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West Side Neighborhood Watch

11/8/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 700 block of Portage Trail between Oct. 20 and Oct. 27; the 800 block of Stadelman Avenue between Oct. 20 and Oct. 31; the 300 block of Grace Avenue Oct. 26; the 400 block of Mineola Avenue Oct. 26; the 1600 block of Merriman Road between Oct. 26 and Oct. 29; the 800 block of Delaware Avenue Oct. 27; the 100 block of West Exchange Street between Oct. 27 and Oct. 29; the 1600 block of Fairfax Road between Oct. 27 and Oct. 31; the 1500 block of Akron-Peninsula Road Oct. 28; the 500 block of Noble Avenue Oct. 30; the 1200 block of Greenwood Avenue, the 1300 block of Frederick Boulevard, the 500 block of Noble Avenue and the 300 block of Madison Avenue Oct. 31; and the 400 block of Grace Avenue Nov. 1.

Shortly after 12:30 p.m. Oct. 30, both Akron Police and Fire personnel responded to Akron Children’s Hospital for a bomb threat. Hospital officials reported an anonymous caller said there was an orange bag in the lobby with a bomb. Police officers and hospital staff searched the hospital, but no device was found. The hospital returned to normal operations at about 1:30 p.m.

A Peckham Street man was charged with receiving stolen property, carrying a concealed weapon and drug abuse Oct. 31. The man ran from a vehicle that had stolen dealer plates on it, and when he was apprehended, he was found to be in possession of drugs and an 8-inch switchblade.

Also on that day, a Zahn Drive man was charged with forgery and theft after allegedly stealing blank checks and depositing them into his own account. He then reportedly forged and cashed checks for a total of $9,000.

A woman from Green was charged with driving under the influence after police investigated a vehicle accident on St. Michaels Ave. The woman was taken to the hospital and refused to give a blood sample. She has five prior arrests for DUI.

On Nov. 4, police attempted to stop a Noah Avenue man for reckless operation, but the driver sped away and a chase ensued. The driver ran several stop signs and ran off the road near Campbell and Lane streets, and then drove in reverse, striking the police cruiser. After the vehicle became disabled, the driver fled on foot, but was soon apprehended. Police recovered cocaine from the man’s pockets and $170 from the vehicle. The man was charged with assault on a police officer, possession of drugs, obstruction and failure to comply, and booked into the Summit County Jail.

BATH: A North Cleveland-Massillon Road florist reported Oct. 26 the business received two suspicious orders in the past three days naming the same recipient and using the same e-mail address, but using different credit cards originating in Texas and Florida. The first transaction was declined, and the business did not attempt to authorize the second. There was no financial loss to the business.

Police confiscated a counterfeit $10 bill received by a Montrose business Oct. 26.

Firefighters and police officers responded to a vehicle fire in a Medina Road parking lot Oct. 27. The fire was extinguished and the vehicle towed.

Officers are seeking the person who entered an unlocked barn on Medina Line Road Oct. 27 and stole three saddles and bridles totaling $7,700.

Police stopped the driver of a vehicle with a loud exhaust system on Ghent Road Oct. 27 and arrested him for driving under suspension and failure to transfer his license plate from his previous vehicle.

Employees of a Montrose store reported Oct. 28 a shoplifter took merchandise, scuffled with a security agent in the parking lot and fled in a vehicle. The agent recovered the merchandise and the suspect’s jacket, which contained pliers she allegedly used to remove security tags from the items.

A Harvest Drive man reported Oct. 29 someone entered his residence the previous night and stole several items, including a 2013 Chevy Volt from the garage.

On Oct. 29, a woman reported she used her credit card at a North Cleveland-Massillon Road gas station at 9 a.m., and she believes it dropped from her pocket. Minutes later, the card was used to make a purchase at the same station and at two other Montrose locations.

Police responded to a report of a smoldering mailbox on Appian Way around 3:30 a.m. Oct. 29 and determined the mailbox had been completely destroyed. Firefighters responded to extinguish the fire, and police searched the area for suspects.

A driver stopped for a traffic violation on Granger Road Oct. 29 was charged with possession of marijuana, which was found in the vehicle, and released with a court summons.

Vandals damaged state property Oct. 30 by painting obscenities on pillars of a Yellow Creek Road bridge.

A Rock Creek Road woman reported Oct. 30 she heard pounding on her front door during the night and awoke to find cupcakes had been pelted at her door and front porch. 

COPLEY: Following an investigation into reports of drug activity at a Montrose West Avenue hotel Oct. 10, police and officers from the Summit County Drug Unit arrested a Rotunda Avenue woman and a Stadleman Avenue man on two counts of drug trafficking and took them to the Summit County Jail. Officers confiscated drugs, paraphernalia and weapons from three rooms the female rented at the hotel, and a Treetop Trail man staying in one of the rooms was arrested for possession of drugs and released with a court summons.

On Oct. 27, police responded to a domestic dispute at a Colon Drive residence, where a woman reported her brother grabbed and pushed her during an argument. Her brother denied assaulting her and said he was attempting to calm her. Due to conflicting information, no charges were filed.

Police were called to the scene of an accident on Heritage Woods Drive Oct. 28 and observed a van that had sustained damage, and spoke to the driver, who said another driver struck his vehicle and left. Police found the door to his vehicle lying near a damaged guardrail nearby. The Garfield Heights driver, who appeared intoxicated, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and driving under suspension, and released with a court summons. His BAC tested .221.

The driver of a vehicle with no license plate was stopped on Medina Road Oct. 31. He told officers the plate was stolen from the vehicle while it was in the parking lot of a Rothrock Road motel the previous night.

An unknown person in New York attempted to withdraw $300 from the bank account of a Brenner Road resident Oct. 31. The transaction was declined, but the suspect was able to withdraw $142.

An Aberth Drive man reported Oct. 31 that 10 narcotic painkillers prescribed to him were stolen by someone who forced open a bedroom window between 4:30 and 6 p.m. He said his neighbor observed his ex-girlfriend’s car in his driveway around that time, and he believes she might have taken the medication.

A Goodenough Avenue woman reported she returned from a trip Oct. 31 to find two flat-screen TVs and a video game had been stolen. Police confiscated a bent kitchen knife that might have been used to gain entry.

Employees of a Montrose restaurant reported suspicious activity Nov. 1 involving a man who entered around 11 a.m., asked how many people were working at the time and gave the manager $30, asking that he give each employee $2. The man said he would pay for a meal for a couple, whom he said he knew, ordered food for himself and asked that his order be held for a while. He left $50 to pay for all the food, which was $4 short of the actual cost, and left abruptly. After he left, employees found a briefcase in the booth where he had been sitting. Police took it to the station and attempted to contact him.

On Nov. 1, an employee of a Montrose restaurant reported a bottle of prescription medication was stolen from her car while she worked. She said she gave a co-worker her keys to get cigarettes from the car, but the vehicle was locked the rest of the time she was working.

FAIRLAWN: On Oct. 26, the owner of a West Market Street dance studio reported a male student made unwanted advances toward her. After she told him she would no longer accept him as a student, he sent her a heart-shaped sculpture in the mail. She asked police to advise him that if he contacts her again, she will pursue charges of menacing by stalking.

A Norton woman reported Oct. 26 she dropped her boyfriend off at his residence on Bancroft Road after breaking up with him at her home, and he grabbed her by the neck and took her cell phone. The man denied grabbing her and he said she told him he could use her phone, then attempted to take it back from him. Police retrieved the phone and gave it to the woman. No charges were filed due to conflicting information.

A woman driving on Ghent Road the morning of Oct. 28 called police when she noticed the glass door of a salon had been broken. Police responded and determined the reception area had been ransacked. The owner reported she noticed nothing was missing at the time.

Employees of a mall clothing store reported Oct. 29 a shoplifter was fleeing from the mall toward a bus stop on West Market Street. Security officers stopped him as police arrived and retrieved merchandise totaling $560 from a booster bag (a shoplifting tool) he was carrying. The Copley man was arrested for theft and possession of criminal tools and released with a court summons. He was banned from the mall.

The owner of a Merz Boulevard business reported Oct. 31 she was notified of an unauthorized transaction for $176 made by a suspect who used the business’ credit card.

Police responded to a report of a shoplifter at a mall department store Oct. 31, when employees observed a male take merchandise into a fitting room and emerge without it. Officers determined he concealed two pairs of jeans in a backpack and he was wearing a third pair under his clothing. He was charged with theft, banned from the store and released to the Akron Police Department on a warrant.

A Brookwood Drive woman reported Oct. 31 that unauthorized withdrawals were made from a savings account she shares with her sister. She said the money was withdrawn at area ATM machines, and neither she nor her sister has an ATM card for the account.

A Lennox Drive man reported Oct. 31 he received a credit card for which he did not apply in the mail. He also stated someone in California and Arizona made unauthorized withdrawals totaling more than $4,000, from his bank account.

NORTON: A Barberton woman was arrested for shoplifting two bottles of liquor from a Greenwich Road grocery store Oct. 27 and released with a court summons.

Police investigated an incident of road rage Oct. 27, when two women reported they were traveling on Interstate 76 and the driver pulled the vehicle to the side of the road due to the engine overheating. Two white pick-up trucks stopped near them and several men got out screaming that the driver “cut them off” while trying to get the vehicle off the road, began kicking their vehicle and ripped off a side mirror, causing $1,000 damage.

On Oct. 28, a robbery occurred at a Barber Road Internet café where witnesses say two armed men wearing ski masks entered and ordered everyone to get on the floor. One man ordered an employee to open the cash register. When she did, he struck her on the head and knocked her to the floor, grabbed cash, and then both robbers fled in a vehicle that had been parked on a gas well access road. A female who had entered just before the robbers also left when they did. Police are investigating.

A Doylestown woman stopped for lane violations on I-76 Oct. 28 failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. Her BAC tested .118.

Police on Wadsworth Road Oct. 28 stopped a woman who swerved across lane lines, nearly causing an accident. She failed a field sobriety test, and the Akron woman was arrested for DUI and released on bond. Her BAC tested .220.

An Akron woman reported her purse, containing two narcotic medications, was stolen from a relative’s house on Shelva Lane Oct. 28.

A bus driver reported Oct. 30 he saw a transformer sparking behind a Greenwich Road business. Police responded and determined live power lines had fallen when a delivery truck had hit a pole head-on, trapping the driver inside. Firefighters and police officers helped the driver exit the cab of the vehicle safely, and workers from the electric company responded to repair the damage to the transformer.

On Oct. 31, a Wadsworth Road man reported that a dresser, dining room chairs and linens were stolen from his storage unit at a Whipple Drive facility. He said a flat-screen TV and $250 video game were stolen from his father’s unit at the same facility. The units were unsecured at the time.

The owner of a Greenwich Road business reported Nov. 1 that five 80-pound bags of water softener pellets were stolen from a pallet at the rear of the business the previous night.

An Innas Drive woman reported Nov. 2 her wallet, containing cash, debit and gift cards, was stolen from her vehicle around 7 p.m., while the family was unloading the vehicle following a trip.

RICHFIELD: Around 3 a.m. Oct. 27, police responded to a noise complaint at a Hawthorn Drive location where a man said his friend’s car got stuck in his backyard, and he used his Jeep to pull it out. He was advised to consider the time, the noise ordinance and be respectful of his neighbors.

Police were called to a Brecksville Road hotel Oct. 28, when several intoxicated guests were creating a disturbance and making a mess in the pool area. Officers spoke to several of the guests, who said they were attending a wedding at the hotel, and they agreed to stay in their rooms for the rest of the night and keep the noise level down. The manager said there would be no charges if they stayed in their rooms, but they would be asked to leave if they did not. Police advised the manager to call them if there were any more problems.

A representative of a business in Kinross Lake Park reported Oct. 29 that a customer from Maryland continues to make unwanted phone calls to the business and has made threats on several occasions. He said she called the business 28 times on Oct. 24. Officers attempted to call the woman.

A man reported he was stranded at a Brecksville Road travel center Oct. 31 when a bus he was riding from Akron to Cleveland took a detour due to inclement weather and dropped him at an area on Brecksville Road. He walked to the travel center and was advised the next bus would arrive at an all-night restaurant connected with the travel center, and he could wait there.


The Akron police reports were compiled by Maria Lindsay, 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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