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West Side Neighborhood Watch

1/10/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 200 block of Grove Street between Dec. 1 and Jan. 2; the 1000 block of Endicott Drive between Dec. 22 and Jan. 3; the 300 block of Merriman Road between Dec. 22 and Jan. 4; the 700 block of White Pond Drive between Dec. 24 and 26; the 1000 block of Ellsworth Drive between Dec. 24 and 27; the 100 block of Corson Avenue Dec. 28; the 700 block of West Market Street between Dec. 28 and Jan. 3; the 600 block of West Market Street between Dec. 29 and 30; the 1700 block of Liberty Drive between Dec. 30 and Jan. 5; the 400 block of Madison Avenue between Dec. 30 and Jan. 2; the 1100 block of Bellevue Avenue between Dec. 31 and Jan. 1; the 1600 block of West Market Street between Dec. 31 and Jan. 2; the 300 block of Crosby Street between Jan. 1 and 2; the 600 block of West Market Street between Jan. 1 and 2; the 300 block of Noble Avenue Jan. 1; the 1800 block of Amber Hills Drive Jan. 2; the 1000 block of Orlando Avenue between Jan. 2 and 5; the 700 block of Copley Road Jan. 3; the 600 block of South Sunset View Drive between Jan. 3 and 4; the 1200 block of Roslyn Avenue Jan. 4; and the 1300 block of Seward Avenue between Jan. 4 and 5.

A 53-year-old man was stopped at Copley Road and Madison Avenue for running a red light Dec. 31. A Lane-Wooster neighborhood resident, he was charged with drug abuse (marijuana), possession of drug paraphernalia, weapons under disability, improper handling of a firearm and open container in a motor vehicle. According to police, he was drinking and driving but admitted to just smoking marijuana. According to officers, other drugs also were found in the vehicle, and a loaded pistol was found in the trunk.

On Jan. 1, a 38-year-old Noble Avenue man was charged with aggravated burglary. The man allegedly left a neighbor’s home with her TV in hand and told the victim he would “knock her out” if she contacted police and to “watch her back.”

Officers charged a 25-year-old Dover Avenue man with aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and felonious assault. On Jan. 2, the man allegedly forced his way into the victim’s Middlebury neighborhood home, demanded property at gunpoint and shot the victim three times.

On Jan. 3, a 21-year-old Wildwood Avenue man who was a passenger in a car driven by a 22-year-old Kenmore man was found to be in possession of marijuana and a gun and was charged with weapons under disability, carrying a concealed weapon, receiving stolen property, firearms in motor vehicle and drug abuse (marijuana). The driver, who was stopped related to a shooting that occurred on Manister Court in Kenmore, was found to be in possession of a loaded Glock pistol. The driver was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle.

A 55-year-old Cromwell Drive man was charged with misconduct in an emergency, while his 26-year-old live-in girlfriend was charged with domestic violence menacing Jan. 4. According to the police report, officers responded to a domestic fight call, during which the woman threatened the man’s life. Officers noted there had been extensive prior incidents at the same location. When officers arrived and knocked on the front door several times, no one answered the door. Police were able to reach the residents by phone, and the man requested that the earlier call be cancelled. Police also noted there had been previous requests to cancel 9-1-1 calls made by the man. According to the police report, officers kicked in the front door to ensure the safety of the residents. The woman then reported the argument was concerning her pregnancy, and the man agreed. The man had a swollen eye and an apparent fresh minor abrasion across his nose, according to the report. The woman had a prior conviction for domestic violence from 2004.

On Jan. 5, a Vinita Avenue woman reported that an unknown person made $1,100 of unauthorized purchases on her Visa card, and officers are investigating.

Also Jan. 5, police arrested three 18-year-old men and one 17-year-old juvenile male. All are from West Akron, with the exception of one man, who is a North Hill resident. Officers noted the males were in a vehicle parked after hours at a West Akron high school, and when they approached, they smelled the odor of marijuana. A bag of marijuana, a marijuana cigarette and a glass marijuana pipe were all found in the vehicle. Charges were for criminal trespassing, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Shortly before 4 a.m. Jan. 6, Akron police officers responded to a shooting in the 200 block of East Archwood Avenue in Firestone Park. Once on scene, officers observed a 16-year-old female, Anna Karam, who was fatally shot in the living room, and a 19-year-old-female, Jessica Halman, who was shot in the kitchen. Halman, a 19-year-old Norton resident, was transported to Akron General Medical Center, where her condition is listed as critical. Witnesses identified the suspect as 24-year-old Barberton resident David Stoddard. According to police, Stoddard entered the house through a back door and fired several shots at the victims before fleeing. He was apprehended later that morning at a Wadsworth motel. Stoddard was charged with aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder and felonious assault and booked into the Summit County Jail.

A 23-year-old Ellet man was charged with receiving stolen property and child endangering Jan. 7. According to police, he was found to be driving a stolen vehicle with a suspended operator’s license when he was pulled over at Frederick Boulevard and Bellevue Avenue. Two children were sleeping in the backseat of the car, and neither was secured in a car seat. Another passenger in the car, a 22-year-old Seward Avenue woman, also was charged with receiving stolen property and child endangering.

BATH: Police responded to an anonymous call of a domestic disturbance at an Orchard Drive residence Dec. 27 and determined no altercation had occurred between a male and female. The female said she believes an acquaintance made the false report in order to cause trouble.

A local juvenile was arrested for domestic violence after reportedly attacking a family member Dec. 28 and was taken to a juvenile detention facility.

Around 2 a.m. Dec. 29, officers patrolling West Bath Road observed a deer that had been injured by a vehicle. Police shot and killed it.

Following a registration check of a vehicle on Medina Road Dec. 31, police arrested a driver on a warrant and released him to Medina County sheriff’s deputies.

On Dec. 31, a woman reported her ex-husband locked their child out of his residence on several occasions. She was given the name of two agencies to contact regarding the situation.

Police who responded to a report of an injured deer at the intersection of Four Seasons Drive and Shade Road Dec. 31 shot and killed the animal.

On two occasions Jan. 1, police assisted Copley officers. The first incident was a domestic disturbance on Plainview Drive. The second incident involved a two-hour search for a woman who walked away from an accident on Interstate 77 and was lost in a wooded area. Police helped carry the victim out of the woods to an EMS squad.

Officers observed an injured deer in the roadway at the intersection of Bath and Hametown roads Jan. 1 and shot and killed it.

On Jan. 2, an employee of a North Cleveland-Massillon Road business reported an iPhone 4 was stolen from her desk drawer between 3:30 and 4:55 p.m.

COPLEY: On Dec. 28, a Kirkwall Drive woman reported her ex-boyfriend pounded on her front door after she told him she no longer wants to see him. He left flowers and a note outside her residence after she told him she called police. Officers contacted the Cleveland man and advised him the female did not want any contact with him. They advised the female to send a short text message telling him not to contact her. After he received the message, he called her. He told police he dialed her phone number by mistake, and officers advised him if he contacted her again, he would face criminal charges.

Police patrolling Copley Road at 2:50 a.m. Jan. 1 were flagged down by a woman who said she and her boyfriend had an argument while driving and he dropped her off on the side of the road in cold weather and drove away. Police transported her to her home on Glenhaven Avenue and talked to the boyfriend, who reportedly became agitated and took an aggressive stance with officers. Police arrested him for disorderly conduct due to intoxication.

A juvenile who argued with his stepfather and left the home Jan. 1 was located by police on Sugar Road. He was transported to a hospital for evaluation.

Officers responded to a burglary alarm at a Plainview Drive residence Jan. 1 and arrived to see a male closing the front door. Officers knocked several times, but no one answered. When the Akron man allowed police to enter, they noticed signs of a confrontation, including a broken lamp and other items in disarray. The male, who had a black eye, said he and the female had been out drinking, argued and she punched him in the eye. Both parties refused to sign statements. Police arrested the female for domestic violence and took her to the Summit County Jail.

At 5 a.m. Jan. 1, police responded to a traffic accident on Interstate 77 and found a vehicle had crashed and the driver had fled before police arrived. Bath and Fairlawn officers assisted in a two-hour search of a wooded area during a heavy snowstorm after following the driver’s footprints in snow and hearing a woman screaming. Police found the female, who was suffering from exposure to the cold and had possibly been injured in the accident. The Canton woman was transported to the hospital via EMS.

A vehicle abandoned along South Cleveland-Massillon Road the night of Jan. 2 was towed from the scene because it was a traffic hazard. Officers attempted to contact the owner and found the operator’s license was under suspension and the vehicle plates had expired. The plates were confiscated by order of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the vehicle was towed to an impound lot.

Barberton police arrested an Akron man Jan. 3 and released him to Copley officers on a traffic warrant. He was charged and taken to the Summit County Jail.

FAIRLAWN: A Hampton Ridge Drive woman reported Dec. 27 her bank debit card was used to make unauthorized purchases totaling $1,000.

An architect working on a vacant house on South Cleveland-Massillon Road Dec. 28 reported copper, worth $1,000, was stolen from the basement.

Officers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol arrested an Akron woman on a Fairlawn warrant for assault Dec. 28. She was charged and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A resident of a facility on South Cleveland-Massillon Road reported Dec. 28 she placed her earrings and wedding band on a bed table and went to sleep. When she awoke, they were gone.

Employees of a mall clothing store reported Dec. 28 an Akron woman, who had been banned from the store, was shoplifting. Police determined she had been banned in 2009 and arrested her for criminal trespassing. She was additionally charged with theft of $500 in merchandise and taken to the Summit County Jail.

On Dec. 29, mall security officers reported an Akron woman who had been banned from the mall was suspected of shoplifting from a mall store. She was arrested for criminal trespassing and found in possession of stolen jeans.

Police are seeking the driver of an SUV who allegedly stole a stereo system from a Montrose discount store Dec. 31, fled in the vehicle and was last seen speeding down West Market Street. The vehicle owner has been identified.

An Akron woman was arrested for theft of $208 in merchandise taken from a mall department store Dec. 31. She was released with a court summons and banned from the store.

The manager of a West Market Street floral business reported she arrived at work the morning of Jan. 2 to find a door had been forced open and $95 was missing from the cash register.

A woman reported Jan. 2 she parked her vehicle in front of a mall store at 10:10 a.m. and returned a half hour later to find the vehicle hood and side had been scratched.

Police are investigating a Dec. 2 report filed by a Morewood Road woman who said her boyfriend’s ex-wife has been threatening to kill her and her child.

On Jan. 3, police investigated a report that someone stole 200 feet of copper valued at $5,000 from the basement of a vacant house on Caledonia Avenue.

An Akron man stopped for a traffic violation on North Miller Road Jan. 3 was charged with driving under several license suspensions and released to the Brimfield Police Department on a warrant.

Security agents at a Montrose discount store reported Jan. 3 a man loaded two TVs worth more than $800 on a cart and attempted to leave the store without paying. When employees approached him, he left the merchandise and fled in a vehicle, which police stopped. The Copley man was charged with theft and released with a court summons.

On Jan. 3, police arrested an Akron man for theft of $66 in merchandise from a mall department store, released him with a court summons and advised him he was banned from the store.

NORTON: Police responded to a traffic crash on Wooster Road Dec. 27. The driver, determined to be at fault, told police another driver ran his vehicle off the road and caused the crash. He exhibited signs of intoxication, and he allegedly admitted drinking before driving. The Doylestown man failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released on bond. His BAC tested .104.

Summit County deputies arrested a Norton man on a Norton warrant Dec. 28. He was charged and released on bond.

Officers patrolling Dorothy Avenue the afternoon of Dec. 31 arrested three Wadsworth men and a Doylestown man observed riding ATVs on property owned by Akron-Barberton Railroad Co. The four were charged with criminal trespassing and released on bond.

A Wadworth Road man reported Dec. 31 an Akron woman wrote and cashed $525 in equity checks without his permission.

A Medina man released from the Medina County Jail Dec. 31 was arrested on a Norton warrant for failure to pay fines and released on bond.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Manila Avenue residence Jan. 1 that involved a resident and his adult son. Police found the son walking away from the residence. Officers determined no physical violence occurred and the argument was verbal only, but they arrested the son on a warrant and released him to the Barberton Police Department.

Employees of a Wadsworth Road gas station reported Jan. 1 the driver of a black Ford van pumped 21 gallons of fuel worth $70 into the vehicle and left without paying for it.

Police are seeking the person who shattered the back window of a vehicle outside a Greenwich Road hardware store Jan. 2.

RICHFIELD: On Dec. 17, officers investigated a report that a man who is not permitted to be at a Virginia Drive residence was in the driveway. Police located the man, who said he went to get some property that belongs to him. He was advised not to go back to the residence without first notifying police.

Police investigated a report that a motorist struck two mailboxes on Brush Road Dec. 17 and collected several vehicle parts from the scene.

An employee of a Hawkins Road farm reported Dec. 17 an individual has been stealing the newspaper from the front entrance of the farm. A male who drives an SUV had been spotted in the area on several occasions.

A Galloway Drive resident reported Dec. 20 an unknown driver turfed the property the previous night.

Police on Brecksville Road the night of Dec. 22 stopped a driver for lane violations. He refused a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI.

At 2:30 a.m. Dec. 26, officers patrolling Brecksville Road investigated a suspicious vehicle in a driveway and arrested a passenger on an outstanding warrant. She was released to the Norton Police Department.

Police patrolling Wheatley Road the night of Jan. 1 were flagged down by a man who said he almost ran over a woman who was walking in the middle of Wheatley Road. Officers found the woman, who was walking toward Interstate 77, and called out to her, but she began walking faster. Police physically stopped her, and she said she was walking from a Brecksville Road bar to her home in Akron. She also made some incoherent statements. She was given a ride to the police station to wait for a friend to pick her up.

The Akron police reports were compiled by Ariel Hakim, 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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