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West Side Neighborhood Watch

5/9/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 1500 block of Shatto Avenue between Jan. 1 and May 2; the 400 block of Greenwood Avenue between April 15 and 29; the 500 block of West Exchange Street between April 22 and 29; the 1100 block of West Market Street between April 26 and May 1; the 600 block of Upper Merriman Drive between April 26 and 27; the 900 block of Greenwood Avenue between April 28 and 30; the 700 block of West Market Street April 28; the 1000 block of Greenwood Avenue between April 29 and May 2; the 1000 block of Seward Avenue April 29; the 100 block of Waldorf Drive April 29; the 800 block of Diagonal Road May 1; the 1700 block of Tanglewood Drive May 2; the 200 block of Gordon Drive May 3; the 100 block of North Highland Avenue May 3; the 500 block of Glendora Avenue between May 4 and 5; the 900 block of Lawton Street May 5; and the 300 block of Madison Avenue May 5.

On May 1, a 30-year-old Boulevard Avenue man was charged with receiving stolen property (gun), having weapons while under disability, using weapons while intoxicated, carrying a concealed weapon, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, drug abuse (marijuana) and having an open container in a motor vehicle. The man was a rear-seat passenger in a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation at South Hawkins Avenue and Vernon Odom Boulevard, and he had an open bottle of vodka and was intoxicated, according to police officers. Also, a loaded .45-caliber Llama found under his seat was stolen from someone in Coshocton County, according to the report.

The same day, near the same intersection, a 24-year-old Bellville man was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments, drug paraphernalia and drugs. Officers observed a marijuana pipe in plain view on the passenger seat of the car the man was driving and found 0.1 gram of the drug in his pants pocket, they reported. The man had a warrant out of the Brunswick Police Department and was transported to the Summit County Jail. During a tow inventory, they also found a hypodermic needle, two metal spoons, digital scale, torch and marijuana grinder, officers noted.

Akron police are looking for a suspect from a bank robbery on the 800 block of West Market Street May 2.
Photo courtesy of the Akron Police Department
Akron police are asking for help to identify a bank robbery suspect from May 2. Shortly before 11 a.m., the man entered a bank in the 800 block of West Market Street and handed the teller a note demanding money. He fled in a blue four-door sedan westbound with an unreported amount of cash, according to officers. The suspect is a black male, between 38- and 45-years old, 5 feet, 10 inches tall and has a slim build. He was wearing a blue sweat jacket, red shirt, blue jeans, tan baseball hat and white shoes at the time of the robbery, according to the report. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department at 330-375-2552.

Also May 2, officers arrested a 23-year-old Hayden Avenue man in the 600 block of Dorchester Road, charging him with drug trafficking and possession of drugs (marijuana). Officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle for not having a rear license plate light, according to the police report. When officers approached the vehicle, they observed the man, who was the front-seat passenger, shove an unknown object under his seat, according to the report. Officers found marijuana in his pockets and under his seat totaling 116 grams, which they seized, along with $429 and his cell phone.

Officers responded to shots fired at Copley Road and Orlando Avenue May 2 around 10:30 p.m. According to the caller, after the shots were fired, the driver of a white 2013 Chevrolet Impala ran a stop sign at Orlando Avenue and struck a white 1995 GMC Sierra on Copley Road. All occupants of both cars fled the scene on foot, according to officers. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department.

After a Weathervane Lane woman reported her 2002 Ford Escape stolen May 3, it was recovered near 1000 Cuyahoga Street, in the river. The rear passenger windows had been broken out, the keys were in the ignition and the engine was still running, according to the police report. Also, a 6-inch wide rock was found under the gas and brake pedals. Due to the river being low, only the floor of the car had water damage, officers noted.

A Glendora Avenue woman reported May 4 after she parked her car in her driveway and forgot to lock the doors, she came back outside to retrieve something and noticed a gas card worth $450 missing. She stated the card was sitting on the center console.

A 25-year-old Hardesty Boulevard man was charged with domestic violence May 5. The man has a prior conviction for domestic violence from May 2012, officers noted.

A North Hawkins Avenue man reported May 5 that police officers who arrested him May 1 on charges of receiving stolen property destroyed his property — an estimated 75 doses of oxycodone. Officers placed the medication inside the vehicle before it was towed and somehow a bottle of liquid spilled on it, according to the man’s report. He also believes officers damaged an air-conditioning vent inside his vehicle, according to his report.

The same day, a 38-year-old Storer Avenue man was charged with arson. The man was observed by a witness leaving a house on the 800 block of Mercer Avenue as it caught fire, according to the police report.

Also May 5, around 11 p.m., a 22-year-old Manor Road man called police from the inside of a gas station restroom in the 1600 block of West Market Street saying he was being chased by two men. However, police officers determined the victim was actually a Springfield Township man who had been robbed of $200 and punched by the caller. The Springfield man, along with his brother, allegedly chased the Manor Road man from the parking lot of a nearby restaurant. He claimed the brothers said they were going to kill him, according to the police report. He had been in the restroom 20 minutes when police arrived, according to the report. While investigating, the man who had been robbed declined to press charges, according to officers.

BATH: Police stopped an erratic driver on North Cleveland-Massillon Road April 25. He appeared confused, reportedly admitted he had too much to drink and failed a field sobriety test. He was charged with DUI and driving without a license and released with a court summons. His BAC tested .111.

Also on that day, officers investigated the burglary of a Round Hills Drive residence where someone kicked in a door to the garage and a door leading into the residence between 3:39 and 3:43 p.m. Nothing was reported missing.

Officers patrolling Montrose April 26 observed a disabled vehicle sitting across two lanes of Medina Road. The driver exhibited signs of intoxication and failed a field sobriety test, and his BAC tested .346. He was arrested for DUI and released to his wife.

Security agents at a Medina Road clothing store reported a shoplifter was fleeing on foot April 27. Police located the person in a nearby parking lot. He surrendered merchandise from the store and admitted he stole it. He was charged with theft and possession of a drug pipe found during his arrest and released to the Barberton Police Department on a felony warrant.

An erratic driver on North Cleveland-Massillon Road April 28 failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. His BAC tested .163.

The driver of a Metro bus reported April 28 she was kicked by a male passenger at a stop on Medina Road. She said the man, who is a regular rider, has been increasingly rude to her. Police attempted to contact the man to inform him he has been banned from riding the Metro buses and advise him that charges are pending against him for the assault.

A woman reported a driver struck her car while it was parked at a North Cleveland-Massillon Road gas station April 29 and fled. Police determined the person made a purchase at the station and used the receipt and video surveillance footage of the incident to identify the driver and charge her with hit-skip, DUI and driving under suspension.

Police followed an erratic driver along Bath Road May 2. The driver pulled into the parking lot of an elementary school and attempted to park, striking a parked vehicle. Officers initiated a traffic stop, and the driver stopped in the lot but ignored commands to put the vehicle into park. The vehicle rolled forward and struck the same vehicle a second time, and an officer reached into the car and put it into park. Police assisted the driver to exit the vehicle. He failed a field sobriety test, and open bottles of vodka and whiskey were located in the vehicle. He was charged with DUI and released to a friend.

A Shaw Road Extension man reported a dirt bike was abandoned in his front yard between 2 and 3 p.m. May 3.

At 12:30 a.m. May 4, police were called to the parking lot of a Montrose restaurant where a driver was passed out behind the steering wheel of his vehicle. Officers pounded loudly on the window to wake him. He was confused and disoriented, failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for DUI and transported home.

COPLEY: Officers responded to a Hemphill Road residence April 17 after neighbors became involved in a verbal dispute over a dog.

A worker at a construction site on Copley Road reported April 27 he made a purchase at a Copley Road gas station, went back to work and discovered he had dropped his wallet at the gas station. When he went back to the station, the wallet was not there, and he filed a theft report and cancelled his credit cards. An employee of the station called him later that day and told him the wallet had been turned in. When he retrieved the wallet, the victim discovered $140 cash and a credit card missing.

Police went to a Miller Road location to pick up a man arrested by Fairlawn police on a Copley warrant for assault April 27. He was charged and taken to Barberton Jail.

Also on that day, police on Copley Road observed a driver swerve off the road several times as he turned on Schocalog and Meadow Run roads. Officers executed a traffic stop as the driver pulled into the parking lot of a Copley Road gas station. The driver failed a field sobriety test and his BAC tested .101. He was charged with DUI, released with a court summons and sent home in a cab.

The manager of a Rothrock Road motel called police April 29 when an intoxicated guest refused to leave a room after allegedly creating a disturbance. Officers were concerned with his level of intoxication, and they arranged for him to be transported to a hospital for an evaluation.

On May 2, a woman who was staying at a Montrose West Avenue hotel reported she left her wallet in the exercise room the previous night and the desk clerk contacted her that morning to say it was at the front desk. When she retrieved it, she discovered cash missing.

FAIRLAWN: Police responded to a report of people outside an office building on Miller Road April 27 and arrested a man on a warrant for assault. He was released to the Copley Police Department.

A woman reported the front license plate was stolen from her vehicle while it was at a location on Wyant Road between 2 and 8 p.m. April 27.

On April 28, police observed a suspicious male walking from the rear of a West Market Street drugstore around 1 a.m. He was arrested on a warrant and released to the Akron Police Department.

A $1,000 catalytic converter was stolen from a vehicle outside a Park Hill Drive residence April 30.

The manager of a West Market Street gas station said the business wanted to prosecute a female who pumped fuel worth $57 into a vehicle and used a prepaid debit card with a zero balance to pay April 30. When the purchase was declined, she fled. Police used video surveillance footage to identify her.

On April 30, mall security officers requested that a man be banned from the mall. Police arrested him for possession of a drug pipe after he allegedly admitted he used it to smoke crack cocaine. He was banned from the mall and released to the Akron Police Department on a warrant.

Employees of a Montrose discount store reported April 30 that two males entered the store and split up. One man took a hedge trimmer and edger from a display, took the items past all points of purchase and attempted to return them at the service counter. When the return was declined, he fled with the items and entered a van driven by the other person. The two fled, and police were attempting to identify them.

A man reported he was walking on a trail behind a Smith Road residential complex May 1 when he met a man with two dogs that were not on leashes. He asked if he could pet a Rottweiler and received permission from the owner. The dog bit him, and he required seven stitches. He is seeking the dog owner only to be certain the dog’s vaccinations are current. Police were assisting him in attempting to locate the owner.

On May 1, employees of a mall clothing store reported a shoplifter was in the store, and mall security agents stopped him in the mall concourse and asked him for a receipt for merchandise he had in a bag. He provided a receipt from a different store and fled with the merchandise. He ran out of the mall, across West Market Street and through a hotel parking lot and into a neighborhood. Police pursued him through several yards and found him hiding in bushes in one yard. Police retrieved the stolen merchandise, charged him with theft, advised him he was banned from the mall for two years and drove him to a bus stop. An hour later, his vehicle was spotted in the mall parking lot. He was apprehended as he ran through the parking lot and across Ghent Road. The Akron man was charged with criminal trespassing, and banned from the mall for three years.

A laptop computer, business and personal checks and a briefcase valued at $2,451 were stolen from a vehicle in a mall lot May 2.

NORTON: Police investigated the burglary of a Wadsworth Road residence April 26 after a man reported he left the residence and returned two hours later to find the back door had been broken open and splintered. Nothing was reported missing.

Officers patrolling Barber Road April 27 observed a vehicle with a flat tire and a driver who appeared intoxicated. She failed a field sobriety test and she was charged with DUI and taken to a hospital when she experienced breathing difficulties.

The night of April 27, police responded to a report that a group of underage people went into McCafferty Park on Wayne Street carrying beer. When police arrived, the group scattered and ran into the woods. Police apprehended a Doylestown female and charged her with underage drinking and criminal trespassing.

An employee of a Greenwich Road grocery store found a suspicious metal object on the store shelf April 30 and reported it. The Summit County Bomb Squad responded and used a robot to retrieve the item after evacuating the building. The can was empty, and police are reviewing video surveillance footage to determine whether it was left there maliciously or negligently.

A Norton High School student reported someone broke into his locker between 2:45 and 5:30 p.m. April 30 and stole a watch and $50.

An Easton Road man reported he observed a suspicious dark-colored pickup truck go down his driveway at 11:30 p.m. May 1. When he confronted the driver, he saw a $400 mountain bike and a 6-gallon gas can containing gasoline in the bed of the truck and recognized them as his property. The driver sped away.

Following a traffic stop on Clark Mill Road May 1, police arrested a passenger on a warrant from Summit County. A search of the vehicle revealed a syringe and spoon containing drug residue, and the items were sent to a lab for identification. The Boardman man was released to Summit County sheriff’s deputies, and additional charges were pending.

On May 1, police issued a warrant for unlawful purchase of pseudoephedrine against a Norton man after he purchased two containers of cold medication containing the drug, which placed him over the limit of nine grams within 30 days. The man had made two failed attempts to purchase the drug before making the purchase.

A Caroline Street man reported a $2,000 lawnmower and a miniature lighthouse were stolen from his front yard the night of May 2.

Between 2:45 and 5:30 p.m. May 3, someone broke into the lockers of two Norton High School students and stole money and a cell phone.

RICHFIELD: Officers investigated a vehicle accident involving three tractor-trailers at a Brecksville Road travel center April 18. All the drivers and vehicles were from other states, and police were unable to verify registration for any of them, but they did verify that none of the vehicles had been reported stolen. Two of the trucks were parked when the third driver cut a corner too closely and struck the others, causing minor damage.

On April 19, police were called to a Humphrey Road location where a man reported he was at the address to pick up his grandchildren for a court-scheduled visitation, but their mother refused to let them go with him, stating the schedule had been changed. Officers advised the parties the incident was a civil matter and made a report of the incident.

A Richfield man went to the police station April 20 to report that his ex-wife took their son away for the weekend when he was scheduled for visitation with the child. He provided court documents, and he said his lawyer advised him to have police document the incident.

On April 23, Peninsula police arrested a Boston Heights man on a Richfield warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under suspension. Officers went to Peninsula to pick up the man, who was charged and released on $375 bond.

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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