West Side Neighborhood Watch
WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 1400 block of Hilton Drive between Sept. 1 and 9; the 1100 block of Delia Avenue Sept. 3; the 100 block of Twin Oaks Road Sept. 10; the 100 block of South Maple Street Sept. 11; the 900 block of Bellevue Avenue Sept. 14; and the 800 block of Valdes Avenue Sept. 14.
A 24-year-old North Hill neighborhood man was charged with domestic violence Aug. 25 for an incident that occurred on East Waterford Court. According to police officers, the man got into an argument with the victim, during which he hit the victim several times and bit her on the back. The victim reportedly was five weeks pregnant at the time.
On Sept. 11, a 22-year-old East Akron man was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and receiving stolen property. The man was stopped in his vehicle at South Hawkins and Bellevue avenues for window tint and found to be driving on a suspended license and in possession of a stolen gun.
Police officers stopped a 24-year-old Valdes Avenue man Sept. 12 for a traffic stop while he was traveling on the 1700 block of Wiltshire Road. The man was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun and charged with carrying a concealed weapon.
A 36-year-old Roslyn Avenue man was charged with burglary Sept. 13. The man, along with two unidentified accomplices, reportedly was observed by a neighbor stealing property from a residence in the Summit Lake neighborhood.
Detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred around 9:30 p.m. Sept. 13 in the 600 block of Noah Avenue. The victim, a 26-year-old Orlando Avenue man, reportedly was sitting on the porch with several other males when he was shot in the chest. The victim tried to flee the area but was found in the backyard on Noah Avenue when officers arrived. He was transported to a local hospital, where he is listed in serious but stable condition. Two vehicles parked in the driveway on Noah Avenue also were damaged, according to officers. No description of the suspect was available.
An 18-year-old East Akron man was charged with tampering with evidence and obstructing official business Sept. 14. Officers were called to the 300 block of Fernwood Drive Sept. 13 to respond to a shooting. The man allegedly shot himself in the leg but stated another man shot him. A witness reported that the gun was hidden at another location on Fernwood Drive. Officers located the gun in a trashcan, and the man was found to be in possession of eight rounds of ammunition in his pants pocket.
Also Sept. 14, a 34-year-old Bellevue Avenue man was charged with aggravated burglary and felonious assault. According to police officers, the man entered the victim’s home in the 800 block of Stadelman Avenue and assaulted the victim with a golf club.
Around 10:30 p.m. Sept. 14, two males walking on Grand Avenue reportedly were confronted and robbed. The victims reported two men approached them and demanded their property. The suspects then allegedly went through the victims’ pockets and took their cell phones, wallets, debit cards and $30 in cash before fleeing westbound on Grand Avenue. The suspects are two black males. The first suspect is described as being 6-feet, 2-inches tall, wearing dark clothing and a white bandana covering his face. The second suspect is described as being between 5-feet, 8-inches to 5-feet, 9-inches tall, also wearing all dark clothing. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department at 330-375-2552.
BATH: An Everett Road woman reported Sept. 8 that her credit card was used to make an unauthorized purchase from a website.
Employees of a Montrose cosmetics store reported Sept. 8 that a suspicious man was in the store. When he left, they checked their surveillance video and learned he had concealed a fragrance item and left without paying for it.
The driver of a vehicle with expired license plates was stopped on Ira Road Sept. 9. Police determined the plates were registered to another vehicle and his operator’s license had expired. He was charged with driving under suspension and improper registration.
Police responded to reports of an erratic driver on Interstate 77, nearly causing multiple accidents Sept. 9. Officers observed the driver crossing lane lines while heading south on the highway and stopped her near state Route 21. She failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and driving under suspension. Her BAC tested .145.
Officers responded to a report that a dog was running loose at Bath Elementary School Sept. 10. Police went to the owner’s home on North Cleveland-Massillon Road and found other dogs also running loose. The dog owner was charged with failure to control his dogs and given a court summons.
A man reported Sept. 10 that his Social Security number was used to open a credit account in Niles.
An Idlebrook Drive resident reported Sept. 10 that an unknown person attempted to access his credit account. No loss occurred, and his financial institution is investigating.
On Sept. 12, police investigated two reports of theft from the cardiology department of a Medina Road medical facility. Two employees reported their wallets were stolen from their purses between 4 and 4:30 p.m. One purse was in a secured locker and the other was in an office. Both victims’ credit cards were used to make unauthorized purchases. Police provided identity theft information to the victims.
Police responded to a disturbance at a Montrose grocery store Sept. 12, when a man had an altercation with an employee in the parking lot and began taking his photo. The two went into the store and the argument continued. A manager attempted to speak to the person who was taking photos, but he refused to talk to her. Police advised him he is banned from the store, and if he returned, he would be charged with trespassing.
COPLEY: A Trumbull Avenue resident reported Sept. 4 that an unknown person pelted her home with rocks on two occasions, damaging the garage door.
On Sept. 4, a Lakeland Avenue man reported he returned from vacation to find the rear patio door of his residence had been damaged.
An employee of a Ridgewood Road medical facility reported Sept. 9 that both sides of her vehicle were scratched while she worked.
Police patrolling Copley Road Sept. 10 stopped a driver for speeding 55 mph in a 40-mph zone. The Copley man failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and transported to his residence.
Police are seeking a man who impersonated a police officer Sept. 10, when he conducted a traffic stop on Collier Road and questioned a driver about a resident who lives nearby, stating the resident deals drugs. The victim said the suspect wore a black uniform, with no badge or patches, and drove a white car with a light bar on top. Police contacted the resident, who said her boyfriend had been convicted of trafficking in drugs and he is serving time in jail. She said she does not know the identity of the police impersonator.
Officers responded to a report that a man was pounding on the door of a Kirkwall Drive residence at 4 a.m. Sept. 10. Police determined he was highly intoxicated and called EMS to evaluate his condition. He refused hospital transport and was charged with disorderly conduct by intoxication.
Police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Rothrock Road residence Sept. 10, when a woman reported her husband was walking around the outside of the house making animal noises. Police determined the woman was highly intoxicated. They arrested her on a warrant and took her to the Barberton Jail.
An official from a Montrose West Avenue business reported Sept. 10 that an unknown person has been writing checks on the business’ closed bank account. He said the checks have been distributed in several states, and he gave officers one of the checks, which had been written for $2,750 on an account that was closed in 2010 from a bank that is no longer in existence. The old account records were recently discarded. There has been no loss to the business, but the banks processing the fraudulent checks have sustained losses.
On Sept. 10, police responded to a report that a Stow man was being disruptive at a Copley High School football game. Officers responded to the game last week for a similar complaint involving the same suspect. He was advised he is banned from school property and if he returns, he will be arrested for trespassing.
Police patrolling Collier Road at 3 a.m. Sept. 11 stopped an erratic driver, whose female passenger had passed out on the front seat of the vehicle. Officers called EMS to evaluate the female’s condition, and she was transported to a local hospital. The driver failed a field sobriety test, and the Medina man was charged with DUI and possession of marijuana and a drug pipe and taken to the Barberton Jail. His BAC tested .158.
A Copley Road woman reported Sept. 12 that her ex-boyfriend asked if he could sleep at her house. When she refused, he used his vehicle to ram her car several times and followed her to her daughter’s school in Akron the following morning. She also made a report in Akron.
FAIRLAWN: Police responded to a bomb threat at a West Market Street drugstore at 11:30 p.m. Sept. 9, when a pharmacist reported a male caller said there was a bomb in the building and it would detonate in one minute unless she placed all the Oxycontin in a bag, to be picked up at the drive-through window. The pharmacist hung up on the caller, and police evacuated the building and searched but did not locate an explosive device. No one was spotted near the building or the drive-through window.
Employees of a temporary specialty store reported Sept. 10 that a man used a counterfeit $100 traveler’s check to make a $26 purchase and receive change. He used an Ohio identification card, which police traced to a Columbus address.
On Sept. 11, police stopped an Akron man for a traffic violation in a West Market Street parking lot, arrested him for driving under suspension and released him to the Copley Police Department on a warrant.
Officers are seeking suspects who stole the rear license plate from a vehicle that was parked at a Kenridge Road location Sept. 11.
Employees of a mall clothing store reported Sept. 12 that a man concealed jeans, totaling $306, in a bag and left the store. Mall security agents stopped him as he left the mall, and he ran from them, crossed the parking lot, Ghent Road and into a plaza, where police pursued him in a cruiser. When he ran behind a building, officers pursued him on foot. A witness told officers he jumped into a trash receptacle, where they found him and apprehended him. Police found a tool for cutting sensor tags from merchandise and the stolen jeans in the bag he was carrying. The Akron man was charged with theft, possession of criminal tools and obstruction of official business. He was banned from the mall and the store.
On Sept. 13, loss prevention agents at a Montrose discount store gave police video surveillance footage depicting a known shoplifter enter the store; take sound equipment, surveillance equipment and a laptop computer into the garden department; and throw them over a fence. He made several trips outside the store to retrieve the items and place them in his car before driving away with merchandise totaling $1,205. Detectives are investigating.
NORTON: A driver whose vehicle struck the rear of another vehicle at the intersection of Greenwich and South Cleveland-Massillon roads Sept. 5 failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. The Akron woman was released on bond.
A Houston Road woman reported Sept. 6 that an unknown person stole a total of 66 doses of Percocet from her bedroom on two occasions.
Also Sept. 6, a Clubview Drive woman reported her ex-husband’s girlfriend has been harassing her for more than a year by making obscene gestures during custody exchanges.
Police are seeking suspects who entered an unlocked workshop outside a Connect Road residence Sept. 6 and stole a $377 chain saw.
A Barberton woman who was stopped for running a red light on South Cleveland-Massillon Road Sept. 8 was charged with driving under suspension and released to the Barberton Police Department on two warrants.
A man reported Sept. 9 that he went to a South Cleveland-Massillon Road residence to pick up his $2,000 lawn tractor, and he learned that his estranged wife had sold it.
Police responded to a report of burglary at a Wadsworth Road nursery Sept. 10, when metal pipes, a battery charger and plastic pipes, totaling $850, were stolen. Officers followed footprints in the wet grass, and they led to the rear of a Johnson Road residence, where officers saw the stolen items lying beside the house. Police interviewed several people in the residence. They arrested one man on a felony warrant and took him to the Summit County Jail. A female was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant and released to the Barberton Police Department. A male admitted stealing the items, and he was charged with theft and criminal trespassing.
Detectives are investigating a report of sexual assault at a Hillier Road residence Sept. 11.
PENINSULA: A Peninsula police officer was dispatched to an address on Truxell Road July 17 to investigate a report of threats. The officer interviewed a camp manager and several officials of the Boy Scouts local council. The officer learned that one or more persons had left hand-written notes in various locations throughout the property indicating some type of action would be taken if the Boy Scouts of America refused to acknowledge gay rights. Copies of the letters were provided to the police officer.
On July 20, two Peninsula police officers received a radio assignment to a Truxell Road address in reference to a “possible suicidal female.” Upon arrival, the officers assisted as needed. Valley Fire personnel transported the female for a psychological evaluation. No further action was taken.
A man told a Peninsula police officer July 21 that he had observed a small pink bike in the parking lot of Lock 29 at approximately 8 p.m. and it was still there at 10:55 p.m. The man told the officer he was concerned that a child could be lost on the Towpath. The officer said he would notify the National Park Service. No further police action was taken.
A Peninsula police officer was sent to a location on Stine Road July 23 in reference to a woman who said she has been receiving phone calls from an unknown man. The caller told the woman that her “house will be getting robbed within five minutes.”
On July 25, a man arrived at the Peninsula Police Department to file a theft report. He stated that one or more persons had removed the tie-rod end from his 2002 dump truck while it was parked on Brunswick Lane in Hudson. The vehicle was parked at 5 p.m. and the item was noticed as missing at 6:30 p.m.
An officer responded to a report of vehicular damage on July 29 near a golf course on Akron-Peninsula Road. The car’s owner said he was driving southbound on Akron-Peninsula Road when the driver’s side window of his vehicle “just shattered.” The man said he didn’t hear anything hit the window, nor did he see anyone around that might have thrown an object at the vehicle. The officer inspected the vehicle but didn’t notice any objects that might have broken the window.
On July 31, two officers were dispatched to Wetmore Road to investigate a report of loose horses. The officers located the animals and called for assistance from the National Park Service and Cuyahoga Falls Police Department in locating the owner of the horses. The owner was found and the animals were led back to his property. The owner of the horses was issued a citation for horses at large.
RICHFIELD: Police officers responded to a disturbance involving a couple at a Broadview Road residence Sept. 3 and determined a male was experiencing medical problems. His daughter arrived and said she would stay at the residence for the night.
At 4:20 a.m. Sept. 12, officers responded to a report of a disabled vehicle on the side of Interstate 271 and located a female whose vehicle had a flat tire and no jack. Police determined the location was just over the Medina County line, and they waited with her until the Ohio State Highway Patrol officers arrived.
On Sept. 14, an Everett Road woman reported an unknown suspect used her credit card to make an unauthorized purchase at an online home goods store. She contacted a representative of the business, who refused to provide any information, except to say the purchase was for a deep fryer. The matter was turned over to the detective bureau.
Detectives are investigating a Sept. 15 report filed by a man who said an unknown person used his personal information to open a PayPal account, and charged $31.95 to the account, in order to access the victim’s credit report. Officials from PayPal refused to provide any information about the suspect or the fraudulent account without a subpoena.
Police were called to a Wheatley Road gas station Sept. 16, when a man said his truck was stranded on Interstate 77, and he needed a ride to another gas station to get diesel fuel. Police took him to his truck and determined his operator’s license had been suspended. A passenger in the truck provided a state identification card, but police were unable to verify his identity. He said he had no driving privileges. Police took the vehicle keys and drove the two Georgia men to a Wheatley Road location to await a ride and a licensed driver to retrieve the truck.
The Akron police reports were compiled by Ariel Hakim, and the Peninsula reports were compiled by Sean Patrick. The remainder were compiled by Maggie DeMellier.
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