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South Side Neighborhood Watch

8/15/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

COVENTRY: A Lakota Avenue woman reported July 27 an unknown woman in California used her identity to defraud several financial institutions.

The owner of a Manchester Road business reported July 27 an Akron man paid for tires with a check that was returned for insufficient funds in April, and he has not responded to two certified letters sent to his address.

Summit County sheriff’s deputies investigated an Aug. 4 report filed by a Pear Drive woman, who said her neighbors have been yelling obscenities at her. The suspects denied making comments to her, and deputies advised the parties to have no contact with each other.

A Cormany Road man reported Aug. 4 a $1,200 homemade trailer was stolen from his yard.

Also on Aug. 4, deputies patrolling Manchester Road found a Canal Fulton man slumped in the driver’s seat of a vehicle in the parking lot of a restaurant and saw a cellophane wrapper containing white powder residue. The man admitted the powder was suboxone, a controlled substance. Deputies located two more packets of the drug in the vehicle, and the man was charged with possession of drugs and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A Potts Drive man reported Aug. 5 his prepaid cell phone was stolen, and he was unaware the phone was missing until someone used the phone to call his friend.

A Lowe Drive woman reported Aug. 5 an unknown person used her identity to open a phone account.

Also on that day, the owner of a Manchester Road restaurant reported someone broke in the previous night and damaged and stole two cash registers, a safe, cash box and file cabinet, causing a loss to the business of $2,270.

Deputies investigated the burglary of an Alfred Road residence Aug. 5 after someone entered through a window and stole a wooden gun shelf and rifle, then exited through a side door.

An employee of a group home on South Main Street reported Aug. 7 a resident left the facility and failed to return at the scheduled time. As deputies were entering his information into a database for missing persons, the resident returned.

Deputies on Manchester Road observed a vehicle drift off the road Aug. 9 while the driver was lighting a marijuana pipe. The Akron woman was stopped and charged with drug abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Aug. 9, deputies responded to a report of a loud person outside a Manchester Road apartment, arrested the Akron man on a warrant and took him to the Summit County Jail.

— Compiled by Maggie DeMellier


GREEN: Employees of an airline would not allow an apparently intoxicated Akron woman to board a flight at Akron-Canton Airport July 29. She said she was also experiencing medical problems, and she was released to a friend.

An employee of an East Turkeyfoot Lake Road gas station reported Aug. 1 a Mayfair Road woman entered the station and stole money from her purse. Summit County sheriff’s deputies signed a warrant for her arrest.

The manager of a Chenoweth Road motel reported Aug. 2 a guest reported an iPad was stolen from his room by a custodial employee and provided a description of the employee who was found in possession of the stolen item. The employee left and was unable to be located. When deputies found and questioned her, she said she found the iPad in the trash. Officers were unable to locate the victim, who had checked out and did not return phone calls. The employee was fired and banned from the business.

Deputies are seeking the person who shot a weapon at a Cline Drive residence Aug. 4, damaging a large section of siding.

A Massillon Road woman reported a flat-screen TV was stolen from her unoccupied residence the night of Aug. 4.

On Aug. 4-5, deputies responded to Akron-Canton Airport on three occasions when pilots of incoming flights reported a green laser light in the cockpit. On all three occasions, the incidents happened between 10 and 11 p.m., and the light originated from a place that was 3 to 5 miles southwest of the airport. The reports were forwarded to the FBI to be included in an ongoing investigation.

Deputies are investigating a report filed by a disabled Massillon Road man who said a male entered his home the night of Aug. 4, knocked him down and stole $20. Deputies spoke to employees of a nearby bar and learned the victim had been drinking at the bar that evening, had no money to pay his tab and had to be escorted home.

A Canton woman stopped for speeding on Interstate 77 Aug. 5 was arrested for possession of marijuana and released with a court summons.

An employee of a Greensburg Road agency reported Aug. 6 that $36 was stolen from her purse while she worked.

A Massillon Road woman reported Aug. 7 someone entered her residence through an unlocked door and stole $3,000.

Deputies investigated a break-in at a residence on Greenfield Farms Drive Aug. 9, when someone broke glass on a door to enter. Nothing was reported missing.

A DVD player and a tablet computer were stolen from a Mayfair Road apartment Aug. 9.

A Sparrow’s Crest Drive resident reported Aug. 10 that two 5-gallon jars of coins were stolen from the residence.

Deputies were called to a South Main Street bar Aug. 10 by employees, who reported an Akron man was loud and verbally abusive when he attempted to cash a gaming ticket and was unsuccessful. He became combative when an employee asked him to leave, and he reportedly punched the victim several times in the head and body. He was arrested for assault and disorderly conduct and taken to the Summit County Jail.

Employees of a discount store on Arlington Ridge Road reported Aug. 10 a man stole $230 headphones and left the store. When he was confronted outside the store, he dropped the merchandise and ran. Deputies located him, arrested him for theft and released him to the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department on a warrant for theft.

— Compiled by Maggie DeMellier


LAKEMORE: Police officers responded to a call about children on Mohican Boulevard Aug. 8 at 4 a.m. and found a 12-year-old female and two 15-year-old males there. The teens admitted their parents did not know they were out. They were charged with curfew violations and released to their parents.

A wallet containing a gift card, credit card and $9 was taken from an unlocked vehicle on Fourth Street Aug. 9.

A Main Street man who attempted to leave on his bicycle when police stopped to investigate a vehicle parked at a closed Canton Road restaurant Aug. 9 also was seen placing something in his mouth. He reportedly admitted to police he had placed narcotics in his mouth to hide them, and he was arrested on possession of drugs, as well as on a warrant, and was taken to the Summit County Jail.

On Aug. 10, a Plaza Court woman and a Middlebranch Avenue Northwest woman were charged with public indecency after allegedly baring their buttocks to a neighbor. The women had come out of a Plaza Court home at 1 a.m. with a bat, struck it on the ground a few times and turned and then lowered their pants.

An Adams Street woman reported Aug. 11 that someone is throwing items at her home. She told police she had a video of one incident and would bring it in to show them.

— Compiled by Maria Lindsay


NEW FRANKLIN: A Johns Road woman reported Aug. 2 that someone was using her identity after five credit card companies called her wanting to verify that she wanted to open accounts.

A bag of marijuana and cigars was found in a cabin on Rex Lake Drive Aug. 2, and a Westerly Road woman was arrested for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Police responded to two activated alarms at two West Turkeyfoot Lake Road businesses Aug. 3. One business checked was secure, while the other had a malfunctioning alarm.

— Compiled by Joyce Rainey Long

SPRINGFIELD: Three mailboxes were damaged Aug. 5 on Buena Vista Drive.

A Coach Lane home was broken into Aug. 5 and a cell phone, debit card and cigarettes were stolen.

Police responded to a large trash receptacle that was on fire behind a South Arlington Road business Aug. 5 at 1:50 a.m.

On Aug. 6, a Russett Lane woman reported her wallet was stolen while she was shopping at an East Waterloo Road store. The manager of the store told police the person allegedly responsible is a frequent shopper and she would call police when she next visited the store.

A mailbox on Christopher Drive was smashed Aug. 6.

A handgun, magazine and ammunition were stolen from a Sypher Road home Aug. 6.

Also on that day, a teen reported she saw teens throw a bottle of rum stuffed with toilet paper at her grandfather’s Avis Road garage and set it on fire. When questioned further, she admitted she had done it. Family members told police she was under the care of Summit County Children Services and is on probation, and police reported the incident to the probation officer.

An Alicia Walk man was charged with theft after allegedly stealing $568 in tools from a South Arlington Road store Aug. 6.

On Aug. 7, a chainsaw was reported stolen from a Howard Lane barn.

Another Howard Lane resident reported Aug. 7 a Sherman Court man is leaving unwanted messages on her phone. She said he keeps asking for money that he believes she owes him. Police called him and told him to have no further contact with the woman and suggested taking the woman to small claims court if he believes he has been wronged.

A wallet with a credit and debit cards and a driver’s license was stolen from a vehicle on Killian Road Aug. 7.

An antique tire machine was stolen from a Delaware Avenue yard Aug. 7.

On Aug. 8, a GPS unit was stolen from a vehicle on Buena Vista Drive.

A Forrest Drive resident reported Aug. 8 that plates from a vehicle that was scrapped earlier this year have been used 88 times in New Jersey. Police entered the plates into a database of stolen plates.

Someone threw a rock through the front window of an Archmere Drive home Aug. 8 at 1:45 a.m. An elderly woman had been sleeping on the floor in that room, and police found her covered in glass.

A rock was thrown through the rear window of a vehicle on Chevelle Drive the same day. Also on that street, someone threw a bowling ball through the front windshield of another vehicle.

An intoxicated Pressler Road man who reportedly threatened to beat his ex-wife was arrested for domestic violence and transported to the Summit County Jail Aug. 8.

A concrete pig lawn ornament was stolen from a Buena Vista Drive yard Aug. 9.

Holes from a shotgun were found in the siding of a Celia Avenue home Aug. 9.

— Compiled by Maria Lindsay

Editor’s note:  The reports provided here are a sampling of those filed with area police departments and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. For questions related to the reports we’ve included or others we have not, call the South Side News Leader at 330-665-9595 or toll-free at 888-945-9595. To provide information on an alleged criminal act noted in this week’s report, call the appropriate police department.

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