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West Side Neighborhood Watch

7/18/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 300 block of Noble Avenue July 6; the 1900 block of Kingsley Avenue July 12; the 1300 block of Hartford Avenue July 13; the 900 block of Hemlock Hills Drive July 14; and the 100 block of Gloucester Street July 15.

Police officers were dispatched to the 900 block of West Exchange Street July 6 on reports of a man pointing a gun at someone. Officers stopped the vehicle of a 26-year-old man who lived nearby, and drugs and loaded guns were found, according to officers. The man was charged with possession of marijuana, trafficking in marijuana, possession of criminal tools and carrying a concealed weapon (three counts).

A 53-year-old Biruta Avenue man was charged with disseminating matter harmful to juveniles July 8. According to officers, the man was drinking, using drugs and watching pornography. Though he paused the movie when a 12-year-old girl entered the room, she could still see the images on the television, according to the police report. The man also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

A 19-year-old Stow man was charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug abuse instruments July 8. Stopped at Copley Road and Storer Avenue for a traffic violation, officers found heroin and a syringe on his person.

A 19-year-old Oakdale Avenue man reported he answered the door July 9 to two unknown black males between 17 and 25 in gray hoodies and masks. They ordered him to the floor and hit him in the back of the head, causing minor injuries, before leaving with a TV, video game system and games and smartphone, according to the police report.

A 29-year-old Dominion Drive man was charged with having weapons under disability, carrying a concealed weapon, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property July 9 after being stopped at North Hawkins Avenue and Cliffside Drive. The man, who has a previous felony conviction, was in possession of a loaded .45-caliber handgun, according to officers.

On July 11, a Mull Avenue man reported someone used an account of his to order seven steam cleaners, which were all delivered to the victim, with three more on order.

A Copley Road man reported July 12 that he has been receiving phone calls from an unknown female with a restricted number for the past month. When he answers the phone, the suspect whispers, “In three days, I will kill you,” according to his report.

A 40-year-old Mull Avenue man was apprehended and charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and possession of marijuana and booked into the Summit County Jail July 12. Around 10:30 p.m. that evening, the man allegedly confronted a 25-year-old woman stopped at a traffic light at North Main and Olive streets by walking up to her car, stating he had a gun and ordering the female out of her car. When she refused, he slammed her head against the headrest several times, according to the police report. She took her keys out of the ignition and fled out the passenger side door, according to the report. The same evening, a 29-year old-male reported he also was approached at the same intersection by a man who said he had a gun and wanted the victim’s car, but he was able to put his car in reverse and drive off.

A 40-year-old Dover Avenue man was charged with felonious assault July 14 and arrested after he allegedly shot another male, a 52-year-old Dover Avenue man. The victim has non-life-threatening injuries, according to the police report.

On July 15, a 24-year-old Copley man was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and mishandling a firearm in a motor vehicle. The man, who was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation in the 400 block of Beechwood Drive, admitted he had a loaded gun in his pocket, according to officers.

A 35-year-old Seward Avenue man also was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle July 15. He was the driver of a vehicle stopped at East and Longview avenue for a traffic stop and had a loaded gun in the glove box, according to the police report.

BATH: On July 2, the granddaughter of a Spring Valley Road woman reported her grandmother’s vehicle and checkbook were stolen from the residence. The following day, Fairlawn police investigated a suspicious male who was asking for help for a medical condition at a Ghent Road location. The man admitted he took the vehicle and said it was at an Akron motel. He gave police the stolen checkbook, and detectives determined he had written several checks to area businesses for merchandise. He was charged with theft and taken to the Summit County Jail. Police drove a family member to the motel to retrieve the vehicle.

Employees of a Montrose grocery store reported July 3 a man loaded a shopping cart with merchandise totaling $449 and pushed it out of the store without paying. Police confronted him outside the store, and he reportedly gave officers a false Social Security number in order to avoid being arrested on a felony warrant. When officers determined his identity, he was charged with theft and obstruction of official business and released to the Medina County Sheriff’s Office on the warrant.

While reviewing video surveillance footage July 3, employees of a Montrose shoe store observed a woman steal three purses worth $750. A copy of the video was provided to police.

A Harmony Road resident reported July 3 a yard decoration was broken in half and a bottle was placed in the mailbox.

Police investigated a report of illegal fireworks at a North Cleveland-Massillon Road residence July 3, arrested a man who was setting off the fireworks and held him on a warrant.

Following a domestic disturbance at a Rickel Circle residence July 4, a juvenile was arrested and taken to a juvenile detention center.

Police patrolling Medina Line Road July 4 stopped a driver for speeding and lane violations. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI.

On July 5, an Aegean Road man reported a package containing a GPS watch was stolen from outside of his mailbox between 10 a.m. and noon July 2.

A man and woman went to the police station July 5 to report the possible abuse of a patient at a North Cleveland-Massillon Road medical facility.

A Melody Drive man reported July 6 a license plate was stolen from a trailer in his driveway.

Police in Medina requested assistance in locating an armed man who was involved in a rolling domestic dispute in a vehicle heading into Bath July 6. Officers located the suspect’s vehicle on Yellow Creek Road and initiated a traffic stop. The suspect was arrested and the weapon secured. Both were released to the Medina County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers patrolling Ghent Hills Road July 7 observed a vehicle parked by a gas well with two occupants in the back seat. A male and female in the car were questioned regarding contraband in the vehicle. The male was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia that were found in his pocket.

On July 7, police assisted Copley officers in locating a man suspected of stealing plumbing supplies from a Montrose home improvement store. Officers apprehended the suspect as he emerged from a wooded area. He was identified and arrested by Copley police (see related Copley report).

The director of security at a Montrose business reported July 9 an employee was under investigation for involvement in credit card fraud.

A driver who was stopped on North Cleveland-Massillon Road July 10 for a vehicle equipment violation denied having marijuana in the vehicle. A female passenger also denied the presence of marijuana. During a search of the vehicle, police found a digital scale and illegal fireworks, and the female reportedly admitted she had placed a bag of marijuana and a drug pipe down the front of her shorts at the driver’s request when police stopped the car. The male admitted ownership and was charged with drug abuse and possession of paraphernalia and released with a court summons.

On July 11, police on North Cleveland-Massillon Road stopped a driver after he allegedly failed to stop before making a right turn on a red light, cutting off a police cruiser. He was arrested for driving under suspension and released with a court summons.

Police patrolling Interstate 77 July 12 stopped an erratic driver who exhibited signs of alcohol intoxication. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released to his wife. 

COPLEY: A Sunnyacres Road woman reported July 5 a $600 cell phone was stolen from her residence while she was out walking her dog.

A driver who passed a pickup truck in a no-passing zone on Copley Road at 1:30 a.m. July 5 was stopped. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and driven to his home in Akron. A passenger in the vehicle was transported to a gas station to await a ride.

A Misty Lane woman reported July 5 her estranged husband stole her cell phone while he was in her home to pick up their child.

A Hametown Road woman reported July 6 someone sprayed chemicals on her property, killing plants and grass. Officers observed the dead foliage. Two days later, the victim gave police a copy of video surveillance footage taken in her residence. The video shows  someone breaking into her house and walking around on her back deck. Police determined the person was attempting to unplug extension cords at the victim’s residence, and they are investigating.

Employees of a Montrose home improvement store reported July 7 a male and female stole plumbing supplies from the store and fled. Bath police assisted and located the male as he emerged from a wooded area near another store (see related Bath report). The suspect admitted being in the store with the woman and was arrested for theft. The woman was not located at the time.

An erratic driver stopped on the Ridgewood Road entrance to Interstate 77 at 3 a.m. July 7 failed a field sobriety test. She was charged with DUI, released with a court summons and driven home.

The supervisor of a Broadview Road group home reported July 8 a narcotic tablet was stolen from a locked cabinet and an aspirin was put into its place in a medication card.

Firefighters and police officers responded to a Woodhaven Drive residence at 1:22 a.m. July 8 for an odor of natural gas. A man who had been overcome by carbon monoxide was transported to a hospital. A woman and two children were transported to a hospital by Fairlawn EMS.

Police were called to an Aberth Drive residence July 8 when a neighbor reported tenants moved out of a house and left two cats and a dog behind. Police also received reports that neighborhood juveniles enter the house at night and use it as a party place.

The owner of a Collier Road business reported July 8 someone broke off wood siding to enter a building. Nothing was reported missing at the time.

Officers stopped a driver for speeding 40 mph in a 25-mph zone of Montrose West Avenue July 9. She was charged with driving under four license suspensions, the vehicle was towed and she was released to her father.

A driver who rear-ended a vehicle at the intersection of Medina Road and Heritage Woods Drive July 9 failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released with a court summons.

The administrator of a Montrose West Avenue college reported July 10 an unknown male with a foreign accent has been calling to make threats against employees.

FAIRLAWN: On July 5, mall security agents asked police to ban a Cleveland man from the mall. Officers recognized the man and knew he had been banned and that he was wanted on a warrant for shoplifting. He was arrested for criminal trespassing and theft and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A shopper at a South Cleveland-Massillon Road grocery store reported July 6 an iPod was stolen from his vehicle while he was in the store.

Police on South Cleveland-Massillon Road July 8 stopped an Akron man for a traffic violation and arrested him on an Akron Police Department warrant. A Cleveland Heights man, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was released to the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department on a warrant.

Officers responded to a domestic disturbance involving a male and female at a Juno Place residence July 8. Both parties said the argument was verbal only, and the female agreed to leave for the night.

Security agents at a West Market Street grocery store called police July 9 after a man reportedly loaded merchandise worth $129 into a shopping cart and left without paying for it. He was charged with theft and indefinitely banned from all stores in the chain.

On July 9, police patrolling Miller Road observed an Akron man who was wanted on a warrant for probation violation stemming from a robbery charge. When the man saw police, he fled. Bath and Copley police officers assisted in a foot pursuit, and the suspect was located in the backyard of a Hampshire Road residence, where he was arrested on two counts of obstructing official business (one count was in relation to a previous occasion, when he reportedly fled from police in Fort Island Park) and taken to the Summit County Jail on the warrant.

A Lennox Village Drive woman reported July 10 her husband harassed and threatened her while they drove to a Fairlawn grocery store. She said the verbal abuse continued while they were in the store, and she called police. The male denied making threats and said the female threatened him. Due to conflicting information, no charges were filed. The female told police she did not want him to return to the residence, and he agreed to stay at another location for the night.

Police investigated a report of a suspicious person at a West Market Street grocery store July 10, when a male was asking customers if they would use his government-issued food card in exchange for cash. Police determined the food card belonged to his girlfriend and he was using it with her permission, and that he had been banned from the store due to a previous incident. The Copley man was arrested for criminal trespassing.

A Silver Lake woman was arrested for concealing merchandise totaling $128 in her purse and leaving a mall department store without paying July 11. She was released with a court summons and banned from the store.

NORTON: A Clinton man stopped for lane violations on South Cleveland-Massillon Road July 6 failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released on bond.

An employee of a Greenwich Road post office reported July 6 he parked his motorcycle behind the business while he worked and it was damaged.

A man reported he and his wife were walking their dog on Valley Drive July 7 when a bulldog ran from a yard and attacked his dog. The bulldog’s owner assisted the victim in separating the dogs, and the parties worked out an agreement regarding veterinary charges.

Police investigated a report of gunfire in a Medina Line Road park July 8 and found a woman with a head wound slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle. Officers broke a window to reach her, but there were no signs of life. The county medical examiner’s office responded. The Rittman woman died of an apparent suicide.

A Kungle Drive resident reported July 9 a mailbox and post were stolen from outside the residence.

Officers observed a passenger rolling a cigar in a vehicle at a South Cleveland-Massillon Road restaurant drive-through lane July 9 and stopped the vehicle. The passenger admitted he was rolling a marijuana cigar. He was charged with drug abuse, and the driver was arrested for driving under suspension.

On July 10, police responded to a disturbance at a Wadsworth Road residence and arrived to find a group of people yelling at each other. One woman who refused orders to calm down was arrested for disorderly conduct. Another woman was arrested on a warrant and released to Summit County sheriff’s deputies.

Police responded to a one-car crash on state Route 21 July 11 at 2 a.m. The driver said she lost control of the vehicle and struck a guardrail in the median. She appeared intoxicated, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released to Summit County sheriff’s deputies on a warrant.

An Easton Road woman reported July 11 she discovered an unknown person used her name and medical insurance information to pay for a medical procedure last year.

A Woodglen Avenue woman reported July 12 someone drew a male body part on her driveway with chalk and wrote the name of the body part.

RICHFIELD: Police patrolling state Route 303 June 16 observed a disabled vehicle and assisted the driver, who had gone to a gas station for fuel. Officers noticed an odor of marijuana, and a consent search of the vehicle revealed a bag of marijuana. The driver was charged with its possession and released with a court summons.

A woman surrendered at the police station June 27 on a warrant for DUI and began serving a three-day sentence.

At 5 a.m. June 28, police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Glencoe Drive residence where a man told officers he and his wife had been arguing. The female told police she slapped her husband and he punched her in the abdomen. Police did not see any visible injuries on either party, and both of them declined medical assistance and would not file charges. The female agreed to leave for the night.

Police went to a Dodge Avenue residence June 28 to apply an immobilizing device to a vehicle at the direction of Akron Municipal Court following a DUI arrest by Richfield police officers.

Cuyahoga Falls police officers arrested a man on a Richfield warrant June 29. He was charged and released on $350 bond.

The owner of a Medina Line Road residence reported June 29 someone entered the residence through an unlocked window.

Police increased patrol around a vacant Hawkins Road residence after the owner reported June 29 he arrived at the home to find the overhead garage door open. He entered and discovered ceiling tiles had been torn down, walls had been damaged and copper pipes and fittings had been removed from the basement and appliances.

On June 30, officers patrolling Brecksville Road stopped a driver for tailgating and erratic driving. She was charged with driving under suspension and additionally charged with DUI and released on bond after she failed a field sobriety test. Her BAC tested .142.

A Buckhaven Drive man called police to his residence July 1 to report that his ex-wife was at his residence yelling and pounding on his bedroom door. He said she threatened to harm him and his girlfriend, and he agreed to write a statement for police.

A man went to the police station July 1 to drop off a set of keys he found. Police used a customer account tag from a drugstore to track down the owner, who lives in Georgia. He said he was in town and left the keys at a gas station, and he made arrangements for someone to pick them up.

An employee of a Columbia Road business reported July 3 he went to his vehicle in the business parking lot and found a tire had been slashed. Witnesses told him a female co-worker had been standing beside his vehicle, and he found her there when he went to his vehicle. He said she made several comments to him about hoping he could find a ride home, and he told police he wanted to pursue charges against her. Police were investigating.

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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