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West Side Neighborhood Watch

11/22/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations and dates: the 400 block of Logan Drive between Nov. 1 and 12; the 500 block of Noah Avenue Nov. 8; the 1000 block of Courtland Avenue between Nov. 8 and 9; the 2300 block of West Market Street between Nov. 8 and 9; the 1000 block of Bloomfield Avenue Nov. 9; the 1900 block of Wyndham Road between Nov. 9 and 11; the 1600 block of Gaylord Drive between Nov. 10 and 11; the 300 block of Grand Avenue Nov. 11; the 700 block of Copley Road Nov. 11; the 300 block of Fernwood Drive Oct. 11; the 1000 block of Greenwood Avenue between Nov. 11 and 13; the 600 block of Glendora Avenue Nov. 12; the 20 block of Maplewood Avenue Nov. 13; and the 400 block of Fernwood Drive Nov. 13.

An Akron man was charged with breaking and entering Oct. 5 after reportedly taking a lawn mower from an East Glenwood Avenue resident in 2005.

Detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred Nov. 15 at about 3 p.m. near Copley Road and Edgewood Avenue. Someone fired multiple shots at the victims from an SUV, described as full-sized and charcoal gray with a bumper decal showing the image of yellow lips. A partial license plate also was seen containing the numbers 2129. The first victim, a 31-year-old male, was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The second victim, a 28-year-old male, was transported to a hospital, and his injuries did not appear to be life threatening. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department’s Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.

Lawton Street and South Hawkins Avenue men were charged with attempted burglary after allegedly trying to break into an Idlewood Avenue home Oct. 7. The South Hawkins Avenue man also was charged with burglary after reportedly breaking into a St. Michael Avenue home and stealing $5,000 in jewelry. 

BATH: Police were called to a disturbance at a Montrose restaurant Nov. 9, when a man and woman were involved in an altercation. The male was gone when police arrived, and the female told officers he threw her to the floor during an argument. Several people who were sitting at a table with the subjects were uncooperative with police and said they did not see what happened. The female declined prosecution and was released to a relative.

Police arrested a woman for theft and released her with a court summons Nov. 10 after employees at a Montrose store said she concealed a purse and left without paying for it. She was questioned outside the store and reportedly admitted taking the item, which was returned to the store.

On Nov. 10, police patrolling Medina Road observed a vehicle with no front license plate and determined the owner, who was driving the vehicle, was wanted on a warrant. He was arrested and released to Medina County sheriff’s deputies.

Officers investigated a Nov. 11 report filed by a man who said his cell phone was stolen and sold to a Medina Road gaming store. Employees of the store provided information about the seller of the phone.

A sick raccoon was shot and killed at an Ira Road location Nov. 12.

Police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance on Orchard Drive Nov. 13 and found a man and woman outside. Officers separated the two combatants and were unable to determine a primary aggressor due to conflicting information. The two were advised of domestic violence laws, and the male was given a ride to work.

The manager of a Vesper Drive group home reported Nov. 13 that two residents were involved in a physical confrontation. The matter is being investigated by the clinic that owns the facility.

Police shot and killed an injured deer at an Ira Road location Nov. 13.

A Gallia County woman reported Nov. 14 she was driving her grandchildren to Cleveland, and while they were on Interstate 77, her son became irate and attempted to jump from the moving vehicle. He punched her 13-year-old grandson (his nephew) in the face, knocking him unconscious. She stopped the vehicle and let the suspect out. Police arrested him for domestic violence and violation of a protection order that prohibited him from being in contact with his mother.

COPLEY: A Waycross Avenue man called police Nov. 10 to report a possible stolen ATV was at his home. Police recovered the vehicle, worth $4,500, and determined it had been reported stolen from Tuscarawas County. The resident said a friend brought the vehicle to his home two months ago and asked if he could store it there. It was placed behind his residence and covered by a tarpaulin. The resident said he recently learned the friend, who is an Akron police officer, has been indicted in connection with an unrelated incident and suspected the vehicle had been stolen. The owner of the vehicle was pursuing charges through Tuscarawas County.

Officers patrolling state Route 21 Nov. 10 observed a vehicle parked on the side of the road and saw the driver steering and braking the vehicle as if it was still moving on the road. Police determined the driver, who was elderly and confused, had been reported missing by police in Lordstown. He was transported via EMS to a local hospital.

A South Cleveland-Massillon Road woman reported Nov. 12 a $1,900 laptop computer was stolen from an unsecured vehicle in her driveway.

A woman reported she was driving on state Route 21 Nov. 13 when the driver of a tractor-trailer attempted to change lanes, struck her vehicle, even though she blew her vehicle’s horn to warn him that her car was there, and kept driving. A witness confirmed the driver’s information, and police were seeking the truck driver.

Bath police investigated a disabled vehicle on Interstate 77 Nov. 14 and determined the driver was wanted on a warrant in Copley. Officers went to the scene, arrested him on the warrant and took him to court.

FAIRLAWN: A West Exchange Street woman arrested in Akron on a warrant for theft Nov. 11 was released to Fairlawn police, who charged her and took her to the Summit County Jail.

Police investigated a burglary at a North Miller Road office building Nov. 11, when an employee of a financial business reported a laptop computer was stolen from his office. He said he locked the office when he left the previous day and found it locked when he arrived that morning. An employee of a cleaning service said the door to the office was open when he arrived to clean, and he locked it when he left. Employees of another office in the building reported someone attempted to pry open the door to their office but did not gain entry.

Security agents at a mall department store reported Nov. 13 seeing a woman concealing items while going into and out of fitting rooms and stopped her as she left the store. Police determined she concealed clothing, totaling $56, under her clothing. The Akron woman was charged with theft, banned from the store indefinitely and released with a court summons.

On Nov. 14, an Akron woman reported she was shopping in a West Market Street store when she discovered her wallet was missing from her purse, which had been in a shopping cart. She called that evening to say the wallet and its contents had been located.

Police are investigating the theft of a purse from a bereavement room of a Miller Road funeral home Nov. 15. The purse was stolen between 6 and 6:45 p.m. Someone used the victim’s credit card to make purchases totaling $220 at two nearby gas stations before the victim was aware her purse had been stolen.

NORTON: Police investigated a traffic crash on Eastern Road Nov. 10 and arrested an Akron man and a Wadsworth woman on warrants from the Barberton Police Department. The male was released to police in that community, and the female was transported to a hospital and was to be released to police following treatment.

Also on that day, officers responded to a domestic disturbance at a Johnson Road residence, where both parties reported the argument was verbal only. The female asked police to stand by while she gathered her belongings and left the residence.

Officers patrolling Eastern Road Nov. 11 found a broken safety box and located documents with a Rittman address lying nearby. Police notified the Rittman Police Department, whose officers picked up the items, which they said were related to a recent incident in their community.

An employee of a Wooster Road nightclub reported Nov. 11 that a debit card, driver’s license, Social Security cards and $350 were stolen from her purse while she worked.

A Hazelwood Street woman reported some friends visited her home Nov. 11, and when they left, she discovered her aunt’s prescription medication had been stolen.

Police are investigating a report filed Nov. 12 by a Pikeview Drive woman, who said she met a man on Craigslist the previous week, and he stayed at her residence and assisted her with the purchase of a pickup truck, but placed the title of the truck in his name. He took the vehicle for a drive and returned to her home without it, saying it broke down and needed to be towed. She gave him her debit card to pay for the tow, and she had not seen him since that morning, when her bank called her to ask whether she was making purchases with her debit card in North Royalton. She said the male persuaded the bank to move $400 from her savings account to her checking account so he could use her debit card to access it. Officers are seeking the vehicle and the suspect.

A juvenile male arrested for stealing items from a specialty store on Greenwich Road Nov. 13 was charged with theft, referred to Summit County Juvenile Court and released to his mother.

Police were called to a Greenwich Road store by employees who said a male was attempting to shoplift items from the store Nov. 13. Officers found no items from that store in his possession, but the Barberton man was charged with theft of an item from a nearby grocery store.

PENINSULA: A Mogadore resident went to the police station Oct. 4 to report a theft. The man said his game camera was stolen from a property on Riverview Road sometime between Sept. 26 and Oct. 4.

On Oct. 6, an officer was dispatched to a Riverview Road address, where he met with a woman who informed him of the damage and theft of the T-top panels from her brother’s car that was parked in the driveway. The officer inspected the vehicle and confirmed the passenger side window had been broken out and the T-top panels were missing. An investigation is pending.

An officer received a radio assignment to Keenan Road Oct. 6 in reference to an allegation of domestic violence. The officer was met at the door by a man who said that while he was walking past his 3-year-old son, he “put his hand out and accidentally touched the boy.” The man said this action “caused the child to lose his balance and fall on his rear end.” The man said his wife then came from the back of the trailer and began yelling and cursing at him and ordering him out of the house. The woman told the officer that she felt her husband deliberately shoved their son to the floor. The man said he didn’t want to leave, but he agreed to do so for the day. The woman asked about a protection order, and the officer informed her she would need to contact the Summit County Domestic Relations Court.

Later that same day, the woman called the police station to say she had been receiving “threatening phone calls.” She said her husband called the home number seven times and her cell phone twice. The woman said she heard her husband’s sister in the background saying, “she will get hers.” The officer informed the woman there would be a police report on file regarding the incident. A little later, the officer received a radio assignment to escort the husband back to his home so he could obtain additional clothing. The officer stood by while the man gathered some clothing without incident.

On Oct. 7, an officer received a radio assignment to respond to an address on Kendall Road in reference to a turkey that flew into a window and died. The officer spoke to the resident, who said she wanted the turkey. No further police action was taken.

An officer was sent to a South Locust Street location Oct. 9. The officer spoke with the residence’s owner, who stated she believed someone had tried to enter her house. She said she had arrived home at 7:50 p.m. with her daughter and found the door alarm on the floor in pieces.

On Oct. 11, an officer was sent to a cemetery in Boston Township in reference to a dark-colored Jeep with a tire on the back. The vehicle’s occupants allegedly had just stolen the flags off of the cemetery gate. The officer checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

A woman arrived at the department Oct. 14 to report property had been stolen from a rental house she owns on Kendall Park Road. The woman said someone had removed some gold coins from the attic sometime between Sept. 28 and Oct. 9.

On Oct. 16, an officer was dispatched to a Kendall Park Road residence to investigate a report of missing property. The officer interviewed three people: the owner of the address, a former tenant and a woman who had been contracted to do some interior painting at the location. The former tenant, who recently had been evicted, alleged that some of his personal property was missing. The officer advised all parties involved that the alleged incident was a civil matter. No further police action was taken.

An officer was sent to a Bronson Street address Oct. 17 to speak with a woman who said her organization had purchased a 34-inch, black-steel, wood-burning fire pit for a bonfire. The woman said the fire pit was placed outside Oct. 11, but someone noticed Oct. 15 the fire pit was missing. The woman said the pit had been placed in an area that was not secured at the time.

On Oct. 17, an officer received a radio assignment to go to Riverview and Boston Mills roads in reference to some juveniles playing on the railroad tracks. Upon arrival, the officer observed three juveniles playing on the tracks. The officer spoke to the juveniles and their mother and explained why they should not be playing on railroad tracks. No further police action was taken.

Three officers responded to an “unruly juvenile” call Oct. 17 at a location on Akron-Cleveland Road. The officers were met by the juvenile’s mother and an officer from the Boston Heights Police Department. That officer explained the boy’s mother had gone to their police station to report her son was overdue in returning home. The Boston Heights officer followed her home, but when he realized she was a resident of Boston Township, not Boston Heights, he contacted the Peninsula Police Department. The woman explained she did not wish to file charges; she just wanted her 17-year-old son to return home. Prior to her return home from the police station, the woman’s son had returned her vehicle at the house, but then he left again with someone else. The officers advised the woman to call them again if needed.

On Oct. 23, an officer was dispatched to a location on Keenan Road to investigate a report of two individuals standing in the roadway and not getting out of the way of vehicular traffic. The officer did not see anyone in the road or nearby when he arrived.

A Stow man went to the police station Oct. 25 to report the theft of items from his vehicle. The man said he had parked his vehicle in the parking lot of his employer on North Locust Street at approximately 6:30 a.m. Oct. 24. The man said he returned to the vehicle at approximately 3 p.m. and discovered a set of sockets and a screw gun missing from the passenger-side floor and his prescription medicine missing from the center console. The man said he had not locked his vehicle after he parked.

RICHFIELD: On Nov. 7, officers investigated a report filed by a Richfield man who said an unknown caller told him he won $1.8 million in a lottery and asked him to go to a specific local store and wire him $500 in order to claim the prize. The caller also told him that when he received the money, he would stop by the man’s house and drop off his prize money and a Mercedes. When he told the caller he did not have $500, the suspect hung up. The man said he received a similar call, probably from the same person, Nov. 3.

Police investigated a report of property damage outside a Stubbins Road residence Nov. 8, when a man said a tractor-trailer drove off his driveway and made ruts in the grass. The truck driver said the homeowner said he could turn around in the driveway, and he provided a written statement.

A Broadview Road woman reported her estranged husband has been sending her harassing text messages, and on Nov. 9 he sent her 10 more. Police contacted him and told him to have no contact with her or he could face charges.

A Wheatley Road man said he was away from home Nov. 10 when he received a call from his girlfriend, who said his car was missing from the driveway, along with his cell phone. The victim said he found out his girlfriend’s son, who has no driving privileges, took the vehicle, although he did not have permission to use it. He said he would pursue charges, and police were seeking the vehicle and driver.

An Akron man arrested by police Nov. 11 was arrested on a warrant and retrieved by Richfield police, who charged him and released him on bond.

Police responded to a report that a young child was alone in a vehicle outside a Broadview Road grocery store Nov. 12 and spoke to the child’s mother, who had been inside the store. She said she experienced an emergency and had to use the restroom. A relative of the child’s mother responded to the scene to accompany the mother and child to their destination.

On Nov. 12, officers investigated reports that an employee of a rest area on Interstate 271 was behaving strangely and following people into the restrooms. A woman said he made lewd comments to her and followed her, but did not enter the restroom. A manager of the rest area said the employee is developmentally disabled, that his actions do not present any threats to travelers and that he would never enter the women’s restroom. Police said they would take action if there were any more reports.


The Akron police reports were compiled by Maria Lindsay, 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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