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West Side Neighborhood Watch

4/11/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 2000 block of Stabler Road between March 29 and April 1; the 1600 block of Canyon Parkway April 2; the 500 block of White Pond Drive between April 2 and 3; the 800 block of Bloomfield Avenue April 3; the 600 block of Madison Avenue April 3; the 900 block of Whittier Avenue April 3; the 100 block of Goodwin Avenue between April 5 and 6; the 300 block of Grand Avenue April 7; and the 2100 block of Stockbridge Road April 7.

On April 2, police officers responded to a call from the 1200 block of Winton Drive to find a 26-year-old man lying in the street. He reportedly told officers he had been run over and shot; however, while en route to a hospital, he told medics he was in an argument with his girlfriend and she drove over him. According to officers, the victim was not cooperative and also did not wish to prosecute. The suspect, a 22-year-old Summit Lake woman, could not be contacted at the time, according to the police report.

A 33-year-old Noah Avenue man and a 19-year-old Goodyear Heights man, both rear-seat passengers in a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation in the 200 block of South Arlington Street, were charged with carrying a concealed weapon and improper handling of a firearm April 3. A loaded 9mm handgun was found under the driver’s seat, according to police officers. The Noah Avenue man was additionally charged with drug abuse (marijuana).

Officers returned to an Eastgay Drive apartment April 5, after responding to similar incidents at the same location April 3 and 4. The reporting party allegedly found a 3-year-old child playing on the stairs of the apartment building, drawing on the doors and walls in the hallway unsupervised. The child’s mother was found sleeping on a couch, with the door of her apartment half open and was not aware the child had left the residence, according to the police report. Officers charged the 22-year-old woman with child endangering.

A 22-year-old Nome Avenue man was shot in a parking lot in the 400 block of Zahn Drive April 6. The victim reported he left an apartment on the same block and was confronted by the shooter, who asked who he was and then pointed the gun at him and fired a shot before leaving the scene in a silver minivan. An officer recovered a shell casing from the crime scene. According to the police report, the suspect is a 22-year-old Greenwood Avenue man.

Between April 6 at 9 p.m. and April 7 at 10 a.m., a maroon 2003 Cadillac was stolen from a driveway in the 300 block of Hillwood Drive. The vehicle was recovered April 7 from the 300 block of Noble Avenue, after having been involved in a hit-skip accident.

On April 7, a vehicle parked in the 700 block of Rainbow Drive was reported stolen. The car’s owner, a Merriman Valley woman, said she lent her car to a friend, a Glendora Avenue man, who drove it to visit a friend on Rainbow Drive. When he left there, the vehicle, a gold 2004 Suzuki, was gone, according to the victim. The victim stated the ignition is damaged, so she keeps a spare key in the center console. The car was recovered around 11 p.m. that evening from the 1000 block of Battles Avenue in Kenmore.

A 22-year-old Castle Boulevard woman stopped in Downtown Akron for traffic violations was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and child endangering April 8. Officers reported they observed a gun behind the driver’s seat. The gun was found to be loaded, and a 6-year-old child was in the back seat with access to it, according to the report.

The same day, a 20-year-old Hillwood Avenue man was charged with burglary, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of marijuana. The man allegedly broke into a home in the 800 block of Nome Avenue, stole an iPad and fled from officers, dropping a gun. When he was apprehended a short time later, he had the iPad and 17.8 grams of marijuana on him, according to officers.

Officers charged a 32-year-old Storer Avenue man with domestic violence April 9. When officers arrived at his address, they observed the man and the victim grabbing onto each other. Once separated, officers noted the victim had a mark under her eye and hair pulled out.

BATH: A Lois Drive woman reported March 28 she set up a website and a male contacted her via the site and sent vulgar, sexually harassing messages. The male also told the woman he would have pizza delivered to her home, and the pizza was delivered. The woman removed the website, and police were unable to contact the male any other way. She was advised to call police if the man showed up or contacted her by any other means.

Police patrolling Smith Road the evening of March 29 stopped the driver of a vehicle with a license plate that was illegible. The driver was charged with possession of marijuana found inside the vehicle and drug paraphernalia found in his pocket. He was released with a court summons.

A Rambling Way woman reported March 29 a representative of her bank notified her that numerous unauthorized charges were made to her credit and debit accounts. The purchases were all made at area Target stores. The victim checked her wallet and found two credit cards, a debit card and $60 cash missing. She said she last saw the items the previous day, when she made a purchase at a Montrose grocery store.

The owner of a North Cleveland-Massillon Road motel reported March 29 he received several harassing phone calls from a former tenant he had evicted that morning. He said the calls continued after he told the suspect not to call him. Police contacted the suspect and left a voicemail message telling him not to call the victim or be on his property.

On March 30, officers patrolling Ghent Road stopped a driver following a registration check of his vehicle and arrested him on a warrant. He was released to the Maple Heights Police Department.

A San Pier Drive man reported March 30 someone used his credit card numbers to make an unauthorized online purchase.

Police were called to an Anthony Drive residence April 1, when a resident reported a neighbor’s dog was on the back deck of the residence. Officers went to the home of the dog owner, charged her with having a dog at large and advised her to keep the dog confined to her property.

On April 1 at the request of a manager of a Montrose grocery store, police advised an Akron man that he is banned from the store and he will be arrested for trespassing if he returns.

Officers investigated the burglary of a Bath Hills Boulevard residence April 2, when a man reported someone kicked in the door to the garage, broke a basement window and entered his home. He reported nothing missing at the time.

Police went to Tallmadge April 2 to pick up an Akron man and arrested him on two Bath Township warrants. He was charged and taken to the Summit County Jail.

Following an April 3 bulletin from police in Cuyahoga County, officers searched for a vehicle with a gasoline hose attached to the gas tank traveling south on Interstate 77. Police located the vehicle, stopped the driver and interviewed him and a passenger. Both people said they purchased fuel and the driver mistakenly drove off without putting the hose back. Police contacted the Middleburg Heights gas station manager, who requested the hose be returned at once, and the driver complied.

On April 3, police went to the Barberton Jail to pick up a woman who was being released. She was arrested on a Bath Police Department warrant and taken to Akron Municipal Court.

COPLEY: An Oak Tree Drive woman called police to her residence March 23 after her boyfriend came to her home and the two argued. She said he slapped her face and left before police arrived. She had a small abrasion on her lip, but she declined charges of assault and asked that the incident be documented.

Police responded to numerous reports of a woman screaming in the parking lot of a Rothrock Road motel at 7 a.m. March 24 and located the woman in her motel room. She said a male staying in the room with her had been out all night with another woman and she wanted him to leave the room, which was rented in her name. Police located the male in a restroom and requested that he come out and resolve the issue, but he refused. The female denied any physical abuse or injuries and the male left without incident.

Officers went to a Vale Drive residence March 25 and arrested a man on a warrant from Pennsylvania. He was taken to the Summit County Jail to await extradition.

On March 26, police were called to a Plainview Drive residence by a man who said he was staying with a friend who lives at the residence and he was suspicious of the way the friend was looking at him. The resident told police the male had some mental health issues, and he was planning to seek professional help. The complainant agreed to go with police to a hospital for a mental health evaluation, but when he got to the hospital, he reportedly became paranoid, refused to provide personal information or sign paperwork to allow evaluation or treatment, and walked away from the hospital.

A Mull Avenue man reported March 27 a catalytic converter was stolen from a vehicle outside his residence the previous night.

Following a traffic stop March 29, Norton police officers arrested a man wanted on a Copley Police Department warrant and several felony warrants from other communities, and released him to Copley officers. During processing, police recovered a hypodermic needle from his underwear. He was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments and taken to the Summit County Jail. All other police agencies that held warrants for his arrest were notified of his incarceration.

FAIRLAWN: An Akron woman was arrested for shoplifting merchandise from a mall department store April 1. She was charged with theft and released with a court summons.

An employee of a phone company reported April 3 he placed his iPhone on the counter of a mall kiosk while he worked and it was stolen. Police were reviewing video surveillance footage of the theft, which showed a male taking the phone.

A Stockbridge Road man reported his wife has been the victim of a stalker since 1997 and the Parma man who is allegedly stalking her has made a recent appearance in their lives by following the victim as she drives. The suspect also reportedly placed a note under her husband’s office door, and the note was traced to the suspect. Police stopped the suspect as he followed the victim on West Market Street April 4 and released him to the Lyndhurst Police Department on a warrant. The victim and her husband were granted an anti-stalking order by a local court to replace a recent protection order.

Police investigated the robbery of a Montrose discount store April 5, when an employee reported a customer was behaving suspiciously and allowing others to get in line at a check-out ahead of him. When he finally came to her register, the man passed her a crumpled napkin with a note telling her to act normal and empty the cash drawer and give him all the money. When she asked if he wanted the change also, he fled with $742 and was last seen running toward West Market Street. Police reviewed video surveillance footage of the store.

On April 6, Cuyahoga Falls police officers arrested a Fairlawn man on a warrant from the Fairlawn Police Department. Police picked up the suspect, charged him and took him to the Summit County Jail.

A truck driver reported April 7 he parked his truck in the lot of a Montrose shopping club and took a nap. When he awoke, he noticed a flat-screen TV, CB radio and other items had been stolen from the cab. There was no sign of forced entry.

NORTON: Police investigated the theft of a $5,500 landscaping trailer from a farm on Summit Road March 30 after the property owner reported he discovered a lock on a fence had been cut and the trailer was missing. He said he last saw the vehicle at 8 p.m. March 29. Officers entered information regarding the trailer into a national database for stolen vehicles.

A Norton woman was charged with theft of liquor and a cosmetic item from a Greenwich Road grocery store April 1 and released with a court summons.

A Rockcut Road man reported incidents of criminal mischief at his residence April 1, when petroleum jelly was smeared on the locks of vehicles in his driveway and trees were toilet-papered.

Also April 1, police investigated the burglary of a Clarkmill Road residence where someone stole a telescope, two guitars, watches, a diamond bracelet, pearl necklace, iPod and modem.

Officers investigated the burglary of a Barber Road restaurant at 1 a.m. April 2. Video surveillance footage showed a male break the front doors to enter, use a crowbar in an attempt to open a cash box and take the box, containing $200, when he left.

An employee of a Greenwich Road grocery store reported April 2 his $75 cell phone was stolen from a shelf in a stock room.

Police patrolling Interstate 76 the night of April 3 observed a man walking west. He told police he and his girlfriend were walking to San Diego. There was no one with him. He was transported to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

A Doylestown man found sleeping behind the steering wheel of a vehicle in a Greenwich Road parking lot the night of April 5 failed a field sobriety test, and his BAC tested .133. He was charged with having physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated and released on a signature bond.


RICHFIELD: On March 27, police investigated a report by the manager of a work program for developmentally handicapped employees who stated one employee threatened to cut the throat of another employee while the two were riding from a work site in an agency van. Officers interviewed both parties and a witness, who also heard the threat, and advised that the two employees ride in separate vans, work in separate areas and have no contact with each other while the agency conducted an internal investigation.


An Evergreen Drive woman reported March 28 a mailbox and newspaper box were stolen from outside the residence. She said both items were copper and each was worth $300.


Around midnight March 28, police were called to a Brecksville Road motel where a juvenile left without permission. Officers located her on Brecksville Road, and she told them she was traveling with her grandmother and she was trying to get to her mother in New York. Police determined there had been an argument between the two and they agreed to sleep in separate rooms for the night. The juvenile’s mother was contacted, and she said she would make arrangements to get the juvenile back home.

On March 29, police investigated the theft of a $150 mailbox and post from outside an Evergreen Drive residence.

A Hawkins Road man reported his yard, residence and trees were toilet-papered between midnight and 6 a.m. March 30.

Police went to the Maple Heights Police Department March 31 to pick up a man arrested on a Richfield warrant. He was placed in a holding cell pending his release on bond.

Around 6:30 a.m. April 1, a newspaper delivery person called police regarding a male who was lying in the roadway on Grant Street. Police responded with rescue equipment, and Richfield EMS responded and transported the male to a hospital.

Officers responded to a report of a possible drug overdose at a Treelawn Drive residence April 3, when a woman reported her granddaughter might have ingested morphine, which was prescribed to a family member for a medical condition. She said doses of morphine that would cover two weeks of medication were missing, and her granddaughter has recently been released from an addiction recovery program. Earlier that day, she reportedly had consumed a bottle of liquor. Police contacted the victim’s mother and advised her that her daughter was being transported to a hospital.

An Evergreen Drive woman reported April 3 she received a threatening email from an address she did not recognize. Police contacted the sender, who said he was a friend and the email was a joke and a quote from a movie. Police contacted the complainant and advised her in order to verify that she knew the person who sent the email.


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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