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West Side Neighborhood Watch

8/1/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 200 block of Duane Drive July 18; the 700 block of Newcastle Drive July 24; the 100 block of South Walnut Street July 24; the 700 block of Stoner Street July 26; the 300 block of Noah Avenue July 27; the 800 block of Work Drive July 27; the 1500 block of Berendo Avenue July 28; the 1000 block of Packard Drive July 28; the 900 block of Stadelman Avenue July 28; the 1700 block of Cromwell Drive July 29; the 500 block of Crosby Street July 29; the 1000 block of Hemlock Hills Drive July 29; the 1500 block of Little Street July 29; and the 300 block of Nob Hill Drive July 29.

A 30-year-old Copley Road man was charged with domestic violence July 22. The man allegedly cut the victim’s hand with a broken piece of glass during an argument, causing serious injury.

On July 23, a 40-year-old man with a last known address on Hillwood Drive was charged with felonious assault and aggravated burglary after reportedly being involved in a fight in the 400 block of Hillwood Drive. Officers issued a warrant for the man, who allegedly chased the victim through a house and fired a shot at him.

A 46-year-old Amber Hills Drive man was charged with receiving stolen property after being stopped in the 300 block of West Market Street July 24 while driving a vehicle that had been reported stolen.

A 26-year-old Madison Avenue woman was charged with forgery for attempting to cash a fraudulent check July 24 in the 1400 block of South Arlington Street.

A Mull Avenue woman reported July 25 unknown persons sprayed chemicals on shrubs located along the outside of her home.

Also July 25, a 50-year-old Peckham Street man was charged with drug abuse and open container in a moving vehicle. Officers stopped him for suspicious activity at Peckham Street and Nome Avenue, discovered he was driving without a license and recovered 1 gram of crack cocaine from the vehicle, according to the police report.

The same day, a 32-year-old Frederick Boulevard man was charged with willful fleeing, possession of crack and oxycodone and tampering with evidence. When officers attempted a stop for a traffic violation, the man led them on a pursuit that ended near West Exchange Street and Rhodes Avenue, where he then ran from the vehicle, according to the police report. Officers recovered 2.9 grams of crack cocaine and seven oxycodone pills.

A man who owns a business in the 1200 block of Copley Road reported he arrived at work July 26 to find his office ransacked and a lockbox with cash inside and security monitor and DVR missing. There was no sign of forced entry, according to the police report.

A Hudson woman reported July 27 she got into an argument with a handyman over materials for a house in the 1000 block of Whittier Avenue. According to her report, the man punched her in the face as they were leaving the house, causing her to fall down the porch steps. The man left the scene in a red SUV, according to the woman. She was treated and released for minor injuries on scene.

Officers are investigating a shooting that occurred July 27. The victim, who was shot in the abdomen, first told officers he was shot in the 300 block of South Street, according to officers. Later, the victim changed his story and said he was shot on Frederick Boulevard at Copley Road, according to the police report. The victim reported he was walking down the street when an unknown black male shot him with a revolver. As he was lying on the sidewalk, a friend found him and took him to a hospital, according to the victim.

BATH: Police patrolling Ghent Road July 20 stopped to assist the driver of a vehicle that overheated and was on the side of the road. The driver was arrested for driving under suspension and released with a court summons.

At 1:30 a.m. July 21, police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Bath Road residence, where the resident’s live-in girlfriend reported there was a dispute among family members and he ran to a wooded area at the rear of the property and hid. Police were unable to locate him. Officers contacted him several times, but he refused to speak, and he refused to come out of the woods to talk to police, who left the residence and told family members to call when he returned. Two hours later, he returned to the residence and police arrested him for obstruction of official business and released him with a court summons.

Officers are seeking the driver of a Toyota that ran off Granger Road and Lois Drive July 21, striking a split-link fence and running over a flower bed, damaging both. Police took a vehicle part, found at the scene, for investigation.

On July 23, police investigated several reports of vehicle break-ins in the parking lot of a Springside Drive motel the previous night. One man reported a GPS unit was stolen from his vehicle, and another victim reported several items were taken.

Police investigated vandalism at the corner of Meadowpark Drive and Shaw Road July 23, when a representative of a homeowners’ association reported someone spray-painted “Yur gay” on the association sign between July 20 and 21.

COPLEY: On July 13, a Coon Lake Road woman reported an unknown person in California attempted to use her credit card for four unauthorized transactions, which her card provider declined.

A Minor Road man called police July 13 to report his Cadillac had just been stolen from his driveway by a man who was driven to his residence by a second person in a maroon vehicle. The man exited the vehicle and stole the car, and the two vehicles drove off. Police checked the area but were unable to locate the suspects. The vehicle was located in Akron and towed to the Copley police station for processing. Officers were reviewing video surveillance footage of the incident.

A Lochraven Boulevard man reported the night of July 14 his vehicle was covered with an unknown substance that could not be washed off.

Police were called to a Sunnyacres Road residence July 15 when a woman said her husband allegedly struck her in the arm during an argument. The male said he grabbed her arm but did not strike her. He was arrested for domestic violence and taken to the Summit County Jail.

On July 15, police responded to reports of an erratic driver heading south on Interstate 77. Officers observed the suspect swerving over lane lines and attempted to stop him. He continued to state Route 21 before finally pulling over. He was unsteady on his feet and exhibited signs of extreme alcohol intoxication. He was unable to perform a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released to a family member. His vehicle was towed.

A Brookrun Drive woman reported July 15 her personal and business cell phones were stolen from an unlocked vehicle in her driveway.

An employee of a Rothrock Road motel called police July 15 when he was unable to get a response from a guest who was past due for checkout. Police knocked on the door and called to the man before entering the room. Officers found him lying face down on the bed and attempted to wake him. When he finally woke, he appeared to be under the influence of drugs. Officers found in plain view methamphetamine, narcotic tablets, heroin, psychoactive mushrooms, drug paraphernalia, items used to package drugs for sale and two loaded handguns. The weapons, drugs and paraphernalia were confiscated, and the suspect was arrested for possession of narcotics, meth, heroin and having weapons under disability (due to a previous felony conviction). Following treatment for his drug overdose, he was taken to the Summit County Jail.

A Farington Avenue man reported July 16 vandals threw eggs at his garage door, driveway and porch and set off firecrackers in the driveway.

Officers patrolling Copley Road July 16 passed a man driving an ATV on the roadway. Police turned around to pursue the suspect, who had disappeared from view. Police determined he crashed the vehicle on the corner of Aberth Drive, but neither the vehicle nor the driver was at the scene. Police located the vehicle behind a residence on Copley Road and found the driver walking on the road. He declined medical attention for minor injuries he sustained in the crash and was arrested for illegally operating the vehicle on the road and released with a court summons. The vehicle was towed.

A guest at a Montrose West Avenue hotel reported July 17 that someone forced open the tailgate of a company pickup truck that was parked in the lot the previous night and stole two spools of copper wire. He said the wire is extremely heavy, and the thief had to have used a truck to haul it away. Police are investigating.

FAIRLAWN: On July 18, police were seeking the person or persons who had used an unknown object to scratch the rear door of a vehicle parked in the lot of a West Market Street grocery store.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Haverhill Road residence July 19 when a woman reported her husband choked her. Police interviewed both parties and arrested the male for domestic violence. At that point, the female became uncooperative and refused to sign charges.

On July 20, an Akron man reportedly stole a $10 bracelet from a mall specialty store. When security agents confronted him, he gave the item to them and walked away. He was charged with theft and misrepresenting his identity to police and released with a court summons.

An Akron man who allegedly concealed a $278 purse in a shopping bag and left a mall store July 23 was observed carrying the bag with the purse clearly visible inside it. He was arrested for theft of the purse and four watches that were found in his shorts during his arrest.

Police were called to a Montrose gas station July 23 when an intoxicated man was attempting to operate an air pump. Police determined he was wanted on a warrant, and a drug pipe was found in his possession. He was charged with its possession and taken to a detoxification center.

Employees of a Montrose discount store reported July 23 two females took a vacuum cleaner from a display and attempted to return it for a refund at the customer service desk. One suspect presented state of Ohio identification, and when she was questioned about it, she fled and left it behind. She got into the driver’s side of a vehicle, the other female entered the passenger side and they drove off. Police stopped the vehicle on Trunko Road and arrested the driver for theft and driving under suspension. The passenger was charged with theft and held on a warrant.

A juvenile female was charged with theft of $180 boots from a mall department store July 24. She was released with a court summons and banned from the store.

A Chamberlain Road man reported July 24 a catalytic converter was stolen from his vehicle outside his residence.

NORTON: Police investigated the burglary of a Clarkmill Road residence July 22, when a woman reported she was in the process of moving out, and she came to the residence and discovered her flat-screen TV and a vacuum cleaner had been stolen. Officers determined the suspects entered by damaging a window screen and opening the window. She said she suspected a male and female who stayed at her residence for a while. Police located the vacuum cleaner, which the male had hidden behind his mother’s residence in Barberton, and they were seeking the couple, who fled when Barberton police responded to the residence to arrest them on warrants.

A man reported July 23 he picked up his vehicle, which had been repaired at a Hametown Road automotive business, and he found a hole had been punched in the gas tank of the vehicle while it was at the business.

A Wadsworth Road woman reported July 23 someone has been tampering with and opening mail after it is delivered to her mailbox.

Police investigated a July 24 report that two vehicles at a Littleton Drive address were egged and smeared with petroleum jelly.

The manager of a Greenwich Road restaurant reported July 24 a Barberton man showed up in the drive-through lane and demanded a replacement of his food, which he claimed was bad. The manager recognized the man had been using this ploy weekly to get free food and he told him the next time he needs a replacement, he must return the food and come inside. The male went inside the restaurant yelling obscenities and creating a disturbance, and a female entered, dragged the suspect out, and the two left in a vehicle.

On July 24, officers responded to a call from a Willbanks Road resident, who said her adult son was intoxicated and would not leave her residence. Police heard him yelling obscenities while she spoke to them. The male attempted to exit the residence when officers arrived, and officers gave several orders for him to stop before apprehending him. He continued to struggle with police, who forcibly placed him in a cruiser while he struggled and kicked at officers. He threatened to kill police, their families, his mother and all residents on the street where he lived, according to the police report. He was charged with aggravated menacing and resisting arrest and taken to the Summit County Jail.

An employee of a Burg Street group home reported July 25 that staff members struck a resident and she wanted documentation of the incident.

Police are holding a set of keys found at an intersection of Trotter Road July 25.

Officers are seeking the person or persons who stole two electric scooters and chargers, totaling $1,880, from a carport outside an Everett Drive residence the morning of July 26.

RICHFIELD: The owner of a Broadview Road restaurant reported July 12 that someone threw mayonnaise on the building and used it to write obscenities on the front door. Chairs and an ashtray on the porch were overturned. Police were investigating.

A Roberts Drive woman called police to her residence July 16 for a possible drug overdose. Officers found the caller’s son lying on a bed with a needle in his arm. He admitted he had been using heroin. Police convinced him to voluntarily be transported to a hospital for evaluation.

Police investigated a July 17 report that was filed by a Southern Road man, who said an automatic handgun and holster were stolen from his vehicle over the weekend of July 12.

A woman went to the police station July 18 to report her juvenile daughter, who does not have a driver’s license, took her vehicle without her permission, and she wanted to file charges for unauthorized use of a vehicle. Later that day, her daughter was arrested on the charges and taken to a juvenile detention center.

Officers investigated a report of road rage July 18 that was filed by a delivery driver who said a driver backed his pickup truck out of a driveway on Southern Road, in front of the delivery driver, who sounded his vehicle horn as a courtesy, to let the other driver know he was there. The driver of the pickup became enraged, exited his vehicle yelling profanities, making obscene gestures and making threats. He then followed the delivery driver until the victim called police.

An employee of a Brecksville Road business reported July 19 the tailgate was stolen from a company vehicle the previous night.

On July 19, a woman reported money was stolen from the console of her vehicle that was parked outside a Roberts Drive residence the previous night.

Police investigated reports of a motorcyclist speeding on Motor Road July 21. One woman reported she yelled to him to slow down, but he continued driving back and forth on the road. Another resident confirmed reports the suspect drives the cycle too fast and too close to pedestrians. Witnesses were able to provide a partial license number. While officers were taking the reports, a Harold Drive man called regarding a speeding motorcyclist and provided the complete license number. Police traced the number to a man who stays at a Motor Road residence occasionally, and they searched the area for him.

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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