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West Side Neighborhood Watch

10/4/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported in the following locations: the 1700 block of Gaylord Drive between Sept. 22 and 23; the 1900 block of Ganyard Road Sept. 24; the 300 block of Noah Avenue Sept. 24; the 1000 block of Whittier Avenue Sept. 24; the 100 block of Ascot Parkway between Sept. 25 and 26; the 500 block of Diagonal Road between Sept. 25 and 26; the 800 block of Cordova Avenue between Sept. 25 and 27; the 500 block of South Sunset View Drive Sept. 25; the 200 block of Melbourne Avenue Sept. 26; the 800 block of Winton Avenue Sept. 27; the 800 block of South Hawkins Avenue Sept. 28; the 800 block of Roslyn Avenue Sept. 28; the 1600 block of Treetop Trail Sept. 28; the 600 block of Fernwood Drive Sept. 29; the 900 block of Hamlin Street Sept. 29; and the 500 block of Crosby Street Sept. 30.

Detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred Sept. 25 around 8:30 p.m. near the intersection of Noah Avenue and Copley Road. The victim, an 18-year-old Noah Avenue man, was found lying on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. He was transported to a local hospital, where his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

Also on Sept. 25, shortly before 9 p.m., a gift store on South Highland Avenue was robbed at gunpoint. The clerk reported the suspect entered the store and pointed a gun at him. According to the police report, the suspect then took money from the register before fleeing southbound on South Highland Avenue. The suspect was described as a black male, 5-feet, 10-inches to 6-feet tall, thin, wearing a black mask covering his face and all black clothing.

A 44-year-old Hayden Avenue man was charged with receiving stolen property Sept. 27. The man was pulled over at Copley Road and Nome Avenue and found to be in possession of a stolen vehicle.

On Sept. 28 around 10 a.m., an employee at a pizza shop on West Market Street in Highland Square, was robbed. The employee reported the suspect entered the back door armed with two handguns and demanded money from the register. The employee reportedly put the money from the register in a backpack, and the suspect fled through the rear door with an unreported amount of cash. The suspect was described as a black male, between 20 and 25 years old, 5-feet, 9-inches to 5-feet, 10-inches tall, 150 to 160 pounds, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and carrying a black backpack.

A 23-year-old Silver Lake male was involved in an attempted robbery Sept. 29 around 11:30 p.m. after parking his car in a parking lot in the 800 block of West Market Street. The victim reported a gold car pulled into the parking space next to his vehicle with two males inside. The males reportedly pulled masks over their faces and approached the victim’s car. One suspect allegedly opened the passenger side door of the victim’s car and pointed a gun at the victim. According to the police report, the victim, who had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, pulled out his gun and pointed it back at the suspect. The suspects reportedly ran back to their vehicle and fled. The victim provided responding officers with information on the suspects’ vehicle, and detectives are following up on the incident. Nothing was stolen.

BATH: The manager of a Montrose store reported Sept. 22 that two females entered the store, behaved suspiciously, left the store suddenly and drove off in a gold Saturn with tinted windows and a spoiler. Later, employees reviewed video footage and determined they stole a bottle of cologne.

Police investigated a suspicious occupied vehicle in the back lot of a Granger Road church Sept. 23 and found two juveniles inside. Officers confiscated a fake identification card from one and notified their parents of their whereabouts before releasing them.

On Sept. 24, officers used a shotgun to kill an injured deer found along Crystal Lake Road. The county road crew took away the remains.

A Hametown Road woman reported Sept. 25 that a license plate was stolen from her vehicle.

Police were called to a Medina Road fitness center Sept. 25, when a juvenile was caught ransacking a duffle bag that did not belong to him. He admitted he was looking for money to steal. The victim declined charges, and the suspect was released and advised he is banned from the property.

Officers investigated a report of a suspicious vehicle outside a Lake Point Drive residence Sept. 28 and found the driver sleeping behind the steering wheel and the engine running. Officers awakened the driver, who was disoriented and appeared intoxicated. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI, released with a court summons and sent home in a cab. His BAC tested .182.

On Sept. 28, officers went to the Barberton Police Department to pick up a female wanted on a warrant for failure to appear in court. She was charged and taken to the Summit County Jail.

COPLEY: Police responded to a report of two juvenile males carrying weapons in the roadway on Weatherstone Drive Sept. 22. Officers located them and determined they were carrying air guns they had painted black to make them look like real pistols and warned the juveniles of the seriousness and possible consequences of appearing to be armed. No charges were filed at the time, and the two were released to their parents in Copley and Fairlawn.

Also Sept. 22, officers responded to a domestic disturbance at a Colon Drive residence, where an estranged couple argued over the female coming to the residence to obtain her belongings. Due to conflicting information, police were unable to determine a primary aggressor, and the female left with her possessions.

Employees of a Rothrock Road motel reported Sept. 22 they smelled marijuana outside a room where there was a large party. Police gained access to the room, where they observed several bottles of liquor and packs of cigarettes. Eight juvenile females and two adult men were in the room, and one female who had rented the room was charged with providing an atmosphere for underage persons to consume alcohol and tobacco. With the permission of their parents, all juveniles were released to a driver to take them to their homes in Akron.

Police investigated a report of suspicious activity at a Ridgewood Road medical facility Sept. 22 and determined a resident, who had come to the facility for rehabilitation after treatment for substance abuse, left the facility and returned with drugs. He said he went to a party and obtained cocaine, which he took back to his room at the facility and consumed. The suspect’s physician was notified, and he agreed to follow up with the resident and facility employees.

A woman at a Rothrock Road motel Sept. 23 reported phone harassment. The Orrville woman was arrested on a warrant for theft and released to Wayne County sheriff’s deputies.

Also on that day, officers responded to a report that a Hametown Road man was involved in a hit-skip accident in Brecksville. He was arrested on a warrant for probation violation and released to deputies from Wayne County. Police notified the Brecksville Police Department, and an officer from the department stated they had no record of the man being involved in an accident in their city.

Police investigated a report of theft by deception Sept. 25, when an accountant for a South Cleveland-Massillon Road business stated a man who represented an Atlanta business contracted the services of the Copley firm to provide a payroll disbursement. The firm made payroll deposits totaling $8,700 into the accounts of three employees on behalf of the Atlanta business, which closed its account, leaving the Copley business liable for the money.

Officers investigated the theft of items from unlocked vehicles parked outside two residences on Jacoby Road the night of Sept. 25. One woman reported she parked her vehicle outside her home at 11 p.m. and went to the car the following morning to find her $275 GPS unit and a $250 iPod had been stolen. At another residence, two vehicles were entered and a GPS, cell phone charger and credit cards were stolen.

Police patrolling Springside Drive Sept. 26 stopped the driver of a vehicle with no front license plate. The Cleveland man was arrested for driving under suspension, and the vehicle was towed.

FAIRLAWN: Police arrested a Rocky River man for theft of $368 worth of DVDs from a West Market Street discount department store Sept. 20.

Officers investigated a Sept. 20 report stating a resident at a Wyant Road medical facility stole a medication card containing 23 Oxycodone tablets. The suspect allegedly admitted taking the medication over a period of five hours.

On Sept. 20, a male and female reportedly went in and out of four mall stores attempting to pull a quick-cash scheme involving a $100 bill. The female succeeded in duping a cashier out of $100 in one of the stores by using the bill for a small purchase, then asking for the bill back again and also receiving change for the purchase.

Police responded to a disabled vehicle on Interstate 77 Sept. 21 and determined the passenger had a protection order stating the driver was to have no contact with her. The Akron man was arrested for violation of the court order and taken to the Summit County Jail.

On Sept. 22, an Akron woman was charged with theft of $193 in clothing from a mall store and advised she was banned from the store.

Mall security agents called police Sept. 23 when an Akron man was observed carrying an open container of liquor in the concourse. Police arrested him on a warrant for parole violation in San Diego and charged him with possession of an open container of alcohol in a prohibited area and a drug pipe containing marijuana seeds.

Security agents at a mall department store asked police to stop two males suspected of shoplifting as they left the mall Sept. 24. One man stopped, and the other ran through the parking lot, across Smith Road and through several backyards before officers found him hiding in the bushes on Vesper Drive. The Akron man was charged with the theft of a $56 pair shorts, obstruction of official business and resisting arrest. He was taken to the Summit County Jail.

The manager of a West Market Street drugstore reported Sept. 25 that a former employee, who had been banned from the store, was seen in the lobby by another employee, whom he asked to tell the manager he said hello. When she went to her car, the manager discovered a note from him on the windshield. Police contacted him and told him not to contact her or be on the property.

A Ridgewood Road man reported Sept. 25 an unknown person used his credit account to make a $383 purchase at a San Francisco department store.

Loss-prevention agents at a Montrose discount store reported Sept. 25 that two women concealed $400 in DVDs and left the store. Police stopped them as they left the parking lot and charged them with theft. One woman was released to the North Canton Police Department on a felony warrant; the other was released with a court summons; and both were banned from the store.

An Akron man was arrested for the theft of four shirts and two pairs of jeans, which he had concealed on his person, from a mall department store Sept. 26.

A Barberton woman reported her cell phone was stolen from her vehicle Sept. 26 while it was parked in front of her mother’s home on Chamberlain Road.

NORTON: Police are seeking someone who entered two unlocked vehicles outside a Bliss Drive residence Sept. 23 and stole a wallet, purse and its contents.

A Wadsworth Road man reported someone forced open a compartment on a truck outside his residence the night of Sept. 23 and stole eight saws totaling $10,000. A $1,500 dirt bike, hedge trimmer, floor jack and other items were also stolen from the property. Police are investigating.

The night of Sept. 23, someone entered an unlocked vehicle outside a Bliss Drive residence and stole a DVD system.

A Summit Road man reported Sept. 24 that someone broke into a shed on his property and stole a $600 lawnmower, $275 chainsaw and $150 weed cutter.

A man reported his vehicle was parked outside an Eastern Road residence the night of Sept. 24, and when he went to the vehicle the following morning, he discovered a 36-inch-long scratch and a dent in the side of the vehicle.

A book bag containing school supplies and two DVDs was stolen from an unlocked vehicle outside a Gardner Boulevard residence Sept. 26.

Police were called to a disturbance at a Pikeview Drive residence Sept. 26, when a man reported his live-in girlfriend was screaming obscenities at him. She continued screaming in the presence of several neighbors, and she was arrested for disorderly conduct and released with a court summons.

On Sept. 27, a Hametown Road resident reported finding two bicycles abandoned in the yard, and another bicycle was found outside a Bushey Avenue residence.

A Homer Avenue resident reported Sept. 26 someone stole money and a $1,500 compound bow from an unlocked vehicle outside the residence.

A Wadsworth Road man whose vehicle ran off the road and into a ditch on Johnson Road Sept. 28 exhibited signs of intoxication. He was transported to Akron General Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident, and charged with DUI following results of a blood sample.

Police patrolling Wadsworth Road Sept. 28 stopped a Norton man for lane violations and noticed signs of intoxication and an odor of alcohol. He refused a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. He reportedly struggled with police during his arrest and refused to get into a cruiser, and he was additionally charged with resisting arrest.

PENINSULA: A Peninsula Police Department officer was dispatched to a location on Main Street Aug. 8 in reference to a reported theft from a vehicle. The officer spoke to a man who said someone had stolen his wallet from his vehicle while he was working between 3 and 11 p.m. The man said entry into the vehicle had been gained through a rear window that had been left down.

On Aug. 9, two Peninsula officers received a radio assignment that a child had run away from a Boston Township trailer park residence. The officers located the juvenile and spoke to him, after which the juvenile returned home. On Aug. 13, two officers were dispatched to the same residence to investigate a report that the juvenile had been making threats toward his parents and his infant brother. The juvenile, who allegedly had threatened to kill his family members in their sleep, was arrested, booked and taken to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center. On Aug. 21, two officers were dispatched to the same location in reference to the juvenile reportedly grabbing his younger brother around the neck and throat and throwing him to the floor. The juvenile was arrested and transported to the Juvenile Detention Center. On Aug. 22, an officer was dispatched to the same residence. The juvenile’s mother had called stating her juvenile son had just threatened to stab and kill his father. The juvenile was arrested and taken to the Juvenile Detention Center.

A Main Street resident reported in person Aug. 17 at the Peninsula police station that he had been assaulted by his wife and locked in the basement. The assault reportedly took place at 6:30 p.m. that same day. The man said he did not wish to sign charges but just wanted the alleged incident recorded.

A Peninsula officer took a report Aug. 17 from a Columbia Road resident who said she has been the victim of cyber harassment. The woman said she has been harassed for the past five weeks by bloggers on a website for which she writes and also on a separate website the writers reportedly set up “for the sole purpose of discrediting her writing and reporting.” The woman told the officer she believed the harassment could be classified as libelous. The officer advised the woman to contact an attorney. No further police action was taken.

Two Peninsula officers responded to a complaint of harassment Aug. 26 from a woman who said she had passed a purple Jeep that had pulled off the side of the road at Riverview Road near Everett Road. She said the vehicle then tailgated her while the driver pointed at her and yelled. She said the driver followed her all the way to her residence, where the driver exited the vehicle and continued to scream at her. The woman said the man, who was described as a shirtless 30- to 35-year-old with a left knee brace, appeared to be upset that she had passed him. The woman said she was worried the man would return as he had threatened, and she was advised the police would increase patrols in the area.

RICHFIELD: Police are seeking the persons who entered an enclosed area around a cell tower on Streetsboro Road Sept. 26, cut copper pipes and stole them. There was no sign of forced entry, and the victim believes the suspect knew the code to a padlock securing the area.

On Sept. 27, officers patrolling West Streetsboro Road observed that the guardrail at the intersection with White Pine Drive was damaged. It appeared a driver attempted to make a U-turn in a vehicle with a trailer that damaged 15 feet of the guardrail.

An Akron man was arrested Sept. 27 on a warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of speeding and tailgating.

A Brecksville Road man reported a possible scam attempt Sept. 28. He said he received a check by Federal Express from a company he does not recognize and with which he has not done business. Detectives are investigating the origin of the $1,850 check.

Police investigated a report of a domestic disturbance at a Boston Road residence Sept. 30, when a caller said a man struck his stepson. Officers spoke to the stepfather, who denied striking the child, and said he disciplined him verbally for hitting his sister. All parties, including the stepson, confirmed his account of the incident. The child’s mother said she was not home at the time and she suspected her ex-husband, who has been harassing her, is responsible for the report, which was unfounded.

Officers responded to reports of a reckless driver on Broadview Road Sept. 30, observed the vehicle on Streetsboro Road and stopped the driver at Brush Road. The Cleveland man failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and booked into Richfield Jail until he could raise $400 bond. His BAC tested .21.

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.

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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