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West Side Neighborhood Watch

11/29/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations and dates: the 600 block of Glendora Avenue, 900 block of Hartford Avenue and 1700 block of West Waterford Court Nov. 15; the 800 block of Mercer Avenue Nov. 16; the 1200 block of Nome Avenue and 700 block of Storer Avenue Nov. 18; the 200 block of Wildwood Avenue, 1100 block of South Hawkins Avenue, 800 block of Frederick Boulevard, 200 block of Storer Avenue, 1300 block of Nome Avenue and 40 block of South Bates Avenue Nov. 19; the 1300 block of Frederick Boulevard Nov. 20; the 600 block of Noble Avenue between Nov. 21 and 25; and the 1400 block of Bryden Drive Nov. 22.

A 20-year-old Bacon Avenue man was charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor Nov. 16 for allegedly having sexual conduct with a 13-year old female Oct. 1, when he was 19 years old.

A Crescent Drive man was charged with carrying a concealed weapon after he was found with a loaded .40 caliber pistol at the corner of Copley Road and Homer Avenue Nov. 16.

Detectives are investigating a stabbing that occurred shortly after 1 p.m. Nov. 18 in the 400 block of North Hawkins Avenue. A 47-year old man reported he was involved in a verbal argument with a 59-year-old man, who went into the kitchen, grabbed a knife and stabbed him in the hand. The victim and suspect began wrestling, and the victim then grabbed the knife and stabbed the suspect in the chest. Both men were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries, and no charges were filed at the time.

A South Walnut Street man observed at Superior Avenue and Diagonal Road driving a vehicle that was reported stolen was stopped and charged with receiving stolen property Nov. 18.

Also on that day, a Peerless Avenue man was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, obstructing official business and possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana after police stopped him for driving a vehicle with a locked-up wheel. The man reportedly failed to tell police about his concealed carry permit and that he was carrying a loaded gun on his waistband, and they also found a bag of marijuana on him.

On Nov. 20 at 10:15 p.m., police responded to a report of multiple gunshots in the 600 block of East Avenue. An 18-year-old Akron man was found with a gunshot wound to his upper torso inside a 1993 Cadillac Seville and was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A 21-year-old Akron female passenger was found with a gunshot wound in the shoulder and also was transported to a hospital. Her injury did not appear to be life-threatening. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Akron Police Department’s Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.

Police charged a Florida man with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of marijuana Nov. 21 after stopping him in the 1100 block of Winton Avenue for traffic violations. Officers smelled marijuana coming from inside the car and recovered a loaded gun in a case on the passenger rear seat.

The Akron Police Department, working with other area police departments, requested the public’s help Nov. 21 in identifying the people involved in the theft of purses from local funeral homes and a church. Four thefts have been reported in the last month in Copley, Cuyahoga Falls and Fairlawn. Police also say the thefts appear to be committed by the same person, who is believed to be working with someone else. Anyone with information is asked to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490; the U.S. Marshals Service at 866-4-WANTED; Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at 330-434-COPS; or can leave an anonymous tip on the Akron Police Department website at akronohio.gov/asp/tip.html.

On Nov. 25 around 10 p.m., a home invasion occurred in the 600 block of Orlando Avenue. The residents reported three black males wearing dark clothing entered the house by a rear window and confronted the victims in the living room. The suspects forced the victims down on the floor, robbed them of their cell phones and fled north. Responding offices found the phones on the sidewalk several houses away and returned them to the victims.

BATH: Police investigated a report of a suspicious male in a vehicle in the parking lot of a Montrose grocery store Nov. 14. Officers noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver admitted he did not have a license and surrendered a marijuana pipe, stating he smoked the marijuana an hour ago. He appeared intoxicated and failed a field sobriety test, and was charged with DUI, driving without a license and possession of drug paraphernalia, and released with a court summons.

On Nov. 15, police responded to a dispute at an Ira Road location where a man agreed to make restitution for property damage caused by turfing the property in a pickup truck.

A woman reported she had lunch at a North Cleveland-Massillon Road restaurant Nov. 14 and returned to her car to find the entire side of it had been scratched.

A Burr Oak Drive man reported Nov. 15 a temporary license plate was stolen from his vehicle. Police entered information about the plate into a national database for stolen vehicles and plates.

A driver involved in a crash on state Route 18 the evening of Nov. 15 was charged with possession of a drug pipe, which was found under the seat of his vehicle, and released with a court summons.

On Nov. 16, a Lake Point Drive woman reported she received a letter from a loan company stating she had been declined for a loan. She never applied to the company, which had her personal information. She was advised on procedures to protect herself from identity theft.

A woman reported she left her purse at the front desk of a Medina Road hotel Nov. 16, and when she returned to retrieve it, she discovered $120 had been stolen from it.

The manager of a North Cleveland-Massillon Road restaurant reported Nov. 17 an employee stole money from the business over several months.

Police responded to reports of an erratic driver on North Cleveland-Massillon Road at 3 a.m. Nov. 18 and stopped a motorist after observing lane violations. She failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released to a friend. Her BAC tested .174.

COPLEY: Police were called to an alleged assault at Copley High School Nov. 7, when school officials reported a student waited for another student after class, struck the victim in the back of the head, knocking him to the floor, and began punching him. Another student intervened to assist the victim, who said he was not injured, but he had a bump on the back of his head. The suspect, who was applying ice to his hand, was charged with assault, suspended from school and released with a court summons to appear at a hearing in juvenile court.

On Nov. 12, the manager of a Montrose West Avenue restaurant reported he arrived at work to find an electric supply area had been tampered with and power was off in several areas of the business. He said an office door had been pried open, money was missing from a cash drawer, and bank deposits of more than $2,000 were missing, but he could find no sign of forced entry into the business. Police discovered an access door to the roof was open and found a ladder on the side of the building. The matter is under investigation.

The manager of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road business reported Nov. 14 an employee threatened to load his gun and shoot his employer and several others. The suspect denied making threats.

Officers responded to a report of an erratic motorist on Jacoby and Copley roads Nov. 18 and located the driver, who ran a red light at Copley Circle, causing southbound traffic on South Cleveland-Massillon Road to come to a screeching halt. The driver stopped in the middle of the intersection and turned into a parking lot, where police stopped her. She failed a field sobriety test, and the Akron woman was charged with DUI and taken to a local hospital for evaluation. Her BAC tested .170.

A Merriman Valley couple reported they ate at a Montrose restaurant Nov. 18 and while they were driving home, the woman discovered she left her purse at the restaurant. She called and was told her purse had been secured in a closet. When she arrived to pick up the purse, she discovered a $1,515 gold chain had been stolen from a box inside the purse.

Police patrolling a Montrose West Avenue hotel parking lot Nov. 18 observed an unoccupied vehicle with four flat tires and a broken windshield and rear window. A large rock was sitting on the back seat of the vehicle, which was owned by an Akron rental car company, which agreed to have the vehicle towed. Police were investigating the vandalism.

A Brenner Road woman reported Nov. 19 her estranged husband damaged the door to her residence in an attempt to enter while she was away. She was advised the matter was a civil one due to the couple being involved in civil court proceedings.

A Wallwood Drive man reported Nov. 19 he received two phone calls from a man with a foreign accent who said he was issuing the man a new insurance card and asked for the name of his bank, which the man provided. When the caller asked for the account number, the man hung up and made a police report.

FAIRLAWN: Bath police arrested a man for possession of fraudulent identification cards Nov. 16 and determined he was in possession of documents bearing the address of a Morewood Road residence. Oficers went to the vacant residence and found the sliding door had been broken and some areas of the house had been ransacked. Additional charges against the suspect are pending completion of an investigation.

Police were called to a West Market Street drugstore the night of Nov. 17 after several males attempted to purchase pseudoephedrine. Officers found one man, whose purchase had been declined, in the parking lot, and he indicated he came to the store with another male who he did not know well. Police arrested the male on Akron and Summit County warrants for illegal assembly of chemicals to manufacture drugs and possession of drugs and paraphernalia. The Akron man was taken to the Summit County Jail. Officers confiscated identification cards bearing the names of other people from the suspect. The man who attempted to buy the over-the-counter decongestant was released without being charged.

An Akron woman was charged with theft of two lip balms from a mall store Nov. 18 and released with a court summons.

On Nov. 18, an employee of a mall children’s store reported a shopper threw clothing at her and used vulgarity, and she was asked to leave the store. Police located the suspect in the mall and determined the Akron woman had been banned from the mall in March. She was arrested for criminal trespassing and taken to the Summit County Jail on an Akron warrant. She was banned from the mall indefinitely.

Police were called to a West Market Street dental office Nov. 19 when an employee reported a woman became upset during treatment and began yelling at employees, disturbing other patients. When an employee began escorting her out of the office, she reportedly shoved the employee, knocking her down. Officers interviewed several people, and the suspect admitted shoving the employee. The Akron woman was charged with assault, released with a court summons and banned from the business. 

The manager of a Montrose discount store gave police a bag of marijuana he found in the shoe department Nov. 19.

An Akron woman was charged with theft of merchandise from a Montrose discount store Nov. 19 after security agents observed her conceal it in her purse and leave the store. The merchandise was returned to the store, and the suspect was released with a court summons.

The owner of a Smith Road studio reported Nov. 21 a tablet computer was stolen from a reception area, $70 was stolen from a cash box and an employee reported her tablet computer was stolen from a break room.

Security agents at a mall department store reported Nov. 21 two women took items into a fitting room, concealed the merchandise and left without paying for it. The suspects fled in a vehicle, which police stopped on Smith Road. A Cuyahoga Falls woman was charged with theft of a belt and shirt, which she wore over her clothing, and an Akron woman was charged with theft of jeans she concealed in her purse. They were banned from the store and each was released with a court summons.

Also on that day, police arrested a Cleveland Heights woman for theft of merchandise worth $377 after security agents at a mall department store observed her conceal items in a bag and leave without paying.

NORTON: Police investigated a break-in at a Norton Avenue car wash Nov. 14, when a manager reported someone pried open a vacuum machine coin box and stole an undetermined amount of money. Several other coin boxes were damaged. During the course of an investigation, police located a man inside the business the night of Nov. 16 with a crowbar in his hand. He reportedly had pried open eight more coin machines and damaged security equipment. He fled but was apprehended, arrested for breaking and entering and felony criminal damaging, and taken to the Summit County Jail. Loss and damage to the business on both occasions totaled more than $35,000.

On Nov. 14, police responded to an incomplete 9-1-1 call and spoke to a woman who said she had been assaulted during an argument with her husband, who punched her and fled before officers arrived. Police signed a warrant for the arrest of the suspect for felony domestic violence, since he had been convicted of that crime on two previous occasions.

A Flesher Drive man reported Nov. 15 someone in the Dominican Republic used his credit card for an unauthorized purchase.

Firefighters extinguished a large unattended fire behind a residence on Wadsworth Road Nov. 15. The property owner was charged with violating an open-burning ordinance.

A Wadsworth Road man called police Nov. 17 when he discovered his mother’s vehicle had been driven and obviously involved in an accident and then returned to the property. He said neither he nor his mother drove the vehicle, and no one had permission to use it. Police are investigating.

The owner of a Wadsworth Road restaurant reported Nov. 17 a 4-foot-tall statue of a chef, which sat outside the entrance, had been stolen.

A motorist reported he was driving south on Medina Line Road Nov. 18 when he heard a shot, pulled over and discovered a bullet hole in the side of his car. Police determined the shot came from a nearby farm, where two males admitted they had been target shooting. They were charged with criminal damaging and discharging firearms in prohibited places. Officers confiscated a pistol and rifle for safekeeping.

RICHFIELD: A Streetsboro Road man reported Nov. 7 he sent a shotgun to a New Jersey business for repairs and it has not been returned. He has been unable to contact the business and wanted the weapon to be reported as stolen. Police attempted to make contact with the business and advised the man they cannot file a report of a stolen firearm because the owner knows where it is.

Police investigated reports of vandalism, trespassing and illegal dumping Nov. 8 after the owner of a Brecksville Road business reported someone dumped used shingles and other trash outside the front door of the business. Officers investigated and found mail among the discarded items that led them to a Garfield Heights woman, who said she hired a contractor to work on the roof of her residence. The contractor told police he hired a subcontractor to haul away trash from the residence, and the subcontractor hired two brothers to haul away the trash. Police spoke to one of the brothers, and he said his brother hauled the trash from the Garfield Heights residence. Police were attempting to locate the man who hauled the trash. The victim said he would pursue prosecution.

On Nov. 11, officers responded to a noise complaint at a Brecksville Road hotel and spoke to two males in a vehicle that was leaving the parking lot. They said they had attended a birthday party at the hotel. Police determined the complaint originated from an argument between a male and female who left the party before officers arrived. Police went to some rooms on the third floor, where the party was being held, and the occupants agreed to be quiet and stay in their rooms for the night. Police told the desk clerk to call if there were any more problems.

Detectives are investigating a Nov. 15 report stating someone in California made three unauthorized $300 withdrawals from the victim’s bank account.

Firefighters and police responded to a vehicle fire on Interstate 77 Nov. 16. Police found a Canton woman and her daughter outside the vehicle and determined no one else was inside it. The woman was charged with driving under suspension and released with a court summons. The vehicle was towed.

The manager of a Congress Parkway business reported Nov. 16 a former employee worked for a client that reported coins had been stolen. The manager has been unable to contact the Illinois man whom he suspects could have been involved in the theft.

A neighbor of a Broadview Road property owner reported people were trespassing Nov. 17. Police located a man and his grandson, who had just killed a deer on the property, and observed the man’s vehicle parked under high power lines and determined it had been driven along an access road under the power lines, near Alger and Boston roads. The man said he had permission to hunt on the property, but police questioned the statement and contacted a company representative, who said no one has permission to drive or park under their high power lines. Police said they would follow up with the power company to find out if they would pursue charges for trespassing.


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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