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POLICE BLOTTER Barberton, Norton crime reports Week of July 16

Reports are public record and have been gathered from Barberton and Norton police departments.


Sunday, July 16
• An officer said a vehicle passed him on Third Street NW at high speed. The officer followed the vehicle onto Wooster Road W and across the Robinson Avenue Bridge, finally catching up with it on S Van Buren Avenue after it allegedly stopped improperly at a traffic light. The officer pulled the vehicle over and reportedly found what appeared to be methamphetamine and a straw. The suspected meth was sent to a lab; charges for it were pending analysis. The driver, a 38-year-old man, signed a citation for paraphernalia for the straw but refused to sign the traffic ticket, saying he didn’t agree with it.

Monday, July 17
• A Stratford Street woman reported a fraudulent unemployment claim in her name.

• Police got a call about a suspicious-looking woman stumbling and screaming her way up Fifth Street NE. Officers found her and
discovered she had a warrant out of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office for failure to appear in court on a burglary charge. Nicole E. Holland, 37, was arrested and delivered to deputies.

• Police got a call about a drunken man passed out in his own urine in the lobby of a 23rd Street NW building. The 61-year-old was taken to Summa Barberton Hospital with a disorderly conduct citation.

• A 20-year-old man was arrested in New Franklin on a Barberton Municipal Court warrant for failure to appear on a driving under suspension charge. He was picked up and deposited in the Barberton City Jail.

• A 35-year-old man stumbled into a W Hopocan Avenue property behaving erratically and saying he was dying. Police arrived and the man allegedly admitted taking fentanyl instead of Xanax by mistake. EMS took him to Summa Barberton Hospital; he was cited for disorderly conduct and banned from the property.

Tuesday July 18
• A girl fled to the library saying she’s been assaulted nearby by two other girls. A witness had recorded the assault on his phone and showed officers, who spoke to the other girls. Both allegedly smelled of alcohol and were charged with assault and underage drinking. One, who reportedly resisted and swore at officers, was also charged with obstructing official business. They were turned over to their parents.

• Police got a tip that a 41-year-old man with a criminal trespassing warrant was at a Louise Court address. Police arrived, arrested him and deposited him in the Barberton City Jail.

• A Wooster Road North store complained a man came in, tried to pay for $471.41 worth of stuff with a card that got declined, picked up thee basket of merchandise and fled.

• A 35-year-old man charged with driving under suspension allegedly rode his motorcycle to his trial at Barberton Municipal Court and then lied about it to the judge. He was cited for driving under suspension, no operator’s license and fictitious plates; the bike was impounded.

• Warrants for domestic violence threats and aggravated menacing were typed for a 49-year-old Hazelwood Street man after the woman’s father called police saying the man was beating her up.

• A homeless woman staying in a Wooster Road N shed told police she woke up to find some of her stuff gone.

Wednesday, July 19

• An officer allegedly spotted a man on the ground behind an E State Street business around 10:30 p.m. and tried to arrest him. The 31-year-old reportedly fought them, earning an obstructing official business charge to go with his criminal trespassing citation. He was ensconced in the Barberton City Jail.

• A Magnolia Drive boy was arrested for criminal damaging after allegedly heaving the curbside trash bin through the front window when his mom tried to take his phone as discipline. He was escorted to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.

• A man reported his car being rear-ended on Snyder Avenue and the offending driver took off. The victim followed long enough to get a license plate number. Police eventually tracked the SUV to a George Street address, along with a man matching the driver’s description. The suspect told police he was out of town and couldn’t have been in an accident. An officer replied that the man could either confess or the SUV would be impounded until they could talk to the person who drove it in the accident. The
man allegedly confessed.

Thursday, July 20

• Someone tried to open a credit card account in a St. John Street woman’s name.

• A 31-year-old man and a 61-year-old man were arrested for scavenging from a S Van Buren Avenue dumpster around 3:45 a.m. Both had warrants out of Summit County, which didn’t want them that night. The younger also had a warrant out of Medina County, which didn’t want him, and Barberton Municipal Court. He was booked under the Barberton Warrant but later taken to Summa Barberton Hospital.

• Someone took an applicant’s wallet while he took his written test at the License Bureau.

• Someone stole a Hazelwood Street woman’s SUV.

• Someone swiped a bicycle from a Normandy Circle man’s porch.

• Someone tried to open a credit card account using an E Paige Avenue man’s Social Security number.


Sunday, July 16
• An officer spotted a man around 9 p.m. they knew had warrants. Two were misdemeanors out of Norton and one a felony out of Summit County. Michael A. Richards, 50, was arrested and delivered to the Summit County Jail, along with a new paraphernalia charge for a burnt metal pen and pot scrubber, often used as a makeshift crack or meth pipe.

• Someone cut a lock on a construction trailer parked at a Cleveland Massillon Road address and stole a bunch of tools.

Monday, July 17
• An assortment of stolen tools were found in the back of a recovered stolen car in a Cleveland Massillon Road impound lot.

Tuesday, July 18
• A woman walked out of a Cleveland Massillon Road store with $90 in lottery tickets, $106.62 in cigarettes and $5.25 in cigars she didn’t pay for. Using surveillance video, they found the same suspect went across the street and shoplifted from a store there, too.

Wednesday, July 19
• Someone stole all the mail out of a Jean Lane man’s mailbox.

• A 25-year-old woman was allegedly behaving strangely and talking to her reflection in an Eastern Road gas station. Police checked on her and found she had a warrant against her out of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. She was arrested and turned over to Wayne deputies.

• Someone broke out a front window at a Heritage Parkway business.

Thursday, July 20
• Someone broke a door handle at a 31st Street Northwest business.

Friday, July 21
• Someone has been prying open trailers at a Barber Road facility.

• A Wooster Road W store complained that a woman left without paying for $202.55 worth of cigarettes and snacks.

• Someone broke into two storage units at a Barber Road facility and stole some jewelry.

• A Greenwich Road store told police a woman stashed about $200 worth of nail care products in her purse and left without paying.

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