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West Side Neighborhood Watch

9/5/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 700 block of Nome Avenue Aug. 27; the 1000 block of Nome Avenue Aug. 29; the 1300 block of Nome Avenue Aug. 31; the 100 block of Oakdale Avenue Aug. 31; the 1300 block of Orlando Avenue Aug. 31; and the 600 block of Mull Avenue Sept. 3.

A 30-year-old Warrington Road man was charged with tampering with evidence, possession of crack, possession of heroin and trafficking in drugs Aug. 27. Stopped at Copley and Cordova avenues for traffic violations, the man was driving on a suspended license, according to the police report. Officers saw him stuff something into his pants, and as they searched him, plastic baggies containing crack and heroin fell out of his pants, according to the police report. While being booked into jail, another baggie of crack fell out of his pants, according to officers.

After being stopped at Peckham Street and Bacon Avenue for driving without a license Aug. 27, a 31-year-old Blanche Street woman was charged with possession of cocaine. Officers observed a brown bag on the front seat containing four baggies of cocaine, according to the police report.

A St. Michaels Avenue man reported Aug. 28 that sometime since Aug. 24, a 27-year-old Clark Street woman had been to his place of employment and smashed multiple bags of potato chips. He also stated she texts him and threatens to do harm to herself and blame it on him if he does not give her money for a child they have in common, according to his report.

On Aug. 28, officers responded to a report of gunshots fired near Whittier and Wildwood avenues. On scene, officers found several shell casings and a couple of slugs, according to the police report. A witness added an unknown black male dressed in all black fired several shots and ran south on Norma Avenue.

Officers are investigating an aggravated robbery that occurred Aug. 29 at a restaurant in the 1500 block of Copley Road. The restaurant manager reported two black males fled with an unknown amount of cash. According to witnesses, the suspects are between the ages of 33 and 37, from 6 feet to 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weigh 170 to 185 pounds.

A man fled a retail pharmacy in the 1900 block of West Market Street Aug. 29 with approximately 60 bottles of liquid soap in his pants, according to a store employee. Store security observed the man putting the items into his pants and attempting to exit the store, according to the police report. However, when the security officer approached the man, the man appeared to reach into his pocket for a gun, according to the report. The man ran eastbound, and the security officer lost sight of him, according to the police report.

Three men between the ages of 18 and 21 years old reported Aug. 30 they were in the parking lot of Crouse Community Learning Center when two unknown black males between the ages of 16 and 18 approached the vehicle with a gun. One of the suspects allegedly fired a shot when one of the victims took off running. The suspects stole cash, credit cards and identification, according to the police report. They fired off more shots and fled, according to the report. Responding officers found a bullet casing in the parking lot.

A 40-year-old Peerless Avenue man was charged with possession of cocaine and tampering with evidence Sept. 2. Officers stopped him for a traffic violation at Rhodes Avenue and West Exchange Street. He was driving under suspension and appeared to have cocaine residue on his shirt, according to officers. Officers recovered cocaine and miscellaneous pills.

BATH: Police patrolling Interstate 77 Aug. 21 stopped the driver of a vehicle with an equipment violation and charged him with driving with a temporary license without a licensed driver in the vehicle and held him on a warrant.

Around 1 a.m. Aug. 22, police responded to an incomplete 9-1-1 call from a Sun Valley Drive residence and were greeted by a man who said a verbal argument between him and his girlfriend, who lives at a different location, escalated into a physical confrontation when she bit him and pulled a phone from the wall. The female denied the allegations, but she agreed to leave for the night, and the male declined charges.

The manager of a Montrose restaurant reported Aug. 23 the business received numerous harassing phone calls, which occupied the phone lines of the business for more than a half hour. The callers claimed to represent a collection agency and asked for an employee, whom they claim owes them money. The employee said he has received calls at his home, and he does not owe any money. He said the calls started after he filled out an online application. Police spoke to the callers, who had heavy foreign accents, and they concluded the calls were coming from another country. The business manager was advised to work with the phone company to block the calls.

Officers performing a walking patrol of Montrose businesses Aug. 24 were asked by a hotel desk clerk to go to a third floor room where there was an odor of marijuana. Officers knocked at the door, but no one was there. The clerk opened the door, and no belongings were found in the room, but it was apparent someone had been smoking marijuana there. Police advised the clerk to call them when the tenant comes back.

On Aug. 24, police patrolling North Cleveland-Massillon Road stopped the driver of a vehicle with an equipment violation. He exhibited signs of alcohol intoxication, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. His BAC tested .183.

A Hametown Road resident reported an unknown driver ran over a mailbox the night of Aug. 24.

Police investigated a report filed Aug. 25 by a Spring Valley Road man who said he thought someone stole a handgun from his residence.

A Martin Road resident reported Aug. 26 she learned of an unauthorized charge on her bankcard. She said the charge was made at a gas station Aug. 15, when she was out of town and her bankcard was in the residence. The victim provided a list of names of people who were in the residence while she was away.

On Aug. 26, a Bath Road woman reported her boyfriend moved out of her residence and took some of her personal belongings, including jewelry, credit cards, a checkbook and a passport.

An employee of a Medina Road business reported Aug. 27 someone contacted his employer and said he is behind on his child support payments. The caller made other unsubstantiated remarks, and he believes a former friend made the call.

The owner of a North Cleveland-Massillon Road business reported Aug. 27 a lock was cut from a trailer and scrap appliances inside were stolen. The victim said he would prosecute the thief.

Around 1 a.m. Aug. 30, police responded to a call from a man asking officers to locate his girlfriend, who was walking along Everett Road. When police arrived, the woman had returned home and the male said the two had argued and she walked away. Both parties agreed the argument was verbal only, and the female left for the night and stayed with a relative.

COPLEY: Police were called to a Rothrock Road motel Aug. 22, when a driver reported he pushed his foot on the gas pedal instead of the brake and crashed his car into the building. No one was injured, and the business sustained minor damage.

On Aug. 22, police went to Barberton Jail to pick up a man on a Copley warrant. He was taken to court, where his case was resolved, and released to the Wadsworth Police Department on another warrant.

Officers patrolling Interstate 77 the evening of Aug. 23 stopped a driver for a traffic violation and asked him why he was clutching his chest. He denied having chest pain but said he was having trouble breathing. Police called EMS and attempted to gather information from the driver, who was uncooperative and combative with them and with EMS workers. Officers ordered the driver out of the vehicle, but he refused to exit. He was assisted out of the vehicle, and the driver became compliant when police pointed a taser at him. Police assisted as the subject was transported to a hospital for an evaluation.

Akron police arrested a man on a Copley warrant Aug. 23 and took him to the Barberton Jail.

The owner of a Copley Road restaurant reported he arrived at work Aug. 23 to discover the building had been broken into the previous night. He said he set the alarm when he left the previous night. Police determined someone had used a pry bar to open the door and damaged it. The owner said nothing was missing, but someone had looked through his checkbook. He contacted his alarm company and was told they did not receive an alarm and that the alarm had not been set the night of the break-in. Police are investigating.

On Aug. 23, police responded to a domestic dispute at a Copley Road residence where a couple reported they had been arguing all day and a woman said her husband had been drinking. Both parties said the argument was verbal only, and the male agreed to be transported to another location for the night.

Police investigated a report of possible drug activity at a school bus stop Aug. 23 and determined the activity was a parent giving his child his lunch bag.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Wright Road residence Aug. 23, when a man reported he had taken a knife away from his wife, who used it to break into his bedroom and threaten him after an argument. The female said her husband started the fight by hitting her in the face, causing her to grab the knife. Both parties agreed on what had happened, and both were arrested for domestic violence and taken to the Summit County Jail.

An employee of a Montrose West Avenue restaurant reported Aug. 23 someone broke her vehicle window while she worked and stole a Coach wallet and a cell phone. She said other employees’ vehicles had been similarly targeted recently.

A Knox Boulevard woman reported Aug. 24 she received harassing phone calls she believes are coming from a man at the Summit County Jail, against whom she has a protection order. Police are investigating.

FAIRLAWN: Employees of a mall department store reported Aug. 24 a man concealed items in a fitting room and left the store without paying. When he was stopped outside, he denied taking any merchandise. Police asked for permission to look inside his shopping bags, and they retrieved the items he stole. The Garfield Heights man was charged with theft and banned from the store.

Police were called to a domestic disturbance at a Highlander Drive residence Aug. 28 and arrived to find a male had left. The female told officers her husband shoved her to the ground, kicked her and then left in a vehicle. Police issued a bulletin to surrounding police agencies to be on the lookout for the man and vehicle. He was stopped on Brunsdorph Road, charged with domestic violence and taken to the Summit County Jail.

On Aug. 30, officers responded to a report that a woman concealed items in her purse and left a West Market Street discount department store without paying. She was escorted to a security office by employees, and then she reportedly kicked off her shoes, grabbed her child from the shopping cart, ran to a vehicle and drove off, leaving store merchandise behind. Police are seeking her.

A Kenridge Road woman reported Aug. 31 her live-in boyfriend assaulted her by slamming her against a metal structure, causing visible facial injuries. He left in a cab with their three children before police arrived and said he was going to a park. He called the victim, and officers told him to return to the residence, but he refused. When he returned later that day, he was arrested on a warrant for domestic violence and taken to the Summit County Jail.

The manager of a mall store reported Sept. 1 a man took items and left the store without paying. Mall security agents located him outside another store, and police apprehended him and retrieved the merchandise, along with items stolen from two other mall stores. He was charged with theft. The Akron man, who was wanted on warrants for drug trafficking and other crimes, was released to the Jackson Police Department on a warrant.

Police were called to a domestic disturbance at a Wood Crest Drive residence Sept. 1 and determined an argument involving a couple was verbal only. The male agreed to leave for the night.

On Sept. 2, officers responded to a call from a Rosemont Boulevard woman who said her husband behaved violently, breaking things in the residence. He was gone when police arrived and was located at a Montrose gas station. He was arrested for possession of marijuana, which was found in his pocket. His girlfriend said she suspected he had used psychoactive bath salts before the incident. He was transported to a hospital for evaluation.

NORTON: A Reimer Road woman reported Aug. 23 a man with a heavy foreign accent called her and requested personal financial information. When she refused to provide it, he began making sexually explicit comments, and she hung up on him. She said he called her 13 times.

Police investigated the burglary of a Johnson Road residence Aug. 23. The owner arrived at the residence to find the front door standing open and numerous items, including a toolbox and tools, saws, drills, faucets, towel racks, mortar, floor tiles and other items stolen. According to the victim, this was the third break-in at the residence in the last year.

On Aug. 25, police investigated a report by a Holiday Drive woman who said her ex-husband stole her jewelry and flat-screen TV and pawned them at a Barberton pawnshop. The shop owner confirmed the items were there and told her she could purchase them.

Officers patrolling state Route 21 Aug. 25 observed a disabled vehicle with three occupants. None of them would admit ownership of two bags of marijuana that were found in the vehicle. Finally, a Pickerington man admitted placing the items in the vehicle, and he was charged with drug abuse and released with a court summons.

Police responded to reports that people were riding ATVs in the roadway on Grant and Sherman streets at 3 a.m. Aug. 25 and found a group of people around a picnic table and beer cans. Several ATVs were there, but they were not being operated. The homeowner told police they had been riding on his property. He was advised of the noise ordinance. When a neighbor exited his home and pointed out how late it was and that some people had to work the next day, the homeowner began yelling obscenities at him. Police arrested him for disorderly conduct, and his wife took everyone inside the residence and said they would remain inside for the rest of the night. But as police drove away, they saw a fight break out in front of the neighbor’s residence. Officers separated the two groups, and told them all to go inside their residences or there would be more arrests.

On Aug. 25, officers were called to a fight between two Hametown Road brothers. One man said his brother stuck his finger up his nose. Police advised them to keep their hands off each other or they would both be arrested.

A Watkins Road man reported Aug. 25 his roommate punched him in the chest. The victim was transported to a hospital for treatment. He said he would prosecute, and police attempted to find the roommate and a witness.

Police were called to a domestic dispute at a Berry Road residence Aug. 25 and arrived to find a woman following a man around the yard while yelling at him. Police observed injuries on the man’s face and ear, and they called to the woman to stop, but she ran toward the house. Officers apprehended her on the porch, and she pulled away and fell. The male declined charges and said she could stay at the residence and he would leave. Police charged her with assault and released her with a court summons.

A Landis Road man reported Aug. 26 four tires on his Jeep Wrangler were slashed the previous night.

Officers are investigating an Aug. 26 report of theft of medication from a mailbox on Fairland Road between 11 a.m. and noon Aug. 22. The victim said a mail carrier delivered the medication, and when he went to the mailbox at 1 p.m., it was open and the medication was gone.

An Akron man stopped for speeding 87 mph on Barber Road Aug. 26 was arrested for drug abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia after police found a bag of methamphetamine in his shirt pocket and a K-9 officer alerted police to the presence of more drugs in the vehicle. He reportedly admitted using methamphetamine before driving, failed a field sobriety test and was taken to the Summit County Jail.

RICHFIELD: On Aug. 19, a Brush Road woman went to the police station to report her ex-boyfriend showed up at her house and punched her in the face. Police interviewed the man, who provided conflicting information. Officers also spoke to several others who had information about the events. No charges were filed, and the two were advised to have no contact with each other.

A bicycle found at a cul-de-sac on Deer Creek Trail Aug. 22 was taken to the police station until its owner could be determined.

Police investigated a report of attempted burglary at a Wheatley Road residence Aug. 22 and determined someone attempted to enter two outbuildings on the property, causing damage to the doors, but no entry was gained.

On Aug. 23, the Medina Township Police Department requested assistance in locating a man wanted for theft from a department store in their community. Officers went to a Brecksville Road motel, where he was believed to be staying, but he was not there. Police went to a nearby gas station, where they spoke to several of his co-workers, who said they did not know his whereabouts. Following an investigation, police located him at a Brecksville Road restaurant, but he ran into a wooded area and hid. When police advised him a K-9 officer would be released into the woods, he surrendered, was taken into custody and released to the Medina Police Department.

Officers responded to a report that several people in a vehicle on Interstate 271 Aug. 23 were passing around a bottle. Police stopped the driver, who said he had not been drinking from the bottle, which contained a soft drink. Upon further investigation, two females in the vehicle were charged with having open containers of alcoholic beverages in a vehicle.

Police were called to a Brecksville Road trucking company Aug. 23 when a disgruntled employee threatened to shoot his co-workers. Two witnesses told police they heard the threats. Officers escorted him from the building and told him not to return.

On Aug. 25, police were called to a Broadview Road bar where an intoxicated man, who had been injured in an unknown manner, was standing outside. Officers noticed blood on his hands, face and knees, but he did not respond to questions regarding how he sustained the injuries. He was evaluated by EMS, but he refused medical attention or transport. He was identified as a man who lives nearby, and police escorted him home to make sure he got there safely.

The family of a woman who was staying at a Brecksville Road motel reported she was missing the night of Aug. 25. Police searched the area but were unable to locate her. Officers issued a bulletin to surrounding police agencies to be on the lookout for her. The following day, she returned to the motel, saying she had gone for a walk.

Police went to Montville Township Aug. 26 to pick up a woman arrested on a Richfield Police Department warrant. She was held in Richfield Jail on $350 bond. When a male arrived at the station to post her bond, he was told she could not be released because she was being charged with drug abuse due to illegal medication found in her possession when she was booked into the jail.

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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