Monday, April 29, 2013
Con artists have been busy in Fairlawn and Bath with some clever crimes
A series of unrelated scams has been reported in the area in the last few weeks -- some of them crafty enough to fool residents and local employees, at least for awhile. Some examples: • A man claiming to work for a distributor went into at least two Giant Eagle stores saying he needed to check the inventory for expired beer. He walked out of each with several cases of Corona and Miller Lite. • A woman went into a Bath business claiming she was owed a refund for drinks she'd purchased earlier. She claimed she'd spoken with another employee who told her to stop back in to get her money. • A Fairlawn man was conned out of more than $11,000 when someone called to say his nephew was in trouble in Bolivia. • A woman returned a DVD player to …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Here are some of the weirdest police reports and incidents from departments across the region
Here are this week's most bizarre police reports. All information was provided by police reports from departments in Patch communities. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction. Crafty Scam Nets Thief Cases of Beer A man has hit two Giant Eagle stores in Fairlawn with a scam that allowed him to walk out with multiple cases of free beer. According to the report, the man identified himself to the manager as a Tramonte Distributing employee who had come to inventory the shelves for outdated beer. He went into the cooler and loaded six cases of Miller Lite, plus a six-pack of Miller Lite, into a shopping cart, then wheeled it out to his car and left. The manager realized it was a scam when the other Giant Eagle…
Here's what's happening in Fairlawn and Bath
A wrap-up of new from the week: Shoplifter loads up -- A woman flees a store with 43 items hidden in her coat. Resident loses thousands to con artists -- A man falls victim to a brutal scam. Community Garage Sale -- Bath to repeat successful event this year. Bath goes green -- The township is looking for input on whether to treat its athletic fields with organic fertilizer. Crafty scam -- A man finds a simple way to con stores out of beer.
Monday, April 22, 2013
The following information was provided by the Fairlawn Police Department
An Akron woman was arrested for theft by deception April 12 after allegedly trying to put one over on employees at Walgreens. A report said the woman went to the store April 6 to return a Sony DVD player valued at $40. The store credited the woman's debit card for the purchase price. After she left, though, they discovered the box didn't contain a Sony player, but one manufactured by GPX, the report said. The woman returned to the store April 12, and alert employees spotted her and called police. Wallet Stolen A woman told police someone apparently lifted her wallet from her purse while she was at work April 12. A report said the woman put her purse in a locker at the West Market Street office about 4:30 p.m., used her wallet about 7:30…
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Here's what's been going on in Bath and Fairlawn
Here are some of the stories from Bath Township and Fairlawn this week: Per-pupil spending -- An interactive database shows how much money each school district spends on students. Fires in Fairlawn -- Firefighters from several communities respond to an office building blaze. A few days later, a car and carport are damaged by a fire at an apartment building. New business -- Valvoline Instant Oil Change seeks to build in Fairlawn. Unusual robbery -- Fairlawn police report a man robs a cashier with a note on a napkin. Fleeing driver crashes -- Fairlawn police rescue two people from a burning SUV after the driver flees from officers, loses control, hits other vehicles and flips over.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Here's what's been happening in Fairlawn and Bath
Here's a wrap-up of news stories from Fairlawn and Bath this week: Split vote on service director -- Bath Township trustees disagree on who should take over the job. Walmart changes plans -- New site plans for moving the superstore from Fairlawn are submitted to Copley Township. Bath resident convicted of felony -- A landlord falsified court documents, judge rules. New principal -- Copley High School has a new leader. Bath outlines project for 2013 -- The township's budget includes some major purchases.
Monday, March 11, 2013
An imposter identifying himself as Capt. Jack Dembrowski has called residents in Bath, Copley and Fairlawn to glean information about bank accounts and valuables.
Police reports continue to come in regarding a fake cop who refers to himself as Capt. Jack Dembrowski. Here's what Richfield police had to say Monday on Facebook to help warn the public: Residents of Bath, Copley and Fairlawn have been getting calls from a man who identifies himself as Captain Jack Dembrowski, a local law enforcement officer. “Captain Dembrowski” claims that someone stole a large amount of money from their account and asks for personal information, including where the jewelry, money and guns are in their house. He has even threatened to get a search warrant if the resident refuses to answer his questions. Captain Jack Dembrowski does not exist. Anyone who receives this call should hang up and notify the police department…
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Here's what's been going on in Fairlawn and Bath
A wrap-up of news from the last week: Police warn of scam -- Bath Police Chief Mike McNeely says people are calling and asking odd questions. Unique race planned -- Bath Township is organizing a first-ever steeplechase run this year. Hidden in Plain Sight -- Police will show parents how to spot clues in their teens' bedrooms of improper activities. Bullet casing found in school bus -- A .22-cal. casing turned up on the floor of the bus at Bath Elementary. Dangerous job -- A clerk at Macy's got a surprise when she confronted a suspected shoplifter.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
The following was obtained from a Fairlawn police report dated Feb. 25. It does not indicate a conviction.
On Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m., a Macy's clerk watched a suspected thief walk out of the men's fitting room with one pair of jeans after walking in with two. The clerk quickly canvassed the fitting room, finding only a torn off price tag, according to the Fairlawn police report. As the man tried to leave the store, she confronted him, and, during a brief struggle, he reportedly punched her in the chest. He then fled to the parking lot and sped off in a red Kia Spectra. Five Fairlawn police cruisers were dispatched to the scene, but were unable to locate the man. The incident is under investigation.
Friday, February 22, 2013
The following was obtained from a Feb. 16 Fairlawn police report. It does not indicate a conviction.
A Radio Shack clerk alerted Fairlawn police on Feb. 16 after he reportedly watched Eugene R. Chamberlain leave the store with over $1,000 in stolen merchandise. Chamberlain -- a former employee of the Radio Shack in Alliance -- was also allegedly caught stealing at a Radio Shack in Stow earlier in the day. According to the Fairlawn police report, he was confronted by an employee, handed back the stolen items and was allowed to leave. Chamberlain was caught in Alliance on Feb. 17 after an arrest warrant was issued. He was transported to Summit County Jail, was released on bond, and is awaiting trial. Chamberlain, 42, of Alliance, is charged with theft, a fifth-degree felony.