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West Side Neighborhood Watch

3/28/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 100 block of Hurlburt Avenue between Feb. 4 and March 18; the 1000 block of Jefferson Avenue March 18; the 800 block of Work Drive March 20; and the 800 block of Dawson Road between March 22 and 23.

A 20-year-old Rhodes Avenue man was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and weapons under disability March 19. He was pulled over for driving with expired plates in the 500 block of West Market Street, according to police officers. A 20-year-old Hillwood Drive man, a passenger in the car, also was charged with carrying a concealed weapon. The passenger was observed putting something inside the trunk of the car during a short stop at a known drug location, noted officers. The gun was loaded, and neither man claimed it was his, according to the report. The passenger has a case pending for carrying a concealed weapon and drug trafficking, officers noted.

On March 20, the owner of a media business in the 1800 block of West Market Street reported that he received an alert from his bank that someone at his company purchased $3,900 worth of airline tickets. While attempting to learn who purchased the tickets, it was discovered the business’ database had been deleted, causing $10,000 worth of damage, he reported. The victim said he suspected an ex-employee of both purchasing the tickets and destroying the database.

On March 21, officers from the Akron Police Department Traffic Bureau arrested a 48-year-old Westgay Avenue man for felony hit skip and driving on a suspended license. Around 2:50 p.m. on March 15, the man allegedly struck a 5-year-old boy while the child was crossing Goodhue Avenue. The man reportedly stopped momentarily, asked the boy if he was alright and fled the scene. The boy was transported to a hospital by family and was treated for a broken leg. The man, who was stopped at West Market Street and North Pershing Avenue, was taken into custody and booked into the Summit County Jail.

Officers also were dispatched to the 1800 block of Tanglewood Drive regarding an auto theft March 21. The victim stated she was warming up her car when she went back inside. She stated she heard her vehicle, a 1998 Jeep Cherokee, as it left the driveway. Officers recovered the vehicle the next day from the 500 block of Stonewood Drive.

That evening, a Madison Avenue man working in the 400 block of West Market Street said he looked out the window into the parking lot and saw a man toss a brick through his truck’s window. The truck owner reported he ran outside, but the suspect had fled without taking anything. Officers were unable to locate the suspect, described as a white male between 30 and 40 years old, from 5 feet, 9 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall, between 175 and 195 pounds, wearing a green hat with a yellow stripe and a light brown corduroy jacket.

Officers charged a 22-year-old Sunset View Drive man with tampering with evidence March 22. According to officers, the man was found to be in possession of marijuana and admitted to officers he also swallowed some.

A 26-year-old Ellet man was charged with felonious assault and domestic violence March 24 for an incident that reportedly began with an altercation at a Copley motel. While driving from Copley to Akron, the man allegedly hit the victim’s vehicle several times on the freeway, while the victim was on the phone with 9-1-1 responders. The victim’s vehicle contained the man’s 9-year-old son, according to officers.

Also March 24, a 20-year-old Springfield Township man reported that his cell phone and cash were stolen from behind a grocery store in the 1300 block of Copley Road by three black males between 17 and 18 years old, all dressed in black hoodies and black pants. The man reported that he and his girlfriend were going to pick up a friend to go to a teen dance later in the evening, and the friend asked him to meet him in the park behind the store. When he walked behind the store, the victim was approached by the three males, who said they had a gun, he reported.

BATH: Police shot and killed a deer that had been injured in a vehicle accident on Ghent Road March 15.

Officers patrolling the Montrose area March 16 observed a driver of a vehicle with no headlights enter Medina Road from a parking lot. The driver exhibited signs of intoxication and allegedly refused to take a field sobriety test, saying he would perform poorly. He was charged with DUI and released with a court summons. His BAC tested .116.

Employees of a Montrose clothing store reported a woman entered the store March 17, concealed two items in her purse and left without paying for them. She reportedly admitted taking the merchandise, which was returned to the store. The Akron woman was charged with theft, released with a court summons and transported to a bus stop.

Police patrolling Sand Run Road at 1:15 a.m. March 17 stopped an erratic driver who appeared intoxicated. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released with a court summons. His BAC tested .191.

A North Shore Drive man reported March 17 he purchased an illuminated book via eBay from a person in Germany. He paid more than $5,700 for the book, which was shipped to a package service on Medina Road. When he opened the package, he found the box for the book, but it contained only cardboard and paper.

On March 19, the manager of a Montrose restaurant reported $147 in cash was missing from an office safe. The victim said the restaurant would conduct an internal investigation.

A Harmony Hills Drive woman reported March 19 a ring is missing from her home. She said she last saw the item March 7.

At 11:30 a.m. March 19, police searched for a 16-year-old male who had been missing from his home since the previous night.

Police responded to a report of a fight in the parking lot of a rest area on Interstate 77 the night of March 20 and found a male and female engaged in a physical confrontation. The two told police they argued while traveling on I-77 and stopped at the rest area, where the disagreement escalated into a scuffle. Officers charged both parties with disorderly conduct and released each with a court summons.

A St. Francis Drive woman reported March 20 an unknown man and woman called her and claimed to represent the gas company. They said they were authorized to give some customers a discount, and they collected personal information and hung up. She later learned the call was not from anyone at the utility company.

A woman who loaded a shopping cart with $149 worth of merchandise and pushed it out of a Montrose grocery store without paying March 21 was arrested for theft and released with a court summons. The merchandise was returned to the store.

A Medina Line Road resident reported March 21 a license plate was stolen from a vehicle in the driveway.

COPLEY: On March 10, a Cypress Court woman reported her son left the home without permission and she believed he was with an acquaintance in Fairlawn. With the assistance of Fairlawn police, officers located the juvenile at a Buffington Road residence and returned him to his home. He was charged with incorrigibility, and his case was referred to a township juvenile diversion officer.

A Boyne Road woman called 9-1-1 March 10 regarding a dispute with her husband, who was gone when police arrived. The female said the two argued, and he threw items in the residence and left in a vehicle with a friend after she called police. She was advised to call officers if he returned.

A motorist traveling north on White Pond Drive the afternoon of March 10 reported his vehicle was damaged when it struck a ladder that fell off a truck that was traveling in front of him.

A woman reported March 11 she struck a Jeep in the parking lot of a Medina Road medical facility while she was attempting to pull into a parking space. Both vehicles were damaged but operable.

The assistant manager of a Rothrock Road home improvement store called police March 12 to report a male and female made a purchase using a suspicious credit card, and the suspects were part of a Bath Township police investigation of a credit card fraud operation. The suspects left before police arrived, and they reportedly went to a Brookwall Drive department store. Officers from Fairlawn, Bath and Copley searched the area but were unable to locate the two, who had been identified after an incident last week, when Bath police towed their car from a Copley lot and inventoried it. Copley officers determined their March 12 purchase was made with a counterfeit credit card, which was issued by a foreign bank, but made to look like a card issued by Chase, whose representatives provided information that proved the card was not issued by their bank.

FAIRLAWN: Police patrolling Interstate 77 March 17 stopped a driver for a traffic violation at Ridgewood Road and arrested a passenger on a warrant. The Tallmadge man was released to the Akron Police Department.

Akron police arrested an Akron man on a Fairlawn warrant March 18. He was charged and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A driver, who narrowly missed crashing into a police cruiser in the parking lot of a Montrose discount store March 20, was arrested on a felony warrant from Summit County. The Akron man was released to county deputies.

At 9:30 a.m. March 23, police responded to a report that a female was consuming wine in a vehicle in the parking lot of Croghan Park. Police located the vehicle, which was running, and spoke to the driver, who denied consuming alcohol. Officers detected an odor of alcohol coming from the driver, who again denied drinking and said she consumed a soda and threw the can in the trash. Police looked in the trash container and found an empty wine bottle. She said that was from yesterday, and admitted she had been drinking wine. Officers found an open bottle of wine in the front seat of her vehicle. Officers were unable to administer a field sobriety test to the 74-year-old woman, and she was arrested for having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle and violating park rules. She was not permitted to drive the vehicle and was released with a court summons.

On March 23, mall security agents notified police that four juveniles had been left alone in a playground area of the mall, and one child was taken to the security office after employees of a department store found him wandering in the store. A female arrived and began yelling at the children. She was uncooperative with police and refused to provide identification. She was arrested for obstruction of official business, banned from the mall and released to the Broadview Heights Police Department on a warrant. The children were released to a relative.

Employees of a Montrose discount store reported March 25 a woman concealed merchandise, walked past the cash registers without paying and attempted to return the items at the customer service desk. When the return was denied, the Akron woman left the store with the merchandise. She was arrested for theft and released with a court summons. The merchandise, worth $38, was returned to the store.

NORTON: Akron police officers arrested a Cuyahoga Falls man on a Norton warrant March 13. He was charged and released on bond.

On March 15, an Akron woman went to the police station to report a Norton man, her ex-boyfriend, sent her a threatening text message.

Police responded to an incident on Interstate 76 March 16 involving the front left tire of a pickup truck traveling west coming off and rolling along the highway, crossing the median and striking the front of a vehicle traveling eastbound.

A Norton woman arrested by Barberton police on a warrant for failure to pay fines March 16 was charged and taken to court.

Police went to Medina County March 17 to retrieve an Akron man arrested on a Norton warrant for failure to pay fines. He was released on $123 bond and given a new court date.

A Columbia Woods Drive man called police March 17 to report his ex-girlfriend showed up at his residence and she was slapping herself in the face. The female told police the male requested that she come to his residence, and when she did, he struck her. She declined medical assistance, and police observed no visible injuries. The female had been told by the male and by police officers to stay away from the residence during a previous incident, when she entered his apartment without his permission and said he assaulted her. She was again advised to stay away from the male and his residence or she would be arrested.

The night of March 20, motorists lost control of their vehicles on an icy exit ramp from state Route 21. One vehicle spun in a complete circle before landing in a ditch; another driver skidded off the road and into a ditch; and another ran off the road, down an embankment and struck a tree.

An Easton Road woman reported March 20 she received five threatening calls on her cell phone while she worked at a Norton medical facility. She said the calls were from a former girlfriend and that the calls stopped after she sent the woman a text message to stop calling.

The manager of a Heritage Parkway business reported March 20 two drunken males were walking in the middle of the road and throwing beer cans on the ground. Police located the two at a nearby residence, where one male was attempting to enter the garage. Both men were intoxicated and barely able to stand. The Copley men were charged with disorderly conduct. One man was additionally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia when police found a drug pipe during his arrest. The other was additionally charged with underage drinking. Each was released with a court summons.

RICHFIELD: Police investigated a March 8 report filed by a Sawbridge Drive woman who said she locked her residence and went to work, and when she returned that afternoon, she found evidence someone had entered her home, used a key to open a safe and ransacked the safe and dresser drawers, but did not take anything. Police found no sign of forced entry, but the victim found a side door had been opened.

A woman arrested by Streetsboro police officers March 11 was charged on a Richfield warrant and released on $250 bond.

An employee of a Congress Parkway business reported March 11 his company debit card had been used to make unauthorized purchases totaling $5,980.

A Brecksville Road man reported March 11 he returned from a trip and he suspects criminal activity occurred on his property and his Brecksville road rental property while he was away. He requested additional patrol around the properties.

Also on that day, the manager of a Broadview Road grocery store reported two former employees were in the store the previous week, and he suspected they were shoplifting, but he was not certain until he reviewed video surveillance footage that shows one male taking four bottles of liquor and leaving the store without paying for them. The manager said he would pursue charges.

Police spoke to representatives of several area churches in an attempt to locate the owner of religious items found along Hametown Road March 12.

The manager of a Brecksville Road business reported March 15 a man purchased a set of tires and failed to pay for them, and when contacted he refused to pay for the merchandise.

A Brecksville Road business owner reported March 16 he received a call from a man who was collecting a debt he said was owed by the business. The male threatened to come to the business owner’s home and get the money. He does not want the man to come to his property, and police advised the bill collector not to go to the business owner’s home and that he must use other means to collect the debt, which is a civil matter.

At 2 a.m. March 17, police stopped the driver of a vehicle with an equipment violation and charged him with underage drinking after they saw a 24-pack of beer and a bottle of vodka in plain view in the car. He was released on bond.

A Hawkins Road woman reported March 17 an unknown driver of a pickup truck ran over her mailbox and sped away.

Police patrolling Streetsboro Road the night of March 18 observed a vehicle in the parking lot of a closed bar and saw a man pull on the door and walk back to his vehicle when he realized the business was closed. He drove from the parking lot in an erratic manner and without turning on the vehicle’s headlights. Police stopped him as he drove on Grant Street. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released on bond. His BAC tested .171. Police drove him to his home to change clothes and transported him to a detoxification center.

Officers patrolling Interstate 77 March 19 observed an abandoned vehicle along the side of the highway and recovered the van, which had been reported stolen from Cleveland.

 

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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