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West Side Neighborhood Watch

3/14/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 1100 block of South Hawkins Avenue between Feb. 7 and March 7; the 1400 block of Shanabrook Drive March 1; the 400 block of Crestwood Avenue March 2; the 1200 block of Nome Avenue between March 3 and 4; the 100 block of Hall Street March 5; the 800 block of Lafayette Drive March 7; the 700 block of Nome Avenue March 7; the 1300 block of Hilton Drive between March 7 and 8; and the 300 block of Grace Avenue March 9.

A 21-year-old East Akron woman was charged with receiving stolen property March 4. The woman allegedly took stolen jewelry worth $4,500 and attempted to pawn it at a business on the 100 block of Merriman Road.

Police officers charged a 27-year-old Delaware Place man with domestic violence and drug abuse (marijuana) March 5. The man allegedly assaulted a woman who is four months’ pregnant with his child during an incident that occurred on Arlington Street in East Akron. The man was also found to be in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, according to police.

A 15-year-old female was observed by loss prevention staff via security camera concealing miscellaneous clothing worth $29 in her purse and attempting to leave a store in the 1800 block of West Market Street March 5. She was released with a court summons to a guardian.

Also March 5, a 31-year-old Carrollton woman was charged with weapons under disability, carrying a concealed weapon and drug paraphernalia. According to the police report, the woman was a passenger in a traffic stop at Diagonal Road and Frederick Boulevard, and she was found to have a warrant out of the Akron Police Department. A loaded gun was found in the vehicle, along with a plastic wrapper with an unknown white substance and drug paraphernalia.

On March 6, officers responded to a call to check for a stolen car in the area of Copley Road and Orlando Avenue. When officers attempted a traffic stop of the vehicle, the driver led them on a chase, according to the report. Police said the chase was canceled within a minute due to the speeds involved. Officers then found the vehicle they were pursuing in the 500 block of Diagonal Road, after being involved in an accident. The driver apparently lost control on a curve and struck the curb, a rock wall and a tree. The driver, a 43-year-old South Walnut Street man, was transported to a hospital, where his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. The man was charged with failure to comply with police orders, receiving stolen property, possession of marijuana, open container, driving under suspension, failure to control and seat belt. He also had additional outstanding warrants for theft, a noise complaint and open container.

Officers stopped a vehicle at Little Street and Seward Avenue March 6 for running a stop sign. The driver, a 20-year-old Frederick Boulevard man, was found to be driving under suspension. During a tow inventory, officers located crack cocaine stuffed under the driver’s seat. A 19-year-old East Akron man, a passenger in the vehicle, admitted the drug was his and that he has a drug problem, according to officers.

Also March 6, a fire in a home in the 600 block of Storer Avenue was purposely set, police officers reported. The home was vacant and unsecured while it was being remodeled, according to the report. The fire started when someone poured ignitable liquid in multiple places and set fire to it, according to the report. Graffiti also was spray-painted on the side and back of the house. At the time of the report, there were no witnesses or suspects.

A 20-year-old Wildwood Avenue man allegedly admitted he committed a burglary in the 800 block of Longview Avenue Feb. 1. Charges were filed March 6.

On March 8 around 7:30 p.m., two individuals using the ATM machine in the 1600 block Merriman Road were robbed. The victims reported three males approached their car, pointed a gun at them and demanded money. One victim handed the suspects his debit card, and the suspects fled on foot through an apartment complex, according to the report. The suspects were described as three black males between 15 and 18 years old, from 5 feet, 3 inches to 5 feet, 6 inches tall, between 100 and 145 pounds, wearing black masks covering their faces and all dark clothing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department at 330-375-2552.

A 21-year-old Firestone Park man was charged with carrying a concealed weapon March 9. The man allegedly attempted to enter a business in the 2500 block of Romig Road, became combative with security and was asked to leave. According to the report, he attempted to grab a handgun from his waistband but was unsuccessful.

On March 9, around 2:30 p.m., a 67-year-old woman was robbed at gunpoint while she retrieved mail from her mailbox in the 900 block of Rocky Brook Drive. The victim reported the suspect approached her, pointed a gun at her and demanded her purse. When the victim hesitated, the suspect allegedly shoved the victim down and grabbed her purse before fleeing on foot. The victim was not injured. The suspect is a black male, approximately 16 years old, between 5 feet, 5 inches and 5 feet, 6 inches tall, wearing dark clothing and a dark gray scarf covering his face.

Also March 9, a 22-year-old Glenn Street man was charged with weapons under disability, carrying a concealed weapon and improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle. The man was stopped at Diagonal Road and Frederick Boulevard for speeding and found to be driving on a suspended license. A .22-caliber Walther handgun was found in the vehicle, according to the report.

Officers charged a 21-year-old Baughman Street man with aggravated robbery, domestic violence, tampering with evidence, carrying a concealed weapon, domestic violence menacing and obstructing official business March 10 for an incident that occurred in Goodyear Heights. The man has a prior conviction for domestic violence from October 2010, officers noted.

On March 10, a Fairlawn man reported his 2004 Buick Regal missing. He stated the vehicle was parked in front of his father’s house in the 600 block of Moreley Avenue. According to the police report, the car was recovered the same day on South Sunset View Drive, which is one street over.

BATH: A Montrose Avenue man reported a suspicious male in a black pickup truck followed him as he drove from his driveway along North Cleveland-Massillon Road to Medina Road March 2. He said the motorist appeared to be pointing a weapon at him, and when he opened the window of his vehicle, the man sped away on Medina Road.

On March 3, a Shade Road resident reported a magnetic alarm sensor was missing from the door leading to his home. He said nothing else had been taken and he replaced the sensor, so the alarm is intact.

A motorist called police to the parking lot of a Montrose grocery store March 3, when he said another driver struck and damaged his vehicle and left the scene. Police stopped the driver as she left the lot and asked about damage to her vehicle, which she said was old damage. She was confused and disoriented, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. A tow inventory revealed items that had been stolen from the grocery store and 10 narcotic tablets. She was released with a court summons, and felony drug charges were pending completion of the investigation into the narcotic tablets.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Springwater Road residence March 3, when a couple reported a juvenile was being disruptive. Officers determined the argument was verbal only, and they spoke to the juvenile regarding following house rules.

An Ira Road resident reported March 4 an unknown driver ran off the road the previous night and destroyed a mailbox and trash cans.

Officers patrolling Interstate 77 March 4 stopped a driver after a registration check determined the owner’s license had been suspended. The driver was charged with driving under suspension and released with a court summons. The vehicle was towed to an impound lot.

Police are seeking the person who removed a spare tire from the rear of a Jeep in a Medina Road parking lot between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. March 5.

A driver stopped for speeding on North Cleveland-Massillon Road March 5 was arrested for driving under numerous license suspensions.

On March 5, police arrested a woman in the parking lot of a Medina Road fitness center and released her to the Barberton Police Department on a warrant.

The night of March 5, someone broke the front door of a Ghent Road hair salon and gained entry. It was not known whether anything was stolen. During the same time frame, someone broke the front doors of a North Cleveland-Massillon Road salon and stole cash.

Police investigated the theft of a plastic key lock casing from a vehicle parked outside a North Cleveland-Massillon Road automotive business March 6.

COPLEY: Police searched the parking lot of a Montrose West Avenue hotel March 3 after a hotel guest reported an unknown driver crashed into the front of her vehicle, causing damage.

On March 3, police responded to a vehicle accident on Copley Road near state Route 21 and found a male standing near his vehicle, which was on its side in a ditch. He said he was not injured, but appeared intoxicated and admitted he had been drinking. He failed a field sobriety test, was charged with DUI and released with a court summons.

A Marrow Drive man reported March 4 a man who burglarized his home for the second time in two weeks assaulted him and stole his car keys. The victim, who had sustained facial lacerations, reported seeing a green van leaving the scene of the first burglary Feb. 19, and he said the driver of the van is the same man who committed the second burglary and assaulted him. Police located the vehicle, and the suspect provided a statement. Charges are pending completion of an investigation.

Officers patrolling Interstate 77 March 5 stopped a driver for lane violations. A passenger in the vehicle was arrested on a warrant and released to the Springfield Township Police Department.

A Schocalog Road woman reported March 5 her ex-boyfriend used her ATM card to make an unauthorized withdrawal of $80 from her checking account at a Copley Road bank. The male told police his paychecks are directly deposited into the account and it is a joint account. The female was unable to prove it is not a joint account. When she returned from the police station, she found the male hiding in the attic of her home and reported it to police, who arrested him on a warrant for driving under suspension and released him to Stark County sheriff’s deputies.

On March 5, an Encell Drive man reported Summit County deputies retuned his handgun to him and also gave him his ex-fiancée’s gun by mistake. He was instructed to take the gun to the police station, and the ex-fiancée agreed to retrieve it.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Robinwood Lane residence March 5, when a woman reported she does not want her son at her home because he became confrontational with her.

A Columbus Avenue woman reported March 5 an unknown person stole 75 feet of aluminum siding from her house and tore down a gutter.

Officers patrolling Copley Road March 5 stopped a driver for speeding on Copley Meadows Drive. The driver attempted to exit the vehicle three times and was uncooperative with officers. The Copley man failed a field sobriety test and was arrested. He refused to get into a cruiser and continued to yell profanity at police, who charged him with DUI and transported him to his home.

On March 6, a Creekledge Lane woman reported she made a previous complaint of identity fraud March 2 after she discovered two cell phone accounts had been opened in her name by someone in Oregon. On this date, she also discovered a fraudulent department store account had been opened in her name in Oregon. The report is part of an ongoing investigation involving a mortgage company used by victims of identity theft.

FAIRLAWN: Police officers responded to a report that a male and female were yelling at each other at a location on West Market Street Feb. 28 and determined the argument was verbal only. The Akron man was arrested on a warrant and released to the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department.

An employee of a West Market Street bank reported March 1 the spare tire and wheel rim were stolen from the rear of her Jeep Wrangler while it was parked in the lot between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

On March 1, an employee of a Wyant Road facility reported she entered a lock-down unit of the building and placed her satchel on a chair. When she went to lunch, she discovered her wallet, containing cash, credit cards, personal documents and a college identification card, had been stolen from the satchel.

Security agents at a mall department store reported March 3 two shoplifters were leaving the store with merchandise. Police located stolen merchandise in the possession of an Akron woman, and she was charged with theft and released with a court summons. Her male companion was released with no charges filed.

Mall security agents requested that police remove an intoxicated male from the mall March 3. Police found the male sitting on the floor in the mall concourse. A security agent told police she took a travel mug containing alcohol away from him. Police determined he was intoxicated and arrested him for underage drinking and having an open container of alcohol in a prohibited area. He was banned from the mall.

An Akron man who stole jeans worth $111 from a mall department store March 4 was arrested when police stopped a vehicle leaving the mall and arrested the passenger after he admitted concealing the items in a bag. He was charged with theft, released with a court summons, and the merchandise was returned to the store.

On March 5, employees of a mall sandwich restaurant reported a man used a $20 bill to purchase a fifty-cent cookie. When he received his change, he began asking to switch the bills for different denominations of money, and employees suspected he was attempting to defraud them and stopped making the transaction. He grabbed $29 from employees and fled. Police located him on a city bus and arrested him when the bus reached its destination. Officers charged him with theft, released him with a court summons and confiscated the $29, which they returned to the victim.

Security agents at a Montrose discount store reported a man stole a flat-screen TV from the store March 5 and escaped in a pickup truck driven by a second man. A homeless woman of the group was left behind at the scene, along with the TV, which was recovered by security agents. Police stopped the truck on Ridgewood Road and arrested the passenger, who reportedly admitted stealing the TV. The female was arrested on a felony warrant and released to Summit County sheriff’s deputies.

Police patrolling a West Market Street parking lot March 6 observed a man getting into a vehicle illegally parked in a space designated for the handicapped. He was arrested for driving under several license suspensions and released to the Akron Police Department on a warrant for drug abuse.

The manager of a West Market Street clothing store reported March 6 that upon reviewing video surveillance footage from March 2, he discovered a man stole two leather jackets totaling $3,990. Police were working to identify the suspect.

NORTON: On March 2, police on Norton Avenue stopped a driver after she failed to dim the vehicle’s high beams in the face of oncoming traffic. Officers also observed her attempt to parallel park and strike another vehicle several times. She appeared intoxicated, failed a field sobriety test, and her BAC tested .192. The Norton woman was arrested for DUI and released on bond.

A Doylestown man reported March 2 his girlfriend was intoxicated and she was attempting to buy drugs at a Watkins Road residence. Police determined the male was highly intoxicated and the female was sober. The two were advised to separate for the night.

Officers attempted to contact the parents of a Norton Middle School student March 3 after a Medina Line Road woman reported she heard him threaten to take a knife to school and stab three boys who were playing a game with him.

The mother of a Norton Middle School student reported March 4 her daughter’s $400 cell phone was stolen from a gym locker.

An employee of a Greenwich Road post office reported March 4 the spare tire was stolen from his Jeep Wrangler while the vehicle was parked outside his workplace.

The manager of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road bank reported March 4 that a disgruntled customer was taking photos of employees inside the bank. Police spoke to the customer, who said she was planning to file a complaint about the service at the bank, but she agreed that it was not a good idea to take photos in the bank. Police advised her to handle the matter in a different way.

Police responded to reports that people were damaging windows at a house on Jane Avenue March 5 and determined the house was actually on Holly Avenue. Officers determined two windows had been broken and the yard had been turfed by several vehicles. Police contacted the listed owner, who said she moved out and that the house was vacant and involved in foreclosure.

An Easton Road woman reported she found all information missing from her computer March 5. Her service provider told her to file a police report because a hacker was involved.

A Barber Road car dealer reported March 6 a Wooster Road female purchased a vehicle with a $4,000 personal check Feb. 4. She stopped payment on the check but did not return the vehicle, and she did not make good on the check after repeated requests to do so.

On March 6, a Parkway Boulevard woman reported someone in Buffalo, N.Y., used her credit card to make unauthorized purchases totaling $6,975.

Employees of a Greenwich Road restaurant called police March 8 when a male and female were in a restroom and refused to come out. Officers arrived to find the couple leaving the business. They provided no explanation for their behavior, and the female was arrested on a felony warrant for illegal manufacture of drugs and released to Summit County sheriff’s deputies.

PENINSULA: An officer received a radio assignment to a Kendall Park Road location Jan. 23 in reference to a stolen credit card. Upon arrival, the officer spoke to a man who said his sister gave her credit card to a male living with them. That man then gave the card to another individual. The officer spoke to the victim and a possible suspect. An investigation is pending.

On Jan. 25, an officer responded to an incomplete 9-1-1 call at an Akron-Cleveland Road residence. The officer spoke with the resident, who said it was an accidental call due to the phone being in her pocket while she was shoveling snow.

An officer received a radio assignment Jan. 26 in reference to a runaway juvenile. The officer met with the girl’s mother at their residence, and the woman said her daughter had left the house, via her bedroom window, between 6:50 and 7:50 p.m. A “be on the look out” (BOLO) report was issued for the girl at 8:55 p.m. The juvenile was located Feb. 1 in Macedonia and detained by a Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputy. She was later conveyed to her home and released to the custody of her parents.

On Jan. 26, a Stanford Road resident went to the Peninsula police station to report that nearly $1,400 had been taken out of her bank account through three out-of-state withdrawals. The woman immediately had her credit card canceled and was advised by her bank that the funds would be re-issued to her account within 10 days. The matter was referred to the bank’s security/fraud division for investigation.

An officer was dispatched to a location on Main Street Jan. 30 to investigate a report of passing a bad check. The officer interviewed the victim (an attorney) and her assistant. They told the officer that the father of a past juvenile client had paid his son’s bill with a personal check that came back with nonsufficient funds (NSF). The attorney sent a registered letter on Jan. 17 (which was received by the father on Jan. 18) explaining that the check was NSF and requesting the funds be paid. Copies of the letter, a certified mail receipt and the bad check were provided to the police department. The victim said she has attempted to contact the man several times by telephone “with negative results.” Further investigation is pending.

RICHFIELD: Police officers removed debris from the roadway on Interstate 271 Feb. 18 after a cardboard box containing fabric samples was found to be causing a hazard for motorists.

A caregiver for an Everett Road family reported Feb. 19 a male called the residence several times stating the family had won $3.5 million from Publisher’s Clearinghouse and that a representative would come to the house to deliver the prize. The caregiver noted that the call sounded suspicious and the caller had a heavy foreign accent and was difficult to understand. Police advised the family and caregiver not to open the door to anyone who showed up and notify police.

Officers responded to a domestic disturbance involving lost car keys at a Broadview Road residence Feb. 23. One party agreed to leave for the night, and the issue was to be resolved the following day.

On Feb. 24, police observed a driver speeding and crossing lane lines on Interstate 77. Officers saw the driver cause an accident by striking another car and continue driving. Police stopped the driver, who failed a field sobriety test, and charged him with DUI after a BAC test registered .117. He was released on bond, and the accident victims in the other car were transported to a hospital by EMS.

A Broadview Road woman was arrested for domestic violence Feb. 24 after another woman at her residence reported she approached her with a steak knife during an argument, threw an object at her and choked her. Police spoke to a witness, photographed the victim’s injuries and took the woman to the Summit County Jail.

Police on I-77 stopped a driver for traveling 78 mph in a 65-mph zone Feb. 28. After police noticed the odor of marijuana in the vehicle, a juvenile passenger allegedly admitted possession of a marijuana cigarette, pipe and pill bottle containing drug residue. He was charged with possession of marijuana and released to his parents.

An employee of a Brecksville Road medical facility reported March 3 he was assaulted by a patient.

The Akron police reports were compiled by Ariel Hakim, and the Peninsula reports were compiled by Sean Patrick. 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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