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Suburbanite area crime report

Staff Writer
The Suburbanite
The Suburbanite

SPRINGFIELD TWP.

A man locked himself in a housekeeping closet on May 14 and employees called police. When police arrived, the man was being held down by two employees. Police searched the man and found a hypodermic needle. He was arrested and issued a summons.

Someone entered a man’s trailer on Wilpark Drive on May 14. Nothing seemed stolen.

A woman’s boyfriend reportedly assaulted and restrained her with an extension cord on May 14. He accused her of cheating on him and this was how he punished her. The boyfriend had accomplices and, before they released the woman, she was threatened to not contact police.

A man lost his wallet at Home Depot on May 14.

A woman told police May 14 that she was contacted by a collection agency about a debt they had received in her name. The company claims a PayPal credit card was placed in her name and had a total debt of $783.30 after tax and late fees. The woman claims she did not open that line of credit and that someone used her information to do so.

A man was contacted by his credit card company May 14 and made aware of fraudulent transactions. These date back to the beginning of February. He believes he knows who made these transactions, but he does not wish to pursue charges. The total amount taken is unknown at this time.

A man entered the private laundry room at Econo Lodge May 15 and stole a woman’s keys and cigarettes from the counter. The incident was recorded on the hotel camera system. The man had been staying at the hotel with another woman. That man and woman left the hotel in a white vehicle after he stole the keys.

A man left his wallet at a self-checkout May 15 and surveillance captured someone taking it and leaving the store. The person’s vehicle registration was able to be identified, but the man had already called police and notified them that the person had already returned his property.

Someone took a motorcycle from a driveway on Brunk Road on May 16. It has been entered into LEADS.

A driver backed out of Speedway May 16 when another vehicle reportedly pulled out of the Kohl's parking lot and came up behind the driver at a high rate of speed and began honking his horn. The driver of that car then cut the other driver off before the intersection and got out of his vehicle and hit the other vehicle with both fists, denting the hood. Both people then got out of the vehicle to look at the damage before the driver who came from the Kohl’s parking lot went back to his vehicle, grabbed what appeared to be a can of hornet spray and sprayed the passenger of the other vechicle in the face and eyes and then drove off. Charges are pending at this time.

A man was being disruptive May 17 at Walmart and had cornered two female employees at a register. A male employee told the man he had to leave the store. The man then turned around and punched the male employee. The male employee then attempted to apprehend the man, but he picked up a stool and threw it. When officers arrived, the man was still standing by the register speaking incoherently. He was detained and taken outside, where he was evaluated by Springfield Township EMS and was taken to Akron City Hospital. The male employee sustained a swollen upper lip but did not want to pursue charges at this time.

At 11:05 a.m. May 17, a multi-colored Ford flatbed pickup truck came onto a property on Gilchrist Road and stole several wooden pallets. The man in the pickup returned in the same truck later that evening and stole more wooden pallets. The incident is captured on video. The truck is an older Ford flatbed extended cab pickup truck with brown and white sides and a black hood. The license plate was covered. The man is an older white male with a gray scruffy beard.

A woman asked to meet with officers May 18 about a stalking situation. She stated she believed the stalker tried to get into her house, but she was not sure. She stated someone has been texting her son, who lives in Akron, stating they are watching their every move. She thinks the people are somewhere around her house but is unsure where at and that she has not been contacted directly. She believes the suspect is the boyfriend of one of her daughter’s friends, but is not sure. The woman’s son had left prior to the arrival of officers and refused to give any details to his parents or police. Officers advised the woman to tell her son to not respond and block the number. They also advised him to go to Akron Police to file a report.

A woman told police May 19 that she was working at Scope Academy and had her cell phone laying out in the open. When she went to get her cell phone, she was unable to find it. She began calling it, but could not hear it ring. She had her iPad with her and began tracking it using the Find My iPhone app. She saw it in the area of US 224 and Canton Road. She then noticed it was in the parking lot at the same time one of the janitors returned from lunch. She confronted the janitor, who denied taking or having the phone. The janitor then left about 10 minutes later. The woman said she then noticed her phone pinging somewhere in the area of US 224 and the Goodyear Air Dock. She did attempt to look for it in that area but was unable to find it. The woman said she reported it to the school.

A woman called police May 20 about a man who was panhandling. The man also reportedly told the woman he was going to assault her and then jumped at her as if he was going to hit her. The man was located and stated he had not been in the aera where the incident occurred and began to walk away from the officers. He was then placed under arrest for obstructing. The man, who was intoxicated, then began to resist arrest as the officers attempted to handcuff him. He was charged with menacing, obstructing, resisting and disorderly conduct while intoxicated. After processing, he was issued a summons and released.

A person went to his tent in the woods behind Walmart on May 22. He reportedly unzipped the tent and lit a cigarette, causing a propane tank to blow up on him. He had multiple burns to his face, hands and chest. He was taken to Children's Hospital burn unit by the Coventry Fire Department. The Springfield Township Fire Department extinguished the fire that was in the woods.

A woman stated she and her live-in boyfriend got into an argument May 22 and he started to hit her in the head and then choked her. When a neighbor heard the commotion and went to check, the boyfriend fled. Warrants were issued for domestic violence. The boyfriend turned himself in on May 26 and was issued a summons and released.

A man was beaten with a piece of wood May 24 and was laying on the ground when officers arrived. He said a man he knew hit him with the wood, then took a rock and threw it through the window of the house. The other man then took a baseball bat and broke out another window. Then the other man fled on foot. Officers were able to catch up to him and he was taken to jail.

During an investigation on May 24, a man had visible injuries to his face and marks around his neck that were consistent with statements that he was struck and scratched in the face and neck by a woman. Another victim stated that the woman struck her with a Wii fit balance board. The woman was arrested for domestic violence and transported to the Summit County Jail.

COVENTRY TWP.

A man received a text message from an unknown person May 27 saying that he needed to send them $1,000 in bitcoin or they would post a video on Facebook of him pleasuring himself in front of his computer.

A woman was trespassed from a property on Lakota Avenue on May 13. On May 27, a neighbor saw the woman back on the property and called police. By the time police arrived, the woman had left. A warrant was issued for her arrest.

Overnight May 27, someone cut down a man’s tree on Rohner Avenue.

Around 10:30 p.m. May 28, a man pounded on a woman’s door on Panay Drive. She called police, but he was gone when she checked the door. The man then rang the doorbell on another home before running away. That doorbell had a camera and footage showed a white man using his shirt to cover his face. The neighbor had installed the doorbell camera because of similar instances last year.

GREEN

A 21-year-old man reportedly showed up at a party uninvited and intoxicated on May 23. He was allowed to stay as long as he behaved. Instead, he continued to drink and started insulting another person at the party, causing a fight. When the 21-year-old started losing the fight, he told onlookers to stop the fight or he would get a gun. The onlookers restrained the 21-year-old and police were called. The man is no longer welcome at the house.

An officer initiated a traffic stop for speeding on May 24, but the vehicle did not immediately stop and kept going until it pulled into a driveway. Two of the passengers had warrants and they were arrested. Needles and other drug paraphernalia were found in the car and one of the passengers admitted it belonged to her. She was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. The driver was charged with failure to follow a police order and was taken to jail. He said he did not stop because he was scared because he was driving under suspension.

An unknown person contacted a man by phone May 24 and told him to send $1,500 or they would expose him for fictitious acts. The man was advised not to make contact with the phone number again.

A woman reported May 26 that her ex-boyfriend was calling and texting after their breakup and making threats toward her and her children. She showed police text messages where he stated people would die. She was given a temporary order of protection. While speaking with the woman at her home, police saw the ex-boyfriend arrive. He was intoxicated and he admitted to drinking several beers. On his front seat was a rifle. He failed field sobriety tests and was taken to jail for aggravated menacing, domestic violence, driving under the influence and improperly handling a firearm.

A man test drove a Dodge May 26 from Summit Auto Site and never came back with it. Police attempted to call the man on the number he left, but he did not answer. The man also left a copy of his driver’s license. A warrant was issued for unauthorized use of a vehicle. The vehicle was found around 2 a.m. the next day in Akron without anyone inside.

A woman reported May 27 that someone has been using her identity to harm her credit record.

Police were clled May 28 after a husband wanted to use his wife’s phone to make a call, but she wouldn’t let him use it because she said that he always ends up breaking the phone. An argument ensued and the husband put his hands around his wife’s neck and pushed her into a door. The woman’s 19-year-old son saw this and called police. The husband was charged with domestic violence and taken to jail.

A stolen GMC Envoy was stopped May 28 and the driver was charged with receiving stolen property. She was released with a summons.

A vehicle was stopped for using the wrong license plate on May 29. The driver told the officer he had just dropped someone off and was headed home, but this was not his car and he did not have a license. A search of the vehicle revealed marijuana and meth. The driver admitted it was his. He was issued a citation for the license plate and driving under suspension. He was also issued a summons for possession of drugs.

Overnight May 29, someone cut the lock off of a man’s trailer and stole a fireplace and two old saws.

UNIONTOWN

During a traffic stop for inoperable rear license plate light on May 14, a 61-year-old man was arrested for an open container in a motor vehicle. He was issued a court summons and released.

Police saw a vehicle had stopped on the railroad tracks May 16 and an elderly male, who was suffering from dementia, was observed behind the wheel. The vehicle was removed from tracks and male was evaluated by EMS on scene and released to a family member.

NEW FRANKLIN

An officer stopped a vehicle May 17 and smelled alcohol when speaking with the driver. When asked, the driver said he just had a few drinks. He also stated he had medical marijuana in the car. The driver was asked for his medical card, but he did not have one. The driver failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for OVI and drug possession. The vehicle was towed and the driver was later released on summons.

A man told police May 17 that found his stolen vehicle by tracking it to a residence. The homeowner said that his ex-wife's nephew had been by on May 11 or May 12 and asked if he could park the vehicle at his residence. The homeowner thought the vehicle was the nephew’s. The vehicle has been given back to its owner.

A juvenile who had been missing for several days returned home on May 19. The mother said he had an attitude and an argument started. The juvenile threatened to harm her and the rest of the family and threw a chair in the direction of one family member and hit another in the shoulder. The juvenile was placed under arrest for domestic violence and taken to Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.

Two men were involved in a dispute over living conditions May 19 and police were called to the house for the third time that day because one of the men had pulled out a knife and began to chase the other. Two witnesses gave sworn statements and the man with the knife was placed under arrest for aggravating menacing.

A man told police May 20 that someone used his personal information to open a Citizens Bank account and charged $70 to it.

Police were investigating an assault May 23 when a man was observed yelling obscenities at several people in the parking lot. He was advised to leave. He did not and continued yelling obscenities and was placed under arrest. While conducting a pat down, an officer found a small plastic baggie with white powder. The powder tested positive for cocaine. The man was released with a summons after processing.

NEW FRANKLIN

A woman claimed a man pushed her to the ground May 24 at the Upper Deck Bar and Grill. The man denied doing it and both people were asked to leave. As they were leaving for the parking lot, the man started to instigate a fight with the woman and her friends. The man was told several times to stop, but he continued to threaten the woman and her friends. He was then placed under arrest and released with a summons.

During a traffic stop May 24, it was determined the driver was driving under suspension. He was arrested and released with a citation.

Someone slashed a man’s tires and his girlfriend’s tires on May 24 on Renninger Road. The man said he had been at a friend's house the previous night and he took a pack of cigarettes. The next morning he woke up to text messages from the friend that he needs to return the pack of cigarettes “or else.” When contacted by police, the friend said he has not been to the man's house and had not slashed any tires.

A man in his 30s told police May 24 that an 18-year-old made several comments that he was going to "kill him" and "beat him up.“ The older man stated that at no point during the incident it became physical or any type of contact was made. The 18-year-old man said that he was screaming and making comments and that he was not sure what he had said due to being extremely agitated. The 18 year old was placed under arrest for aggravated menacing and taken to Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.

During a traffic stop May 24, an officer smelled alcohol coming from the driver. The driver also had glassy eyes and a slurred speech. The driver failed sobriety tests and she was placed under arrest. Her BAC results were 0.229. She was then released with a citation to her mother.

A man who was extremely intoxicated was removed from the Upper Deck Bar and Grill on May 29. He was told to get a taxi or a way home. He refused and reportedly became extremely irate. He was told to calm down and leave with a ride or he would be placed under arrest. He continued screaming and yelling and was placed under arrest. He was released with a summons.

Police received a report of a suspicious vehicle on May 29. The man said he was at the location to list his truck for sale. A woman who was with him gave a fake name and she was detained. She had a felony warrant through the Summit County Sheriff department for probation violation. The woman was placed under arrest and released with a summons.