Police Reports is a sampling of incidents responded to by local law enforcement agencies. It is not intended to be all-inclusive.
— Macedonia —
Man a suspect in theft: A 39-year-old Parma man was charged with fifth-degree felony drug possession and misdemeanor drug possession, drug paraphernalia possession and driving under suspension after a Macedonia police officer on patrol saw the man’s vehicle on Highland Road at about 11:20 a.m. Aug. 3 and realized that it matched the description of a vehicle used by a suspect in the theft of a nearly $180 television set from a Macedonia Commons Boulevard store on July 30. The officer then checked the man’s license plate number, determined he was driving under suspension, and stopped him after he turned onto Route 8 south. Police said there was a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and they found suspected meth and marijuana, as well as a meth pipe, in the vehicle. The man was taken to Macedonia City Jail. Police said the man matched a description of the theft suspect, but he denied involvement in the theft. A theft charge was not reported, but the matter was under investigation.
Man accused of stealing: A 43-year-old Mantua man was charged with third-degree felony drug possession after police responded to an Aug. 1 report that the man had allegedly been stealing material of unspecified value from a South Freeway Drive business he worked for during the previous few months and selling it. An employee of the business said the business was declining to press a theft charge against the man, but there was a concern that the man may have a gun in his vehicle. The man denied having a gun and gave police permission to search the vehicle, said police. A gun was not reported found, but police said they did find a bottle containing 33 pills identified as a prescription opioid pain medication the man allegedly did not have a prescription for. He was taken to Macedonia City Jail.
Bike taken from home: A Valley View Road woman reported discovering Aug. 2 that someone took a bicycle from her yard. The woman said the bike was rusty with two flat tires. She had been using it for decoration and discovered the theft when she found a metal ladybug figurine that had been on the bike’s seat in the grass. The woman said the theft may have taken place July 20 at about 11 p.m. when she heard laughter and what sounded like clanging metal outside her home.
Man arrested following traffic stop: An Akron man, 29, was charged with misdemeanor theft after a Macedonia Commons Boulevard store employee reported the man left the store without paying for clothing and household items totaling about $730 in value Aug. 2. Police said the man drove away in an SUV before they arrived, but an officer saw the SUV at the top of Route 8 Interstate 271 southbound entrance ramp off Route 8, caught up to it and stopped it on the interstate. Police said the merchandise was found in the SUV and the man was taken to Macedonia City Jail.
Store employee charged: A Ravenna man, 28, was charged with misdemeanor theft after an employee of a Macedonia Commons Boulevard store the man worked at reported Aug. 2 that the man had repeatedly marked down merchandise over the previous month so that it could be purchased at a reduced price, with the theft totaling about $310. The man was taken to Macedonia City Jail.
Operating a vehicle under the influence
Man stopped for traffic violation: Police said they charged a Wickliffe man, 27, with misdemeanor operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs, drug paraphernalia possession, disorderly conduct, marked lanes, and following another vehicle too closely after they saw the traffic violations and saw him point what turned out to be a bright laser device at another vehicle and they stopped him on Route 8 southbound at about 8:25 p.m. July 30. A passenger in the vehicle, a 25-year-old Wickliffe woman, was charged with fifth-degree felony drug possession.
Police said the man had difficulty talking and concentrating, his pupils were constricted and he performed poorly on the field sobriety tests. He provided a urine sample for testing, said police, but the results were not included in a police report. Police said they found the laser and short tube with a white powder residue on it allegedly belonging to the man in the vehicle. Police said that while searching the vehicle, they saw the woman’s cellphone had been left on and its screen showed texts between her and an unidentified person suggesting that she was carrying drugs. After giving her a choice of being searched by a female officer or handing over what she had, the woman surrendered a small amount of a substance she identified as heroin, said police.
The two were taken to Macedonia City Jail.