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South Side Neighborhood Watch

3/7/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

COVENTRY: An Akron man reported Feb. 16 that he went to a Polonia Drive residence to pick up his child for visitation, and the resident slammed his hand in his car door. The resident denied the allegation.

A man reported he was shopping at a Manchester Road grocery store between 11:30 a.m. and noon Feb. 23, and he returned to his car to find the spare tire and wheel rim had been stolen from the back of his Jeep Wrangler.

A State Road woman reported Feb. 23 that jewelry items were stolen from her home.

Employees of an East Waterloo Road gas station reported Feb. 24 that an unknown white male stole items from the store and fled before Summit County sheriff’s deputies arrived. Officers were unable to locate him in the area.

Also Feb. 24, deputies investigated the theft of a $240 Bersa Thunder 380 semi-automatic pistol from outside a Bender Avenue residence.

On Feb. 25, deputies investigated the theft of a spare tire from the back of a Jeep Rubicon parked outside a Manchester Road freight business between 5:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Coventry Township employees reported Feb. 25 that orange traffic cones and a white traffic barricade were stolen from a location on Maryland Avenue. The items belong to the township, with a $115 replacement cost.

Deputies were called to Coventry Middle School on Cormany Road Feb. 25, when the owner of a Jeep Wrangler reported the rear tire was stolen from the vehicle between 6:10 and 10:50 a.m.

On Feb. 26, deputies patrolling Radnor Road stopped the driver of a vehicle with only three operable tires. During a field sobriety test, the North Benton man reportedly refused to stop his disruptive behavior, despite officers’ repeated requests, and was charged with DUI and disorderly conduct. He was taken to the Summit County Jail.

A Boat Drive man reported Feb. 26 that several items, including a metal hoist and metal roofing sheets, were stolen from his property on Flynn Drive. The items’ total worth is $1,295.

A Hohman Avenue woman reported Feb. 27 that her $3,000 2004 Trailblazer four-wheeled, off-road vehicle was stolen from outside her residence.

On Feb. 28, a Flynn Avenue woman reported her boyfriend’s mother took her cell phone when her boyfriend was taken to jail.

The owner of a Jeep Wrangler reported Feb. 28 that the spare tire was stolen from the rear of her vehicle while it was parked in a Cormany Road lot between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

— Compiled by Maggie DeMellier


GREEN: A Mayfair Road man reported Feb. 22 that tools and a GPS unit were stolen from a van and car outside his residence.

A South Main Street man reported $3,400 cash and several T-shirts were stolen from his residence between 4 and 10:30 p.m. Feb. 23.

A motorist reported he was driving north on Interstate 77 the morning of Feb. 23 when several juveniles in a gray sedan threw an object that shattered his side window.

Employees of an Arlington Ridge Road restaurant gave Summit County sheriff’s deputies a counterfeit $10 bill passed by an unknown person Feb. 23.

Deputies were called to Akron-Canton Airport Feb. 24 by security screeners who reported they found a double-edged dagger in a computer bag belonging to a Medina man. Deputies arrested him for carrying a concealed weapon, released him with a court summons and confiscated the knife.

A Sandusky man reported he flew to Florida from Akron-Canton Airport Feb. 24, and when he reached his destination, he discovered a GPS unit had been stolen from his golf bag, which was with his checked luggage. A card in the golf bag stated the bag had been inspected.

Deputies patrolling Raber Road Feb. 25 stopped a driver of a vehicle with an equipment violation and arrested him for driving under suspension and possession of drugs, which reportedly were observed in plain view on the vehicle seat.

A Copley man, who was observed sitting in a vehicle in the lot of a Massillon Road trailer park Feb. 26, was arrested on a warrant and released to the Springfield Township Police Department.

Deputies investigated the theft of keys from an unlocked vehicle outside a Mayfair Road residence Feb. 27.

On Feb. 28, deputies investigated a report of criminal damaging at an Interstate Parkway theater, where someone spray-painted the outside of the building.

Deputies responded to a traffic accident on East Turkeyfoot Lake Road Feb. 28, when a driver, suspected of being under the influence of drugs, was transported to a hospital for treatment of injuries. When substances in his vehicle tested positive for drugs and a test at the hospital confirmed he had ingested them before driving, he was arrested for drug abuse.

The manager of a vehicle rental business at Akron-Canton Airport reported Feb. 28 that a Barberton man rented a vehicle and failed to return it on Jan. 31. Deputies investigated and determined the man was incarcerated in the Summit County Jail on an unrelated charge and the Barberton Police Department had impounded the vehicle.

The manager of an apartment complex on Nine Iron Drive reported March 1 that a man who had been banned from the property was at one of the apartments. He was located, charged with criminal trespassing and escorted from the property.

A physician at a Massillon Road community service agency reported March 1 that a prescription pad, containing blank prescriptions, had been stolen and one of the prescriptions had been forged by a person who used it to obtain drugs.

— Compiled by Maggie DeMellier


LAKEMORE: While serving a warrant on a Sanitarium Road man Feb. 24, police discovered he had set up an illegal drug manufacturing operation and charged him and a Plaza Court woman there both with illegal manufacturing of drugs.

A Lowellville company employee reported Feb. 25 that a construction trailer on the Springfield High School site was entered and $4,665 in copper and brass pipe items were stolen. The next day, police visited an Akron scrap business and found many of the items, and were also able to identify the person who brought them there. After consulting with legal officials, the Barberton woman was charged with receiving stolen items.

A Wirth Avenue man was charged with assault Feb. 27 after allegedly punching a Mill Street man who had tried to break up a fight involving the victim’s son and the Wirth Avenue man at a Canton Road fitness center.

Three women, from Newton Street, Warwick Road and 9th Street Southwest, reported between Fec. 28 and March 2 that they made down payments of $1,600, $1,250 and $780, respectively, to rent a Springfield Lake Drive home from the owner, but after handing over the money to the man, he failed to give them keys or return phone calls. On March 2 at 5:30 a.m., police went to the home to serve a felony warrant on charges of aggravated menacing and violating a protection order out of Portage County on the man, but he slammed the door and refused to surrender. After making statements that they would have to “come in and get him” and hearing a shotgun being loaded, police called in METRO SWAT. When he emerged three hours later, he pocketed a cell phone despite being told to drop it, and police shot him three times with a bean bag gun. He was arrested, charged with obstruction and inducing panic and transported to the Portage County Jail on the warrant.

On March 1, a Harlan Avenue man reported someone threw a rock through a front window, breaking it.

An unlocked vehicle on Catherine Avenue was entered March 1 and a wallet with a driver’s license and a gift card was stolen.

Police charged a Danforth Road man found stumbling along Springfield Lake Drive with disorderly conduct after finding him to be intoxicated March 1.

A Fifth Street home was entered March 4 and someone rummaged through things but did not take anything.

— Compiled by Maria Lindsay


NEW FRANKLIN: Police officers came into contact with a man with an active warrant out of the Akron Police Department Feb. 23 and transferred him there.

A commercial refrigerator outside of a Manchester Road business was damaged Feb. 24.

A South Bender Avenue man was arrested Feb. 24 on West Turkeyfoot Lake Road for driving while under suspension for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

A Hunsicker Drive man was stopped for expired license plates Feb. 25, and during the vehicle inventory, bottles of liquid, pills, pipes, hypodermic needles, a spoon and a tourniquet were reportedly discovered. He was arrested for possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia and possession of drug abuse instruments.

Two spotlights were broken at a Manchester Road church Feb. 26.

A juvenile female was arrested for unruly juvenile offenses Feb. 28 after reportedly not following house rules and screaming at a woman in the home.

— Compiled by Joyce Rainey Long


SPRINGFIELD: Four thefts were reported at a South Arlington Road store between Feb. 17 and March 3, including: a 42-inch flat-screen TV worth $756 taken by an unknown man and woman; $530 in DVDs taken by an East Sparta man who fled on foot, and for whom police issued a warrant for his arrest; $15 in merchandise taken by a Northfield man who also was charged with possession of drugs and drug abuse instruments; and an attempted theft by an Everton Drive woman who was stopped and charged with possession of drugs and obstruction for reportedly lying about her identity.

Police issued a warrant for a Columbine Avenue man Feb. 22 after he allegedly stole a $15 item from an East Waterloo Road pet store.

After investigating suspicious activity Feb. 24, police charged a Beach Drive man with having an open container of alcohol in a moving vehicle and a Forest Drive woman with possession of drug abuse instruments.

A Clifford Avenue man was charged with possession of drugs and obstruction for reportedly lying about his identity Feb. 24 after police investigated a vehicle driving behind a closed business.

Also on that day, a Springfield High School student reported her ex-boyfriend, from Sebring, and his girlfriend threatened to kill her and her family during a phone call. Police notified school officials about the incident and are investigating.

An Old Home Road man reported three vehicle batteries and other car parts were stolen from the bed of his truck and yard Feb. 25.

An East Waterloo Road woman reported Feb. 25 that someone withdrew $100 from her bank account to purchase a cell phone.

A cell phone was reported stolen from a truck parked on Salmon Drive Feb. 25.

The next day, a Killian Road man reported someone stole a credit card from his mailbox.

An employee of a South Arlington Road gas station reported Feb. 26 she accidently charged $100 instead of $10 onto a pump given to her by a customer for gas, and the unknown man and woman pumped $41 and fled without paying for the additional gas.

On Feb. 27, a lock on a Canfield Road home was damaged in an attempted break-in.

Police forwarded a request to Summit County Children Services to investigate a 12-year-old Springfield male after the mother of a 5-year-old boy he babysat told her the male “did adult things to him.”

A Hillstock Avenue woman was charged with child endangering after it was reported Feb. 28 that she failed to pick up her 6-year-old granddaughter from the bus stop three times. She told police she fell asleep.

Police recorded a Springfield 16-year-old male as a runaway after his mother reported he refused to go to school and obey house rules and left the home out of his bedroom window Feb. 28.

A Markle Street man found to be operating a vehicle under suspension Feb. 28 was charged with possession of drugs after he was found with marijuana.

On March 1 during a traffic stop, a Kreighbaum Avenue woman found with crack cocaine was charged with possession of drugs and taken to the Summit County Jail, and a Kreiner Avenue man found with marijuana was charged with possession of drugs and released.

Police are investigating an assault involving an East Waterloo Road man who reported March 1 that a Fawler Avenue man entered his trailer and beat him up, breaking his cell phone, glasses and dentures. The man had head injuries and said he lost consciousness, and he was transported to a hospital. The suspect denied beating the man.

During a traffic stop March 2, police discovered a Lansing Road man was driving under suspension and was in possession of marijuana and drug items. He was charged with possession of drugs and paraphernalia.

The door on a car parked on Carper Avenue was pried open and medication was stolen March 2.

On March 3, police notified school officials of physical threats made to a 15-year-old female by two other females going to the same school.

After being called to a South Arlington Road hotel March 4, police reportedly found a Larkin Avenue woman and a Larch Street man with rocks of cocaine, burnt spoons with residue, hypodermic needles and blades, and charged them with possession of drugs and paraphernalia.

— Compiled by Maria Lindsay

Editor’s note: The reports provided here are a sampling of those filed with area police departments and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. For questions related to the reports we’ve included or others we have not, call the South Side News Leader at 330-665-9595 or toll-free at 888-945-9595. To provide information on an alleged criminal act noted in this week’s report, call the appropriate police department.

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