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West Side Neighborhood Watch

5/23/2013 - West Side Leader
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By William Roth

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 900 block of Cuyahoga Street between April 17 and May 17; the 500 block of Zahn Drive between May 1 and 9; the 900 block of Valdes Avenue between May 8 and 14; the 500 block of Dorchester Road between May 9 and 14; the 1500 block of Slosson Street May 9; the 200 block of Beck Avenue May 10; the 900 block of Hardesty Boulevard May 10; the 400 block of Roslyn Avenue May 10; the 500 block of Crosby Street between May 11 and 15; the 800 block of Frederick Boulevard between May 12 and 13; the 700 block of Diagonal Road May 13; the 900 block of Dover Avenue May 14; the 700 block of Nome Avenue May 14; the 800 block of Seward Avenue between May 15 and 16; the 100 block of Corson Avenue May 16; the 1100 block of Valdes Avenue May 16; and the 500 block of Woodbury Drive between May 17 and 18.

David Hyatt
Photo courtesy of Akron Police Department
The Akron Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Office Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is asking for assistance from the public for information that could lead to the arrest of a wanted fugitive, David Hyatt. Hyatt, 27, with no permanent address, is wanted for the aggravated robbery that occurred at Long John Silver’s restaurant, Romig Road, Jan. 28 around 5:30 p.m. Hyatt and another man entered the restaurant armed with handguns, fired shots, demanded money and fled on foot with an unreported amount of cash, according to officers. Hyatt should be considered armed and extremely dangerous. Anyone knowing his whereabouts is encouraged to call the Akron Police Department at 330-375-2490; U.S. Marshals Service at 1-866-4-WANTED; or Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at 330-434-COPS. Callers can remain anonymous. Also, anonymous tips may be left on the Akron Police Department’s website at akronohio.gov/asp/tip.html.

The pastor of a church on the 300 block of South Portage Path reported May 14 that after having to fire an employee, a 20-year-old Rhodes Avenue woman, she became very aggressive and angry and threatened to “shoot him in the butt.”

The same day, nine West Akron teens were found inside a vacant home in the 700 block of Seward Avenue. Officers reported they could smell burnt marijuana outside the house, and after forcing their way inside, they found a marijuana cigar on a window ledge in the home. The teens were discovered hiding throughout the house, according to officers.

Around midnight May 15, a fast-food restaurant in the 2300 block of Romig Road was robbed at gunpoint. Employees reported as they were closing the restaurant, they were confronted in the parking lot by five males armed with handguns. The suspects allegedly forced the employees back into the restaurant, demanded money and fled with an unreported amount of cash and the victims’ cell phones. The suspects are five black males ages 18 to 22. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department.

On May 16 around 11:30 p.m., officers responded to multiple calls about a party where shots were fired in the 500 block of Wildwood Avenue. Upon arrival, officers observed a black male, identified as a 23-year-old Wildwood Avenue man, lying in the street with a gunshot wound to his torso. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where he later died, according to officers. A 23-year-old man with a last known address on Brandon Avenue was charged with murder and booked into the Summit County Jail the morning of May 17.

Officers issued a warrant for a 13-year-old Westwood Avenue male on charges for aggravated assault May 17. According to the police report, the boy swung hedge clippers at an 18-year-old man, cutting his arm and splattering blood on the carpet, walls and mattress. According to the 13-year-old’s mother, her son, who ran away following the incident, has several mental conditions and is currently under court evaluation. The injured man was transported to a hospital.

BATH: Police investigated the burglary of a Pebblecreek Drive residence May 13, when someone entered a house under construction and stole tools and accessories from a subcontractor working in the area.

The owner of a Medina Road restaurant reported May 15 an air conditioner and compressor, worth $6,000, were stolen from the rear lot of the business.

Following a registration check of a vehicle on Medina Road May 15, police stopped the driver and arrested him for driving under suspension. A passenger in the vehicle was wanted on warrants in Barberton and Cleveland. He was released to the Barberton Police Department. The owner of the vehicle was not the driver, but his operator’s license was suspended. The vehicle plates were seized and it was towed.

On May 16, a Heather Hills Road woman reported she was informed by the IRS that another person used her Social Security number to file a federal tax return.

Police responded to a call that a motorist had passed a school bus May 16, located the vehicle and stopped the driver. She said she had not been paying attention and she was unaware she passed a bus. The school bus driver confirmed the violation, and the driver was issued a citation with a mandatory court date.

A custodian from Bath Elementary School took a mountain bike to the police station May 17 after finding it abandoned on school property.

Following a registration check of a vehicle on Interstate 77 May 17, police stopped the driver after determining the vehicle owner was wanted on a warrant by the Norton Police Department. The driver claimed to be the owner and reportedly provided false information to police about her identity. She later admitted she had lied. Police determined she had a suspended driver’s license. When she was placed in a cruiser, she began behaving suspiciously and failed a field sobriety test. She was charged with DUI, driving under suspension and providing false information to police.

COPLEY: On May 13, police investigated a report of suspicious activity involving a worker at a residential complex on Glenhaven Avenue who was seen at the same time of day at a location where the school bus stops. Officers spoke to the worker and his supervisors and determined the man was working on an apartment in that area.

A man reported May 13 he took his vehicle to a Copley Road business for repairs and when he went to retrieve it, he was given a bill for more than $1,800 for work he did not approve. He said someone forged his name on a document authorizing the repairs. Police advised him they would investigate the forgery, but the dispute over the bill was a civil matter.

Detectives contacted officials of an elementary school May 13 after the mother of a second-grade student reported the student was threatened while riding the school bus by another student who said she would bring a gun to school the following day.

At 6 a.m. May 14, officers responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Hull Drive. Police located the vehicle and spoke to a male and female in the front seat, who denied having contraband in the vehicle. A baby and a 6-year-old child were in the back seat of the vehicle. Norton police assisted in an investigation, and their K-9 officer alerted police to the presence of contraband. A search revealed a hypodermic needle hidden in the baby seat and other drug abuse instruments elsewhere in the vehicle. The adults were charged with possession of drug abuse instruments and paraphernalia and child endangering. The vehicle was towed and a report was filed with Summit County Children Services.

On May 17, a Sunnyfield Drive woman reported the window of her vehicle had been smashed the previous night.

A Blair Drive man reported May 17 he paid a contractor for materials and half of the cost of labor to lay a floor at his house. The payment was made last December, but no work has been done on the residence. Police contacted the Barberton prosecutor regarding pursuing criminal charges against the contractor.

An off-duty police officer reported he dined at a Brookwall Drive restaurant the evening of May 17 and returned to his truck to find a window had been broken and his police duty bag had been stolen.

A Knox Boulevard woman reported May 17 her estranged husband called her and threatened to kill her and everyone in the house. He also reportedly sent two threatening text messages. Police arrested him at an Akron residence, charged him with violating a protection order and took him to the Summit County Jail.

Police responded to a report that a driver was asleep behind the steering wheel of a vehicle on Schocalog Road the night of May 17. The driver appeared to be intoxicated. He failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for DUI and released with a court summons. His BAC tested .122.

Around 8 a.m. May 18, police responded to calls that a vehicle in the parking lot of Copley Community Park had a broken window. A couple walking with their children approached officers and said they owned the vehicle. The female reported her purse had been stolen from the car.

Police patrolling Rothrock Road at 1 a.m. May 19 stopped a driver traveling on the wrong side of the road. He was arrested for driving under suspension. Two occupants of the vehicle, including a juvenile female, also had no licenses, and the vehicle was towed.

A Summit Road woman reported May 20 two males came to her property the previous day and asked if she had anything they could take for scrap. Her husband told them they could take a washer and dryer from the property, but after they took them, they must leave and not return or ask for anything else. The next day, she observed one man carrying scrap items from her property to their truck. He left before police arrived, and the victim provided a description of the men and their truck.

FAIRLAWN: A woman reported May 10 she left her purse in a shopping cart in a parking lot after leaving a Montrose discount store and returned minutes later to find it was missing. A review of video surveillance footage showed a woman take the purse, enter the store and make a purchase, which she paid for with a credit card. She was identified as a Canton woman, and detectives were investigating.

An Akron man was charged with theft and released with a court summons May 11 after he allegedly concealed merchandise totaling $67 and left a West Market Street grocery store without paying for it.

Employees of a mall department store reported May 11 a woman concealed a $350 purse between her handbag and another bag she was carrying, left the store without paying for it and entered a vehicle. Police stopped the vehicle, retrieved the purse and arrested the Akron woman for theft. Officers found merchandise stolen from other stores in the vehicle, and additional charges were pending completion of an investigation.

An Akron man was arrested for theft of meat and shrimp totaling $79 from a West Market Street grocery store May 11. He was additionally charged with criminal trespassing because he had been permanently banned from the store due to a previous incident.

On May 14, employees of a mall department store reported a man concealed an $84 perfume set in a satchel and left the store without paying for it. Officers stopped the man when they observed him leave the mall and enter a vehicle. The merchandise was retrieved, and the Akron man was arrested for theft and criminal trespassing because he had been banned from the store indefinitely in 2011.

Police patrolling Miller Road May 14 stopped the driver of a vehicle with no front license plate and arrested him for driving under suspension. A vehicle tow inventory revealed 9 grams of marijuana, and an Akron man was charged with its possession after admitting ownership.

Employees of a mall department store reported May 15 a woman concealed merchandise in a wheelchair she was pushing. Police stopped her as she left the store, and she admitted she concealed clothing in a pocket behind the seat. Officers questioned the woman in the chair, and she admitted she concealed two shirts in her purse. Both Akron women were charged with theft and permanently banned from the store.

On May 15, a Moorewood Road man reported a Schwinn 18-speed mountain bike was stolen from the rear porch of his residence.

NORTON: Police investigated a break-in and vandalism of a Heritage Parkway business May 11 and found a wallet belonging to one of the people responsible lying outside. The Copley man reportedly admitted he caused the damage. A second man also allegedly admitted his participation. The two males were charged with breaking and entering, criminal damaging and criminal trespassing.

On May 12, a Reimer Road woman reported two dogs entered her yard and mauled her cat, making it necessary for the animal to be euthanized. The dogs were a small brown terrier and a black-and-white mixed-breed.

An Erma Road man reported May 12 an unknown male knocked on his door and asked to use the bathroom May 8. On this date, the victim noticed 100 oxycodone tablets were missing.

Police increased patrol around a Summit Road landfill after the owner reported May 13 two bulldozers and a crane sustained a total of $2,900 damage by someone who trespassed on the property on two previous occasions.

An employee of a Whipple Avenue automotive business reported May 14 the window of his work truck was broken and three TVs, a radar detector and tools worth $4,000 were stolen from the truck and trailer.

At 3 a.m. May 15, a tractor-trailer crashed into a guardrail in the westbound lanes of Interstate 76, puncturing the gas tank and spilling 100 gallons of diesel fuel on the highway and shoulder.

An Inas Drive woman reported Akron police contacted her May 15 to say her 13-year-old nephew was in custody for taking a pistol to school and they believe it was hers. She checked her gun cabinet and noticed a Taurus pistol was missing. Her nephew had visited her the previous day. She declined theft charges.

Police on Greenwich Road May 16 stopped the driver of a vehicle with illegally tinted windows and released the Barberton man to the Bath Police Department on two warrants.

RICHFIELD: Police were called to a Brecksville Road travel center May 5 by a truck driver who said he was assaulted by an unknown male who approached him as another trucker was backing into a parking space while he was standing in the parking lot offering directions to the driver. The male accused him of not helping the other driver back into the space, choked him and threw him against his truck. Police searched the area but were unable to locate a male fitting the description of the suspect. Other truckers said they did not witness the assault, and no one reported seeing a male that fit the suspect’s description.

Officers responded to a report of an unruly juvenile at a Revere Road elementary school May 7 after a teacher and school official said the child ran out of the school but returned and was somewhere in the building. Officers found him in the restroom and approached the child, who became combative. He was taken to the school office, where his father picked him up.

Two Streetsboro Road art dealers reported an attempted scam May 7 by a customer who expressed interest in purchasing a $95 painting. The customer corresponded with the business via e-mail messages, then sent a check for $1,200 and requested the overage be paid to the person who picked up the painting. The dealers found the names and email addresses of the suspects among a list of people who perpetrate scams in the artist community. Police advised the dealers that if they respond to the suspect, they should say the transaction has been cancelled and the check has been destroyed.

On May 8, police went to an Everett Road residence after receiving a report from Stow police that a vehicle registered to a resident at that address was seen leaving a Wal-Mart store after a theft had occurred. Officers found the vehicle and spoke to the owner, who said the vehicle had not been driven in two days. Officers asked her why the hood of the vehicle was warm to the touch if it had not been driven, and she said they had started the vehicle but did not drive it.

Around midnight May 10, a motorist reported she was following an SUV that was involved in a vehicle crash on Brecksville Road and the driver left the scene. She followed the vehicle to Humphrey Road, where the driver pulled off the road. At 12:12 a.m. May 11, police located the vehicle and found it was unoccupied. Following a short search, officers found the driver passed out in the bushes near Humphrey Road. He had trouble rising to his feet and exhibited signs of alcohol intoxication. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released on bond. His vehicle was towed.

Police were called to a Brecksville Road bar at 2 a.m. May 12, when a man reported an unknown male punched him in the face. Several witnesses identified the man, whom they said was extremely intoxicated. The victim sustained minor injuries, but due to several previous concussions, he was transported to a hospital for an evaluation of his injuries. He said he wanted to prosecute the suspect, who is a Richfield resident, and police advised him of the process.

Officers responded to a disturbance at a Motor Road residence May 12, and a man who was retrieving property from the address failed to comply with police orders. He reportedly went to the property without permission, began revving his motorcycle and being argumentative because the property owner moved his belongings to the curb. When he failed to follow police orders, he was arrested for disorderly conduct and additionally charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia found during his arrest. His motorcycle was impounded and towed, and he was released on 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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