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West Side Neighborhood Watch

12/27/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations and dates: the 400 block of Bacon Avenue between Dec. 1 and Dec. 14; the 100 block of Harcourt Drive between Dec. 11 and Dec. 18; the 1400 block of Westvale Avenue between Dec. 2 and Dec. 15; the 400 block of Zahn Drive Dec. 14; the 50 block of Harcourt Drive between Dec. 9 and Dec. 15; the 1000 block of Greenwood Avenue Dec. 15; the 500 block of Grace Avenue Dec. 16; the 400 block of South Rose Boulevard Dec. 18; and the 1000 block of Hardesty Boulevard Dec. 18.  

On Dec. 17 around 1:30 p.m. an Akron juvenile male was shot in the right leg following an altercation in the 400 block of West Market Street. The teen ran to a nearby convenience store and called police. He was transported to a hospital for injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening. The teen reported a black male dressed in all black clothing and wearing a ski mask attempted to rob him. The victim refused to give up any of his property and was shot. The shooting remains under investigation.

A Frasier Drive man was charged with tampering with evidence, criminal tools and misrepresentation Dec. 18. The man was the front-seat passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for a traffic violation. He gave officers a false Social Security number two times, and when he exited the vehicle, he attempted to hide a pellet gun.

A South Hawkins Avenue man was charged with burglary Dec. 19. The man allegedly had forced his way into a home in the 1000 block of Seward Avenue Nov. 5 and robbed the victim.

Detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred at a Romig Road club around 2 a.m. Dec. 23. A 26-year-old black male was found with a gunshot wound to his abdomen outside the nightclub after being shot inside. He was transported to a hospital, where he later died. His identity was being withheld pending positive identification and family notification. No arrests have been made, and anyone with information is asked to call the Akron Police Department’s Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490. Callers can remain anonymous.

BATH: Police investigated the theft of four strings of holiday lights and a 50-foot extension cord from a Robinwood Hills Drive residence Dec. 12.

A driver stopped on Springside Drive Dec. 12 for having expired license plates was charged with driving under suspension and released with a court summons.

The manager of a Springside Drive motel reported Dec. 13 a male called the previous day and reserved two rooms. Two people checked into the rooms and said the man who reserved the rooms was their father. They stole TV sets from both rooms, took bedding from one room and damaged furniture before leaving the motel. When the manager attempted to call the man who secured the rooms, he refused to talk to her.

A West Bath Road woman reported Dec. 13 she placed two bags containing equipment for the Revere Youth Football Association on her front porch and marked them with the name of a man who was to pick them up. When she returned at 4 p.m. that day, the bags were gone and she learned the man had not retrieved them.

On Dec. 14, a bartender at a Montrose pub reported a man entered the bar and asked for change for a $100 bill. After he left with the money, the bartender determined the bill was counterfeit. A counterfeit bill was also passed at the bar Dec. 8.

A Granger Road man reported Dec. 14 a laptop computer and flight helmet were stolen from his vehicle.

Police responded to a report that a motorist needed help Dec. 14 and saw the driver exit a North Cleveland-Massillon Road parking lot and travel north in the southbound lanes. During a traffic stop, officers noticed he appeared intoxicated. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI, and the vehicle was towed to an impound lot. His BAC tested .192.

The manager of a Montrose restaurant reported Dec. 15 a woman entered the restaurant and said she had been given a counterfeit $10 bill there. The manager exchanged the bill, and the customer left before the manager discovered the bill the woman exchanged was counterfeit.

Ohio Highway State Patrol officers notified local police that an erratic driver was heading south into Bath on Interstate 77 Dec. 16. Police located the driver and noticed him make several lane violations before stopping as he exited the highway on Ghent Road. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI, and his vehicle was towed. His BAC tested .133.

COPLEY: Police responded to a report that a vehicle had crashed into a ditch and was abandoned outside a Copley Road residential facility Dec. 6. Officers attempted to locate the owner and several hours later had the vehicle towed from the facility. That night, the vehicle owner contacted police seeking the vehicle. He said he was arranging for a friend to pull the vehicle from the ditch and agreed to come to the police station to sign a release and retrieve it.

A Colby Drive man called police to his home Dec. 11 stating his girlfriend had taken an overdose of medication. The female denied taking an overdose and said he wanted her out of the house. She was uncooperative with EMS workers and was transported to a hospital for evaluation. Police determined both parties were wanted on warrants. The male was taken to the Summit County Jail, and the female was arrested on a warrant when she was released from the hospital.

On Dec. 13, officers investigated a vehicle in a ditch on Rockroth Road and spoke to a 16-year-old Akron female who said she was adjusting the car stereo while driving out of a motel parking lot when she drove into the ditch. Neither she nor a 17-year-old male passenger was injured in the crash.

Police patrolling South Cleveland-Massillon Road at 3 a.m. Dec. 15 observed a vehicle in the parking lot of a closed insurance agency and attempted to awaken the driver, who reportedly had passed out behind the steering wheel. When he finally awoke, he appeared intoxicated and failed a field sobriety test, and the Doylestown man was charged with DUI and possession of marijuana after a drug pipe was found in his pocket during his arrest.

A Norton woman stopped for lane violations as she drove on Wright Road Dec. 16 was arrested for driving under numerous license suspensions and released with a court summons. Her vehicle was towed.

FAIRLAWN: The manager of a West Market Street grocery store reported Dec. 1 two males loaded merchandise into a shopping cart and pushed it out of the store without paying. One man was stopped as he pushed a cart containing energy drinks totaling $305 out of the store. The Barberton man reportedly admitted stealing the items and was charged with theft and released with a court summons. The merchandise was retained by the store.

An employee of an Abington Road office reported Dec. 14 she saw a strange man in the building and asked him what he was doing. He said he was looking for a clinic, and after being told there was no clinic in the building, he quickly left. She returned to her office to find her purse open, the contents strewn on the floor and her wallet missing. When she attempted to cancel her credit cards, she learned one of them had been used for an unauthorized $400 transaction.

Security agents at a Montrose discount store reported Dec. 14 a man took a $40 phone cover from a display, removed the packaging, concealed it in his pocket and left the store without paying. The Akron man was arrested for theft and released with a court summons.

On Dec. 15, police responded to a report that a shopper at a Montrose discount store loaded a cart with a microwave oven and other merchandise and left without paying. Police located the suspect in the parking lot, but he refused to provide his identity. Officers identified him and determined he was wanted on a felony warrant. He was charged with theft and taken to the Summit County Jail on the warrant. The merchandise was returned to the store.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Lenox Village Drive residence Dec. 16, when a woman at the scene said she and her live-in boyfriend had a verbal disagreement. He was arrested on a warrant for domestic violence from a previous incident and taken to the Summit County Jail.

NORTON: A Clubside Drive man reported Dec. 12 two people stole a $2,000 snowplow from his property.

The next day, police investigated the theft of a transmission, 10 alternators, 10 starters and 12 compressors from a 31st Street automotive business. On Dec. 17, the manager of the business reported six more transmissions were stolen the previous night.

Officers patrolling Easton Road Dec. 14 stopped a Copley man after he drove off the right side of the road twice and crossed the center lane line. He appeared intoxicated, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. His BAC tested .167.

Charges of disorderly conduct and menacing are pending against a Norton man after the manager of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road restaurant reported he went into the business Dec. 14, threatened an employee and created a disturbance among customers. The business owner asked that he be banned from the restaurant and said he would pursue criminal charges.

A Pennsylvania man stopped for speeding on Interstate 76 Dec. 15 was charged with driving under suspension and having an improper vehicle registration after police determined he altered a 30-day temporary license tag. He was taken to the Summit County Jail on a warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under suspension.

A shopper at a Greenwich Road grocery store reported Dec. 16 her purse was stolen from a shopping cart. Police reviewed video surveillance footage, which showed a female closely following the victim and then leaving the store hurriedly. When her purse was found on Hartzell Drive, the victim determined her credit card was missing.

On Dec. 16, officers were seeking a Barberton man who reportedly caused a disturbance at a party held at a Norton Avenue bowling alley and overturned a table containing food worth $100 that was to be donated to a charity.

Police on Eastern Road Dec. 16 stopped a Barberton woman for a vehicle equipment violation and arrested her for driving under suspension and possession of controlled substances after they found narcotic tablets in her wallet and she reportedly admitted she did not have a prescription for them.

RICHFIELD: On Dec. 3, police responded to a report of credit card theft at a Crawford Drive residence. A woman reported her bank card had been used in November to make four unauthorized purchases totaling $557. She provided phone numbers and email addresses of people who used the card.

An employee of a Congress Parkway business reported Dec. 4 a piece of equipment was missing from a truck that had been parked outside the business during the weekend of Nov. 30.

The owner of a Wheatley Road professional building reported Dec. 5 someone spray-painted several doors and walls at the rear of the building. Police said they would provide additional patrol in the area and detectives are investigating.

A St. Nicholas Drive man reported Dec. 6 he has been receiving threats from a man in connection with a client who won’t pay a bill for materials used in a construction project.

Officers responded to a report of a fight in the parking lot of a Broadview Road tavern the evening of Dec. 7 after a man told police he attempted to stop a fight between two males and one of them punched him in the eye. He refused medical attention and identified one of the men who left with his stepfather before officers arrived. Police located the man and stepfather, who said the victim had said he wanted to go outside the tavern and fight. A scuffle ensued and no one saw any punches thrown. Witnesses said they did not see anyone punch anyone else. Police were unable to identify a primary aggressor; no charges were filed.

The Brecksville Police Department notified officers they were transporting a female to a Richfield hotel Dec. 8 after they found her walking on Brecksville Road at 4 a.m. At the hotel, the woman told police she had a fight with her husband as they were driving from a party to the hotel, and she got out of the car and walked. Both parties returned to their room without incident.

Around 2 a.m. Dec. 9, police responded to reports of an erratic driver on Interstate 77 and stopped a driver who parked his vehicle in the lane of travel on the highway. The 20-year-old Akron man reportedly admitted he drank six beers before driving. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with underage drinking and DUI. His BAC tested .123. A passenger in the vehicle also was charged with underage drinking. Each was released with a court summons. 

Police investigated the burglary of a Brush Road residence, where someone threw a landscaping brick through a bedroom window to gain entry between 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 11. Once inside, the person ransacked several rooms and took several credit cards and gold jewelry.


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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