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West Side Neighborhood Watch

9/27/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported in the following locations: the 200 block of Grand Avenue between Sept. 14 and 17; the 500 block of Crosby Street between Sept. 15 and 16; the 1800 block of Brookfield Drive Sept. 17; the 200 block of Bodine Court between Sept. 19 and 20; the 200 block of Twin Oaks Road between Sept. 20 and 21; the 100 block of Gale Street Sept. 21; the 100 block of Oakdale Avenue Sept. 22; the 100 block of North Hawkins Avenue Sept. 22; and the 1700 block of Sheffield Drive Sept. 23.

A 40-year-old Dover Avenue man was charged with failure to comply and willful fleeing Sept 18. The man reportedly committed two separate traffic offenses in front of police as he was driving on South Portage Path. He also failed to stop for officers’ activated lights and sirens but instead fled in his vehicle. The man was apprehended without incident after a five-minute chase when he stopped in front of his home.

On Sept. 19 shortly before 10 p.m., a 42-year-old Casterton Avenue man was confronted in his backyard by a male, possibly armed with a gun. According to police officers, the suspect demanded the victim’s property. The victim allegedly ran around the house, where the suspect caught up to him again. When the victim told the suspect he didn’t have anything, the suspect punched the victim in the face and fled the area. The victim had minor injuries to his left eye and refused medical attention. The suspect is a black male, between 19 and 25 years old, 5-feet, 9-inches to 5-feet, 11-inches tall, between 150 and 160 pounds and was wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and pants. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department at 330-375-2552.

On Sept. 22 around 9:30 p.m., a pizza delivery driver for Pizza Hut on Copley Road was robbed while delivering food. The driver reported he was attempting to deliver food in the 700 block of Gem Avenue when two suspects struck him in the back of the head with an unknown object. The driver fell to the ground, and the suspects went through the driver’s pockets, taking $30 in cash before fleeing in an unknown direction. The delivery driver suffered minor injuries and refused paramedics. The suspects are two black males, between 20 and 25 years old, 5-feet, 10-inches to 6-feet tall and both weighing around 150 pounds. The first suspect was wearing a gray or black hooded sweatshirt and maroon basketball shorts with a white stripe down the sides. The second suspect was wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department.

A 19-year-old West Bartges Street man was charged with aggravated robbery Sept. 25. The incident took place in the 200 block of West Market Street Sept. 24, during which the man allegedly pointed a loaded gun at the victim and told him to empty his pockets. The victim complied, but he had no money. The man was apprehended near the scene, confessed to the robbery, and the gun was found in Glendale Cemetery.

Dontay Antonio Taylor
Photo courtesy of the Akron Police Department
The U.S. Marshals Office Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward for information leading to the capture of fugitive Dontay Antonio Taylor, 22, with a last known address on Eva Avenue in East Akron. He is wanted for the murder and felonious assault that occurred at the Embassy Lounge, 2200 Romig Road, around 11:30 p.m. July 24. Taylor was refused entry into the lounge and subsequently fired several shots through the windows of the nightclub, killing Rahsann Price, 38, and injuring Lamar Fitzgerald, 28, and Deanna May, 25. Taylor is a black male, 5-feet, 9-inches tall and 145 pounds. He should be considered armed and extremely dangerous. Anyone knowing his whereabouts is encouraged to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490; the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-866-4-WANTED; the Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at 330-434-COPS; or leave an anonymous tip on the Akron Police Department website at akronohio.gov/asp/tip.html. Callers can remain anonymous.

BATH: An employee of a North Cleveland-Massillon Road home improvement store gave police a wallet he found in the store Sept. 13. It did not contain identification.

The Mayfield Heights Police Department arrested a man on a Bath Township warrant for failure to complete community service following a conviction for drug possession. Bath police charged him and took him to the Summit County Jail Sept. 13.

An employee of a Bath Road elementary school reported Sept. 13 that the hood of her vehicle was scratched while it was parked in the school lot between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Police investigated a Sept. 16 report stating two cell phones were missing from a room in a Springside Drive business.

A Robinwood Hills Drive man reported Sept. 16 that the people who toilet-papered his property were captured on video surveillance footage, and he recognized one of them. Police spoke to the suspect’s father, who agreed his son would clean up the mess. The following day, he reported to police that the suspects showed up and cleaned up the property.

A North Cleveland-Massillon Road man reported Sept. 16 that some property was stolen from the front porch of his residence.

Police investigated a report of a suspicious vehicle at an Ira Road location Sept. 18 and found the vehicle along the side of the road. The headlights were on and the engine was running when officers found a woman passed out behind the steering wheel. Officers awakened her and asked her to exit the vehicle. She failed a field sobriety test and was charged with having physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated and released with a court summons. Her BAC tested .170.

On Sept. 19, officers shot and killed a sick raccoon outside a Rock Creek Road residence.

A woman reported someone broke the window of her vehicle while it was parked outside a Springside Drive fitness center Sept. 20 and stole two purses containing cash, credit cards and identification.

COPLEY: Police responded to a Sept. 11 report that a group of juveniles were trespassing on the property of a Mull Avenue resident and looking into windows of the residence. The suspects were gone when police arrived, but the residents identified one male and police spoke to his mother, who went to the property and found her son and a friend in the parking lot. She ordered him to go home, apologized to the residents and said she would take care of the matter.

On Sept. 13, officers investigated reports that mailboxes outside of two Copley Road residences were destroyed.

Police arranged for a vehicle to be towed Sept. 13 after it was abandoned on Kibler Road the previous day and officers were unable to contact the owner.

A caretaker of a recreation center on Stonebridge Boulevard reported Sept. 15 that the trash receptacle was filled with trash placed there by a resident of the residential complex. Police went to his residence and determined he had moved to Stow. He agreed to remove the trash, and he was charged with theft of services and littering and released with a court summons.

Officers responded to an altercation between a male and female in the parking lot of a White Pond Drive business Sept. 15. The woman was gone, but the man told police the two argued as they were driving and the female asked to get out of the vehicle, so the male pulled into the parking lot. He said there was no physical contact. Police found the woman walking on White Pond Drive, and she confirmed his statement. The man was arrested on a warrant and taken to the Barberton Jail. The vehicle’s rental agreement had expired, and it was towed.

On Sept. 16, police responded to a loud party at a Montrose West Avenue hotel. Officers dispersed the crowd, but one female reportedly refused to leave and continued loud, abusive behavior after several requests by officers to cease. One person agreed to drive the woman home, and police convinced her to get into the car. The driver then asked police to get the woman out of the car due to her disruptive behavior. She exited the vehicle, still yelling at police and other patrons in their rooms, and police arrested her for disorderly conduct. She allegedly struggled with officers, who additionally charged her with resisting arrest and took her to the Summit County Jail.

After a youth on a skateboard ran into a car parked outside Copley High School Sept. 16, police interviewed witnesses, who described the youth as a white male with long brown hair who was wearing a black T-shirt and a red bandana when he struck the vehicle and ran away. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $800.

Police patrolling Copley Road Sept. 16 stopped the driver of a vehicle with an equipment violation and arrested her for driving under suspension. The vehicle was towed.

An Akron man was stopped on Copley Road Sept. 19 after police checked the registration on his vehicle and determined he was wanted on a warrant. He was released to the Mayfield Village Police Department. 

FAIRLAWN: Charges were pending against a Medina female who allegedly passed a counterfeit $100 bill at a mall clothing store Sept. 12.

An Akron man was arrested for shoplifting three MP3 players, totaling $275, from a Montrose discount store Sept. 14.

The manager of a mall store reported Sept. 14 that two unknown females distracted a clerk and stole two shirts and a skirt from a display rack in the front of the store.

Security agents at a mall department store reported Sept. 15 that an Akron man removed a security tag from a jacket, causing paint to be sprayed on the item, damaging it. He put on a sweatshirt and left the store. Police located him in the mall and charged him with theft and criminal damaging.

On Sept. 15, employees of a mall restaurant reported two males were involved in a physical altercation. One man told police the other male assaulted him in the restaurant after his wife confronted the man in the parking lot about his driving. The other man said it was the first man who assaulted him in the restaurant. Police were unable to determine the primary aggressor, and both parties were referred to the prosecutor’s office to file charges.

Police arrested an Akron woman for theft of a $250 watch from a mall department store Sept. 17, released her with a court summons and banned her from the store. Her companion was arrested on a warrant and released to the Akron Police Department.

A Copley man reported he placed his wallet on a chair in the waiting room of a Miller Road professional office Sept. 17, and it was stolen.

Security agents at a Montrose discount store reported Sept. 17 that a male and female filled a shopping cart with merchandise, covered it with a cat litter pan, and the female pushed it out of the store, through the cart return door, while the male went to his car, pulled up in front of the store and waited for the female. Police stopped the vehicle, retrieved the merchandise, totaling $719, arrested the Hudson woman and Twinsburg man for theft and advised them they were banned from the store.

Police were called to a Fort Island Drive residence the night of Sept. 18 and found a woman outside the residence stating her son’s father was holding him against his will in the house. The father said he did not want to wake the boy in the middle of the night and showed officers a text message from the woman, stating she was leaving him alone at her residence and he could come and pick up the child, which he did. He wanted the woman to leave and return for the child in the morning, but she refused. Police told her repeatedly to leave the residence, but she refused and was arrested for disorderly conduct and obstruction of justice. She struggled with officers and was additionally charged with resisting arrest. She was taken to the Summit County Jail, where she reportedly became combative with deputies.

Officers responded to a report that a woman refused to leave her ex-boyfriend’s apartment on Miller Road Sept. 19 and arrived to find the woman had locked herself in the bathroom following an altercation with the male, who said the woman assaulted him during the argument in his bedroom. Officers noticed several small lacerations on his face. The female told police the male held a gun to her head. The male admitted he had a gun and told police where it was. The gun was loaded, but it was jammed and inoperable, and police secured it. Both parties declined charges, and police were unable to determine a primary aggressor. The female agreed to leave, and police took her to a location to wait for a ride.

A representative of a home health care business reported Sept. 20 that several checks — bearing the business’ name but using a different bank and account number — were forged and cashed at several Fairlawn locations.

NORTON: On Sept. 15, a Tallmadge man was stopped for speeding on Interstate 76 after an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper in a plane clocked him at a high rate of speed. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and driving under suspension and released on bond. His BAC tested .166.

A Hazelwood Street man reported Sept. 16 that his ex-girlfriend was creating a disturbance at his residence and refused to leave. He declined charges, and she agreed to leave for the night and return for her belongings at another time.

A Helmick Avenue woman reported Sept. 15 that a $150 bicycle was stolen from her yard, and it was spotted in the neighborhood with an unknown male riding it.

A man reported he was walking on South Cleveland-Massillon Road Sept. 16 when a red van, with a business name on the side, swerved in an attempt to run him over. He recognized the driver as a man with whom he has had an ongoing dispute, and he wanted documentation of the incident.

The manager of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road truckstop reported Sept. 16 that suspects opened doors to 10 trailers parked in the lot, ransacked the inside of the trailers and displaced items.

Police investigated the theft of a vehicle from a Barber Road business Sept. 15, when a Richfield contractor working at a construction site outside the business reported suspects stole a $3,000 construction trailer containing a table saw, extension cords, power tools, ladders and six mesh rolls.

Also Sept. 15, detectives investigated the theft of a $55,000 mini-excavator from a construction site on I-76. The vehicle owner said it was last seen at 6 a.m., when it was parked in the grass at the end of an exit ramp from I-76 to South Cleveland-Massillon Road.

A citizen gave police a glass drug pipe he found in a wooded area off Bushey Avenue Sept. 17.

Suspects damaged the side of a pickup truck parked in the Norton High School student parking lot Sept. 20.

A McGowan Road woman reported Sept. 21 that she was sitting in her living room at 2 a.m. when she saw her vehicle’s headlights were on. She watched the vehicle being driven out of the driveway, but she was unable to see who was driving it. Police provided information about the vehicle to a national database for stolen vehicles.

RICHFIELD: Police officers patrolling Streetsboro Road at 4:40 a.m. Sept. 16 observed a vehicle beside a gas pump at a closed station. The driver pulled away when police approached, drove on Wheatley Road and swerved across lane lines as he proceeded on Interstate 271, where police stopped the driver and determined there were two highly intoxicated males sleeping on the back seat. The driver had only a learner’s permit, and there was no valid driver with him. All three males were from Cuyahoga County. The driver was charged with driving without a license and released. The other males were evaluated by EMS and transported to Akron Children’s Hospital and Akron General Medical Center due to extreme intoxication. They were charged with underage drinking.

A Deer Run Oval woman reported Sept. 17 that she wired money to a woman she believed to be a college student from Egypt after reading a Craigslist ad stating the woman needed money for travel to this country and a place to stay. The victim exchanged information with the alleged college student, who agreed to pay back the travel money and rent a room in the victim’s home. After receiving a check for $3,350 and depositing it into her checking account, the victim wired money to an address in Russia, and she was instructed to wire another $1,000. She went to the bank to withdraw the money and learned her account had no funds. The check had been fraudulent. She provided information to police, who are investigating.

On Sept. 18, police patrolling Brecksville Road observed two vehicles on the side of the road near the Ohio Turnpike and determined the two drivers had been involved in an accident and they were exchanging information. Both drivers declined an accident report.

Police investigated the burglary of a Boston Mills Road residence Sept. 18, when the victim reported he drove into his driveway and saw a white pick-up truck. He yelled at the driver that he was trespassing, and the driver drove away. When the victim went to his home, he discovered another strange male standing behind his house and noticed that two windows had been broken. The male ran into the woods, and the victim called police, who searched the area, with assistance from National Park Service rangers and officers from Brecksville, Peninsula and Seven Hills K-9 unit. The suspects were not located, and police gathered evidence for the investigation.

A Brecksville Road business owner reported Sept. 18 that a customer gave him a check for $260 to pay for service on his truck, and the check was returned for insufficient funds. He was instructed to send a certified letter to the customer and notify police if there is no resolution.

A New York man reported Sept. 20 that the owner of a Streetsboro Road business paid $100 for advertising by providing a check that was returned for insufficient funds. He sent the business owner a certified letter, which he received, but payment has not been received. Police agreed to speak with the business owner.


The Akron police reports were compiled by Ariel Hakim, 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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