West Side Neighborhood Watch
WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported in the following locations: the 200 block of Grand Avenue between July 30 and Aug. 29; the 900 block of Peckham Street between Aug. 27 and 31; the 800 block of Stadelman Avenue between Aug. 30 and Sept. 7; the 900 block of Peckham Street between Aug. 31 and Sept. 2; the 100 block of South Balch Street Aug. 31; the 1800 block of Cromwell Drive Sept. 1; the 2000 block of Akron-Peninsula Road between Sept. 3 and 4; the 100 block of Eastgay Drive between Sept. 4 and 5; the 1000 block of Cordova Avenue Sept. 4; the 1600 block of Diagonal Road Sept. 4; the 1300 block of Weathervane Lane Sept. 4; the 100 block of South Maple Street between Sept. 5 and 6; the 1000 block of Himelright Boulevard Sept. 7; the 1200 block of Juneau Avenue Sept. 7; the 1000 block of Pickford Avenue Sept. 7; the 100 block of Alden Avenue Sept. 8; the 400 block of Bacon Avenue Sept. 8; and the 1300 block of Bellevue Avenue Sept. 8.
A 55-year-old Dominion Drive man was charged with having weapons under disability Sept. 4 for being in possession of a gun.
Also on Sept. 4, a 51-year-old Greenwood Avenue man was charged with having drug paraphernalia and possession of drugs. The man was stopped on his street for a traffic stop, during which officers discovered the illegal items.
Detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred Sept. 4 around 11 p.m. near the intersection of Crosby and South Valley streets. The victim reported he was involved in a physical altercation in the parking lot of a convenience store in the 400 block of West Market Street. After the altercation, the victim was walking eastbound on Crosby Street when he was confronted by two unknown males in a silver sport utility vehicle. The men reportedly fired several shots at the victim before fleeing the area, and officers noted they found shell casings on Crosby Street. The victim was not injured. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department at 330-375-2552.
On Sept. 5 around 12:30 p.m., a 19-year-old male victim reported he was playing video games when someone climbed through a north-side kitchen window of his home in the 900 block of Delia Avenue. Once inside, the suspect, armed with a handgun, reportedly confronted the victim. The victim allegedly grabbed the suspect’s arm, and the suspect fired a shot that struck the living room wall. The suspect then grabbed $100 in cash off a table and fled. The victim was not injured. Detectives are following up on a possible suspect, and the incident remains under investigation.
Detectives also are investigating a robbery that occurred Sept. 5 around 9:30 p.m. on South Highland Avenue. The victim, a 21-year-old male, reported he was walking on South Highland Avenue when he was approached by three males. One of the men allegedly pointed a gun at the victim and told him to get down on his knees while another man took his wallet, keys and cigarettes. According to the police report, the suspects fled northbound on South Highland Avenue toward West Market Street.
Shortly after noon on Sept. 7, an employee of La Chiquita Latinos Market, located at 1448 Copley Road, was robbed at gunpoint. Employees reported a man entered the store, approached the counter and demanded money. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect is an unknown male who was wearing a mask covering his face, a green jacket, dark blue or black jeans and black shoes. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department at 330-375-2552.
On Sept. 7, a 20-year-old Yukon Avenue man was charged with felonious assault. The victim was involved in an argument with the man and left to go home. She started walking home, and the man allegedly followed her. According to the police report, he lifted her off the ground, and following her screams for him to put her down, she ended up on the ground, unconscious. The victim was taken to a hospital, where she was treated for a broken jaw.
A 31-year-old North Howard Street woman was charged with burglary and assault Sept. 8. According to police officers, they were called to the 400 block of Bacon Avenue to respond to a large fight. The victim stated the woman was inside his home damaging property and also bit him. The victim had bite marks on his chest and right bicep, according to the report.
Officers responded to a call regarding a weapons fight in the 400 block of Kling Street Sept. 9. As a result, a 21-year-old Stadelman Avenue man was charged with tampering with evidence, discharging a firearm, using a weapon while intoxicated, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, obstructing official business and aggravated menacing. The man allegedly was intoxicated and engaged in a verbal dispute with Kling Street residents, discharging a gun in the street.
BATH: Police investigated a report that the rear window of a vehicle was broken while it was parked at a North Cleveland-Massillon Road location the night of Aug. 31.
A woman reported she was jogging on Oxbow Road Sept. 4 when she encountered a man walking two dogs that were not on leashes. One dog ran toward her and bit her on the leg. The dog owner was charged with failure to control his dogs.
On Sept. 4, a North Shore Drive man reported he returned from a short trip and discovered the front door of his residence had been forced open and jewelry had been stolen.
The owner of rental property on Oxbow Road reported Sept. 4 a man who leases the property gave him a $1,300 check July 28 and it was returned for insufficient funds. He sent the suspect a 10-day notice but has not received restitution. He asked for documentation only at the time of the report.
Security agents at a Montrose clothing store reported Sept. 6 two females were observed shoplifting. One female reportedly concealed three leather wallets in her purse and the two fled the store. Security agents succeeded in getting the purse and retrieving the merchandise, but the suspects fled. Police found in the suspect’s purse a credit card stolen from an Akron woman, and they were attempting to identify the suspects from the license number of their vehicle.
On Sept. 6, a Revere Middle School official gave police a cell phone found in the possession of a student who reportedly admitted she had stolen it.
The front and rear license plates were stolen from a car advertised for sale and parked in a North Cleveland-Massillon Road lot Sept. 6.
Officers were called to a domestic disturbance at a Green Drive residence Sept. 7, when a woman reported her brother strangled her during an argument at her home, threw her to the floor, punched her in the back and face and fled before police arrived. Officers located him at his Doylestown home, arrested him for domestic violence and took him to the Summit County Jail.
COPLEY: On Aug. 22, police responded to reports of an erratic driver on Interstate 77, observed the driver cross lane lines several times and stopped him at Ridgewood Road. The Akron man failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released with a court summons. He took a cab home and his vehicle was towed.
Detectives are investigating the burglary of an office building on South Cleveland-Massillon Road, where someone entered two offices the night of Aug. 23 and stole $3,200 in computers and accessories from one office and a $1,700 computer from the other.
Employees of a Flight Memorial Drive restaurant reported Aug. 23 a suspicious male was loitering outside the business. Police arrested the Akron man on a warrant and released him to the Barberton Police Department.
A Betula Avenue couple reported they returned from vacation Aug. 25 to find $2,000 in jewelry had been stolen from their residence. Police found no signs of forced entry.
On Aug. 26, three police units responded to a Millhaven Avenue residence, where a woman reported a former male acquaintance called her to say he was outside her residence and would kill her and her infant daughter. Police canvassed the area but did not locate the suspect.
Police patrolling Heritage Woods Drive the evening of Aug. 26 observed a vehicle sitting along the road and questioned the driver. The Copley man failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and transported to his residence. His BAC tested .114.
Employees of a Rothrock Road electronics store reported Aug. 27 a woman reportedly concealed a $400 computer in a bag while her male accomplice watched employees. The male went to a vehicle, which the female entered, and they sped away. Police stopped the vehicle as it left the lot and located one $400 computer in a booster bag the female was carrying. A search of the vehicle revealed another $400 computer, which the woman admitted she stole from the same store the previous day, and a bag of marijuana, which the male admitted was his. The Akron woman was charged with two counts of theft and possession of criminal tools. The Akron man was charged with two counts of complicity to commit theft and possession of marijuana.
Officers responded to a vehicle crash on Creekrun Drive Aug. 28 and found a minivan had gone off the road, through a landscaped area, struck several trees and ended up in a patch of vegetation on the slope of a hill. The driver declined medical attention and denied drinking before driving, but showed signs of intoxication and failed a field sobriety test. The Seville man was arrested for DUI and released with a court summons. His BAC tested .111.
On Aug. 28, a Regina Road woman reported her two juvenile nieces assaulted her while their mother was in the hospital and she was caring for them. The children denied assaulting her. She declined charges, and the children agreed to leave for the day.
Police responded to reports of an erratic driver on state Route 21 Aug. 28 and observed a Wadsworth female drive across lane lines several times. She failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and possession of a spoon with drug residue that was found in the vehicle.
On Aug. 30, Wooster police officers requested police go to a Rothrock Road motel to check for a car stolen from their community. Police located the vehicle, and the owner showed up to claim it and asked Wooster police to pursue charges against his son, who allegedly stole the vehicle and sent him a text message stating its location.
FAIRLAWN: A woman reported Sept. 1 her vehicle was ransacked while it was parked outside her residence and a GPS unit was stolen.
A Parkhill Drive woman reported Sept. 1 a $1,000 diamond ring was stolen from her apartment.
Employees of a Montrose discount store reported Sept. 3 a man who attempted to buy a money order with a counterfeit $20 bill was in the store. Officers confiscated the counterfeit bill, and the man told police he obtained the bill from a restaurant where he works.
Security agents at a mall department store reported Sept. 6 two shoplifters were stopped as they left the store. One woman had concealed 13 items totaling $243, and the other concealed seven items totaling $125. They were arrested for theft, and one woman was released with a court summons. The other was a juvenile, and police were unable to locate a responsible party in order to release her. She was taken to a juvenile detention center.
On Sept. 7, security agents at a Montrose discount store reported a man placed a $468 TV in a shopping cart and pushed it out a side door without paying. Employees confronted him outside the store, and he fled across the parking lot, up a steep ramp and across West Market Street. Police captured him in the parking lot of a hardware store, arrested him for theft and returned the TV to the store. The Alliance man was banned from the store and released to the Barberton Police Department on a warrant.
The manager of a mall clothing store gave police two counterfeit $100 bills passed by unknown people Sept. 9.
Police responded to reports of a fight in the parking lot of a Montrose discount store Sept. 9. A male victim reported he observed a female yelling and swearing at her child, and a woman told her she should not speak to the child that way. The mother reportedly threatened the woman and followed her to her car, screaming at her. The male verbally intervened to protect the female, and the mother allegedly punched him in the face, got into a vehicle and left. Several witnesses confirmed the victim’s account of the incidents. One witness said she saw the suspect strike the child three times. Officers traced the vehicle to an Akron man, who said his son had been using it. When officers contacted the son, he said he went to the Fairlawn store with a woman, but he said he did not know her last name or address and he refused to provide any more information. Detectives are investigating.
A woman reported Aug. 9 that her wallet, containing cash, credit cards and identification, was stolen from a shopping cart in a West Market Street grocery store.
NORTON: A Norton High School class ring worth $200 was stolen from an Easton Road residence Aug. 28.
The owner of a Johnson Road nursery reported Aug. 29 a refrigerator compressor unit, fence posts and parts of a Winnebago were stolen from a shed on his property the previous night.
Police responded to reports that a man was lying along the road in a Greenwich Road plaza Aug. 30 and found a homeless man yelling at passing motorists. He was transported to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
On Aug. 31, officers patrolling a Norton High School football game arrested a student for possession of a morphine tablet.
A Cuyahoga Falls woman stopped for erratic driving on Interstate 76 Aug. 31 backed her car into a police cruiser after she pulled off the road. She failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. Her BAC tested .265.
A Norton Avenue man reported a prescription vial containing 60 Percocet tablets was stolen from outside his residence Aug. 31.
Also on that day, officers responded to an area near Woodlawn Drive where a man had crashed an ATV and found it lying on top of him. The Norton man appeared highly intoxicated. He was extricated from under the vehicle by EMS and transported to the hospital, where he refused a BAC test. He was charged with DUI, violation of the city’s noise ordinance and refusal to take a BAC test while having a former conviction for DUI.
Police patrolling Eastern Road Sept. 1 observed a motorcycle fully engulfed in flames and extinguished the blaze with a fire extinguisher. Firefighters responded to ensure the fire was out.
Officers patrolling Greenwich Road Sept. 1 observed a driver tailgating another vehicle and stopped him for passing the vehicle in a no-passing zone. The driver threw a cigarette out the window and exhibited signs of intoxication. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI, traffic violations, littering from a motor vehicle and possession of marijuana that was found in the vehicle.
On Sept. 3, police responded to reports that two people were fighting at the intersection of Oak Street and South Cleveland-Massillon Road. Officers observed a male with a bloody face walking on the road. He said his wife punched him in the nose during an argument. Officers located the female at their home, arrested her for domestic violence and took her to the Summit County Jail.
Officers were attempting to locate the owner of a nylon wallet found along Higgins Road Sept. 4.
The owner of a Wadsworth Road farm market reported Sept. 5 someone broke into a camper parked on his property and stole 100 feet of copper tubing, two shotguns and a rifle.
RICHFIELD: A Hawkins Road woman reported Aug. 28 she has received numerous calls within the past month from people attempting to scam her. She was told she won a lottery and had to pay money to receive her prize; she was told she owed money she did not owe, and that she won a certified check from the MGM Grand and was asked to send money to claim it. She obtained a phone number from one caller and provided it to police.
Police stopped a Cuyahoga Falls man for speeding 50 mph in a 30-mph zone of Brecksville Road Aug. 28 and arrested him for driving under suspension. His vehicle was towed, and he was released with a court summons.
A Kent woman found lying outside the Fire Department on Streetsboro Road Aug. 29 was transported to the hospital for evaluation after police contacted her family and learned she had recently been released from a hospital.
On Aug. 29, a Parma man surrendered to police on a warrant for phone harassment and was booked into the Richfield Jail.
A Streetsboro Road woman reported Aug. 30 a five-carat, $90,000 wedding ring was missing from her residence. She said she had not seen the ring for a week.
A Brush Road man reported he left his home at 7 a.m. Aug. 31 and returned that afternoon to find his garage had been ransacked and the door to his residence had been opened. Drawers and cabinets in every room had been ransacked, and several bottles of liquor were stolen. Detectives are investigating.
Police investigated the burglary of a Townsend Road residence, where suspects broke a window and entered the home between 10 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Aug. 31.
Around 1:45 a.m. Sept. 1, police responded to reports from residents on Forest Ridge Drive stating there were people knocking on their doors. Officers located four juveniles who were at one of the boys’ homes for a sleepover, and determined they had been going through the neighborhood knocking on residents’ doors. They were returned to the host’s residence, where his father agreed to provide supervision.
The Akron police reports were compiled by Ariel Hakim, and the remainder were compiled by Maggie DeMellier.
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