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South Side Neighborhood Watch

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

COVENTRY: Summit County sheriff’s deputies responded to motorists’ reports of an erratic driver on Interstate 77 April 19 and stopped a 20-year-old Medina man after observing him swerve across lane lines. He displayed signs of intoxication, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI, having an open container of vodka in a vehicle and underage drinking.

On April 22, deputies stopped an Akron man for a traffic violation on South Arlington Road. A passenger in the vehicle was arrested for violating a protection order when deputies determined the driver was the protected person. The Akron woman was taken to the Summit County Jail.

A representative of Coventry Local Schools reported April 22 political banners and signs have been stolen from various locations in the township.

Deputies patrolling I-77 at 1 a.m. April 23 stopped the driver of a vehicle with no tail lights and arrested him for driving under suspension. The Akron man was additionally charged with carrying a concealed weapon and taken to the Summit County Jail after a vehicle tow inventory revealed a loaded handgun within reach.

A Swartz Road woman reported a suspicious vehicle in her driveway April 23. She told police a man exited the vehicle, walked around on her property, got back into the vehicle and left.

An Akron woman observed stumbling in the roadway on South Arlington Road April 24 admitted she recently used drugs and said she needed to sleep. A consent search of her purse revealed syringes, a spoon and a prescription bottle. She was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments, evaluated by EMS and taken to a hospital.

Deputies responded to an anonymous call of domestic violence at a Peach Drive residence April 24 and spoke to a resident, who denied any physical altercation and said she had been arguing on the phone. During a welfare check of the residence, deputies found a male resident hiding in an upstairs closet and arrested him on warrants for domestic violence and menacing.

Following a registration check of a vehicle on Manchester Road April 26, deputies arrested an Akron man on a warrant for DUI and released him to the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department.

A customer at a South Main Street gas station reported April 26 he left his iPhone on the counter and an unknown person made a purchase and stole the phone.

An employee of a utility company reported he arrived at the business’ Manchester Road station April 26 and discovered a lock had been cut and copper scraps stolen.

— Compiled by Maggie DeMellier


GREEN: Summit County sheriff’s deputies investigated a series of vehicle break-ins at residences on Caribou Drive April 21. One victim reported an iPod and money was stolen, a second reported a GPS unit was taken and another resident reported money and a GPS unit were stolen.

A Barberton man was arrested for assault April 21 after witnesses at an Arlington Ridge Road restaurant reported he became agitated while waiting in line and punched the woman in front of him in the head.

A Canton man stopped on South Arlington Road April 21 for driving a vehicle with an obstructed view was taken to the Summit County Jail on warrants for drug abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies responded to a report of assault in a vehicle on Massillon Road April 21. A Canton woman said a male assaulted her, but the man fled when deputies arrived. The victim said she did not know his name and that he lived in Canton. Later, the man was seen getting into another vehicle, which deputies stopped on Interstate 77. The victim was driving the vehicle, and she changed her story and said there was no assault and she did know the man, who was from Cleveland. The male and female were both charged with obstruction of official business and taken to the Summit County Jail.

Also April 21, deputies investigated a hate crime outside a Caribou Drive residence, where an unknown person poured gasoline on a man’s lawn in the shape of a swastika and lit it. Also, money was stolen from the victim’s vehicle.

A South Main Street resident reported she came home to find an unknown brown van in her driveway April 23. When she entered her home, the van pulled out of the drive, and she noticed a flat-screen TV, XBox, games and five watches were missing.

Following a traffic stop on East Caston Road April 23, a passenger was arrested on warrants for domestic violence, menacing and carrying concealed weapons. The Akron man was released to the Akron Police Department.

A Sunnyview Drive woman reported April 25 an unknown person used a rock to smash a $400 window on her residence.

On April 26, deputies went to a Maylo Path residence and arrested an Alabama man on warrants for failure to register as a sex offender and probation violation following a rape conviction. He was taken to the Summit County Jail to await extradition to Alabama.

Deputies observed a man at a Mayfair Road apartment April 26 and determined he had been banned from the complex. He was arrested for criminal trespassing and released with a court summons.

Employees of a utility company reported April 26 someone cut a hole in a fence outside a cell tower and broke a window of a building on the property. Nothing was reported missing.

Deputies investigated the burglary of a Mayfair Road residence April 27. A man reported he was working in his yard when he saw an unfamiliar vehicle leave his driveway and noticed the door to his residence was open. He reported two shotguns and a pistol were stolen, but later reported he found the pistol. Deputies entered information about the stolen firearms into a national database for stolen weapons.

— Compiled by Maggie DeMellier


LAKEMORE: A Front Street woman reported April 19 that while she was in the hospital, $1,554 worth of dolls, bedding, clothing, a collectible radio and prescription medicine was stolen from her home. She provided police with names of possible suspects.

Police responded to a domestic violence call April 24 at Lakeside Drive and discovered a man at the home had a warrant out of Portage County. He was arrested and turned over to the sheriff’s department.

Police investigated damage done to drywall in a Springfield High School boy’s locker room April 25 and questioned two juvenile males, who reportedly admitted to being involved, along with others. A computer, keyboard and phone also were damaged.

A temporary license tag was reported stolen from an Orchard Lane woman’s vehicle parked on First Street April 28.

— Compiled by Maria Lindsay


NEW FRANKLIN: A man who was reportedly carrying a pickaxe was arrested April 22 while walking along Rex Lake Drive. Police ordered the man to stop walking, but he refused. He was arrested for obstructing official business and failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer.

A West Turkeyfoot Lake Road man was arrested April 24 for burglary and theft after he allegedly stole credit cards, ground beef and a nasal decongestant from a West Turkeyfoot Lake Road woman.

A large kitchen knife was discovered under trees on a Rex Lake Road Driver property April 27.

At a traffic stop on Manchester Road April 27, police discovered a man with a warrant out of the Norton Police Department and transferred him there.

— Compiled by Joyce Rainey Long


SPRINGFIELD: A Serenity Lane man reported his wallet, containing two debit cards, two credit cards and $12,000, was taken from his vehicle while it was parked at a Canton Road location April 21.

A Pine Lake Road woman reported April 22 that she lost a credit card several weeks ago and recently discovered someone used it to make unauthorized purchases.

Police were called to a domestic incident on Laverne Lane April 22 and discovered several marijuana plants growing in a bedroom, along with drugs pipes containing residue. Charges are pending on a man and woman in the home. Also, the man was arrested and taken to the Summit County Jail on a traffic warrant.

On April 23, a Fair Lane woman was charged with assault after witnesses corroborated a report that she pushed a neighbor to the ground and into a trash can during a dispute over a property line.

After stopping an Alphada Avenue woman’s vehicle for having no license plate April 23, police arrested her on an active warrant out of Boston Heights and turned her over to that police department.

A Delaware Avenue man was charged with criminal damaging and theft April 23 after he reportedly was observed trying to remove a headlight assembly from a decommissioned police cruiser parked at an East Waterloo Road location. He was given a court  summons and released.

On April 24, police questioned a Lake Road woman who allegedly conspired to lure a man out of his home while a Buena Vista Drive man stole boxes of coins.

Also on that day, an Atwater man staying at a South Arlington Road hotel reported he left his room door open while he went to get a coffee and someone came in and stole an iPad mini. He called a local pawnshop, and an employee there reported a male came in to sell the item.

A Laverne Lane man reported prescription medicine was stolen from his home April 25.

An Alta Vista Avenue yard was turfed and mud was splattered onto the residence April 27.

A bullet was reportedly shot through a Munroe Falls Road home’s wall and into the house April 27. The homeowners were not there at the time. Police were unable to recover the bullet.

A Samuel Road man reported a man in his 40s driving a tan Ford drove into his backyard and got stuck April 27. When he questioned the man as to why he was there, the driver responded he used to live there and was looking for a rock. The driver left, but he damaged the lawn in the process.

During a traffic stop for an equipment violation April 29, police found both the driver, a Fess Avenue man, and his Peerless Avenue passenger had suspended licenses. After police found a plastic bag filled with marijuana and a digital scale in the glove box, the driver admitted they were his, and he was charged with possession of drugs and paraphernalia.

An unknown person threw a large rock at the side of a trailer on Coach Lane April 30, creating a hole and cracks in the siding.

— Compiled by Maria Lindsay

Editor’s note: The reports provided here are a sampling of those filed with area police departments and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. For questions related to the reports we’ve included or others we have not, call the South Side News Leader at 330-665-9595 or toll-free at 888-945-9595. To provide information on an alleged criminal act noted in this week’s report, call the appropriate police department.

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