plate and spoke to the driver, who said he prepaid for $15 worth of fuel, and when the pump didn’t stop at $15, it wasn’t his problem. Police advised him that it was his responsibility to pay the additional $7.37 and he was given until 6 p.m. July 31 to return to the station and pay or he would be charged. Employees reported the man made the payment by the required time.

Detectives are investigating a July 29 report by the owners of a Broadview Road restaurant stating nine of the business’ checks had been stolen and three of them had been forged and cashed for a total of $1,031.

The caretaker of a camp on Oviatt Road reported July 30 a series of incidents involving break-ins and damage have occurred over the past several months and on this date he discovered a 200-pound industrial mixer was missing from the kitchen.

On July 30, officers were called to a Braemar Road location where the driver of a garbage truck reported a man who was using a Bobcat for yard work backed into the truck and damaged it.

A driver stopped for speeding on Streetsboro Road Aug. 1 exhibited signs of alcohol intoxication. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. His BAC tested .214, and he was held in the Richfield Jail pending bond.

A Richfield man reported Aug. 1 an unknown person has been using his identity to open credit accounts and make purchases. He learned the person uses his Social Security number and presents an Ohio driver’s license with the victim’s name on it.

A Prestwyck Lane woman reported Aug. 2 she heard a noise and looked outside to see an unoccupied Jeep in her yard. She determined the vehicle had run over her mailbox. The vehicle owner showed up and said he had just arrived at a friend’s house and he forgot to set the parking brake before the vehicle rolled into the victim’s yard.

The owner of property on Fawn Trail reported Aug. 2 he has a box in front of his property and he keeps it stocked with flyers containing information about the property, which is for sale. He said he believes someone has been removing the flyers to deter prospective buyers.

Police investigated the burglary of a Brush Road residence Aug. 4 after someone broke in through a basement window and stole a 42-inch TV.

On Aug. 6, officers responded to a report that a driver was traveling north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77 and his vehicle ran off the road, over an embankment and crashed. He was transported to a hospital for treatment and the vehicle was towed. When the driver went to the police station to pick up the vehicle the following day, officers questioned him about marijuana and drug paraphernalia found in the vehicle, and he denied knowledge of the items. He was cited for failure to control his vehicle, and additional charges were pending completion of an investigation.

A Motor Road man reported Aug. 8 someone used his identity to open two credit accounts in Florida.

Police are seeking four males in connection with destruction of tents, the theft of beer from kegs and damage to extension cords and audio equipment in Richfield Woods Park the night of Aug. 8. The damage was discovered the morning of Aug. 9, and police learned some Boy Scouts who were camping there observed the males enter the park. A supervisor asked them to leave, but police were not contacted.

On Aug. 10, police responded to a vehicle accident in a yard on Alger Road, where a go-cart flipped over and injured a man’s hand.

A worker at a Brecksville Road freight terminal reported Aug. 11 he was using a front-loader at a loading dock when another worker driving a tow motor began yelling and cursing at him and used his tow motor to ram the victim’s loader 10 times, nearly knocking it and the victim off the dock. Following a review of video footage, the matter was referred to detectives.

The Akron police reports were compiled by Ariel Hakim and Maria Lindsay, 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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