West Side Neighborhood Watch
WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 1400 block of West Market Street June 2; the 600 block of North Hawkins Avenue between June 7 and 8; the 300 block of Harcourt Drive between June 8 and 11; the 1100 block of Valdes Avenue between June 8 and 15; the 100 block of Hurlburt Avenue between June 9 and 10; the 300 block of Noah Avenue between June 10 and 11; the 100 block of Neal Court June 10; the 1300 block of Weathervane Lane June 10; the 100 block of South Portage Path June 13; the 100 block of North Valley Street June 13; the 500 block of Weber Avenue June 13; the 900 block of Bye Street June 15; the 900 block of Jefferson Avenue between June 15 and 16; the 700 block of Grace Avenue June 16; the 100 block of Hurlburt Avenue June 16; the 1200 block Dewitt Drive between June 16 and 17; and the 600 block of Madison Avenue June 18.
A 49-year-old Ellet man was charged with receiving stolen property, willful fleeing, obstructing official business and resisting arrest June 15. The man led police officers on a vehicle chase after they attempted to pull him over for a traffic stop. He eventually crashed into a tree and ran from the vehicle, according to officers. The man was apprehended on Copley Road at Grace Avenue, but he continued to resist officers until he was placed in handcuffs, according to the report. Officers discovered the vehicle had been stolen from the 100 block of Dodge Avenue.
Also June 15, an elderly North Firestone Boulevard couple was robbed at about 8:30 a.m. as they sat in their garage. A man with a handgun approached them, ordered them into the house and allegedly threatened to kill them if they did not give him jewelry and keys to their Chrysler minivan. The suspect then fled with the items, and the couple called police, who broadcast a bulletin about the man and the missing vehicle. An officer on patrol spotted the van in a parking lot at Crosby and Gayle streets about 20 minutes later, and other police officers responded to help locate the 33-year-old suspect, who was found in a nearby apartment with the missing jewelry. The gun also was recovered. The suspect was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery, kidnapping and have a weapon under disability due to previous felony convictions.
Officers charged a 25-year-old Lane-Wooster neighborhood man with breaking and entering, possessing criminal tools and obstructing official business June 18. Officers were called to the 600 block of Madison Avenue regarding a burglary. The home was found to be vacant, but while checking the perimeter, officers heard someone inside. According to the police report, the man ran out of the north side of the home and was apprehended after a short foot chase. Officers noted the man was in possession of a flashlight and wearing one glove.
A 19-year-old Lane-Wooster neighborhood man was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, having weapons under disability and improper handling of a motor vehicle June 19. The man was pulled over on the 400 block of West Market Street for running a stop sign at the intersection of Crosby and South Balch streets. A loaded gun reportedly was found on the passenger seat.
BATH: On June 8, police responded to a report of an erratic driver who drove into the parking lot of a rest area on Interstate 77 and ran over a curb. The driver failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia found in the vehicle. Her BAC tested .228.
Police investigated a June 9 report filed by a Spring Valley Drive woman who said someone used her debit card information to make purchases totaling $708.
A Springcrest Drive woman reported June 9 that an unknown person obtained her debit card information and used it to make purchases in Texas May 6 and 7. She said she was in possession of the card, which she last used May 6 at a fast-food restaurant in Merriman Valley.
On June 9, employees of a Montrose market reported a man who had been banned from the store was there. Police located the man in the area, and he admitted he had been in the store. He was charged with criminal trespassing and released with a court summons.
A Robinwood Hills Drive resident reported June 10 that an unknown driver ran off the road during the previous night and knocked his mailbox into a neighbor’s yard. Police recovered several small vehicle parts from the scene.
Following a registration check of a vehicle at the intersection of Sand Run and Smith roads June 11, police arrested the driver on a warrant and released him to the Akron Police Department.
Officers patrolling Medina Road at 1:22 a.m. June 12 stopped a driver for a traffic violation near the intersection with I-77. She failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released with a court summons. Her BAC tested .097.
On June 13, police investigated a report of a suspicious person in the area of Idlebrook and Harvest drives and arrested a man who admitted he was selling magazines without a permit for solicitation. He was released with a court summons.
Police shot and killed a sick raccoon at a location on Pine Point Drive June 13.
A man who was selling magazines door-to-door on Springwater and Ghent Ridge roads June 13 was arrested for soliciting without a permit and released with a court summons.
Officers went to an Olentangy Drive residence June 13, arrested a man on a warrant for failure to appear in court and released him with a court summons.
COPLEY: At 2:36 a.m. June 4, police patrolling Copley Meadows Drive observed a vehicle with no license plates and no lights sitting in the roadway. Officers questioned two Akron women in the vehicle, and the driver provided several accounts of where they had been. She also said the car, which belonged to her brother, ran out of gas and the license plate had been stolen. Neither woman had a valid driver’s license, and the vehicle, which was registered to a Parma man they then said they did not know, was towed from the scene. The driver was charged with driving under suspension.
A Jacoby Road resident reported someone stole a Japanese maple tree from the resident’s garden the night of June 4.
Police stopped an Akron woman for driving a vehicle with no front license plate 37 mph on a 25-mph highway ramp June 4. The driver and two passengers reportedly became verbally abusive to officers, shouting profanity. The driver refused to sign her citations at first but then agreed to sign them and said she would speak to the officers’ supervisor.
Officers patrolling Collier Road June 4 stopped an Akron man for driving a vehicle with no license plates. Both the driver and passenger were under numerous license suspensions, and the passenger was wanted on warrants in Wayne County, Massillon and Akron. He was released to the Akron Police Department, and the driver was charged with driving under suspension and released with a court summons.
Someone entered an unlocked vehicle in the driveway of a Weatherstone Court residence June 5 and stole two pairs of men’s basketball shoes, a basketball and cash.
On June 6, police went to a Brookwall Drive business, arrested an employee on a warrant for failure to appear in court and took him to the Barberton Jail.
A Hametown Road woman reported June 8 that someone used her credit card numbers to make a $400 purchase at a Rothrock Road store.
An Akron dispatcher relayed a 9-1-1 call mistakenly routed to Akron from a Glenhaven Avenue location at 5 a.m. June 9. Police went to the residence, where a woman reported she and her boyfriend had an argument and she went to sleep. He then allegedly awoke her and assaulted her, and she locked herself in a bathroom and used an old cell phone to call 9-1-1. She said he attempted to break into the bathroom, but when he learned she had called police, he took her dog and left. The victim was treated for an eye injury and police signed a warrant for the arrest of the suspect on charges of domestic violence. A neighbor found the dog.
Police were called to a location on Coon Road the night of June 9, when a vehicle was sitting in the road and a man appeared to have passed out inside the vehicle. When attempts to awaken him were unsuccessful, EMS workers broke into the vehicle and woke the Canton man, who said he had been drinking before driving home from Cleveland on Interstate 77, and he pulled off the road because he was too sleepy to drive. His father, who had been called when police first found the vehicle, arrived at the scene. The father was charged with driving under suspension and both cars were towed from the scene. They arranged for a ride home.
On June 9, the vice president of a restaurant chain reported two signs totaling $205 were stolen from outside the restaurant.
Two people reported a 16-year-old male found behind their residence June 9 threatened them when they questioned him. The male told them his age and said he was visiting a friend in the area. He was carrying two rolls of toilet paper and a football when he parked his bike beside a trash receptacle at the rear of the property. The two residents said they advised him he was on private property without permission, and the male threatened to come to their homes and assault them.
Officers patrolling Minor Road the evening of June 10 observed a male standing on a bridge, two males swimming in Barberton Reservoir and one man fishing there. Police spoke to them, and they reportedly admitted they had been jumping off the bridge into the water to swim. All four suspects were charged with criminal trespassing. Two adults and one juvenile were from Copley. The other juvenile was from Richfield.
FAIRLAWN: The manager of a Montrose shopping club store reported June 7 that a woman stole a $368 TV and the incident was captured on video footage, which she showed to police. According to the manager, who signed theft charges, the same woman stole a TV from the Stow store. Police are seeking her. A Fairlawn woman who accompanied her was not charged.
On June 8, a woman reported jewelry worth more than $12,000 was missing from a locked desk in her sister’s room at a Smith Road residential facility. Detectives are investigating.
Security officers at a West Market Street mall called police June 8 to request that two Akron females be banned from the mall for six months and indefinitely banned from a store after they allegedly harassed a store employee. Officers held one on several warrants and released her to the Beachwood Police Department.
On June 8, a Court Drive woman reported someone has been calling her regarding a debt they claim her deceased husband incurred. The victim said there are no such debts, and police advised her to contact the Ohio Attorney General and keep a log of the calls.
Employees at a West Market Street discount department store reported June 9 that a man who has been banned from the store after harassing a female employee repeatedly called the store demanding to speak to her. One phone operator said the suspect used obscene language, made threats to harm her and kill the employee, to whom he asked to speak, and he refused to stop calling. Police signed warrants for the suspect’s arrest for communication harassment and menacing, and Akron police officers arrested him that evening.
A Copley man was arrested for theft June 10 after security agents at a Montrose discount store reported he concealed a $40 electronic item and left the store without paying for it. He was released with a court summons.
Security agents at a West Market Street discount store reported June 10 that a man placed two air conditioner units in a cart and pushed it out of the store without paying for the items. When employees confronted him outside the store, he abandoned the cart and got into the passenger seat of a vehicle, which sped away. Police stopped the vehicle, and the store employees identified the suspect, who was charged with theft. He was additionally charged with forgery when police found checks belonging to his deceased grandfather in his possession during his arrest. One check dated the same day had been written for $169.34, and he had signed his grandfather’s name on it. He was taken to the Summit County Jail.
Police investigated the burglary of a Chamberlain Road residence June 10, when someone broke a door and deadbolt to enter and steal a TV, DVD player and other items totaling more than $1,000.
On June 11, employees of a West Market Street discount store reported a shoplifter leaving the store. Employees stopped the Ravenna woman, who denied opening two boxes and concealing the contents. Police provided Miranda warnings to the suspect, who admitted taking the items and agreed to go into the store with a female officer and retrieve the merchandise. She was charged with theft and possession of drug abuse instruments found in the vehicle and released to the Stow Police Department on a warrant.
A Wadsworth man was arrested for theft of a ring used to open beer bottles from a store June 12. He was released with a court summons.
A Richfield man reported someone stole his $1,000 laptop computer from a picnic table at Croghan Park between 3:30 and 3:45 p.m. June 13.
NORTON: Police investigated a report that a bonfire was out of control in the yard of a Wadsworth Road residence June 9. Firefighters extinguished the blaze, which was dangerously close to dry brush. The resident was not home at the time. He returned, and police charged him with violation of regulations on open burning.
A Barberton woman who fled from police at the scene of a structure fire in a residence on Jane Avenue June 9 was arrested on felony warrants and released to Summit County sheriff’s deputies.
Police are seeking someone who used an unknown object to break the window of a Norton Avenue residence June 10.
On June 11, a Wadsworth woman reported she moved from a Hillier Road residence in May, and when she unpacked a plastic container at her new address she discovered a pearl necklace worth $2,000 was missing. She provided names of people who had access to the container at both residences.
A Clark Mill Road woman reported June 12 that someone cashed an unauthorized check for $392 through her bank account.
Officers are investigating the theft of a wheelbarrow and metal cart from outside a gardening business on Barber Road June 12.
A Doylestown woman reported she left her purse, containing a large amount of cash, credit cards, identification and keys, in a shopping cart in a Greenwich Road parking lot June 13 and returned to find it had been stolen.
Police investigated a report of open burning outside a Summit Road residence June 14 and found two juveniles using pots in an attempt to extinguish a mattress fire and a smaller pile of items that were burning. Firefighters extinguished the blazes, and an adult at the residence was charged with open burning.
On June 14, a Barberton woman was charged with misdemeanor child endangering for leaving an infant in a van outside a Greenwich Road grocery store for several minutes when the outside temperature was 86 degrees F.
RICHFIELD: Police responded to a report of a fight between two brothers at a Virginia Drive residence June 5. One man reported his brother initiated the fight and left in a pickup truck. Officers provided the victim with information about obtaining a protection order due to the nature of previous calls to the address.
On June 6, a Ridgeview Drive woman reported a neighbor’s dog entered her yard when she went to get her mail the previous day, and she notified the county dog warden, who contacted the dog owner and advised the dog be contained. On June 8, she reported another neighbor has a kennel outside his residence and four dogs in the kennel bark excessively. She said she filed two reports regarding excessive barking with the dog warden in March.
A Scobie Road man reported June 7 that he received mail from a shopping club stating he needed to provide his Social Security number in order to complete a credit application, which he had not submitted. He contacted the Florida bank that sent the mail and learned that someone used his identity to open an account. Police are investigating.
Officers investigated a report filed by a Southern Road woman who said her brother sent her a threatening text message while she drove home from a visit with her husband at an Ohio prison June 9.
Police patrolling Brecksville Road at 6:45 a.m. June 11 observed a vehicle parked outside a closed restaurant and spoke to a woman sitting in the driver’s seat. She appeared to be intoxicated and told police she was not sure where she was, but she drove there after a fight with her boyfriend at her residence in Akron. She said she did not know his whereabouts. She failed a field sobriety test and police charged her with DUI and possession of a crack pipe found in the vehicle.
An Appleridge Lane woman reported June 14 that someone entered a vehicle outside her residence and stole a satellite radio.
The Akron police reports were compiled by Ariel Hakim, and the remainder were compiled by Maggie DeMellier.
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