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West Side Neighborhood Watch

10/11/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 1000 block of West Exchange Street Oct. 3; the 800 block of Packard Drive Oct. 3; and the 300 block of Noah Avenue Oct. 4.

On Oct. 1, around 11 a.m., a South Highland Avenue gift store was robbed at gunpoint, for the second time in two weeks. The clerk reported the suspect entered the store and pointed a gun at him. The suspect allegedly demanded money from the register and a gas-mask-style tobacco pipe before fleeing the store. On Oct. 3, around 11 a.m., detectives were patrolling the area of Highland Square when they observed a male behind a business at West Market and South Balch streets sitting on a wall near some bushes. He was reportedly wearing the same clothing worn by the robbery suspect, and detectives stopped him, recovering a black backpack containing a BB gun. The man, an 18-year-old Byers Avenue resident, was arrested and allegedly confessed to robbing a pizza shop in the 800 block of West Market Street at gunpoint Sept. 28 and robbing the South Highland Avenue gift store Sept. 25. He was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and booked into the Summit County Jail. Additional charges are expected, according to officers.

BATH: Police responded to a residence Sept. 22, when an unruly juvenile used his hand to break a window in his bedroom. He was transported to a hospital for treatment.

A Hametown Road woman reported Sept. 25 the license plate was stolen from her car. Police entered information about the plate in a national database for stolen vehicles and license plates.

On Sept. 27, police responded to a domestic dispute at a Partridge Lane residence where a husband and wife had a verbal disagreement, and the husband left before police arrived. When he returned to the residence, both parties agreed there were no threats or physical violence. The parties were advised of the rules regarding domestic violence.

A Stonebridge Drive man went to the police station Oct. 3 to report his estranged wife has been harassing him and sending him unwanted text messages. He said she has assaulted him in the past but he declined to report it. He asked for documentation of the incident only and no police intervention at the time.

Police are seeking someone who wore a hooded sweatshirt and ski mask when he approached a man using an ATM machine outside a Springside Drive bank around 8 p.m. Oct. 3, placed a gun against the victim’s head and demanded money. The victim gave him the money, and the suspect fled running across the parking lot of a hotel.

COPLEY: Officers patrolling a Montrose parking lot the night of Sept. 28 observed a man sleeping behind the steering wheel of a vehicle parked outside a closed furniture store. He failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for DUI and released with a court summons. The Massillon man’s BAC tested .09.

On Sept. 29, officers responded to a domestic dispute at a Copley Road apartment where a woman reported she argued with her live-in boyfriend over his use of cocaine and asked him to move out. She was throwing his clothing out the window when he closed it on her arm. The man agreed to leave and contact police before returning to retrieve the rest of his belongings.

Police recovered a stolen vehicle from outside a Rothrock Road business Sept. 30.

A Wadsworth man was driving a vehicle on Copley Road Sept. 30 when he lost control and the vehicle went off the road, through numerous yards, took out a traffic sign, flipped and landed on its roof in a ditch.  Police arrived to find him climbing out of the driver’s side of the vehicle, but he told officers someone else had been driving and the person ran away. He was transported to the hospital by EMS, and he submitted to a BAC test. Police were unable to locate another person who had been in the vehicle, and the driver was charged with DUI.

An Earhart Avenue woman reported Sept. 30 a vicious dog that was still in the llama pen growling at her had killed one of her Ilamas. Police responded to find the llama lying on the ground and the woman standing next to it. An officer placed himself between the dog and the woman. The llama rose to its feet, and the woman opened the barn door to allow it to get to safety. When the dog saw the other llamas in the barn, it reportedly charged and attacked the officer, who shot and killed it.

Employees of a Rothrock Road store reported Oct. 1 a shoplifter was leaving the store with merchandise. Police stopped the suspect, who denied taking anything. Officers questioned him about a bulge in his pocket, and he produced five CDs from the store. He was arrested for theft and released with a court summons.

Police investigated a report of prostitution at a Rothrock Road motel Oct. 1 and spoke to a female who said a male in her room was her boyfriend. A consent search of the room revealed syringes, spoons containing drug residue, crack pipes, a tourniquet and other items. She was arrested for possession of drug abuse instruments and released with a court summons.

A Hametown Road resident reported Oct. 2 a $150 radio was stolen from an unlocked truck outside the residence between 2:30 and 6 a.m.

A Henetta Avenue woman reported Oct. 2 a $1,000 laptop computer belonging to her employer was stolen from her vehicle the previous night.

Police responded to a report that a woman was screaming outside a Copley Road drugstore at 1:20 a.m. Oct. 4 and found her lying face down on the sidewalk. She said she used heroin earlier that evening, and EMS transported her to the hospital.

FAIRLAWN: A Fairlawn man reported his $200 cell phone was stolen from a bench in Croghan Park while he played basketball Sept. 28. He tracked the phone to a residence on Kenridge Road the following day, and police were investigating.

Police were called to a West Market Street restaurant the afternoon of Sept. 29 after a manager reported a man assaulted him because he advised the suspect he could not bring tea into the restaurant with him. Officers located the Hartville man walking in a nearby plaza with three small children. Video surveillance footage showed the suspect grab the manager by the neck. He was arrested for assault and released with a court summons.

On Sept. 30, a Park Hill Drive man reported the theft of jewelry worth more than $2,000 from his home. He said he recently ended a relationship with a live-in girlfriend, who is a suspect in an incident of jewel theft at another residence.

Police investigated an Oct. 1 report that two males appeared to be throwing objects at vehicles at the intersection of Buffington and Morewood roads. Officers located the two and determined they were not throwing objects. One man was arrested on a warrant and released to the Copley Police Department.

Officers patrolling Interstate 77 Oct. 2 observed a disabled vehicle partially in the roadway on the exit ramp to South Cleveland-Massillon Road. Three females were with the vehicle, but none of them had valid driving privileges. One woman was arrested for misrepresentation of identity after she reportedly provided a false name to officers to avoid being arrested on a Fairlawn Police Department warrant for theft and several warrants from the Akron Police Department. The vehicle license plate was registered to another vehicle. The owner of the plate said she traded her car to an East Avenue car dealership, who told her the plates had been lost. She asked that the license plate be destroyed, and that she was unaware of the location of the other license plate.

On Oct. 2 an officer on patrol at a mall was summoned by a clothing store manager who said a man stole $745 worth of jeans and fled the store, ran across the street and to a vehicle. Police stopped him as he entered the vehicle, charged the Cleveland man with theft and released him to the Akron Police Department on two warrants.

Employees of a West Market Street discount department store reported Oct. 3 two known shoplifters were in the electronics department. A male reportedly used a tool to remove two videogames from a display case, and a female accomplice concealed the games in her purse. Police stopped the two and charged them with theft. After reviewing video footage of an incident Sept. 30, when the two allegedly stole items, they were charged with theft of merchandise that totaled $260, released with court summonses and banned from the store indefinitely.

Mall security agents called police Sept. 4 when a female they suspected of shoplifting became uncooperative with agents and shoved one of them. Police charged the Akron woman with disorderly conduct and found 14 undergarments belonging to a mall lingerie store in her purse. Theft charges were pending completion of an investigation.

Police responded to a call of a large fight at a children’s restaurant on West Market Street Oct. 6. Officers arrived to find around 40 people arguing in the lobby and two males engaged in a physical confrontation. One woman said a female assaulted her and police located her. After viewing video footage of the assault incidents, police arrested the Akron woman for assault. Officers were unable to determine which male was the primary aggressor, but one of them was arrested on a warrant and released to the Barberton Police Department. Police dispersed the crowd and cleared the scene.

NORTON: A Shellhart Road woman reported Sept. 30 she has been receiving numerous calls from a company stating she has won $10 million in a lottery. She said the calls are an attempt to perpetrate a scam and they continue despite her request that they stop.

A man reported he and his girlfriend were in a vehicle in the parking lot of a Hametown Road park Sept. 30 when a driver began circling their car and staring at them. When he confronted the driver, the suspect threw a soda can, damaging his vehicle. He followed the driver as he drove on Hametown Road and pulled into a trailer park, then obtained a rifle and pointed it at the victims, who left.

On Oct. 2, a Shellhart Road juvenile was charged with assault after he reportedly knocked another youth to the ground at a school bus stop using a book bag.

An Easton Road woman reported Oct. 4 her son was out of control and threatening to damage property with a baseball bat. She said he struck his father before he grabbed the bat. Police ordered him to drop the bat numerous times, but the youth charged at officers, still carrying the bat. He was arrested for domestic violence and disorderly conduct and taken to the Norton Jail.

Police contacted a Canton woman and told her to have no contact with a Greenridge Road female who reported Oct. 4 that the suspect has been sending her harassing text messages.

PENINSULA: On Aug. 28, a Peninsula officer was dispatched to take a report regarding a threatening note left at a Whaley Road address. The resident told the officer someone had placed a newspaper article titled, “Cats kill more critters than thought,” in his mailbox. At the top of the article, someone had handwritten the following message: “All cats will be shot on sight.” The resident told the officer he believed the note to be aimed at his three cats. The officer advised him to watch for any unknown persons around his property and to contact the police if anyone is seen.

Officers were dispatched to a location on South Locust Street Aug. 28 to investigate a report of a female being dragged from a car and assaulted by a male. The reporting party was unable to identify the individuals involved by name. Upon arrival, no one was located outside of the property and no one would respond to repeated knocks on the door or calls into two open windows. The officers gained access into the property when the victim’s juvenile son came home from school. The victim was located on the floor of the bathroom with “obvious facial injury.” The Valley Fire District Rescue Squad was summoned, and the woman was taken to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment. The woman would not identify her attacker. On Aug. 29, an officer was walking southbound on South Locust Street when he observed a male walking north on the street who fit the description of the suspect involved in the Aug. 28 assault. The officer turned his car around to interview the man, but when he did, the suspect was gone. A few minutes later, the same officer observed the suspect in the parking lot of a restaurant talking to an employee. The officer conducted an interview with the man, who said he was waiting for his girlfriend to return from a gas station. The man said he had come from a golf course, where he made a telephone call in the clubhouse. He said his father (not identified by name) was playing golf there. The suspect provided his name, date of birth and Social Security card, all of which came back from the computer as “nothing in file.” The man then disappeared. The officer patrolled the area and notified other units of the incident. Meanwhile, a fellow officer obtained a photograph of the suspect in the assault case, and the patrolling officer confirmed the man in the photograph was the same man he had interviewed at the restaurant. Several hours later, an officer observed the suspect on Akron-Peninsula Road. The man fled eastward into the wooded area, and units from the National Parks Service; Metro Parks, Serving Summit County; and a K-9 unit from the Akron Police Department assisted in locating the man. The suspect was found and arrested by a Metro Parks ranger. He was taken to the Peninsula police station for booking and then sent to the Summit County Jail. He was charged with obstructing justice — false information.

On Aug. 31, two Peninsula officers responded to a residence on Main Street for “a suspicious person” call. The resident told the officers he had come home to discover his garage door open. The man said he went to investigate when he saw an unknown white male with blond hair and a blue shirt running west through his back yard. The man said nothing appeared to be missing or disturbed. The officers checked the area but could not locate the man.

RICHFIELD: Police responded to a report that a man was struck by a car in the parking lot of a Broadview Road bar at 1:43 a.m. Sept. 30. The driver of the vehicle was gone when officers arrived, and the victim said he was not hurt and that the driver struck him accidentally while he was in the passenger seat of the vehicle with the door open, and the driver took off without knowing he had fallen from the car. Neither the victim nor his girlfriend, who was an employee of the bar, knew the driver’s last name, but the female provided his phone number. The victim was transported to the hospital. Police traced the phone number to an address and went to the residence, but the driver was not there and his father said he did not know where he lives. Police asked that he have the driver call them. When they checked on the victim at 4 a.m., he was still at the hospital. He was advised to call if he changed his mind about charging the driver.

On Sept. 30, officers responded to a domestic dispute at a Brecksville Road residence where an estranged couple argued after the woman arrived to retrieve personal possessions. Both parties agreed no physical confrontation occurred and there were no threats. The two agreed the woman would leave with her property and their 1-year-old child. The two were advised to have no contact with each other, and they agreed to comply.

Police patrolling the intersection of Streetsboro and Broadview roads the night of Sept. 30 stopped a driver for lane violations and gave him a warning regarding his driving. A rear seat passenger was observed placing something under the vehicle seat, and he was asked to exit the vehicle. A consent search of the vehicle revealed an open container of beer in the back seat and a container with marijuana and a drug pipe. Under the rear seat, police found a marijuana grinder with marijuana and a digital scale. The driver and passenger, both juveniles from Brecksville and Akron, were charged with possession of drugs, paraphernalia and having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle, and released to their parents.  


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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