Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Fake $20 bill used at high school restaurant
Joshua's Restaurant at Stow-Munroe Falls High School fell victim to a counterfeit bill recently. An advisor for the student-run restaurant, which is part of the culinary program at the high school, told Stow Police that someone used a counterfeit $20 bill to pay for their meal. The school was unaware a counterfeit bill had been used until FirstMerit Bank contacted the district about a week after it had been used to notify them of the fake money. It's unclear if police have any suspects. The fake $20 bill was apparently used on April 10 — just a few days after the restaurant reopened following spring break — though it wasn't reported to police until this month.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Stow Officer and Cuyahoga Falls resident Jonathan V. Bastock passed away Feb. 5, 2011.
It is National Police Officer week and the Stow Police Department is remembering their friend Officer Jon Bastock who died in a duty-related death on February 5, 2011. Wednesday is National Peace Officers Day. The Stow Police Department shared a photo on Facebook of Bastock's name which was added on the Police Memorial wall in Judiciary Square in Washington, D.C. in May 2012. "President John F. Kennedy established May 15 as Police Memorial Day and the week in which it falls is Police Memorial Week a time in which all officers across the country cover their badges with black bands to honor those officers who have given their lives in the line of duty," Police Chief Louis Dirker previously said. Click here for all of Patch's stories …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Council holds first hearing on proposed 0.25 percent income tax increase for law enforcement purposes
It will be at least another month before voters in Stow know if they'll see a 0.25 percent income tax increase on the November ballot to pay to put cops in schools. Stow City Council talked at length, and with some heated exchanges, Thursday about the recommendation from Stow Mayor Sara Drew's Safety Task Force to put the tax increase on the ballot in order to put Stow Police Department school resource officers in each of the Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools nine buildings. An at times standing room only crowd — comprised of police officers, school children and parents — listened as council's committee of the whole debated the issue and whether or not council should vote to put it before the voters for the ultimate decision on the tax …
More landscape equipment reported stolen in Stow
As the warm weather brings out numerous landscapers, so too has summer-like weather brought thieves looking to steal their equipment. Another landscape company reported equipment stolen to the Stow Police Department Monday. An employee with Lamphears Lawn Service told police that while the company's landscape rig was parked in a business lot in the 3500 block of Hudson Drive someone stole two pieces of equipment. The employee told police that someone took a Stihl string trimmer valued at $350 and a Stihl backpack-style leaf blower valued at $500. Late last month, a Stow lawncare company told police someone stole a $10,000 commercial lawn mower from one if its landscape trailers. A third grounds maintenance company told police that a weed …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Copper piping stolen from property
Another Stow house has become the victim of copper thieves. An agent for Countrywide Home Loans reported to Stow Police that someone broke into the house at 4795 Fishcreek Road and used a saw to cut out the structure's copper piping. Thieves caused an estimated $1,500 in damage, according to Stow Police. Scrap yards in Northeast Ohio are paying anywhere from $2 to $3 per pound and up for scrap copper. The property is vacant, as it's in the midst of foreclosure proceedings. The house is set for sheriff's auction in September, according to the Summit County Sheriff's Office. In late March, thieves hit a vacant house on Meadowbrook Boulevard and ripped the copper piping from its walls.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Two men charged in Mac Drive meth explosion permitted release with conditions
The two men charged with making meth after an explosion at a Mac Drive duplex last month have been permitted release from jail on bond. Stow Municipal Court Judge Lisa Coates modified bond conditions this week for Brandon C. Davis and Stephen J. Scott, both of whom were arrested after a meth lab exploded in their duplex at 1442 Mac Drive on April 17. Coates changed their bond Tuesday so that each could be released on a $10,000 bond with the conditions that upon their release they be monitored by a GPS tracking device, they live with their father and abstain from using drugs or alcohol, according to Stow Municipal Court Clerk of Courts online records. Both men were injured in the meth blast and were initially taken to the burn unit at Akron…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Landscape companies in Stow report thefts right from their mowing trailers
Two area landscape companies were robbed of thousands of dollars in equipment recently while working in Stow. An employee of O'Bryan's Grounds Maintenance, based in Stow, told police that someone stole a commercial lawn mower right off the company trailer while workers mowed a Stow business. The employee told police the theft happened while they were mowing the entrance to King's Mill Boulevard on Thursday. Someone actually moved a lawn mower off the trailer to get access to a Wright zero-turn lawn mower, which was then stolen right from the equipment trailer, according to police. The 2007-model mower is valued at $10,000. Another firm, HD Property Preservation out of Rittman, OH, told Stow Police that someone stole a gas trimmer right …
City moves forward with plans to sue Akron woman over breach of contract
The family of an Akron woman who sued the city of Stow after being tasered by a Stow police officer asked the city to stop its counter suit over an alleged breach of contract. Joan and Roger Lash, the grandparents of Chelsea Garrett, who recently settled a court case with the city of Stow for $100,000 over her being tased in November 2011, asked members of Stow City Council recently not to move forward with plans to sue their granddaughter for breach of contract. City officials have said Garrett violated a non-disclosure agreement by appearing in a TV news interview and publicly disclosing the dollar amount in the settlement. Joan Lash said the incident has been a nightmare for her entire family and nearly destroyed Garrett and her mother…
Friday, April 19, 2013
Stow, Middlefield men injured in blast
No charges have been filed in a meth lab explosion on Mac Drive Wednesday evening. Stow Police Chief Louis Dirker said charges are pending further investigation into the explosion, which sent two men to the Akron Children's Hospital Burn Unit for treatment. Dirker said in a press release that 29-year-old Stow man and a 28-year-old Middlefield, OH, man were injured in the explosion, which happened at about 8 p.m. Wednesday in a duplex at 1442 Mac Drive. The men's names were not released. The men sustained burns to their hands, feet and face, our news partner at WEWS Channel 5 reports. The meth lab was in a back bathroom. Police responded after getting multiple 911 calls from neighbors on Mac Drive about the explosion, which caused visible …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Graffiti spray painted on exterior of storage building
For the second time in less than a month a Stow park has been vandalized and covered in graffiti. Stow Parks and Recreation employees reported finding graffiti covering the east wall and garage door of the Stow Soccer Club building at Oregon Trail Park this weekend. Parks employees told Stow Police the vandalism likely happened some time between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. The damage is estimated at $1,000. At the tail end of March parks employees found about $500 in damage at Stow Kids Playground, which sustained graffiti and other damage. Parks haven't been the only victims. Several residential and commercial properties in Stow have reported finding crude graffiti spray painted on structures in the past few months.