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West Side Neighborhood Watch

7/11/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported in the following locations: the 200 block of South Rhodes Avenue June 30; the 800 block of Snowfall Spur July 3; the 1500 block of Delia Avenue July 6; the 900 block of Dover Avenue July 6; the 300 block of Noble Avenue July 6; the 1800 block of Amber Hills Drive July 7; and the 1000 block of Bloomfield Avenue July 7.

Officers were given consent to search the car of a 53-year-old East Akron man sitting in his vehicle in the parking lot of a car wash in the 1500 block of Frederick Boulevard July 3, according to the police report. They located oxycodone pills under the driver’s seat, and the man was charged with its possession, according to officers.

An employee of a business on the 800 block of West Market Street, a 23-year-old East Akron woman, was charged with theft July 3 after an internal investigation by a loss prevention officer and store manager revealed the activity. The woman allegedly admitted to thefts totaling approximately $15,000 over a six-month period.

Two 19-year-old women walking to their cars in a parking lot in the 1200 block of Weathervane Lane were attacked July 4 around 2 a.m. The victims reported they were punched and kicked and one of the women’s purses was stolen. A man who witnessed the scene reportedly chased the attacker, caught him in a wooded area two blocks away and called police. Responding officers arrested a 28-year-old Westgay Drive man after the victims positively identified him. The man was charged with robbery and two counts of assault and booked into the Summit County Jail.

A 24-year-old Fernwood Drive man was arrested on a warrant for robbery and taken to the Summit County Jail July 4. The robbery occurred April 26 in the 100 block of Safer Plaza in Ellet. The man allegedly approached a woman and asked to borrow her car. When she refused, he allegedly grabbed the victim by her purse and dragged her through the parking lot before fleeing with her purse.

On July 7, officers responded to reports of shots fired in the 400 block of West Market Street. A Deering Drive woman’s vehicle was struck several times, according to the woman’s report. Officers were dispatched to the area but were unable to locate the victim, and no suspects were known.

The same day, a 61-year-old Merriman Road man was charged with discharging firearms, using weapons while intoxicated and having weapons while under disability. Officers responded to citizens’ reports of a naked man in a backyard firing a rifle into the air. Once officers arrived, they reportedly could hear the man inside his home talking to himself, and they directed him to come outside without weapons. The man left the house, still naked, and officers handcuffed him without incident. The man was transported to a hospital for evaluation. Officers noted the man had been charged with aggravated burglary in 1981 and aggravated drug trafficking in 1999.

Officers stopped a driver for a traffic violation at Hoye and Garth avenues July 7, resulting in charges against a 27-year-old Cuyahoga Street man for possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Officers reported they found cocaine, digital scales and plastic baggies inside of a book bag in the car. The man was driving on a suspended driver’s license, officers noted.

A 33-year-old Roslyn Street man was charged with aggravated burglary and domestic violence July 8. On Feb. 20, the man allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend’s house in the 800 block of Stoner Street. Once inside, he allegedly made another man leave the house and struck the ex-girlfriend in the face in front of their children.

A 46-year-old Oakdale Avenue man was charged with menacing July 8 after an altercation over juice boxes, according to the police report. The man followed his ex-girlfriend to a store on the 400 block of West Market Street where she was to purchase the juice he wanted, and he started shoving her and making threats, according to the victim’s statement. While he was with officers, he reportedly told the victim, who was standing nearby, “You’re dead!”

The same day, a 77-year-old Letchworth Drive man was charged with cruelty to animals. The man’s dog was left in his vehicle for more than 20 minutes, parked in the 800 block of West Market Street, with all of the windows up and temperatures outside above 80 degrees F, according to the reporting officer.

Also July 8, an employee of a property management company reported a residence in the 1300 block of Seward Avenue had been entered, with $1,000 in damage done. The front door had been kicked in, the frame damaged and multiple windows had been broken. Also, eggs had been thrown all over the floor, and graffiti was on the upstairs walls, including a comment about how the house “sucked.” According to the employee, the last tenant had been evicted, and it did not end well.

BATH: A woman reported she was in the vestibule exiting a Montrose bookstore June 25 when two men stole her wallet. One male blocked the outer door while the other removed her wallet from her purse. Employees provided a detailed description of the two men and police reviewed video footage of the store. They also issued an alert to police in other communities in an attempt to locate them.

Police are seeking a young white male who was driving a silver Volvo bearing a partial license plate number of FFN4 June 27. The male was allegedly tailgating a woman’s vehicle as they drove north on Interstate 77. The woman said the man’s vehicle swerved between lanes and came up aggressively behind her before moving into the lane to her right, and then the driver reached out his window and used his fist to smash her outside mirror. She said she exited on Ghent Road and as she sat in the left lane at a red light on the ramp to Ghent Road, the suspect’s vehicle appeared in the right lane, he exited his vehicle and approached the driver’s side of her car. He reached into a slight opening in her side window with his fingers and broke out the entire window, spewing glass over her. He then drove off and turned on Shaw Road Extension. Anyone with information is asked to call 330-666-3736.

An employee of a Medina Road specialty store reported June 27 a woman entered the store while she was with other customers. When the woman left, she was carrying a purple bag she did not have when she entered. Employees confirmed she stole the bag from the store, and they provided police with a description of the suspect, her vehicle and its license number.

A man went to the police station June 27 to report he received a call from a bill collector who was seeking to recover payment for electric service to a Florida residence from 2006 through 2007. The victim said he never lived at the address, but someone used his personal information to open the account. He was given an identity theft packet and advised to monitor his credit reports and notify police of any other unauthorized accounts.

A Hametown Road woman reported June 28 she has been receiving harassing phone calls and text messages from two unfamiliar phone numbers. Police agreed to assist her in attempting to contact the callers, and officers advised her to call her cell provider and have the calls blocked.

Police patrolling North Cleveland-Massillon Road June 29 stopped a driver for lane violations. He exhibited signs of intoxication, failed a field sobriety test, was charged with DUI and released with a summons. His BAC tested .273.

An employee of a Medina Road gas station reported at 3:16 a.m. June 30 that a highly intoxicated man fueled his vehicle, staggered into the store and paid for the fuel and drove off with the nozzle of the gas hose still in his vehicle’s gas tank, ripping the hose from the pump. As he entered Medina Road, he stopped and exited his vehicle, threw the hose on the ground and drove off. Police stopped him on Crystal Lake Road at 3:21 a.m. He failed a field sobriety test, was charged with DUI and released with a summons. Additional charges were pending a decision by the gas station owner.

COPLEY: A woman reported she was running on Paxton Road June 18 when a dog ran from a yard and bit her on the arm several times. She ran to a residence for help and EMS arrived and evaluated her injuries. She declined hospital transport and a family member came to the scene to take her to the hospital. Police contacted the dog owner, who said the dog escaped from a kennel in the backyard. She provided immunization information for the dog and police reported the incident to the county dog warden.

Police investigated an incident at a Ridgewood Road golf center June 19 when a manager reported someone entered a secured area, broke into a maintenance building and removed golf balls and clubs, then went to a cat walk and hit the balls into a field.

Loss prevention agents at a Montrose home improvement store reported June 19 a man concealed items and left the store without paying. He was arrested for theft, released with a summons and banned from the store.

Police were called to a White Pond Drive residence June 20 when a woman reported her sister-in-law was at the residence and refused to leave. Officers arrested the woman on three warrants, took her to the Barberton Jail and warned her to stay away from the residence or she would be charged with trespassing.

A Swan Lake Drive man reported a roofing contractor showed up at his residence June 24, told him several houses in the area had roof damage from hail and offered to check his roof for damage. He said the roof had been damaged by hail, and the resident contacted his insurance adjuster, who said the damage on the roof was not caused by hail and the contractor had intentionally damaged the roof. Police are investigating.

An employee of a Rothrock Road motel reported June 25 he found drug paraphernalia while cleaning one of the rooms. Police attempted to contact the male who rented the room and another man, whose name was found on a paper in the room.

The next day, police patrolling Jacoby Road observed the door of a sports club was ajar. The club manager responded to the business and determined a cooler had been pried open and several beers were missing.

Officers are seeking the person who kicked in the door of a landscaping business on Copley Road the night of June 26.

A Knox Boulevard woman reported June 27 her estranged husband and his girlfriend called her in violation of a protection order and threatened to assault her. She asked for documentation only.

The driver of a tractor-trailer attempted to make a left turn on Commerce Drive from South Cleveland-Massillon Road June 27 and knocked down fiber-optic lines, causing damage to several houses.

A woman staying at a Rothrock Road motel reported June 29 she allowed a friend to spend the night and when he left, she discovered her car keys and vehicle were gone. She sent him a text message and received a message from him saying he would return the vehicle, but he did not. Police signed a warrant for his arrest.

An employee of a Montrose West Avenue restaurant reported June 29 prescription medication was stolen when someone broke into his vehicle while he worked.

Officers responded to the parking lot of a Rothrock Road store June 30, when a woman reported her purse was stolen from her boyfriend’s vehicle while she was in the store.

On July 1, a man reported he parked outside a Ridgewood Crossing Drive restaurant and removed $50 from the glove compartment of his vehicle, leaving $400 in the glove box. While he was in the restaurant, someone broke into his vehicle and stole the remaining money.

Police received several frantic calls July 1 from a woman who said she was being held against her will by a man somewhere in the Hunt Club apartment complex. She was reluctant to speak because she feared he would hear her and know she called police. Officers from Copley, Bath and Fairlawn worked with her cell phone provider and canvassed three apartment complexes in the area, including Hunt Club and Highlands of Heritage Woods, for an hour before locating her at an apartment in Summit Rise. When they knocked on the door, she yelled, “I am here,” and ran to the door. She said she went to the apartment to see her boyfriend on her break from work and he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. He accused her of cheating on him and sat on her to keep her from leaving the bedroom. She said he threatened to choke her. The boyfriend was arrested for domestic violence, abduction and obstruction of official business, and taken to the Summit County Jail. The victim was released to family members who were at the scene.

A contractor reported July 1 someone broke into a garage at a construction site on Copley Road and stole electrical equipment. He said this is the second incident of theft at this site. Detectives are investigating.

A juvenile was arrested for communication harassment July 1 after he reportedly admitted calling a Copley Meadows Drive female whose father told him not to contact her again. He had also been advised by police not to call again after the victim made a report of harassing calls June 17. The case was referred to the police department’s juvenile division.

Police were called to a Montrose home improvement store July 3 by a store manager who observed two males drive in the parking lot in a Jeep with a temporary license. The males got out of the vehicle and went to three of the store’s advertising signs posted by the road, and snapped the signs in half and pulled them out of the ground. When the manager confronted them, one of the males told him he worked for a competing store in the area and the signs were bad for his business. After the males left in the vehicle, police located it in the parking lot of another Copley store and found the car owner working in the store. When police escorted him out of the store, the victim identified him. The second suspect was also an employee of the store, and both males were arrested for criminal damaging.

Also on that day, police were called to a White Pond Drive residence for an ongoing trespassing issue. A resident reported her sister-in-law was again at her residence after police warned her not to return. She was arrested on two counts of criminal trespassing and taken to the Barberton Jail.

FAIRLAWN: A Ridgewood Road woman reported June 20 a check was stolen from her checkbook, forged and cashed for $120. She said the check had her daughter’s cell phone number written on it when it was cashed, and it was made out to her daughter’s boyfriend. Police were investigating the incident and the victim said she wanted to prosecute.

An employee of a Kumho Drive business reported she left the business at 6:30 p.m. June 24 and returned the following day to find her computer had been used and shut down improperly, a lamp had been unplugged and office furniture had been moved or disturbed. She said nothing was missing from the office, but someone had been there. There was no sign of forced entry to the business, which locked automatically when she left.

An Akron woman was charged with theft and banned from a West Market Street discount store June 26 after security agents caught her shoplifting items. She was banned from the store and the merchandise was returned to the store.

Police responded to an alarm at an electric company’s substation on Brunsdorph Road June 27 and determined someone used bolt cutters to cut a portion of a chain link fence and enter the area. Company employees reported nothing was missing from the substation and nothing inside the secured area had been damaged.

NORTON: A Garret Drive man reported June 29 a concrete ornament was stolen from his yard and thrown into a ditch at a nearby intersection.

An antique copper pot and aluminum patio tables were stolen from outside a Medina Line Road residence June 29.

A Norton man who crossed the center line and nearly struck a police cruiser head-on was stopped on Greenwich Road June 30. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. His BAC tested .114.

The owner of rental property on Haynes Street reported June 30 his tenants moved out and he discovered a chain had been cut and his $1,100 lawnmower was missing. Police contacted the tenants, and they said the lawnmower was missing when they returned to the property June 29 to move the rest of their things.

A North Canton man pulled a vehicle into a South Cleveland-Massillon Road gas station July 1 and police noticed he exhibited signs of intoxication and the vehicle’s front tire was missing. He refused to take a field sobriety test, walked away from police and resisted when they arrested him for DUI. He was additionally charged with resisting arrest and refusal to take a BAC test after having a prior conviction for DUI.

On July 1, a Watkins Road man reported his live-in girlfriend removed a safe and its contents from his residence and took his vehicle without his permission. Barberton police stopped the female while she was driving the vehicle the following day, and she was arrested for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property.

A Newpark Drive man reported July 2 he received notice from the state of California his bank accounts were being frozen due to an outstanding tax debt. He said he has been the victim of fraud.

An employee of the Summit County Public Health was obtaining water samples at Loyal Oak Lake Park July 3 when her county-owned vehicle was struck and damaged by an unknown driver.

A Romestant Road man reported July 3 a foreign man called him and asked that he go to a location and wire money, but he did not provide a phone number or address. Police agreed to provide additional patrol around his residence.

A Croydon Road woman took a box of fireworks to police to be destroyed July 4. She said she found the box several years ago.

On July 4, a Norton Avenue woman reported a female friend stole her husband’s medication and left the residence for a short time, then returned. The woman denied taking the medication, and police searched her vehicle but did not locate it. The victim asked police tell her not to return to the residence.

Police were called to a fight between a male and female at a 31st Street motel July 5 and found the two standing in the driveway. The female, who had red marks on her arms, said her live-in boyfriend threw her to the ground and dragged her up the driveway. She was evaluated by EMS but she refused hospital transport, saying there was no one to stay with her children. The male was arrested for domestic violence and taken to the Summit County Jail.

RICHFIELD: A Black Road man reported June 21 he received a call from an unknown number in California and the caller was a woman who spoke with a foreign accent and told him he had been downloading illegal files on his computer. He said the caller was persistent, but he refused to give her any information and reported the attempted scam to police in order to protect others.

A woman reported she was driving east on Boston Mills Road the morning of June 22 when the driver of an unmarked sedan that was traveling in front of her activated red and blue lights in his rear window, stopped and exited his vehicle, walked toward her car aggressively and flashed a badge, yelling at her about following him too closely. She became worried because he was not in a marked patrol car, and she backed her vehicle up before stopping. She said the man appeared to be in his late 50s and he was dressed in plain clothing, wearing a holstered weapon and flashing a badge that appeared to be 20 years old and bearing a photo of a younger man. He claimed to be a Cuyahoga County deputy and he lectured her about tailgating.

Police investigated criminal damaging of playground equipment at Richfield Woods Park on Broadview Road June 24 after a six-foot toy fire truck was completely destroyed by a fire that was purposely set. Firefighters extinguished the fire, which was smoldering when police arrived.

An Evergreen Drive woman reported June 24 she used her lawn mower trailer to take trash to the street at 8:45 a.m. and her husband noticed at around 9 a.m. the trailer had been stolen and the trash bags were on the ground. She said she has seen a full-sized van in the neighborhood and she believes its occupants have been looking for scrap metal among residents’ trash. Police attempted to locate the van.

On June 24, police investigated a complaint that a Brecksville Road woman regularly trespasses on property occupied by a Highlander Parkway government office. She places items on vehicles and on recent occasions she placed a voodoo doll on a government vehicle. The complainant declined charges but asked that the woman stay off the property.

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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