A 42-year-old Barberton woman was arrested and charged with obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor, and receiving stolen property, a first-degree misdemeanor, June 16.

According to police, the woman attempted to cash a stolen check for $450 at a Howe Avenue business at 6:37 p.m. The check had been reported stolen out of Tallmadge.

When police arrived, the woman left the store and walked to her car. As police were interviewing the clerks, they identified the suspect as the woman who had just left the business.

Police exited the building and saw the woman running in the parking lot toward her car. She continued running as police told her to stop, eventually reaching her car and putting her vehicle in gear.

Police advised her she was under arrest, but the woman attempted to flee the scene by putting the car in gear. Then police used a Taser on the woman, who put the car in reverse, traveling approximately 30 feet on the process, and then neutral. Police arrested the woman when the car stopped moving.

No injuries were reported.


June 11 -- Radios taken: An employee at a Front Street business reported someone broke into several cars in the business' lot and took the radios between 3 p.m. June 9 and June 11. Total worth estimated for the damage and theft was $2,000. Police said they are investigating.

June 17 -- Party crasher: A 50-year-old Cuyahoga Falls man was arrested and charged with theft, a first-degree misdemeanor, after the manager of a State Road business found that the man had entered a private party at the business without paying and took approximately $50 worth of food at 10:55 p.m. According to police, the party was by invitation-only with guests wearing wristbands to show they had paid. Guests told police the man, who had been asked to leave once before, had left the party with a plate filled with more than $50 worth of catfish. Police traced the man to a nearby hotel, where the found him with an empty plate of catfish.

June 17 -- Gun taken, hawked: A 19-year-old Cuyahoga Falls man was arrested and charged with theft after his mother reported he took a 9 mm handgun from their Anderson Road home and sold it without permission. According to police, the son admitted to taking the handgun and selling it.


June 17 -- No more television: A Cuyahoga Falls woman reported someone entered her 20th Street home in an unknown manner between June 11 and 17 and removed a 52-inch plasma television valued at $3,500. Police reported no signs of forced entry and said there is a suspect.

Breaking and entering

June 11 -- CDs, boxing gloves missing: A Cuyahoga Falls man reported someone broke into his unattached garage of his Beacon Hill apartment between noon June 9 and 7 p.m. June 11 and took 24 CDs and a pair of boxing gloves. Loss was estimated at $400. Police said the case remains open.

June 16 -- Bicycle taken: A Cuyahoga Falls woman reported that someone entered the breezeway attached to her Roosevelt Avenue home between 10:30 p.m. June 15 and 8 a.m. June 16 and took her son's bicycle valued at $205. Police reported no leads or suspects.

Attempted robbery

June 11 -- Woman accosted: A Cuyahoga Falls woman reported that while she was taking out the trash of a State Road business at 10:23 p.m., she was grabbed from behind by a man she did not know. She was able to escape and ran into the business where she called police. The woman reported no injuries. The woman described her attacker as a black male wearing a jeans jacket and a ski mask who was in his late 20s, approximately 6 feet and of slender build. Police are investigating.


June 16 -- Check allegedly false: A 35-year-old Akron woman was arrested and charged with forgery, a fifth-degree felony, after an employee of a Howe Avenue store reported the woman attempted to use a counterfeit $500 traveler's check at the store at noon.

Criminal damage

June 16 -- Toilet on fire: Police responded to a call of a fire at Preston Elementary School and arrived to see a portable toilet on fire. The fire department responded and extinguished the blaze. According to the report, the toilet was located near the back of the basketball courts by Taylor Avenue and was completely destroyed. Damage was estimated at $200. Police said they are pursuing suspects.

June 18 -- School damaged: An employee with the Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy reported someone caused more than $750 worth of damage at the school between 5 p.m. June 17 and 7 a.m. June 18. The suspect cut a garden hose into multiple pieces, egged the building, cut down a maple tree and cut down a birch tree. Police said the case remains open.

Motor vehicle theft

June 14 -- Van taken from lot: A 54-year-old Cuyahoga Falls man reported someone took his locked van from a Prange Drive parking lot between 10 p.m. June 14 and 5:58 a.m. June 15. The man described the van as white over gray with an extended top and a V-shaped antenna and had a wheelchair access and a lift. Theft is estimated at $6,000. Police reported no leads or suspects.


June 15 -- Down the drain: An 18-year-old Cuyahoga Falls woman was arrested and charged with complicity, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, after police reported she directed a 17-year-old boy to pour two quarts of used motor oil into the storm sewer at Center Avenue and Liberty Street at 2:50 p.m. The boy was arrested and charged with littering, a third-degree misdemeanor.

Police arrested the two after responding to a call of a suspicious person in the area.

Domestic violence

June 15 -- Woman treated after assault: A 42-year-old Cuyahoga Falls man was arrested and charged with domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor, after a Cuyahoga Falls woman said he threw her against the wall of their home, pulled her hair and pulled her across the floor by her leg. The woman sustained cuts to her arm and was taken to Akron General Hospital for treatment.

June 18 -- Woman reports assault: A 25-year-old Cuyahoga Falls man was arrested and charged with domestic violence, a third-degree felony, after a Cuyahoga Falls woman reported he punched her in the mouth while at their home. The woman declined medical attention.

Police News is a random sampling of events responded to by the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list.