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West Side Neighborhood Watch

6/20/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 300 block of Silver Street June 11; the 1100 block of Crestview Avenue June 12; the 600 block of Garnette Road June 12; the 800 block of Stoner Street June 12; the 1300 block of Hardesty Boulevard June 13; the 100 block of North Valley Street June 13; and the 1000 block of Juneau Avenue June 14.

Officers were dispatched to the 900 block of Peerless Avenue June 11 regarding a group of juveniles gambling on a front porch, resulting in charges for carrying a concealed weapon against a 14-year-old Bellevue Avenue boy. Officers found the firearm in a bin the boy was carrying, and the boy admitted the weapon, a .32-caliber pistol, was his, according to officers.

Following a traffic accident in the 1000 block of Winton Avenue June 11, officers charged a 31-year-old Susan Court woman with failure to control, driving under suspension and operating a vehicle while impaired. Her BAC was .208, according to the police report.

A 22-year-old Ravenna man was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments and operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs following a traffic crash in the 600 block of Copley Road June 13. The man left the scene and was stopped by officers at East Avenue and Diagonal Road. He admitted to using heroin just prior to driving and had three needles in his vehicle at the time of the arrest, according to officers.

A 50-year-old Goodyear Heights man was charged with burglary June 13 after calling the police to report his girlfriend, a Hardesty Boulevard woman, was having an episode. He said they lived together, while the woman told officers he came over uninvited and she refused to let him in, according to the police report.

Officers responded to the 1000 block of Juneau Avenue June 14, when a woman reported that she was in her residence and heard knocking on the door and saw through a peephole a male kicking the door. She locked herself in a bedroom while the male and others entered the home after kicking in the door, according to the police report. Three TVs were missing when officers arrived, according to the report. While canvassing the area, officers found all three TVs in a basement on the same block and arrested two people, a 17-year-old Raymond Street boy and a 16-year-old Thurston Street boy, who were identified by the woman who reported the crime. A third juvenile boy with them was questioned but let go, according to officers.

A Stow man suffered a brain bleed after an altercation in the 1200 block of Weathervane Lane June 15. Another victim, a Stow woman, had an injury to her leg after attempting to stop a moving vehicle, according to the police report. The man allegedly was punched and knocked to the ground by another man in his mid-20s, while the woman attempted to intervene by preventing the aggressor and a woman with him from leaving the scene. The male victim was highly intoxicated and refused treatment initially, according to officers.

The same day, officers were called to the 400 block of Beechwood Drive to respond to a report of a woman who had been stabbed. The victim stated she had been in a fight with her ex-boyfriend, a 20-year-old Noah Avenue man, in the middle of the road in the 200 block of Norma Avenue. While they were fighting, he punched her in the face several times and cut her upper lip, according to the police report. After the fight, the ex-boyfriend’s sister, a 22-year-old Noah Avenue woman, pulled out a knife and began to swing at the victim, causing a 2-inch wide cut on her arm, according to the police report. The Noah Avenue woman was transported to the police station and charged with felonious assault, as well as misrepresenting identity and disorderly conduct. A warrant for assault was signed on the ex-boyfriend.

BATH: Police responded to a burglary alarm at a North Cleveland-Massillon Road pharmacy at 6:47 p.m. June 6, and spoke to two employees who said they had been robbed. The victims said two males entered the business, flashed weapons and stole money and narcotics, then fled. Detectives are investigating.

Officers patrolling Interstate 77 June 6 investigated a suspicious vehicle in a rest area and arrested the vehicle owner on a warrant for possession of drugs. She was released to the Akron Police Department.

Officers were called to a disturbance at a San Moritz Drive residence June 6, when a man reportedly made suspicious statements to a family member. Police arrived and secured a weapon the subject’s wife had been holding until they arrived. Following a conversation with the man’s physician, police had him transported to a hospital for evaluation.

Also on June 6, police were called to a Shaw Road location where they shot and killed an animal after determining it was sick and suffering.

An employee of a Springside Drive business reported June 7 she has been receiving calls at home and at her place of business from a man who claims she owes him money and states that the police have warrants for her arrest, and she will be arrested if she fails to pay him. She was advised that the calls are part of a scam and she should contact her phone provider and have the caller blocked.

Police are seeking the person who spray-painted graffiti on a Shade Road bridge June 8.

A driver stopped for running a red light at the corner of Medina Road and Springside Drive June 8 was arrested for driving under suspension and released with a court summons.

An Ira Road man reported his cell phone was stolen from his residence during a party June 8. When he attempted to use an application on his iPad to find the stolen iPhone, he found that the iPad, which he had been using to play music, also had been stolen.

COPLEY: Police investigated a report of a dog bite at a location on Regalstone Drive June 5, when a woman reported her son and his friends cut across their neighbor’s property on the way to her house, and one of the boys was bitten by a dog. The dog owner told police the dogs were well within the electric fence surrounding his property, and they were wearing their collars. He said the neighbor’s son had been warned not to be on his property. The dog’s vaccinations were current.

A catalytic converter was stolen from a vehicle parked in the lot of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road daycare center the night of June 5.

Police are seeking the person who broke a lock off a trailer parked on a lot on Aberth Drive June 6 and stole numerous tools.

A Wright Road man reported June 6 a woman’s vehicle has been on his property since last August, despite the woman being told to move it. The complainant signed an abandoned auto form, and the vehicle was towed to an impound lot. A representative of a financial institution said the company had been seeking the vehicle, and he recovered it from the impound lot.

Following a traffic stop on Medina Road June 7, police arrested a woman for driving under suspension and notified Akron police, who had warrants for her arrest.

A Westmont Boulevard woman reported June 7 she heard a male’s voice in her kitchen and she learned her mother allowed a man to enter the residence to have a glass of water. The male told her mother he used to come to the property with his father to cut the grass. He said he sold antiques and there were a lot of items in their home that interested him. He left the residence, got into an SUV with two other males and left. The victim said she has had the same landscaper for years, and the man never came to the property with his father.

Officers patrolling Wright Road observed a small fire in a large pile of wood and debris June 8 and saw a woman sitting beside the fire. Police advised her of laws concerning open burning, and the fire department extinguished the fire.

A Linda Lane woman reported June 8 her ex-boyfriend refused to stop contacting her and her friends and family. Police contacted officers in the Texas man’s home community, and they went to his home to talk to him. Copley police told him if he continues to contact the victim, her friends or her family members, he would be charged.

Also on that day, police responded to a call from a cab driver who said he drove four females to a residence on Plainview Drive and they paid him more than the fare, but one of the women vomited in the cab, and they did not pay enough to cover the $50 cleaning charge. After the cab driver left, the woman told police she would call the cab company to arrange restitution.

A Conestoga Trail woman reported June 8 her estranged husband continues to call, text and email her, despite being told not to contact her.

FAIRLAWN: An Akron woman reported she was shopping with her children in a West Market Street store June 8 when the father of the children pursued her and asked to speak to them. When she denied the request, he spoke to someone on his cell phone and told the person he was going to harm her. She requested documentation of the incident.

On June 10, employees of a mall children’s clothing store reported a woman took merchandise from the store without paying for it. Mall security agents followed the woman, who went to a department store restroom and emerged without the items. Police located her in the department store, and she refused their orders to stop walking. Officers apprehended her, and employees from the other store found the stolen items, worth $111, in the department store restroom trashcan. The Barberton woman was arrested for theft, released with a court summons and banned from the mall for five years.

Police patrolling West Market Street June 10 spotted a vehicle that fit the description of a car being sought by Montville police in connection with a series of thefts from hardware stores. Officers stopped the vehicle and detained one male and two females until Montville police arrived. While searching a Massillon female for weapons, police found four hypodermic syringes, a crack pipe and other drug abuse instruments. She admitted she was addicted to heroin and crack cocaine, and Fairlawn officers charged her with possession of drug abuse instruments and released her to the Montville Police Department, which took custody of all three people, searched the vehicle and found stolen merchandise. The vehicle was towed.

Employees of a mall store reported June 13 a man stole a $30 baseball cap from the store. Mall security agents stopped him at a mall bus stop and police charged him with theft and released him with a court summons. The cap was returned to the store, and the Akron man was banned from the mall for two years.

NORTON: A Barberton man stopped for traveling 62 mph in a 35-mph zone of Johnson Road June 8 was arrested for drug abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia after police found marijuana, a grinder and two drug pipes in the vehicle. He was also charged with possession of an open container of alcohol in a vehicle.

The assistant manager of an electronics store on Greenwich Road reported June 9 three suspicious males were in the store, and after they left, he noticed someone attempted to break into a cell phone cage in a back storage room by cutting off a lock and breaking a latch. An inventory determined no items had been stolen.

A Wadsworth Road man was arrested for reckless operation of a vehicle on private property June 10 and advised to stay off his neighbor’s property after he admitted riding on the property in a truck, causing turf damage.

On June 11, an Oak Crest Drive woman reported someone removed a DVD player from her unlocked vehicle parked in her driveway the previous night.

An Akron man was charged with theft of 17 food items, sunglasses and four air fresheners from a Wadsworth Road gas station June 12. The items were returned to the victim, and the man was released with a court summons.

Police responded to a disturbance at a Pleasant Drive residence June 12 after a man outside the residence began yelling. He refused to follow police orders or cooperate with officers, and he was taken to the ground. He continued to be combative and was placed in restraints. When his behavior continued in a holding cell, he was transported to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.

PENINSULA: On April 3, an officer investigated a report of a stolen flat-bed utility golf cart at a business on Akron-Peninsula Road. A man at the business told the officer the golf cart had been used on March 17 to transport medical equipment across the street and had not been used since then. The golf cart is valued at $3,000 to $4,000.

On April 8, two officers responded to Interstate 271 south, just north of state Route 303, regarding a vehicle off the roadway and a female lying on the ground. The woman was found lying on her back while texting on her phone. An officer asked the woman what was wrong and she said that she and a friend were waiting for someone to fix a flat tire. Reportedly, she said she was laying on the ground to “work on her tan.” The officer advised the females that it wasn’t safe to lie along the side of the highway and asked them to wait inside the car. No further police action was taken.

An officer was dispatched to Riverview Road April 8 for a reported identity theft. The reporting party stated he had received a letter regarding an outstanding debt in the form of a student loan. The letter was addressed to him using his mother’s address. The man, who said he did not take out the loan and wrote a statement to the same effect, has reportedly retained a lawyer to fight the claim of a nearly $16,000 loan obligation.

On April 10, officers met a man at his storage unit on Akron-Cleveland Road. The man informed officers he tried to open up his storage unit, but he discovered that his key did not work on the lock. The man then noticed the lock was not the one he had put on the unit. The officers told the man they did not have the means to remove the lock, but offered several options for doing so. The man was told that once the lock was removed, he should contact the police department if any items were found to be missing.

On April 12, a man reported his friend had lost a bag containing his wallet and six harmonicas. The officer called the victim, who said he had been performing at the Township Hall, but when he got home he noticed he had left the bag at the hall. Upon his return to the hall, he discovered the door to be unlocked, but no one was there and the bag was gone. The officer also searched the hall but could not locate the bag. The officer told the victim to cancel all of his credit cards.

Two members of the Peninsula Road Department called the police station to report they had found a laptop bag containing a checkbook and numerous personal papers. The owner of the bag was contacted, and he drove to the station to pick up his property. The man said the bag previously had contained a laptop computer and an iPad, both of which were now missing. The man said the bag had been stolen from his car at Lock 29, but he did not file a report after discovering it was missing.

A woman went to the Peninsula police station April 22 to report an assault on her 10-year-old son. The woman said a substitute teacher struck her son on the head during a class April 19 at approximately 1 p.m. An investigation is pending.

On April 22, an officer received a radio assignment in reference to a theft at a business on Akron-Cleveland Road. A man told the officer a spare tire had been stolen off of his recreational vehicle sometime since February.

An officer was assigned to Keenan Road April 25 in reference to the vandalism of a vehicle. The officer met with a man who said obscenities had been carved into his truck sometime between the afternoon of April 24 and 3:31 p.m. April 25. The man reported he had no idea who would have done it.

An officer assisted the Valley Fire District April 27 in reference to a possible electrical fire in the wall of a residence on Kendall Park Road. Upon arrival, the officer evacuated three adult females, three infants and two dogs from the residence. The officer also helped another officer in directing traffic and assisted as necessary.

On April 30, an officer was dispatched to a local school to take a theft report. The suspect was a juvenile, and the victims were various teachers and students. The responding officer attempted to call the suspect’s mother, but there was no answer, so the officer left a detailed message on her machine.

RICHFIELD: On May 17, after receiving results of a toxicology test that determined the operator of a motorcycle who was involved in an accident on Streetsboro Road May 6 was intoxicated at the time of the crash, police charged the driver with vehicular assault. The victim is a female passenger who was riding with him when his motorcycle, which was traveling more than 67 mph in a 45-mph zone, crashed into the back of an SUV. Both the driver and passenger were critically injured and transported to separate hospitals.

Police patrolling Broadview Road May 31 observed a driver swerving off the road and crossing lane lines while traveling 30 mph in a 55-mph zone and stopped him as he drove into a grocery store parking lot. He exhibited signs of intoxication and admitted he drank several beers before driving. He failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for DUI and released on bond. His BAC tested .127.

Officers provided traffic control June 2 while firefighters extinguished a fire of a vehicle along Interstate 77 until the vehicle was towed and the scene was cleared.

At 1:40 a.m. June 3, police were called to a fight in the lobby of a Brecksville Road motel. Officers arrived to find two males, whose shirts were torn, standing outside the motel. A motel guest told police he took a cab from a Cleveland casino and told the driver he thought the $48 fare was too high, but he paid it. When he exited the cab, he took the cab certificate of fares with him, and the cab driver told him he could not take it and exited the cab. The guest gave the certificate back to the driver, and the two males began yelling at each other. The guest went into the motel, and the driver followed him. A minor scuffle ensued. Both males declined prosecution. The desk clerk said she thought she heard someone say there was a gun. The guest went to his room, and the driver left in his cab after police checked for weapons and found none.

A woman went to the police station June 3 and surrendered on a warrant from Akron Municipal Court. She was given a new court date and released.

A Richfield woman reported June 5 she received a call from a male who claimed to be her grandson. When she said he was not her grandson, he hung up the phone. She called her grandson and verified the call was not from him. Officers agreed to provide additional patrol around her residence.

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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