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West Side Neighborhood Watch

10/18/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 1000 block of Karen Drive between May 17 and Oct. 8; the 1200 block of Nome Avenue between Sept. 25 and Oct. 5; the 1500 block of Little Street Oct. 3; the 900 block of Frederick Boulevard Oct. 4; the 100 block of South Rhodes Avenue Oct. 4; the 1900 block of West Market Street between Oct. 5 and 6; the 400 block of Moreley Avenue Oct. 5; the 1100 block of Nome Avenue between Oct. 8 and 9; the 800 block of Peerless Avenue Oct. 8; the 1100 block of Seward Avenue Oct. 8; the 2200 block of Thurmont Road Oct. 9; the 600 block of West Exchange Street Oct. 10; and the 900 block of Pickford Avenue Oct. 13.

A 25-year-old West Market Street woman and a 22-year-old Fairlawn woman were charged with felonious assault Oct. 5 for an incident that occurred on East Exchange Street near The University of Akron July 14. The women allegedly assaulted the victim, causing her nasal bones to be fractured.

Two 21-year-old Chapel Hill neighborhood men were charged with felonious assault Oct. 8 for an incident that occurred in the 1200 block of Weathervane Lane Aug. 23. One of the men reportedly pushed the victim before the other man hit the victim in the head. The victim was knocked to the ground, unconscious, and was later determined to have serious injuries, including a subdural intracranial hemorrhage. 

A 24-year-old Weathervane Lane man was charged with carrying a concealed weapon Oct. 9. Officers were called to a bank on the 1600 block of Merriman Road regarding two males loitering in the parking lot, and the man was found to be in possession of a loaded pistol.

On Oct. 10, a 31-year-old Delia Avenue man was charged with domestic violence and domestic violence menacing for an incident that occurred Sept. 26 on Roslyn Avenue. The man allegedly got into an argument with the victim, grabbing the victim’s arm and taking the victim’s keys. According to police, the man threatened to fight the victim in the street and balled his fists, behaving as if he intended to hit the victim.

Officers charged a 24-year-old Romig Road man with carrying a concealed weapon, having weapons under disability and obstructing official business Oct. 13, when they responded to a report of a man with a gun on Fleming Drive in Downtown Akron. The man was arrested, and the gun was recovered after a witness led officers to the location of the weapon on the ground.

Officers were called to Lake Street in the Summit Lake neighborhood regarding a fight Oct. 16 and charged a 26-year-old Lake Street woman, along with a 21-year-old Mineola Avenue man and a 21-year-old Gordon Drive man, with aggravated burglary. The men also were charged with felonious assault. The three allegedly entered the victims’ apartment by force and assaulted three victims with baseball bats and belts.

BATH: An Olentangy Drive man was arrested for possession of a controlled substance Oct. 4 and taken to the  Summit County Jail. Police confiscated several items of evidence from his home.

On Oct. 6, a McVey Road woman reported someone stole a lawnmower and gas grill from a shed and attempted to enter the residence.

Police investigated an incident at a North Shore Drive residence around 4 a.m. Oct. 7, when residents said they heard a loud noise and their phones were not working. Police determined someone attempted to break into the home and cut the phone lines.

A man reported Oct. 7 his wallet was stolen from a locker at a Medina Road fitness center by someone who stole $250 cash and used his credit card to make purchases totaling $282. Police investigated and reviewed video footage of the locker room to identify two juveniles. The following day, officers interviewed the two males, who allegedly admitted stealing the items. Some of the victim’s property was recovered. The suspects were charged with theft and taken to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.

A Timberline Drive woman reported her father gave a man permission to hunt on the family’s property, but after a discussion among family members, he rescinded his permission for hunting on the property and requested officers advise the man of the decision. Police advised him he is no longer permitted to hunt on the property, and he agreed to comply with the decision.

Security agents at a Montrose grocery store reported Oct. 8 two women concealed items in a cloth bag. One woman left the store without paying for the items and was stopped, charged with theft and released with a court summons. The other woman fled before police arrived, and officers signed a warrant for her arrest on charges of theft and criminal trespassing. She had been banned from the store in 2010.

A Reserve Drive resident reported Oct. 8 two custom-made Mitt Romney political signs were stolen from the yard.

An employee at a North Cleveland-Massillon Road business told police Oct. 9 that she reported a co-worker, who was reprimanded as a result, and the co-worker walked past her desk and slapped the back of her head. She asked that the incident be documented.

COPLEY: An Encell Drive man was arrested on a warrant Oct. 2 and released to the Medina County Sheriff’s Office.

Employees of a Rothrock Road store reported they confronted a man Oct. 3 after observing him attempting to remove packaging from an electronic item. He denied the allegation, and when he left the store, employees determined he had opened it and stolen a $50 computer memory card.

An Akron man hitchhiking on Copley Road Oct. 4 was arrested on a felony warrant and released to Summit County sheriff’s deputies.

An Oak Tree Drive man called police Oct. 4 to report his wife came home intoxicated and followed him throughout the house attempting to speak to him. He said he was unable to avoid her, and he went to his car in the driveway and called police. Officers convinced the woman to leave the residence for the night and transported her to her mother’s house.

A Copley Road man reported Oct. 4 he lost his phone several months ago and an unknown person has been using it to call people whose phone numbers were on the phone’s contact list. The suspect also is sending unwanted text messages to people on his contact list. Police are investigating.

On Oct. 4, officers were called to a White Pond Drive residence, where two female cousins were engaged in a physical confrontation. Neither had visible injuries, and due to conflicting information, police were unable to determine a primary aggressor. No charges were filed, and the two were advised to have no contact with each other. One woman said she wanted the other to move out, and she was advised she would have to follow an eviction process.

Officers responded to a domestic disturbance at a Stonebridge Boulevard residence Oct. 4. The parties agreed there was no physical contact and no threats were made. The female was transported to a hotel for the night.

Police went to a Rothrock Road motel Oct. 5 and arrested two males and two females, all from Akron, on warrants for possession of dangerous drugs. They were released to the Summit County Jail.

A Remington Avenue woman reported Oct. 5 a $45 watch and $27 shirt were stolen from her mailbox.

On Oct. 5, police responded to a traffic crash at the intersection of Copley Road and state Route 21, where they found a damaged vehicle facing east in the westbound lane of Copley Road. The driver reported he was traveling on Copley Road when the driver of an SUV crossed the road, struck the side of his vehicle, causing it to spin around, and continued driving on state Route 21. Parts of the SUV were at the accident scene, and police determined the parts matched a vehicle stopped by Medina police. The driver was identified as an Avon woman who had been charged with DUI and was at the Medina Jail. Police went to the jail and charged her with leaving the scene of an accident and failure to yield right of way.

Officers from Bath and Fairlawn assisted police in seeking a man who entered a Montrose phone store at 5:21 p.m. Oct. 6 and stole a $450 phone and a $650 phone. Witnesses saw the suspect leave the store and flee in a vehicle. One man pursued him to the area of Summit Mall, where he lost sight of him.

Police investigated a report that a woman with a young child was soliciting money at a Springside Drive location Oct. 8 and observed them on Rothrock Road. The female told police she was on her way to her hotel room to drop off her 5-year-old daughter and pick up her 9-year-old son so she could go back to soliciting. She was advised it is illegal to solicit money, and she said she was unaware of that. She said her husband would stay with her daughter while she and her son found a new location for solicitation. Police checked to be sure an adult would be with the 5-year-old, and they arrested her husband on a felony warrant and released him to Portage County sheriff’s deputies.

FAIRLAWN: On Oct. 6, police went to pick up a Cleveland woman wanted on a Fairlawn warrant for theft. She was charged and taken to the Summit County Jail.

Police patrolling South Miller Road Oct. 7 stopped an Akron woman for a traffic violation and released her to the Barberton Police Department on a warrant.

The manager of a Montrose discount store called police Oct. 7 to report a call he received from an unknown female, who said her 4-year-old daughter was missing and she was last seen at the store at 10 p.m. that night. She provided no identifying information and did not leave a phone number, but said she would call back. She reportedly did not call back, and police determined the manager was wanted on a felony forgery warrant, and they arrested him and released him to Cuyahoga County sheriff’s deputies.

Security agents at a mall department store reportedly observed a woman take merchandise into a fitting room Oct. 8, conceal it in her purse and leave the store without paying for it. Police stopped the Twinsburg woman in the mall concourse, retrieved the $492 in merchandise and returned it to the store, and charged the suspect with theft. She was released with a court summons.

A Copley woman was arrested for theft Oct. 8 after security agents at a Montrose discount store allegedly observed her place items totaling $397 in a shopping cart, put the items into bags and leave the store without paying for it. Officers confronted the woman outside the store. The merchandise was returned to the store, and the suspect was released with a court summons.

Security agents at a mall department store observed a man who had been banned from the store place a bag of merchandise outside the store and enter it. Police charged him with criminal trespassing and are investigating whether he paid for the merchandise in the bag he stashed before entering the store.

NORTON: On Oct. 4, the treasurer of a political action committee supporting the Norton Fire Levy reported 40 political signs worth $272 were stolen from various yards in the community.

Police responded to reports of a loud fight at a 31st Street motel Oct. 6 and spoke to a male and female who were arguing in a room. Both parties had injuries, but the male reportedly stated that in order to have some peace, he agreed to be arrested for striking the female. He was charged with domestic violence and taken to the Summit County Jail.

Police patrolling Tallwood Drive at 1 a.m. Oct. 6 stopped a driver of a vehicle without headlights. The Akron woman failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. Her BAC tested .176.

A man reported he placed a $400 cell phone on the counter of a Wadsworth Road gas station the evening of Oct. 7 and it was stolen. He said if the phone is returned, he would not pursue criminal charges.

A Norton female driver who was identified on video footage as colliding head-on with several vehicles while she was driving into a Greenwich Road parking lot Oct. 7 failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI.

Police are seeking the person who broke into two trucks parked at a Clarkmill Road business Oct. 8 and stole supplies and equipment.

On Oct. 8, police patrolling Interstate 76 stopped a driver for lane violations. The Canal Fulton man failed a field sobriety test and he was charged with DUI. His BAC tested .221.

A Norton woman reported Oct. 8 that while her truck was advertised for sale and parked at a Wooster Road business, it was stolen. The vehicle is a Ford F-150 with a red snow plow.

A Taylor Road woman reported Oct. 8 that someone entered her husband’s unlocked vehicle in their driveway and stole a $150 crossbow and other items.

A Haynes Street man reported he had a fight with his girlfriend at her Medina home Oct. 9 and left. She went to his home and let herself in. He filed charges of criminal trespassing against her, and she was arrested and released with a court summons.

A Barber Road car dealer reported Oct. 10 an Akron woman took a vehicle for a test drive the previous day and had signed a contract agreeing to return the car within two hours, but had yet to return it. Police went to the suspect’s home, and the car and suspect were not there. Officers determined she is wanted on a felony warrant in Akron for unauthorized use of a vehicle taken under similar circumstances.

On Oct. 10, police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Sheridan Street residence and arrested a juvenile for domestic violence. He was taken to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Denter.

RICHFIELD: A Brecksville Road woman reported Oct. 3 someone entered her bedroom between 5 and 10 a.m. and stole 33 Adderall tablets. She questioned her daughter and several friends who were in the residence during that time, but all denied taking the medication.

Police investigated a report of a suspicious male walking on Brecksville Road Oct. 4. Officers located him standing in the driveway of an office building, and he said he had been in the area for a professional appointment and was lost and unable to find the lot where he parked. Police verified he had been to a professional appointment and assisted him in locating his vehicle.

On Oct. 5, police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Richlawn Drive residence, where a woman reported her husband struck her several times and threatened to harm his son. Three police officers heard the man in a phone conversation stating he would shoot his son and kill his wife. Police encouraged the man to go to another location so he could be safely apprehended. He was charged with domestic violence and menacing and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A Revere Road woman reported Oct. 6 an unknown person has been dumping branches and brush close to a fence on her property, blocking the gate to an enclosed area.

Police responded to noise complaints at a Cascade Oaks Terrace residence Oct. 6 involving a man who was mowing his lawn around 8 p.m. He was advised to stop mowing and continue in the morning and not to undertake any noisy outdoor activities after sundown or he could be arrested for violation of the county noise ordinance.

A Forestridge Drive man reported Oct. 7 he left a vehicle parked and locked in his driveway at 8 p.m., and around 4 a.m., the vehicle alarm sounded. He used the remote control device to turn it off, but he did not check the vehicle. When he went to the vehicle several hours later, he discovered a window had been broken and hockey skates were missing from the car.


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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