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West Side Neighborhood Watch

4/26/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported in the following locations: the 700 block of Ardmore Avenue between April 10 and 23; the 100 block of Manor Road between April 11 and 17; the 1600 block of Liberty Drive April 12; the 1000 block of South Hawkins Avenue between April 15 and 17; the 800 block of Frederick Boulevard April 17; the 400 block of Madison Avenue April 17; the 1700 block of Wiltshire Road between April 17 and 18; the 1000 block of Hemlock Hills Drive April 18; the 900 block of Stadelman Avenue April 19; the 1700 block of Treetop Trail April 19; the 100 block of Corson Avenue April 19; a second location in the 700 block of Ardmore Avenue April 19; the 100 block of Aqueduct Street April 20; a third location in the 700 block of Ardmore Avenue between April 20 and 23; the 1000 block of Winhurst Drive April 21; the 400 block of North Hawkins Avenue April 21; the 100 block of Nome Avenue April 22; the 1300 block of Weathervane Lane April 23; and the first block of Oakdale Avenue April 23.

An 18-year-old South Akron male was charged with felony burglary and obstructing official business April 13. He reportedly was observed in the rear of a Hollinger Avenue location with items stolen from a residence in the 100 block of Dodge Avenue.

On April 15 at about 6:30 a.m., officers responded to a house fire in the 200 block of Storer Avenue. Neighbors reported they heard the occupant on the roof of the house yelling and screaming. The suspect was found hiding at the rear of the house, naked, with smoke inhalation and injuries to his lower legs from jumping off the roof. He reportedly admitted he set the fire while he was burning pictures of his wife. He was transported to Akron General Medical Center, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

A North Akron man was arrested April 17 after officers investigated a suspicious person in the 400 block of Fernwood Drive. The suspect was arrested for tampering with evidence, possession of drugs, resisting arrest and having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle after he reportedly swallowed cocaine and fought with officers.

On April 19, a vacant house in the 900 block of Storer Avenue was destroyed by a fire, which officers deemed to have been intentionally set. Neighbors reported the unsecured house was often entered by drug users and vagrants.

A West Akron woman was charged with felonious assault and domestic violence after she allegedly stabbed the victim with a screwdriver in the 800 block of West Exchange Street April 20. The victim reported the incident two days later.

Anyone with information about any of the above incidents is asked to call the Akron Police Department at 330-375-2490. Anonymous tips also may be submitted at akron ohio.gov/asp/tip.html.

BATH: Police patrolling Montrose April 14 stopped a driver who reportedly ran a red light at the intersection of Cleveland-Massillon Road and state Route 18 and noticed an odor of marijuana in the vehicle. The driver was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and released with a court summons after a consent search of the vehicle revealed a drug pipe.

A driver stopped for lane violations on Crystal Lake Road and Embassy Parkway April 15 failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released with a court summons. His BAC tested .169.

On April 16, officers responded to calls of an impaired driver on Interstate 77 and stopped the man after he reportedly made an illegal left turn from the state Route 18 exit ramp and committed several lane violations afterward. He failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for DUI and driving under a DUI suspension, and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A Granger Road man reported April 17 that a bearded white man wearing a red hat, sweatshirt and camouflage pants rode the victim’s tractor to the rear of his property and attempted to hook it to a tiller and steal both. He fled when confronted by the property owner.

Someone stole a backpack blower from a landscaping trailer parked in a Revere Road lot between 1:50 and 2:30 p.m. April 17.

Police have identified a female in connection with an incident at a Montrose store April 18 after she allegedly stole two purses. An employee confronted her outside the store, and the female shoved the victim and fled in a white Mercedes. Officers traced the vehicle’s license number and are seeking the person.

Officers patrolling North Cleveland-Massillon Road April 18 observed a man lying near the roadway holding a handgun. Police confirmed the weapon was a pellet gun and took the man to the police station, where they held the weapon and released him to a family member.

A Bath Road resident reported April 19 that the driver of a Ford vehicle struck and damaged a mailbox outside the residence and continued driving east.

On April 19, officers observed a suspicious vehicle parked in a cul-de-sac on Spring Valley Road and interviewed two juvenile male occupants regarding the odor of marijuana in the vehicle. A consent search of the vehicle revealed synthetic marijuana and 12 Ritalin tablets. One youth admitted ownership of the contraband and was charged with possession of and trafficking in drugs and taken to a juvenile detention center.

COPLEY: Reports of incidents occurring between April 10 and April 23 were not available and will appear in next week’s police reports.

FAIRLAWN: A Kenridge Road woman reported April 16 that an unknown person stole her bicycle from an unsecured garage.

On April 17, a supervisor of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road medical facility reported two narcotic transdermal pain patches were missing from a shipment of drugs received at the facility April 4. Pharmacists at the Cleveland pharmacy where the drugs were shipped said the patches were included in the shipment. Police are investigating.

An Akron man was arrested for shoplifting two packages of steaks totaling $58 from a West Market Street grocery store April 17 by concealing them under his shirt. The man was released with a court summons, and the merchandise was returned to the store.

Police responded to a report of assault outside a Montrose music store April 19 and arrived to find two victims, a Copley woman and an Akron man, who said the three people fled before officers arrived. Police spotted their vehicle parked in a mall lot, but they split up when they saw police. Officers followed and stopped two of them, both from Akron, and arrested them for assault. A juvenile female was given a court summons and released to her mother. An 18-year-old male was incarcerated in the Summit County Jail and police are seeking a third person.

A shopper reported she placed her cell phone on a counter while she tried shoes on at a mall store April 19, and the phone was stolen. She identified two women who were in the store at the time, and mall security agents stopped the two, but they refused to cooperate. Police were notified April 21 that they were in the same store, but they left before police arrived. The victim’s phone was found in the pocket of a garment one woman tried on that day. Police are working to identify them.

April 22, a Ridgewood Road woman called police regarding a domestic disturbance. Officers arrived to find the victim’s live-in boyfriend had left with the couple’s two children. The victim stated the two got into a shoving match at a bar and continued arguing when they got home. She had no visible injuries, and police advised her to contact them when the man returned.

Someone smashed the window of a vehicle outside a Morewood Road residence in the early hours of April 22.

Around 7 p.m. April 22, police responded to a call that five males were smoking marijuana in the shelter at Croghan Park. Officers pursued them as they left the park on foot, ran behind buildings and through the neighborhood to a West Market Street fast-food restaurant, where some of them entered while two others went back to the park to get a vehicle and pick up the others. Police observed them walk to a building near the park, then go back to the vehicle, where they saw the officers. One person admitted possession of the marijuana and said he hid it outside the building, where officers found it. He was charged with possession of drugs and released with a court summons.

NORTON: Police are investigating an incident at a Whipple Avenue business April 13, when the owner reported someone placed a large amount of dirt in the gas tank of a work truck parked in a secured garage inside a fenced area. A mechanic told the truck owner there was mud in the tank and fuel lines of the vehicle, and the damage totaled $7,000.

Officers patrolling Wadsworth Road at 3 a.m. April 13 stopped a driver for lane violations. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. His BAC tested .107.

A Wadsworth Road woman reported April 14 that someone vandalized her property.

Employees of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road gas station reported April 14 that a highly intoxicated man and a woman stole two 24-ounce cans of beer and fled on foot. While officers were investigating, a motorist reported two intoxicated people were impeding traffic on Easton Road. Police located the woman and recovered a can of beer, which she said the man stole. She told police she had been driving to the gas station when the car ran out of gas and the two walked there. She was arrested for DUI and driving under suspension. A motorist reported a man was lying in the roadway on Clubview Drive, and police woke him and recovered the other stolen can of beer. Both the Norton woman and the Barberton man were charged with theft and disorderly conduct by intoxication.

A Homeworth woman stopped for lane violations on Interstate 76 at 3:21 a.m. April 14 failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. Her BAC tested .178.

A Hametown Road man reported April 14 that he mailed a personal check for $364.56 to a financial institution to pay a bill, and he learned the check was cashed but it never reached the financial institution.

On April 15, a landscaper reported he left his cell phone on the bumper of his car at a Wadsworth Road job site and drove off. The phone was recovered by someone, who answered the phone when the victim called it. The person told the victim where he found the phone but refused to return it. Police called the number several times and left a voice message for the suspect to contact them.

Officers patrolling South Cleveland-Massillon Road at 2:15 a.m. April 15 stopped a Canton man for speeding, lane violations and running a red light. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and driving under suspension.

Police responded to a call of a verbal argument between a male and female in a vehicle on Knollbrook Drive April 16. The female experienced breathing difficulty, and she was treated by Norton EMS and released to a family member.

A Barberton man was arrested for deception to obtain dangerous drugs and taken to the Summit County Jail April 18 after he reportedly took a false prescription (which had been photocopied) to a Greenwich Road pharmacy and obtained 150 oxycodone tablets. After he left, employees determined the prescription had been copied and notified police, who called the physician and verified it was fraudulent.

An employee of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road bank reported April 19 that an intoxicated man left the parking lot in a pick-up truck. Police located it in a nearby plaza. The driver failed a field sobriety test, and the Copley man was charged with DUI and released on bond. His BAC tested .238.

RICHFIELD: A motorist reported he was driving home on Broadview Road April 7 when he saw a white pick-up truck in a ditch and an older man attempting to climb out of the ditch. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle or the man.

Police patrolling Broadview Road at 2:15 a.m. April 9 observed two males who ran from the cruiser when officers spotlighted them. Following a foot pursuit, police located one male as he attempted to go under a fence at Emerald Road. The second male was located as he rounded a fence near Broadview Road. Police observed Easter decorations on the ground near where the males were located. The two juveniles were identified and released to their parents. Charges were pending completion of an investigation.

Employees at a Brecksville Road travel center reported April 11 that a male who was bleeding from a head wound drove a heavily damaged vehicle up to the gas pumps. He left before officers arrived, but police located him on Broadview Road. He told officers the vehicle damage and head wound occurred at his home, and he drove the vehicle to a hotel, where EMS responded and the man refused medical help. Police contacted his family members, who said no police assistance was necessary.

Two females staying at a Brecksville Road motel reported April 7 that they were driving a vehicle from New York to Texas, and they stopped at the motel for a nap. They said they parked their SUV at 3 p.m. and woke at 9:30 p.m. to find it had been stolen. Police spoke to a desk clerk, who said the women did not drive to the motel and that they were actually dropped off by two males in an SUV fitting the description of the one they reported stolen. Following an investigation, detectives determined one of the females had been sending text messages to the males in question, and the females were released to police in Macedonia, who were seeking them for questioning following the theft of the SUV from a shopping center. On April 13, detectives in Richfield learned the two males had been arrested in New York for bank robbery and the license plates from the stolen SUV were located in Mahoning County.

Also on that day, police were called to a domestic disturbance at a Broadview Road residence, where a man reported he argued with his girlfriend, who scratched his eye and poured water on him. The woman told officers her boyfriend came home drunk and she was defending herself against his aggressive behavior. Due to conflicting information, no charges were filed, and the two agreed to separate for the night.

A Thistle Court woman reported April 14 that her ex-boyfriend was pounding on her door and he refused to leave. The Walton Hills man told police he only wanted to talk to her. He was advised to leave and that he could be arrested if he returned. 

The Akron police reports were compiled by Stephanie Kist, and the remainder were compiled by Maggie DeMellier.

Editor’s note: The police reports provided here are a sampling of those filed with each community’s police departments. For questions related to the reports we’ve included or others we have not, call the West Side Leader at 330-665-9595. To provide information on an alleged criminal act noted in this week’s report, call the local police department.

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