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West Side Neighborhood Watch

6/13/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 200 block of Merriman Road June 5; the 100 block of Oakdale Avenue June 6; the 300 block of Goodhue Drive June 7; the 1000 block of Frederick Boulevard June 8; the 2100 block of Stockbridge Road June 8; the 700 block of Diagonal Road June 10; the 100 block of Harcourt Drive June 10; and the 500 block of West Market Street June 10.

A 15-year-old boy was taken into custody without incident on criminal trespassing charges in the 1700 block of West Waterford Court June 5. Apartment building managers called police when they found several juvenile boys inside a vacant apartment, according to the police report. All of the juveniles fled, except for the one taken into custody, who allegedly told management he was going to say the others kidnapped him. When police arrived, the apartment smelled strongly of marijuana, according to officers.

Trace amounts of heroin were found inside the vehicle of a 30-year-old South Akron man who failed to use his turn signal and was pulled over at South Hawkins Avenue and Vernon Odom Boulevard June 5, according to police officers. The driver consented to the search, which also revealed two hypodermic needles, according to officers.

A 28-year-old Work Drive man was given a citation and court summons for possession of drug paraphernalia and drugs after officers responded to reports of a fight with a gun in the 900 block of Bloomfield Avenue June 6. Officers observed the man driving away when they arrived on the scene, stopped the vehicle and smelled marijuana, according to the report. A marijuana blunt was found on the driver’s seat, and the man admitted he had been smoking it, according to officers.

Officers also responded to reports of a shooting near the intersection of Thurston Street and South Hawkins Avenue June 6. Two victims, a Seward Avenue woman and South Akron man, were shot following a verbal altercation with the suspect at a bar in the 500 block of Vernon Odom Boulevard, according to the police report. The victims said after they left the bar, the suspect, a black male between 25 and 35 years old, followed them on a motorcycle and fired into their vehicle. The female victim, who was driving, was struck in the right hip, while the male in the car was shot in the shoulder, according to the police report. Both victims were transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to officers.

A New Franklin woman reported June 7 that sometime since May 20 someone broke a window to gain access to a vacant house in the 300 block of Goodhue Drive. Once inside, new carpeting that had just been delivered and laid valued at $2,000 was taken, according to her report.

During an altercation between two women that took place in the 900 block of Peerless Avenue June 9, a Copley woman was struck several times with a hand-operated can opener, according to her report to police. The women allegedly had been arguing for the past month, since the other woman stole the victim’s cell phone, according to the victim. The Copley woman suffered multiple injuries, including a severed tear duct requiring surgery, according to the report.

A 60-year-old Canton man was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia when officers responded to reports of a suspicious person outside a convenience store in the 800 block of West Market Street June 10. The man allegedly had a glass crack pipe in plain view, and officers discovered an additional crack pipe in his pants pocket, according to the police report.

BATH: A Sparrow Pond Circle man reported May 31 a $4,000 bronze statue is missing from his home.

Police responded to a disturbance at a Medina Line Road location June 1 and charged a woman with assault and released her with a court summons after a verbal altercation between the two reportedly became physical.

On June 1, a Barnsleigh Drive woman reported her ex-boyfriend has been harassing her by making unwanted phone calls and showing up at her residence and going to the home of her friend to look for her. She asked officers for assistance in advising him to cease contact with her.

Following a registration check of a vehicle traveling on Smith Road June 2, police stopped the driver for driving under suspension. She exhibited signs of impairment, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released to a friend. Her BAC tested .163.

A woman reported she was walking her dogs on Glenhaven Drive around 8:30 p.m. June 3 when a male drove up beside her in a vehicle and told her to get in the van. When she did not respond, he opened his door and said, “Get into the van, now.” She fled to a neighbor’s house and called police. The driver sped away toward Olentangy Drive. The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s with dark hair and eyes. He was wearing a gray hoodie and black sweat pants and driving an older model minivan with a poor paint job.

On June 3, police spoke to a Hametown Road juvenile who was reportedly dating an 18-year-old without parental approval. Officers also spoke to the adult, who agreed to stop seeing the juvenile.

Employees of a North Cleveland-Massillon Road gas station gave police a wallet found in the parking lot June 3. Officers placed it in the property room and asked for assistance from Wadsworth police in contacting the owner.

Police responded to a report of a shoplifter in a Medina Road cosmetics store June 4. The suspect reportedly dropped the merchandise and left in a dark-colored Cadillac before police arrived. The manager said the business would prosecute the suspect when police located her, and they wanted her banned from the store.

COPLEY: Police responded to reports of an impaired driver in the area of Ridgewood and Jacoby roads the night of May 31 and located the vehicle sitting in the intersection of Ridgewood Road and Cotswold Drive. The driver had run through a yard and damaged property before coming to a stop in the intersection. As police approached the vehicle, the driver sped away on Ridgewood Road, nearly crashing into oncoming traffic as police units pursued with lights and sirens in an attempt to stop the suspect and warn other motorists. The driver continued driving erratically until he pulled into his driveway on Stonebridge Boulevard. Police reached into the vehicle, put it into park and turned off the engine. The driver was arrested for DUI, refusal to take a BAC test, criminal damaging and felony fleeing, and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A Sugar Road woman reported May 31 she has been receiving harassing phone calls from someone with a blocked number. Police advised her to contact her phone carrier and instructed her regarding the subpoena process.

Officers went to a Rothrock Road motel to check the welfare of a man May 31 and contacted EMS to have him transported to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.

On June 1, police responded to a disturbance in the hallway of a Montrose West Avenue motel and encountered a man outside one of the rooms. He was arrested on a felony warrant from Richfield, charged with possession of marijuana and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A White Pond Drive man requested additional patrol outside his residence June 1 when he received a call from a suspicious male who claimed to represent a credit card company. The male had the victim’s personal information and threatened to come to his home.

Police officers patrolling South Cleveland-Massillon Road June 1 stopped the driver of a pickup truck after he swerved off the road several times. He staggered out of the vehicle, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. His vehicle was towed to an impound lot and he was released to a family member. His BAC tested .109.

The manager of a Brookwall Drive department store reported June 2 three suspected shoplifters left the store in a green SUV with a temporary license plate. The three attempted to return merchandise, believed to have been stolen from another store. Police stopped the vehicle and identified the shoplifters. The store manager asked that they be advised they are banned from all stores in the chain indefinitely.

A Lawnshire Drive man reported June 2 his child’s green Mongoose BMX bike was stolen from the front yard of his residence. He said a youth was at his house that morning, asking if he needed any yard work done. When he returned to the front yard, he noticed the bike missing. Police are investigating.

At 1 a.m. June 2, police responded to reports that a driver was going north in the southbound lanes of state Route 21. Officers stopped the driver, who said she drank five beers before driving. She failed a field sobriety test and her BAC tested .154. She was arrested for DUI and released with a court summons.

Police were dispatched to a Copley Road business June 4 for a report of a stolen dog. An investigation determined the dog had been running loose in the middle of Copley Road, and a woman who feared for the animal’s safety stopped and took it home with her. Police returned the dog to the owner and advised him to license the dog.

FAIRLAWN: On June 1, police arrested an Akron woman for felony theft and took her to the Summit County Jail. The woman was charged with theft from mall stores on three occasions. On May 31, she reportedly stole designer sunglasses from a mall vision care store during two trips into the store. Witnesses told mall security agents she left in a blue Toyota, and they provided a license number that police traced. She is also charged with theft on two occasions June 1, when she went back to the vision store, according to video surveillance footage, concealed three pairs of designer frames and left without paying for them. Later that day, she reportedly concealed items worth $303 and left a children’s clothing store. A manager alerted police, who responded and recognized her from video footage at the vision store. She was identified by the victims and police arrested her.

An Akron woman was arrested for theft and banned from a mall department store June 1 after she was reportedly caught shoplifting merchandise worth $254.

Police investigated the theft of a license plate from a vehicle parked outside a West Market Street shopping club store June 1.

Officers picked up a Fairlawn man arrested by Akron police on a Fairlawn warrant June 4. He was taken to Akron Municipal Court.

At the request of the Medina County Sheriff’s Office, police went to a Chamberlain Road residence June 4 and arrested a woman on a warrant. She was taken to the Summit County Jail.

Security agents at a mall department store reported June 5 a man took clothing into a fitting room and emerged without the items, which he concealed in his clothing. He was arrested for theft of items worth $206 as he left the store. The Akron man was released with a court summons and banned from the store for three years.

Security agents at a Montrose discount store reported a man was attempting to leave the store June 5 without paying for a vacuum cleaner. The Medina man was charged with theft and released to Summit County sheriff’s deputies on a felony warrant.

An employee of a West Market Street salon arrived at work at 5:30 a.m. June 6 to find two computers had been damaged beyond repair. There was no sign of forced entry and nothing was reported missing from the business. The owner told police he had a physical altercation with his ex-wife the previous night at an Akron location, and she allegedly threatened to damage his business. He said she has a key to the business. Police contacted the woman, who took no responsibility for the damage and referred them to her attorney. The victim asked that she be told he would not pursue charges provided she caused no more damage to the business. Police conveyed the message to the woman’s attorney.

A Gresham Drive man who owns rental property on Kendale Road reported June 6 he received harassing text messages from a former tenant who had been evicted from the residence by sheriff’s deputies and removed from the property by Akron police. Officers contacted her and left a phone message asking she contact them.

Employees of a West Market Street bank called police June 6 after a man at the bank attempted to cash a check that had been flagged as forged. Officers responded and found the East Cleveland man in possession of the forged check. He was arrested for forgery and taken to the Summit County Jail.

NORTON: On May 31, a Barberton woman was arrested for shoplifting an $8 item from a Greenwich Road store. She was released with a court summons.

Police stopped a driver for a traffic violation on Interstate 76 June 2 and arrested a passenger for having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle. The Cleveland man was additionally charged with possession of marijuana found in his pocket during his arrest.

An Akron man reported June 2 he was assaulted by two unknown males while he used the men’s room at a 31st Street bar.

A Norton High School graduate reported June 3 that cards containing money were stolen from her graduation party on Pinwood Drive. Money was taken from her mother’s purse at the same time.

A Copley woman in a vehicle flagged down police in a Greenwich Road parking lot June 3 to report her estranged husband reached into the vehicle and strangled her. She also made reports to the Copley Police Department regarding verbal threats made by the Rittman man.

Police patrolling Collier Road June 4 stopped a driver for lane violations and arrested him and a passenger for trafficking in marijuana after they noticed an odor of marijuana in the vehicle and searched it. Officers confiscated 42 grams of marijuana, digital scales, plastic containers and a total of $1,200 cash from the vehicle and the two men. The Akron men were taken to the Summit County Jail.

On June 4, police investigated a report of a suspicious vehicle in the roadway on Kay Boulevard. The driver said he was talking with his girlfriend and he denied contraband was in the vehicle. After a K-9 officer alerted police to the presence of drugs, he admitted there was a bag of marijuana in the console. He was charged with possession of marijuana and released with a court summons.

Following an investigation of a vehicle crash that damaged property at a Barber Road sports complex June 5, police issued a bulletin to area police agencies to be on the lookout for a silver BMW with heavy front-end damage. Officers were seeking the vehicle driver, who left the scene of the crash.

The owner of a Norton Avenue railroad construction business reported June 5 that someone has been accessing a storage area on the business’ property and has stolen 800 metal plates worth $8,000 used in railroad construction. Also stolen was a ton of scrap rail sections totaling $350. Police determined the people responsible entered by removing a gate at the south end of the business just across the Barberton border and driving trucks along a trail to the storage area. Barberton police were alerted to the situation, and the investigation continues.

Around 8:45 a.m. June 5, police investigated a report of a suspicious person outside a Greenwich Road restaurant and arrested an Akron man on a warrant. He was released to Summit County sheriff’s deputies.

An Easton Road woman reported June 5 a car outside her residence was egged and scratched the previous night, causing extensive damage.

A Haynes Street man reported June 5 a chainsaw was stolen from an unlocked shed on his property the previous night.

RICHFIELD: A Burrwood Drive woman reported May 19 she got into her car and noticed her glasses and 40 CDs were missing from her vehicle. She said the vehicle was unsecured and the windows were open. An officer patrolling the area, due to recent vehicle break-ins, noted the previous night that the windows of her vehicle were open.

Police responded to a call May 22 from a Brecksville Road business owner who requested officers be present when he terminated employment of a worker who had been written up for making threats. The employee gathered his tools and left without incident.

On May 24, officers responded to a dispute between neighbors at a Brecksville Road motel. A woman said she was drinking in a man’s room and he pulled her hair. The male said the female started the altercation when she punched him in the nose. Both parties were intoxicated and neither wanted to pursue charges. They were advised to stay in their own rooms for the rest of the night.

The manager of a Brecksville Road restaurant reported May 26 a Richfield man drove through the parking lot several times. When the manager went outside to advise him he was not welcome on the property, he was gone. The driver returned at 4 a.m. and again drove around the parking lot. The manager contacted him several hours later and advised him he is banned from the property. He was gone when police arrived.

A woman went to the police station May 29 to report she sent a photo of her son to the infant’s father and the Akron man threatened the lives of the mother and baby. Police are investigating.

Police investigated a report of two junk vehicles at a Southern Road residence May 29. Officers located the vehicles, which were unlicensed and had not been moved for a long time. Police spoke with zoning officials, who said the property owner had been advised he had 21 days to resolve other zoning issues and move or license the vehicles. The homeowner was told to contact police when the violations are resolved.

A Richfield woman reported May 30 her former boyfriend continues to contact her, despite a protection order issued in March prohibiting contact with her. She said she received a text message and continues to receive invitations via social media.

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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