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West Side Neighborhood Watch

9/19/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 500 block of West Market Street Sept. 10; the 200 block of Twin Oaks Road Sept. 10; the 800 block of Cordova Avenue Sept. 11; the 300 block of Noble Avenue Sept. 11; the 300 block of South Rhodes Avenue Sept. 11; the 300 block of Bacon Avenue Sept. 12; the 200 block of Kenwick Drive Sept. 12; and the 800 block of Mull Avenue Sept. 12.

Police officers responded to an accident in which a vehicle struck a house Sept. 9 in the 1800 block of Wiltshire Road. Witnesses then observed the driver, a 62-year-old Brookwood Drive woman, crash into a tree on West Market Street near West Fairlawn Boulevard. The woman, who was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and failure to control, was transported to a hospital, according to the police report.

On Sept. 9, a 14-year-old male was arrested at Litchfield Middle School after being observed by a principal passing a bag of marijuana around the cafeteria during lunch. The bag weighed 6.1 grams, including packaging, according to officers.

The same day, a general manager of a business in the 700 block of West Market Street reported a manager under him, a 46-year-old Wadsworth man, has stolen approximately $16,000 from the business since Jan. 1.

A 51-year-old Frederick Boulevard man was taken into custody by police Sept. 10 on charges of aggravated trespassing, aggravated menacing, disorderly conduct and criminal damaging. Officers responded to reports of a fight with weapons in the 700 block of Noah Avenue, where the man was standing in a front yard waving a large wooden handle, according to the police report. When officers approached, the man went toward the victim, who was sitting on his porch, as if to hit him, according to the report. The victim alleged the man also had slashed the tires on his car. The Frederick Boulevard man, who was transported to a hospital to get stitches for a cut on hand, had a razor blade in his pocket, according to officers.

A 16-year-old male and 15-year-old female were charged with theft Sept. 11 after attempting to leave a discount store in the 1800 block of West Market Street with 26 pieces of clothing without paying for them. The pair was inside the store almost two hours and allegedly placed the items, valuing $235, in the girl’s purse, according to a store security officer.

On Sept. 11, a Diagonal Road man sitting in a friend’s car in the 200 block of Norma Avenue said he was approached by a man demanding his phone and backpack. He said he and the suspect wrestled over the backpack before the suspect produced a semi-automatic pistol and shot him in the left shoulder and fled with the bag and the victim’s phone. The victim was transported to a hospital for treatment of his injuries, and the investigation is ongoing.

On Sept. 12, a Bacon Avenue man reported he left his wallet on a counter at a discount store in the 900 block of Copley Road, and when he returned, it was gone. Security camera footage showed another man taking the wallet from the counter, and officers are investigating.

A Snowfall Spur man reported Sept. 12 he was walking to his car in the 1300 block of Weathervane Lane and was followed by four black males. One of the men punched him in the face and pushed him down, while another suspect went into his vehicle and stole a .22-caliber handgun, according to his report.

Officers stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation Sept. 12 at West Exchange Street and South Portage Path. The driver, a 21-year-old Duane Avenue man, was arrested for having a suspended driver’s license, according to the police report. Officers seized his vehicle, and during a tow inventory, they found a bag containing 1 gram of marijuana and a digital scale, resulting in charges against the man for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

BATH: The manager of a Montrose clothing store reported Sept. 6 there were four counterfeit checks passed in the store in August. Police were reviewing video footage of the suspects.

An Everett Road woman reported Sept. 7 her bank debit card was used to make unauthorized transactions totaling $800 from her bank account.

Also on Sept. 7, a Rock Creek Road resident gave police a spent bullet he found on his patio. Officers were investigating whether it was fired from a wooded area behind his residence and advised him to call police if he hears gunshots.

Following a report that a child in a vehicle was being beaten, police stopped the vehicle on Medina Road Sept. 8 and determined the report was unfounded. The driver was arrested for driving under suspension and having three small children in the vehicle without proper child restraints. She was additionally charged with receiving stolen property when police determined the temporary license on the vehicle had been stolen from Akron. She was taken to the Summit County Jail and the children were released to relatives.

A man who loaded merchandise into a shopping basket and walked out of a Medina Road grocery store without paying Sept. 10 was charged with theft and released with a court summons.

Also on Sept. 10, a juvenile was arrested for possession of a drug pipe found in her home and released to her father.

Police investigated thefts from two vehicles in the parking lot of an athletic field at an Ira Road school Sept. 11. A designer purse and bag containing a silver chain were stolen from one vehicle and a designer purse, iPhone 4, car keys and wallet were stolen from another vehicle. Police were reviewing video surveillance footage from the parking lot.

Following a traffic stop on North Cleveland-Massillon Road Sept. 12, police arrested a man for driving under suspension and released him to the Akron Police Department on a warrant.

A Revere Local Schools bus driver reported a suspicious vehicle with a broken window at a West Point Avenue location Sept. 12, and police determined it had been stolen from Tallmadge the previous night. At the request of the Tallmadge Police Department, the vehicle was released to its owner.

COPLEY: On Sept. 4, police closed Brookmont Road while hazardous materials workers cleaned up a hydraulic fluid spill.

An employee of a Montrose West Avenue restaurant reported Sept. 4 the window of her vehicle was shattered and her purse was stolen.

Fire officials are investigating the source of a car fire that engulfed the garage of a Hammond Boulevard residence Sept. 4.

A Kirkwall Drive man reported Sept. 5 there were 15 unauthorized withdrawals totaling $738 taken from his bank account.

The son of a resident of a Heritage Woods residential facility reported Sept. 6 that $500 cash was stolen from a nightstand in his father’s room. The victim said employees have access to his room at all times.

Police responded to reports of an erratic driver on Interstate 77 Sept. 6 and stopped the driver when they observed him cross lane lines and attempt to pass a vehicle on the Medina Road exit ramp. The driver appeared to be intoxicated, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. He was uncooperative with police during booking and was taken to the Barberton Jail.

On Sept. 7, a Delaware Trail woman said she came home to find the sliding patio door and side door of her residence open and a laptop computer missing from a kitchen counter.

Officers responded to a domestic dispute at a Vale Drive residence Sept. 7 and determined the argument was verbal only. The male arranged for a ride to his home in New York.

A patron of a Medina Road restaurant reported Sept. 7 his vehicle was scratched while it was in the parking lot.

The windshield of a vehicle parked in a Copley Road residential lot Sept. 9 was shattered.

A man reported Sept. 9 his mother, who lives in a Rothrock Road senior facility, noticed two unauthorized purchases totaling $743 on her credit card account.

Police patrolling Rothrock Road Sept. 10 stopped a driver for lane violations, arrested her for driving under several suspensions and released her to Summit County sheriff’s deputies on a warrant.

A Wedgewood Drive man reported Sept. 10 his associate entered his residence while he was away and stole coins and jewelry.

Employees of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road gas station reported Sept. 11 a motorist drove off with the gas pump nozzle in the gas tank of the vehicle, damaging the pump. The driver had attempted to leave the station, but was blocked by another driver. She went inside the station and provided her name and phone number, but police were unable to contact her or find her information.

A jogger on Bentley Road Sept. 11 found two sets of car keys. Police placed them in the property room.

Following a report from Copley High School officials Sept. 11, police investigated suspicious images on a student’s phone and found nothing criminal.

FAIRLAWN: An Akron man was arrested for theft after allegedly shoplifting a $123 watch from a mall department store Sept. 6.

Police charged a Toledo man with theft and advised him he is banned from a mall department store Sept. 7 after he reportedly concealed items and left the store without paying.

On Sept. 8, police patrolling Interstate 77 stopped a driver for lane violations and found a gun, ammunition and a credit card belonging to another person in the trunk of the vehicle. The driver said the vehicle belonged to his sister and he had no knowledge of the items, which police confiscated as evidence.

Officers arrested a juvenile male for theft of a $60 shirt from a mall department store Sept. 8 and advised him he and his two male companions are banned from the store indefinitely.

A man reported his daughter saw a young male smash the window of a vehicle in a mall lot Sept. 8. Police located the vehicle owner, who confirmed that her purse, containing a wallet, cash, identification and credit cards, was stolen from the vehicle.

Police responded to a domestic dispute at a Winchester Road residence Sept. 9. A woman reported she had an argument with her boyfriend and it turned physical when he placed his arm against her throat and she bit him and pepper-sprayed his face. Officers found him in the building laundry room, where he was washing his eyes. Police called EMS, but the male refused medical treatment, gathered his belongings and left the residence. No charges were authorized.

The district manager of a chain of sporting goods stores contacted police Sept. 9 regarding employee theft in the West Market Street store. Following an internal investigation, two male employees allegedly admitted they have taken shoes and socks totaling $890 from the store since July 1. Police arrested one man at the store and the other fled, but surrendered the following day. Both suspects were charged with theft.

On Sept. 10, police responded to a report of robbery at a West Market Street hotel. One officer searched for the robber while another officer went to the business to take the report from the victim, a maintenance worker. He said he was locking the door when a man approached him, flashed a knife and demanded money. The victim reached into his back pocket, retrieved pliers and used them to strike the robber in the forehead, and he then fled. The victim sustained a puncture wound in his hand, for which he declined medical attention.

Police are investigating a report of forgery filed Sept. 10 by a West Market Street business owner who said he was contacted by a man who sold items on Craigslist and who had received as payment a check for $7,000 that was drawn on the business’ bank account. The victim said he did not write the check, nor does he have an account at the bank from which the checks were issued. He said he has received reports of other forged checks for payments or services from an account bearing the name and address of his business.

A Chamberlain Road woman reported Sept. 11 her ex-husband has been making harassing calls to her for the past six weeks, and on several recent occasions he threatened to break her legs and said he would kill her and her daughters. Police contacted the ex-husband, who went to the police station and made a statement. He was arrested for domestic violence and taken to the Summit County Jail. Police advised the victim to find a safe place for her and her children to stay.

A Strongsville woman was arrested for theft and possession of criminal tools Sept. 11 after she concealed merchandise worth $305 in her purse, which was lined with aluminum foil, and left a mall department store without paying for the items.

Police patrolling West Market Street Sept. 11 stopped a driver for lane violations and noticed a strong odor of marijuana in the vehicle. The driver and passenger were asked to step out of the vehicle, and the driver admitted there was a small amount of marijuana in the glove box. The Akron man was charged with its possession and released with a court summons.

An employee of a West Market Street drugstore reported Sept. 12 two females bought candy bars and when they exited, the security alarm sounded. One female agreed to come back to the store, but the other fled. The female who returned to the store placed her purse behind a trash container. Employees found five store items in the purse, and she was charged with theft and released with a court summons. Police are seeking the second female.

A Cleveland woman who had been banned from a mall last December was observed in a mall store Sept. 13 and arrested for criminal trespassing and released with a court summons. She was advised she was again banned from the mall.

NORTON: Police responded to a disturbance at a Silversprings Drive residence the night of Sept. 6, when a woman reported her husband struck her in the side of the face during an argument. Police observed visible injuries on the victim’s face and interviewed the husband. He was arrested for domestic violence and taken to the Summit County Jail.

A Wadsworth woman reported her car was parked near the tennis courts at Columbia Woods Park Sept. 7 when she heard the alarm sound and discovered her purse had been stolen.

Officers investigated a Sept. 7 report by a third party who said a Columbia Woods Drive man cut his wrists. Officers found the victim with a cut on his wrist and a razor in his pocket, and Copley EMS transported him to a hospital for evaluation.

On Sept. 7, a Barberton police officer reported a reckless driver heading into Norton and police located her on Johnson Road. She exhibited signs of alcohol intoxication, failed a field sobriety test, and her BAC tested .145. She was charged with DUI and released on bond.

Following an extensive search of a wooded area behind a Sheridan Street residence Sept. 7 for a man who threatened to hang himself, police located him in a tree and had him transported him to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation. When he was released Sept. 12, he was charged with inducing panic and released on $160 bond.

A Grenfall Road man reported Sept. 8 two 6-foot beams, an automobile transmission and metal pipes were stolen from an area at the rear of his property.

The mother of a Norton Middle School student reported Sept. 10 his backpack, containing an iPod, was stolen from his locker during school hours.

Police were called to an Eastern Road residence Sept. 10, when a woman reported her ex-boyfriend struck her during an argument. A witness confirmed her report, and the Barberton man was arrested for assault and released with a court summons.

The owner of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road golf course reported Sept. 10 the driver of a white truck struck a golf cart that was being driven in the parking lot. No one was injured, but the cart was damaged. The driver provided his name and information before leaving, but police were unable to locate any driver or vehicle information based on the information provided.

Officers are investigating the armed robbery of a Greenwich Road electronics store the night of Sept. 11, when an employee reported a black male wearing a black jacket and red shirt entered the store just before 8 p.m. and browsed until all customers left. He asked the employee to retrieve a phone from a cage in the storeroom, and the employee unlocked the cage. The male then burst through the storeroom door, brandished a handgun and ordered the employee to go into the cage and fill a bag with cell phones. He fled through the back door with merchandise worth more than $18,000 and left in a vehicle.

A Shellhart Road man reported someone entered his vehicle between 11:07 and 11:19 a.m. Sept. 12, moved some items and stole $15. He said items also had been stolen from a vehicle at the home of his son, who lives next door, around the same time.

On Sept. 12, a Luray Drive man reported he found a woman’s purse in his yard. Police contacted the owner, a Fair Oaks Drive woman, who said it was stolen from her vehicle the previous night.

That same night, another Fair Oaks Drive woman reported money was stolen from an unlocked vehicle at her residence.

A Clarkmill Road man reported Sept. 13 he was having dinner with a woman at his residence when his ex-wife came to the door and began yelling at him and creating a disturbance. Police advised the parties to have no contact with each other and advised the woman not to return to the residence.

RICHFIELD: On Sept. 3, police investigated a report by a landscaper who said a leaf blower and can of gas were stolen from an area in front of a residence on Shetland Trail. The victim said he saw a white dump truck in the area, and the vehicle sped away as he approached. The items were located Sept. 6 by another landscaping company employee, who found them in front of a house in the Glencairn Forest development. The items were in good condition, but the company name on the can had been painted over.

The new owner of a Thistle Court residence reported Sept. 4 he returned from a trip shortly after taking possession of the house and having utilities transferred into his name and found a hose hooked to his waterspout. The water was being used by a construction company working on the house next door. He unhooked the hose and reported the matter to the development’s homeowners’ association. Police advised him to call if he sees water being stolen again.

Police went to Berea Sept. 5 to retrieve a man arrested on a Richfield Police Department warrant. He was placed in a cell and scheduled to appear in Richfield Mayor’s Court the following day.

A Stone Ridge Drive man reported Sept. 5 two vehicles in his driveway were entered the previous night and sailing gear, a wallet, a socket set and clarinet were stolen from them.

Canton police arrested a man on a Richfield warrant Sept. 6. Police placed him in a jail cell until his court appearance the following day.

Police investigated a report of theft of a pellet gun and pressure washer from a house on Streetsboro Road Sept. 6. A man working at the home said the gun was probably taken the previous night, and the pressure washer was stolen on a previous occasion. He said a former resident, who is not allowed to be on the property, was there the day the weapon was stolen.

Employees of a Brecksville Road trucking company called police Sept. 6 after a man who had his truck repaired at the business refused to pay the bill. The truck owner told police he received an estimate of $1,500 to repair the vehicle, and he was not notified the repairs would cost more. When he arrived to pick up the vehicle, he was given a bill for $4,500. He refused to pay the additional amount, and employees blocked his tractor-trailer in the lot to prevent him from leaving until he paid the bill. Police advised the truck owner the trucking company is entitled to hold the vehicle until the bill is paid, and the dispute is a civil matter. Officers stood by until the situation was resolved peacefully.

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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