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West Side Neighborhood Watch

4/4/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 1700 block of Tanglewood Drive between Jan. 31 and March 27; the 700 block of Noah Avenue between March 1 and 27; the 1000 block of Jefferson Avenue between March 19 and 26; the 400 block of Bastogne Drive March 23; the 400 block of Orlando Avenue March 25; the 700 block of Bloomfield Avenue March 27; the 800 block of Greenwood Avenue March 28; the 800 block of Diagonal Road March 29; the 1100 block of Greenwood Avenue March 29; and the 300 block of Cloverdale Avenue March 30.

A 24-year-old Gaylord Drive man was charged with felonious assault after being identified by a witness as the person who assaulted a victim by pistol-whipping her in the head and stabbing her several times during an incident March 23 in South Akron.

Aggravated robbery charges were filed March 26 against a 29-year-old Norton man. The man and an accomplice allegedly robbed a restaurant in the 2500 block of Romig Road Jan. 28 at gunpoint and fired two rounds into the ceiling.

A 26-year-old Storer Avenue man was pulled over in the 600 block of Glendora Avenue March 27, and officers reportedly smelled a strong odor of marijuana. Upon searching the vehicle, they found a bag of marijuana inside a container in the center console, which the man admitted was his, according to officers. The man was issued a court summons for drug abuse charges, as well as for two other warrants on file, according to the police report.

Officers arrested a 39-year-old Aqueduct Street man March 28. He was charged with burglary after reportedly entering a home in the 700 block of Bloomfield Avenue March 27 and asking for the victim’s daughter. The victim reportedly called his daughter, handed the phone to the man, and she told him to leave. He did, allegedly taking the victim’s wallet with him. The same man was charged with receiving stolen property for being in possession of credit cards and gift cards belonging to others. In addition, he was charged with misuse of credit card for allegedly stealing his roommate’s credit card and using it at a convenience store March 13.

A loss prevention officer at a grocery store in the 1800 block of West Market Street called in police officers after a woman was observed concealing items in her purse and pockets March 28. The 42-year-old Birdwood Road woman was apprehended without incident for allegedly taking beauty items and supplies worth $54, but she collapsed in the lobby and needed medical attention, according to the store employee. The woman reportedly lied about her identity, but officers recognized her from prior theft incidents, according to officers. She also had been previously banned from the store and had a prior conviction for criminal trespassing, according to the police report. The woman was transported to a hospital and issued a court summons.

An employee of a financial institution in the 800 block of West Market Street reported March 28 that a mirror covering the surveillance camera on their drive-through window was broken. Possible suspects listed on the police report are skateboarders that frequent parking lots in the area.

A 36-year-old Downtown Akron man reported he was walking on West Market Street near West Street the evening of March 28 and was approached by two black males who asked him for a cigarette and money. He reported that when he said he did not have either, the suspects called him a liar, pushed him, punched him in the face and kicked him, knocking him to the ground. They took $25 out of his wallet and fled on foot, and the man transported himself to an area hospital with apparent minor injuries, according to the report.

On March 29, a Noah Avenue man was charged with burglary after being found inside a residence in the 1100 block of Greenwood Avenue. According to the police report, the man stated he went there to visit his children.

Officers charged a 44-year-old Greenwood Avenue man with burglary March 30 for allegedly breaking into a home in the 300 block of Cloverdale Avenue. He was apprehended by officers at Hall Street and Cloverdale Avenue.

A 30-year-old South Hawkins Avenue man was charged with discharging a firearm, receiving stolen property, carrying a concealed weapon and weapons under disability March 31. Officers responded to hearing shots being fired in the area of Stoner Street and Nome Avenue, and the man was found walking in the street with a gun in his hand.

BATH: Police investigated a report of a domestic disturbance at a Sun Valley Drive residence March 20. The parties involved provided conflicting information to officers and requested no police action be taken.

On March 21, officers were seeking the person who cut the latch from a trailer outside a Medina Road medical complex and stole a snow blower.

A Bath man reported March 22 his son’s friend was assisting the family to set up an event at a Medina Road location when his son playfully snapped his friend with a rubber band and the friend became angry, chased his son, tackled him to the ground and began snapping him repeatedly with rubber bands.

A Knollwood Lane man reported March 23 he had been receiving numerous phone calls since March 6 from people claiming to represent Microsoft. The callers asked him to turn his computer on and off and document the events.

Employees of a Medina Road restaurant reported March 23 an unknown customer passed a counterfeit $20 bill, which police sent to the U.S. Secret Service.

A woman reported she parked her car in the lot of a Montrose bookstore the night of March 23 and returned to find a wheel had been stolen from the vehicle.

Following a registration check of a vehicle on Ghent Road March 23, police stopped the driver of a vehicle with expired license plates and arrested him for driving under suspension. He was released with a court summons to a licensed driver, who drove the vehicle from the scene.

Employees of a Montrose clothing store reported March 27 two females with a small child concealed items, left the store without paying and entered a white Mazda, which was driven out of the parking lot.

Police were called to a Medina Road clothing store March 27 by employees who reported a male concealed one store item and changed the price tag on another. He was arrested for theft and released with a court summons. The merchandise was retained by the store.

COPLEY: Police patrolling a Montrose parking lot March 16 stopped a Cuyahoga County woman and arrested her for driving under suspension. She was released with a court summons.

On March 17, police responded to reports of a man with a gun walking on Lakeland Avenue.

Officers arrived to find a property owner speaking to four armed males who had emerged from a wooded area on his property. They told police they had been hunting and they believed they were authorized to be there, but they were not. Police collected firearms from all of them and secured the weapons. The property owner declined charges of trespassing, and the juveniles were released to their parents.

An employee of a Rothrock Road restaurant reported March 17 she went outside the business and observed a man get out of the passenger-side door of a vehicle, enter the store and leave with his coat bulging. He left in the vehicle, and she went inside to discover 11 DVDs missing from the store. Employees were reviewing video surveillance footage at the store.

Also on that day, police located a Copley man who had been involved in a vehicle accident earlier in Bath and was driving a heavily damaged vehicle up Hunt Club Drive toward his residence. He told police the damage to his vehicle was old, though he was driving on the rim of one wheel and the vehicle was smoking. He was arrested for DUI after he failed a field sobriety test and his BAC tested .185.

A Rockridge Way man reported identity fraud March 17 after he discovered a credit account had been opened in his name at a home improvement store and $2,000 had been charged to the account.

On March 17, a Millhaven Court man reported identity fraud by someone who used his personal information to open a credit account at an Indiana store and charge $4,000. Cell phone accounts totaling $350 also were opened, as well as a department store account.

Officers contacted a Copley woman and told her to stop calling a Coon Road man March 19 after the man reported the female and her male friends had been making harassing, threatening calls to him.

Employees of a Montrose home improvement store reported March 20 a man took an item from the store shelf and attempted to return it for a refund. When a security agent approached him, he dropped the item and fled. Police were checking video surveillance footage.

On March 21, officers responded to a domestic disturbance at a Hunt Club Drive residence where two people argued after ending their relationship. Both parties agreed there was no physical confrontation, and one of them left the residence for the night.

A desk clerk called police to the lobby of a Rothrock Road motel March 22 when a resident reported she had been fighting with her boyfriend in their room. She said there was no physical violence and asked that the male leave for the night, which he did.

A Creekledge Lane man reported his bank account was used to make a fraudulent purchase at a store in Green March 22.

Police are seeking the person who stole a catalytic converter from a vehicle in the driveway of a Danbury Lane residence the night of March 23. 

A Mull Avenue man reported March 23 a catalytic converter was stolen from a vehicle in his driveway the previous night.

An employee of a Rothrock Road motel reported March 25 her ex-boyfriend showed up intoxicated at her place of business and became aggressive after she told him to have no contact with her.

On March 25, a Karl Drive woman reported she was scammed out of $320 after someone called her and claimed she had been chosen to receive a $50,000 grant, and in order to receive the money she had to wire $320 to someone in India. She wired the money and provided her bank account information, but the money was never transferred into her account. Police provided information regarding identity fraud and advised her to place a fraud alert on her credit reports.

Following a traffic stop on South Cleveland-Massillon Road March 28, police arrested an Akron man on drug-related felony warrants from Medina and Cuyahoga counties and Brecksville. He was taken to the Summit County Jail.

Police went to a Montrose West Avenue hotel March 28 to arrest a Las Vegas woman on a felony warrant. Officers observed a female leaving the room, and they questioned her, along with a male observed eavesdropping outside a window. Neither party knew the whereabouts of the suspect. The male was not on the room lease and was asked to leave. The female was released.

FAIRLAWN: An Akron woman was charged with theft and released with a court summons March 25 after she reportedly concealed merchandise and left a Montrose discount store without paying for it.

Police patrolling Smith Road March 25 stopped the driver of a vehicle with an equipment violation and arrested the Copley man for possession of marijuana cigars after police found two of them in the vehicle and questioned the driver and passenger. The driver allegedly admitted possession of the cigars.

An employee of a Ghent Road boutique reported March 26 her wallet was stolen from an area near the cash register. Immediately after the theft occurred, the victim discovered several unauthorized charges on her credit cards.

Security agents at a mall department store notified police March 26 that a male concealed jeans and shirts and left the store without paying for them. Police recovered jeans he had concealed and a shirt he was wearing under his clothing and returned them to the store. The Akron man was charged with theft, banned from the store and released with a court summons.

On March 27, police arrested an Akron man for passing bad checks after employees of a Smith Road credit union reported he wrote checks on a closed bank account and another account that contained insufficient funds, and cashed them at the credit union. After numerous phone calls and a certified letter, the victim was unable to contact the suspect to recover more than $1,000 owed from his transactions.

Employees of a mall department store reported March 27 two females shoplifted items totaling $990 from the store and left the parking lot in a black sedan. Police issued a bulletin to surrounding communities regarding the woman and vehicle, and Brecksville police officers stopped them on Interstate 77 and retrieved merchandise stolen from several mall stores. The East Cleveland females were arrested for theft and released to Brecksville police, who charged them with crimes in that community. The merchandise was returned to the stores.

NORTON: Police were called to a Willbanks Road residence March 23 when a woman reported she wanted her son to leave. Police were driving the man to another location when he reportedly became aggressive and threatened an officer and his family. He was charged with disorderly conduct and taken to Norton Jail, where he asked police to shoot him and grabbed for an officer’s gun. He was transported to St. Thomas Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

Officers patrolling state Route 21 the night of March 24 stopped a Rittman woman for lane violations and littering after she reportedly threw a cigarette out the window of the vehicle. She failed a field sobriety test and was additionally charged with DUI and released with a court summons.

A Romestant Road woman reported March 25 someone shot paint balls at the aluminum siding and garage of her home, causing damage.

Someone broke the passenger-side window of a vehicle outside a Wayne Street residence March 25, causing $500 damage.

On March 26, police investigated numerous reports of vehicle tamperings: on Reimer Road Extension, unknown persons entered four vehicles but did not take anything; on Berry Road, a man reported his vehicle was ransacked and CDs, tools and tobacco were stolen; on Pinegate Drive, two vehicles were ransacked; on Carrillon Drive, a man reported cash, a laptop computer, checkbook and glasses were stolen from his vehicle, and his wife’s vehicle was ransacked; and on Inas Drive, a woman reported $200 cash and a $500 laptop computer were stolen from her vehicle.

Police investigated a report that a Driftwood Road residence was paint-balled March 26 and determined friends of the homeowner’s son were involved. The victim declined charges but asked that the juveniles’ parents be advised.

A Cuyahoga Falls woman reported she was driving with her boyfriend on Interstate 76 March 27 when he struck her several times, knocking her unconscious behind the wheel. He began driving recklessly, and she scratched him to make him stop. She got out of the car and was picked up and driven to the Springfield Police Department, where her injuries were treated by EMS. Police located the Barberton man asleep behind the wheel of the vehicle. He provided conflicting information, and officers were unable to determine a primary aggressor. The parties were referred to the prosecutor’s office.

A Bliss Drive man reported March 28 a $40 post was broken off his mailbox.

 The night of March 28, the front window of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road residence was broken.

A Greenridge Road resident reported the windshields of two vehicles and one window of the house was shot out the night of March 28.

A Brookfield Drive man reported March 29 a $400 tire on his truck was punctured the previous night. He said the truck was egged the previous week.

PENINSULA: On Feb. 8, an officer was dispatched to Interstate 271, north of the 13-mile marker, in reference to a pedestrian reportedly standing in the roadway. While the officer was checking the scene, another officer also arrived on the scene. The officers were unable to locate anyone standing in the area.

Valley Fire District personnel were sent to a Whaley Road address Feb. 9 regarding a 2-year-old child who had eaten some of his mother’s medication. Two Peninsula officers arrived on scene and assisted as necessary.

On Feb. 9, an officer was dispatched to a location on Oak Hill Road for an animal call. The officer recovered two dogs with the help of the reporting party. A phone number was retrieved for the dogs’ owner, and the officer left a message. While en route to the ranger station, the officer received a call from police dispatch to meet the dogs’ owner at the Everett Road Ranger station. The owner arrived, and the officer turned the dogs over to her.

An officer was sent to I-271 south near the 14-mile marker Feb. 9 regarding a disabled tractor-trailer. The officer transported the stranded driver to a gas station in Richfield to purchase starting fluid, and then back to the truck. The driver was able to get the tractor-trailer started, and the officer cleared the scene.

On Feb. 9, an officer responded to a call regarding a “car vs. tree” incident on Truxell Road near a Cuyahoga Valley National Park entrance sign. The officer located the vehicle in question on a service drive on the park’s property. Park personnel had been notified of the accident, and they arrived on the scene to handle the accident. Reportedly, the vehicle’s driver told the officer he pulled into the driveway to turn around, hit some ice and slid into a tree. The officer made sure there were no injuries and cleared the scene.

While patrolling I-271 for a reported vehicle leaking gas Feb. 11, an officer came upon a car with its four-way flashers on just south of the Cuyahoga River bridge. The vehicle checked out as valid, but there was no one with the vehicle. Another officer arrived on the scene, and the officers located the car’s driver walking in the center median. The driver told the officers he couldn’t drive across the bridge due to his anxiety of bridges. He said he and his friend were walking under the bridge to find a way to get to the other side without using the bridge. The driver said he did not know his friend’s name. The officer told the driver to call his friend’s cell and return to the car immediately. The friend, who arrived from the south on foot, was identified and turned out to have an active warrant for a parole violation, but he was outside the pick-up radius. Both subjects were released without further police action.

Officers responded to two separate incidents of people having difficulty breathing in February. The first incident happened Feb. 15 at a Stine Road address and the second one occurred Feb. 21 on Riverview Road. In both instances, the responding officer assisted Valley Fire personnel as necessary.

On Feb. 15, an officer was dispatched to Akron-Cleveland Road to investigate a report of loose goats. The officer spoke with the goats’ owner, who agreed to move the goats from the devil strip of his property.

An officer responded to an incomplete 9-1-1 call from the Cuyahoga Valley Conservatory on West Mill Street Feb. 20. Upon arrival, the officer discovered the call was made accidentally.

An officer was advised on a delivery truck damaging a railroad crossing sign on Main Street Feb. 22. Upon arrival, the officer interviewed the driver, who said he misjudged an angle while backing into a restaurant’s delivery driveway and struck a utility pole. The officer found no damage to the pole itself, but the railroad sign had become dislodged and was hanging by one support strap. Damage to the truck was limited to a dent on the rear top center of the box.

On Feb. 22, an officer was dispatched to a Kendall Park address to investigate alleged threats. The reporting party stated an ex-roommate/employee threatened him after an argument about rent and other money owed to him by the ex-roommate/employee. The officer cleared the scene with a verbal and written statement.

A Peninsula officer responded to a report of an injured deer on Boston Mills Road Feb. 24. The officer found the animal to be suffering and fired two rounds to dispatch the deer.

On Feb. 24, an officer was dispatched to an area on Columbia Road regarding shots being fired and loud explosions that “rattled the windows.” Upon arrival, the responding officer stayed on the road and heard several gunshots and a “very loud explosion.” It was determined the shots were being fired from Richfield Township — possibly on national park land. A few more complaints were called in to the police station. The National Park Service responded, and it was determined the shots likely were being fired on private property. Richfield units were initially tied up on another call, but a Richfield officer arrived, and all units responded to an address on Columbia Road. It was determined that large caliber guns were being discharged and hitting exploding targets. As the shooting was taking place on private property, no further police action was taken.

Valley Fire personnel and a Peninsula officer received a radio assignment to the Environmental Education Center on Oak Hill Road Feb. 24 in reference to a woman with pancreatitis. The officer assisted Valley Fire personnel as necessary.

On Feb. 25, two officers were dispatched to a Riverview Road location. Upon arrival, the officers checked the exterior and found the front door to be slightly ajar. The officers checked the property’s interior and found nothing out of the ordinary. The alarm company contacted the property’s owner, who asked for the front door to be secured and said no one would be coming to the house at this time. The door was secured and the scene cleared.

RICHFIELD: The owner of a residence on Deer Path Trail called police March 21 to request additional patrol around the residence until he returns to it. He said a person who has been banned from his property moved back to Richfield.

Police were called to a Humphrey Road residence March 22 regarding a custody dispute and advised the parties involved that it is a civil matter and that they should contact their legal representatives.

On March 23, police responded to a fight between a customer and manager of a Brecksville Road hotel. The customer said the manager assaulted him over a complaint about the quality of his room. The manager denied the assault and provided conflicting information. No charges were filed, and the manager requested that the customer and his party leave the premises, and he complied.

Officers patrolling Southern Road March 23 stopped a driver for a traffic violation and arrested him for driving under suspension. He was released with a court summons.

An employee of a Brecksville Road medical facility reported she parked her vehicle in the lot at 7 a.m. March 24 and returned at 7 p.m. to find the passenger-side window had been broken and her purse, containing cash, identification, credit and gift cards, had been stolen. A bag containing prescription medication was taken out of the purse and left in the vehicle.


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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