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West Side Neighborhood Watch

2/28/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 2400 block of Ridgewood Road between Sept. 1 and Feb. 22; the 1300 block of Orrin Street Feb. 13; the 100 block of North Valley Street between Feb. 14 and 16; the 700 block of Weber Avenue Feb. 14; the 900 block of Whittier Avenue Feb. 15; the 100 block of Beck Avenue between Feb. 15 and 22; the 900 block of Hamlin Street Feb. 16; the 500 block of Noble Avenue between Feb. 18 and 21; the 800 block of Stone Street Feb. 20; the 1300 block of Hartford Avenue between Feb. 21 and 22; the 600 block of West Market Street Feb. 23; and the 1500 block of Dreisbach Drive Feb. 24.

A 26-year-old Romig Road man was charged with domestic violence and felonious assault Feb. 13. According to police officers, the man, along with another unknown male, assaulted two victims at a Romig Road apartment. The unknown male allegedly shot one of the victims in the arm. The identified man has a child with the other victim, officers noted.

A 48-year-old Storer Avenue woman reported to police that on Feb. 15, an unknown person filed a federal income tax return using her personal information.

Between 10 p.m. Feb. 18 and 10 a.m. Feb. 19, someone stole a catalytic converter from a 2000 Honda Accord parked in the parking lot of an apartment building on the 900 block of Mull Avenue. According to the police report, the theft damaged the vehicle’s entire exhaust system.

On Feb. 19, a 20-year-old woman reported that her upstairs neighbor in an apartment building on the 600 block of West Market Street began screaming at her as she tried to leave the building. Her report indicated that the woman, 50, yelled at her, calling her a lesbian and threatening to assault her. The victim stated that this is an ongoing problem with this neighbor, who, in the past, has also shoved her. The victim declined to pursue charges. Officers noted they attempted to speak with the older woman, and she refused to open her door and instead shouted from inside the apartment.

On Feb. 20, a male employee of a Downtown Akron community support agency reported he lost a mobile phone owned by his employer in the parking lot of a Mull Avenue church the previous evening. He reported he sent a text message to the phone asking for its return and received phone calls back from someone claiming to have it. The man told police he spoke with the caller and offered a $25 reward for the phone. According to the report, the caller demanded $150 for the phone, which the victim refused. The victim reported he later received an email stating that the caller would settle for $75. The man asked for police assistance and arranged to meet the caller at the same parking lot where the phone was lost. An officer waited out of sight, while the suspect received the money and returned the phone. Police detained the suspect, who claimed he was there for someone else. The suspect agreed to return the money and said he did not realize he was committing a crime. The police report noted the victim was unsure if he wanted to prosecute, and the suspect was released.

On Feb. 22, around 5:30 p.m., a woman working at a used furniture store in the 400 block of West Market Street was choked and robbed. The woman reported a man entered the business and wanted to sell some spoons. According to the report, she told him the business was not buying items because they are going out of business, and the man left. He reportedly returned a few minutes later and knocked the victim to the ground and started choking her. Then he allegedly took money from the cash box and fled. The victim had visible injuries to her face and was treated on scene by paramedics. The suspect is a medium-complexioned black male, 50 to 60 years old, 6 feet to 6 feet, 2 inches tall, between 200 and 220 pounds and had partially gray hair. He was wearing a black coat, possibly leather, a red shirt and dark pants, according to the report. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department at 330-375-2552.

On Feb. 25, a 28-year-old Storer Avenue man was charged with willful fleeing, tampering with evidence, weapons under disability, receiving stolen property, resisting arrest, obstructing official business, drug abuse (marijuana), improper handling of a firearm and open container. The man led officers on a chase, during which he was observed throwing a gun from his vehicle. Also during the pursuit, the man abandoned the vehicle and left it rolling down the street, leading officers on a short foot chase that ended at Mineola and Stadelman avenues. Officers discovered an open container of alcohol inside and stolen license plates on the vehicle.

BATH: A Lois Drive man reported his girlfriend’s 16-year-old daughter came home Feb. 12 to find her ex-boyfriend in the driveway, and when he went outside to intervene, the ex-boyfriend mooned him. At the request of the resident, police went to the home of the juvenile male and advised his parents he is not welcome at the Lois Drive residence and he is not to contact the female.

A Sand Run Road woman reported a dog was loose in her yard Feb. 14 and showed officers a photo of the dog, which police located at a neighbor’s home. There had been other reports of the dog running loose, and police cited the owner for having a dog at large.

A man who was delivering packages to a West Bath Road residence Feb. 14 reportedly was bitten on the leg by the resident’s dog. The dog owner agreed to provide vaccination records, and the dog warden was notified of the bite.

A Trellis Green Drive couple reported Feb. 15 they were victims of identity fraud in 2012 and requested that the three credit bureaus place security alerts on their files. Instead of security alerts, the bureaus placed “active military” flags on their accounts, and they are now unable to obtain credit. Neither of them has ever been in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Police patrolling state Route 18 Feb. 15 stopped the driver of a vehicle with an equipment violation and noticed the odor of marijuana in the car. The driver was charged with possession of a bag of marijuana and released with a court summons.

On Feb. 15, officers stopped an erratic driver on Interstate 77. He reportedly admitted to drinking seven beers at a Cleveland bar before driving and failed a field sobriety test. He was charged with DUI and taken to the police station for a BAC test, which registered .210.

Officers responded to an accident on Ira Road Feb. 16 and found a vehicle in a ditch and no one around. Officers contacted the driver, whose cousin had picked her up after the accident, and she returned to the scene. She failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and driving under suspension. Her BAC tested .165. Her cousin admitted he had been drinking and was charged with underage consumption of alcohol.

Police on Medina Road Feb. 17 checked the registration of a vehicle, stopped the driver and determined the car had been reported stolen from Cleveland. She was arrested for receiving stolen property and taken to the Summit County Jail.

The driver of a vehicle that struck a utility pole on Yellow Creek Road at 4:20 a.m. Feb. 17 was evaluated by EMS. When it was determined he was not injured and performed poorly on a field sobriety test, he was arrested for DUI. His BAC tested .187.

On Feb. 17, police responded to a burglary alarm at a Robinwood Hills Drive residence and found the door open, cupboard doors standing open and beer cans strewn about. Officers also observed drug paraphernalia in plain view. A juvenile staying at the home while his parents were away returned to the home. He reportedly admitted he owned the paraphernalia and said he and some friends had been drinking. He was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and released to his uncle.

Police investigated a Feb. 20 report stating a student found a bullet casing in the aisle of a Revere Local Schools bus.

COPLEY: Police responded to a domestic dispute at a Delaware Trail residence Feb. 7 involving a woman who reported her brother threatened to harm her during an argument about the death of a family member. He was gone before police arrived, and the woman requested the incident be documented.

The night of Feb. 11, officers patrolling Ridgewood Road observed a driver who appeared to be eluding police. He pulled his vehicle into a driveway, backed it out and went the other way. Following a registration check of the license plate, police stopped the Akron man and arrested him for driving under suspension and possession of marijuana that was found in the vehicle. He was released to the Akron Police Department on a misdemeanor warrant.

Officers investigated a hit-skip accident in the student parking lot of Copley High School Feb. 11. A student reported he parked his mother’s vehicle in the lot at 7:15 a.m. and returned to it after school to find the side had been damaged and scratched by another vehicle.

Police are investigating a Feb. 12 report filed by officials of Copley High School stating a $1,000 Cannon Rebel EOS T-3 camera was stolen from a locked closet in an art room. The camera was last seen Feb. 4, and school officials investigated to be certain it had not been misplaced before reporting it stolen. The serial number of the stolen item is 5157 B002 (AA).

A woman was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia Feb. 14 after the family of a man she was visiting at a Ridgewood Road medical facility reported she was taking alcohol and marijuana into the building. A nurse directed police to a men’s room where officers found the contraband in a trash can, and the woman reportedly admitted she stashed it there.

A Foxtail Trail man reported Feb. 15 his dog found a homemade bong used to smoke marijuana in the yard.

Police investigated a stabbing outside a Schocalog Road residence Feb. 16. A man reported he was stabbed and thrown out of a vehicle, and he was transported to a hospital for treatment of lacerations. Police were seeking the suspect.

An Akron woman reported an incident of road rage at 8:15 a.m. Feb. 16. She was driving south on Collier Road when another driver passed her vehicle, swerved in front of her and slammed on the brakes, causing her to veer off the road and strike a utility pole. She reported no injuries, but the vehicle was damaged.

Officers gathered vehicle parts lying on the ground outside a Copley Road park Feb. 16 after police discovered someone in a vehicle had damaged the front gate. A locking device from the gate was located inside the park.

On Feb. 17, police investigated the burglary of a Brookrun Drive residence where someone entered between the afternoon of Feb. 16 and the morning of Feb. 17. It was unknown whether anything was stolen.

Officers responded to reports of an impaired driver on Medina Road at 4:36 a.m. Feb. 17 and stopped a driver for lane violations. The Akron woman failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and possession of marijuana found in her pocket. Her BAC tested .228.

Police responded to an alarm at a Raleigh Boulevard school the morning of Feb. 17 and found a broken window. After investigating tracks outside the building, police determined a male sheep, which had been reported missing by its owner the previous night, had rammed the window with his horn.

Following a report by a Sunnyfield Drive resident, police are seeking the person who slashed four tires on a vehicle outside the residence the night of Feb. 17.

The owner of a vacant house on Springfield Drive reported Feb. 19 he arrived at the residence to find a green Ford van in the driveway. When he entered, he observed an unknown male run out of the house, remove a temporary license plate from the vehicle and speed away. He discovered the male had entered through a window and stolen copper pipes.

An employee of a Montrose sporting goods store was charged with theft Feb. 19 after he reportedly admitted taking $600 from the cash register. The Akron man was released with a court summons.

Police responded to a Jacoby Road location Feb. 20 after a Copley woman reported she was driving at the location around 9 p.m. when a deer ran in front of her car and she struck the animal. She was not injured, but her vehicle sustained moderate damage. The deer was gone when police arrived.

FAIRLAWN: Bath Police Department officers assisted police as they searched the area of West Market Street and Cleveland-Massillon Road for a juvenile who ran from his mother while the two were in a nearby market the evening of Feb. 16. The juvenile contacted his mother to report that he was at a Ghent Road church. He was transported to a hospital for evaluation.

The manager of a West Market Street drugstore reported Feb. 17 a male and female walked around in the store selecting items and attempted to pay for them with a counterfeit $10 bill. When a clerk recognized the bill was phony and declined the transaction, the two left the bill and merchandise behind and exited the store. Police were reviewing video surveillance footage of the incident.

An employee of a West Market Street business reported her wallet was stolen from her coat pocket between 3 and 5 p.m. Feb. 17. The coat was in an employee breakroom.

On Feb. 18, two Cuyahoga County women were arrested for theft and possession of criminal tools after they allegedly concealed items in a booster bag and left a mall clothing store without paying for them.

NORTON: Police stopped an erratic driver on Clubside Drive Feb. 13 and charged him with driving under suspension. He was additionally charged with drug abuse and possession of drug abuse instruments when police found a pouch containing a syringe, spoon and push rod used to ingest heroin during a pat-down search.

An Akron man was charged with theft of roses worth $30 from a Greenwich Road grocery store Feb. 14. He was released with a court summons.

The owner of a Wadsworth Road farm reported Feb. 15 that scraps of steel were thrown on his property, causing $1,200 damage to a greenhouse cover.

On Feb. 16, police investigated the burglary of a Wayne Street residence where a woman reported two flat-screen TVs, a camera, DVD player, home theater and exercise machine were stolen from her home. She said her ex-boyfriend, who has a key to the house, sent her a suspicious text message after she discovered the theft.

Officers patrolling I-76 Feb. 16 attempted to stop a driver for lane violations. He exited on state Route 21 and refused to comply with lights and sirens. Police declared a pursuit and stopped him after he continued driving for several miles. The Doylestown man was arrested for failure to comply with police orders and additionally charged with DUI when he failed a field sobriety test and his BAC tested .141.

A motorist who passed another vehicle in a no-passing zone of Norton Avenue Feb. 17 was stopped for the traffic violation. Three juvenile males in the vehicle were questioned regarding an odor of marijuana and a jar containing the substance found in the vehicle door. When all three denied knowledge of the substance, police arrested the male who was sitting where the contraband was stored and whose hands smelled of marijuana. He was charged with possession of marijuana, and all three were released to one male’s mother.

On Feb. 19, an Eastern Road woman reported a $400 video recorder, a $500 computer, camera, jewelry and a purse were missing from her residence after her son’s ex-girlfriend and an unknown male companion visited the home.

Officers responded to reports of an erratic driver on Wadsworth Road Feb. 21 and observed the motorist commit several lane violations. When the Barberton woman was stopped, she reportedly stumbled out of the vehicle and was unable to stand to perform a field sobriety test. After several tries, she refused to complete the test and was charged with DUI and released on bond.

A Doylestown man stopped for a traffic violation on South Cleveland-Massillon Road Feb. 22 was charged with driving under suspension and possession of drug paraphernalia when police found a marijuana pipe during a vehicle inventory.

An Akron woman stopped for lane violations on I-76 Feb. 23 failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. Her BAC was under the legal limit for adults, but she is under 21 and there is no legal limit for underage alcohol consumption.

RICHFIELD: A Richfield woman reported Feb. 9 a bald, white male in his 40s was driving a silver sedan on two recent occasions and he followed her car and sat at the end of her driveway in his vehicle for 10 minutes. Police advised her to call if she sees him again.

A truck driver reported 100 gallons of fuel was siphoned from his vehicle while it was parked in the rear lot of a Brecksville Road gas station Feb. 11.

Police went to a Deer Path Trail residence Feb. 12, arrested a resident on a warrant and released him on bond.

Following a tip from the Cleveland Police Department’s Narcotic Unit regarding drug activity at a Sawbridge Drive residence Feb. 16, police executed a search warrant at the home, arrested several people for trafficking in drugs and confiscated 5.5 pounds of marijuana. They were taken to the Summit County Jail.

On Feb. 16, police patrolling Brecksville Road clocked a driver traveling 54 mph in a 35-mph zone. He was charged with possession of marijuana and released with a court summons.

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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