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West Side Neighborhood Watch

5/2/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 200 block of Twin Oaks Road between March 22 and April 22; the 1100 block of Orlando Avenue between March 25 and April 25; the 300 block of Silver Street between April 1 and 22; the 1100 block of Cadillac Boulevard between April 18 and 24; the 1600 block of West Market Street April 19; the 100 block of Eastgay Drive April 20; the 900 block of Amelia Avenue between April 22 and 24; the 300 block of Hillwood Drive April 22; the 900 block of Stoner Street April 22; the 900 block of Amelia Avenue April 23; the 900 block of Bloomfield Avenue April 23; the 1700 block of Dominion Drive April 23; and the 1200 block of Greenvale Avenue April 24.

Police were called to a burglary in progress in the 900 block of Bloomfield Avenue April 23 after a neighbor observed a boy climbing through a window of a home. Once in the house, the boy opened the front door for another boy, and minutes later they were observed carrying a big-screen TV outside, according to the police report. Two 15-year-olds, of Noah Avenue and of Stadelman Avenue, were apprehended after a brief foot chase and placed in the custody of the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.

The same day, a 52-year-old Hartford Avenue woman was charged with assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and open container after a bus driver notified police that a person was drinking a beer on an incoming bus to the terminal in Downtown Akron.

Officers were called to the 1100 block of Herman Avenue April 24, resulting in charges against two 18-year-olds. A Sunset View Drive man was charged with aggravated robbery after he and another unidentified man allegedly robbed victims in their driveway at gunpoint, firing two to four shots as they were leaving. A Herman Avenue woman was charged with obstructing justice. According to the police report, though she denied knowing the two men who allegedly committed the robbery, a witness identified her as being the driver of a car the two men were in just prior to the crime.

Also April 24, a 53-year-old Grace Avenue man was charged with domestic violence and domestic violence menacing. The man has a prior conviction for domestic violence from July 2001, officers noted.

A 26-year-old Orlando Avenue man was charged with drug trafficking and possession of drugs after being stopped in his vehicle in the 1000 block of Winton Avenue April 25. The man admitted to having marijuana on him, according to officers, and 786 grams of the substance in two bags were seized from the passenger seat. The man also admitted to having cocaine on him, according to officers, and 14.5 grams were seized following a strip search.

A 26-year-old Peckham Avenue man was charged with having weapons under disability April 26 after being stopped at Diagonal Road and Roslyn Avenue for not using his turn signal. The man was driving on a suspended license and had a loaded gun in the vehicle, according to the police report.

Also April 26, shortly after 9 p.m., a woman was robbed after visiting friends on Safer Plaza in Ellet. As she was walking to her car, she was allegedly confronted by a man who asked to use her car, according to the police report. She refused, and the man grabbed her purse and dragged her through the parking lot, according to the report. When she let go of the purse, the man fled with it, leaving her with minor injuries to her neck and face. A warrant for robbery was signed on Darrelle Norwood, 24, of Fernwood Drive in Akron. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Akron Police Department’s Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.

On April 27, around 1 a.m., officers responded to a home invasion robbery in the 800 block of Valdes Avenue. Five people inside of the house reported the suspects entered an unlocked door armed with handguns and demanded property. The suspects allegedly took more than $500 in cash and a car belonging to one of the victims, a 2005 silver Buick LaCrosse. No injuries were reported, and the vehicle has not been recovered. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the stolen vehicle is asked to contact the Akron Police Department.

Two Springfield Township men, 18 and 42, were charged with burglary and complicity and booked into the Summit County Jail April 27 after allegedly breaking into and robbing a home in the 600 block of Upper Merriman Drive. The men were observed by neighbors circling the area in a red pickup truck, which officers located backing out of the driveway of the home, according to the police report. The rear kitchen door of the house had been forced open, the house was ransacked and money was left on the rear patio, according to the police report.

After a nearly three-hour standoff on Brittain Road April 27, SWAT officers were able to take a 40-year-old East Avenue man into custody. The man was wanted for domestic violence, criminal damaging, theft and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. According to police officers, the man barricaded himself in the house with his two small children for about three hours, until he surrendered without incident. The children were not injured, and the man was booked into the Summit County Jail.

A 40-year-old Silver Street man was charged with breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and criminal trespassing April 27 for crimes committed on the block where he lives. According to the police report, the man allegedly attached a trailer to his vehicle and attempted to take a large industrial conveyer from a fire-damaged building. He admitted to taking it, with the intention of selling it for scrap, according to officers.

The same day, the owner of a business on the 400 block of Storer Avenue reported that a window was broken and someone stole $100 worth of candy and $100 worth of chips.

Officers need the public’s help in locating a fugitive, Jerome Johnson, 36, of Merriman Road. On April 28, around 4:30 a.m., Johnson allegedly followed his girlfriend and forced his way into her apartment on West Market Street. Once inside, Johnson held her against her will for over five hours, according to police, and during that time he slapped, choked and shoved her, causing minor injuries. Eventually she was able to break free, and she managed to pull a fire alarm and bang on a neighbor’s door for help, according to the report. Johnson reportedly fled the apartment building before police arrived. Johnson is a black male, 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 220 pounds. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Akron Police Department.

BATH: Police responded to a report of a purse-snatching in the parking lot of a Montrose grocery store at 5:23 p.m. April 16, when witnesses said a male stole a purse from an 85-year-old woman, ran through the parking lot and entered a vehicle driven by a female. Police stopped the driver as she pulled out of the lot of a nearby bookstore. Witnesses identified the suspects and arrested them for theft and possession of drugs and drug abuse instruments after police found hypodermic needles, a digital scale and bags containing white powder (which tested positive for narcotics) in the vehicle. The suspects were taken to the Summit County Jail.

A man stopped for a traffic violation on Springside Drive April 17 was arrested for driving under suspension.

Police investigated the theft of a two-wheeled trailer from a location on North Cleveland-Massillon Road April 18. Information about the trailer was entered into a national database for stolen vehicles.

A Vesper Drive resident reported a suspicious vehicle in the area April 19. Police located the driver and arrested him for driving under suspension and possession of marijuana found in the vehicle during a tow inventory. He was taken to the Summit County Jail on an Akron Police Department warrant.

On April 20, a woman was charged with theft for allegedly shoplifting an item from a Montrose market.

Police shot and killed an injured goose at the corner of Bath and North Hametown roads April 20.

A North Cleveland-Massillon Road woman reported April 21 that prescription medication was stolen from her home between 5:30 and 11 p.m. the previous night.

A man reported he conducted a tag sale the morning of April 21, and two signs and two metal stands were stolen from North Revere Road at the intersections with Smith Road and St. Francis Drive.

A woman reported she left her purse on the floor of her vehicle and went into a Medina Road clothing store at 8:45 p.m. April 22. When she returned to her car at 9 p.m., she discovered the purse had been stolen.

An off-duty police officer traveling on Interstate 77 April 22 reported an intoxicated driver. Police located the driver and stopped her. She exhibited signs of intoxication, failed a field sobriety test, and her BAC tested .170. She was charged with DUI and driving under suspension and released to a relative. The vehicle was towed to an impound lot.

The manager of a Medina Road fabric store reported April 23 a man purchased a package of needles for $1.98. He pulled a quick-change scam on a cashier and left the store with $99.81 in change. Police were reviewing store video surveillance footage in an attempt to identify him.

Following a traffic stop on Crystal Lake Road April 25, a driver was arrested on a warrant for larceny from Miami County, and the passenger was held on a North Olmsted warrant for failure to pay fines following a disorderly conduct charge. A consent search of the vehicle revealed three $1,900 stereo home entertainment centers, which the driver said he was selling from the van.

A Larkspur Lane woman reported some pieces were missing from her sterling silver collection April 25. She said there were no signs of forced entry into her home.

COPLEY: An employee of a Copley Road gas station reported April 17 a man fueled his vehicle and drove off with the gasoline nozzle in the gas tank, damaging the nozzle and hose. The driver went into the station, gave the employee his phone number and requested the owner contact him. The employee requested the driver stay while he contacted the owner, and he said he would park his truck, but he drove away. Police contacted the driver, who said he was not responsible for the damage and refused to return to the station. An officer told the driver he would sign a warrant for criminal damaging against him if he failed to return. The driver returned and made arrangements to speak with the owner, who said if the driver showed up and made restitution, he would not pursue charges.

A man reported he was walking his dog on Druid Drive April 21 when he saw a mountain bike lying along the road. Police retrieved the bike and held it in the property room.

Police responded to a disturbance at a Copley Road apartment April 21. A couple reported their son and his girlfriend had an altercation with another person. Police spoke to the son, who said his girlfriend left on foot because she was wanted on a warrant. Officers located her at another apartment, arrested her on the warrant and took her to the Barberton Jail.

On April 21, a man went to the police station to report a road rage incident the previous day while he was traveling east on Medina Road in the far left lane. The driver of a Cadillac Escalade pulled across the westbound lanes and cut in front of him in the left lane. The driver began yelling obscenities and gesturing. The complainant said he fears retaliation from the person. Police advised him the incident would be documented.

Officers were called to a domestic disturbance at a Mull Avenue residence April 22. A man reported his wife threw his clothing out the window and tossed his phone out the door. Police found her in the garage and determined she was highly intoxicated. When asked whether she threw out his clothing and phone, she said she relocated them and she wanted him to leave. He refused to leave, and police advised her one of them must leave for the night. She called him an obscene name and agreed to be driven to the police station and take a cab to a hotel. Police advised her she must put out her cigarette before entering a cruiser and she flicked it at her husband. She was arrested for disorderly conduct and released to a cab.

A patron of a Springside Drive restaurant reported he parked his vehicle in the lot at 11:40 a.m. April 22 and returned less than an hour later to find the passenger-side window had been broken and items had been stolen from the vehicle.

A Burnwyke Court woman reported April 24 she noticed unauthorized charges totaling more than $4,000 on her credit card after she used the card to make a purchase at a Montrose home improvement store the previous day.

On April 24, a Copley woman reported her estranged husband assaulted her, broke household items and threatened her. She asked that the incident be documented, and police completed a domestic incident form.

FAIRLAWN: A Sand Run Parkway man reported April 19 he received a call from an unknown person who claimed to represent the Bolivian Embassy, told him his nephew had been arrested and instructed him to mail $4,200 to an address in Bolivia. Following another phone call asking for another $7,200, the victim mailed two money orders totaling $11,400 to the unknown Bolivian address. He later called his nephew and learned the calls were fraudulent. He provided the address and phone numbers to detectives.

An Akron man was arrested for theft April 19 after he reportedly concealed $224 in cologne and left a West Market Street discount department store without paying for it.

On April 19, an employee of a Montrose discount store was charged with felony theft and taken to the Summit County Jail. Following an in-house investigation, the suspect admitted pocketing more than $1,000 from the sale of gift cards April 16-17. The Akron man also admitted stealing merchandise.

Mall security agents flagged down a police cruiser in a mall parking lot April 19 to report a shoplifter was in custody near an athletic shoe store. The manager of the store reported he observed a male conceal a $25 shirt under his clothing and leave the store without paying for it. When the security officer approached the male, he yelled that he didn’t steal anything and ran from the mall, throwing the shirt as he ran. He was arrested for theft, released with a court summons and banned from the mall for 10 years.

Police arrested a Massillon man following a traffic stop on Ghent Road April 20. A consent search of his vehicle revealed a small amount of marijuana and a drug pipe.

On April 20, security agents called police to report two females suspected of shoplifting were behaving suspiciously. As the women left the mall, police gave one female several verbal commands to stop and talk to them. When she refused and continued walking, she was arrested for obstruction of official business and additionally charged with criminal trespassing after police determined the Akron woman had been banned from the mall in 2011. Theft of clothing could not be substantiated.

Ohio State Highway Patrol officers arrested an Akron woman April 20 on a Fairlawn warrant for failure to complete a court-ordered diversion program. She was charged and taken to the Summit County Jail.

An employee of a mall massage salon reported April 20 she went to her car at 9:13 p.m. and discovered it was dented and scratched. Upon investigation, she determined the damage was intentional.

On April 25, employees of a West Market Street record store reported a suspicious male and female were in the store. The male reportedly had concealed a $50 game console on a previous occasion. Police reviewed video surveillance footage of the April 19 incident, arrested the Kenmore man for theft and released him with a court summons. The male and female were banned from the store.

NORTON: Police responded to a report of a juvenile riding a skateboard in the middle of Greenwich Road April 16 and spoke to the 15-year-old Kenmore youth, who was uncooperative and refused to answer questions. As he walked away from police, he dropped a bag of marijuana, and he was charged with its possession and released to a relative.

Employees of a Greenwich Road grocery store reported April 20 a male and female pushed two carts filled with meat out of the store without paying. Officers arrived to find the male fleeing. He was apprehended, along with the female. The 31-year-old man and 15-year-old female, both from Akron, were charged with theft of merchandise worth $420. The male was additionally charged with resisting arrest.

An employee of a Greenwich Road grocery store reported April 20 an unknown person wrote “Ur Gunna Die” on her car while she worked.

Police patrolling Greenwich Road April 20 stopped a driver for a vehicle equipment violation and arrested the Navarre man for possession of marijuana found in the vehicle.

Officers investigated reports of theft and criminal damaging at a Barber road storage facility, where a manager reported April 21 a $5,000 all-terrain vehicle was stolen from a Barberton man’s storage unit after the lock was cut off. The same day, another customer reported the lock was cut from his unit and a power drill was stolen. On April 23, an Akron man reported he went to his storage unit and discovered a different lock on it. He advised the manager, who cut off the lock and discovered a $500 self-propelled, mulching lawnmower had been stolen.

An Akron man was arrested for theft of grocery items worth $133 from a Greenwich Road grocery store April 21. He was additionally charged with criminal trespassing after police determined he had been banned from the store, and he was released to the Montville Township Police Department on a warrant.

Police are seeking the person who drove through 10 yards on Brookfield Drive between 3 and 8 a.m. April 21, causing extensive turf damage.

The mother of a Greenwich Road juvenile reported April 22 her daughter failed to come home from school, and when she called her daughter’s boyfriend, he said he was with the girl at an unknown lake.

On April 23, a Barberton police officer arrested a man on a Norton warrant for failure to pay fines following a conviction for possession of marijuana. He was charged and given a new court date.

A Clark Mill Road woman reported April 23 an unknown individual has been stealing her pain medication, which is locked in her bedroom. She said medication worth $100 has been stolen, and neither money nor other valuables in the same room have been disturbed.

PENINSULA: On March 1, two officers responded to a call of a possible burglary in progress at a trailer park residence on Keenan Road in Boston Township. Upon arrival, an officer interviewed two suspects who were standing in front of the vacant trailer. The officer recognized them as employees of the owners of the trailer park. The employees told the officer they entered the trailer via a window because the door was locked and they had no key for it (the trailer is owned by the trailer park).

Two officers were requested for assistance with detaining a suspected methamphetamine manufacturer at a hotel room in Boston Heights March 1. The call came from the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department. Boston Heights Police also were notified and assisted in the operation. The suspect was detained without incident.

On March 2, a Peninsula officer was contacted by dispatch in regards to assisting the Macedonia Police Department with an arrest for an alleged domestic altercation that had occurred previously in Macedonia. The officer met with a Macedonia officer, two Boston Heights units and a Richfield unit to assist. The suspect, who resides in the jurisdiction of the Peninsula Police Department, was taken into custody and transported to the Macedonia Police Station.

On March 8, an officer was dispatched to Akron-Cleveland Road regarding a storage unit that had been broken into. The officer met with the owner of the storage unit, who said she had been coming to get some items for her son when she noticed the unit’s lock had been cut off and most of the belongings were missing. She said it had been approximately two months since she had last been at the unit. Some of what was reportedly missing included camping equipment, collectibles, toys and military items. The woman said she was unsure of all of the missing items and their total value, but said she was taking inventory. The officer told her to call the Peninsula Police Department with any additional information.

On March 16, an officer patrolling Locust Street observed a white car eastbound on Main Street. The vehicle stopped, reportedly backed into the intersection in an unsafe manner and then proceeded south on Locust Street. The car was stopped near Orchard Street, and the driver was given a field sobriety test. After failing the test, the driver was arrested for improper backing and OVI, and then taken to the Richfield Police Department for a BAC test. After the man refused the test, he was processed and released from the Peninsula Police Department on a $500 bond. His vehicle was towed.

An officer observed a black Dodge pickup truck pull off to the side of the road March 21 in the area of the Boston Mills trail station. A man exited the vehicle with a white plastic bucket and proceeded toward a pile of coal along the railroad tracks. The vehicle’s driver spotted the police officer and called the passenger back into the truck. The officer made a traffic stop of the vehicle and asked the two men what they were doing in the area. Both men said they were attempting to take some coal. The officer contacted the National Park Service and requested that a ranger respond. A ranger arrived and gave the men a warning regarding the attempted theft.

On March 22, an officer received a radio assignment regarding a possible jumper from the Ohio Turnpike Bridge onto Riverview Road. Upon arrival, Ohio State Highway Patrol officers directed the officer’s attention to the embankment along the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad tracks where the victim was located. The Valley Fire District set up a rappel line, rappelled down to the victim and determined the victim to be deceased. Highway Patrol took over the scene, and the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office was notified.

Two Peninsula officers were sent to a Stine Road address March 22 to investigate a report that a man was soliciting for a religious group. Individuals were located on a Stine Road driveway and advised that a permit is required to go door-to-door for any reason in Peninsula. They complied.

On March 22, an officer was dispatched to the corner of Main and Dogwood streets to investigate a report of a man with a chainsaw cutting up a downed tree. The officer interviewed the man in question, who had been preparing to leave as the officer pulled up. The officer explained the wood the man was attempting to take belonged to the federal government (Cuyahoga Valley National Park), and its policy is to let the wood rot in place. The officer wrote in his report the man in question was disappointed with this revelation, but left the area without incident.

While on patrol March 23, an officer noticed a female with a dog laying in a ditch on Whaley Road. The officer stopped to check on the woman, and she informed him that she was stuck and could not get up or out. The officer contacted dispatch and then helped the woman back to the roadway.

On March 24, an officer received a radio assignment in reference to a vehicle heading in the wrong direction on Interstate 271. Upon arrival, however, the officer did not locate the vehicle in question.

A Peninsula officer noticed a female near the lobby of the police station March 30, so he pulled in to find out what she needed. The woman said she had been on a hike with some friends by the Deep Lock Quarry service drive when they noticed what appeared to be something wrapped up — possibly in a towel — by the rock walls. Upon investigation, the officer found that a large piece of solid ice was stuck to the wall. The officer notified the woman about what he found.

RICHFIELD: Police were called to a Brecksville Road trucking company April 17 after an employee reported receiving threatening text messages from a former employee. Police documented the messages.

On April 17, a Richfield man reported a former employee has been making harassing, threatening phone calls to his cell phone, despite being told repeatedly not to call. Police increased patrol in the area of the victim’s residence.

Police patrolling Broadview Road April 20 checked the registration of a vehicle, stopped the driver and arrested her for driving under suspension. She exhibited signs of intoxication, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released on bond.

A woman reported she was traveling south on Interstate 77 April 20 when she struck debris that had fallen from a truck and damaged her vehicle. She provided information on the truck and driver and was advised to contact her insurance company.

On April 20, police on I-77 stopped a driver for speeding 87 mph in a 65-mph zone. The driver provided an operator’s license, issued in Saudi Arabia, and had no driving privileges in Ohio. He was charged with driving without a license and informed of the documents he would need in order to operate a vehicle in Ohio. He was released with a court summons.

Police patrolling Southern Road at 2:30 a.m. April 21 stopped a driver of a vehicle with an equipment violation, arrested a passenger on a warrant and released him to the Berea Police Department.

Officers responded to a verbal altercation between two men arguing in the parking lot at a Wheatley Road nursery April 22. There were no witnesses, and police were unable to determine what transpired between the parties. At the request of the property owner, police advised one man he is no longer welcome on the property.


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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