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West Side Neighborhood Watch

7/4/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 300 block of Madison Avenue between June 7 and June 24; the 300 block of Talbot Avenue between June 22 and 28; the 1500 block of Fairfax Road between June 22 and June 24; the 1000 block of Andrew Street June 24; the 600 block of Copley Road between June 27 and June 29; the 100 block of Eastgay Drive June 28; and the 1100 block of Rentar Lane June 30.

On June 25, a Stoner Street man was charged with breaking and entering after he allegedly admitted to taking copper pipes from a fenced area belonging to a tire company.

A Cleveland man was charged with intimidation, retaliation and telephone harassment June 26 after allegedly making 49 phone calls to an Akron Municipal Court judge, threatening to kill her.

Also on that day, police questioned a Palisades Avenue man observed sitting in a vehicle parked on Vernon Odom Boulevard. The man was charged with possession of heroin after police saw him with a metal tin containing heroin and a passenger was seen holding the cap for a hypodermic needle.

Also on Vernon Odom Boulevard that day, a Botnick Plaza woman was charged with possession of cocaine after police stopped to question her about possible drug activity and saw her take a small container with a white powdery residue from her purse. They found cocaine inside the container and also some wrapped in a dollar bill.

On June 27, a Dover Avenue woman reported her driver’s side tires were flattened, the car was scratched and interior seats were cut overnight.

The next day, police responded to a call about a fight in the 1400 block of Seward Avenue and found two adults arguing about drugs in the middle of the street. A Sara Avenue woman was charged with possession of marijuana and drugs and two counts of disorderly conduct for fighting and being intoxicated, and a Douglas Street man was charged with possession of oxycodone.

On June 29, an Akron man was stopped in the Highland Square area for having the volume in a car stereo up too loud. He reportedly swore at police and failed to turn down the radio, and he was given a court summons for loud music and released.

During a traffic stop June 29, a Barbara Avenue man was found to be driving without a license. He was charged with possession of marijuana, which was found in the vehicle console, and he was transported to the Summit County jail for a warrant out of Georgia.

While driving down West Exchange Street at Delia Avenue June 29, an Akron couple reported two boys threw an object at their car, creating a quarter size dent on the right rear door. Police interviewed the two boys, ages 12 and 14, of Akron, and each said the other threw a chicken bone at the car. Police were unable to determine who did it.

A Work Drive man reported June 29 that someone broke a pane of glass in a front bedroom window, and he told police he believes it might be neighborhood children, as he has had problems with them in the past.

A Stadelman Avenue woman reported a 27-year-old pregnant woman staying with her walked out, and soon after she heard a scream. She told police she has not been able to reach her by phone and she is worried about her. Police made several calls to her that went unanswered.

Police were called to a Bloomfield Avenue home June 30 regarding a missing 15-year-old girl. The girl’s grandmother reported the girl was being very loud, and when she asked her to be quiet, she got “mouthy” and then ran out. She said this is the fourth time this has happened, and she does not want her back at home, but in a safe place.

On July 1, a White Pond Drive man was charged with aggravated burglary and robbery after he allegedly forced his way into the victim’s apartment, striking the victim with the door. Once inside, he allegedly stole money and prescription medication. He was stopped by officers several hours later and reportedly had the victim’s pill bottle in his hand.

After being stopped for a traffic violation on South Hawkins Avenue July 1, a Reed Avenue man was charged with possession of heroin when police found the substance in his possession.

BATH: Police and EMS responded to a medical emergency at a Banning Road residence June 23 and found the door was locked and the resident was unable to get to it to open it. Police forced the back door open, and EMS transported the resident to a local hospital for treatment.

Also June 23, employees of a North Cleveland-Massillon Road home improvement store reported a male and female purchased tools worth $650 with 13 counterfeit $50 bills. Police confiscated the bills and sent them to the U.S. Secret Service. Officers were reviewing video surveillance footage at the store.

The manager of an Embassy Parkway business reported June 24 that someone made numerous unauthorized withdrawals totaling $6,020 from the business checking account through transactions with an online merchant account. Not all transactions were successful, but the person received some currency, which he used at an online gaming site. Police are investigating.

A Winterbury Drive man reported June 24 that someone painted out the ‘S’ on the North Shore sign. He said this is an ongoing problem.

Police were investigating the possibility that a crime was committed by a landscaper after a Glengary Road woman reported June 24 she made an agreement with the landscaper that he would take her Husqvarna lawn tractor in exchange for money or landscaping services. She said he took the tractor before he signed a written agreement with her, and he provided services at her home on only one occasion after that. Charges are pending completion of the investigation.

Akron police arrested a man on a Bath warrant June 25. Police retrieved the suspect, charged him and took him to Akron Municipal Court, where he was given a new court date.

COPLEY: A Westbourne Boulevard man reported June 11 someone dumped a mattress, a load of trash and mailboxes belonging to two neighbors in the bed of his truck.

Also on that day, a Plainview Drive woman reported a juvenile neighbor broke into her residence, and he was in her granddaughter’s room. He told police the girl invited him into the house, and she confirmed that she had, but police found evidence that he had climbed in her bedroom window. He was charged with criminal trespassing, referred to the juvenile division and told to stay off the victim’s property.

Police were called to a disturbance at a Copley Road apartment complex June 11, when a resident reported a man smashed a window to enter his apartment and assaulted him. Police found the suspect in a vehicle nearby, and he said the resident would not let him leave, so he jumped through the window. Officers found evidence to the contrary, but the victim declined prosecution, so the suspect was released. Police notified the apartment manager regarding the broken window. Police were called back to the apartment at 3:30 a.m. June 17, when the resident reported the same suspect was at his home and refused to leave. The two males were in the parking lot arguing loudly when police arrived and told them to quiet down. The resident complied, but the suspect continued yelling, creating a disturbance. He was arrested for disorderly conduct and advised he is banned from the apartment complex.

The manager of a Montrose auto sales business reported June 13 a vehicle was stolen from a fenced, locked area during the previous night. He said the keys to the vehicle also were missing. Shortly after that, Ohio State Highway Patrol officers investigated a crash involving the stolen vehicle, which had been observed speeding eastbound on Medina Road. Police were unable to locate the driver.

On June 13, police responded to a domestic disturbance at a South Cleveland-Massillon Road residence, where a woman reported her husband assaulted her during an argument. He was arrested for domestic violence and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A Raleigh Boulevard man called police at 3:30 a.m. June 14 when he saw a nude woman carrying a Tiki torch outside his residence. Police arrived and secured the female in a cruiser while two other females emerged from a house. The homeowner told police she came home from work early and found her boyfriend with two strange women. One of them ran outside, and she was locked out of the residence. She picked up a Tiki torch and used it to break a window of the residence and the victim’s car. Police entered the home and found the male in a room with a bag of marijuana in plain view. He admitted it was his, and he was charged with its possession. The homeowner declined charges of criminal damaging against the female, and the two females were taken to the police station to await a ride back to Youngstown.

A Southampton Court woman reported June 14 she was advised that someone in New York attempted to make two unauthorized withdrawals from her bank account.

On June 14, a Dogwood Terrace woman reported her ex-husband’s sister called her to say her ex-husband said he would kill her and her children and burn down their house. Police spoke to the sister-in-law, who said her brother is an alcoholic and uses drugs and he makes frequent threats. The victim has a protection order prohibiting him from contacting her. Police advised all parties to keep them advised of any more information involving the suspect.

Officers responded to a report that an occupied vehicle was sitting in the eastbound lane of Medina Road the night of June 16. Police found the driver was sleeping behind the wheel, the vehicle’s engine was running and it was in forward gear. The driver had his foot on the brake. Police reached in the window, placed the gearshift in park, opened the vehicle door and woke the driver. Due to rainy conditions, he was taken to the police station for field sobriety tests, which he failed. He was charged with DUI, and the vehicle was towed from the scene. His BAC tested .173.

A Collier Road woman reported June 16 the rear window of her husband’s car was broken. Police determined it had been broken by a stone inadvertently thrown by a neighbor’s lawnmower.

Police are seeking the person who damaged four vehicles in the parking lot of a Medina Road movie theater the night of June 17. One man called police when he returned to his vehicle at 11:30 p.m. and discovered the driver’s side had been scratched. Police found three other vehicles similarly damaged.

A Ridgepark Drive woman reported June 17 the father of her children called her place of business numerous times asking to see the children and called her names when she refused to take the calls.

A Copley Meadows Drive juvenile reported June 17 a male made numerous unwanted calls to her after she told him not to call. She asked police for assistance, and officers went to the youth’s home and spoke to him and his mother. The girl’s father declined prosecution, but officers told the male he could be charged if he called again.

FAIRLAWN: Employees of a West Market Street chiropractic office reported they arrived at work June 21 to find the office in disarray and money missing from a drawer.

Also on that day, following a corporate audit of a mall jewelry store, a loss prevention manager interviewed an employee regarding diamond earrings and a gold necklace missing from inventory. The person was wearing the items at the time of the interview, and she admitted taking them and 16 other jewelry items during the course of her employment since May. Police arrested the Chesterland woman for felony theft and took her to the Summit County Jail.

On June 23, an employee of a West Market Street business reported she looked out the window and saw a man emerge from her car, which had been left unlocked. Police determined the male, who fled when they arrived, stripped the vehicle’s steering column. The suspect was last seen running through yards on Kenridge and Riviera drives.

An Akron woman who allegedly concealed shorts in her purse and left a mall department store without paying for them June 24 was confronted outside the store. She reportedly threw the merchandise on the ground and fled. She was apprehended, charged with theft and released with a court summons.

An employee of a mall department store reported a shoplifter was fleeing from the mall June 24. The employee attempted to stop him and he struggled with her, knocked a phone to the floor and broke the screen. The Akron man was apprehended in the parking lot by police officers, who charged him with theft and criminal mischief. The employee recovered the merchandise from the parking lot.

Police arrested two women for theft of merchandise from a mall store June 25. An adult was released with a court summons, and a juvenile was released to her sister.

An Akron woman who loaded a shopping cart with merchandise June 26 and pushed it out of a West Market Street grocery store without paying for it was arrested for theft and released with a court summons after she reportedly stated she was ill and was evaluated by EMS.

Employees of a West Market Street discount department store reported June 26 an Akron woman concealed nine items in her purse and left without paying for them. She was charged with theft, and the items were returned to the store.

Police responded to a disturbance at a Chamberlain Road apartment June 26, when a woman reported she and her boyfriend were arguing in the hallway when her mother came out of the apartment and threw water on her boyfriend. Her mother and boyfriend began fighting, and her mother grabbed the male by the neck. He fled and returned when police arrived and found scratches on his neck. He declined prosecution, and the mother asked that he be banned from the apartment complex.

The afternoon of June 26, police responded to a call that a puppy was left in a hot car outside a Rosemont Road country club. Police found the dog panting and whining, and located the owner in the swimming pool. He said the dog had water, but police determined the dog was in a cage and the water was inaccessible to the animal, which was suffering from the heat.

On June 27, a Chamberlain Road woman reported 13 of her personal checks were stolen from her checkbook, forged and cashed for more than $1,000. 

NORTON: Police on Wadsworth Road June 22 stopped a driver for speeding and lane violations and arrested him for driving under suspension. He failed a field sobriety test and was additionally charged with DUI and receiving stolen property after police determined the vehicle had been reported stolen from Akron. The Akron man was taken to the Summit County Jail, and an Akron woman in the vehicle was charged with having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle and released with a court summons.

On June 22, police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Hametown Road park and determined a man and woman had a verbal argument. Both parties stated no physical contact had occurred.

The owner of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road drive-through beverage center reported an attempted robbery June 24, when he and an employee spotted two males whose images were recorded on video surveillance footage approaching the back of the business. One was wearing a Halloween mask. The owner and employee went to confront the men, who then fled. Police from Norton and Barberton canvassed the area but were unable to locate the suspects. Officers are reviewing the video footage.

A Hametown Road contractor reported June 25 that tools and equipment worth $12,181 were stolen from the business by someone who entered unlocked construction trailers and work vans in the parking lot of the business.

A Mount Vernon Boulevard man called police June 25 to report his son assaulted him and broke items in the house. Officers arrived to find the victim standing outside the residence while holding a kitchen knife. He dropped the knife when police told him to do so. He said he told his son to pack his things and move out following an argument, and his son refused, so he began to pack his things and he accidentally broke his son’s laptop computer. His son then reportedly took a kitchen knife and slashed a mattress, smashed a computer monitor, damaged two antique dressers and punched him in the chest. Police assessed the damage and spoke to the son, who denied being the primary aggressor. The son was arrested for domestic violence and held in the Barberton Jail.

A woman reported she accidentally left her purse and a recycling container at a Whipple Drive car wash June 27, and when she went back, they were gone.

Police patrolling South Cleveland-Massillon Road June 27 arrested a Barberton woman on a warrant and released her to the Akron Police Department.

Also on that day, officers responded to a report that two males parked their car outside an automotive business and went to fish at a Lake Dorothy dam on private property. The two told police they had always fished there, but they knew it was prohibited. They were arrested for criminal trespassing and told to stay off the property.

PENINSULA: A Peninsula police officer met with a woman at the police station May 2 to investigate a report of a stolen credit card. The woman said she had been notified by her bank on the previous day that someone had made purchases on her credit card. The purchases, which totaled more than $1,220, occurred in Allentown, Pa. The woman told the officer she closed the account and she also contacted the Allentown Police Department.

On May 2, an officer received a radio assignment to a business on Akron-Cleveland Road in reference to an irate customer. The officer met with the general manager of the business, who said a customer refused to pay the money he owed for repairs to a tractor. According to the general manager, the customer became irate after being told he could not take the tractor with him until he paid for the repairs. The customer agreed to pay the bill and left the premises. No further police action was taken.

An officer was sent to an Akron-Cleveland Road location May 3 in reference to a report of loose goats. Upon arrival, the officer noticed the goats behind the building. The officer advised the owner to keep the goats behind the building.

On May 7, an officer discovered the right-hand glass front door of a business on Akron-Cleveland Road had been smashed. A preliminary search of the premises showed no other signs of disturbance. Neither the officer nor police dispatch were able to contact the emergency party for the business. Three hours later, the business owner’s son called the station, and the officer responded to the location to check the interior of the building and obtain additional information. An investigation is pending.

A Peninsula officer returned a phone call from an officer of the Norwich Police Department in Connecticut May 10 in reference to an alleged Internet shipping and receiving theft ring. After the officer provided contact information for a Boston Township resident to the Norwich officer, two Peninsula officers conducted a follow-up investigation of the resident.

On May 13, two Peninsula officers responded to a mobile home on Keenan Road to assist Valley Fire District personnel with an EMS call. In an ensuing investigation, the officers discovered the resident was in possession of two syringes that the man allegedly had used to inject himself with heroin. The man, who had prior drug abuse convictions, was given a court summons for drug abuse paraphernalia possession.

An officer received a radio assignment to a location on Akron-Peninsula Road May 15 in reference to a reported theft from an automobile. Upon arrival, the officer was told by a woman that while her car was parked between 5:10 and 7:18 p.m., someone smashed the passenger-side window of her car and stole her purse.

On May 15, an officer on general patrol was flagged down by a Whaley Road resident regarding a dead cat. The man, who showed the officer a dead cat lying in the gravel on the south side of the cul-de-sac, said he believed his neighbor shot the cat and placed it on the side of the road. The man asked for the animal to be removed, and the officer advised him he would pass along the information to the Boston Township Road Department.

Two officers were sent to Keenan Road May 16 in reference to a physical fight between neighbors. Upon arrival, the officers spoke with a man who said his neighbor had struck him in the face several times and also bruised his elbow. A woman who lived at the location where the fight occurred said the two men damaged her minivan during the altercation. All parties refused to sign charges and agreed to stay in their respective homes for the remainder of the night.

A man went to the Peninsula station May 26 to report some items had been taken from a model train tent during the previous night. The tent was located on the east side of Riverview Road alongside Boston Mills Road. There was overnight security for the tent, but no one heard or saw anything suspicious.

On May 30, a police officer was sent to West Barlow Road regarding a horse trailer on fire. When the officer arrived, the fire already had been extinguished, so he assisted the fire department as needed.

RICHFIELD: No reports were available at presstime. Reports from last week and this week will appear in next week’s edition.

The Akron police reports were compiled by Maria Lindsay, 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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