West Side Neighborhood Watch
WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 800 block of Seward Avenue Oct. 5; the 2200 block of West Market Street Oct. 13; the 1300 block of Shanabrook Drive Oct. 14; the 1800 block of Kingsley Avenue Oct. 15; the 2100 block of Thurmont Road Oct. 15; the 500 block of Diagonal Road Oct. 17; the 900 block of Valdes Avenue Oct. 17; and the 100 block of Grand Avenue Oct. 18.
Detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred Oct. 16 around 7 p.m. The victim, a 21-year-old Wildwood Avenue man, reported he was involved in a verbal argument with the suspect outside the victim’s house. The suspect allegedly left and returned several minutes later with a handgun, which he used to shoot the victim in the left leg. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. Detectives are following up on a possible suspect, and no charges had been filed at the time of the report.
A 47-year-old Summit Lake neighborhood woman was charged Oct. 17 with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The woman allegedly rented a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria from an automobile rental company on the block of West Market Street in Highland Square on March 1, with a promise to return it on March 13. According to the police report, the vehicle was recovered from a location in Laurel, Md., on April 19.
On Oct. 18, a 56-year-old Westgay Drive man was charged with aggravated burglary, felonious assault, domestic violence and domestic violence menacing for an incident that occurred in the 100 block of Birdwood Road. Officers noted the man has a prior conviction for domestic violence.
Detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred in the 400 block of Homer Avenue Oct. 21 around 11 p.m. The victim, a 28-year-old male, was found with multiple gunshot wounds inside of a 2005 Chrysler 300 parked on the street. No suspect had been identified at the time of the report. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department’s Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490. Callers can remain anonymous.
BATH: Police are seeking two people who entered a Medina Road shoe store Oct. 10, selected three pairs of shoes from a display, took them to a cashier and returned them for a gift card. According to information on video surveillance footage, the suspects committed the same crime in the chain’s Canton store.
A driver stopped for a traffic violation on Ghent Road Oct. 10 was arrested for driving under a license forfeiture suspension. The owner of the vehicle, who was a passenger, allegedly admitted she knew he had no driving privileges, and she was charged with wrongful entrustment of a vehicle.
Employees in the emergency room of a Medina Road medical facility called police Oct. 11 to report a stabbing victim was being treated. Police interviewed the victim, who had wounds of the arms, shoulders and thighs, and she told them she did not know who stabbed her or why. The incident occurred on Nome Avenue in Akron, and she said a woman who left in a van dropped her off at the emergency room. While the victim was being treated, that woman came to the hospital driving a different vehicle and asked to have a facial piercing removed. She was placed in a treatment room next to the victim’s room, and employees said she was sending repeated text messages while she was in the waiting room. After her piercing was removed, she fled. The victim was released to another female, who was arrested for receiving stolen property and driving under suspension. Police found jeans and a purse stolen from a Canton area mall in the car. She also was charged with transporting an infant without a safety seat. Akron detectives were investigating the stabbing.
Police responded to reports of an erratic driver on Interstate 77 at 1 a.m. Oct. 13, when motorists reported the suspect was tailgating other vehicles and swerving across lane lines. Officers observed the driver’s behavior and stopped him. He pulled off the highway, and police pulled over behind his vehicle. He placed his vehicle in reverse and backed into the cruiser. Police had to assist him in getting the vehicle into the park position. He showed signs of extreme intoxication, but he refused to take a field sobriety test, and after being arrested for DUI, he also refused to take a BAC test. He was additionally charged with refusal of the test while having a prior conviction for DUI. A female passenger, who also was highly intoxicated and sleeping in the vehicle, was released to the Akron Police Department on a warrant. Ohio State Highway Patrol officers filed an accident report involving the damage to the cruiser and cited the driver for improper backing.
A woman stopped on North Cleveland-Massillon Road for a vehicle equipment violation the evening of Oct. 13 was charged with possession of marijuana after officers reportedly found a bag of it in plain view when the driver opened the vehicle center console during the traffic stop.
A West Point Avenue woman reported Oct. 14 someone used her bank debit card numbers to make an unauthorized withdrawal from her account. She was provided with an identity theft packet.
Officers on Medina Road Oct. 15 stopped the driver of a vehicle with expired license plates and arrested him for driving under two license suspensions. He was released with a court summons.
On Oct. 15, police were seeking the person responsible for breaking the window of a vehicle parked at a Medina Road location and stealing a book bag.
COPLEY: A representative of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road business reported Oct. 9 three people have contacted the business concerning checks bearing the name of the business, but which were not written by the business or generated from its bank account. The callers are from North and South Carolina, and each of the checks was written for more than $9,000. To date, there has been no loss to the business due to the fraudulent checks, but banks that cashed the checks possibly sustained losses.
A Copley woman stopped for a vehicle equipment violation on Ridgewood Road Oct. 10 was arrested for driving under two license suspensions. Her vehicle was towed to an impound lot.
The manager of a Montrose West Avenue hotel reported Oct. 11 a motorcycle had been in the parking lot for an extended period of time. The license was registered to a Copley man, who said he sold the bike, but he could not say to whom he sold it or why it was still registered in his name. Police arranged to have the vehicle towed from the business lot.
Firefighters and police responded to a fire in a room of a Rothrock Road residential complex Oct. 12 after a man reported his wife fell asleep with a lit cigarette, which caused the carpet to catch fire. Firefighters contained the blaze to the apartment and extinguished it. The woman declined medical attention, but was transported to the hospital due to the extent of toxic fumes produced by the fire.
A Copley man reported Oct. 13 his employer is transferring him back to China and surrendered a .40-caliber semi-automatic weapon to police, stating he was donating the weapon to them and they could use it or dispose of it because he did not want to leave it at his home in his absence, nor did he want to sell it. He said he no longer wanted to be responsible for the firearm, and police took possession of it.
Police attempted to locate the owner of a set of dentures found in the parking lot of a Brookwall Drive furniture store Oct. 13.
Police patrolling Rothrock Road the night of Oct. 15 spoke to a female sitting behind the steering wheel of a car in a parking lot. Officers noticed the odor of marijuana in the vehicle, and the Moreland Hills woman surrendered the remaining portion of the marijuana cigar, was charged with its possession and released with a court summons.
A Royal Crest Drive woman reported Oct. 15 an unknown person opened a utility account using her address and Social Security number.
Employees of a Montrose home improvement store reported Oct. 17 they observed a young male opening a packaged item and questioned him. He denied attempting to open the package and left the store. Employees noticed a $500 saw set had been removed from its packaging and was missing. They ran after the suspect, who entered a black Ford Focus and fled. Officers traced the license number to an older Akron man who did not fit the description of the suspect, and they are reviewing video footage of the incident.
FAIRLAWN: On Oct. 13, police arrested a Copley man on warrants for telecommunication harassment and criminal trespassing. The suspect reportedly harassed his former employer at a West Market Street drugstore Sept. 25 by coming to the business after being fired and being told not to be on the property, telling another employee to say hello to her and placing notes on the windshield of her car. When police responded to that report, the suspect agreed not to contact the manager or be on store property again, and he was warned that if he did he would be arrested. On Oct. 10, he sent her several text messages, and police signed warrants for his arrest. Copley officers assisted in arresting him at his home. He was taken to the Summit County Jail.
Police investigated an Oct. 11 report of theft by deception filed by the manager of a West Market Street drugstore, where a man reportedly used a $100 bill to pay for a $1.59 lip balm. When he received change, he began asking the clerk to exchange some of the bills for different denominations of cash. A female with him reportedly acted as a lookout, and when a manager approached, the two left, leaving the cashier’s drawer short $50.
Officers are seeking someone who damaged the door of a Trunko Road learning resource center at Fort Island Park Oct. 12 by kicking it in an attempt to gain entry. The city’s Service Department repaired the damage.
Security agents at a Montrose discount store reported Oct. 15 two women concealed clothing items under their clothing and attempted to leave the store without paying for the merchandise. The women, from Kenmore and Barberton, were charged with theft, and each was released with a court summons.
On Oct. 16, police responded to a domestic dispute at a Chamberlain Road residence where a male and female agreed there was no physical contact and the altercation was verbal only. The male was arrested for violating a protection order after police determined the female had obtained a court order prohibiting him from being in contact with her.
An Akron woman who concealed $40 jeans in a large handbag that she had reportedly lined with duct tape was arrested for theft and possession of criminal tools Oct. 17 after security agents at a mall department store reported her to police. She was released with a court summons and banned from the store indefinitely. The “booster bag” was confiscated.
A Canton man was arrested for shoplifting an $8 bracelet from a mall specialty store Oct. 18 and released with a court summons.
Security agents at a Montrose discount store reported Oct. 18 two shoplifters were in the store. Police arrested a Norton woman for receiving stolen property after she allegedly concealed three shirts and groceries totaling $20 that reportedly were selected by her live-in boyfriend. He was charged with theft of merchandise totaling $216. Both suspects were banned from the store indefinitely.
NORTON: An employee of a Greenwich Road restaurant reported Oct. 13 a customer was yelling at his girlfriend and when she asked him to stop, he shook his fist at her. He was arrested for disorderly conduct and released with a court summons.
Police responded to a call about a vehicle in a ditch on Barber Road Oct. 14 and found three males who had used chains to pull out the vehicle, which had sustained heavy front-end damage. The three said their friend called them to pull out the car, but they did not know his name or where he went. Officers located him at a hospital emergency room, and he allegedly lied about the accident, then admitted he left the scene because he had been drinking and had a prior DUI conviction. One of the males, who lied to officers that he had been driving the vehicle, was arrested for obstructing official business. Another male at the scene also was charged for lying to police. The driver was charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and obstruction of official business.
A woman reported she returned to her home on Bevington Street Oct. 14 to find someone entered the home, ate a sandwich, drank four cans of soda and slept in her daughter’s bed. Her house key was the only thing that was missing.
Police patrolling Interstate 76 at 3 a.m. Oct. 14 observed a driver heading east in the westbound lane and stopped her. The Akron woman failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released on bond.
A Krancz Drive woman reported Oct. 15 someone entered her home through a bedroom window and stole a computer monitor, flat-screen TV and video games.
A Norton man stopped for a lane violation while driving on Greenwich Road Oct. 15 failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. His BAC tested .225.
A Wadsworth Road man reported Oct. 16 he left his $1,000 laptop computer in his brother’s room at a 31st Street motel, and his brother’s ex-girlfriend stole it and refuses to return it. He said if it is not returned, he would pursue charges against her.
Officers conducted a drug sweep at Norton High School Oct. 16, and K-9 officers alerted police to the presence of contraband in a vehicle belonging to an 18-year-old student. Police attempted to arrest him, but he fled. He was apprehended after a short foot pursuit, and marijuana, paraphernalia, a digital scale and cash from his vehicle were confiscated. He was charged with drug trafficking, possession of drugs and paraphernalia and resisting arrest and was taken to the Summit County Jail. K-9 officers also alerted police to the presence of marijuana and paraphernalia in another car, and police arrested an 18-year-old female student for possession and released her with a court summons.
A Greenwich Road man reported Oct. 17 an 18-foot $3,500 trailer, hedge trimmers and two backpack blowers were stolen from his barn and driveway the previous night.
On Oct. 17, a man reported he went to check on his parents’ Glenbrook Drive residence while they were away and discovered the side door had been pried open. Police confiscated a pry bar found at the scene and determined two TVs, a stereo, DVD player and digital picture frame had been stolen.
A Wadsworth Road man reported Oct. 17 his girlfriend of two months took one of his personal checks without his permission and cashed it for $867. He said he has been unable to contact the Rittman woman and if his money is not returned, he would pursue charges. Police attempted to contact the suspect and also asked the Rittman Police Department to contact her.
Police responded to a report of burglary at a Norton Avenue residence Oct. 17, found a window of the trailer had been broken, and a flat-screen TV and DVD player with speakers had been stolen. Officers secured the residence and attempted to locate the owner.
While officers were following up on an investigation at a Norton Avenue residence Oct. 19, they observed marijuana and paraphernalia in plain view. A man admitted ownership of the items and was charged with their possession and released with a court summons.
RICHFIELD: A Streetsboro Road man reported Oct. 8 a tractor blade was stolen from his barn and 200 pounds of scrap aluminum was stolen from his property. He said he saw a man in a red pickup truck on his property a week before the report, but the man told him he was from a utility company, and he did not question him any further.
A Brush Road man reported Oct. 9 two rifles were missing from his collection, but there was no sign of forced entry into his residence. Police reported information about the weapons to a national database for stolen firearms.
Police responded to a report Oct. 10 about a delivery truck containing 10,000 pounds of cargo that was stuck in a ditch at a Hawkins Road location. When the truck was towed from the ditch, it left a trench that was 2-feet deep and 18-inches long in the surrounding property.
On Oct. 12, officers investigated a report by a Grant Street woman who said she took her trash to the end of her driveway in a $140 wagon designed to transport trash for pick-up. Around 8:20 p.m., she saw the driver of a pickup truck stop the vehicle by her driveway, get out and load the trash wagon into the back of his truck. When she yelled to him, he got back into the truck and drove away, heading north on Grant Street and turning on Mill Street.
The Akron police reports were compiled by Ariel Hakim, and the remainder were compiled by Maggie DeMellier.
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