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West Side Neighborhood Watch

1/3/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: 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, and he reportedly gave officers a false Social Security number twice. In addition, when he exited the vehicle, he allegedly 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 resident.

On Dec. 23, detectives investigated a homicide that occurred at a Romig Road club around 2 a.m. 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. He was identified as Desmond Ward, of Grace Avenue. 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: On Dec. 15, a Heather Hills Drive woman reported her daughter came to her home and took her dog. She said she did not want to pursue charges, but she wanted the dog back.

Police responded to a report that a man standing on Interstate 77 off the Yellow Creek Road overpass Dec. 17 appeared to be planning to jump. Officers arrived to find him in his vehicle, and they determined he had no weapons. He was transported to a hospital for evaluation, and the vehicle was towed to its owner’s residence.

A Harvest Drive woman reported Dec. 18 she discovered an unauthorized charge on her credit card and determined it appeared to be a payment to an insurance company for $446, but the charge was not made to an insurance company and it was not legitimate.

The manager of a Medina Road hotel reported Dec. 19 there have been two fraudulent checks from the business cashed at a Cuyahoga County location.

Officers responded to a one-car accident on Rock Ridge Lane Dec. 19, when a vehicle ran off the road, through a yard, struck a mailbox and came to rest against a guardrail. Police arrived to find the driver was outside the vehicle and appeared to be disoriented and had trouble following their instructions. An investigation found that he was under the influence of sleeping pills and alcohol. He was charged with DUI and released with a court summons. His BAC tested .111.

Police investigated the burglary of a Medina Road residence Dec. 19, when a woman reported someone broke in between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and stole numerous items, including TVs, electronic items and Christmas gifts.

The manager of a Montrose bookstore reported Dec. 20 two counterfeit $50 bills were passed in the store the previous day. The bills were confiscated as evidence.

A motorist who witnessed an accident on West Bath Road the evening of Dec. 24 called police, who arrived to find a Copley woman had driven off the road and into a tree. Neither the driver nor her three children in the vehicle reported any injuries. The driver exhibited signs of intoxication and failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and child endangering and released with a court summons. Her BAC tested .216.

COPLEY: Police responded to a disturbance at a family center on Commercial Drive Dec. 19 when a staff member reported a child became aggressive and combative and injured him. The staff member was advised to seek medical attention for bites he sustained on both arms, and EMS transported the child to a hospital for evaluation.

A Kirkwall Drive man reported Dec. 20 someone flattened a tire on his vehicle by letting the air out of it while it was parked in his assigned carport. He also told police the vehicle windshield has been damaged during the past six weeks and he found pry marks on the vehicle door.

On Dec. 22, a Copley Road woman reported she was with her children and estranged husband at a Sugar Road residence when he threw her to the floor. She said they were not arguing and she was unsure why he did it. She later said they had been arguing over an all-terrain vehicle and helmet and changed the information she had provided several more times. Police spoke to the husband, who said she fell while she was trying to take a helmet from him. Officers advised both parties to avoid contact with one another.

A patron of a Medina Road bar reported he parked his pick-up truck in the lot at 6 p.m. Dec. 23 and when he left at 10:30 p.m., he noticed a window frame of the vehicle had been damaged and the window was loose. He said the damage might have occurred earlier at another location.

A woman reported she visited a family member at a Ridgewood Road medical facility Dec. 23 and discovered money was stolen from her purse, which was unattended in the resident’s room for several hours.

Police responded to a 9-1-1 call of a possible drug overdose at 3:26 a.m. Dec. 24 at a Wilson Lane residence where a man reported his son took some Vicodin that he had given him for back pain and also smoked marijuana before becoming ill. The victim’s brother and two other males at the residence also admitted smoking marijuana, and all three were arrested for possession of drugs. The victim was transported to a hospital by EMS and later charged with possession of drugs. His father was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Around 1 a.m. Dec. 26, a Greensfield Lane juvenile male was arrested for domestic violence after his father reported he became aggressive and began breaking items in the home. The victim stated this is not the first episode of aggressive behavior and that the severity of the episodes has been escalating. The youth was taken to a juvenile detention center.

FAIRLAWN: On Dec. 20, police investigated the robbery of a West Market Street bank where a masked man walked into the bank at 2:30 p.m., went to two tellers and demanded money from each. He fled with an undetermined amount of money and was last seen walking north on Merz Boulevard.

Police are investigating the theft of diamond earrings worth $4,400 from a West Market Street massage studio Dec. 20 after a woman accidentally left them there. An employee found them, contacted the owner, placed the earrings in a box and put them on a shelf at 5 p.m. for the owner, who said she would pick them up. At 6:30, the employee noticed the earrings were missing and the owner had not retrieved them.

At the request of mall security agents Dec. 20, police advised an Akron woman suspected of shoplifting that she is banned from the mall for three months. Five minutes later, she returned and was charged with criminal trespassing and again advised she is banned from the mall.

On Dec. 24, The University of Akron police officers arrested an Akron woman on a Fairlawn warrant. She was charged and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A Gresham Drive woman reported fraudulent activity on her bank account Dec. 21 after she received a cashier’s check in the mail and determined it had been made out to an unknown female and bore her signature. It had been mailed to the suspect and returned by the post office to the return address on the envelope, which was her address.

Employees of a mall store reported a woman removed a sensor tag from a shirt, threw the item on a table and left the store Dec. 21. The Akron woman was located in the food court, charged with criminal damaging for ruining the shirt and criminal trespassing, as she had been banned from the mall. She was taken to the Summit County Jail on a warrant for failure to appear in court on a previous trespassing charge.

A Park Hill Drive woman reported Dec. 22 that someone charged two new phones and two additional phone lines to her cell phone account, for a total of $1,158 in unauthorized charges.

An Akron man who reportedly shoved a $60 jacket down the front of his sweat pants and left a mall department store without paying Dec. 22 was charged with theft, released with a court summons and banned from all stores in the chain. The merchandise was retained by the store.

Police responded to a disturbance at a Sand Run Parkway group home Dec. 22 after a resident became abusive toward another resident. When an employee intervened, the suspect broke items in the home. He was transported to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

A Cleveland man charged with theft of children’s clothing from a mall store Dec. 22 was banned from the mall, transported to his hotel and released with a court summons to an unidentified man.

A Doylestown man reported he lost three checks drawn on an account at a credit union. The checks were lost at a Montrose discount store between midnight and 1:30 a.m. Dec. 23. Later that day, he reported the checks had been found and taken to the customer service desk.

Also on that day, a Medina man was arrested for theft of two tins of playing cards after he reportedly removed the packaging and concealed the merchandise and left a Montrose discount store without paying. The merchandise, totaling $50, was retained by the store.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Lenox Village Drive residence Dec. 23. Both parties agreed the argument was verbal only, and the male agreed to leave for the night.

Employees at a mall department store reported Dec. 24 a man allegedly concealed items while in a fitting room and fled from the store despite security officers’ orders to stop. Police apprehended the suspect, who was carrying the stolen merchandise, on Sand Run Parkway. He was taken to the store security office, where officers retrieved other merchandise he had concealed. He reportedly admitted stealing merchandise totaling $210, was charged with theft and obstruction of official business and banned from the store.

On Dec. 24, a Canton woman was charged with theft of items worth $97 after she allegedly concealed the merchandise and left a mall department store without paying. She was released with a court summons and banned from the store.

A woman reported she was walking her dog on White Tail Drive Dec. 26 when another dog breached an electric fence on Village Parkway and attacked her dog. She was bitten as she protected her dog. The victim was advised to follow up with her physician for a minor injury. The owner of the other dog stated his dog’s vaccinations were current and agreed to modify the electric fence.

NORTON: Police are investigating a Dec. 20 report filed by the owner of a business that had a crew hanging fiber optic cable along Wadsworth Road. The victim said someone cut the cable the previous night, causing $4,000 in damage. A resident on Reimer Road reported someone disconnected a TV cable outside his residence at 12:40 a.m. the same night.

Employees of a Wadsworth Road gas station reported the driver of a green pick-up truck fueled the vehicle and left without paying for gas worth $35 Dec. 21.

A man reported Dec. 21 he had a vehicle accident with a Norton City Schools bus. Police investigated and reviewed video footage, but they could find no evidence of a vehicle accident involving a school bus.

Police responded to a call of a possible drug overdose at an Easton Road residence Dec. 21. The victim was transported via EMS to the hospital, and officers recovered a spoon and syringe from the scene.

A Barberton man was arrested for theft of merchandise worth $578 from a Greenwich Road grocery store Dec. 22 after he allegedly loaded a shopping cart with merchandise and pushed it out of the store without paying. He was additionally charged with criminal trespassing as he had been banned from all stores in the grocery chain following a theft incident at another store.

Around 1:30 a.m. Dec. 23, police patrolling Barber Road observed a driver strike a parked vehicle as he left the lot of an amusement center and stopped him as he drove away. Police notified the vehicle owner who was inside the business.

A Clinton man stopped for driving 94 mph in a 65-mph zone of Interstate 76 Dec. 23 failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released on bond. His BAC tested .175.

A customer of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road restaurant reported Dec. 23 he placed a $600 cell phone on a counter in a restroom and accidentally left without it. When he returned, it was gone.

Police are seeking a suspect who rode an all-terrain vehicle on private property at a Golf Course Drive country club the night of Dec. 23, causing extensive damage to the grounds and greens.

On Dec. 25, police responded to reports of an erratic driver on Interstate 76, located the driver and observed several lane violations. She was stopped as she exited on South Cleveland-Massillon Road. The Akron woman failed a field sobriety test, was charged with DUI and released on bond. Her BAC tested .165.

A Wooster Road woman reported Dec. 28 her ex-boyfriend was harassing her. Police contacted the Rittman man and advised him to have no contact with her.

RICHFIELD: A Richfield woman reported Dec. 1 a female has been making harassing phone calls to her following a Dec. 4 motor vehicle accident on Brecksville Road. Police contacted the female and advised her to have no contact with the complainant.

On Dec. 11, a Brush Road woman reported jewelry worth more than $13,000 is missing from her home. She last saw some of the items Nov. 23, and she provided names of people who have been working inside and outside her home.

A motorist on Glencairn Forest Drive reported Dec. 12 an unknown object struck her vehicle, causing damage.

Police on Interstate 77 Dec. 12 responded to a report of a reckless driver and observed his vehicle crossing lane lines. Police stopped him as he crossed into Bath, where Bath officers assisted. As the driver stopped, he nearly struck another vehicle and crashed into a concrete wall. The Portage County man dropped a syringe as he exited the vehicle, and police ordered him to drop a piece of paper he held in his hand. The paper contained a substance suspected to be heroin and officers found another syringe in the vehicle. The suspect allegedly admitted he was a heroin user, and he was charged with possession of heroin and drug abuse instruments. The items were sent to a lab for testing.

At 1:30 a.m. Dec. 14, officers patrolling Brecksville Road stopped a driver who crossed lane lines and drove off the road several times. The Akron woman failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for DUI, underage drinking and having an open container of beer in a vehicle. She was released on bond. Her BAC tested .143.

An employee of a Brecksville Road motel reported Dec. 14 a male caller said he had been watching her and was going to kill her. Police conducted a search of the area and are investigating the call.

A Wadsworth man reported Dec. 14 he had a few beers at a Brecksville Road bar and drove to Wheatley Road, where the driver of a Crown Victoria cut in front of his vehicle, forcing him to drive off the road. The driver reportedly opened the door of his vehicle, pointed a gun at his face, demanded money, took $600 and threw the wallet on the ground, then drove off. The victim said he drove home and his girlfriend called Medina police, who told him to contact police in Richfield, where the incident happened. Police went to the bar where he said he had been drinking, and no one at the bar that night recognized a photo of the victim. Neither of two bartenders working that night remembered serving him drinks. Officers contacted the victim and advised him that they would search for the suspect, who could be charged with a felony if his report was valid. They also advised him that he could be charged with making a false report if his information was not correct, and asked him to again explain what happened. He replied that it did not happen in Richfield and said to forget it.

Police were called to an Appleridge Lane residence the evening of Dec. 14 when a man reported his doorbell rang several times, but there was no one at the door when he answered. When he went outside, he discovered an unknown substance had been thrown on his storm door, driveway and two vehicles.

The afternoon of Dec. 16, police responded to a report of gunshots in the area of Dewey Road and spoke to a resident of that street, who said her adult son was target practicing. Police determined the residence was located in Richfield and there appeared to be a safe area for target practicing.

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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