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Editor’s note: Regarding area residents’ reporting of fraudulent activity related to receiving unemployment benefits that weren’t sought, police advise victims of this type of fraud to file a police report, contact the Federal Trade Commission and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ fraud hotline, notify their financial institutions and credit reporting agencies, monitor their credit and bank accounts and report any suspicious activity to police.
COVENTRY: A Paxton Avenue woman, who was wanted on warrants by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Norton and Springfield police departments and the Kent State University Police Department, was arrested for theft April 16 after she reportedly concealed merchandise, left a Manchester Road store without paying for it and fled from a security agent who confronted her.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to a hang-up 911 call April 16 during which a man could be heard in the background screaming about a gun. When they arrived at the West Ingleside Drive residence, a woman stated she had a verbal argument with a man at the residence and allowed deputies to enter the home. The man reportedly screamed at them to get out and refused to identify himself, and the West Ingleside Drive man was charged with obstruction of official business. Deputies observed no signs of domestic violence and advised both parties of the laws. The woman left for the night.
On April 17, a Pleasant Valley Drive man gave deputies a silver purse he found while mowing his lawn.
An employee of a South Arlington Road business flagged down deputies April 17, stating a woman stole a camera from the store. Deputies located the woman in the parking lot, recovered the camera and returned it to the employee, who declined theft charges. The Hillstock Avenue woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and drug abuse instruments after deputies found the items in her purse during a consent search. Her companion was released to the Akron Police Department on a warrant.
Deputies responded to a disturbance at a Proehl Drive residence April 18, when a woman reported her husband punched her in the eye, causing a visible injury. Witnesses confirmed the report and the man was arrested for domestic violence and taken to the Summit County Jail. The victim declined medical attention.
A customer at a Manchester Road store reported April 18 he was bagging his groceries when an unknown man started an argument with him, punched him and knocked him to the floor, then continued punching him. When the victim’s gun fell to the floor, the suspect picked it up and threw it into the parking lot, then left in a black Ford Escape. The victim sustained minor injuries and declined EMS.
On April 19, deputies investigated a report of theft and criminal damaging at a Hanna Parkway business, where an unknown person broke a window of a pickup truck parked outside, climbed inside and peeled the steering column in an attempt to steal it, and did steal the vehicle’s radio.
Deputies responded to a report that an intoxicated man was stumbling in the parking lot of a Manchester Road store April 19 attempting to get into vehicles. He told deputies he had been at a nearby bar and was attempting to get a ride home. Police transported him to his residence.
GREEN: Summit County sheriff’s deputies responded to a hang-up 911 call at a Fortuna Drive hotel April 16 and located a man and woman arguing in a room. The parties stated it was a verbal argument, and deputies advised them to refrain from making noise that would bother other patrons.
Also on April 16, a contractor reported an employee who is working on a new house on Hemlock Court came to work to find the sliding glass door had been pried open the previous night and a refrigerator was missing. Tools were stolen from another person and the floor also had been damaged.
A Mayfair Road woman reported April 16 an unknown person used her identity to file a fraudulent application for unemployment benefits.
Deputies searched the area around a Steese Road park April 17 for a group of juveniles observed spitting on a car in the parking lot. Ketchup also had been poured on the back window.
An Avanti Lane man gave deputies a cellphone he found near a wooded area on his property April 17.
Following a traffic stop on South Arlington Road and Moore Avenue April 17, deputies arrested a Wiley Avenue man for driving under suspension and took him into custody on a warrant from the Medina County Sheriff’s Office for grand theft of a motor vehicle. He additionally was charged with possession of 41 grams of marijuana found during a tow inventory of his vehicle and released with a court summons when Medina County sheriff’s deputies were unable to pick him up.
Deputies were called to a Joan Drive residence April 18, when a woman stated a suspicious man drove a vehicle, with its hood open, past her house, and she also saw a suspicious man on her porch. Deputies agreed to provide additional patrol during the night.
A Green man filed a report of extortion April 18 stating he received messages from an unknown person who threatened to post nude photos of him on the internet unless he wired money to that person. Deputies determined the call came from a location outside the United States.
The manager of a hotel on Arlington Ridge Road reported April 20 a guest was compensated for a problem by being given a free night’s stay, and when he checked out he threatened to destroy the place if it was not all free. The Cleveland Street man was gone upon the arrival of deputies, who were asked to inform him that he is banned from the property.
A Mayfair Road man reported April 20 an unknown person stole two rolls of insulation and other building materials from the breezeway of his home. He stated he last saw the items April 17.
Deputies were reviewing video surveillance from the parking lot of a Massillon Road medical facility April 20, when a man reported he exited his vehicle and an unknown man approached him, asked what his problem was and punched him in the head and face. The victim stated he didn’t hit the suspect, who got into his vehicle and left. The victim stated the assault might have been connected with a road rage incident.
A Sparrow’s Crest Drive man reported April 21 he was working at a residence on Starboard Drive and he parked his trailer outside the residence the previous day and returned to find it was missing. Deputies entered information about the vehicle into a national database for stolen vehicles.
An employee of an Interstate Parkway business reported April 22 he found a loaded pistol in a vehicle that had been traded by a customer. Deputies attempted to contact the firearm’s owner.
LAKEMORE: Police were contacted April 10 by a Delaware Avenue female, who said she dropped her wallet in the parking lot of an area grocery store. She told police when she realized it was missing, she went back and recovered her wallet in the lot, but credit cards were missing from it.
On April 20, police found juveniles in the woods on private property on Flickinger Road. Three juveniles ran from the officer, and one juvenile was taken into custody. The other three juveniles were located and placed under arrest for obstructing business and possession of drug paraphernalia and drugs. The juveniles were released to their parents.
Officers at the police station April 21 were asked by a Westwood Avenue man to intercede with a parental custody issue. The father told officers the mother of his child was not following the custody agreement. He showed police his parental custody paperwork and stated he wanted to see his child.
On April 25, police responded to a theft call at a Canton Road business. The caller provided police with a description of a man who left the store without paying for merchandise, including a backpack blower and chainsaw, each valued at $200. The caller also provided a description of the man’s vehicle and the direction he fled.
Police stopped a vehicle April 25 for obstruction of view. The plate came back to a man with a warrant from the Canton Police Department. Police detained the man, who reportedly stated he had heroin on him. He was released to Canton officers on the warrant.
NEW FRANKLIN: A West Nimisila Road woman reported April 20 she found a lunch bag in her front yard. Police found the owner’s name on an insurance card in the bag and attempted to contact him so the items could be retrieved.
Police charged a man for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop April 21 on State Road. The man was pulled over for a display of plates violation. The officer discovered the man did not have a valid driver’s license. In addition, marijuana and multiple smoking devices were found in the vehicle. The vehicle was towed.
Also on April 21, a Sonata Drive woman contacted police concerning an issue with an electric and construction company. She said she paid the company for a generator and the installation cost, but the work still had not been completed. The matter remains under investigation.
On April 24, police responded to a report of found property. A man reported he found eyeglasses at the intersection of Woodward Drive and Center Road, with the officer taking the eyeglasses and entering them into the department’s property system.
Police responded April 24 to the scene of a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of state Route 619 and Manchester Road and made contact with the male driver of a wrecked vehicle. The driver appeared to be under the influence and failed a field sobriety test. His BAC measured 0.169 and he was charged with DUI. His vehicle was impounded.
SPRINGFIELD: An Orchard Lane resident contacted police April 18 to request a Facebook incident be documented as a matter of record because a person posted statements about him that were untrue.
Police responded April 18 to a situation concerning a white Ford F-350 work truck registered to the Coventry Township Board of Trustees in a driveway of a Biscayne Drive home. The man reported that someone cut off the truck’s catalytic converter. A possible description of the vehicle involved in the incident was provided. The man also indiciated his neighbor could have surveillance video of the incident. Police attempted to obtain the video from the neighbor.
On April 19, police responded to an East Waterloo Road business regarding a breaking-and-entering call and theft. The officer was shown a work truck with a window broken, as well as items left on scene that possibly were going to be used to break into the business. The items were taken as evidence and the business owner was advised to make a list of any missing items to add to the police report.
Police were called April 19 to a business on East Waterloo Road regarding a four-wheeler found at the building’s gate. The individual reporting the incident said the vehicle was there when he arrived at work. Police were able to locate the owner, who said the vehicle was stolen from his business in Lakemore and a report later was going to be filed with the Lakemore Police Department regarding the matter.
Police responded April 19 to an animal complaint on Gowanda Avenue. An individual on scene told police their dog was attacked by two other dogs and injured. The neighbor reportedly witnessed the attack, chasing the two dogs away. The owner of the dogs could not be determined due to conflicting descriptions of the dogs.
Also on April 19, officers were called to a report of a theft. A woman told police a deposit was given to lease a home on Trenton Avenue. The home currently has a “for sale” sign, so the victim contacted the number for the Cleveland-based realty company listed and allegedly was told the lease was a scam. Police reviewed her documents and discovered it was a scam originating in Sweden.
Police responded April 19 to a home on Myersville Road regarding methamphetamine lab waste on the property. The waste had been discarded near a dried-up lake on the property. The report stated the items found are evidence of a “one pot” or “shake and bake” method of manufacturing methamphetamine and likely had been sitting at the location for some time.
Police observed a vehicle April 20 traveling southbound on Crestline Drive with one operable break light and stopped it. The woman driver did not own the vehicle and was operating the vehicle under several license suspensions. Also, a glass methamphetamine pipe was found in the vehicle. The driver was placed under arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia.
On April 21, police responded to a Massillon Road business regarding the removal of a trailer from the south-central portion of the parking lot. No surveillance cameras are present in the lot. The trailer was entered into the Law Enforcement Automated Data System as stolen.
Police responded April 22 to a disruption at a store on East Waterloo Road. The officer confiscated drug paraphernalia to destroy from a person sitting on a bench who appeared to be under the influence.
Also on April 22, police responded to a call regarding a woman sleeping in a vehicle at a business on South Arlington Road. The officer found the woman had a warrant out of the Portage County Sheriff’s Office. She was detained and placed under arrest when the Sheriff’s Office advised they wanted her, and she was transferred to that agency.
Police were called to a South Arlington Road business April 22 regarding a man walking inside the business with a pellet gun with a security device still on it. He was approached by police and admitted the gun was stolen from the business. Heroin also was found on the individual. He was being arrested for theft and drug possession when he claimed he was starting to overdose due to using heroin a half-hour prior. He was transported to a hospital for medical attention.
On April 23, police issued a court summons for theft and criminal trespass after being called to a business on South Arlington Road regarding a woman attempting to make a fraudulent return of items for a cash refund. The woman confessed to the fraudulent return.
Police were dispatched April 24 to an alarm drop on Pickle Road and found a cut lock on a side gate and a large hole in the fence. Officers discovered shipping containers on the property had been broken into and a trailer was damaged. The owner reported items, including car parts, missing. No cameras on the property were on at the time of the incident.
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office reports were compiled by Maggie DeMellier and the remainder were compiled by Emily Chesnic.
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